Japan launched services on Monday aimed at digitizing the documentation associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and travel.

One is a smartphone app, a digital version of the paper-based vaccine passport that municipalities have been issuing since late July.

Called COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate Application, it can be used by Japan residents who need to show proof of vaccination. Even during a time when infections are high, the app's certification can be used when people travel domestically, dine out or attend large-scale events, activities that had previously been restricted due to government guidelines.