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Thailand’s covid vaccine passport – will it only be used for travel?

Tim Newton

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Hi. Im Tim Newton. Just upfront saying that these are my personal opinions and don’t necessarily reflect that of The Thaiger.

So today the Thai Government now has officially announced vaccine passports. The documents are going to be the next big thing in the long and winding Covid road. Firstly, before some comments, the details that we actually know.

This Covid passport legislation has now been announced in the Royal Gazette, so it’s not being considered, it’s actually law. According to media info, the vaccine passport will be an official document which can be used by vaccinated people travelling abroad.

I fear this Covid passport will end up as just another victim of the unintended consequences. The benefits, mostly intended for international travellers, will be used as another way of whittling away our remaining privacies and adding another layer of little annoyances to life and work in the Land of Smiles.

Look at the vaccine roll out in Thailand. Usually a business should try and under-promise and then over deliver. In this case the Thai government have done the exact opposite. Timelines for vaccination are not being met and the ordering of vaccines appears chaotic and, at best, just slow in getting to the startline.

The PM has rushed to assure the citizenry that the delays have been caused by an abundance of caution. And unfortunately the 2 horses they’ve backed in the vaccination race are having a few bad PR days and neither may be a long term solution to the latest variants of Covid-19 spreading around Thailand. But I’ll let the scientists sort that out… certainly not the legion of instant vaccine experts that have now infected the internet.

I’m all for trying to get the country open again, as soon as practicable, and safe to do so. But I’m starting to think the best course of action is to lock my gate and resort to an online worklife and Food Panda… the mad foreign guy locked up in his house with his 3 cats.

Here in Phuket we now have an arrival regime that demands either proof of vaccine, a negative Covid test, or a 300 baht rapid Covid test at the airport. The chances of me subjecting myself to an airport officials sticking a swap up my admittedly large nose in the vague hope it will probably come back negative, is zero. Again, on a daily basis we get emails from foreigners who say they’ve been whisked away to hospitals, and more recently field hospitals, with no recourse or means of appeal, or even the chance to get a second test.

Here’s one from this morning…

I can’t call the embassy as I don’t have a SIM card, I also have been told to order outside food as they won’t feed me. They won’t provide me with my test results and told me that I’d need to stay 14 days here in quarantine, but the doctor I talked with yesterday said 5 more days. I’m so confused as to what to do next.

Now, stripping all this back to basics, I’ll concede that we’re all in this mess together at the moment, and that we may have to forego a few personal freedoms for the greater good. I have no issue wearing a mask in public. I have no worries leaving my phone number at the door when entering premises. I will do my best to stay socially distant when in public.

But all these restrictions are easy to ramp up and much harder to wind back. And, at a deeper level, our trust in institutions, governments, and medical officials is being eroded. And that’s not good as we stumble forward in trying to get the world open again.

Will I get a vaccine passport? Probably. And I’ll also expect to have to carry it everywhere I go as it’s used as just another reminder that I’m just a guest in this country and I better just get used to it.

 

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25 Comments

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    J West

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:24 am

    If there’s no vaccine for foreign residents, how do we aquire a immunization passport? Am I missing something?

    • Thaiger

      Thaiger

      Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:27 am

      The only thing you’re missing is access to a vaccine as a foreigner in Thailand.

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    GioTraveler

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:29 am

    You managed to wander far from the topic of vaccine passports and – somewhat ironically – barely touched on it but you seem to be generally opposed to the idea. Unless you plan on being a recluse it will be required for international travel and perhaps, on occasion, locally. It’s not exactly a burden – just another piece of paper or app. It’s difficult to understand why people like you seem to think it’s an affront to carry proof of vaccination. You already have – and show as needed – a passport, a driver’s license, proof of auto/motorbike insurance, medical history, work history via resume or CV, etc. so what’s the big deal about one more document? As for your writing, you might consider trying to focus on the topic at hand instead of bouncing from mini-rant to mini-rant. And three cats? Really? That’s borderline crazy-cat-woman status. Good luck with that.

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    GioTraveler

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:33 am

    @J West – Eventually vaccines will be available for farang at the private hospitals along with the passport (likely Sept / Oct). If you don’t want to wait you can always go home … there are flights leaving BKK everyday.

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    Ted

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    You summed it up pretty well, Tim

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    7.62mm of darwin

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    is there any chance of escape from los to your home country. Not if you are from oz if you are then pay up and suck it up.

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    Big Al

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Great Bit Of Fact Tim, Keep dealing up the GOOD OIL. Good luck Thailand

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    Ray

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    There’s been a lot of talk about international accepted vaccine passports around the world. When it actually will see the light of day (and I hope it does soon), it certainly won’t look as the piece of paper shown in the video. That could only function inside LOS under the condition that there will be hefty fines and punishments for fakes. However, a generally accepted international vaccine passport must have the same security features as a citizen’s passport. That makes it a daunting task to realize. You simply can’t compare this to the existing papers showing proof of vaccination for tetanus, hepatitis etc. With Covid-19 there’s much more at stake than your personal health alone.

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    “If there’s no vaccine for foreign residents, how do we aquire a immunization passport? Am I missing something?”

    You’re missing the countless times the government have said that there will be “Covid Vaccinations for Everyone in Thailand” – but obviously you’re not the only one!

    Try putting that into a google search – “Vaccinations will include expatriates and migrant workers. The government intends to offer equal protection”.

    How many times do we need to be told???

    • Thaiger

      Thaiger

      Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 4:46 pm

      It won’t happen, unless foreigners pay for it OR are on the social security list. Let’s see who’s right.

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Just goes to show, @Thaiger, don’t believe wjingeing e-mails.

