Can you enter Thailand now during the COVID-19 Crisis?


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Thailand has closed all its borders in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 since March this year under the invocation of the Emergency Decree dated March 25, 2020.

UPDATE:

On November 18, 2020 the Thai Embassy in the USA and UK announced that Non Immigrant O retirement visa holders may now apply for Certificate of Entry and permitted to enter Thailand.

On November 18, 2020 the Thai Embassy has announced  that a Tourist Visa (60 days) is available in the USA, UK and some countries. The financial requirement of 500,000 THB bank savings has been removed.

On September 28, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved reopening the country’s borders to welcome foreign visitors, both short and long term such as the following:

-Holders of non-immigrant B visa, who are businesspeople (without a work permit or WP3) and are willing to enter Thailand for business purposes.

-Holders of Special Tourist Visa (STV) and Tourist Visa (TRV) in selected countries

-Holders of Non-Immigrant OA and OX Visa

-Holders of APEC Business Travel Cardholders from low-risk countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, and Hong Kong.

Who are qualified?

Applicants should be any of the following:

  • Thai nationals.
  • Foreigners who are holding a valid non-immigrant B visa (with Work Permit) and those with the extension of stay of Non-immigrant B visa (with Work Permit), including their spouses and children.
  • Foreigners who are granted permission (WP3) from the Ministry of Labour to work in Thailand and their families.
  • Foreigners who are holding non-immigrant D and F visas as part of the diplomatic corps and their families.
  • Foreigners who are holding non-immigrant O visas who are spouses, parents or children of Thai nationals.
  • Foreigners who hold Certificate Permanent Residence including their spouses and children.
  • Foreigners who are students of formal educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students.
  • Foreigners who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID–19.
  • Foreigners who are invited by the government and those who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement including Thailand Elite Visa.
  • Foreign migrant workers with official documents.

Where to apply for permission to enter Thailand?

The foreigner must apply for the certificate or permission of entry to Thailand from the local Thai Embassy or consulate. All requests will be forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and together with the Ministry of Labour and Board of Investment Thailand, all applications or requests will be assessed on a case to case basis, taking into account the urgency, economic importance while balancing these with health security consideration among others.

What do you have to prepare prior to traveling to Thailand?

The foreigner or non-Thai nationals must carry the necessary documents as follows:

  1. Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Thai embassy or consulate in your current location.
  2. Fit to Fly Certificate issued by relevant authority and the COVID-19 medical test result. This must be issued no longer than 72 hours before the date of travel. This certificate is also necessary at the airline’s check-in counter for a boarding pass to be issued.
  3. Health Insurance Policy covering treatment and medical expenses related to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD.

How to obtain a Certificate of Entry?

The foreigner must apply for the certificate of entry from the local Thai Embassy or consulate at least 10 working days prior to the intended date of travel and must submit the following documents to the consular section of the Thai embassy or consulate:

  • Passport
  • Original or copy of the valid work permit or Letter issued by the relevant authorities of Thailand indicating permission for entry into Thailand for work purposes (if applicable).
  • Copy of the valid non-immigrant visa or extension of stay based on the Non-immigrant visa.
  • 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 flight details of the intended date of travel. The Thai Embassy or Consulate may also refer you to the available repatriation flights.

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.

In case the foreign national does not have a valid visa or has an expired non-immigrant visa, he or she can submit all the required documents and a filled-in visa application requesting for the Non-immigrant visa and the Thai embassy or consulate will issue the certificate of Entry and the visa altogether.

What to do upon entry to Thailand?

When entering Thailand, the foreigner or non-Thai national is requested to follow the Thai authority’s guidelines for preventing the COVID-19 pandemic as follows:

  • Present the Certificate of Entry to the Thai authorities at the airport of arrival
  • Present the Fit to Fly certificate and the COVID-19 PCR test results
  • Present the completed and signed Declaration Form
  • Present the health insurance policy
  • Present the valid non-immigrant  visa and work permit (if applicable)
  • The foreign national will be subjected to a 14-day mandatory state quarantine at a government-designated facility or other facilities under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health at his or her own expense.

When will it start?

On July 3, 2020 the Civil Aviation Authority has  partially lifted the travel ban to Thailand.  The qualified foreigners may apply for the certificate of entry from their local Thai Embassy and they may now start to travel to Thailand. For other concerns about the visa and certificate of entry application, it is best to contact the local Thai Embassy or consulate in your city or country.

You may check this page regularly about the latest updates on how and when foreigners can enter Thailand.

 

 

 

 

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1,191 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Chayanin Witangongun
    August 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, my company wants to establish a representative office in Thailand. The establishment permission of our representative office has been approved by the Bank of Thailand. However, due to COVID we can’t go to Thailand for business registration.
    Can we apply for a WP3 visa in this case?

    • Rex
      August 27, 2020

      Dear Chayanin,
      I believe they can do a power of attorney if they are unable to travel. As for the WP3, the Labour Office may not be issue it if the business registration has not been completed. I am not sure why Bank of Thailand has made the approval. Is it not the Ministry of Commerce?
      Thank you.

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      Sajan shah
      September 22, 2020

      Hi Rex I m Indian passport holder. How can I apply for long stay tourist viza. As I have everything in Thailand including accomodation health insurance and etc can u pls help me for this

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear Sajan,
      -Starting October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021 Thailand will allow limited numbers of long stay foreign tourists under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) Program.  The visa is valid for 90 days which can be extended for another two 90-day extensions. This long stay visa is open to foreign nationals  travelling to Thailand with the intention to stay long term as tourist to boost the tourism industry. According to the head of Thailand Tourism Office, this is available to the countries in the Top 10 of the global COVID-19 Index or ones who haven’t had new cases for say 28 days will be allowed.
      -The applicant must agree to undergo 14-day quarantine in a quarantine hotel accredited by the Thai government and the applicant must also provide COVID-19 health insurance covering the first 3 months of stay.
      -The applicant must apply for the visa and certificate of entry prior to traveling to Thailand. The Thai Embassy will be the one to arrange the flight to Thailand so it is recommended not to book any commercial flight. 
      -Applicant must also provide a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test issued within 72 hours before the flight. 
      If you are qualified, you must get in touch with the local Thai Embassy or the Tourism Authority of Thailand in your current location for more information.
      Have a good day.

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    Skylar Jia
    August 25, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,
    Does the insurance have to be 30 day or 90 day?

    Thank you!

    • Rex
      August 26, 2020

      Dear Skylar,
      Based on experience, they would accept 90-day validity of the insurance.
      Thank you.

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    VINCENT LABREZE
    August 25, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I am french married with Thai and in the process to apply a visa O type to return to Thailand. My application has been accepted in the Thai embassy in Paris. Do I have to register online to get a repatriation flight or the Paris embassy will inform me? Do we have repatriation flights from France? So far I have seen from London and Frankfurt only. Thanks.

