Travel requirements by destination | COVID-19 information hub

Travel requirements by destination | COVID-19 information hub

Effective 1 July 2021, Phuket will be accepting vaccinated international passengers subject to the following rules and requirements.

Reopening guidelines for Phuket

Pre-arrival

Only passengers travelling from countries/territories approved by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), per the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), as proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MoTS) and TAT will be allowed entry into Thailand. Passengers under this category must have been in the country/territory for at least 21 days before their travel date. This restriction does not apply to Thai nationals and foreign expatriates returning from overseas. The official approved list of countries/territories can be found on the TAT News website General Information – Phuket Sandbox or Phuket Sandbox FAQs.

  • Passengers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine registered with the MoPH or approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before the travel date, and must have a vaccine certificate to verify their vaccination.
  • Children below 18 years old are allowed entry when travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians.
  • Passengers who have a history of COVID-19 infection must also be fully vaccinated no less than 14 days before the travel date.
  • Passengers, including children and infants, must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR laboratory result issued no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • Passengers must have a COVID-19 health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of USD 100,000.
  • Passengers must have pre-booked SHA (Safety & Health Administration) Plus-certified accommodation and COVID-19 RT-PCR tests at hotels that cover their intended duration of stay.
  • Visa on arrival facilities are not available. All passengers who require an entry visa must apply through the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate office.
  • All passengers, including children and infants, who are qualified and equipped with the required documents must apply for a Certificate of Entry (COE).
  • Non-vaccinated passengers will need to undergo COVID-19 RT PCR testing upon arrival and stay at an Alternative Local Quarantine Hotel for 14 days.
  • Vaccinated passengers who are travelling from red zone countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal are not permitted to enter Phuket. This will be updated based on the COVID-19 situation in those countries.
  • The following vaccines are accepted as per the latest guidelines of the Thai government: Pfizer BionTech, AstraZeneca, Covidshield (Serum Institute of India), Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, SK BIOSCIENCE, Moderna and Sinopharm. If the vaccine is not among the approved list, the passenger must undergo a 14 day quarantine.
  • All travellers, including children and infants, must have printed copies of all applicable individual documents ready for inspection.

Arrival

  • Passengers on direct, non-stop flights to Phuket International Airport are subject to health screening and Immigration and Customs procedures at the point of entry. Click to see the “7-Step Flow at Phuket International Airport” or “7 Steps 7 Countdown”
  • To ensure smooth and quick processing on arrival process, passengers must keep the following documents ready to submit to health quarantine and immigration checkpoints:
    • Certificate of entry (COE)
    • COVID-19 RT-PCR Certificate
    • Certificate of Vaccination
    • Insurance policy
    • Hotel accommodation details
    • T.8 Health Questionnaires form
    • Immigration card (for non-Thai nationals)
  • Passengers must download, install and register on the health tracking applications ThailandPlus and MorChana.
  • Go directly to your reserved hotel with an approved airport transfer service to await the test results.
  • Undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test at their own expense under the following requirements:
    • Taking the first test upon arrival and awaiting the test results in the accommodation.
    • Taking additional COVID-19 RT-PCR tests as per the following requirements:
      • Passengers with length of stay less than 7 days are required to take another test on Day 6 or 7, or as per the Ministry of Public Health guidelines.
      • Passengers with length of stays between 10 and 14 days are required to take the second test on Day 6 or 7 and the third test on Day 12 or 13, or as per the Ministry of Public Health guidelines.
      • Passengers who require the COVID-19 RT-PCR laboratory result for departure must inform and make their request through their hotel and respective swab centre.
    • If passengers test positive for COVID-19, they will be referred to specified healthcare facilities for medical treatment, for which the expenses must be covered by the required insurance.
    • If tested negative for COVID-19, travellers can go anywhere in Phuket.
    • Passengers with an intended length of stay less than 14 days must leave Phuket (Thailand) immediately on an international flight to another country on or before their intended departure date.
    • Passengers who have completed 14 nights in Phuket will be allowed to continue their journey to other Thai destinations.

Travel to Bangkok

Below restrictions are applicable for Bangkok

The ban on international flights to Thailand has been extended until 30 September 2021. Travel to Thailand is restricted to specific categories of passengers. Please check the requirements below before you travel. You may be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test and submit additional documentation before departure. Please note all required documents must be printed.

