Temporary Visitor's Visa

July/1/2024

A Temporary Visitor's Visa is for a stay of up to 90 days in Japan for the purposes of tourism, visiting friends/relatives, business, attending a conference and/or other unpaid activities. Paid or profit-making activities are prohibited on this visa.

Some passport nationalities do not require a visa to enter Japan for up to 90 days for any of the purposes listed above. For more information about which other countries have visa exemption arrangements with Japan, please see here.

Applicants must hold a valid long-term New Zealand visa (e.g. resident, work, student etc.)
 

Which Consular Office to make enquiries to and apply for a visa

To apply at the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand, Wellington, you should reside in the following regions:
Wellington, Taranaki, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui (excluding Ruapehu District) or the South Island (excluding Canterbury).

Residents of other regions should apply at the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland or the Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch.
 

Frequently Asked Questions and additional information

  • Please refer to our FAQ page before preparing your application or making an enquiry.
    FAQ
  • Additional documentation may be requested to complete your application.
  • No documents other than your passport will be returned and must be collected in person. Passports will not be returned by post.
  • Temporary visitor visas will take a minimum of five working days to be processed. There is no urgent visa service.
  • Even in possession of a visa, final permission to enter Japan remains at the discretion of the immigration authorities.
  • Visas are only valid for three months from the date of issue, so applications open from three months before your intended date of arrival.
  • For further information not covered on this page, please contact us after you have viewed the FAQ page.

Nationals of the Pacific Islands, Mongolia,Ukraine, IndiaIndonesia, Philippines, Viet Nam and China may be able to apply for a multiple-entry visa. Click on your country for further information.

For regular, single entry visas, please find below lists of the documentation required to support your visa application. 
 

Please select the type visa based on your purpose of travel:


 

Required Documentation

1. TOURISM/SIGHTSEEING

# Item   Checklist
1 Passport
Passport
 
  
  
  
 
2 Application form

    Download the visa application form App form
    Fill out all relevant sections (Write N/A on sections that are not applicable)
    Date and sign the second page
    Signature must be the same as the signature on your passport
 
3 Photo

  
  
  
  
 
4 NZ visa

  
  
 
5 Itinerary

    Download the Itinerary template App form
    Include all flights including in and out of NZ
    Include your planned activities and all accommodation
 
6 Flight details

  
  
  
 
7 Accommodation

  
  
 
8 Bank statement

    Must be recently issued
    Shows at least 3 months transaction
    Must have sufficient balance as proof of funds for your trip
    Must show source of income
    Provide multiple statements if not on a single account
 
9 Proof of
relationship


  
      (e.g. copy of marriage certificate or birth certificate)
 
 
  • DO NOT STAPLE DOCUMENTS.
  • Visa fee (if applicable) payable when visa is issued. Payment must be by cash when passport is collected.
  • If you wish to nominate another person to collect your passport on your behalf, please complete the official authorisation form with your handwritten signature. Your nominated person must provide this authorisation form, his/her official ID, and pay the visa fee (if applicable) in cash at the time of collection.
  • Please use the checklist below to ensure that your visa application can be submitted without any missing documents and to avoid unnecessary delays. Incomplete applications significantly increases processing time.

    Application Checklist
     

2. VISITING FRIENDS /RELATIVES

# Item   Checklist
1 Passport
Passport
 
  
  
  
 
2 Application form

    Download the visa application form App form
    Fill out all relevant sections (Write N/A on sections that are not applicable)
    Date and sign the second page
    Signature must be the same as the signature on your passport
 
3 Photo

  
  
  
  
 
4 NZ visa

  
  
 
5 Itinerary

    Download the Itinerary template App form
    Include all flights including in and out of NZ
    Include your planned activities and all accommodation
 
6 Flight details

  
  
  
 
7 Accommodation

  
  
