Japan said on Thursday it will make a vaccine passport available from next month for Japanese travellers, as governments around the world experiment with ways to relaunch tourism and business trips.
Top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato told reporters, “We are preparing to issue a certificate of vaccination for those who need one… when they visit foreign countries.”
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 badly needed 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.
The U.S. said it was considering special documentation for vaccinated Americans who want to travel abroad.