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COVID vaccines

Japan asks Italy, Greece and others to take 'vaccine passports'

US and China excluded from list for now as questions over reciprocity loom

To apply for a vaccine passport, people must contact the municipality where their residence is registered at the time of vaccination. There is no application fee.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will expand the number of countries it is asking to ease entry restrictions for holders of its COVID-19 vaccination certificates as it seeks to make its "vaccine passport" a convenient travel document for its residents.

The outcome of the negotiations remains unclear, however, as Tokyo is unlikely to ease its own border controls for vaccinated foreign travelers due to rising numbers of COVID-19 infections in Tokyo, raising questions over the fairness of the proposed agreement.

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