On October 1, 2020, the Japanese government did ease the entry of foreign students into Japan in a phased manner.
They will be required to undergo a 14-day medical examination before entering the country and a COVID-19 inspection 72 hours prior to entry, and will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
This will allow students to study abroad. It is not known at this stage how long this situation will end.
Added on January 21, 2021
The CoE issued in FY2020 is now valid until July 31, 2021.
For more information, please visit the website of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Regarding the validity period of the Certificate of Eligibility (updated 1/21) (excerpt from the above URL)
Added on march 05, 2021
The declaration of a state of emergency, which was scheduled for March 7, has been extended for two weeks and is now scheduled to be lifted on March 21.
As a result, visa issuance services at Japanese embassies in various countries will also be suspended until March 21.
Added on April 6, 2021
The state of emergency has been lifted, but there is still no timetable for the resumption of issuing student visas.
We will share new information with students as soon as it becomes available.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to students who are planning to come to Japan, but we appreciate your cooperation.