    • Rex
      August 26, 2020

      Dear Vincent,
      You also need to apply for the Certificate of Entry to Thailand or was that included in the application? Yes, you will ask the embassy for the available repatriation flights from France to Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Jason
    August 25, 2020
    Reply

    My wife and daughter (both Thai) are wanting to get back into Thailand, and are confused about the 14 day quarantine.

    Do they have to stay at SQ/ASQ or can they stay at their home in Bangkok?

    • Rex
      August 25, 2020

      Dear Jason,
      Good day!
      All people who enters Thailand, they need to do the mandatory quarantine. Home quarantine is not acceptable. The Thai nationals may avail the state quarantine (SQ) which is free or they can book the alternative state quarantine (ASQ) which is not free, the cost of these hotels will range from 30,000 to 60,000 THB.

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    Greg
    August 24, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, are Thailand authorities delivering work permit?
    I heard from a potential employer that work permit are not delivered anymore.
    Thanks,

    • Rex
      August 24, 2020

      Dear Greg,
      Good day.
      It is a case-to-case basis, depending on the paperwork of the company. In Bangkok, both WP3 for prospective employees are issued now and the proper work permit is also issued once the employee arrived in Thailand with the Non Immigrant B visa.
      Thank you.

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    Simoni
    August 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex. I was looking at the requirements for Non-immigrant O Visa (visiting a non-thai family member who has a work permit in Thailand) . I have all the requirements mentioned in the website, but do I need to also have ASQ booking? How can I book ASQ if I do not have the visa approved yet?
    Please advise

    • Rex
      August 26, 2020

      Dear Simoni,
      You may apply for the Non Immigrant O visa and the Certificate of Entry at the same time. I believe you need to have an ASQ booking in order to apply for the visa and COE. I recommend for you to check with the Thai Embassy or Consulate where you are submitting the documents.
      Thank you.

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    Peter D.
    August 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex.
    A couple of quick questions. I am a US citizen seeking to fly to Bangkok to be with my Wife who is there. I believe I need to apply for a non-Immigrant ‘O” visa with the Consulate in Los Angeles.

    One thing they require is a pcr Covid test within 3 days of departure. But is it that the report is dated within 3 days of departure, or the test sample was taken within 3 days of departure? Because testing here takes quite a while to get results.

    And are there companies in the US that sell the Covid $100k insurance policies?

    Many thanks!

    Peter D.

    • Rex
      September 3, 2020

      Dear Peter,
      The Fit-to-Fly Certificate or medical certificate must be issued within 3 days prior to the flight.
      You may check this page for the COVID-19 Insurance: https://www.pacificcrosshealth.com/en/
      Thank you.

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    Marcus
    August 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, is it possible to obtain a work permit while staying in Thailand under amnesty? My company would like to hire me but am I able to get a work permit without any sort of visa (just stamp on arrival). I have all the relevant documents.

    • Rex
      August 28, 2020

      Dear Marcus,
      The Ministry of Labour would be needing for you to have a valid stamp in order to process the work permit, therefore the first thing you will do is to check with the local immigration if they can issue a Non B visa. Normally the Non B visa is issued abroad by a Thai Embassy but due to COVID-19 travel may not be possible. There has been petitions and requests for the immigration to issue inside Thailand however, there has been no official announcement if this possible now.
      Thank you.

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    Denpa Tsewang
    August 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,
    I’m a overseas student and fresh student of International Buddhist Studies College of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya university. I saw in one Thai site stated that if you’re a overseas student of a Thai Public university then you don’t need that 100k $ health insurance of covid19 but if you’re a student of a private university then you need that. If it is true then Mahachula is a public university and that mean I don’t need that insurance?
    2- what is ‘Organizational Quarantine of the educational establishment’ which is in foreign student list. So, all the overseas student don’t need to stay in ASQ?
    THANK YOU

    • Rex
      August 28, 2020

      Dear Denpa,
      Good day!
      I have not seen this information from the guideline issued by the Civil Aviation Authority. The best thing to do right now to contact the Thai Embassy where you will apply for the COE or Certificate of Entry.
      Thank you.

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    Paul Crook
    August 21, 2020
    Reply

    I have a client that is requiring their workers to arrive into BKK from various different destinations and then a day later, they will all fly together on a charter flight to RGN. Is it possible for them to enter Bangkok and overnight in a hotel before their flight?

    • Rex
      August 21, 2020

      Dear Paul,
      Thailand has a travel ban. They can only pass through Bangkok as transit passengers which is normally just a few hours and the same airline.
      Thank you.

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    Sasha An
    August 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I’m applying for Visa from Malaysia to Thailand.
    On the Thai Embassy KL’s social media, they say that in order to book the repatriation flight, it is required that we show evidence of having a visa and Certificate of Entry.
    However, in order to apply for the visa/CoE, we have to show evidence of having a flight purchased.

    What to do in this case?

    Thank you Rex.

    • Rex
      August 28, 2020

      Dear Sasha,
      Yes, this is a Catch-22 situation. Unfortunately our firm may not be able to advise you on how to deal with this rather than coordinating with the Thai Embassy in KL and perhaps come up with a solution.
      Thank you.

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      Sasha
      August 28, 2020

      Dear Rex,
      Alright, noted! Just want to thank you for all your help in answering my questions. Really appreciated

    • Rex
      August 28, 2020

      Dear Sasha,
      You’re welcome. If you don’t mind us asking, we’d love to hear from you about your experience when you had contacted us. Please use this page to send us your feedback or rating:
      https://g.page/r/CSGDG7g5YZ3uEAI/review
      Your feedback or 5-star rating will be greatly appreciated and it would help our company very much.
      Thank you.

  12. Avatar
    Roman K
    August 21, 2020
    Reply

    Rex just wanted to say thank you for answering so many questions in such amazing timeframe. You really helping people make sense of the situation!

    • Rex
      August 21, 2020

      Dear Roman,
      Thank you for your kind words. If you don’t mind us asking, we’d love to hear from you about your experience when you had contacted us. Please use this page to send us your feedback or rating:
      https://g.page/r/CSGDG7g5YZ3uEAI/review
      Have a good day.

  13. Avatar
    August 20, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    I’m an Indonesian passport holder and currently in Cambodia.
    I haven’t been able to go back home to Thailand since March to meet my Thai Wife. I have a non-immigrant Visa that will expire on 9th October 2020.
    I have to go back to Thailand to renew my visa. I have a few questions,

    1. I read that the medical certificate should be issued no more than 72 hours before departing while presenting to the Embassy for the COE, but it says the COE process should take 10-15 working days. So do I have to get the medical certificate twice? The first is for when I want to get the COE and the second one at the airport?

