The Japanese government has extended the validity of certain COVID-19 certificates of eligibility (COEs).

Key Points:

  • COEs issued between Jan. 1, 2020, and April 30, 2022, are valid until Oct. 31, 2022.
  • COEs issued between May 1, 2022, and July 31, 2022, are valid for six months from the date they were issued.
  • COEs issued on or after Aug. 1, 2022, are valid for three months from the date they were issued.

Additional Information: Foreign nationals intending to enter Japan through a work, general or specified visa must hold a valid COE. More information regarding Japan’s extension of certain COEs is available here.

BAL Analysis: Japanese authorities extended the validities of certain COEs because many foreign nationals have not been able to enter the country due to COVID-19 entry restrictions. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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