Transit/transfer is only permitted for international to international flights, and not domestic flights. Transit/transfer passengers must carry the required documents for travel through Bangkok and to their final destination.

Travel restrictions

Effective 10 May 2021, there is a temporary suspension of entry for non-Thai passengers travelling from or via Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The restriction does not apply for Thai nationals returning to the country.

Additionally, a temporary suspension of Certificate of Entry (COE) issuance for non-Thai passengers from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal is applicable. Diplomatic officers and their families are exempted.

Non-Thai passengers who have obtained COE with arrival date within 15 May 2021, will be allowed to enter Thailand if they are not traveling on tourist (TR) visa. For non-Thais who have obtained COE with arrival date from 16 May 2021, their COEs will be cancelled.

International transit/transfer at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is allowed for passengers from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal to. Passengers must carry the required documents for travel through Bangkok and to their final destination.

COE validity can be checked via website by scanning QR code on the COE.

COVID-19 testing requirements

Please read the exemptions to know if you are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before departure.

COVID-19 RT-PCR test result should be in English or Thai language only (both issued no more than 72 hours before travel).

Required forms

Effective 1 April 2021 00:01am local time in Thailand, Thai nationals and foreigners travelling to Thailand will no longer be required to present a Fit to Fly health certificate.

Certificate of Entry (COE) is mandatory for all passengers travelling to Thailand.

Passengers can obtain the new version of the Certificate of Entry (COE) which includes vaccine requirements and quarantine details from 29 March 2021 at 3:00pm onwards. The previous versions of the Certificate of Entry (COE) are still valid for all passengers to enter Thailand.

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

Please read the exemptions for the specific documents you need to submit for travel to Thailand.

Exemptions

Additional required documents as below.

Thai nationals

  • Certificate of Entry (COE)

Tourists/ordinary passport holders of the below 56 countries are exempt from applying for the short term tourist visa. With immediate effect and until the 30 September 2021, the permitted period of stay for visa exemptions has been extended from 30 to 45 days.

Effective 7 December 2020, tourists/ ordinary passports holders of these countries-territories may enter the Kingdom of Thailand without a visa: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, UK, USA, Brazil, Republic of Korea, Peru, Hong Kong, Vietnam.

Bilateral Agreement:

  • 30 days exemption for 6 countries and territories; Hong Kong, Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Russia and Vietnam
  • 90 days exemption for 4 countries and territories; Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru

They are required to acquire and present the following documents to enter Thailand:

  • Certificate of Entry (COE)
  • Certificate of COVID-19 PCR test result (issued not more than 72 hours before traveling)
  • Health Insurance with the coverage of no less than 100,000 USD including COVID-19 medical expenses.
  • Proof of AQ (Alternative Quarantine) booking confirmation on arrival date

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 timeframes may also be prescribed

  • Valid Thai visa or re-entry permit
  • Certificate of Entry (COE)
  • Certificate of COVID-19 Free by RT-PCR (issued not more than 72 hours before travel)

Diplomats and International Organizations Officers:

Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under international organisations, 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 spouses, parents or children

  • Valid Thai Visa or re-entry permit
  • Certificate of Entry (COE)
  • Certificate of COVID-19 Free by RT-PCR (issued not more than 72 hours before travel)
  • AQ (Alternative Quarantine)/ OQ (Organisation Quarantine) booking confirmation on arrival date or equivalent documents

Family of Thai Nationals:

Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national

Certificate of Residence Holders:

Aliens who have a certificate of residence in the Kingdom, including their spouses and children

Work permit holders:

Non-Thai national who have a work permit or have been granted permission to work in the Kingdom in accordance with Thai laws, including their spouses and children

Non-Thai nationals with religious/missionary works approved by Thai authorities (Non-Immigrant R holders)

Volunteers or non-governmental organization (NGO) workers (Non-Immigrant O holders)

For these three categories of passengers, the following additional documents are required for entry:

  • Valid Thai visa or re-entry permit
  • Certificate of Entry (COE)
  • Certificate of COVID-19 Free (issued not more than 72 hours before traveling)
  • Health Insurance policy covering and treatment expenses, including for COVID-19, or any other guarantee throughout their stay in the Kingdom (coverage of no less than 100,000 USD)
  • AQ (Alternative Quarantine) booking confirmation on arrival date.

