Japan will start accepting applications for so-called vaccine passports from July 26 for people who have been fully inoculated against COVID-19 to travel internationally, the top government spokesman said Monday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters that some municipalities may be able to issue such certificates on the day of the application.

People should file applications in the municipalities where they were registered as a resident at the time they got their shots, Kato said, adding that the certificates will be issued free of charge.