Japan plans to start issuing vaccination passports from around mid to late July, Interfax reports, citing Japanese media outlets.
To prepare for early issuance, we will first issue paper certificates of vaccination, but we will also consider issuing them digitally, Cabinet Secretary-General Katsunobu Kato said at a press conference on Thursday.
The issuance of vaccination passports will begin between mid-July and late July, local media reported.
Earlier, government sources said that the Japanese authorities will ask other countries to exempt travelers with vaccination documents from quarantine or to shorten the quarantine period.
The certificate will include the owner's name, date of birth, passport number, date of vaccination, and vaccine manufacturer in Japanese and English. Vaccination passports will be issued free of charge.
Vaccinations in Japan began in February with health workers, and in April they began to vaccinate people aged 65 and over. Some municipalities have recently begun vaccinating people under the age of 65, and some companies are vaccinating their employees.
However, despite the increase in the rate of vaccination, the proportion of the Japanese population who received the vaccine is still much lower than in other developed countries.