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

  • Valid Thai visa or re-entry permit
  • Certificate of Entry (COE)
  • Certificate of COVID-19 Free by RT-PCR (issued not more than 72 hours before travel)
  • Health Insurance policy covering and treatment expenses, including for COVID-19, or any other guarantee throughout their stay in the Kingdom (coverage of no less than 100,000 USD)
  • AQ (Alternative Quarantine) booking confirmation on arrival date

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. The accompanying persons shall be limited to no more than 3 persons and shall be quarantined in the same hospital, and the period of their stay in the Kingdom shall be no less than 14 days

  • Valid Thai visa or re-entry permit
  • Certificate of Entry (COE)
  • Certificate of COVID-19 Free by RT-PCR (issued not more than 72 hours before travel)
  • Health insurance covering COVID-19 (not less than 100,000 US dollars)
  • Confirmation letter for Alternate Hospital Quarantine (DHSS/AHQ1) with stamp of approval from the Ministry of Public Health.
  • Affidavit of Support with stamp of approval from the Ministry of Public Health (This document is only issued in case there are accompanying persons travelling together with OR separate from the patient)
  • Document or confirmation letter from a hospital stating the need to receive medical treatment, and stating that it will admit the traveller to receive medical treatment and will provide a place of quarantine in the hospital for a period of no less than 14 days
  • In case where the accompanying person does not travel with the person who needs to receive medical treatment in Thailand, such person shall present a confirmation letter stating that they will be provided with a place of quarantine in the same hospital for a period of no less than 14 days

Effective 19 April 2021, entry into Thailand for foreign nationals travelling for medical reasons is temporarily suspended.

  • Due to the COVID-19 situation in Thailand, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CSSA) of Thailand has temporarily suspended the issuance of the Certificate of Entry (COE) to Thailand to foreign nationals for medical purposes.
  • Foreign nationals who are travelling to Thailand for medical purposes and have already received their COE before 19 April 2021 will still be allowed entry to Thailand for that particular purpose.
  • Serious and immediately urgent medical cases will be considered by authorities in Thailand on humanitarian basis.

Foreigners under a Special Arrangement or have been granted permission by the Prime Minister:

Non-Thai nationals who have been granted permission to enter into the Kingdom under special arrangements between Thai government agencies and other countries, or persons or groups of persons who have been granted permission by the Prime minister upon the submission for consideration after the examination and review by the Ad Hoc Committee for the Consideration of the Relaxation of the Enforcement of Measures to Prevent and Suppress the Spread of the Communicable Disease Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), and shall comply with disease prevention measures determined by the Ad Hoc Committee

  • Approved Thailand Elite Member
  • APEC card Holder – passengers from 10 APEC economies departing from their own country: New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam
  • Long Stay Visitor – Non-Immigrant O (Retirement) visa holder (Single Entry)
  • Long Stay Visitor – Non-Immigrant O-A Visa Holder
    • The applicant must be a foreigner age of 50 and over who has a permanent residence in the country in which the application is submitted.
    • Holder of Non-Immigrant O-A visa is allowed to stay in Thailand for 1 year. Employment of any kind is strictly prohibited.
  • Long Stay Visitor – Non – Immigrant O-X Visa Holder
    • The applicant must be an ordinary passport holder who is a national of Japan, Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America, with the age of 50 years old and over, including spouse and child (age under 20 years old). Holders of Non-Immigrant O-X visa are allowed to stay in Thailand for 5 years each time (total 10 years). Employment of any kind is strictly prohibited.
  • Medium Term Visitor – Tourist – TR Visa Holder (single entry)
    • Tourist – TR visa holder must travel from the country with a low-rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases as determined fortnightly and officially by announcement of the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand.
    • Tourist Visa (TR) holder is permitted to stay in Thailand for 60 days and can apply for 130 day extension.
  • Businessman and Investor (Non-Immigrant B Visa Holder)
    • A non – Immigrant B visa holder is permitted to stay in Thailand for 90 days. Applicant must have an invitation letter from a Thai company with a registered capital not less than 2 million THB or evidence showing ownership of a condominium/ deposit in a Thai bank/ Thai government bond with face value not less than 3 million THB.
  • Special Tourist Visa (Tourist – STV) Holder
    • STV holders can travel from any country/ territory. STV visa holder is allowed to stay in Thailand for 90 days and the STV can be extended 2 times, 90 days each.
  • Students entering Thailand for short-term study, training, or internship with government agencies, state enterprises, or educational establishment in Thailand approved by Thai authorities or those attending religious activities organised by domestic private organisation (Non-Immigrant ED visa holders)
  • Former Thai citizen (Non-Immigrant O holders)
  • Person entering Thailand with the purpose of court appearance (Non-Immigrant O holders)
  • Transit passengers (Non-Immigrant TS holders)
  • Persons entering Thailand to participate in sport activities / tournaments (Non –Immigrant S holders)

