New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


The Embassy will be closed from Monday 26 December 2011 - Tuesday 3 January 2012 inclusive. New Zealanders requiring urgent consular assistance should call the Embassy main line +81 (3) 3467-2271 for recorded advice of duty officer telephone numbers.




New Zealand is looking to transport via a military aircraft desalination machinery and parts supplied by the Japanese Government to the drought-stricken Pacific island of Tuvalu on 5 November.

New Zealand’s Ambassador to Japan Ian Kennedy welcomed joint cooperation between New Zealand and Japan to relieve the effects of the drought in Tuvalu.


There is no end-of-year deadline for receipt of student visa applications. The processing of student visas over the period December - March may take up to 4 weeks excluding Embassy holidays.

The processing of visitor and work visa applications may also take longer than usual during the December - March period due to a large number of applications received at this time.


The British Embassy Tokyo will host the Commonwealth Remembrance Day on Sunday, November 13, 2011, at the Commonwealth War Cementery in Hodogaya to honour the memory of Commonwealth servicemen and servicewomen who fell during the two World Wars and other conflicts.

An invitation of attendance has also been extended to the New Zealand community in Japan. The ceremony will begin at 10:30am, and is scheduled to conclude at 11:20 am.


The 2011 General Election and Referendum on the Voting System in New Zealand will be held on Saturday 26 November 2011. Eligible New Zealanders overseas can vote in the lead up to Election Day. To vote you must be enrolled.


The New Zealand Embassy is supportive of the Government of Japan’s announcement last May of its intention to join the Hague Convention on International Parental Child Abduction. We encourage Japan to advance its Hague Convention ratification process and implementing legislation as close as possible to the widely accepted world standards.


New Zealand three piece alternative rock band, Decortica is touring Japan in October.  Decortica will tour Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto to perform songs from their album Love Hotel. For more information go to or email


The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra has been invited by the Association of Japanese Symphony Orchestras to perform in Tokyo and Sendai for Asia Orchestra Week 2011 (AOW) in early October.


From Monday 29 August 2011, the fees for visa applications will change to the following amounts:

Student Visa: 15,800yen (Japanese nationals are not required to pay)

Visitor Visa: 9,600yen (Japanese nationals are not required to pay; Nationals of Samoa, Fiji and Tonga 7,600yen)

Work Visa: 15,800yen (Japanese nationals are not required to pay)

Transit Visa: 8,900yen

Visa Label Transfer: 6,200yen



The Embassy's main telephone number (03) 3467-2271 will be out of service on Saturday 20 August for approximately 1 hour from 1000-1100 Japan time (1300-1400 NZ time). For urgent consular assistance during this time, please contact the consular duty officer on 090-5994-6587 (from outside Japan, +81-90-5994-6587).


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