    No sim card so he can’t contact the embassy or order food, but he can still contact you?

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    I think you’re missing why it’s “law” and “announced in the Royal Gazette”.

    That doesn’t mean everyone will have to carry it – as only 6 people are allowed to sign it, if it only took 10 seconds to sign each “passport” it would take 15 years for them to sign enough for everyone.

    It just makes it an offence to forge it, as it’s now an official document. That’s all it does.

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    “It won’t happen, unless foreigners pay for it OR are on the social security list. Let’s see who’s right”

    No need to wait to see who’s right, Tim.

    It’s ALREADY happened for some working in Phuket, which you’ve reported, and for some who aren’t working but got off their backsides instead of whingeing and registered.

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    David Rucker

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    @Ted – I’m worried about only 6 officials being able to sign a passport. IATA has a travel passport now used by many UAE countries and Singapore. The Thai version seems to be easily counterfeited. This is an issue that lends itself to bitchain technology. How does a airline gate attendant in a foreign country verify validity of offered vaccine passport? On another note, I’m confused with lawfully approved methods of dealing with failed test results. My reading on these tests indicate their validity are far from 100% reliable. As a farang, if I fail airport test, where do they legally take me and what measures am I being forced to comply? Keep up the good reporting.

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    Daniel

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    All this is quite messy: as far as I know, the vaccine only prevents you to die.
    But you can catch the virus again and again and spread even with 7 vaccines.
    So, what??? I don’t understand anything of this mess.
    By the way: if you have already passed the virus… Would you get the certificate?

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    David

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    only solution to stop lockdowns is, to get a vaccine ?

    from big vaccine companies ( medicine = to treat symptoms and not find the cause ).
    and government with news which will help to deliver it around the country ??

    ( almost all people in the world, not trust the government,
    most are not interested in news, at least not “believe” much of it and
    government not really take care of health and poverty for decades + ).

    billions usd of tax money, goes to banks, military and pharma-medicine, yearly.
    ( keeps you in, debt, war .. see terror and unhealthy.
    worse saying, my doctor is a great doctor, “for years” ), any questions ?

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    Simon Small

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:04 am

    “The Thai version seems to be easily counterfeited. … How does a airline gate attendant in a foreign country verify validity of offered vaccine passport?”

    Reportedly UK immigration do no verification checks on any “vaccine passports” as it’s not possible but they catch over 100 forged every day just by the spelling mistakes.

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    Crispy

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    “certainly not the legion of instant vaccine experts that have now infected the internet.”
    These are your readers you’re talking about, they are trying to understand and together make sense of this mess. Show a little respect would you mate.

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    Crispy

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    The vaccine is important as it fortifies the immune system. Means the individual can fight off the virus or a least dial down its ravages.
    It doesn’t stop there – the vaccine also build resistance within the community. It means so many people are wearing “No Entry” signs that the virus has no way through. That’s “herd immunity” and it protects everyone, vaccinated and non-vaccinated alike … even refuseniks.
    But vaccination isn’t enough on its own.
    Thailand needs test-trace-isolate-treat. To get ahead of the game. Jump on the slightest case of Corona and rip out the vein of infected.
    If everyone plays the game – including mask, hygiene, space – the people will be saved and repair the damage done and the economy can re-open.

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    Covid1984

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    To understand whats comming, we can look at ground 0 of this plandemic, Israel. You need green passport in Israel to go on bus, gym, cinema, malls, shops, u need it to buy Mc Donald. U need it to work. Its total tyrany and tool of control, as well it dosent make sense cuz vaccinated still can get infected and spread it.

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    Karl

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 8:38 am

    This is nothing new.

    If you are coming from i.e. East Africa you will have to proof a yellow fever vaccination before entering Thailand. This is done normally by the yellow booklet International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis.

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    Farang

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7:23 am

    To the people saying “this is nothing new”, yes, yes it is something new. It’s something completely new. I have never had to walk around with papers saying if someone has jabbed me or not. I do however remember a country doing this in the 40’s I think it started with Germany.

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    Farang

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7:29 am

    To the people saying “this is nothing new”, yes, yes it is something new. It’s something completely new. I have never had to walk around with papers saying if someone has jabbed me or not with a vax that is experimental. I do however remember a country doing this in the 40’s I think it started with Germany.

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    PatriotDeano

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 1:03 am

    I sure as hell won’t be taking an experimental mRNA gene therapy injection – that’s already killing thousands around the world and injuring hundreds of thousands (you won’t see that on the MSM) – just to enter Thailand. And when the spike protein it carries causes a cytokine storm in the bodies of those unwitting, yet smug fools, who think the jab is harmless and they start dropping dead, the Thai tourism sector will be begging for the unvaccinated to start visiting again, perhaps to even help bury their dead?

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    PatriotDeano

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 1:34 am

    “ The vaccine is important as it fortifies the immune system.”

    Utter horse shit!

    It is an immunosuppressant. The various experimental mRNA injections (they are not vaccines) are killing people and injuring people within hours/days/weeks. The US’s VAERS is recording these (which the CDC openly admits only represent 10% of the true figure due to under-reporting) and the UK’s Yellow Card system is also recording them. For those vaccinated who have not been killed or injured, the fate they now face is a potential cytokine storm when their body next contracts any coronavirus strain. Numerous peer-reviewed virologists and immunologists expressed this fear prior to the rollout, and yet the sheep swallow utter tripe from the weasels, Anthony Fauci (US) and Chris Whitty (UK). When the unquestioning, gullible, compliant sheep finally wake from their cognitive dissonance, it will be too late, and then they’ll take their anger out on society, especially the unpoisoned. Kudos to Tim if this comment escapes censorship in an ever-increasing controlled-narrative world!

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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