Japan’s latest announcement (23 Sept) eases travel restrictions to Japan.
We can now confirm New Zealand is on the list of 68 countries whose passport holders will have the visa waiver reinstated, meaning that for travel after 11 Oct, travellers holding an Australian or New Zealand passport will no longer need to apply for a visa in advance. This also means that the ERFS certificate will no longer be required. (Until 11 October NZ passport holders will still require a valid visa, for which an ERFS certificate is required.)
At this stage, travellers are still required to either:
Be triple vaccinated and provide a vaccine certificate, OR Have a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure.
Minors who are not triple vaccinated (for instance, have not had a booster) may be exempt as long as they are travelling with parents/guardians who are triple vaccinated. Minors travelling unaccompanied OR with parents/guardians who are not triple vaccinated will be required to obtain the negative PCR test result. Please note that Japan has strict requirements for the PCR test result format.
If travelling before the 11th of October, Japan still has strict processes you need to follow. The good news is we can help you navigate these. For more detailed information on this, keep scrolling.