Certificate of Entry (COE) to Thailand


What is a COE?

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.

Who may apply for the COE?

The following categories of persons are permitted to enter Thailand and are required to apply for a valid visa and Certificate of Entry (COE) before traveling to Thailand:

  • Diplomats, officials of international organizations, and their family members
  • Non-Thai nationals who are spouses (holding a Thai Marriage visa), parents or children of Thai nationals
  • Non-Thai nationals who have a Certificate of Permanent Residence
  • Non-Thai nationals with valid work permit or letter of confirmation to work (WP3) from the relevant Thai government agency, and their spouse and children
  • Non-Thai nationals who are students of formal educational establishments in Thailand as approved by Thai authorities, and their parents
  • Non-Thai nationals in need of medical treatment in Thailand, except for treatment of COVID-19, including their accompanying persons
  • Holders of Non-Immigrant visa Category OA/OX
  • Holders of APEC Business card or Thai Elite Visa
  • Holders of Special Tourist Visa (STV) Or Tourist Visa (TR) selected countries only
  • Holders of Non-Immigrant visa for Business purpose, ownership of condominium or investment
  • Holders of Non-Immigrant O retirement visa
  • Passport holders of Countries under Visa Exemption Program

What are the Requirements for the COE?

The main requirement for the COE is that the applicant qualifies to enter Thailand based on the list of eligible travelers. The applicant must secure the appropriate Thai visa before applying for the COE. Once the visa has been obtained, the applicant must prepare the following documents for the COE application:

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of the STV, non-immigrant visa, or extension of stay with a re-entry permit
  • Copy of the Health Insurance Policy covering treatment and medical expenses related to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD.
  • Copy of confirmed flight booking
  • Copy of confirmed Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel booking

NOTE: Some embassies will reject your COE application if you do not have the correct format for the Health Insurance. In order to have the correct insurance for the COE. You may check HERE.

How to Apply for the Certificate of Entry (COE)?

Step 1: Visit https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ and register by filling in your personal details, and upload supporting documents such as a copy of passport, copy of the valid visa, and COVID-19 travel insurance. The Embassy will screen and pre-approve the applicants who meet the requirements. Please check the status of your application after 1-3 working days.

Step 2: The applicants can check their status online if they have been pre-approved. They will be contacted by email if the Embassy requires more documents. The applicants who are pre-approved passengers can then buy flight tickets and book their ASQ hotels. Copy of the flight ticket and the ASQ hotel booking confirmation has to be uploaded in order to get the COE. Please check the status of your application after 1-3 working days.

Step 3: When the COE has been approved, the applicants can check their status online and click to download their COE.

How long does it take to obtain the COE?

It is strongly recommended that the applicant spares at least 15 working days before the travel date to apply for the COE. If you do not have a valid visa, it is recommended to secure your visa before applying for the COE.

What is the validity of the COE?

The Certificate of Entry is valid only for the intended date of travel. The COE will specifically state your name, passport details, flight date of departure and arrival, flight number, and the name of your ASQ hotel. In case, you need to postpone your trip or change the details of your flight, you need to make a new application for the COE to obtain a new certificate with the new flight details or ASQ hotel details.

What do you have to do after receiving the COE?

Once you have received your COE, you have to prepare the following documents for your trip to Thailand. It will be presented to the airline before departure:

  • Certificate of Entry (COE)
  • Valid visa in your passport
  • Declaration Form
  • Fit-to-Fly health certificate, issued within 72 hours before departure – this is a statement by a doctor that you are free from symptoms and fit to fly. This certificate is separate from the COVID-19 medical certificate.
  • Medical Certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected. The COVID test must be by the RT-PCR method, issued within 72 hours before departure. Some airlines do not accept home kit tests so please check specific requirements with the airlines you are traveling with.
  • Copy of Travel insurance policy that covers COVID and no less than 100,000 USD. Please print the insurance certificate and all pages of the terms and conditions on the COVID-19 coverage and medical benefits. You may be refused to board the flight if you could not show that the insurance meets this requirement.
  • Copy of confirmed ASQ hotel booking

 

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300 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Nkwerre
    January 26, 2021
    Reply

    Sir Pls I have been giving the COE but the airline rescheduled my flight in the next 2days , can I still fly with the issued COE ?

    • Rex
      January 26, 2021

      Dear Nkwerre,
      You must contact the Thai Embassy and provide you the updated COE with the new flight details.
      Thank you.

