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COVID vaccines

Italy, Turkey and 3 others say yes to Japan's vaccine passport

South Korea also eases quarantine rules for travelers with proof of COVID-19 shot

Japan's passports will at first be in paper form, but a digital format may be adopted later.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Five countries including Italy and Turkey will start accepting Japanese vaccine passports, Japan's government announced Wednesday.

Countries on the list, which also includes Austria, Bulgaria and Poland, will waive quarantines and other entry restrictions for travelers carrying a Japanese certificate of vaccination. Streamlining the entry process is expected to promote greater travel, including for business purposes.

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