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Thai Airports to Use Advance-Screening System to Verify Tourists Vaccination Records

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The sign at Suvarnabhumi International Airport for outgoing passengers needing reentry permits to return. You'd think someone would have pointed out the error by now. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

The Airports of Thailand will use a passenger-screening system designed to check passengers’ criminal records to verify their Covid-19 vaccination certificates.

AoT said Tuesday it will apply the Advance Passenger Processing System to quickly check the health certifications of passengers to expedite the entry process.

AoT President Nitinai Sirismatthakarn said APPS was created to detect air passengers with criminal records to help contain transnational crime. Now, the system will be applied to check health certificates including proof that passengers for fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The system is internationally recognized and will enhance efficiency in Covid-19 control in Thailand, he said.

AOT’s six airports – Chiang Mai, Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang – currently serve only about 15,000 travelers a day, compared with about 400,000 people a day before the coronavirus pandemic.

With Thailand reopening, the current system of inspecting vaccination records is unsustainable under the higher load of passengers expected with the opening of at least four more cities in October.