    2.I have Thai Insurance, do I still need to have the insurance covering no less than $100.000?
    3. Do I need to show my marriage certificate to the Embassy when I apply for the COE? If yes, Can I prove it from a photo?

    4. If there’s no flight to Thailand until late September, that means my visa will be expired, do I have to back to “square one” to apply for my visa?

    5. Will the Embassy gives me a list of the quarantine hotels? Or I have to find it by myself? I have a house in Bangkok, do I still need to stay quarantine 14 days in a selected hotel or quarantine myself in my own home?

    • Rex
      August 20, 2020

      Dear Darren,
      Good day.
      1. Some embassies will not required medical certificate when applying for the COE and some embassies will require it. So, if they will require it for the COE, then you need to get a new medical certificate before the actual flight.
      2. Yes, you need to check with your current insurance if it covers COVID-19. If it does not cover COVID-19, you need to secure a new insurance policy for COVID-19.
      3. Yes, you can provide a copy of the marriage certificate.
      4. Yes, if there is no Thai Airways or Air Asia repatriation flight from Cambodia to Thailand in September, yes, you need to start the process. You need to get a new 90-day Non O visa from the Thai Embassy which may require for you to show original marriage documents.
      5. Yes, you will be the one to pay for your mandatory quarantine. Here is a list of ASQ hotels:
      https://thaiconsulatela.org/en/visa/related-procedures-in-requesting-for-a-certificate-of-entry-and-visa-to-enter-thailand/alternative-state-quarantine-asq/
      Thank you.

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    Sailesh
    August 20, 2020
    Reply

    We are holding valid retirement visa of one year, expiring in beginning of December. We are right now in tokyo and want to return to Chiangmai mid September.
    Are we allowed to enter and if yes, what is the procedure to follow.

    • Rex
      August 20, 2020

      Dear Sailesh,
      Good day!
      Right now, you are not allowed to enter Thailand even if you have a retirement visa. We are still waiting for the updated list of eligible foreigners which may be published by Civil Aviation Authority in the beginning of September.
      Thank you.

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      Sailesh
      August 24, 2020

      Thankyou Rex for your reply that we are not allowed at the moment, though we hold valid retirement visa.🙏
      If, we are not allowed till December ( for eg ) than, can I renew my one year retirement visa over here in tokyo Thai embassy ?? As it is getting expired on 8 th dec.2020
      If yes, what will be the procedure and documents required. ?
      Thankyou for your help 🙏

    • Rex
      August 26, 2020

      Dear Sailesh,
      If the visa expires and you are in Japan, you are able to obtain a 90-day Non O visa in Japan so that you can re-enter Thailand in December or January and convert the non-immigrant O visa into retirement visa. In January 2021, if the borders are open, you can re-enter Thailand as tourist and you can also get the Non O visa and retirement visa within Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    simmy
    August 20, 2020
    Reply

    I am trying to contact the Thai embassy in New York about the process of applying for the visa and booking my flight to Thailand, however the NY embassy is not answering any of my emails or phone calls. What do you suggest I should do, should I go to the embassy directly, as all my methods of contacting them are not working.

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    Darren Tantriady
    August 19, 2020
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    Hi, I’m an Indonesian passport and currently in Cambodia.
    I have a Thai Wife with the NON-IMM Visa (Thai Wife Visa).
    I have to go back to Thailand next month because my visa will expired on 9th October 2020.
    1. Do I need my marriage certificate when apply for COE?
    2. and if yes, can I just show from the photo? because I didn’t bring my marriage certificate to Cambodia.
    3. How long does it take to get the COE?
    4. I have Thai Insurance too that cover COVID, but does it still need to cover no less than 100.000 USD?
    5. For the Quarantine in Thailand, I have to pay all by myself ?

    • Rex
      August 20, 2020

      Dear Darren,
      Good day.
      1. Some embassies will not required medical certificate when applying for the COE and some embassies will require it. So, if they will require it for the COE, then you need to get a new medical certificate before the actual flight. The process is 1 to 2 weeks to obtain the COE.
      2. If it does cover COVID-19 but does not meet the required amount, you can apply for a new policy or increase the premium.
      3. Yes, you can provide a copy of the marriage certificate. Copy of it may suffice.
      4. Yes, if there is no Thai Airways or Air Asia repatriation flight from Cambodia to Thailand in September, yes, you need to start the process. You need to get a new 90-day Non O visa from the Thai Embassy which may require for you to show original marriage documents.
      5. Yes, you will be the one to pay for your mandatory quarantine. Here is a list of ASQ hotels:
      https://thaiconsulatela.org/en/visa/related-procedures-in-requesting-for-a-certificate-of-entry-and-visa-to-enter-thailand/alternative-state-quarantine-asq/
      Thank you.

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    Edwrad
    August 19, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I am an American Citizen & I have an 8 year old daughter (she is a Thai citizen) in Thailand. I have not been able to see her since February. Is it possible for me to come to Thailand & visit my daughter. And what would I need to do to be able to see her.

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Edward,
      Good day!
      Yes, you may qualify to get a non-immigrant O visa for having a Thai child. You need to have the copy of the birth certificate of your child when applying for the visa. While you apply for the visa, you can also apply for the certificate of entry to Thailand and request the Thai embassy to provide you the list of special flights to Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Roman Kivnyuk
    August 19, 2020
    Reply

    Question about the Labs at the international airports. I’ve seen some website post that if you take the 90 min test at airport and you are corona virus negative, you do not need the 14 day quarantine. Is this true?

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      It is true that there are rapid tests at the airport. But the 14-day mandatory quarantine is still required. That is the reason why the foreigners that are allowed to enter the country are the ones who are willing to do it and not the tourists.

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    Nicola Snell
    August 18, 2020
    Reply

    Good afternoon, do you have a list of hospitals in Bangkok where the PCR Covid19 test can be taken? I have passengers who need to get back to the UK via Dubai.
    Many thanks, Nicola

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Nicola,
      If the applicant is in Bangkok right now, you may direct him/her to Bumrungrad Hospital or Bangkok Hospital.
      Thank you.

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      Bao
      August 19, 2020

      Hi,
      I’m an overseas student in Sydney. I found a flight from Sydney to Vietnam on 3rd October , transit in Thailand. Am I required a Health Insurance $100.000 Us Dollar or any certificates to transit in Thailand? Thank you.

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Bao,
      I believe that PCR test for COVID-19 will be required in order to transit through Bangkok. I recommend for you to contact your airline regarding this.
      Thank you.

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    raoul
    August 18, 2020
    Reply

    Dear,

    It is understood that travelling to Thailand is currently done by 1 way repatriation flights organized by Thai embassies, What about flights leaving Thailand? Are there regular options? Or are they also repatriation flights organized by foreign embassies?