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    deimante
    January 25, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Thai Embassy,
    I have a new passport but my Thailand Visa is on my old passport.
    When I upload the COE pre-approval, what passport should I upload?
    I was thinking to
    – upload the new passport front page with my information and
    – upload the visa from the old passport in the section “additional documents for consideration”
    What do you think?
    thank you

    • Rex
      January 26, 2021

      Dear Deimante,
      The passport you upload is the new passport. You can upload the old passport and visa in the supporting documents sections.
      Thank you.

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    anatoly
    January 22, 2021
    Reply

    I have filled out the forms and uploaded the documents at https://coethailand.mfa.go.th , but its still telling me “Please attach a copy of your passport.” even thought the passport is already attached. I cannot proceed with the application, what to do?

    • Rex
      January 22, 2021

      Dear Anatoly,
      Did you click the “arrow”?
      Thank you.

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    Wilmer A Lim
    January 21, 2021
    Reply

    from Philippines here…under visa exemption program…so no visa needed….can apply for coe only?

    • Rex
      January 21, 2021

      Dear Wilmer,
      Yes, you definitely can do that. You must have a return flight MNL-BKK and BKK-MNL within 30 or 45 days. Your insurance must also cover at least 45 days or duration of your visit.
      Thank you.

  5. Avatar
    Leo
    January 20, 2021
    Reply

    Hi,
    I see a ‘Declaration Form’ listed on the documents needed for traveling.
    What form is this an how can I get it please.

    I also found a ‘Medical Certificate Form’ online that is not listed above. Do I need that one as well?

    Thank you for assisting.

  6. Avatar
    adele
    January 19, 2021
    Reply

    Hello I applied for the Coe its been 3 weeks now no reply still showing under consideration and my flight was today 20 /1/ 2021 don’t really know what to do .

    • Rex
      January 19, 2021

      Dear Adele,
      If you have the 6-digit application number, you may check the status of it on the same website you submitted it.
      Thank you.

  7. Avatar
    vignesh n
    January 19, 2021
    Reply

    I applied for coe and i got 6 digit code. More then 10 days already still my application under consideration. Normally How long it will take?

    • Rex
      January 19, 2021

      Dear Vignesh,
      It will depend on the Thai Embassy or Consulate handling it. Some consulates will have a reply or result within 3 days.
      Thank you.

  8. Avatar
    Thai
    January 18, 2021
    Reply

    I got approval for COE but didn’t find the link to download to COE, is it I only will get it after upload the documents to confirm the trip? How many days it will take?

    • Rex
      January 19, 2021

      Dear Thai,
      Is it an approval of the registration or is it the approval of the application? Please known that it is a 2-step process. It means you have to get 2 approvals.
      Thank you.

  9. Avatar
    kane henderson
    January 18, 2021
    Reply

    hello,

    i have received my COE but the date of departure from originating point of departure is showing as the 7th when my actual flight is on the 6th.
    will this effect my COE.

    • Rex
      January 19, 2021

      Dear Kane,
      Yes, your flight dates must be the same in the COE. Please call the Thai Embassy or consulate who issued the COE to make the changes and issue a new COE.
      Thank you.

  10. Avatar
    Dick
    January 17, 2021
    Reply

    I am holding HKSAR passport , currently live in United Kingdom. HKSAR passport is visa exemption . So, when I apply on line, after I upload my passport, the web site ask for visa documents for further information. So, what information should I upload. Another question is, is Thailand banned UK traveller despite whatever passport they hold.

    • Rex
      January 19, 2021

      Dear Dick,
      Did you choose Medium Term Visitor-Visa Exemption in the selection before you filled out the form?
      Thank you.

  11. Avatar
    nat
    January 14, 2021
    Reply

    I applied the wrong type of visa. I received 6 digits confirmation. I submitted the new application right away with a new type of visa but it’s show “my application is considered”
    Is The Embassy able to delete my old application? It’s quite urgent.

    • Rex
      January 14, 2021

      Dear Nat,
      Good day.
      it will be automatically deleted after 15 days. However, it is best for you to call the Thai Embassy or email them to deleted it sooner.
      Thank you.

  12. Avatar
    Alice
    January 13, 2021
    Reply

    Hello
    I have non b visa. Can I apply COE more than one month before departure date?

