Japan to issue COVID-19 vaccine passport for travel abroad

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In Japan, company officials have been keen for a vaccine document that would help reestablish business travel.PHOTO: REUTERS
In Japan, company officials have been keen for a vaccine document that would help reestablish business travel.PHOTO: REUTERS

Japan plans to make a vaccine passport available from next month for Japanese travelers, as governments around the world experiment with ways to relaunch tourism and business trips.

“We are preparing to issue a certificate of vaccination for those who need one… when they visit foreign countries,” top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato told reporters.

The certificate will be paper-based rather than digital and will be issued by local governments from sometime next month, he said

The European Union is working on a digital vaccine passport for this summer so it can welcome back tourists, and some EU countries plan to introduce certificates at the national level.

The EU version will feature information on whether a person has been vaccinated, or had the virus, tested negative, and recovered.

 

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