    Thanks for the help

    • Rex
      August 18, 2020

      Dear Raoul,
      Yes that is correct. The flights from Thailand are usually posted on the social media accounts of your embassy in Bangkok.
      Thank you.

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    Chun-Li Hou
    August 18, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, my name is Chun-Li Hou and currently living in the US. My nationality is Taiwanese. I would like to apply for a Thailand visa to visit Thailand at the end of this year. My brother is working in Thailand right now and planning on getting married and having a ceremony on December 15. Additionally, I have not seen my brother for a long time. So, I do really hope I can go to Thailand to join his big moment. What kind of visa is applicable for me to enter Thailand? If so, what will I need to do? Please help me with the process. Many thanks for your help.

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    Ayan Ghosh
    August 18, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,

    I am employed in Thailand but now I am in India since March 2020. After my visa and work permit, my Company have obtained a fresh approval from BOI for my position. I am planning to apply for a COE at my local Thai Embassy. My questions are as follows.
    a) Since the flights to Thailand are still not regularized, will the local Embassy be able to guide me to a suitable repatriation flight?
    b) I plan to travel together with my wife and son (who is 20 yrs 4 months old). Will both of them get a COE and a O-type visa?

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Ayan,
      Good day.
      1. Yes, there is a travel ban therefore only special flights or repatriation flights are allowed. In this case, only the Thai Embassy in your country can arrange this. This flight may be once a week or once in every two weeks.
      2. Your family needs to get Non O and COE. You can apply altogether but issued a respective certificate.
      Thank you.

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    poonam solanki
    August 17, 2020
    Reply

    till how long tourist visa are closed by thia government

    • Rex
      August 18, 2020

      Dear Poonam,
      At this time, we do not really know. But based on some reports, it could be end of the year or early next year. Some provinces may offer special entry to Thailand to certain groups of foreigners.
      Thank you.

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    Doohwi Kim
    August 17, 2020
    Reply

    How are you Rex.

    Is there any way that a person who’s nationality is Thailand is able to get in Korea without any purpose? like girlfriend and boyfriend’s meeting stuff,, which sounds very lame at this point tho
    I mean I’m really dying for meeting my girlfriend..

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Doohwi,
      As far as we know, Thai nationals are able to leave Thailand and flew to other countries. I believe you need to check with the Korean Airport if they have any travel restrictions for travelers from Thailand. Also, the flights from Bangkok to Seoul may be limited if not totally zero.
      Thank you.

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    Ayan Ghosh
    August 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,

    I am employed in Thailand but now I am in India. My visa and work permit expired in between. I have received a fresh BOI approval for my employment, so I now plan to apply for Certificate of Entry at my local Thai Embassy. I have two queries.

    a) Can the Embassy guide me to a suitable repatriation flight back to Thailand?
    b) I plan to travel with my wife and son (20+ yrs). Will both of them be eligible for a CoE and Type-O visa?

    thanks and regards

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Ayan,
      Good day.
      1. Yes, there is a travel ban therefore only special flights or repatriation flights are allowed. In this case, only the Thai Embassy in your country can arrange this. This flight may be once a week or once in every two weeks.
      2. Your family needs to get Non O and COE. You can apply altogether but issued a respective certificate.
      Thank you.

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    Ben
    August 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hi . My wife is in ASQ quarantine in Thailand but needs to return to Singapore urgently. If you are in Singapore quarantine and needed to leave, they have this option . Is it possible to do so on the thailand side ?

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Ben,
      I regret tom inform you that we do not have any information about not completing the quarantine. I suggest that you contact the ASQ hotel and the hospital they are partnering with.
      Thank you.

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    Skyle Doon
    August 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,
    Since I have to give evidence of insurance coverage as well as hotel booking before my application for Certificate of entry and non-immigrant visa O is approved, can I know if my situation will be approved? Just to confirm if I should go ahead and purchase those.
    My non Thai parents work in Thailand, with work permits, and I am planning to fly back.

    • Rex
      September 3, 2020

      Dear Skyle,
      It is very likely that the visa and COE will be approved as long as you have secure all requirements. Anyway, if there is any delay on the issuance of the visa and COE, you can rebook the flight and rebook the ASQ hotel. Also, please make sure that you are not above 20 years old, otherwise, the visa may not be issued.
      Thank you.

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    Navin
    August 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    Can we now enter Thailand by road through Malaysia if we have an online visa approval?

    • Rex
      August 17, 2020

      Dear Navin,
      Thailand has a travel ban. You can only enter Thailand if you have the certificate of entry issued by Thai Embassy in KL.
      Thank you.

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    Hedayah
    August 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    Im asking on behalf of my employer. Soon my staff (Thai national) will travelling back to his hometown. May I know the procedure in order for him return? In case for employer side need to standby any documentation. Thanks

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Hedayah,
      If the Thai national is now abroad, there is no special requirement that you as employer needs to provide. The Thai national only needs to contact the Thai Embassy in your country and apply for the certificate of entry pr enlist himself to the available repatriation flight back to Thailand. Perhaps as employer, you can pay for his PCR test for COVID-19 as part of the requirement to get the certificate of entry.
      Thank you.

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    Jangu An
    August 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex, hope you are well.
    My parents work in Thailand with non-immigrant B visa- they also hold work permits. I am not in Thailand, but I would like to return to reunite with my parents. I held a multiple entry visa, but it has expired a month ago.
    May I ask what you would recommend- would I would be successful if I go through the procedures as listed above (certificate of entry, health insurance, etc.) or should I wait until first week of September? Will there be any changes by then?

    Thank you.

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Jangu,
      I am not sure how old are you, but if you are below 20 years old, you can now qualify to get a new Non immigrant O visa and the Certificate of Entry from the Thai Embassy in your location. Please call the Thai embassy to know the procedure for the application.
      Thank you.

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    Damaraya
    August 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hello. I am Japanese passport holder who work currently in Thailand (with Work permit).
    Is it possible to invite my spouse (JP national) from Japan to Thailand during this period?

    • Rex
      August 17, 2020

      Dear Damaraya,
      Yes, the spouses of the Non Immigrant B visa holders with work permit are allowed to enter Thailand. They need to obtain non-immigrant O visa and certificate of entry from the Thai Embassy in Japan.
      Thank you.

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    Claudio Vianello
    August 14, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    Thank you for the courtesy of a reply on 3 August. Still cannot understand if/when we are permitted come back to our Phuket home we would have to apply for a new Retirement Visa? We have owned our Phuket home thirteen years, renewing our visa annually. Our last visa expired because we were denied re-entry; not our fault! Why cannot it be simply renewed after our re-entry instead of starting from “square one” all over again?? An explanation from any Thai office would be greatly appreciated!!

