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Updated 2 May 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 are all set to welcome travellers from Saudi Arabia, as several flights are now available from Saudi Arabia to Thailand. 

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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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 from 28 February 2022. 

Saudi Arabia to Thailand flight schedule and rates

  • Riyadh to Bangkok: 2 direct and 3 connecting flights available every week. Ticket rates start at SAR 1499. 
  • Dammam to Bangkok: Multiple connecting flights available 4 days a week. Ticket rates start at SAR 1725. 
  • Jeddah to Bangkok: Multiple connecting flights available 4 days a week. Ticket rates start at SAR 1670. 

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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. 

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 2065. 
  • Dammam to Bangkok: Multiple connecting flights available every day. Ticket rates start at SAR 2160. 
  • Jeddah to Bangkok: Multiple connecting flights available every day. Ticket rates start at SAR 1945. 

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

Saudi Arabia is not exempt from visa requirements to enter Thailand, so travellers will need to apply for a valid visa. The Visa on Arrival (VOA) for a 15-day stay in Thailand is available for holders of Saudi passports. Tourists planning to stay more than 15 days in Thailand must apply for the Special Tourist Visa (STV) or Tourist Visa (TR).

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.

All travellers arriving in Thailand by air are required to register with Thailand Pass in order to travel into Thailand. Travellers are also NO longer required to present a pre-departure RT-PCR test report taken 72 hours before arrival in Thailand. They are also not required to undergo any on-arrival testing in the Kingdom.

Thailand Pass: Everything You Need to Know About Thailand’s Entry Registration System

Effective 1 May 2022, The Thailand Authority of Tourism (TAT), Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the lifting of the RT-PCR testing requirement for International arrivals.

Travellers can now register for the revised Thailand Pass under new entry measures. The Test & Go or Sandbox programs have been scrapped. The country has introduced two new entry schemes and arrivals will be categorised under the two new schemes, namely, “Vaccinated travellers” and “Unvaccinated travellers”.

The CCSA has also advised foreigners to self-monitor their condition whilst in Thailand and recommends an ATK test, but the ATK testing is advised and is not compulsory.

Travellers have simply been categorised under the two new schemes effective 1 May 2022:

Vaccinated travellers

Pre-arrival requirements

  • A valid passport, a Thailand Pass, or a Border Pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.
  • An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000. Thai nationals and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national healthcare coverage are exempt from this requirement.
  • A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination
    • 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 one dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.
    • Travellers with a history of COVID-19 infection who have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine post-infection must have a medical certificate of COVID-19 recovery.

On-arrival requirements

Upon arrival in Thailand, all travellers must undergo entry screening including a 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.

Please note that for arrivals by land using a border pass, they will be allowed a stay of no longer than 3 days within the specified areas only.

During the stay

While in Thailand, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated travellers are advised by authorities to strictly follow the health and safety standards. Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If testing positive, they must get the appropriate medical treatment.

Unvaccinated travellers

Pre-arrival requirements

  • A valid passport, a Thailand Pass, or a Border Pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.
  • An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000. Thai nationals and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national healthcare coverage are exempt from this requirement.
  • A proof of prepayment for 5-night quarantine at government-approved hotels, such as SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) hotel, or AQ Accommodations, plus proof of prepayment for one RT-PCR COVID-19 test. Thai nationals are not required to prepay for the test.

On-arrival requirements

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

Unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated travellers who have uploaded proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the Kingdom.

However, if the unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated travellers have not uploaded proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours they must:

  • Proceed to undergo the quarantine for 5 days.
  • The trip to the prebooked accommodation must be by a prearranged vehicle on a sealed route within a travelling time of no longer than 5 hours.
  • They must undergo an RT-PCR test on days 4-5.
  • Travellers under 5 years of age, travelling with parents and undergoing the quarantine together, can have a saliva test.
  • Travellers whose test result returns as negative will be allowed to go anywhere in the Kingdom. However, travellers whose test results return as positive will be referred for appropriate medical treatment and the expenses must be covered by the required insurance or own expense for foreign travellers, or national healthcare coverage for Thai nationals and eligible foreign expatriates.

During the stay

While in Thailand, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated travellers are advised to strictly follow the health and safety standards. Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If testing positive, they must get the appropriate medical treatment.

Vaccination criteria

To qualify for the Test & Go scheme or Sandbox programme to skip quarantine, travellers 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with a vaccine approved in Thailand or a WHO-approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand. Travellers, 12- 17 years of age unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this.

Vaccines currently approved in Thailand for travel are:

  1. CoronaVac 
  2. AstraZeneca or Covishield 
  3. Pfizer–BioNTech or Comirnaty 
  4. Janssen or Janssen/Ad26.COV2.S 
  5. Moderna 
  6. Sinopharm or COVILO 
  7. Sputnik V
  8. Covaxin 
  9. Medigen or MVC-COV1901 
  10. Sputnik Light  (Sandbox programme only).

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