NOTICE ON EXTENSION OF VALIDITY OF CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY (COE) RELATED TO THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

2021/1/26
A “Certificate of Eligibility (COE)” is, in principle, valid for three (3) months.
However, the Government of Japan has decided to introduce an exceptional arrangement regarding expired COEs due to the impact of Novel Coronavirus, as follows:

1. Validity of COE
(1) For COE issued from October 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019
   Valid until April 30, 2021

(2) For COE issued from January 1, 2020 to January 30, 2021
   Valid until July 31, 2021

(3) For COE issued from January 31, 2021
   Valid for six (6) months
   Ex.) COE issued on January 31, 2021: Valid until July 31, 2021
       COE issued on March 1, 2021: Valid until September 1, 2021

2. Requirement
Visa applicants whose COEs are applicable to the 1. (1) to (3) mentioned above are required to submit a written statement as follows at the time of application.
* It is not necessary to submit for a COE which has been issued within three (3) months from the date of visa application.
* For certain visas such as “Spouse/Child of Japanese National”, additional supporting documents required. Please see this page.   

(1) Visa for employment, technical intern training, study
   Written statement from accepting company, educational institution (university, Japanese school, etc.) and training institution, etc. stating that they are ready to accept the applicants as the same status of activity indicated in the application for the COE.
Please see the sample form. Photocopy is available at the time of application.

(2) Visa for “Spouse/Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse/Child of Permanent Resident” and “Long-Term Resident”
   Written statement from the Japanese spouse, parents or relatives in Japan, etc. stating that they are ready to accept the applicants as the same family status indicated in the application for the COE.
Please see the sample form. Photocopy is available at the time of application.

3. Applicants who have been issued a visa with COE but unable to depart to Japan within the validity of the visa due to the influence of Novel Coronavirus are allowed to apply for a visa again with COE which are listed in the 1. alongwith the written statement mentioned above in 2. (*)
 
* Due to the entry and visa restrictions surrounding the spread of Novel Coronavirus, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines accepts ONLY Diplomatic or Official visas and visas to be issued for humanitarian consideration or urgent need at this stage.
We will inform on our website  as soon as we have decided to restart to accept visa applications of other categories.