    • Rex
      August 17, 2020

      Dear Claudio,
      It won’t be possible at this time to enter Thailand on a normal 30-day entry stamp due to travel ban therefore, you cannot just simple enter and obtain the visa in Phuket.
      Also, retirees or retirement visa holders are not on the list of foreigners allowed to enter, not this time. We have to wait until there will be new announcement.
      For more update, we recommend for you to check with the Visa or Consular Section of the Thai embassy in your country.
      Thank you.

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    Chantelle LAU
    August 14, 2020
    Reply

    I am China Chinese, work in Korea, need to travel to Bangkok for contract signing with Thai company in Bangkok in early November, please advise which kind of visa should I obtain to enter Thai for the time being? Thanks so much.

    • Rex
      August 17, 2020

      Dear Chantelle,
      For this purpose of visit, I recommend that you contact the Thai Embassy in Seoul to check if they are able to issue the visa and the certificate of entry for you to travel to Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Borne
    August 14, 2020
    Reply

    Dear sir,
    I’m planning to come in Thailand end of September/beginning October enrolling at Koh Samui language and vocational school for 6 months.
    Am I gonna get the ED visa with this one and no problem at the immigration?
    Thank you

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Borne,
      At this time, this type of ED visa has been suspended and you will not be able to enter Thailand using this visa. However, what we can do for now is to wait for an announcement in the first week of September if there will be changes on the travel ban.
      Thank you.

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    Jay
    August 14, 2020
    Reply

    I have business interests in Thailand. I mainly provide consultation and am now in Thailand on an apec visa, I understand that there is no way for me to extend my apec visa and I would need to return before 26 September. I approached embassy for an extension letter but that route was not successful. My problem is that if I return to my country, I would not be able to come back to Thailand as I do not come under anyone of the categories. Do you know if there are ways I could enter Thailand?

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Jay,
      Good day.
      The only option to return is using APEC card for conducting business with the government. You will be needed a letter from that relevant government agency you will be conducting business with. Another option is to be employed by Thai company. You can return with a Non Immigrant B visa with WP3 intending to work in Thailand. Or last option is to wait until Thailand allows more groups of foreigners into the country.
      Thank you.

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    Deepak Puri
    August 14, 2020
    Reply

    HI,
    I am an Australian Passport holder currently in Delhi India, I was going to apply for my Thai Language course at Sandee Language School Bangkok to continue my language studies. I wanted to ask you will I be able to attend this course which I had been delaying for quite some time on the Education visa that I will get ?
    Thanks, Deepak Puri

    • Rex
      August 14, 2020

      Dear Deepak,
      You may apply for an ED visa for attending this course. However, this course is a non-formal education therefore the holder of an ED visa under this course is not yet allowed to enter Thailand until the travel ban is lifted.
      Thank you.

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    Jodie
    August 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I entered Thailand on a tourist visa back in March and I started the process of setting up a company here and then was going to go to a Thai embassy outside to get my visa for non-immi B but quite scared as there are many hoops to jump through. Any suggestions?

    • Rex
      August 14, 2020

      Dear Jodie,
      You may ask your company secretary or account to check with the immigration office in the city or province where the company is located, if they would consider issuing the Non Immigrant B visa. If they cannot do it, you have no choice but to leave Thailand on or before September 26.
      Thank you.

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    Andrew Helbig
    August 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I’m trying to get back to my Thai Fiancee. I’m in the US and she is in Thailand at the moment. I would like to ask two questions:

    1. I have found services that can provide marriage certificates (marrying US and international citizens) online that look to be 100% legitimate. Would this certificate be possible to use to be able to provide proof of being a spouse of a Thai citizen.

    2. If that is not possible, what is the situation with the ED visa? My school is recognized as an official place for education, but normal commercial flights are not allowed in, correct? Can I get on a repatriation flight with an ED visa?

    Thank you,

    Andrew

    • Rex
      August 14, 2020

      Dear Andrew,
      1. That marriage will not be recognised in Thailand, therefore, it is a waste of time and money to do the online marriage.
      2. If you have an ED visa and you are attending a formal education, you can contact the Thai Embassy in Washington DC or consulates in Chicago, New York or Los Angeles, for the certificate of entry and ask to be included on the available repatriation flights.
      Thank you.

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    Deepak Puri
    August 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I am an Australian passport holder currently in Delhi India, I was going to Apply for an Education visa to study Thai language (8 months program) in Swadee language school bangkok. Can you please let me know if the student visa will be approved/valid for me to continue with my language studies ?

    Thanks, Deepak

    • Rex
      August 14, 2020

      Dear Deepak,
      You may apply for an ED visa for attending this course. However, this course is a non-formal education therefore the holder of an ED visa under this course is not yet allowed to enter Thailand until the travel ban is lifted.
      Thank you.

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    John
    August 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, Rex,

    If my age is above 20 years old, i am not valid for applying non-immigrant visa O to visit my father who is working in Thailand, right?

    • Rex
      August 14, 2020

      Dear John,
      Yes, that is correct. However, you might still be able to obtain the 1 year non-immigrant O visa issued by the Thai Embassy. However, this visa requires you to exit Thailand every 90 days which is not really suitable during this pandemic.
      Thank you.

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      John
      August 14, 2020

      Hi, Rex,
      Thank you for your helpful reply
      I have contacted the Thai embassy in London, and they noticed me that i will not be able to apply for a non-immigrant O visa if i am over 20 years old.
      Therefore, do you know if your aforementioned policy is valid in UK or not?

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear John,
      I am not sure how strict the Thai Embassy in London in implementing the below 20 years requirement. But in the event that they will not issue the visa, then you have no choice but to wait until Thailand will reopen to tourists. You can apply for 6-month tourist visa for your next trip in 2021.
      Thank you.

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    Jimmy Akiki
    August 13, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Sir ,

    I am Lebanese handeling a valid granted permission (WP3) from the Ministry of Labour to work in Thailand .

    i already apply for a Non B visa in Thai embassy of Saudi Arabia , as the Thai Embassy in Lebanon still closed ,

    they replied to me the following ,

    “The Emirates flight of DXB-BKK of the ticket you sent (1 Sep) is a repatriation flight organized by the Thai Consulate in Dubai or not?
    If not, it means the airlines sells the ticket without permit from Thai Authorities, and they will have to cancel the flight. ”

    “copy of air ticket / flight booking to Bangkok of the flight that is allowed to enter Thailand (including repatriation flight for Thai nationals overseas) ”

    how can i find a confirmed flight to enter thailand to proceed in booking the ticket and apply all the needed document for COE .

