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

Transit Visa

August 2017

A Transit Visa is only issued to travellers who will stop over in Japan en-route to another country due to flight schedules. If your main purpose is sightseeing or visiting friends/relatives, you must apply for a Temporary Visitor's Visa, not a Transit Visa. If you are transiting within the same airport and do not plan to leave the secure transit area, then no visa is required.

New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to enter Japan for the purposes of transit. 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.)
To apply at the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand, Wellington, you must 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 must apply at the Consulate General of Japan in Auckland or the Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch.

Please find below a list of the documentation required to support your visa application. For information on how to submit the application, please see our 'How To Apply' section.

Required Documentation


  1. Valid passport with sufficient space for the visa
  2. Visa application form  [sample] with one recent passport sized photo (45x35mm) affixed by glue
  3. Valid New Zealand visa (excluding visitor visa)
  4. A copy of e-tickets or flight details (full flight details from an accredited travel agent or airline)
    *We do not require the purchase of tickets but we do require a confirmed reservation. We are not responsible for tickets which may be unusable due to delay or denial of a visa
  5. Proposed itinerary (activity schedule) in Japan, including accommodation – use prescribed form
  6. Bank statement (original/certified).
  7. Evidence of your hotel bookings.
  8. Letter or certificate from your employer/school showing evidence of your current employment/enrolment (original).
    In the case of dependents travelling with legal spouse/parent, please provide proof of relationship eg. copy of marriage certificate or birth certificate.

* 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.


  • Additional documentation may be required.
  • No documents other than your passport and COE will be returned.
  • Transit visas will take a minimum of five working days to be processed. There is no urgent visa service.
  • Even with possession with a visa, final permission to enter Japan remains at the discretion of the immigration authorities.
  • Visas are only valid from three months from date of issue, so applications open from three months before your intended date of arrival.
  • For further information, please see the FAQ section or contact us.

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