Important Visitor Information Regarding COVID-19


Visitors from Other States and Countries: Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order

Massachusetts has placed new travel orders in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. These requirements apply to all visitors entering the state, including returning residents.


Visitors to Japan from the US: Important Guidelines on Japan's Border Control Measures Related to COVID-19

(Updated 2/08/2021) Application for Visa for foreign nationals eligible for Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel

Until further notice, the GOJ will deny permission to enter Japan to those foreign nationals who have been physically present in the U.S. ... [Read More]

Note: The revisions allowing travel back to Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic do not include tourist visas. All eligible travelers must obtain a Certificate of Testing for COVID-19 (PDF includes completed sample)

1. Check and confirm eligibility (Immigration Office in Japan)

Make sure you are qualified through the Immigration Services Agency of Japan. The certificate of eligibility is issued before the visa application by a regional immigration authority.

Please do not submit your CoE application to the Boston Consulate. After you receive the CoE issuance, please include it with the other necessary documents when submitting your visa application to the Boston Consulate.

2. Submit visa application documents (Boston Consulate)

Once you have received the certificate of eligibity from the regional immigration authority, then you can e-mail the Consulate ( with the attached required documents for Work & Long Term Visa or Temporary Business Visa

3. Wait for follow up (E-mail Response)

Await reply for further instructions. Note: we have a 10mb maximium size limit for emails. If you do not receive a reply, this means we did not receive your e-mail.



Temporary Change to Consular Services

Considering the current Novel coronavirus outbreak and to protect all applicants from the virus, our consulate will temporary change our consular office hours and processing times as follows (effective March 24th, 2020). We appreciate your understanding.

If you are feeling sick, please consider waiting until you have recovered completely before visiting the consulate. (The building is restricting visit by the people who have some illness concern or traveled outside Massachusetts within the past 14 days, or been in close contact with someone who has traveled outside Massachusetts within the past 14 days etc.)

Limited Office Hours

Every Monday, 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM, 1:15 PM - 4:00 PM

(If there is a Monday holiday, such as January 18th, the Consulate will be open on Tuesday of that week)

Appointments Required

Appointments are required and must be made by noontime on Friday of the previous week. Please give notice of your full name and arrival time be e-mail (

Processing Times

Passports may take up to five business days. Visa Applications may take longer or be put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic effecting Cross-Border Travel eligibility.