New Zealand Visa from Japan

New Zealand Visa for Japanese Citizens

New Zealand Visa from Japan
Updated on May 18, 2024 | Online New Zealand Visa

New Zealand Visa from Japan

New Zealand eTA Eligibility

  • Japanese citizens can apply for an NZeTA
  • Japan was a launch member of the NZ eTA program
  • Japanese citizens enjoy fast entry using the NZ eTA program

Other New Zealand eTA Requirements

  • A Japan-issued Passport that is valid for another 3 months after departure from New Zealand
  • NZ eTA is valid for arrival by air and cruise ship
  • NZ eTA is for short tourist, business, transit visits
  • You must be over 18 to apply for an NZ eTA otherwise require a parent/guardian

What are requirements of New Zealand Visa from Japan?

A New Zealand eTA for Japanese citizens is required for visits up to 90 days.

Japanese passport holders can enter New Zealand on New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) for a period of 90 days without obtaining a traditional or regular Visa for New Zealand from Japan, under the visa waiver program that commenced in the years 2019. Since July 2019, Japanese citizens require an eTA for New Zealand.

A New Zealand Visa from Japan is not optional, but a mandatory requirement for all Japanese citizens traveling to the country for short stays. Before travelling to New Zealand, a traveller needs to ensure that the validity of the passport is at least three months past the expected departure date.

Only Australian Citizen are exempt, even Australian permanent residents are required to obtain an New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorisation (NZeTA).

How can I apply for eTA New Zealand Visa from Japan?

The eTA New Zealand Visa for Japanese citizens comprises an online application form that can be completed in less than five (5) minutes. You are also required to upload a recent face-photograph. It is necessary for applicants to enter personal details, their contact details, like email and address, and information on their passport page. Applicant must be in good health and should not have a criminal history. You can get more information at New Zealand eTA Application Form Guide.

After Japanese citizens pay the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) fees, their eTA application processing commences. NZ eTA is delivered to Japanese citizens via email. In very rare circumstance if any additional documentation is required, the the applicant will be contact prior to approval of New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) for Japanese citizens.

New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) requirements for Japanese citizens

The New Zealand eTA requirements from citizens of Japan are minimal and simple. Following are essential:

  • Valid Japanese Passport - To enter New Zealand, Japanese citizens will require a valid Passport. Ensure that your Passport is valid for at least 3 months past the date of departure from New Zealand.
  • An online method of payment - Applicants will also require a valid Credit or Debit card to pay the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA). The fee for New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) for Japanese citizens covers eTA fee and IVL (International Visitor Levy) fee.
  • A working email address - Japanese citizens are also required to provide a valid email address, to receive the NZeTA in their inbox. It will be your responsibility to carefully double-check all the data entered so there are no issues with the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA), otherwise you may have to apply for another NZ eTA.
  • A face photograph of the applicant - Last requirement is to have a recently taken clear face-photograph in passport-style. You are required to upload the face-photograph as part of New Zealand eTA application process. If you are unable to upload for some reason, you can email helpdesk your photo.
Australian Permanent Residents are exempt from paying IVL (International Visitor Levy) fee.
Japanese citizens who have a passport of an additional nationality need to make sure they apply with the same passport they travel with, as the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) will be directly associated with the passport that was mentioned at the time of application.

How long can Japanese citizen stay on New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)?

Japanese citizen's departure date must be within 3 months of arrival. Additionally, Japanese citizen can visit only for 6 months in a 12 month period on an NZ eTA.

How long can a Japanese citizen stay in New Zealand on a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)?

Japanese passport holders are required to obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) even for a short duration of 1 day up to 90 days. If the Japanese citizens intend to stay for a longer duration, then they should apply for a relevant Visa depending on their circumstances.

Travel to New Zealand from Japan

Upon receiving the New Zealand Visa for Japanese citizens, travelers will be able to either present an electronic or paper copy to present to New Zealand border and immigration.

Can Japanese citizens enter multiple times on New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA)?

New Zealand Visa for Japanese citizens is valid for multiple entries during the period of its validity. Japanese citizens can enter multiple times during the two year validity of the NZ eTA.

Which activies are not allowed for Japanese citizens on New Zealand eTA?

New Zealand eTA is a lot easier to apply compared to New Zealand Visitor Visa. The process can be completed entirely online in a matter of few minutes. New Zealand eTA can be used for visits of up to 90 days for tourism, transit and business trips.

Some of the activites not covered by New Zealand are listed below, in which case you should instead apply for New Zealand Visa.

  • Visiting New Zealand for Medical treatment
  • Work - you intent to join New Zealand labour market
  • Study
  • Residence - you want to become a New Zealand resident
  • Long-term stays of more than 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need NZeTA, I am only transiting through New Zealand?

You need New Zealand eTA even though you are only transiting (have layover or stop) through New Zealand. The following countries qualify for transit visa waivers: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, etc.

Are there any time limits set on the NZeTA?

The NZeTA is valid for two years, with a maximum of 90 days stay during each trip NZ.

What about travelers with two citizenship rights, can they apply for NZeTA?

Citizens having two citizenship rights can apply for NZeTA, but they have to use the passport of the visa waiver nation, and that passport should be valid for six months, before and after your visit to NZ.

Click here to gets answers to more Frequently Asked Questions about NZeTA

Things To Do and Places of Interest for Japanese Citizens

  • BodyFX, Auckland
  • Drive Highway 80 into Mount Cook National Park
  • Martinborough Winery Private Tour
  • Wander around Australasia’s only castle, Dunedin
  • Trike around Dunedin
  • Inspect the Clay Cliffs, The Waitaki Valley
  • Take a wineries tour in Central Otago
  • Swim With the Dolphins, Christchurch
  • Search for gold in the Buller Region
  • Au pair in New Zealand
  • Hop on an Aucky Walky tour, Auckland

Japan Embassy in Wellington



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





Please apply for a New Zealand eTA 72 hours in advance of your flight.