Travelers on Domestic Flights Will Need Digital Health Pass

Thai authorities have presided over the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation to facilitate travel documents’ inspection by integrating the so-called Digital Health Pass to the Mor Prom platform.

Deputy Minister of Public Health Satit Pitutecha headed the document’s signing as the ministry executes strategies to ease air travel.

He said aviation companies had prepared to follow new measures to help prevent the novel coronavirus’ spread now that the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has relaxed restrictions, allowing them to resume operations.

It was one of the reasons why the government decided to sign the agreement to use the Digital Health Pass for airlines and their customers, the deputy minister revealed.

Mr. Satit also explained that the ministry partners -including pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics- must provide information to be used on the Mor Prom platform to update it with relevant data.

The Digital Health Pass, which is expected to be rolled out soon, will be employed for domestic flights, he went on.

According to Permanent Secretary of Public Health Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrajit, the Memorandum of Cooperation was co-signed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT)’s Director Suthipong Kongpool and Thai Airline Association (AAT)’s President Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth.

Mr. Satit said the platform would provide digital health passes designed to ensure public safety and personal privacy.

They are valid for up to three years and will show vaccination status, details of past infections if diagnosed, and ATK or RT PCR test results, he explained.

The ministry plans to turn the system into a National Health Platform, Mr. Satit stated.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Public Health claimed that vaccinated people who do not appear in the app’s database represent only three percent of all inoculated citizens.

Of 35 million people vaccinated so far, only three percent still have their data entered into the Mor Prom system, the ministry said.

People who cannot get their information on the platform can communicate with the ministry through Mor Prom’s interface. However, all system data is updated in real-time, Mr. Satit added.