    • Rex
      January 14, 2021

      Dear Alice,
      Good day. Yes, you can apply more than 1 month before your flight, however we recommend doing it 2 to 3 weeks before your flight in case there will changes on the flight details in which case, you need to apply for the new COE.
      Thank you.

  13. Avatar
    Chanatta Ice
    January 13, 2021
    Reply

    I have an employee flying from Tel Aviv with a stop in Dubai, will he need anything to enter Dubai to transit the flight?

    • Rex
      January 13, 2021

      Dear Chanatta,
      Good day.
      It would be best for him to contact the airline if there special requirements when transiting in Dubai. As far as I know, there is no special requirement for the UAE.
      Thank you.

    • Avatar
      January 13, 2021

      My Thai partner is having problems with the Coe because she cannot afford to book a asg hotel, I’m told Thai nationals get free quarantine hotels, but how do we go about this on the Coe form ?

    • Rex
      January 14, 2021

      Dear Dale,
      Good day.
      I would recommend for her to call the Thai Embassy or Consulate in the country or city where she is located for more information about the State Quarantine.
      Thank you.

  14. Avatar
    David
    January 13, 2021
    Reply

    My visa issue is being delayed by the Thai Consulate in Bali.
    I missed the original flight in Jan 9th.
    The visa is still not issued yet
    .
    Should I apply for a new COE now or after the visa is issued?
    My new flight is on Jan 20th.

    Thank you for your previous answer to my post.

    • Rex
      January 13, 2021

      Dear David,
      I think you need to submit a scanned copy of your visa when you apply for the COE, at least that is the common procedure. However if the Embassy in Indonesia has a different method, I would recommend for you to check with them directly.
      Thank you.

  15. Avatar
    HILDA
    January 13, 2021
    Reply

    Hello ,
    I already got visa of NON-B , which category of COE that I should apply ? As I try before and the system asking for work permit or WP3. Thank you

    • Rex
      January 13, 2021

      Dear Hilda,
      Good day.
      On what basis was your Non Immigrant B visa was issued?
      -Work permit holder or granted permission to work?
      -Businessman or Investor?
      These are the only options you can get a COE for having a Non B visa.
      Thank you.

  16. Avatar
    Olga
    January 12, 2021
    Reply

    Hello,
    I would like to apply for COE at https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/regis/index?checkconfirm=true
    I am a holder of Ukrainian passport which means I can use the visa exemption to stay in Thailand. When I follow the link, should I choose Special Tourist Visa (STV) holder from the drop-down menu?

    • Rex
      January 12, 2021

      Dear Olga,
      Good day.
      Yes, you can obtain a COE online. You must choose “Medium Term Visitor-Visa Exemption”.
      Thank you.

  17. Avatar
    Jane
    January 10, 2021
    Reply

    Hi,

    How could I use the option to quarantine at the listed ALQ hotels in Phuket? It seems that there’s only one option to fly in Phuket from abroad once a week starting from 23rd of Jan-2021 from Moscow, according to the published list of semi-commercial flights…. Or could I fly to Bangkok and take a domestic flight from there? Though most domestic flights depart from DMK and all international flights arrive to BKK… Or are all these ALQ hotels in Phuket waiting only for Russian tourist?

    • Rex
      January 10, 2021

      Dear Jane,
      Good day.
      Please be advised that you cannot take a domestic flight from Bangkok to Phuket without doing a quarantine in Bangkok. If you wish to do the quarantine in Phuket, your international flight must land in Phuket. Or perhaps your ALQ hotel in Phuket can arrange a private jet to get you from Bangkok down to Phuket after arrival.
      Thank you.

  18. Avatar
    Jenny
    January 9, 2021
    Reply

    I read somewhere that Thai national need a COE as well. I left it too late to apply for one and I am desperately to get one until I have came upon this post. Must a Thai national present a COE upon arrival? If so and I do not have a COE will they allow me to enter into the kingdom? I have got all the required documents except for the COE which is a pain to get as the online application takes forever.

    • Rex
      January 10, 2021

      Dear Jenny,
      Yes, if you check this page, you will see there is an option for Thai national:
      https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/
      Thank you and have a good day.

  19. Avatar
    Orange LAM
    January 9, 2021
    Reply

    What can I do my COE has been rejected, may be I fill in something wrong. Then, I go apply again, but the website is not allow me to apply again

    • Rex
      January 10, 2021

      Dear Orange,
      You can “edit the information” (green colored section) if you got rejected.
      Thank you.

