Thailand (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Thailand or approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for no less than 14 days before the date of departure can now enter Phuket and can skip hotel quarantine.

*Children under 18 years of age without COVID-19 vaccination are allowed only when travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians.
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 with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 07.09.2021
1. Until 30 September 2021, 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;
– airline crew with a return scheduled flight;
– passengers who are visa exempt;
– 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;
– passengers transiting through Bangkok (BKK);
– passengers traveling to Phuket (HKT) or Na Thon (Ko Samui (USM)) if, in the past 21 days they have only been in, and arrive from Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Mongolia, Netherlands New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan or Vietnam.
2. Passengers arriving from Bangladesh, India, Nepal or Pakistan are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to
– nationals of Thailand;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport and their family members.
3. Passengers entering Thailand must have a negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: all types of PCR tests. The test result must be in English.
– This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.
4. Passengers transiting through Thailand must have:
– a negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: all types of PCR tests. The test result must be in English; 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.
5. Passengers must have a Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by Royal Thai Embassy, and
– download the ThailandPlus App and register by using COE number and reference code.
6. Passengers entering or transiting through Thailand must have 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;
– passengers transiting without disembarking the aircraft.
7. Nationals of Thailand travelling under the Phuket or the Samui Plus Sandbox programs must have insurance to cover medical expenses in Thailand with a coverage cost of at least USD 100,000.-.
8. Nationals of Thailand travelling to Phuket (HKT) or Na Thon (Ko Samui (USM)) under the Phuket or the Samui Plus Sandbox, must have a negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: all types of PCR tests. The test result must be in English.
9. Passengers traveling to Phuket (HKT) or Na Thon (Ko Samui (USM)) when arriving from Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Mongolia, Netherlands New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan or Vietnam;
– are subject to a COVID-19 RT-PCR test upon arrival; and
– must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 18 years traveling with their fully vaccinated parents/guardians.
10. Passengers traveling to Phuket (HKT) must have proof of payment for a Safety and Health Administration (SHA+) accommodation for the period of intended stay.
11. Passengers traveling to Phuket (HKT) or Na Thon (Ko Samui (USM), must have a return/onward ticket for a flight departing from Phuket to another country within 14 days.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Thailand.
12. Passengers traveling to Na Thon (Ko Samui (USM)) must have:
– proof of payment for Samui Extra+ and Safety and Health Administration (SHA+) accommodation for the period of intended stay; and
– proof of payment for COVID-19 tests in Ko Samui.
13. Passengers are subject to medical screening.
14. Nationals of Thailand are subject to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.
– This does not apply when traveling to Phuket (HKT) or Na Thon (Ko Samui (USM)) with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V.
15. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next flight.
16. 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.-
17. Suspension of visa on arrival facilities.
18. Suspension of visa exemption for nationals of Cambodia and Myanmar with a normal passport.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Permitted persons to enter Thailand:

– Thai Nationals

– Exempted Persons – Exempted persons or persons who are specified, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister or Chief official responsible for remedying the emergency situation to enter into the Kingdom pertaining to necessity, whereby conditions and time frames may also be prescribed

– Diplomats and International Organizations Officers – Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under International organizations, or representatives of foreign governments or agencies performing their duties in Thailand, or any other persons in international agencies, that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives permission pertaining to necessity, including their spouse, parents, 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 specific date and time for return

– Family of Thai Nationals – Non-Thai nationals who are spouses, parents, or children of Thai nationals

– Certificate of Residence Holders – Non-Thai nationals who have a certificate of residence, or have been permitted to take up residency in the Kingdom, including their spouses or children

– Work Permit Holders – Non-Thai nationals who have a work permit or have been granted permission to work in the Kingdom in accordance with Thai laws, including their spouses or children

– Students – Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational establishments in Thailand approved by Thai authorities, including their parents or guardians, except for students of non-formal schools in accordance with laws on private schools or of any other similar private educational establishments

– Foreigners with Medical Appointment – Non-Thai nationals who need to receive medical treatment in Thailand, including their accompanying persons, except for treatment for COVID-19

– Foreigners under Special Arrangement or have been granted permission by the Prime Minister – Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country or have been granted permission by the Prime Minister.

