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Thailand's entry requirements

4 May 2022 by Hannah Brandler
Bangkok

Background

Thailand has dropped its Test and Go and Sandbox schemes, which were designed for international arrivals during the pandemic.

The country now has schemes in place for fully vaccinated travellers and for unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated visitors.

Rules are always subject to change so keep up to date with the latest information via the Tourism Authority of Thailand website.

What are the entry restrictions?

Vaccinated travellers must provide:

  • A Thailand Pass or border pass for arrivals via border checkpoints
  • Health insurance with a minimum coverage of US$10,000 (Thai nationals are not required to provide proof of insurance coverage)
  • EITHER proof of full vaccination 14 days prior to the date of travel (for those over the age of 18) – the NHS Pass can be used for this
  • OR travellers with a previous Covid-19 infection who have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine post-infection can provide a certificate of recovery from the virus – they are considered as fully vaccinated.

Unaccompanied travellers between the ages of 5 and 17 must have had at least one dose of the vaccine. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement

Unvaccinated travellers/not fully vaccinated travellers must provide:

  • A Thailand Pass or border pass for arrivals via border checkpoints
  • Health insurance with a minimum coverage of US$10,000 (Thai nationals are not required to provide proof of insurance coverage)
  • Proof of prepayment for a five-night quarantine at government-approved hotels such as SHA Extra Plus accommodation• or AQ accommodation (alternative quarantine)
  • Proof of prepayment for one RT-PCR Covid-19 test (Thai nationals do not have to prepay for the test)

*The SHA Extra Plus hotels/accommodation meet the ‘Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration’ standards and are eligible to be used under the Sandbox and Test and Go schemes. A list of such hotels can be seen via the Thailand Pass website here.

What happens when I arrive?

Documents will be checked by the Immigration and Health Control officers, and travellers will undergo body temperature checks.

Vaccinated travellers will be able to travel throughout the country from this point forward, unless they have arrived by land using a border pass. The latter will require a stay of no longer than three days within specified areas.

Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers who upload proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system will not need to quarantine upon arrival. Travellers under the age of six years old are also exempt if travelling with parents.

Other unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers will have to proceed to a pre-arranged or pre-paid shuttle service, which will transport them to their accommodation for a five-day quarantine. They will then undergo a RT-PCR test on day 4 or 5. Travellers under the age of five years old travelling with parents can take a saliva test instead. The negative test will ensure that they can travel throughout the country.

What if I test positive during my trip?

The Tourist Authority of Thailand states:

“Travellers whose test result returns as positive will be referred for appropriate medical treatment and the expenses must be covered by the required insurance / own expense for foreign travellers, or national healthcare coverage for Thais and eligible foreign expatriates.”

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