IMPORTANT NOTICE ON RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS

2021/2/4

Japan’s border is mostly closed to visitors from New Zealand 

For updates about border restrictions and the state of emergency in Japan, please see:  https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html
* The Japanese government announced on 12 January 2021 that visas already issued with the remark "EX-R" may no longer be used to enter Japan on or after 21 January 2021, even if apparently still valid. This includes most long-term work visas and student visas. 

Most Japan residence card holders with a valid re-entry permit can return to Japan. See 4 below.


For the very limited categories of travellers who can still enter/re-enter Japan:
*A pre-departure COVID-19 test (within 72 hours of departing) is required for everyone.  https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html

Please use this valid format of a negative test result:  https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page25e_000334.html

* All arrivals will be subject to Japanese quarantine procedures which includes 14 days self-isolation and no public transportation during that time.
* Before you arrive, please enter the required information in this questionnaire website: https://arqs-qa.followup.mhlw.go.jp/#/
*  Please see https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html for information about a written pledge that must be submitted upon arrival in Japan

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INFORMATION ABOUT NEW VISA APPLICATIONS
Most visa categories are suspended until further notice. The following checklists are still online for your information and preparation purposes only. Please contact us in due course for more information.



ENTRY   

1. MEDIUM-LONG TERM ENTRANTS with a Certificate of Eligibility  suspended, please contact us for details

Practically all Certificate of Eligibility holders (of any category) may apply for a visa. Contact your  Embassy/Consular Office/Consulate in New Zealand for details.
Note that all visa applications may take longer than usual and there is a quota restriction.

Required Documentation
1.   Valid passport with sufficient space for the visa
2.   Valid visa for New Zealand (if you hold a third country passport)
3.   
Visa application form   [sample] with one recent passport sized photo (45x35mm) affixed by glue
4.   Original CoE plus one photocopy
5.   *If the CoE is more than 3 months old, you must also provide a recent letter from your Japanese institution confirming your position is still available.
6.   
Pledge issued by host company/institute (2 copies, original not required) 誓約書

2. SHORT TERM BUSINESS TRAVELLERS←  suspended, please contact us for details
 
Business purpose short term (up to 90 days) travel visa applications. Contact your  Embassy/Consular Office/Consulate in New Zealand   for details.
* Short holidays to Japan are not yet possible, regardless of nationality.

Required Documentation
1.  Valid passport with sufficient space for the visa
2.  Valid visa for New Zealand (if you hold a third country passport)
3. 
Visa application form   [sample] with one recent passport sized photo (45x35mm) affixed by glue
4.  Proof of employment 在職証明書
5. 
Invitation letter by host company or organization in Japan explaining the reason 招聘理由書
6. 
Guarantor Letter by host company 身元保証書
7. 
Pledge issued by host company or organization (2 copies, original not required) 誓約書

3. OTHER VISA CASES

Compassionate cases (very special humanitarian services)
Contact your  Embassy/Consular Office/Consulate in New Zealand  for details.


Diplomatic cases (diplomatic postings) 
Contact your  Embassy/Consular Office/Consulate in New Zealand  for details.

Spouse/Child of Japanese National or Permanent Resident 
Contact your  Embassy/Consular Office/Consulate in New Zealand  for details.

Currently, a state of emergency is effective in Japan as part of measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In order to reduce cross-border travels as much as possible, please consider postponing the travel to Japan during this period, unless it is truly urgent. Your understanding and cooperation in re-scheduling travel plan to Japan are greatly appreciated.

Working Holiday Visa  suspended
Applications are not yet possible for most working holiday makers. In limited circumstances only, applicants with a part time or seasonal job arranged may be able to apply if the employer in Japan will provide the following two items in addition to the regular working holiday visa checklist.
Extra documents required for Working Holiday Visa applications:
1. 
Pledge issued by host company/institute (2 copies, original not required)
2. 
Invitation letter by host company or organization in Japan explaining the reason 招聘理由書
Please deal with your jurisdictional
 Embassy/Consular Office/Consulate in New Zealand in Wellington / Christchurch / Auckland and check their corresponding website to apply for a working holiday visa.
*Note that you will be subject to quarantine regulations upon arrival into Japan and upon your return to New Zealand. You should have suitable insurance and funds for your proposed trip. Visa processing will take longer than the usual 10 working days and a successful outcome is not guaranteed.
* For working holiday visas that were issued on or before 2 April 2020 and are still valid, please see below.


 
Older Visas issued in New Zealand on or before 2 April 2020 that are still valid

(Validity: Your visa is valid until the "Date of expiry" printed on your visa)
If you hold a visa issued on or before 2 April 2020, you need to obtain a pledge form  issued by your host company/institute. 
* This includes working holiday visas and multiple entry visa holders.
* The Embassy is not involved with this process.  Please contact Japanese Immigration for further information. 
http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/info/index.html 

 
* All visa applicants must be in principle New Zealand passport holders or those lawfully in New Zealand with appropriate visa status
*Japan Visa Hotline (24 hours/7 days a week, English only): 0800 039 832



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RE-ENTRY


4. All categories of foreign nationals who have departed Japan and have a valid residence card and a valid re-entry permit (including minashi special re-entry permit) may return to Japan.

You need a negative COVID-19 test result, conducted within 72 hours prior to departing New Zealand.

5. Foreign nationals whose residence card or re-entry permit has expired because they could not return to Japan due to the pandemic can apply for a visa at their local Embassy/Consular Office/Consulate in New Zealand upon obtaining a certificate of eligibility from Japan   suspended, please contact us for details

6. Foreign nationals whose residence card or re-entry permit has expired because they could not return to Japan due to the pandemic, and fulfil the conditions and residence status categories below can now apply for a visa at their local Embassy/Consular Office/Consulate in New Zealand without a certificate of eligibility from Japan.  suspended, please contact us for details
【status】
Artist芸術
Religious Activities宗教
Journalist報道
BusinessManager経営・管理
Legal,Accounting Service法律・会計業務
Medical Service医療
Intra-company Transferee企業内転勤
Entertainer興行
Dependent家族滞在
Designated Activities特定活動(Kokuji-nai, Kokuji-gai)
Spouse or Child of Japanese National日本人の配偶者等
Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident永住者の配偶者等
Long Term Resident定住者(Kokuji-nai, Kokuji-gai)
【Conditions】
・The re-entry permit expires between 1 January 2020 and 30 April 2021.
・You were not able to re-enter to Japan due to COVID-19 and your re-entry permit has expired.
・There is no change in your previous status.
・There is no one in Japan who can apply for the COE in Japan on your behalf.
Deadline for visa applications: 31 March 2021


7. For permanent residents of Japan whose re-entry permit expires due to the novel coronavirus, please contact your jurisdictional office .  
In some cases, you may be able to extend the validity of the re-entry permit. 
If not, you may be able to apply for a long-term resident visa and change to your original status after you return to Japan. You must contact your  jurisdictional office  before 31 March 2021 to apply. 


Useful Links
 
• Immigration Japan COVID-19 page: http://www.moj.go.jp/EN/nyuukokukanri/kouhou/m_nyuukokukanri01_00003.html

• Contact details of immigration offices in Japan http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/info/index.html
 
• MOFA coronavirus information: https://www.mofa.go.jp/p_pd/pds/page22e_000910.html

• Border measures: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html

• Japan National Tourist Organization: https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/ 

• The Embassy Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/JICC.NZ