New Visa Application Procedure (COVID-19)

2022/5/5

Currently, non-Japanese (except Returnees who have a valid re-entry permit) from New Zealand need a valid visa to enter Japan. 

Tourist visas*, Transit visas and Visa Waiver are NOT available until further notice.
* Please refer to the
FAQ section at the bottom of this page and the following webpage

A person whose birth is registered in Japan and has a Koseki, but who do not have a Japanese passport MUST travel with a Japanese passport to enter Japan. Please apply for a Japanese passport before traveling.


 

 New Entry Visa Cases

Visa applications have to be applied at 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.

 
 * Visa processing is normally completed in a week, but cases which require further documents or require referral to Japan, will take longer. Once your visa is ready, we will notify you.
 * 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 possport will NOT be returned by post.

 * Visa is only valid for three months from date of issue.


1.Short Term Visas (up to 90 days) for Business with ERFS Certificate (受付済書)
 
For nationals of countries that have a visa-waiver agreement with Japan that is currently suspended (eg. New Zealanders, Australians, most Europeans)

 <Required documents>
  1. Visa application form (a passport-quality photo taken within 6 months attached)
  2. Valid passport
  3. Valid New Zealand visa (excluding visitor visa) for non-New Zealand passport holders
  4. Your ERFS certificate applied by your invitee (link in Japanese)

For nationals of countries that do not have a visa-waiver agreement with Japan

 <Required documents >
  1. Visa application form (a passport-quality photo taken within 6 months attached)
  2. Valid passport
  3. Valid New Zealand visa (excluding visitor visa)
  4. Your ERFS certificate applied by your invitee (link in Japanese)
  5. Itinerary to show your planned activities and accommodation
  6. A copy of e-tickets or flight details of entire trip with your passport name on them (We do not require proof of purchase but we might require a confirmed reservation. We are not responsible for tickets which may be unusable due to delay or denial of a visa.)
  7.  An original letter on company letterhead which must include the applicant’s position, nature of the business trip, length of stay and the company’s financial responsibility for expenses incurred on the trip
  8.  A letter of invitation from the company in Japan
  9.  If your inviter will bear the cost of your travel and stay in Japan, 1) Letter of guarantee, 2) Company register, 3) Certificate of employment
  10.  If you are self-funding, please provide proof of funds such as bank statements issued within one month


2. Long Term Visas (Work, Students) with Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and ERFS Certificate (受付済書)

    <Required documents>
  1. Visa application form (a passport-quality photo taken within 6 months attached)
  2. Valid Passport
  3. Valid New Zealand visa (excluding visitor visa)
  4. Original Certificate of Eligibility (COE) + photocopy
  5. Your ERFS certificate applied by your invitee (link in Japanese)
 

3. Working Holiday Visas with ERFS Certificate (受付済書) 

 
  * Working Holiday applications are open but not yet fully-open and in limited circumstances only.
    - applicants with a part time or seasonal job arranged with an employer who will provide a copy of  ERFS certificate.


  <General eligibility>

  • Be a New Zealand passport holder residing in New Zealand. New Zealand citizens who are travelling or living abroad will not be eligible
  • Be aged between 18 and 30 years (inclusive) at the time of application
  • Have no dependent children
  • Be in good health and have no criminal record
  • Have not previously obtained a Working Holiday Visa for Japan (on a passport of any country) 
  Please e-mail your Consular Office for details.
 


4. Spouse/Child of Japanese National or Permanent Resident
 
    Please e-mail your Consular Office for details.
 


5. Dependent Visas

  Please e-mail your Consular Office for details.
 


6. Close Family Member of Japanese National or Permanent Resident

    This applies if you are a parent, child, grandparent, grandchild or sibling (or spouse of any of those) of Japanese National or Permanent Resident.
    Please e-mail your Consular Office for details.          
 


7. Re-entry permit holders

    Please e-mail your Consular Office for details.


 
 Border Measures


Go to this page regarding pre-departure test and quarantine procedures before and after entering Japan.

There are two different online systems available for quarantine, immigration and custom procedures called "Fast Track" and "Visit Japan Web Service"  that make you go through immigraion procedures faster by completing these before traveling. 

"Fast Track" is for quarantine procedures and "Visit Japan Web Service" is for quarantine, immigration and custom procedures.
Both are voluntary and can be done at the same time.
 

(Fast Track
Available for those entering from Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Chubu International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Fukuoka Airport.
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/fasttrack/en/

(Visit Japan Web Service)
https://www.digital.go.jp/en/services/visit_japan_web-en/

 

 FAQ - Temporary Border Measures

Q.  Can I go to Japan on a holiday
A.  Not yet.  Unfortunately, under the current temporary border measure all travellers who are not a Japanese citizen/permanent resident must apply for a visa to enter Japan.  At the moment, we are not issuing visitor's visa for the purpose of travelling for a holiday. 

Q.  Can I transit in Japan on my way to another country? 
A.  If your transit in Japan will be on airside (within the same airport without having to go through immigration) then yes.  If your connecting flight is on the next day or depart from a different airport, then no you will have to arrange another route, as we are not issuing transit visas at the moment. 


 
 Notice regarding Animal and Plant from Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

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)