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Quarantine-free travel from 1st November 2021
From 1st November 2021, fully vaccinated visitors from 63 countries can travel to Thailand without needing to quarantine or enter through the Blue Zone Sandbox.
This page includes the latest information for people planning on visiting Thailand. We will update it as changes are made official.
Updated 19th November 2021.
Quarantine-free entry has been approved for visitors travelling by air from the following countries:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- Slovak Republic
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- 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) – returning Thais and foreign residents, who previously travelled from Thailand, are exempt from this requirement.
- Must have been in the approved countries/territories for 21 days or more
- Fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days before travel and have proof of vaccination – travellers under 12 years of age, travelling with parents or guardians, are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
- 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. The Thailand Pass system has replaced the Certificate of Entry (CoE) for all travellers arriving by air.
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.
The entire Thailand Pass process should take no more than 7 working days.
The existing CoE site at https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ is scheduled to continue to be the process for travellers arriving by land or sea.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I already received a CoE for travel in November?
You can use the CoE that has already been received.
How long does it take to approve the Thailand Pass?
Up to 7 working days.
What Covid vaccines are accepted 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).
Visitors need to be fully vaccinated with two shots of the vaccine (one shot for Johnson & Johnson). The FDA approved list includes:
- Johnson & Johnson,
Vaccination shots 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)
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.
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).
Will Thailand accept a vaccine exemption certificate issued by the NHS?
No. The ‘Test and Go’ arrangement is only for fully vaccinated travellers.
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?
To travel to Thailand under the Test and Go arrangement, 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 travel anywhere in Thailand after I’ve stayed one night and received my negative test result?
Yes – Subject to any local Covid restrictions that my be in place for domestic travellers.
After I arrive in Thailand, how long does it take for the RT-PCR test result to come through?
Your result should be available within the day.
Do I need to download any apps?
You need to download and install the MorChana app and wait at your accommodation for your test result.
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.
How much does the RT-PCR test and Antigen Test Kit cost and who do I pay?
The cost is 2,000 Baht to include the Covid test on arrival and Antigen Test Kit. Payment needs to be made in advance via the SHA Plus hotel you are staying at for your first night’s stay.
Where will the RT-PCR test take place?
On arrival at the airport in Thailand, you will be taken by designated transport to the test centre or hospital for your RT-PCR test. Children under 6 years old have a saliva test
What happens if I test positive?
If your test result is positive, the test centre or hospital will make all arrangements to admit you to hospital. Your expenses need to be covered by your insurance.
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 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.
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 > stay 3 nights India > arrive Thailand
Can I stay at any hotel when I arrive?
You must pre-book and pay for an approved hotel (e.g. SHA Plus or AQ hotel) which offers a Test and Go package.
On arrival at an international airport in Thailand, you will need to proceed directly via approved transfer to the 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 UK > arrive Bangkok > test at Bangkok hotel
- Permitted: Depart UK > arrive Bangkok > transfer to Pattaya > test at Pattaya hotel
- Permitted: Depart UK > arrive Phuket > transfer to Khao Lak > test at Khao Lak hotel
- Permitted: Depart UK > transit Singapore > arrive Chiang Mai > test at Chiang Mai hotel
- Not permitted: Depart UK > transit Bangkok > arrive Chiang Mai > test at Chiang Mai hotel
- Not permitted: Depart UK > transit Bangkok > arrive Krabi > test at Krabi 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 or AQ hotel). 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)
Do I have to wait in my hotel room for the initial Covid-19 test result or can I enjoy the hotel facilities?
You have to wait in your hotel room, but can leave the hotel as soon as your negative test result is received. No refund will be issued if you book an overnight stay and leave early after getting a negative test result.
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