Thailand (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was updated on 1 July 2022.

Is Thailand open for visitors?

Yes, Thailand is now open for all visitors with all vaccination statuses. Effective 1 May 2022, both fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers can now enter Thailand without having to quarantine.

Moreover, the Test & Go and Thailand Sandbox Programs have been removed allowing travellers to enter under the No Quarantine program with fewer requirements.

Furthermore, effective 1 July 2022, travellers, including Thai nationals and foreigners, are NO longer required to register for the Thailand Pass scheme. The US$10,000 (TBH 3,56,830) health insurance requirement for foreign travellers to enter the country has also been scrapped.

Is Thailand open to international tourism?

Thailand is now fully open to international tourism. Travellers can opt to enter Thailand without a visa under the Visa Exemption program. Upon their arrival, travellers will be allowed to stay for 30 days.

Travellers from countries not on the ‘visa exemption list’ must apply for the Special Tourist Visa (STV), which permits them a 90-day stay and can be renewed twice. You can apply for an STV via the Thai consulate or embassy in your own country.

Moreover, the Test & Go and Thailand Sandbox Programs have been removed allowing travellers to enter under the No Quarantine program with fewer requirements. Further, effective from 1 July 2022, travellers, including Thai nationals and foreigners, are NO longer required to register for the Thailand Pass scheme.

The US$10,000 (TBH 3,56,830) health insurance requirement for foreign travellers to enter the country has also been scrapped.

What are Thailand’s vaccine requirements?

Vaccination is not mandatory for entry into Thailand. Upon arriving in Thailand, fully vaccinated travellers must undergo entry screening, and will then be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the Kingdom.

Unvaccinated or not fully 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.

The unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated travellers without a negative test result within 72 hours of travel is required to follow the public health instructions and guidelines as deemed appropriate by the Health Control officer at the point of arrival.

According to the MoPH, travellers are considered fully vaccinated if:

  • They get their second dose of a two-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 the 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.

Vaccines currently approved in Thailand for travel are:

  • CoronaVac (Sinovac) – two doses needed / second dose after 2-4 weeks
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, Covishield) – two doses needed / second dose after 4-12 weeks
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, Tozinameran (INN)) – two doses needed / second dose after 3 week
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – first dose needed
  • Moderna (Spikevax) – two doses needed / second dose after 4 weeks
  • COVILO (Sinopharm, Hayat-Vax) – two doses needed / second dose after 3-4 weeks
  • Sputnik V – two doses needed / second dose after 3 weeks
  • Covaxin – two doses needed / second dose after 4 weeks
  • Novavax (Nuvaxovid) / Covovax – two doses needed / second dose after 3 weeks
  • Medigen – two doses needed / second dose after 4 weeks
  • TURKOVAC / ERUCOV-VAC – two doses needed / second dose after 4 weeks
  • Sputnik Light – one dose needed
  • CansinoBio (Ad5-nCov / Convidecia) – first dose needed.

What are Thailand’s entry requirements?

The Test & Go and Thailand Sandbox Programs have been removed allowing travellers to enter under the No Quarantine program with fewer requirements. Further, effective from 1 July 2022, travellers, including Thai nationals and foreigners, are NO longer required to register for the Thailand Pass scheme.

Additionally, the US$10,000 (TBH 3,56,830) health insurance requirement for foreign travellers to enter the country has also been scrapped.

The following are the two schemes through which non-Thai nationals may enter Thailand.

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
    • 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.

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

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

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 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.

The unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated travellers without a negative test result within 72 hours of travel is required to follow the public health instructions and guidelines as deemed appropriate by the Health Control officer at the point of arrival.

Please note that all expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the travellers.

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.

Transiting in Thailand

International passengers are permitted to transit at Surnavbahumi Airport, Bangkok. Your transit in Bangkok must not exceed 12 hours if your travel to Thailand includes transit in a non-approved country or territory. You must also not pass immigration control; in case you do, you will not be exempt from the quarantine scheme.

Interstate Travel in Thailand

Effective 1 June 2022,  Thailand’s Centre of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved further easing of nationwide COVID-19 controls with three colour-coded zones:

  • the Pilot Tourist Areas or blue zone
  • the Surveillance or green zone
  • the Areas under Stringent Surveillance or yellow zone.

Night-time entertainment venues such as pubs, bars and karaoke lounges that fall in the green and blue zones will be allowed to resume operation, including the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises up till 24.00 hours. However, all venues are told to strictly adhere to the prevention guidelines.

The CCSA has also approved the designation of Bangkok and 76 provinces as the Surveillance or green zone, thus allowing the resumption of new normal businesses and activities nationwide.

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