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

Visa Telephone Hours : 9:00am-12:00 noon

See right-hand side bar for visa information.

Please note that phone call enquiries regarding visas must be made in the morning between 9:00am-12:00noon. You may also email visa enquiries to:

Make sure you contact the office that has jurisdiction over your area.

Information / Notice

*Visa HotLine for foreigners visiting Japan (24 hours/7 days a week, English only):0800039832
---This Hotline will only provide general information regarding Japanese visas.

*We are closed on some Japanese national holidays, Saturdays, Sundays and New Zealand national holidays. Please see here for a list of our public holidays.

*Be aware of fraudulent website, social media, emails in an attempt to extract payments from visa applicants (06 July,2017)

1.If you have a criminal record, can you visit Japan?
Not all crimes will affect entry into Japan. Crime types that are deemed serious enough to prevent entry into Japan can be found here. If your record includes these crimes, you can expect that your entry into Japan will likely be denied by Japanese Immigration.

2.Dear travelers to Japan: It is recommended to take an overseas travel insurance.
・An overseas travel insurance makes you feel secure, even in emergencies, and you can enjoy your trip.
・Medical expenses can be very high in Japan. If the travel insurance you purchased offers sufficient coverage of treatment costs, you can receive treatment without concern.
・It is recommended to have an overseas travel insurance with travel support for hospital referrals medical interpretation, and cashless medical service.

Working Holiday

Travel through Japan on a long-term holiday
To apply for a working holiday visa, you must be a New Zealand passport holder aged 18-30 at the time of application. Japan is an interesting place to visit, especially with World Cup Rugby this year and the Olympics next year. Click here for information about a working holiday visa.

Comments from working holiday makers
 “Everything about Japan is awesome, the people, the food, the culture and of course the best snow on earth!  I would highly recommend the working holiday scheme to any young Kiwis looking to broaden their horizons and experience an adventure like no other!  My only issue is only being able to stay for a year as you just don’t want to leave!  “- Lennon
“I very much enjoyed my time in Japan and would recommend it to any future travellers wishing to go there. The cultural side of Japan was one of great respect and had a strong sense of history. I travelled around as much as I could and saw many amazing places and learnt further into the history of Japan. Working with some very respectful and welcoming people was a highlight for me, as the language barrier was always a stepping stone for me. However, co-workers and even customers were happy and patient with me.” – Leah E
"The working holiday scheme was the perfect opportunity for me to move to Japan fresh out of high school. I had the flexibility to work at a couple of different language centres and international schools and also teach English at cafes or people's homes. I appreciate that the working holiday scheme puts emphasis on travelling and getting to know the country with a nice balance of 'working' and 'holidaying.' After my working holiday visa expired, I changed to a student visa and spent another year in the beautiful Miyagi."- Krista R

Are you a New Zealander who has been on a working holiday visa in Japan? We would love to hear about your experiences.  Please email the consular section with a paragraph about your impressions of Japan.


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