Five countries, including Italy and Turkey, have agreed to relax COVID-19 quarantine rules for travelers who have a vaccine passport issued by Japan from next week, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. .
The other countries are Austria, Bulgaria and Poland, with Japan currently in negotiations with dozens of others. The deal is one-sided, with Japan not currently recognizing similar certificates from those countries, a government official said at a press briefing.
Vaccine passports, which municipalities will start accepting applications for on Monday, will initially be in paper form only and will show information including the holder’s name, passport number, type of vaccine they received and the date they were received. received the vaccines.
A digital version with a QR code containing the data may be available at a later date, the official said.
In addition to the countries that will recognize the vaccine passport, South Korea will accept the certificate as one of the documents needed to request exemption from a 14-day quarantine period.
Estonia has also agreed to accept the vaccination passport, but currently does not impose a quarantine period on travelers, whether or not they have been vaccinated.