 
8 Bank statement

    Must be recently issued
    Shows at least 3 months transaction
    Must have sufficient balance as proof of funds for your trip
    Must show source of income
    Provide multiple statements if not on a single account
 
9 Proof of
relationship


  
      (e.g. copy of marriage certificate or birth certificate)
 
10 Letter from your employer/school

 

  Letter from your employer/school showing evidence of your current employment/enrolment
 
11 Invitation
letter


 

    Download the Invitation letter template (English version App form / Japanese version App form)
  Must include length of stay and addresses of friends/relatives
 
12 Proof of
relationship


 
  • Proof of relationship of visa applicant and inviter: 
         Kosekitohon, Birth certificate, Marriage certificate, etc.
        *Scanned copy is acceptable
 
13 Proof of
residence
in Japan

 
  • If the inviter is a Japanese national:
           Residential certificate or driver’s licence - copy
 
  • If the inviter is a non-Japanese national:
           Passport - copy
           Residential certificate - copy
           Residential card - both side copy
 
14 Financial
guarantee 

 
  • If your friend/relative will financially support your trip to Japan, he/she must also provide a letter of guarantee AND one of the following if the inviter is a non-Japanese national:
           Download the Letter of Guarantee template (English version App form / Japanese version App form)
           Certificate of tax payment - copy
           Tax return - copy
           Bank statement - copy
           Certificate of income - copy
 
 
  • DO NOT STAPLE DOCUMENTS.
  • Visa fee (if applicable) payable when visa is issued. Payment must be by cash when passport is collected.
  • If you wish to nominate another person to collect your passport on your behalf, please complete the official authorisation form with your handwritten signature. Your nominated person must provide this authorisation form, his/her official ID, and pay the visa fee (if applicable) in cash at the time of collection.
  • Please use the checklist below to ensure that your visa application can be submitted without any missing documents and to avoid unnecessary delays. Incomplete applications significantly increases processing time.

    Application Checklist
 

3. BUSINESS

# Item   Checklist
1 Passport
Passport
 
  
  
  
 
2 Application form

    Download the visa application form App form
    Fill out all relevant sections (Write N/A on sections that are not applicable)
    Date and sign the second page
    Signature must be the same as the signature on your passport
 
3 Photo

  
  
  
  
 
4 NZ visa

  
  
 
5 Itinerary

    Download the Itinerary template App form
    Include all flights including in and out of NZ
    Include your planned activities and all accommodation
 
6 Flight details

  
  
  
 
7 Accommodation

  
  
 
8 Bank statement

    Must be recently issued
    Shows at least 3 months transaction
    Must have sufficient balance as proof of funds for your trip
    Must show source of income
    Provide multiple statements if not on a single account
 
9 Proof of
relationship


  
      (e.g. copy of marriage certificate or birth certificate)
 
10 Company
support letter


 

  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.
 
11 Invitation
letter


 

    Download the Invitation letter template (English version App form / Japanese version App form)
  Obtain from the company/organisation in Japan, which can be scanned (PDF copy of scan with company letterhead and signature).
 
12 Financial
guarantee 

 
  • If your business contacts in Japan will bear the cost of your travel and stay in Japan, please provide the following:
           Download the Letter of Guarantee template (English version App form / Japanese version App form)
           Letter of Guarantee  - copy
           Company register - copy
           Certificate of employment - copy
 
 
  • DO NOT STAPLE DOCUMENTS.
  • Visa fee (if applicable) payable when visa is issued. Payment must be by cash when passport is collected.
  • If you wish to nominate another person to collect your passport on your behalf, please complete the official authorisation form with your handwritten signature. Your nominated person must provide this authorisation form, his/her official ID, and pay the visa fee (if applicable) in cash at the time of collection.
  • Please use the checklist below to ensure that your visa application can be submitted without any missing documents and to avoid unnecessary delays. Incomplete applications significantly increases processing time.

