[UPDATED on 20210705] Special measures to extend the valid period of the COE due to the effect of COVID-19

(As of July 5th, 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 during the specific period will be deemed to be valid until the period below;

  • COE issued between January 1st, 2020 and July 31st, 2021: Until January 31st, 2022.
  • COE issued between August 1st, 2021 and January 31st, 2022: Valid for 6 months from the date of issue

You can confirm this information on the website of the Immigration Office:
>> [not updated yet] 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.

Here is the measures in case the COE has expired during specific period due to the effect of the COVID-19;
>> Foreign nationals whose certificate of eligibility has expired

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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