  20. Avatar
    Miroslaw
    January 9, 2021
    Reply

    Hi,
    My COE application has been rejected within 24 hours with below comment:

    Not approved
    Due to : Did not attach insurance with COVID-19 coverage.

    I followed the steps carefully, it clearly said, the flight/hotel/insurance confirmation is to be attached AFTER initial approval of CEO. I don’t get it. If I attach my insurance now they might as well reject it saying there is not hotel booking so…. What’s the logic here? Why my embassy doesn’t follow clear steps listed on coethailand.mfa.go.th

    • Rex
      January 9, 2021

      Dear Miroslaw,
      Make sure you have properly attached the files by clicking the arrow.
      Thank you.

  21. Avatar
    Miroslaw
    January 7, 2021
    Reply

    Hey, quick qestion:

    CoE, entry based on visa exemption (30days)

    is it possible to apply by providing a flight booking where the return flight would be 60days after arrival?

    my intention is to avoid applying for 60-days visa to save time, enter on 30d exemption and extend for another 30 days before coming back home but I’ve heard it may cause problems and they could even refuse boarding, what you guys think?

    • Rex
      January 7, 2021

      Dear Miroslaw,
      Good day.
      You need to have a return flight within 30 to 45 days upon arrival.
      Once you have the COE and you have entered Thailand, you may change your return flight.
      Thank you.

  22. Avatar
    Abid
    January 6, 2021
    Reply

    kindly confirm me how many days for insurance required? I know for 100,000 USD coverage just confirm this how many days for insurance i buy ?
    Also knows that I book the hotel for 15 days ?

    I am travelling from Dubai

    • Rex
      January 6, 2021

      Dear Abid,
      Good day.
      You can book an insurance for 3 months or 6 months.
      You may check this link for the Insurance: https://bit.ly/37JiuPB
      Thank you.

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      leanne quinn
      January 7, 2021

      The thai embassy in London send me a.link with all new insurance companies in thailand that you can get insured with.

      No eu insurance will pay out. They will give you insurance. They may even state covid on it. But if your country advises against travel then the insurance company legally doesn’t have to pay out. The insurance told me that

  23. Avatar
    Matt
    January 6, 2021
    Reply

    Hello,
    I have successfully applied for a COE as an Elite card holder on one occasion and am currently in Thailand. Howver I need to travel to Poland for work.
    I am a UK citizen but would return to Thailand from Poland not the UK. Do I need to apply for the COE with London as my country of residence or with Warsaw as my country of travel?

    • Rex
      January 6, 2021

      Dear Matt,
      Good day.
      The COE is only valid for the flight date and flight number as stated in your COE. As long as you will follow and take those flights on specific dates, then you can enter Thailand. If your flight departs from Poland to Thailand, you must apply for the COE issued by Thai Embassy Poland.
      Thank you.

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    Todd capron
    January 6, 2021
    Reply

    Hi i applied for a COE thru the Chicago Thai Embassy only to be told that Washington is my jurisdiction. I reapplied to Washington but its locked to Chicago who rejected me saying i needed a visa first before applying for COE. Washington said the opposite. Apply COE, if approved apply for Tourist Visa ..(US passport holder). Admittedly im very confused and would like to know how to cancel my Chicago process. Start new if possible. Thank you

    • Rex
      January 6, 2021

      Dear Todd,
      That is really confusing. In the last few weeks, the application process starts with issuance of the visa and then issuance of the COE. This may have changed but it does not make sense.
      May I ask which link did you use for the visa or COE?
      Did you use CognitoForms for the visa and COEThailand for the COE?
      Thank you.

  25. Avatar
    Thomas Sullivan
    January 6, 2021
    Reply

    I cannot get the CoE registration site to accept my US phone number, keeps saying overseas mobile number invalid no matter what I enter. Any help? Also, do I need to put an address and mobile number in the contact details in Thailand portion if I am applying under the visa exemption scheme?

    • Rex
      January 6, 2021

      Dear Thomas,
      Good day.
      You need to type the number and do not copy-paste it. You need to start with +1 sign. When providing a Thai number, please use 08 or 09 and no need to write +66.
      Thank you.

    • Avatar
      Shinya
      January 11, 2021

      How to enter your overseas mobile phone number and get accepted by COE system?

    • Rex
      January 11, 2021

      Dear Shinya,
      For the overseas phone number you need to type + and the country code. For the other sections that ask for phone number, you can start it with 0.
      Thank you.

