Thailand (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 16.02.2021
1. Passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter and transit until 28 February 2021.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Thailand;
– passengers who are spouses, parents or children of a national of Thailand;
– airline crew with a return scheduled flight;
– passengers with a visa issued by Thailand;
– nationals of Australia, China (People’s Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Viet Nam with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card;
– passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card;
– residents of Hong Kong (SAR China) with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from Hong Kong (SAR China);
– students.
2. The following visa exemptions apply:
a) Nationals of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA, Vietnam with a normal passport traveling as tourists for a maximum stay of 45 days.
b) Passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport for a maximum stay of 45 days.
c) Passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport for a maximum stay of 30 days.
d) Passengers with a British passport with nationality “British Citizen for a maximum stay of 45 days.
e) Nationals of Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Mongolia and Russian Fed. for a maximum stay of 30 days.
f) Nationals of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru with a normal passport for a maximum stay of 90 days.
g) Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czechia, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and Uruguay with a diplomatic passport for a maximum stay of 90 days.
h) Nationals of Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China (People’s Rep.), Ecuador, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Malaysia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Singapore and Viet Nam with a diplomatic passport for a maximum stay of 30 days.
i) Nationals of Argentina, Belarus, Bhutan, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Germany, India, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Panama, Philippines, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Uruguay with an official passport for a maximum stay of 90 days.
j) Nationals of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Ecuador, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Singapore and Viet Nam with an official passport for a maximum stay of 30 days.
k) Nationals of Albania, Austria, Belgium, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russian Fed., Slovakia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey and Ukraine with a service passport for a maximum stay of 90 days.
l) Nationals of China (People’s Rep.), Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mozambique and Oman with a service passport for a maximum stay of 30 days.
3. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The certificate must be in English.
– This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.
4. Passengers must have an insurance to cover medical expenses in Thailand with a coverage cost of at least USD 100,000.-.
– This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.
5. Passengers must:
– have a Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by Royal Thai Embassy and a Fit to Fly health certificate issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The certificate must be in English, and
– download the ThailandPlus App and register by using COE number and reference code.
6. Suspension of visa on arrival facilities.
7. Suspension of visa exemption for nationals of Cambodia and Myanmar with a normal passport.
8. Passengers are subject to medical screening.
9. Passengers are subject to quarantine at their own expense. They must have a confirmed hotel reservation.
– This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.
10. Nationals of Thailand are subject to quarantine.
11. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next flight.
12. Airline crew staying overnight must have a guarantee letter from the airline or a health insurance certificate with a coverage cost of at least USD 100,000.-.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Only the following passengers are eligible to enter Thailand:

*Thai nationals
*Persons permitted or invited by the prime minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues
*The spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national
*Foreign nationals holding a valid certificate of residence, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom
*Foreign nationals holding a valid work permit or are allowed to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children
*Carriers of necessary goods, subject to immediate return after completion
*Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission, and have a specified date and time for return
*Foreign nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students
*Foreign nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. (Note this does not include medical treatment for COVID-19.)
*Individuals visiting for the purpose of diplomatic missions, consular affairs, international organisations, government representatives, foreign government agencies working in Thailand, or individuals in other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of *Foreign Affairs, including their spouse, parents, or children
*Foreign nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement
*Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Cardholders from low-risk countries such as Australia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam, China and Hong Kong SAR – that are travelling from their country of nationality. Such passengers are eligible for visa exemption and can stay up to 90 days in Thailand.
*Holders of ‘Special Tourist Visa’ (which requires a minimum stay in Thailand of at least 90 days)
*Holders of non-immigrant visa who are business people without a work permit and are intending to enter Thailand for business purposes

All passengers are required to complete a health declaration a new window prior to their arrival in Thailand.

Thai nationals:
*A Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs
*Fit to Fly health certificate issued within 72 hours prior to departure
*A 14-day hotel booking confirmation at an approved Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel. For more details, please visit http://hsscovid.com/Open a new window

Non-Thai Nationals:
*A Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs
*Fit to Fly health certificate issued within 72 hours prior to departure
*A medical certificate indicating COVID-19 has not been detected (RT-PCR test) within 72 hours prior to the scheduled departure time of the first point of departure
*Staying insurance covering medical expenses (including COVID-19) to the amount of USD100,000

If you are covered under Cathay Pacific Airways COVID-19 Travel Cover policy and would like to request for proof of eligibility, please send us an email at [email protected] or contact us via LINE (@cathayth) at least three (3) working days in advance. To check on your eligibility, please refer hereOpen a new window

*Hotel booking confirmation for 14 days at an approved Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel
*A valid visa
 

Lockdown Details

The Royal Thai Government has approved the extension of the Emergency Decree nationwide until 28 February, 2021, as part of the strengthened measures nationwide to contain the local transmission.

Thailand will ease restrictions in most provinces from February 1st. The government will now categorize the localities into five different groups with varying strictness levels of protocols.

Samut Sakhon will remain a maximum and strict control zone (maroon). Schools, entertainment venues, and transport centers will remain closed. Crowded events like conferences and seminars are still suspended. Markets will reopen with controls. Food establishments can host dining in customers until 9 PM. Shopping centers can operate through 9 PM.

Bangkok and Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan provinces will become maximum control zones (red). Most entertainment venues will remain suspended. Schools can reopen with distancing protocols, like a limit of 120 students at a time. Conferences and seminars can take place with a maximum of 100 people. Food establishments can host dining in customers until 11 PM.

Around 20 provinces will become control zones (orange). The localities include Ang Thong, Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Chonburi, Kanchanaburi, Lopburi, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Phetchaburi, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Prachinburi, Ratchaburi, Rayong, Sa Kaeo, Samut Songkhram, Saraburi, Sing Buri, Suphan Buri, Tak, and Trat provinces. Schools can open with a limit of 120 students. Entertainment venues can operate. Conferences and seminars can occur with a maximum of 300 people. Food establishments can host dining in customers until 11 PM.

Around 17 provinces will be classified as close surveillance zones (green). The localities include Buriram, Chai Nat, Chaiyaphum, Chumphon, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Narathiwat, Phang Nga, Phetchabun, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong, Songkhla, Sukhothai, Surat Thani, Uthai Thani, and Yala. Dining in at food establishments is allowed until midnight. Entertainment venues can operate until midnight. Businesses, including shopping centers and supermarkets, can operate with reduced capacities.

All other provinces will be categorized as the least stringent group of surveillance zones. Food establishments and entertainment venues can open as per their normal operating hours.

The TatNews.org website provides daily updates for each province, I recommend checking it out before planning travel between provinces.
 

Sources

https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/southeast-asia/thailand/latest-thailand-travel-warnings-alerts
Data Source: covidcontrols.co