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Lack of reciprocity in Japan’s vaccine passport program hinders access to other nations 

  • August 4, 2021
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei wrote that Japan’s new vaccine passport exempting Japanese travelers from entry restrictions has been slow to gain wide acceptance as the government hesitates to reciprocate for visitors from other countries. Japan started accepting applications for the vaccine passport on July 26. Holders of the certificate are not required self-quarantine upon arrival or submit PCR test results in the 12 countries and regions that accept it. However, Japan’s vaccine passport has a limited reach because some countries are dissatisfied with Japan’s reluctance to ease its own entry restrictions. The paper speculated that the lack of reciprocity in entry restrictions is making it difficult for Japan to expand the number of nations and regions that will accept its vaccine passport. The paper wrote that the GOJ remains cautious about easing its restrictions out of concern over the recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Japan, especially infections from the Delta variant. The paper also wrote that the business community in Japan is also dissatisfied with Japan’s strict regulations because even Japanese returnees holding the vaccine passport are requested to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

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