  26. Avatar
    faiz
    January 5, 2021
    Reply

    hi rex,

    I’m from malaysia
    for fit to fly certificate, how should do?
    any format fit to fly travel letter for referance

    • Rex
      January 6, 2021

      Dear Faiz,
      Good day.
      The important information in the certificate is that you are “healthy” and you are “fit to fly” or “fit for air travel”. This certificate is different from the COVID 19 certificate.
      Thank you.

  27. Avatar
    Scott Mills
    January 5, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am a UK passport holder and applied COE from Mumbai India as I was here on business. After 10 days I’ve still not received pre approval, is this normal? Now I will be travelling to Dubai for business due to not having the green light to fly to Thailand.

    Will my COE expire in the system so that I can reapply from Dubai? Or do I just apply again while the previous one is still in the system waiting approval?

    Rgds
    S.

    • Rex
      January 6, 2021

      Dear Scott,
      Good day.
      I believe it will expire after 15 days. However, you may try to register again using a different Thai Embassy and visa category.
      You may also email or call the contact details given to you in the email to delete the information in the system in order for you to start a new application.
      Thank you.

  28. Avatar
    David
    January 4, 2021
    Reply

    Due to visa issue delays in Thai Consulate in Bali, I may miss my flight (Jan 9th). I have applied for COE (approved) with insurance and ASQ fully arranged.

    If I get my visa *after* my original flight (Jan 9th) and need to enter Thailand on a later flight, do I need a *new visa* and a new COE? Or can I keep the visa and only reapply for a new COE?

    • Rex
      January 6, 2021

      Dear David,
      Good day.
      If you get your visa after the flight, you only need to apply for a new COE. You do not need to get a new visa.
      Thank you.

  29. Avatar
    Philip Alan. Prince
    January 3, 2021
    Reply

    I have my COE but now my flight time (by1 hour) and Flight number has changed
    Can i alter the COE. Or do i have to re-apply
    New COE. ASQ need change to.

    • Rex
      January 6, 2021

      Dear Philip,
      You may call the Thai Embassy that issued it if they can send a new COE.
      Thank you.

  30. Avatar
    Adam Piotr Baca
    January 2, 2021
    Reply

    if im in the citizen of visa exemption country, i need only apply for the coe is that correct?

    • Rex
      January 6, 2021

      Dear Adam,
      Good day.
      Yes, you are correct. You can apply for it on this page: https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/
      Please choose “Medium Tern Visitor- Visa Exemption” in the types of permitted persons selection.
      Thank you.

  31. Avatar
    Mohammad
    January 2, 2021
    Reply

    Dear sir/madam

    I Applied for coe yesterday on 01/01/2021, i am currently in cairo and my flight to Thailand is on 05/01/2021 through transit flight on 04/01/2021 from Dubai. What will happen if the coe is not approved before my flight to Thailand on 05/01/2021? Is there a way to speed up the approval ?

  32. Avatar
    Abdeali Baroodwala
    December 30, 2020
    Reply

    HI REX
    I HAVE GOT MY COE APROVED BUT I BOOKED MY IN VISTARA NOW VISTARA AS CANCELLED THEY FLIGHT SO CAN I TRAVEL ON SAME COE

    • Rex
      January 6, 2021

      Dear Abdeali,
      The COE is only valid on the specific flight number, and flight date. If there has been changes, then you must get a new COE.
      Thank you.

  33. Avatar
    Armen
    December 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, when I was check the information about the Visa and the COE, I noticed that I have to apply for tourist visa first and then upload the documents to obtain the certificate of entry together with the insurance and the passport, is that correct?
    so first I have to proceed apply for visa right?

    • Rex
      January 6, 2021

      Dear Armen,
      Good day.
      Yes, in most countries, you need to get the visa first and then you apply for the COE.
      Thank you.

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    Aurélien Froissart
    December 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    Since I plan to go to Thailand for less than 45 days (coming from France), can you confirm that I don’t need any Visa in order to get the COE and enter Thailand ?

    • Rex
      January 6, 2021

      Dear Aurelien,
      Good day.
      Yes, we can confirm that you can use the visa exemption to stay in Thailand. You need to spend 15 days in quarantine and then the rest of your stay in a normal hotel room.
      You can apply for the COE online through this page: https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/regis/index?checkconfirm=true
      You can book insurance through this link here.

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