    Thanks,
    Best Regards
    Jimmy

    • Rex
      August 14, 2020

      Dear Jimmy,
      You need to ask the Thai Consulate in Dubai for the list of repatriation flight that they have and you ask to be included in it so that you can use it when applying for the COE. Do not book a commercial flight because commercials are banned from traveling to Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Borne
    August 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I want to come back to Thailand with an ED visa but not sure what I could study because apparently not all kind are accepted.
    Thanks a lot

    • Rex
      August 13, 2020

      Dear Borne,
      Yes, education visas for formal education such as enrollment in a grade school, secondary school or university are currently allowed to enter Thailand. Next new list of allowed foreigners will be announced on first week of September.
      Thank you.

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    Montha Chunaksorn
    August 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I am Thai national and I have booked my flight to travel from Bangkok to Scotland to see my boyfriend for a month in September and will be back to Thailand on 3rd of October. I heard that Thai ppl are also required the registration of entering to Thailand before coming back from abroad, also I heard that when traveling back to Thailand we will have to take a special flight which will be provided by the government, My questions are

    1. Is registration to entering to Thailand still apply until the beginning of October?
    2. How long of the waiting time to get the flight after submitting the registration form?
    3. Is that true that we would have to pay a lot extra for the special flight we gonna take back to Bangkok?
    4. Is that possible that I would be back here by taking the flight that I have booked myself?

    Appreciated your kind support

    Regards,

    • Rex
      August 13, 2020

      Dear Montha,
      Thailand has a travel ban, therefore the normal flights are not allowed to land in Thailand. Even if you have a flight to Thailand on October 3rd, it will be cancelled if the travel ban is still in place at that time. As for your question, we are not sure if the travel ban is still in effect in October but it is very likely that it will not be lifted. Returning to Thailand from the UK, you need to register at Thai Embassy in London. The flights from London to Bangkok is once a week only.
      Thank you.

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      Ben
      August 16, 2020

      I work in a bank in Singapore but we have an office in Thailand. My wife will be in Thailand for some time and I am requesting that my company allow me to work from Bangkok for a while. I believe I need a immigrant b visa?its seems since this month , immigrant b visa are allowed to enter thailand. Are these visas hard to get approved currently or any advice to provide on this?

    • Rex
      August 17, 2020

      Dear Ben,
      Yes, non-immigrant B visa holders with WP3 are allowed to enter Thailand. Please ask your Thai company to obtain the WP3 from the Labour Office in Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Bruce Claverie
    August 12, 2020
    Reply

    Do i appy to my local thai Embassy for Elite Visa?
    Can i travel thailand now on elite visa? Thanks Bruce

    • Rex
      August 13, 2020

      Dear Bruce,
      Thai Elite Visa is valid for at least 5 years correct? So I assume that it is still valid. If it is still valid, you may contact the Thai Embassy and apply for the COE or Certificate of Entry.
      Thank you.

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    Franz
    August 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hello. My company would like to send two Lao nationals to Germany for further training. Is it possible that they travel from Vientiane to Udonthani by bus and then fly to Bangkok and then further to Germany? Without 14 day quarantine?
    Thank you.

    • Rex
      August 13, 2020

      Dear Franz,
      Thailand has a travel ban right now. They cannot enter Thailand through the border. I recommend that you book a flight from Laos that will not pass through Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Robby
    August 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. My wife is in need of medical treatment in Thailan.
    Me and her mother would fly along as the attendants.
    What are the required documents for the attendant?

    • Rex
      August 13, 2020

      Dear Robby,
      There are two institutions you need to contact. First is the Thai Hospital where the operation will take place or the medical institution that you will have a contract for the medical procedure. Once you have an agreement with them, they will contact the relevant agency in Thailand for your sponsorship letter. After that, you will contact the Thai Embassy in your country and apply for the visas for you and the patient, as well as apply for the certificate of entry.
      Thank you.

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    Seyyed
    August 11, 2020
    Reply

    Hi
    I’m from Iran and I’ve got an acceptance letter from a Thai University for a master study. In the notification announced by the Thai government to permit people to enter Thailand mentioned that “non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students”. I would like to know if I can get a visa for my wife.

    • Rex
      August 14, 2020

      Dear Seyyed,
      Your acceptance to the Thai university will allow you to apply for the Non Immigrant ED visa and Non O visa for your spouse. We recommend for you to contact the Thai Embassy in Tehran to know if they are issuing this visa right now and if they are also issuing the certificate of entry. We are not certain how frequent the repatriation flights from Tehran to Bangkok.
      Thank you.

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      Sunny
      August 14, 2020

      Hi,
      I am currently working in Thailand with a valid work permit and visa. My wife and kids (2 minors) are students in the Philippines at the moment. All four of us hold Indian passports. I would like to have them come here at the earliest. What’s the best possible way to get this done?
      Thanks you.

    • Rex
      August 17, 2020

      Dear Sunny,
      The best thing to do, is for you to call Thai Embassy in Manila. You may ask the Thai embassy if your family can obtain a Non-immigrant O visa as your dependants and if they are able to obtain COE and join the repatriation flights to Thailand. There is nothing you can do in Thailand. The application is made in Manila.
      Thank you.

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    Jeremy
    August 11, 2020
    Reply

    Hello
    I have enrolled at a Thai language school and was but due to current restrictions I’m unable to travel yet do you know when they possibly will be letting in students from informal educational institutions into Thailand

    • Rex
      August 11, 2020

      Dear Jeremy,
      The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand would normally release new list of foreigners allowed to enter the country every first week of the month, therefore we have to wait for the next announcement in the beginning of September.
      Thank you.

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      Mary S
      August 11, 2020

      Hi Rex,

      Thank you for your previous response about the WP3. My school has requested that and I am waiting to get it from them. My other question is about the visa application. It says that I need to have proof of my flight to Thailand and then back home. How does this work since I have to schedule on a repatriation flight to Thailand? I guess I’ll call the Thai embassy in LA (im in the US). Also, I don’t now how long I may be in Thailand (maybe a year, maybe two), so should I just book a flight back home to show proof for the visa application and then change it when that time comes?

      Also, I read in a previous comment that when you are in the quarantine facility, and you get a COIVD free test result for several days in a row, you may be able to cut the quarantine short? Is this accurate?

      Finally, with the COVID insurance that is required for the COE, how many months of coverage do I need to prove to get that COE? If my initial work visa is only for 90 days, and then I will be able to extend it while im there, can I just prove 90 days of COIVD insurance for the COE?

      Thank you!!!

    • Rex
      August 14, 2020

      Dear Mary,
      Good day.
      One way flight is sufficient since you are getting a non-immigrant B visa and for sure your employer will extend your visa in Thailand. You may call the Thai consulate in Los Angeles for the list of flights available for you to join in. For the quarantine, you need to pre-book a hotel facility for 14 days. The insurance coverage can be 2, 3 6 or 12 months. But I would recommend for you to check with the Thai Consulate in LA.
      Thank you.