Documents required for the above categories 1-13:

  • Valid Thai visa or re-entry permit
  • Certificate of Entry (COE)
  • Certificate of COVID-19 Free by RT-PCR (issued not more than 72 hours before travel)
  • Health insurance covering COVID-19 (not less than USD 100,000)
  • AQ (Alternative Quarantine) booking confirmation on arrival date.

Quarantine rules

The quarantine period for all passengers, both Thai and foreign nationals regardless of their point of origin and vaccination status, will be no less than 14 days.

Effective 1 July 2021 onwards, there will be no state quarantine (SQ) for Thai nationals travelling to Thailand by air. All Thai nationals must be responsible for their own quarantine hotel booking and must present their COE specifying quarantine hotels along with an AQ (Alternative Quarantine).

Non-Thai nationals traveling from India

Effective 1 May 2021, foreign nationals travelling from India as their port of departure to Thailand (either via direct flight or transit flight) will not be issued a COE and are not allowed to enter Thailand until further notice.

Passengers from India to international transit/ transfer at Thailand airport is permitted. Passengers must carry the required documents for travel through Bangkok and to their final destination.

Passengers connecting on an international flight from Bangkok

  • Each passenger must carry all of the following documents:
    • Non-Thai nationals:
      • Negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate issued no more than 72 hours before travel or certificate of full COVID-19 vaccination
      • Travel health insurance (worldwide or including Thailand) covering health care and treatment expenses for COVID-19, or any other guarantee with a coverage of no less than USD 100,000 throughout their stay in Thailand
    • Thai nationals:
      • Negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate issued no more than 72 hours before travel or certificate of full COVID-19 vaccination
  • Passengers must have the same booking reference number if they carry separate tickets, and the connecting flight details must be mentioned on the passenger booking. Passengers must have the boarding pass and bag tag issued at their point of origin.
  • The minimum connection time between flights must be 2 hours and the time between each transit/transfer connection should not be more than 12 hours.
  • Passengers must stay only at the area designated by the Airport of Thailand (AOT). Passengers are not allowed to walk around the airport.
  • Food vending machines and hand sanitizers are available at the waiting area/gate.

International transit/transfer flight to Samui Plus SANDBOX

Every passenger (both Thai nationals and non-Thai nationals) under this category must carry all of the following documents:

  1. Original or printed copy of Certificate of Entry (COE)*
  2. Original or printed copy of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test certificate issued no more than 72 hours before travel
  3. Health insurance covering treatment and medical expenses for COVID-19 (not less than USD 100,000)
  4. Original or printed Certificate of Vaccination certifying that the holder received the manufacturer’s recommended dose(s) of a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand no less than 14 days before departure.
  5. Unvaccinated children below 18 years old will only be allowed entry if they are travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians.
  6. Receipt or proof of payment for accommodation, specifying both accommodation fee (for at least 14 days, unless having proof of return tickets leaving Samui for another country in less than 14 days) and COVID-19 RT-PCR testing fees.

Travellers must travel from countries/territories in the list and must have stayed in the eligible countries/territories for no less than 21 days before the travel date. This restriction does not apply to Thai nationals and non –Thai residents.

Transfer passengers must have proof of onward travel to be accepted on their flight. They must have a boarding pass and bag tag issued at their point of origin and stay within the transfer area with a transit time of at least 3 hours but no more than 12 hours. They must also download the ThailandPlus, Samui Health Plus and Mor Prom APP.

Travellers with a Samui Plus Sandbox accommodation must stay at a Samui Extra+ hotel for the first 7 days and afterward at SHA+ hotels in Koh Samui, Kho Phangan and Koh Tao on days 8 to 14 of their stay.

For the list of Samui Extra + hotels and list of eligible countries/ territories, please visit the TAT News website.

Other information

Please check the COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center on the website for ASQ (alternate state quarantine) hotels.

For more inquiries about Thai visa, please visit https://thaievisa.go.th

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