BANGKOK, October 26, 2021: The Tourism Authority of Thailand confirmed this week that Thailand will welcome fully vaccinated foreign visitors, including returning Thais and foreign residents, from countries approved to enter the Kingdom via air without quarantine requirement from November 1, 2021.
The new rules were published last Thursday by the Royal Thai Government Gazette, along with two other announcements on the relaxation of Covid-19 controls in 17 Thai destinations. As of November 1, the following rules will apply.
Test and go
- Travel by plane from approved countries. Currently, Thailand has approved entry without quarantine for arrivals from Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, Korea South, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Hong Kong.
- Must have been in approved countries for 21 days or more.
- For returning Thais and foreign residents, it is not necessary to be in an approved country for 21 days or more, provided they are traveling from Thailand to the approved country (s) and returning within the last 21 days .
- A Thailand Pass QR code can be obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th/ from November 1, 2021. Until then, an Entry Certificate (COE) remains valid. Visit https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/.
- A medical certificate with a negative RT-PCR laboratory result was issued no more than 72 hours before travel.
- A medical certificate of recovery is also required from those whose lab result with COVID-19 has been detected to show that they have recovered from Covid-19 no later than three months.
- An insurance policy, with coverage identified at as much as $ 50,000, should cover the cost of treatment and other medical costs associated with Covid-19 infection, including hospitalization for the entire period in Thailand. . * Except for Thai citizens who are entitled to National Health Insurance System. *
- Confirmation of payment for a minimum stay of one night upon arrival at approved quarantine facilities (Alternative quarantine – QA, Organization quarantine – OQ or Alternative hospital quarantine – AHQ) or a SHA Plus certified hotel.
- Prepayment should cover both overnight accommodation, the required Covid-19 RT-PCR test, and an antigen test kit (ATK).
- A vaccination certificate (fully vaccinated).
- For fully vaccinated individuals, proof includes a certificate of vaccination with a vaccine approved by the Thai Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) (see here) or the World Health Organization (WHO) (see here) at least 14 days before the date of their travel.
- A certificate of vaccination with at least one dose of the approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date of travel.
- Travelers under 12, traveling with their parents or guardians, are exempt from this vaccination requirement but must have a medical certificate with a negative RT-PCR laboratory result no more than 72 hours prior to travel.
- Go through entry control (health check and immigration procedures) upon arrival at Thailand International Airport and submit all required documents to officials.
- Then proceed directly through the approved airport transfer to the pre-arranged Covid-19 testing center or booked accommodation and take the required Covid-19 RT-PCR test on day 0-1.
- Travelers must download and install the specified alert application (Mor Chana) and must wait in the accommodation only for the test result, which should be available within the day.
- If the tests are negative for Covid-19, travelers can travel to anywhere in Thailand.
- Each traveler will receive an ATK that they have prepaid when booking accommodation.
- Any traveler with symptoms of Covid-19 should immediately be tested using the ATK provided. If there are no symptoms, travelers should use the ATK provided for the Covid-19 self-test on day 6 or 7, and show the result to hotel or accommodation staff, as well as save the result (bot detected and not detected) in the MorChana application.
- Hotel / QA staff should recommend that travelers self-monitor for at least seven days. If a traveler exhibits symptoms of Covid-19, hotel / QA staff should immediately notify the Communicable Disease Control Officer in their respective area.
From “Sandbox” to “Business & Leisure Ultimate Experiences” (Blue) Zone
Thailand continues to welcome fully vaccinated visitors from countries not on the above list and has introduced relaxed requirements.
- Travelers are encouraged to choose from 17 “blue zone” destinations, compared to currently 4 “sandbox” destinations, for their first mandatory 7-night stay in the destination before being able to travel to other parts of Thailand.
- Chon Buri (Banglamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Ko Si Chang and Sattahip – Na Jomtien and Bang Sarey)
- Chiang Mai (Mueang, Doi Tao, Mae Rim and Mae Taeng)
- Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Nong Kae)
- Samut Prakan (Suvarnabhumi Airport)
- Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao)
- Nong Khai (Mueang, Sangkhom, Si Chiang Mai and Tha Bo)
- Udon Thani (Mueang, Ban Dung, Kumphawapi, Na Yung, Nong Han and Prachaksinlapakhom)
- The two required COVID-19 tests have been revised to use the RT-PCR method for the first test on arrival in Thailand and the ATK method at designated testing centers for the second test, which takes place around days 6- 7.
- The required health insurance coverage associated with COVID-19 infection will be reduced to US $ 50,000 (from US $ 100,000).
Entering Thailand under an Alternative Quarantine (AQ) system
- The quarantine period will remain seven days for travelers who have been fully vaccinated with the approved vaccine, 10 days for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated air arrivals, and 14 days for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated land arrivals. However, they will be able to enjoy more activities within the hotel.
- The 2 required COVID-19 tests have been revised to use the RT-PCR method for the first test upon arrival in Thailand and the ATK method at designated testing centers for the second test, which takes place around days 8- 9.
- The required health insurance coverage associated with COVID-19 infection will be reduced to $ 50,000 (from $ 100,000).
TAT informs that the information provided is subject to change without notice.