    Application Checklist
 

4. ACADEMIC CONFERENCE

# Item   Checklist
1 Passport
Passport
 
  
  
  
 
2 Application form

    Download the visa application form App form
    Fill out all relevant sections (Write N/A on sections that are not applicable)
    Date and sign the second page
    Signature must be the same as the signature on your passport
 
3 Photo

  
  
  
  
 
4 NZ visa

  
  
 
5 Itinerary

    Download the Itinerary template App form
    Include all flights including in and out of NZ
    Include your planned activities and all accommodation
 
6 Flight details

  
  
  
 
7 Accommodation

  
  
 
8 Bank statement

    Must be recently issued
    Shows at least 3 months transaction
    Must have sufficient balance as proof of funds for your trip
    Must show source of income
    Provide multiple statements if not on a single account
 
9 Proof of
relationship


  
      (e.g. copy of marriage certificate or birth certificate)
 
10 Company
support letter


 

  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.
 
11 Invitation
letter


 

    Download the Invitation letter template (English version App form / Japanese version App form)
  Obtain from the company/organisation in Japan, which can be scanned (PDF copy of scan with company letterhead and signature).
 
12 Registration form

 
  A paid registration form or a receipt for the comference/workshop.
13 Financial
guarantee 

 
  • If your business contacts in Japan will bear the cost of your travel and stay in Japan, please provide the following:
           Download the Letter of Guarantee template (English version App form / Japanese version App form)
           Letter of Guarantee  - copy
           Company register - copy
           Certificate of employment - copy
 
 
  • DO NOT STAPLE DOCUMENTS.
  • Visa fee (if applicable) payable when visa is issued. Payment must be by cash when passport is collected.
  • If you wish to nominate another person to collect your passport on your behalf, please complete the official authorisation form with your handwritten signature. Your nominated person must provide this authorisation form, his/her official ID, and pay the visa fee (if applicable) in cash at the time of collection.
  • Please use the checklist below to ensure that your visa application can be submitted without any missing documents and to avoid unnecessary delays. Incomplete applications significantly increases processing time.

    Application Checklist
 

5. SCHOOL VISIT

# Item   Checklist
1 Passport
Passport
 
  
  
  
 
2 Application form

    Download the visa application form App form
    Fill out all relevant sections (Write N/A on sections that are not applicable)
    Date and sign the second page
    Signature must be the same as the signature on your passport
 
3 Photo

  
  
  
  
 
4 NZ visa

  
  
 
5 Itinerary

    Download the Itinerary template App form
    Include all flights including in and out of NZ
    Include your planned activities and all accommodation
 
6 Flight details

  
  
  
 
7  Receipt or
 Bank statement

    Receipt from your school showing that you have paid for the full cost of the trip
 OR
    Your family’s bank statement must be recently issued
    Shows at least 3 months transaction
    Must have sufficient balance as proof of funds for your trip
    Must show source of income
    Provide multiple statements if not on a single account
    Proof of relationship of you and your family(a birth certificate and thier passport photo copy)
8 Letter from your school

  Letter from your school stating the reason for visit to Japan, relevant dates and itinerary in Japan (Itinerary may be prepared by your sister school in Japan)
 
9 School agreement

and
 Invitation
letter


 
  • If the visit is part of a school exchange,
   please attach a copy of the school agreement and invitation letter from Japan. 
 Download the Invitation letter template (English version App form / Japanese version App form)
 
  • DO NOT STAPLE DOCUMENTS.
  • Visa fee (if applicable) payable when visa is issued. Payment must be by cash when passport is collected.
  • If you wish to nominate another person to collect your passport on your behalf, please complete the official authorisation form with your handwritten signature. Your nominated person must provide this authorisation form, his/her official ID, and pay the visa fee (if applicable) in cash at the time of collection.
  • Please use the checklist below to ensure that your visa application can be submitted without any missing documents and to avoid unnecessary delays. Incomplete applications significantly increases processing time.

    Application Checklist