Important Visitor Information Regarding COVID-19


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

(Effective March 22, 2021) All visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts are advised to follow the Commonwealth’s new travel advisory as detailed: here.


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

(Updated May 5, 2021) Application for Visa for foreign nationals eligible for Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel


(Effective June 4, 2021) Special Mitigation Requirements for Designated States with Coronavirus Variant

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


You are required to obtain an inspection certificate (negative test result) before departing the U.S. for Japan (the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the intended departure).

You will be denied entry into Japan if you fail to submit the certificate upon your arrival to Japan (Therefore, airlines will not give you permission to board an aircraft departing for Japan without the certificate).

*If a test result does not include your personal information (e.g. passport number, nationality), then the test subject may add that information to the certificate by hand. (However, your name must still be included on the original test result certificate and may not be added to the certificate by the test subject.)

*For certificates issued in the U.S., medical institution/laboratory's letterhead and a doctor's printed name can be substituted for the imprint of a seal/doctor's signature.

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.



Installing Apps Required for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

Please install the following apps on your smartphone and use them to ensure the quarantine measures for 14 days upon arriving in Japan.

Japan Visa Information Hotline

Office Hours

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

Please note: Regarding Visa application, currently, we only accept emails and telephone inquiries. We do NOT accept walk-ins. For details please visit   

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.