Thailand Reopening

Khao Lak, Thailand

Thailand reopened its borders to foreign tourists, in limited areas, from July for the first time since March 2020.

The reopening is planned in phases to ensure that all areas are ready to welcome back tourists – measures include minimum 70% vaccination of local population, low Covid-19 numbers and registered accommodation.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have confirmed that Thailand will welcome fully vaccinated foreign visitors arriving by air from 46 countries with no quarantine requirements from 1st November – see Test & GO below.

The latest entry requirements for quarantine-free entry can be found on our dedicated page here.

The schedule may change at any point depending on local factors – we will update whenever changes are made public.

Updated 26th October 2021


Sandbox

The Phuket Sandbox was launched on 1st July, and an extension programme was launched in August (and ended in September).

The Sandbox has now been extended to cover Phuket, the Surat Thani Islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai and Railay Beach in Krabi province and Khao Lak and Koh Yao in Phang-Nga.

Visitors to the Sandbox must be fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR Covid-19 test prior to arrival. Additional tests are conducted on arrival and a few days later.

All visitors must stay in approved hotels for at least the first 7 days.

After the completion of 7 days in their chosen Sandbox area, travellers can visit other areas of Thailand.

The Sandbox is scheduled to end on 31st October and be replaced by Blue Zones.

Phuket Sandbox Details

Samui Plus Sandbox

Krabi Even More Amazing Sandbox

Phang-Nga Prompt Sandbox

Test & GO

The launch of Test & GO means that once travellers have tested negative for Covid-19 on arrival, they will be able to move freely around Thailand. They will not have to undergo another mandatory PCR test but would need to use a self-test Antigen Test Kit on day 6/7.

  1. Travel by air from approved countries. Thailand has approved quarantine-free entry for arrivals from Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK, USA, and Hong Kong.
    • Must have been in the approved countries for 21 days or more. Transit/transfer from the approved counties is not allowed.
    • For returning Thais and foreign residents, it is not necessary to be in an approved country for 21 days or more, as long as they are travelling from Thailand to the approved country/s and return within the last 21 days.
  2. A Certificate of Entry (COE) or a proof of registration for entry Thailand via specified platform. Currently, the COE can be applied online https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/,
  3. A Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before travelling.
    • A Medical Certificate of Recovery is also required from those having a lab result with COVID-19 detected to show that that have recovered from COVID-19 no later than 3 months.
  4. An insurance policy, with coverage clearly identified as no less than US$50,000, which should cover the cost of the treatment and other medical expenses associated with being infected with COVID-19, including in-patient hospitalisation for the whole duration in Thailand. *Except for Thai citizens who are entitled to the national health insurance system.*
  5. A payment confirmation for no less than a 1-night stay upon arrival at the approved quarantine facilities (Alternative Quarantine – AQ, Organisation Quarantine – OQ, or Alternative Hospital Quarantine – AHQ), or SHA Plus-certified hotel.
    • The prepayment should cover both the 1-night accommodation, the required RT-PCR COVID-19 test, and an Antigen Test Kit (ATK).
  6. A Certificate of Vaccination (fully vaccinated).
    • For those fully vaccinated, proof includes a Certificate of Vaccination with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) (see here) or the World Health Organisation (WHO) (see here) no less than 14 days before their travel date.
    • and a Certificate of Vaccination with at least one dose of the approved vaccine at least 14 days before their travel date.
    • Travellers under 12 years of age, travelling with their parents or guardians, are exempt from this vaccination requirement, but must have a Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before travelling.
  7. Undergo exit screening before departure to Thailand.
  8. Upon arrival at Thailand’s international airport, travellers must proceed directly by the approved airport transfer to the pre-arranged COVID-19 test centre, or the reserved accommodation and undergo the required RT-PCR COVID-19 test on Day 0-1.
    • Travellers must download and install the specified alert application (MorChana), and must wait within the accommodation only for the test result, which should be available within the day.
  9. If testing negative for COVID-19, travellers can go anywhere in Thailand.
    • Each traveller will receive an ATK that they have prepaid when booking the accommodation.
    • Any traveller experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must immediately get a test done, using the provided ATK. If experiencing no symptoms, travellers must use the provided ATK for COVID-19 self-testing on Day 6-7, and show the result to staff at the hotel or accommodation, as well as record the result (bot detected and non-detected) in the MorChana App.
    • Hotel/AQ staff must recommend that travellers self-monitor themselves for at least 7 days. If any traveller experiences COVID-19 symptoms, Hotel/AQ staff must immediately notify the officer in charge of communicable disease control in their respective area.
  10. For travelling from Thailand to other countries, travellers are advised to follow the guidelines and measures announced by the respective country of their destination.

Blue Zones

Those travelling from countries not currently approved under Test & GO will be able to enter using the new Blue Zone scheme which replaces the Sandbox.

The Sandbox was limited to just 4 areas of Thailand, the Blue Zone will see an expansion of the permitted areas to 17 destinations including Bangkok.

  • Travellers can choose from 17 “Blue Zone” destinations, up from the current 4 “Sandbox” destinations, for their first 7-night mandatory stay within the destination before being able to move on to other parts of Thailand.
    • Bangkok
    • Krabi
    • Chon Buri (Banglamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Ko Si Chang, and Sattahip – Na Jomtien and Bang Sarey)
    • Chiang Mai (Mueang, Doi Tao, Mae Rim, and Mae Taeng,)
    • Trat (Ko Chang)
    • Buri Ram (Mueang)
    • Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Nong Kae)
    • Phang-Nga
    • Phetchaburi (Cha-Am)
    • Phuket
    • Ranong (Ko Phayam)
    • Rayong (Ko Samet)
    • Loei (Chiang Khan)
    • Samut Prakan (Suvarnabhumi Airport)
    • Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao)
    • Nong Khai (Mueang, Sangkhom, Si Chiang Mai, and Tha Bo)
    • Udon Thani (Mueang, Ban Dung, Kumphawapi, Na Yung, Nong Han, and Prachaksinlapakhom)
  • The two required COVID-19 tests have been revised to using the RT-PCR method for the first test upon arrival in Thailand, and the ATK method at the designated test centres for the second test, which takes place around Day 6-7.

Alternative Quarantine (AQ) System

Any travellers who do not qualify for Test & GO or Blue Zones will continue to have to use the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) system.

  • The quarantine period will remain 7 days for travellers who have been fully vaccinated with the approved vaccine, 10 days for air arrivals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and 14 days for land arrivals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. However, they will be able to enjoy more activities within the hotel.
  • The 2 required COVID-19 tests have been revised to using the RT-PCR method for the first test upon arrival in Thailand, and the ATK method at the designated test centres for the second test which takes place around Day 8-9.

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