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Updated 4 August 2022

After more than 30 years of tension and strained relationship, Saudi Arabia and Thailand have officially agreed to restore diplomatic ties fully. Following this announcement, the tropical havens of Thailand have begun to welcome travellers from Saudi Arabia, as several flights are now available from Saudi Arabia to Thailand.

Thailand has also removed all COVID related restrictions in the country, attracting more travellers than ever. Looking to fly to Thailand from Saudi Arabia? Here are the latest travel requirements, flight schedules, airfares and flight time while travelling to Thailand. 

Flights from Saudi Arabia to Thailand

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Below, we have listed two major airlines flying between Saudi Arabia and Thailand. Please note that the schedule and prices are accurate at the time of writing, for the month of August 2022. 

Saudi Airlines 

Following the resumption of diplomatic ties between the two countries, Saudia (الخطوط السعودية), the KSA’s flagship air carrier, has been operating direct flights between Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

Saudi Arabia to Thailand flight schedule and rates

  • Riyadh to Bangkok: 2 direct and several connecting flights available every week. Ticket rates start at SAR 1967. 
  • Dammam to Bangkok: Upto 6 connecting flights available every day. Ticket rates start at SAR 1849. 
  • Jeddah to Bangkok: Multiple connecting flights available every day. Ticket rates start at SAR 1738. 

Please visit Wego for Saudia full schedule.

Saudi Arabia to Thailand flight time 

Direct flights operated by Saudia are scheduled to take 12 hours 35 minutes to reach Thailand from Saudi Arabia. Connecting flights could take upto 15 to 20 hours in accordance with the layover periods. Some connecting flights may have 2 stops. 

Emirates

Emirates offers connecting flights flying from Saudi Arabia to Bangkok, with a stopover at the Dubai International Airport. 

Saudi Arabia to Thailand flight schedule and rates

  • Riyadh to Bangkok: Up to 10 connecting flights available every day. Ticket rates start at SAR 2142. 
  • Dammam to Bangkok: Multiple connecting flights available every day. Ticket rates start at SAR 2232. 
  • Jeddah to Bangkok: Multiple connecting flights available every day. Ticket rates start at SAR 2028. 

Please visit Wego for Emirates full schedule.

Saudi Arabia to Thailand flight time 

Since there are only connecting flights available with Emirates, each flight may take anywhere between 10 or 30 hours, depending on the layover period at Dubai. 

Thailand visa requirement for Saudi travellers

Holders of Saudi ordinary passports can travel to Thailand without a visa and stay in Thailand for tourism for 30 days.

Other types of visas available are the non-immigrant business visa, diplomatic visa, tourist visa for medical treatment, non-immigrant visa for family member of a Thai national, non-immigrant long-stay visa, transit and sports visa. For complete visa requirements, please check out the website of the Thailand embassy in Riyadh.

Can I travel from Saudi Arabia to Thailand?

Yes, you can. All Saudi citizens must take the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to have “immune” status on the Tawakkalna app to travel outside and return back to the Kingdom. As per the latest travel guidelines, the following categories are exempted:

  • People under the age of 16 years.
  • Exempted people from the vaccine according to (Tawakkalna) Application.

Furthermore:

  • Everyone 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.
  • Travellers 5-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.

Thailand has now scrapped its pre-departure RT-PCR testing requirement for vaccinated international travellers arriving in Thailand. International arrivals to Thailand are no longer be required to register themselves for the Thailand pass and US$10,000 health insurance, thus welcoming all travellers with proof of either a certificate of vaccination or a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR or professional ATK (Antigen Test Kit) test result.

Vaccinated travellers

Pre-arrival requirements

Vaccinated travellers must have the following documents for entering Thailand:

  • A valid passport, or a border pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.
  • A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination

On-arrival requirements

Upon arriving in Thailand, all travellers must undergo entry screening including body temperature check, and present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks.

The vaccinated travellers will then be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.

Unvaccinated travellers

Pre-arrival requirements

Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers must have the following documents for entering Thailand:

  • A valid passport, or a border pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.

On-arrival requirements

After the health screening, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers who have proof of a negative result from an RT-PCR test or professional ATK within 72 hours of travel will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.

However, unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers without a negative test result within 72 hours of travel are required to follow the public health instructions and guidelines as deemed appropriate by the Health Control officer at the point of arrival. All expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the travellers.

COVID recovered travellers

  • Those previously infected with COVID-19 are considered fully vaccinated if they have received a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine at any time after their recovery. They are required to submit proof or medical record of COVID-19 recovery alongside the single-dose vaccination certificate.
  • Those fully vaccinated before contracting COVID-19 are still considered to be fully vaccinated.
  • Those recovered from COVID-19 within 3 months before travelling to Thailand must present a valid medical certificate certifying the full recovery (within 3 months but no less than 14 days before travelling) or that they are asymptomatic in case the COVID-19 RT-PCR – or professional ATK – test shows a positive result.

Vaccination criteria

Vaccines currently approved in Thailand for travel are:

  1. CoronaVac (Sinovac) – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 2-4 weeks;
  2. AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, Covishield) – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 4-12 weeks;
  3. Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, Tozinameran (INN)) – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 3 week;
  4. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – 1 dose needed;
  5. Moderna (Spikevax) – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 4 weeks);
  6. COVILO (Sinopharm, Hayat-Vax) – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 3-4 weeks);
  7. Sputnik V – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 3 weeks);
  8. Covaxin – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 4 weeks;
  9. Novavax (Nuvaxovid) / Covovax – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 3 weeks);
  10. Medigen – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 4 weeks;
  11. TURKOVAC / ERUCOV-VAC– 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 4 weeks;
  12. Sputnik Light – 1 dose needed;
  13. CansinoBio (Ad5-nCov / Convidecia) – 1 dose needed.

Travellers are considered fully vaccinated if:

  • They get their second dose of a 2-dose vaccine no less than 14 days before their travel date to Thailand.
  • They get a single-dose vaccine no less than 14 days before their travel date to Thailand.
  • In case of mix-and-match vaccines, travellers should get their second dose of a different vaccine within the recommended interval of the first vaccine no less than 14 days before their travel date to Thailand.

The travellers’ certificate of COVID-19 vaccination should contain the following details:

  • Given name and last name;
  • Date of Birth;
  • Nationality;
  • Passport or Identification No.;
  • Name of the COVID-19 vaccine;
  • Vaccination dates;
  • Vaccine manufacturer and lot/batch number;
  • Authorised organisation in the country of origin

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