[Closed] Special measures to extend the valid period of the COE due to the effect of COVID-19

This information is closed on July 5th, 2021.

(As of January 21st, 2021)

Due to the effect of COVID-19, the Immigration Bureau of Japan has decided the special measures regarding the expiry date of issued Certificate of Eligibility (COE).


The COE issued on/after October 1st, 2019 will be deemed to be valid until the period below;

  • COE issued between October 1st and December 31st, 2019: Until April 30th, 2021 (Treated the same as before update).
  • COE issued between January 1st, 2020 and January 30th, 2021: Until July 31, 2021.
  • COE issued on or after January 31st, 2021: Valid for 6 months from the date of issue/

You can confirm this information on the website of the Immigration Office:
>> New handling regarding the period of validity of the certificate of eligibility (PDF)

NOTE: You will need to attach a letter issued and signed by your visa sponsor (employer or organization/entity/person inviting you to Japan) explaining that you will engage in the same activity as submitted at the COE application when you apply for entry visa with the COE at the Japan Embassy or Consulate-General during that period above.

For further updates or information, please visit the website of the Embassy/Consulate-General where you apply for the entry visa with such COE.

Please check the website of the Ministry of Justice for further information and updates:
>> Information related to COVID-19


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