The Thai government has approved the adoption of vaccine passports, becoming the latest country to join China, South Korea and Japan, among others, in using digital health certificates to track users’ vaccination and coronavirus test history for international travel.
According to the plan, residents who have completed their vaccinations will receive documents for overseas travel from Thailand's Health Ministry.
Only inoculations using vaccines registered in Thailand or ones certified by the World Health Organization will be issued with the vaccine passport. So far, three companies – namely Sinovac, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson – have registered the Covid-19 vaccine in Thailand.
The vaccine passport will only be issued to an individual and not for group use, while children under seven years old must have their parents' signatures on their vaccinate certificate.
Thailand is currently in a bid to reopen Phuket and possibly Koh Samui to foreign visitors in July, but the country is also grappling with a new wave of infection.