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    Thao
    August 10, 2020
    Reply

    Hi REX, I am from Viet nam and I was planning to expand my business in Thailand but it has been delayed for 5 months. And now I want to continue my market research. Can you please tell me if there is any type of business visa I can apply right now as an investor? Thank you.

    • Rex
      August 11, 2020

      Dear Thao,
      Due to the travel ban of Thailand you may need to postpone the trip. You may be able to enter as business representative if you will be doing business with the Thai government or you have special arrangement with the government. For more information, please call Thai Embassy in Hanoi.
      Thank you.

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      Johanna Duggan
      August 12, 2020

      My daughter is married to a Thai shes British.She lives in Bangkok and due to have her baby end of Oct. We were hoping to fly out for the birth at end of Oct .Is this possible and if so what would we need to do .Thank you

    • Rex
      August 13, 2020

      Dear Johanna,
      Good day.
      At the moment, only those who are immediate family of a Thai person may be allowed to enter Thailand. For the purpose of entering Thailand to be with your foreign daughter giving birth, I recommend that you contact the Thai Embassy in London if they would consider your situation.
      Thank you.

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      Pornpimol Rankin
      August 12, 2020

      Sawaddee ka,

      My husband and I had booked the tickets to go back to Thailand on 11 November 2020. Please kindly advise what to do to report or register to Thai Embassy office to let them know .
      As a matter of fact , I am Thai and my husband is British. Thanks you very much.

    • Rex
      August 13, 2020

      Dear Pornpimol,
      Good day.
      If your husband is in the UK right now, please check these two pages:
      http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/services/7742/119247-Requirements-for-Certificate-of-Entry-during-trave.html#4
      http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/services/7742/120100-**Repatriation-Flights-for-non-Thai-nationals**.html
      The flights listed on that p[age are the flights that are 100% certain to be flying to Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Ross
    August 10, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I am planning on applying for a Certificate to enter Thailand and was wondering if there was a time limit on its use. For example, if i apply now, with the intention to fly there in September, but my work commitments change and i rearrange my flight for October, will the Certificate still be Valid? I understand i would need a valid fit to fly and negative covid test within 72 hours of the flight.

    Many thanks,
    Ross

    • Rex
      August 11, 2020

      Dear Ross,
      You may use the same certificate of entry for the next available flight. But you will redo the CONVID-19 test and Fit to Fly certificate and also reschedule your hotel quarantine.
      Thank you.

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    Th
    August 10, 2020
    Reply

    Hi REX, I am from Viet Nam and I was planing to go to Thailand and did market research for my business purpose but the plan have been delaying for 5 months. Can you please tell me if there is anyway I can get any type of business visa now to continue my purpose as an investor ?

    • Rex
      August 11, 2020

      Dear Thao,
      Due to the travel ban of Thailand you may need to postpone the trip. You may be able to enter as business representative if you will be doing business with the Thai government or you have special arrangement with the government. For more information, please call Thai Embassy in Hanoi.
      Thank you.

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    Ivy McQueen
    August 10, 2020
    Reply

    hi, we are waiting for the COE at the moment. The number given +852 25216481-5 to follow up is all instruction. is there a number to call if COE ready for pick up?

    • Rex
      August 10, 2020

      Dear Ivy,
      Our firm is not connected to the Thai Consulate in Hong Kong therefore we won’t be able to provide other internal number that you can contact. I recommend that you follow-up your case using the phone numbers that were given to you.
      Thank you.

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      Klemen
      August 11, 2020

      Greetings from Slovenia (Europe). My fiancée lives in the province of Lampang. We haven’t seen each other since February. When would it be possible to come to Thailand again?

    • Rex
      August 11, 2020

      Dear Klemen,
      I regret to inform you at this time, Thailand still have travel ban for tourists and for those who are not listed on the notification of the Civil Aviation Authority dated August 3rd. We have to wait until first week of September for the new list of foreigners allowed to enter Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Athea jane
    August 10, 2020
    Reply

    Hello

    I am from Malaysia
    And i have a flight from Bangkok to Finnland .
    Can i enter Thailand thru Hatyai border by land ? Does the Viss Exemption Rule for Malaysian applies during covid19 restrictions?

    • Rex
      August 10, 2020

      Dear Althea,
      Thailand has a travel ban, therefore you cannot enter Thailand at this time.
      I recommend that you change your flight from KL to Finland directly. Transit at Bangkok airport is allowed.
      Thank you.

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    Athea jane
    August 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hi..I am from Malaysia.. I have a flight from Bangkok International airport to Finnland .
    Can i enter Thailand

    • Rex
      August 10, 2020

      Dear Athea,
      No, you are not allowed to enter Thailand. But you may take a flight that has a transit in Bangkok. You need to have COVID-19 medical test in order to transit at Bangkok airport.
      Thank you.

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    Bernard Wildmann
    August 9, 2020
    Reply

    Am in Thailand since Jan 19th, have a retirement visa and a multiple re-entry permit both expiring July 15th 2021, am right now in Phuket and need to go to Hong Kong end August for 3-4 weeks business (including 14 days HK quaratine), will I be allowed to return back to Phuket ?

    • Rex
      August 10, 2020

      Dear Bernard,
      At this time, retirement visa holders are not on the list of foreigners allowed to return to Thailand. It is difficult to say if this will be the case in September or October, so we really cannot advise you with certainty.
      Thank you.

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      Bernard Wildmann
      August 10, 2020

      Dear Rex,
      thank you for your guidance.
      Am still confused as I read in The Phuket News August 8th
      allowed to enter Thailand:
      quote
      (7) Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of permanent residency in the Kingdom, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.
      unquote.
      What is a “Certiificate of Permanent Residency” ?

    • Rex
      August 10, 2020

      This refers to PR holders or thangdao.

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    David Fisher
    August 9, 2020
    Reply

    I am dissappointed not to get a reply to my query. We are British passport holders and on the retirement O visas, valid unil January 2021.My daughter was born in Bangkok in 1973 when 2 foreign parents could still register a cjhild and get Thai nationality for her. We did that and she has a valid Thai passport and Thai ID card. Now those on O retirement visas can go out and then come back here if they have a Thai child. I assume we would qualify even though our daughter is currently 47 and working in London at the monet. We have lived here in Pranburi for the last 16 years.

    • Rex
      August 11, 2020

      Dear David,
      You are able to return to Thailand as long as the Thai Embassy in London issued the Certificate of Entry. As to whether the Thai embassy will check the age or location of the Thai person, it will be up to the embassy. The phone number that you may call is Phone: +44 20 7589 2944.
      Thank you.

