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Thai Real Estate Lawyers Answers Property Buying Questions

Jett Gunther invited a Thai real estate lawyer to answer some of the most common questions pertaining to foreign ownership of property in Thailand.

Samui Plus Sandbox

On July 12, 2021, the Thai government started the applications for the Samui Plus Sandbox program that allows foreign and Thai travelers to enter Samui in Thailand without quarantine. The program is scheduled to start on July 15, 2021 which makes it…

With Thailand very slowly reopening to visitors, one of the latest requirements for visitors is the mandatory COVID-19 insurance plan for foreigners that covers the traveler for a minimum of $100,000 (the Thai policies generally cover 3.5 million Thai baht). In addition to all the requirements, the traveler needs to obtain a certificate of entry (COE) and a valid visa.

Thailand Travel Restrictions 2021

After months of strict travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand is gearing up for a return to normalcy by easing some travel restrictions and quarantine requirements and allowing normal tourists to enter the country. Vaccinated travelers are allowed to travel to Thailand without quarantine under the Phuket Sandbox and the Samui Plus Sandbox programs.

How to Travel to Thailand in 2021

It is important to start your travel plans to Thailand by checking your eligibility. On this part, you must check if you fall in one of the eligible groups to enter Thailand. For fully vaccinated travelers, you may enter Thailand without quarantine through the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus Sandbox programs.

Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) in Thailand

Thailand ASQ is a period of mandatory quarantine accommodation for arriving international visitors at government-accredited hotels. All ASQ bookings are paid for by the traveler. Properties that have been approved for ASQ by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health are now offering packages that can be easily booked online.

Thai Elite Visa

The Thailand Elite Visa is a long-term visa given to the Thailand Privilege Card members. It is categorized under Tourist Visa (Privilege Entry Visa “PE”) allowing residency in Thailand along with benefits for a period between 5, 10, or 20 years depending on the chosen package in exchange for a membership fee.

The Certificate of Entry or COE is a letter issued by the Thai Embassy or Consulate to allow a foreign visa holder to enter Thailand onboard a special repatriation flight, chartered flight, or semi-commercial flight. This letter will be presented to the airline personnel before departure and to the immigration officer upon arrival in Thailand.