The Thai Tourism and Sports Ministry has asked the Public Health Ministry for approval to launch a vaccine passport system in a bid to kick-start the tourism industry this year.
Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn said adopting a vaccine passport or a similar method of enabling foreign tourists to avoid the need for quarantine would guarantee at least 5 million foreign visitors to Thailand.
He said the government was waiting for a World Health Organization (WHO) announcement on vaccine passports before issuing the measure.
Meanwhile the Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul has shown a version of a vaccine passport which he hopes every Thai will soon be holding.
The passport is officially titled “International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis” and has parts in English to facilitate international travel. He intends that every Thai who has been vaccinated will get one. Prophylaxis refers to preventative health measures.