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Thailand to issue international vaccine passport for travellers

Tanutam Thawan

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An international vaccine passport, certifying Covid-19 immunisation, will be an official travel document for those travelling overseas, according to an order by the Public Health Ministry’s Disease Control Department.

A copy of the vaccine passport along with an order outlining the issuing process, both approved by the department’s director general Opas Karnkawinpong, were published in the Royal Gazette, making it official.

Vaccines must be registered in Thailand or certified by the World Health Organisation, according to the order. Authorised disease control officials must sign the passport to validate the vaccination.

Each traveller must have their own vaccine passport. Children under the age of 7 must have a signature of parent on their passports.
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    Espen Sanderberg

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    And which countries will accept this vaccine certificate to avoid having to go into quarantine?

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    “Each traveller must have their own vaccine passport. Children under the age of 7 must have a signature of parent on their passports.”

    How can “children under the age of 7” have a vaccine passport?

    How can ANY children have a vaccine passport when they can’t be vaccinated yet?

    Are you reporting that NO children, Thai or foreign, can leave Thailand until they are vaccinated which probably won’t be for at least a year, maybe more?

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Only for Thais. Right?

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    Rasputin

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Correct me if I’m wrong but this is only for Thai citizens travelling abroad, at the moment there is no International agreement been made regarding the required format for such a document. Until this is known, and complied with, the document is useless. Another yet to be resolved issue is the updating of the validity of the protection offered which will vary between the various vaccines and the strains of covid 19 in circulation. On top of all that, there’s the fraud protection/detection measures which will be required. One thing that is certain, is it ISN’T going to be easy to get all (or the most important) countries to mutually agree on this is it? Many countries “data protection and privacy laws” will almost certainly be breached, I think a widely accepted usable Passport is a long way off at the moment

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    Jeff

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Is this a joke? What’s it for, really? Thais expect it to be good enough for other countries to accept? But they themselves, beginning on May 1 have relegated foreigners with vaccination evidence to the same 14 day quarantine that non-vaccinated arrivals must do. If you want to travel to the USA, you just need a negative viral Covid 19 test within 3 days of departing. Even a rapid test qualifies, as long as it’s a viral antigen. The US is coming out of it’s Covid emergency to the point of many states (most red states, by the way) being open with masks not being necessary outdoors. Thailand really is in the dark ages.

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    wayno

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 2:41 am

    A paper certificate coming from the land of corruption and forgeries will be laughed at

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    Sebastian

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 4:20 am

    Another nail in the coffin of human liberty.

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    Willem

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 6:42 am

    Not accepting any foreigner who is fully vaccinated with a highly effective vaccine. But making a passport for the thais who get a very low effective chinese vaccine?

    Whats wrong with these Thais?

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    James Pate

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 6:59 am

    I suppose it would make a nice keepsake or souvenir to hand down to your grandkids, like a worthless Confederate banknote.

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    Manu

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 8:38 am

    “Each traveller must have their own vaccine passport. Children under the age of 7 must have a signature of parent on their passports.”

    That scary sentence… It seems clear now that most countries are planning to vaccinate kids and young adults, as if their lives had not been turned upside down enough for the last 18 months. One thing I keep hearing is that science is about “benefits/risks”, isn’t it obvious to anyone by now that there are more risks than benefits to vaccinate kids and young adults (plus we can add some potential future risks that we do not know about yet)? Is there any benefit at all?? Herd immunity is not even an argument anymore since it is now a known fact that all these vaccines do not prevent to catch and then spread the virus…. So why vaccinating kids and young adults? The only benefit I can see is indeed to acquire one these “vaccine certificate / passport” in order to be allowed to travel … and it seems also very clear now in many countries, eventually/maybe to be allowed to go to a concert, to bars, to the theatre, etc… I do not even mention that NOBODY knows the long-term effects of these new vaccines that have never been used on human beings (please do not come up with any argument on that subject, NOBODY knows, it is as simple as that!). I feel sorry for the youth of today, what a beautiful “new normal” world we are going to leave behind us to our kids and grandkids…

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      Thaiger

      Friday, April 30, 2021 at 8:47 am

      There is nothing in that ‘scary’ sentence that says that kids and young adults must be vaccinated. I don’t know any country that has made the vaccine compulsory. Sure, there may be some restrictions on what unvaccinated people may be able to do eg. international travel. But your comment is full of misinformation. Vaccines, for example, are to protect the person vaccinated, not ‘kill’ the virus or prevent its transfer.

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    J. Johnston

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Another example of unqualified decision makers. The current vaccine is not a shield from the variants.
    Basic epidemiology. This is a virus.
    As with all viruses…one strain,one vaccine. Reason why the flu shot is annual. Ban international travel is the key solution. Not the only one but historical proof the best one.

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    J West

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    OK…..but….given the fact that everything printed and certified, from Covid Free Certs to Passports is easily forged , who will accept a “Immunization Cert “ from Thailand? No offense…but, seriously…don’t waste the paper.

    Next up, obviously, there are no vaccines. Hundreds of companies banded together to buy vaccines for employees, Thai Military shot down the concept? Why? One can only speculate about face being lost somewhere.

    Suggestion, just get the damn vaccine sorted out nation wide. Vaccinating Phuket and expecting workers not to leave the bubble to be reinfected is a vacuous dream. The stream of carrot and stick nonsense fools no one. We’re not misdirected, we’re angry.

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    Simon Small

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    “Basic epidemiology. This is a virus.
    As with all viruses…one strain,one vaccine.”

    Your basic epidemiology is basically wrong – and actually it’s basic virology.

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    MJ

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    This is better than NOTHING
    WHO have had a year to come up with an international Valid Vaccine Passport but they have done NOTHING.
    WHO is a Totally useless Organization

    Why are all responders so negative and why you stay in Thailand if the Country is so Bad as you say

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    Jimmy Sjogren

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    You said to get it at BKK airport. What about if one are staying in Chiang Mai and are flying from here?

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    Manu

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    @Thaiger – so you did not publish my answer to your “misinformed “ comment of mine? Great. Why? 2 sources were mentioned, the Israeli newspaper haraatz and the MIT in the us website. You did not , why?

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    MJ

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Jimmy,
    How can you get the Vaccination Passport from BKK Airport.
    Of course, you will get it from the place where you got your Vaccination.
    No matter if you are in C M Phuket or Udon etc.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    “Correct me if I’m wrong but this is only for Thai citizens travelling abroad,”

    You’re wrong, as are others.

    It’s for anyone vaccinated here.

    Why do you think the CCSA put the instructions for “How and Where to get Thailand’s International Vaccination Certificate” IN ENGLISH, as clearly published here and elsewhere?

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    “Of course, you will get it from the place where you got your Vaccination.”

    NO HE WON’T, @MJ.

    The “How and Where” instructions from the CCSA, shown in the article, are VERY clear – Bangkok only.

    Doubtless this will change as it will be impossible for the only six (6) officials allowed to sign the certificate to do so in sufficient numbers, but at present those ARE the rules.

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