Certificate of Entry (COE) to Thailand


NOTE: The Certificate of Entry has been replaced by Thailand Pass since November 2021. To know more about the new system, visit our Thailand Pass page.

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.

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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:

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

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

Step 1: Visit the COE online portal/website and register by filling in your 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 or SHA+ hotels. Copy of the flight ticket and the ASQ hotel or SHA+ Hotel booking confirmation has to be uploaded 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.

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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
  • Medical Certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected. The COVID test must be by the RT-PCR method, the test must be conducted 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 50,000 USD. The policy must cover the whole duration of your stay or the duration of your visa. 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 or SHA+ Hotel Booking
  • Flight itinerary
  • T8 Form
  • You must download “Thailand Plus” Application on your mobile phone

 

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1,140 Comments

  1. liat
    October 27, 2021
    Reply

    Hello. we will arrive to Bangkok on Nov 9th and want to take an immediate conection flight to Chiang may (not leaving the airport) we both Vaccinated.
    Can we do that or need to stay in Bangkok until receiving the covid19 test results first? can we stay in quarantine hotel in Chiang may?

    • October 27, 2021

      Dear Liat,

      Good day.
      Unfortunately it is not possible. You need to stay 1 night in Bangkok with COVID test result before you can travel to Chiang Mai. Or you can find a flight to Chiang Mai that has no stop in Bangkok. Once you have the negative COVID result, you go to Chiang Mai and there is no need to quarantine in Chiang Mai.
      To check the correct COVID 19 Insurance, please visit http://www.siam-legal.com/axa-insurance
      Should you require any assistance for the COE or Thailand Pass application, please check this page: http://www.siam-legal.com/coe

      Thank you.

  2. Rachel
    October 27, 2021
    Reply

    Good Morning,

    I am in the process of booking flights to go back to Phuket on the 11th of November for approx 42 days. I hope to have all paperwork compiled today to submit my visa application. However, I’m unsure if I can apply for COE approval without visa? Should I wait until my visa comes through?

    Thank you for your assistance

    • October 27, 2021

      Dear Rachel,

      Good day.
      Yes, you need to wait for the visa and then you may apply for Thailand Pass. You can apply for the Thailand Pass starting November 1.
      To check the correct COVID 19 Insurance, please visit http://www.siam-legal.com/axa-insurance
      Should you require any assistance for the COE or Thailand Pass application, please check this page: http://www.siam-legal.com/coe

      Thank you.

  3. Stuart
    October 27, 2021
    Reply

    do you need a visa if your going to thailand for 30 days
    thanks stewart

    • October 27, 2021

      Dear Stuart,

      Good day. You do not need a visa if you are a citizen of the Visa Exempted countries. However, you need to apply for Thailand before coming to Thailand and also a COVID insurance.
      To check the correct COVID 19 Insurance, please visit http://www.siam-legal.com/axa-insurance
      Should you require any assistance for the COE or Thailand Pass application, please check this page: http://www.siam-legal.com/coe

      Thank you.

  4. DOUGLAS BAKER
    October 27, 2021
    Reply

    I applied for a COE and received rejected notice with no information. I attempted calling and emailing multiple places / times with no response until today. Today I was informed they wanted me to wait until November 1st for the new Thailand Pass system. I attempted to communicate with my hotel but they wish for me to still follow COE guidelines. Is SHABA still required after November 1st? This article implies you just need a confirmed booking and nothing else. Thank you for your response.

    • October 27, 2021

      Dear Douglas,

      Good day.
      If your flight departs November 8 onwards, you need to apply for Thailand Pass on November 1. If your flight is November to 7, you can apply for COE now.

      Thank you.

  5. Jami
    October 27, 2021
    Reply

    Hi,
    I am planning to go to Bangkok, Thailand on Nov 1. Understand that Thailand pass is not available yet. Would it be possible we submit COE and do quarantine for 1 night?
    Thanks

    • October 27, 2021

      Dear Jami,

      Good day.
      Yes, you can apply now for the COE that you will use for your flight on November 1.
      Should you require any assistance for the COE or Thailand Pass application, please check this page: http://www.siam-legal.com/coe

      Thank you.

  6. Peter Wickman
    October 26, 2021
    Reply

    According to the declaration form I need a fit to fly certificate and
    a negative Covid certificate. Do I need both or is a negative Covid
    Certificate sufficient?

    • October 27, 2021

      Dear Peter,

      Good day.
      You only need to have a medical certificate stating you have negative COVID test result or the test result itself.
      Thank you.

  7. Jen
    October 26, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Sir,

    I travel from Finland after 1.Nov, when Finland is on the list for “low risk countries” requiring only 1 night in SHA+ Hotel.
    However, if I want to travel 1.Nov or soon after it, so I need to apply for COE, since the “Thailand pass” system is not yet operational. But in the COE system there is no option for Bangkok yet. Only Phuket sandbox. What to do if u want to travel to Bangkok? Do I choose the Phuket sandbox option?

    • October 27, 2021

      Dear Jen,

      Good day.
      You can apply for the COE for now. You can still use it for your trip. Should you require any assistance for the COE or Thailand Pass application, please check this page: http://www.siam-legal.com/coe

      Thank you.