Updated on September 17, 2021

Vaccine Passports are now available in Japan and are being issued by your local ward office. The Vaccine Passport is based on a similar certification system as the European Union COVID certificate and is the next step in facilitating smoother and safer international travel.

Continue reading to find out where this newly launched vaccine passport can be used, learn what benefits they have, and how to apply for the vaccine passport.

What is a vaccine passport?

What is a vaccine passport?

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The purpose of the vaccine passport is a document to prove when and which vaccine you have received to combat the new coronavirus infection.

Using the passport allows the holder to avoid some of the coronavirus entry requirements. For example, in Europe, the “EU digital COVID certificate” was introduced in 2021 July to help facilitate tourism and business travel.

Vaccine passports are not universal

There is currently no universal certification system, as the types of vaccines approved vary from country to country and there are differences in vaccination opportunities. Japan has created its own passport and negotiating with other countries for it to be accepted.

What are the benefits of a Japanese vaccine passport?

The Japanese vaccine passport, referred to as the “new corona vaccination certificate”, has been introduced and applications started from July 26, 2021. The Japanese issued vaccine passport allows for easing travel restrictions in a growing list of countries and regions.

Currently, each is negotiated bilaterally. It is recommended that you apply early if you are planning on travelling soon, as more regions and countries are added.

Where can I use the vaccine passport?

As of August 11, 2021, Japan’s vaccine passport is accepted in the following regions and countries:
The specific details of the exemptions/relaxation vary from country to country will be updated here as they change over time.

 

 

Country / region

Accepting the Japanese vaccine passport.

Vaccine Passport Benefits.

(September 16, 2021)

1

Austria
2 Belarus Exemption from presenting a negative COVID test certificate.
3 Belize Exempt from submitting negative COVID-19 results upon entry.

All travellers are still required to download the health check app within 72 hours prior to arrival.

4 Bulgaria No obligation to quarantine after entering with documents with similar contents to the EU digital new Corona vaccination certificate.
5 Canada Can assist travellers from some COVID mitigation measures on entry.
6 Denmark
7 Ecuador Exemption from presenting a negative COVID test certificate.
8 Estonia Exemption from PCR test.

Quarantine period required with or without vaccination

9 France Exemption from presenting a negative COVID test certificate.

Application for the French “pass sanitaire ” (QR code) allowing the entry into restaurants, etc… Please check here for more details.

10 Gabon Exempt from quarantine measures.
11 Germany Exemption from presenting a negative COVID test certificate.
12 Honduras
13 Hong Kong Hong Kong ID holders or residents with a valid visa such as a long-term stay visa
14 Indonesia A vaccination certificate and a negative PCR certificate are required for entry. A vaccination certificate also assists with entry exemption to the residence permit.
15 Italy Exemption from voluntary quarantine after entry
16 Kosovo A vaccination certificate needs to enter.
17 Lithuania
18 Malaysia Home quarantine
19 Maldives Shortened quarantine period.
20 Palau One of the documents needed for entry is the vaccination certificate
21 Papua New Guinea Allowed to enter the country, as all entrants are required to be fully vaccinated.

Travellers must still comply with entry requirements, including the need for written permission to enter Papua New Guinea and a negative PCR test result within seven days prior to departure. 21-day quarantine at designated hotels and undergo periodic tests for the coronavirus.

22 Poland
23 Saint Kitts and Nevis

 

24 Saint Vincent

 

25 Samoa Full vaccination is one requirement needed for entry.
26 Singapore

 

Work pass holders and companion pass holders are required to be vaccinated in order to obtain an entry permit to Singapore, and it is necessary to show a vaccination certificate when boarding or entering the country. A Japanese vaccination certificate is accepted. In addition, on the premise that you have been vaccinated, you can apply for quarantine at home, etc. only if you are staying alone or if you are on the same course as a vaccinated family member (excluding children under 12 years old).
27 Slovakia Vaccination more than two weeks prior to their arrival is exempt from a voluntary 14-day isolation period.
28 Slovenia Voluntary quarantine exemption.
29 Sri Lanka Those who received their second shot at least two weeks before their trip will be exempted from a 14-day quarantine period. However, they will still need to undergo tests for COVID-19 upon arrival at government-run quarantine centres or other designated facilities. Additionally, children between 2 and 18 years old who are accompanied by a fully vaccinated person must take a PCR test on the seventh day after entry if they are unvaccinated.
30 South Korea

 

Recognized as a “vaccination certificate” documents required to issue a quarantine exemption certificate.
31 Thailand (Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao only)
32 Turkey Exemption from presenting a negative COVID test certificate.
33 United States (Northern Mariana Islands, Guam only)

 

(Northern Mariana Islands)

Vaccinated persons who hold a vaccination certificate can apply online at least 72 hours before arrival, and if the PCR test result at the time of arrival is negative, they can be quarantined at home or at the accommodation.

(Guam)

Those fully vaccinated with the approved vaccines are required to submit a valid passport, vaccination certificate, vaccination record card and oath upon entry. The condition is that it is not subject to forced quarantine.

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Vietnam

Reduced quarantine period.

◎ Important information:

  • Additional countries and regions where the vaccine passport can be used and will be announced on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at any time.
  • In addition to relaxed entry measures, there may be other benefits where some countries require vaccine passports to use public facilities such as museums, events, transport, and private business such as restaurants.
  • You can still travel even if you do not have a vaccine passport.

The vaccine passport does not allow any exceptions for travel into Japan

Currently, the Japanese vaccine passport holders are NOT exempt from Japanese quarantine measures when returning to Japan.

– More about quarantine requirements: Guide For Quarantine Accommodation in Japan

How do I apply for the vaccine passport?

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Japan’s Covid 19 vaccine passport “新型コロナウイルス感染症 予防接種証明書”

Applications started in each municipality from July 26, 2021 and are being accepted for the following groups of people:

  • People who have been vaccinated against the new coronavirus infection in Japan.
  • People planning on travelling overseas from Japan and can take advantage of relaxed COVID prevention measures by the partner country.

Not eligible for application (currently)

  • People who are not intending to travel overseas.
  • People who have been vaccinated overseas.

Each municipality issues the vaccination passport. (the city, ward, town, or village with a resident card). The application can be made in person at a local government office or by mail (requires a reply envelope and stamp).

Documents required for applications:

  1. Municipality application form
  2. Copy of valid passport (page with expiration date *
  3. Copy of vaccination ticket
  4. Certificate of vaccination or vaccination record copy

* As passport information is included on the vaccination certificate, it must be the same passport used when travelling.

Additional documents other than the above may be required by each local government. Please check their official website.

The certificate is in both Japanese and English and includes the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Vaccine type
  • Dates of vaccination
  • The issuing municipality

How much does the vaccine passport costs?

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There are no costs or fees (other than including an 84 yen stamp self-addressed envelope).

How long does it take to get the vaccine passport issued?

Most cities, wards, towns and villages usually take about one week to 10 days after receiving a set of application documents, although in some areas it may take up to one month.

How long is the Vaccine passport validity for?

There is no expiration date on the vaccine passport at this time. In the unlikely event that it is lost, it can be reissued. However, the number of sheets that can be issued with one application is one. Japan is also creating a digital passport in the future.

What are re-entry requirements and quarantine when returning to Japan with a vaccine passport?

At this time, there is no relaxation of immigration restrictions or exemption from quarantine in Japan for any vaccine passport, including the Japanese issued one.

Related information:

Where can I get more information on the vaccine passport?

● General questions regarding the vaccine passport system
Call Center of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare: 0120-761-770

● Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare website:

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