New Border Measures


The following new border measures have been implemented from 0:00 AM (JST) on 11 October 2022. 

  • Visas are no longer required for New Zealand Citizens and nationals of countries that have a VISA-WAIVER AGREEMENT with Japan for short-term stays up to 90 days (no remuneration received)
  • Visas are no longer required for APEC business card holders
  • Foreign nationals entering Japan for a short-term stay for tourism are no longer limited to package tours
  • Applications to the ERFS are no longer required
  • Multiple-entry visas have resumed
  • Transit visas have resumed
  • Pre-departure test result is no longer required for Triple Vaccinated passengers with a vaccination certificate
*IMPORTANT*  ​​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 "Fast Track" through "Visit Japan Web" at least 6 hours prior to your flight's scheduled arrival


Updated Border Measures in response to COVID-19 

Travellers from 

Valid vaccination certificate
Pre-departure test On-arrival test Isolation




REQUIRED (with Negative Test Result)




  • All cross-border travelers and returnees who do not obtain valid vaccination certificate (3 doses) are 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 traveling with fully vaccinated (3 doses) parents. Please note that this exemption does not apply to children under 18 traveling by themselves; they will need to obtain a negative PCR test.

For futher details, please see the link below; 


 Important Notice for Visa Applications

Visa applications have to be lodged through your jurisdictional consular office (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch).
To find out where to apply, please see here and should you have any questions regarding visa applications, please contact that office.

1. Visa processing is normally completed within a week, but cases which require further documents or require referral to Japan, will take longer. Since we will notify you as the visa is ready, we advise you not to purchase non-refundable airline tickets until the visa is approved.

2. You do not have to make an appointment to apply at the embassy of Japan in Wellington. Simply bring in your application during our consular reception hours (Monday to Friday : 9:00-12:00 or 13:30-16:00 only). Residents from within the jurisdiction of the Embassy of Japan in Wellington but far from Wellington may apply by post. However, please note that the passport will NOT be returned by post.

 3. Visa applications except Working Holiday Visa open three months before the date of arrival as visa expires three months after the date of issue.


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