Visiting Japan & Visa

04 830 2446

Visas are no longer required for New Zealand Citizens with Japan for short-term stays up to
90 days (no remuneration received)




Opening Hours for VISA related matters
9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 3:30pm weekdays 
We do not take appointments for visas 

The Consulate-General of Japan is closed on weekends, New Zealand public holidays and some Japanese public holidays.  Please see here for a list of our public holidays for this year.

Current procedure of entry into Japan

From 11th October 2022, requirements for quarantine and on-arrival PCR testing
for travellers from New Zealand no longer apply.
Required documents to enter Japan
1. Your VALID VISA and passport​ OR VISA WAIVER passport
2. A valid vaccine certificate OR negative PCR test certificate (see below)

3. Complete "Visit Japan Web" at least 6 hours prior to your flight's scheduled arrival
*if you are entering the country as a family, you must create an account for each person.  However, infants and other children who cannot complete the prodedures by themselves can use the service without creating an account by registering as an "family member traveling with you" section.


Updated Border Measures in response to COVID-19 (for travellers from NZ)


Valid vaccination certificate
Pre-departure test Questionnaire
(Visit Japan Web)
On-arrival test Isolation

Not required  
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  • All cross-border travellers and returnees who do not obtain valid vaccination certificate (3 doses) will be required to obtain negative certificate of testing for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure from the foreign country.
  • Accompanying Children:  Children under 18 accompanying their parents are exempted from vaccine requirements as long as they are travelling with fully vaccinated (3 DOSES) parents. Please note that this exemption does not apply to children under 18 travelling by themselves; they will need to obtain a negative PCR test.  

FAQ for Confirmation of Certificate of testing for COVID-19

Telephone inquiries

  • For inquiries about the latest border measures (Call Center regarding Border Measures, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
    0120-248-668 (in Japanese only)
    Hours accepting calls (9:00-21:00, 365 days a year)



Japan has three diplomatic missions in New Zealand: 
Each office has a specific jurisdictional area. In order to serve you best, it is important that you contact your jurisdiction office.

*Visas are no longer required for New Zealand Citizens for short-term stays up to 90 days (no remuneration received)
*Applications open three months before the intended date of arrival (visa expires three months after the date of issue)
*Visa processing time is minimum of 5 working days (NO EXPEDITED SERVICE)

*We advise you not to purchase non-refundable airline tickets until the visa is approved

*Applications from those in New Zealand on any types of "visitor's visa" will not be accepted (no exception)

*Check our FAQ page prior to visiting our office or if you have any questions.  Alternatively, you can call 24/7 Visa Hoteline: 04 830 2446 (free, English only) or email us

How to Apply 
News and Links

For sightseeing, visiting relatives, friends, attending conferences, athletic tournaments, business, school tirp and so on that are not paid activities

Visas are no longer required for New Zealand Citizens for short-term stays up to 90 days
(no remuneration received)

For travellers who will stop over in Japan
en-route to another country
due to the flight schedules


For applicants intending to work/study/live
in Japan 

incl. Spouse/Child of Japanese national


Working Holiday Visa 
Eligible for New Zealand citizens only  
Visa Waiver Arrangement for Nationals of
the United Arab Emirates

(Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan site)

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