Visa Application and Collection  Hours: 
    Monday to Friday
    9:00am–12:00 noon

    Visa Telephone Hours:
    Monday to Friday
    9:00am-12:00 noon only

    (04) 473-1540


    Level 18, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street Wellington, PO Box 6340
    New Zealand

How to Apply

August 2017

About Visas

The Visa Section of the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand, Wellington, takes care of the issuance of visas to foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan. Whether you need to obtain a visa to enter Japan differs according to the purpose of visit, length of your stay, your nationality, etc. So please read the following instructions carefully to determine if you need one.

Under the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act of Japan, it is stipulated that any foreigner wishing to enter Japan must possess a valid passport and visa obtained from an embassy. Travellers from certain countries may be eligible to visit Japan without a visa under visa exemption arrangements.


Applicants must hold a valid long-term New Zealand visa, e.g. resident, work, student etc.
Applications from those in New Zealand on a short-term visitor visa will not be accepted.*

*Exceptions may apply for those applicants holding a Certificate of Eligibility

Where to apply

Make sure you apply through the correct office that has jurisdiction over your area. Otherwise your application will not be processed.

To apply at the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand, Wellington, you must reside in the lower half of the North Island or in the South Island (excluding Canterbury).

Residents of Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty Regions and Ruapehu District of Manawatu-Wanganui Region must apply at the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland.

Residents in Canterbury must apply at the Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch.

Application at the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand in Wellington

Residents of these regions:

Should submit application in person and must collect passport in person or by a nominated agent (anyone nominated by you).

Taranaki / Manawatu-Wanganui (excluding Ruapehu District)/ Gisborne / Hawke’s Bay / South Island (excluding Canterbury)
May apply by post but must collect passport in person or by a nominated agent (anyone nominated by you).

Regions not listed above
Please contact the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland or the Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch directly for their visa application details and checklists.

Please bring your application documents to our office during our visa hours (see below). You do not have to make an appointment to apply.

For documents required to lodge your visa application, please select your visa type from the side menu.

Visa hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00 to 12:00 noon, 13:30 to 16:00
The Embassy of Japan is closed on weekends, New Zealand public holidays and some Japanese public holidays. Please see here for a list of our public holidays.

Telephone assistance hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 12:00 noon only

Office address:
Visa Section, Embassy of Japan
L 18, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, Wellington 6011
PO Box 6340, Wellington 6141

Payment of Visa Fees

Visa fees vary depending on your nationality and the type of visa for which you are applying. Please see here for more information.

Payment must be made in cash (correct change only) at the time of passport collection. EFTPOS, credit card or cheques are not accepted.

Processing Times


Usual Processing Time

Application with Certificate of Eligibility

Five working days

Working Holiday Visa

Two to three weeks

All other visas (Temporary Visitor, Transit, etc.)

At least five working days

There is NO urgent visa service. Applications that require enquiries to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may take longer than the processing times indicated above. Please allow plenty of leeway. Applications for most visas open three months before the intended date of arrival. Applications for Working Holiday Visas can be submitted up to one year before intended date of travel.

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