Tourism Sandbox Program Travelers

On June 29, 2021, the Thai Government has approved a new category of permitted person to enter Thailand which is “Tourism Sandbox Program Travelers” (12), permitting Thai and non-Thai nationals to enter the tourism Sandbox province(s). Currently, Phuket is the only designated province for this program.

– Eligible travelers

1. Thai or non-Thai nationals

2. Must travel from eligible countries/territories to enter the Sandbox program as announced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and must be staying in the said countries/territories no less than 21 days before the travel date.

*Thai and foreign nationals with residence in Thailand are exempted from this 21-day stay requirement.

3. Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Thailand or approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for no less than 14 days before the date of departure.

*Children under 18 years of age without COVID-19 vaccination are allowed only when travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians.

International Transit or Transfer Passengers at Suvarnabhumi International Airports (lay-over time not exceeding 12 hours / check-through luggage only / cannot leave transit area) do not need to apply for the Certificate of Entry (COE)

– Please note that transit/transfer passengers are not allowed to enter Thailand, except for
a life-threatening emergency case only.

Visa Exemption (for eligible passport holders staying in Thailand for tourism purpose for 30/ 90 days) has been re-activated, effective from 7th December 2020.

Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme: 30 days exemption for 56 countries and territories.

Bilateral Agreement:
– 30 days exemption for 6 countries and territories

– 90 days exemption for 4 countries and territories

The list of Countries and Territories entitled for Visa Exemption is shown as the purple table in this List of Countries and Territories entitled for Visa Exemptions (https://bit.ly/3hUaSyv)

Please note that visa on arrival (VOA) and bilateral agreement for 14 days visa exemption for ordinary passport are still suspended.

APEC Cards Holders – Thailand has allowed ALL APEC card holders travelling from 10 countries/territories (Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or Vietnam) to enter Thailand without visa. Please note that eligible members must carry a card which has “THA” code on the back of their APEC card.

Special Tourist Visa – Thai Government has lift off restriction for STV holders. After 9th December 2020, STV holders can travel from any countries/ territories (prior to this, they must travel from low-risk countries listed by Ministry of Public Health only).

No Visa on Arrival

Requirements for both Thais and non-Thais entering Sandbox Program

1. Passport

2. Valid Thai visa or re-entry permit (if required)

3. Certificate of Entry (COE)

*The COE for the Sandbox travelers is different from the COE for other categories. Click https://bit.ly/3zr82XF to view the sample COE for Thais and non-Thais entering the Sandbox.

4. Medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected, using RT-PCR test, issued no more than 72 hours before departure. The negative result must be presented to the airline check-in counter.

5. Medical insurance which covers treatment and medical expenses in relation to COVID-19, with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD.

– For Thai-nationals, the insurance must cover total duration of stay in the Sandbox program (14 days).

– For non-Thai nationals, the insurance must cover the total duration of stay in Thailand.

6. Receipt or proof of payment for SHA Plus accommodation, specifying both accommodation fees (for at least 14 days, unless having proof of return tickets leaving Phuket (to another country) before 14 days) and RT-PCR COVID-19 test fees.

7. (An original paper or a print out of digital version of) Certificate of Vaccination certifying that the holder receive manufacturer’s recommended dose(s) of vaccine approved by World Health Organization (WHO) or the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand, no less than 14 days before departure. Children under 18 years of age without COVID-19 vaccination are allowed only when travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians.

Note: Travelers must remain in Phuket for 14 days before traveling to other areas in Thailand. The traveler may leave Phuket earlier if the outbound destination is another country.

– From April 01, 2021 onwards, Thai Nationals are no longer required to present either fit to fly health certificate or medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, using RT-PCR method.

– From April 01, 2021 onwards, Non-Thais (Exempted Persons, Diplomats and International Organization Officers, Family of Thai Nationals, Certificate of Residence Holders, Work Permit Holders, Students, Foreigners with Medical Appointment, Foreigners with Special Arrangements) are no longer required to present a Fit to Fly certificate to enter Thailand. They only need to present a Medical Certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, using RT-PCR method issued within 72 hours before departure from their port of origin (in addition to COE, insurance and AQ/QQ or other quarantine facility confirmation).

