Thailand (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: For travellers who have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) or the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before their travel date, they are required to present the vaccine certificate (either the original or a printed copy) at the point of entry into Thailand.

During the quarantine, they are required to undergo two RT-PCR tests – first upon arrival on Day 0-1, and the second before finishing the quarantine period on Day 6-7.

List of approved COVID-19 vaccines

Currently, the MoPH has approved the following manufacturers and vaccines:

CoronaVac by Sinovac Biotech Ltd – 2 doses needed / 2-4-week interval;
AstraZeneca or Covishield by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, SK Bioscience (South Korea), Siam Bioscience, and Serum Institute of India (Covishield) – 2 doses needed / 4-12-week interval;
Pfizer–BioNTech or Comirnaty by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech 2 doses needed / 3-week interval;
Janssen or Janssen/Ad26.COV2.S by Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. – 1 dose needed;
Moderna by Moderna Inc. – 2 doses needed / 4-week interval);
Sinopharm or COVILO by Sinopharm Co., Ltd. – 2 doses needed / 3-4-week interval);
Sputnik V by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology – 2 doses needed – 3-week interval).

Meanwhile, the WHO’s guidance on the COVID-19 vaccines is available here https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccines.
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 13.12.2021
1. Until 31 January 2022, passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter and transit.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Thailand;
– passengers who are spouses, parents or children of a national of Thailand. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days;
– airline crew with a return scheduled flight. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days;
– passengers who are visa exempt. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days;
– passengers with a visa issued by Thailand. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days;
– 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.
– passengers transiting through Bangkok (BKK). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days;
– passengers traveling to Chiang Mai (CNX), Don Mueng (DMK), Phuket (HKT), Samui (USM), Suvarnabhumi (BKK) or U-Tapao (UTP). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days.
2. Passengers transiting through Thailand must have:
– medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000; and
– a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure.
– This does not apply to passengers transiting without disembarking the aircraft.
3. Passengers traveling under the Exemption from Quarantine (EQ) scheme must:
a. arrive from or have been in Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or Viet Nam in the past 21 days;
b. have a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th;
c. have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure;
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Thailand between 12 and 17 years with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received one vaccine dose;
– unvaccinated passengers younger than 12 years traveling with their fully-vaccinated parents/guardians;
– passengers with a recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received at least one dose of the vaccine at most 3 months after the infection and at least 14 days before departure.
d. have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai;
e. medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000.
– This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.
f. have a hotel reservation for 1 night at AQ, OQ, or SHA+ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com or https://asq.in.th
4. Passengers traveling under the Sandbox Program scheme must:
a. arrive at Chiang Mai (CNX), Don Mueng (DMK), Phuket (HKT), Samui (USM), Suvarnabhumi (BKK) or U-Tapao (UTP) airports;
b. arrive from or who have been in a country other than Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days;
c. have a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th ;
d. have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure;
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Thailand between 12 and 17 years with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received one vaccine dose;
– unvaccinated passengers younger than 18 years traveling with their fully-vaccinated parents/guardians;
– passengers with a recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received at least one dose of the vaccine at most 3 months after the infection and at least 14 days before departure.
e. have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai;
f. medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000.
– This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.
g. have a hotel reservation for 7 nights at SHA+ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests. They are subject to quarantine for 7 days.
5. Passengers arriving from or who have been in a country other than Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days and who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated traveling under the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) scheme must have:
a. a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th
b. a hotel reservation for 10 nights at AQ, OQ or AHQ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com and https://asq.in.th and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests. They are subject to quarantine for 10 days;
c. a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai;
d. medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000.
– This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.
6. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next flight.
7. Airline crew staying overnight must have a guarantee letter from the airline or health insurance certificate with a coverage cost of at least USD 50,000.-

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Thailand is now open to travellers from any countries and territories from around the world except travellers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, under various entry arrangements.

For travellers from other African countries, they will no longer be eligible to enter Thailand under the Sandbox programme. However, they will be allowed to enter Thailand under a 14-day quarantine requirement.

There are currently three entry options for travellers from overseas.

– Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO)
– Living in the Blue Zone (17 Sandbox Destinations)
– Happy Quarantine Nationwide

Click here for more detailed information https://www.tatnews.org/thailand-reopening/

Fully vaccinated travelers under the ‘Test & Go’ requirement and under the ‘Living in the Blue Zone‘ Sandbox programme are required to have a Certificate of Vaccination (fully vaccinated) with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling.

Those previously infected within 3 months must have received 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling.

Under the ‘Test & Go’ requirement travellers under 12 years of age and 18 years of below under the ‘Living in the Blue Zone‘ Sandbox programme whose travelling with parents or guardians, are exempt from the vaccination requirement.

All travellers fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated are required to have a Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued any more than 72 hours before travelling.

