Japan has started accepting applications for vaccine passports for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, hinting that its citizens will soon be able to take international travel.
According to the Japanese government, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Poland and Bulgaria have agreed to relax COVID-related quarantine rules for Japanese certificate holders, while South Korea will accept them as the ‘one of the documents required to exempt holders from quarantine requirements.
The Japanese government is said to be negotiating with other countries to validate the use of its vaccine passports. According to reports, these vaccine certificates will be official documents that will be issued free of charge by municipalities and will contain all information about the vaccine administered, passport number, date of vaccination and other personal information.
According to reports, the Japanese government is working on the introduction of digital applications and broadcasts.
To obtain said vaccination passport, it will be necessary to submit documents, including the application form, vaccination tickets and passport number, in person or by mail. From now on, the application form and the certificate are issued in paper form.
There are still concerns that this will increase the burden on local governments, as passports could discriminate against people who have not yet been vaccinated. However, some restaurants and hotels in Japan have already started offering discounts to people who are able to show their vaccination record.