– Valid Passport

– Valid Thai visa or re-entry permit

– Certificate of Entry (COE) – ALL travelers need to apply for a Certificate of Entry

-Effective December 8, the Prime Minster has agreed to extend validity of COE for
more 24-72 hours after the date of arrival identify in the COE. This measure is to
facilitate both Thai and non-Thai passengers. In case their flight was delayed or
missing their connecting flight, they can present the same COE to Thai authorities
concerned at arrival port in Thailand.

-Update! All nationalities entering Thailand is required of 14 days (15 nights)
mandatory quarantine:

* Travelers who obtain the Certificate of Entry (COE) after 1 May 2021 must be
quarantined for no less than 14 days.
* Travelers who receive a COE before 1 May 2021 will be quarantined as follows:

1. Those arriving in Thailand between 1 – 5 May 2021 will be quarantined as
indicated in the COE (7, 10, or 14 days depending on vaccination record).
2. Those arriving in Thailand from 6 May 2021 onwards must be quarantined for
no less than 14 days
*Those who receive COE before May 01, 2021 and arrive in Thailand from May 06, 2021 onwards can download a new COE at https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ from May 01, 2021
onwards

– Read the Regulatory update on the quarantine period for travelers entering Thailand (https://bit.ly/36R9bvo)

– Tourist Visa and COE Application Guide (https://bit.ly/3BlZIdE)

AQ/OQ booking confirmation on arrival date or equivalent documents

* Effective July 1, 2021, All Thai nationals must be responsible for their own quarantine hotel upon arrival in Thailand. Travelers have to present their COE specifying quarantine hotels along with AQ (Alternative Quarantine) booking confirmation on their arrival date.

-Passengers must be tested at a government-accredited COVID-19 health facility: https://doh.gov.ph/licensed-covid-19-testing-laboratories

-Affidavit of Support with stamp of approval form the Ministry of Public Health (This document is only issued in case there are accompanying persons travelling together with OR separate from the patient) (for Work Permit Holders only)

– Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine

– Please note that all non-Thai nationals must obtain medical insurance or letter from employer guaranteeing that the insurance company or employer will cover a minimum of 100,000 USD (or equivalent in other currencies) of medical costs incurred by the applicant in Thailand, including medical costs in the event that applicant contracts COVID-19. (The insurance must cover the total duration of stay in Thailand.)

– For tourists, they MUST hold onward ticket with suitable routing and must have sufficient fund to cover stay in Bangkok after quarantine

-Transit passenger (INTERNATIONAL ONLY) requirements:
– Fit-to-fly Certificate
– RT-PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure
– Medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not
detected, using RT-PCR test, issued no more than 72 hours before departure
– Medical/Travel Insurance coverage (minimum of 100,000USD) to be presented in
Bangkok
– Please note that transit/transfer passengers are not allowed to enter Thailand,
except for a life-threatening emergency case only.

 

Lockdown Details

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the 29 dark-red zone provinces, effective from Wednesday, 1 September, 2021, until further notice.

Resumption of businesses and services in dark-red zone provinces
The following services and venues are allowed to resume operations.

-Restaurants and eateries, including those inside shopping malls or similar venues, are allowed to resume dine-in services up until 20.00 Hrs. without the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Seating for dine-in customers shall be limited at 50% for air-conditioned restaurants and at 75% for the open-air ones.
-Hair and beauty salons.
-Health massage shops and health spa shops are allowed to reopen only for foot massage services.
-Markets can open up until 20.00 Hrs.
-Shopping malls, shopping centres, community malls, or similar establishments can resume normal operations until 20.00 Hrs., with limitations on the following venues and services:
-Aesthetic clinics, medical clinics for beauty services, and cosmetic clinics are allowed to accept customers with an advance appointment.
-Hair and beauty salons are allowed to accept customers with an advance appointment for a one-hour service per customer.
-Health massage shops and health spa shops are allowed to open only for foot massage services with an advance appointment.
-Tutorial schools, cinemas, water parks and amusement parks, swimming pools, fitness centres, and gaming centres, as well as banquet and meeting activities are to
remain closed.
-Public parks, sports fields, sports complexes, and outdoor swimming pools can open up until 20.00 Hrs. and organise competitions without audiences.
-Educational institutions of all types.

 

Sources

https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/ph/home/covid-19/DepartingFromThePH/Thailand
Data Source: covidcontrols.co