The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)recently confirmed that Thailand will welcome fully vaccinated foreign visitors arriving by air from 46 countries with no quarantine requirements from 1st November.
Here are the latest entry rules and information for travellers. This will be updated as any changes are officially approved here.
Quarantine-free entry has been approved for visitors from the following countries:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- Hong Kong
Requirements For Quarantine-Free Travel
Visitors must comply with the following:
- Arrive by air from a country that is on the list approved by the Thai Public Health Ministry (see above)
- Must have been in the approved countries/territories for 21 days or more
- Fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have proof of vaccination
- Produce proof of negative Covid-19 test from RT-PCR test issued within 72 hours before departure to Thailand
- Obtain Thailand Pass before departure
- Health insurance required with a minimum coverage of USD $50,000
- Undergo a RT-PCR test on arrival in Thailand
- Book and pay for one night at an approved hotel with enhanced Covid safety protocols (e.g. SHA Plus hotels) and wait for the negative test result – Official list of SHA Plus hotels
- Install the MorChana tracking app – For Android For iPhone
- Can travel anywhere in Thailand after a negative test result received
Thailand Pass & Certificate of Entry (COE)
Visitors entering under the new rules must still prepare documents in advance.
A new digital platform called Thailand Pass is aimed at making the process easier. Thai authorities say the system will be ready by 1st November. The Thailand Pass system will replace Certificate of Entry (CoE).
Once registered in the new system, travellers will receive a Thailand Pass QR Code to display to the airline and to screening officers at the immigration checkpoint.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I already received a CoE for travel in November?
You can use the CoE that has already been received.
Is Covid-19 insurance mandatory?
Yes. You need to have insurance for Covid-19 that covers medical costs up to a minimum of USD $50,000 for the entire duration of your stay in Thailand.
If you are travelling with children, they will also need to be covered by insurance. Your insurance should cover the cost of the treatment and any other medical expenses associated with testing positive for Covid-19 including in-patient hospitalisation.
Can I travel to Thailand via another destination e.g. Dubai or Singapore?
You can travel to Thailand via any approved country/territory. Dubai (UAE) and Singapore are both on the approved list so they can be used for a connecting flight or a stopover e.g.
- Permitted: Depart > transit Dubai > arrive Thailand
- Permitted: Depart > 3 nights Dubai > arrive Thailand
- Not permitted: Depart > transit India > arrive Thailand
Can I travel anywhere in Thailand after I receive my negative test result?
Yes – subject to any local Covid restrictions that my be in place.
Can I stay in any hotel when I arrive?
When you arrive, you must stay at a SHA Plus Hotel (hotel with enhanced Covid safety protocols) and wait for your negative test result.
On arrival at an international airport in Thailand, you will need to proceed directly to the SHA Plus hotel for your arrival RT-PCR test. The hotel must must be within a 2 hour drive from the international airport you arrived at e.g.
- Permitted: Depart > arrive Bangkok > PCR test at Bangkok hotel
- Permitted: Depart > transit Singapore > arrive Chiang Mai > PCR test at Chiang Mai hotel
- Not permitted: Depart > transit Bangkok > arrive Chiang Mai > PCR test at Chiang Mai hotel
Do I need to prepay for my hotel?
Yes. You will need payment confirmation for a stay of at least one night at an approved hotel (e.g. SHA Plus). The prepayment should cover the costs of:
- At least one night’s accommodation
- One RT-PCR Covid-19 test on arrival
- Antigen Test Kit (ATK)
How long does the test result take to come through?
Your result should be available within the day.
What is the Antigen Test Kit for?
Travellers are required to complete a self-test on day 6/7 using the provided Antigen Test Kit.
The test result needs to be shown to staff at your accommodation and your result logged in the MorChana app.
Can I make my own travel arrangements to my hotel when I arrive in Thailand?
When you arrive at one of Thailand’s international airports, you will need to travel directly by the approved airport transfer to either the pre-arranged Covid-19 test centre or your reserved accommodation to undergo the required RT-PCR test.
Do I need to download any apps?
Can it be any Covid vaccine and what proof do I need to show?
The vaccine must be approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Thai Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA approved list includes:
- Johnson & Johnson,
Visitors need to be fully vaccinated with two shots of the vaccine (one shot for Johnson & Johnson).
Vaccinations need to have been given at least 14 days before boarding your flight to Thailand and no longer than one year before.
Thailand will also now accept a Medical Certificate of Recovery showing the traveller has recovered from Covid-19 no more than 3 months ago
If I’ve not been vaccinated or only received one dose of the AstraZeneca jab, can I still travel to Thailand?
You can, but you will need to follow the current entry procedures and enter quarantine on arrival. You can only visit without quarantine if you have been fully vaccinated with both doses of the jab (or one shot for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
Do I need to have a Covid test before departing for Thailand?
International travellers must present a medical certificate with a RT-PCR laboratory result showing that Covid-19 is not detected. The test result needs to be issued within 72 hours of departure and the time and date shown on the certificate.
Can I travel with my unvaccinated children?
Children under 12 years of age, who are travelling with their fully vaccinated parents or guardians, are exempt from the vaccination requirement. Unvaccinated children must have a medical certificate with a RT-PCR lab result issued no more than 72 hours before travelling indicating that Covid-19 is not detected .
My child is 14 and had one jab. Is this acceptable for travel to Thailand?
Children and young adults between the age of 12 and 18 are required to be double vaccinated (one shot for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
Can I book my own flights and hotels or do I have to use a travel agent?
You can book independently, but you need to make sure you comply with all the entry requirements.
Do I need a visa?
The visa exemption scheme is back in force for permitted countries. Check the latest rules for your country with your local Thai consulate or embassy.
Travellers staying for more than 30 days will need a Tourist Visa which will allow you to stay for up to 60 days plus a one-time extension of 30 days if required.
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