Upon arrival you will undergo the RT-PCR COVID-19 test at the reserved accommodation, or the pre-arranged test centre.
(Children aged under 6 years have a saliva test.)

You will proceed to the hotel by the pre-arranged airport transfer and wait for the result.

Travelers under Happy Quarantine Nationwide must complete the required quarantine period if planning to continue the journey to other destinations in Thailand.

-If fully vaccinated, 7-day quarantine (RT-PCR test on the first day and Day 6-7).

-If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, 10-day quarantine for air and sea arrivals (RT-PCR test on the first day and Day 8-9), and 14-day quarantine for land arrivals (RT-PCR test on the first day and Day 12-13).

A confirmed payment for AQ accommodation is required.

Register for a Thailand Pass at https://tp.consular.go.th/ (available from 1 November, 2021) and upload the required document (along with the valid visa/re-entry permit, if required), and allow 3-5 working days for the approval process. Wait for the approval of the Vaccine Certification and paid accommodation, including the RT-PCR test.

Confirm the approval, and receive a Thailand Pass QR Code.

For more detailed information click here

Thailand Reopening


 

Lockdown Details

Thailand eases more COVID-19 curbs, ready to welcome back tourists from 1 November 2021

Nearly all businesses and activities in the 4 Blue Zone provinces will be able to resume “New Normal” operations.

This means that the night-time curfew currently in place in Bangkok will be lifted from 23.00 Hrs. on 31 October, 2021.

Also, from 1 November, 2021, nearly all businesses and activities in the 4 Blue Zone provinces will be able to resume “New Normal” operations.

These include all shopping venues, convenience stores, markets, cinemas and theatres, sports venues, hair salons and barbershops, massage and spa shops, beauty and aesthetic clinics, and tattoo shops.

Restaurants and eateries can also resume normal opening hours, and be allowed to serve dine-in customers alcoholic beverages. Meetings, events, and fairs can be also held normally with no limitation on the number of attendees.

However, all types of entertainment venues, including pubs, bars, and karaoke shops nationwide are to remain closed. But the announcement stated that these businesses may undertake preparation to be ready for reopening.

Similar relaxed measures for the Blue Zone provinces have also been extended to the 5 yellow zone provinces, also newly added from 1 November, 2021, with the exception for events and activities that must be organised with the number of attendees capped at below 1,000.

Provinces in the red and orange zones have also seen the COVID-19 restrictions being relaxed further, with malls, markets, convenience stores, and cinemas being allowed to resume normal hours.

Restaurants and eateries in the orange zone can resume normal hours while in the red and dark-red zones must closed at 23.00 Hrs. and 22.00 Hrs., respectively. Sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages remain prohibited in the orange, red and dark-red zones.

Businesses and activities in the 7-remaining dark-red zone provinces can resume normal hours but no later than 22.00 Hrs., as the night-time curfew (from 23.00 – 03.00 Hrs.) remains in place for another 15 days or until 15 November.

Meetings and events in the red and dark-red zones can be organised for less than 500 attendees. Meanwhile, provinces in the orange zone can arrange more engaging activities; such as, sports tournaments, food fairs, and the likes for no more than 1,000 attendees.

Measures for the designated blue zone areas in 13 other provinces will be according to the provincial colour-zoning.

-Thailand’s colour-zoning for COVID-19 control are in place for the following provinces:

7 (down from 23) Maximum and Strict Controlled Areas or dark-red zone provinces
Eastern Region: Chanthaburi; Northern Region: Tak, and Southern Region: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla, and Yala.

-38 (up from 30) Strict Controlled Areas or red zone provinces

Central Region: Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Lop Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ratchaburi, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Saraburi, and Suphan Buri; Eastern Region: Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Prachin Buri, Rayong, Sa Kaeo, and Trat; Northern Region: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Phitsanulok, and Phetchabun; Northeastern Region: Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani; and Southern Region: Chumphon, Phatthalung, Ranong, Satun, Surat Thani, and Trang.

-23 (down from 24) Controlled Areas or orange zone provinces

Central Region: Chai Nat and Sing Buri; Northern Region: Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Phayao, Phrae, Sukhothai, Uthai Thani, and Uttaradit; Northeastern Region: Amnat Charoen, Buri Ram, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Loei, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai, Roi Et, and Yasothon.

-5 (newly designated) Areas Under Stringent Surveillance or yellow zone provinces

Northern Region: Nan; and Northeastern Region: Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, and Sakhon Nakhon.

-4 (newly designated) Pilot Tourist Destinations or blue zone provinces

Central Region: Bangkok; and Southern Region: Krabi, Phang-Nga, and Phuket, as well as the designated areas in 13 other provinces.

 

Sources

Entry Thailand Frequently Asked Questions


Data Source: covidcontrols.co