BANGKOK, 16 March 2021: Thai Airways International and THAI Smile have signed agreements to participate in a trial of the IATA Travel Pass.
According to THAI’s acting president Chansin Treenuchagron
and THAI Smile’s CEO Charita Leelayudh the two airlines will pilot the
introduction of the Travel Pass scheme in Thailand.
At the signing ceremony, the two executives were joined by
Air Chief Marshal Chaiyapruk Didyasarin, THAI Chairman and Rehabilitation,
Louis Moser, Area Manager, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, IATA and
members of the management team of THAI, THAI Smile.
IATA Travel Pass consists of a mobile application that helps
travellers to store and manage their verified certifications for Covid-19 tests
or COVID-19 vaccines.
This will be an essential verification to confirm both
testing and vaccination proof as a condition of international travel during and
after the Covid-19 pandemic. The IATA Travel Pass will be more secure and
efficient than current paper processes used to manage health requirements. This
will be important given the potentially enormous scale of testing or vaccine
verifications that will need to be securely managed.
The trials of IATA Travel Pass by THAI and THAI Smile should
increase passenger confidence to travel, enabling a quick recovery for global
aviation and the tourism industry around the world.