A guide to the current entry requirements for Thailand
On the 1st of November 2021, Thailand opened its doors and relaxed the strict entry requirements allowing foreigners to come back. Previously, all foreign visitors regardless of where they came from and if they are vaccinated or not, had to enter Thailand via the Phuket/Samui Sandbox schemes or undergo a 14 day quarantine. The restrictions have now been greatly reduced in order to facilitate easier entry for foreigners.
However, you cannot just enter Thailand like before, you still need to satisfy the following criteria.
*Please note that this information was updated by the Thailand Government on the 19th of November, 2021 and can be considered up to date*.
Before you arrive in Thailand
Before making your way to Thailand you need to make sure you can satisfy the following requirements:
Country of departure:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- Slovak Republic
- Sri Lanka
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Hong Kong
|Estonia||Mongolia||United Arab Emirates|
|Greece||New Zealand||Hong Kong|
Please note that travellers must have stayed in these locations for 21 days or more prior to coming to Thailand (this requirement does not apply to Thai nationals and foreigners who reside in Thailand).
*Any travellers whose journey originates in a country not included in the list above must complete a mandatory 14 day quarantine or enter via the Phuket/Samui Sandbox schemes.
Travellers will also be required to obtain the following documents prior to departure. These documents are essential and will be required for the Thailand Pass application (please see below for more info). Airlines will also ask to check these documents before being allowed to checkin and immigration officers and health officials will check upon arrival in Thailand as well.
- A Certificate of Vaccination stating that the holder has been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling.
- Those who have previously been infected with COVID-19 within the past 3 months must have received 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling.
- Travellers under 12 years of age, travelling with parents or guardians, are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
- A Medical Certificate with a Negative RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected must be obtained no more than 72 hours before travelling (this is a requirement for all travellers including Thai nationals).
- A confirmed payment for a 1-night stay at a SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) accommodation (must include 1 RT-PCR test).
- An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$50,000 valid for the duration of the stay in Thailand.
Applying for a Thailand Pass
The Thailand pass is a mandatory requirement for anyone (including Thai nationals) looking to enter Thailand and must be obtained before departure. Failure to obtain a Thailand Pass will result in the airline refusing you permission to board the plane and Thai Immigration denying you entry to Thailand.
To get a Thailand pass, please follow these steps:
- Register for a Thailand Pass at https://tp.consular.go.th/.
- Upload all the required documents (along with the valid visa/re-entry permit, if required).
- Allow 3-5 working days to receive approval.
- Once approval has been granted you can receive a Thailand Pass QR Code.
The entire process can take up to 7 working days to complete.
What happens when I arrive in Thailand?
After all of the above has been obtained, you are free to travel to Thailand. Upon arrival in Thailand you will have to adhere to the following procedure:
- Present the Thailand Pass QR Code to the Health Control to carry out checks, then proceed through the Immigration procedures.
- Undergo the RT-PCR COVID-19 test at the reserved SHA accommodation, or the pre-arranged test centre(Children aged under 6 years have a saliva test).
- Proceed to the hotel via the pre-arranged airport transfer. This transfer is normally included and forms part of your SHA accommodation package.
- Download and install the MorChana application at the hotel. The MorChana app is an application which has been designed to assist the holder, medical staff, Government agencies, local businesses in taking care and protecting each other from the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand.
Once this has been completed, you will be required to spend one night (the waiting period should be within 24 hours, however, it may vary between 24-48 hours) at your SHA approved hotel in order to receive the negative result from your COVID-19 test.
If your test result comes back negative for COVID-19, you will be given an Antigen Test Kit (ATK) to be used for self testing on Days 6 or 7. On Day 6 or 7 you must use the Antigen test kit and record the result in the MorChana application.
After you have completed your stay at the SHA approved accommodation, you are free to go anywhere in Thailand.
Extending your stay in Thailand
If you are interested in extending your stay in Thailand without working, please check out our previous article on how to stay long term in Thailand here. If you plan to work in Thailand, you would need to obtain a work permit and the relevant Visa.
Our team of immigration experts are on hand to help you make your Visa applications as smooth as possible. If you are in need of assistance with regards to staying in Thailand or working in Thailand, you can browse our Visa services here or book a consultation with our Visa experts to obtain quick and reliable answers.
Please note that this article is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.
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