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
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
|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.
- Temporary Visitor Visa (up to 90 days, no remunerarion received)
- Work Visa
- Student Visa
- Spouse/Child of Japanese National Visa
- Working Holiday Visa
- Dependent Visa
- Transit Visa (passing through Japan)
- Extension of Re-Entry Permit
- Mask wearing in Japan
- Travel etiquette
- Medical insurance
- Information in case of illness or injury
- Bring animal products into Japan from overseas：動物検疫所 (maff.go.jp)
- Regulations when Bringing Plants into Japan from Another Country：植物防疫所 (maff.go.jp)
- Information for those who are bringing medicines for personal use into Japan (mhlw.go.jp)
- Guidebook on Living and Working - for foreign nationals who start living in Japan -