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    Rosi
    August 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, Rex
    Hope you are well
    I would like to apply for an Non-immigrant O visa and COE in UK in order to visit my father who is working in Thailand.
    I have checked the online visa application system, in the visa type column, there is no Non-immigrant O option, can you please tell me where should i submit my documents?

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    David Oz
    August 6, 2020
    Reply

    My friends have a BOI business here in Thailand and have been stuck in the USA during the pandemic. Can they quarantine at their own private residence once arriving back to Thailand? or do they have to go to the designated hotels in Bangkok?

    • Rex
      August 11, 2020

      Dear David,
      For foreigners the quarantine must be done at the quarantine hotel or at the quarantine villa (in case of Phuket). For Thai nationals, they must do it at state quarantine or they can also do it at hotel quarantine if they are willing to pay.
      Thank you.

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    Mae Ronald
    August 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I have Thai and Canadian nationality. I would like to go see a loved one in October. Do you think I will have issues getting back into the country? Will I have to pay for quarantine if I come back on my Thai passport?

    • Rex
      August 11, 2020

      Dear Mae,
      If you are a returning Thai national, the difficult thing to do is to secure a seat on the repatriation flight coming to Thailand because it is arranged by Thai Embassy in the country where you will be coming from. Please know that these kind of flights are not regular or they may fly once a week or every 2 weeks only.
      Thank you.

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    David Fisher
    August 6, 2020
    Reply

    My wife and I hold a non immigrant O retirement visas valid until January 2021 and we both have British Passports, My daughter was born in Thailand in 1973 and has a Thai birth certficate, a Thai ID card and also a valid Thai passport. She is currently working in London and is 47 years old. The latest rule states that those with the O retirement visas can re-enter Thailand now, subject to the publisher conditions and Cretifacte of Entry etc., if they have a Thai wife or child. Can we go out of Thailand and then come back i again without problems since we do have a Thai daughter, even though she is not living in Thailand at the moment?

    • Rex
      August 21, 2020

      Dear David,
      Good day.
      I am not sure how will the Thai Embassy assess your situation. Maybe the Thai Embassy will issue the COE to those parents whose children are below 20 years old that needs support. But you can still try to apply at the Thai Embassy for COE.
      Thank you.

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    Bruce Claverie
    August 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there
    Can i enter thailand on the 5 year elite visa now?
    Do i nned to provide
    Medical clearence and medical insurance for length of stay?
    Can i choose quarantine accommodation from list provided by thai..govt..
    Thanks Bruce

    • Rex
      August 6, 2020

      Dear Bruce,
      Good day.
      I believe that Thai Elite Visa holders are now included on the list. But it is best to check with the local Thai embassy in your location. You need to have a Certificate of Entry, Fit to Fly certificate with COVID-19 test result, health insurance (at least 3 months) and quarantine hotel booking.
      Thank you.

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      Mary S
      August 7, 2020

      HI there. I’m not sure how to write a question of my own so I am just replying to this comment. I have a teaching job lined up in Thailand and the school just sent a request to the Ministry of Labor to ask for permission for me to work in the country. I’ve read previous responses and seen that the MOI is possibly not issuing these letters of permission at this time? Is this true? Do you have any insight about when they will start to issue these letters of permission? I will need that to apply for my teaching visa, and subsequently my COE. Thank you! This site is a great resource.

    • Rex
      August 11, 2020

      Dear Mary,
      For Bangkok, the MOL is now issuing the WP3.
      Thank you.

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    John
    August 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I am a permanent resident in Thailand. At the moment I am in Australia and the Australian Government will not let me leave due to travel restriction on Australian citizens. My return visa expires in October. What will happen to my Thai residency status if I cannot return before my visa expires? Thanks.

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear John,
      If you have the PR card or thangdao, I believe it has been extended for 1 year. You are given 1 year to return to Thailand from the date of its expiry. For more information please call Thai Embassy in Canberra.
      Thank you.

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    James
    August 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, do you know if it is possible for volunteers, applying for a Non-Imm Type O Visa, to secure the Certificate of Entry through successfully acquiring the WP3 form before application?

    Thanks

    James

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear James,
      As long as the applicant has Non Immigrant O visa and WP3, the Thai embassy in your location may issue the COE.
      Thank you.

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    Laing
    August 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hi is it possible for us to travel into Thailand for work purposes? If it is yes, may I know what is the procedure and things needed to be done before entering Thailand.

    • Rex
      August 5, 2020

      Dear Rodney,
      If you mean by “work purposes” is to work for a Thai company, yes it is possible as long as your Thai employer (Thai company) provided you the WP3 or if you already have the work permit. You will also need the Non-immigrant B visa. If you have both Non Immigrant B visa and WP3, you can apply for the certificate of entry from Thai Embassy in your location.
      Thank you.

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    Jesper
    August 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hi.. how about thailand elite program hokders ?

    • Rex
      August 6, 2020

      Dear Jesper,
      Good day.
      I believe that Thai Elite Visa holders are now included on the list. But it is best to check with the local Thai embassy in your location. You need to have a Certificate of Entry, Fit to Fly certificate with COVID-19 test result, health insurance (at least 3 months) and quarantine hotel booking.
      Thank you.

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      Syed Erfan
      August 7, 2020

      Hi,
      This is Erfan from Bangladesh & residing in Malaysia currently with student visa.

      I really feel frustrated that I still can’t meet with my loved one who’s my girlfriend. It has been more than 7 months now that we got apart. I’m definitely aware of how bad situation is going on through Corona.
      Can I apply for tourist visa at Thai Embassy, KL Malaysia.
      Plz can you let me know postive feedback about it.

      Thanks,

    • Rex
      August 10, 2020

      Dear Erfan,
      You are not alone in your situation. Everybody has been affected by COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, Thailand has a travel ban, therefore you are not allowed to travel to Thailand as tourist. Right now, onlt those who are legally married to a Thai may enter Thailand. For updates on Thailand, please call +60 3-2145 8004 Thai Embassy KL.
      Thank you.

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    Mae Ronald
    August 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I’m half Thai and half Canadian. I would like go see a loved one in Europe in October, and come back. I don’t mind doing quarantine. Would I be able to come back in two weeks time?

    Do I have to pay for quarantine?

    • Rex
      August 10, 2020

      Dear Mae,
      If you are coming back on your Thai passport, you can avail the state quarantine for Thais. It is free.
      Thank you.

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      Maeleeya Ronald
      August 10, 2020

      Do you think it would be difficult for me to get back into the country?

    • Rex
      August 11, 2020

      Dear Mae,
      If you are a returning Thai national, the difficult thing to do is to secure a seat on the repatriation flight coming to Thailand because it is arranged by Thai Embassy in the country where you will be coming from. Please know that these kind of flights are not regular or they may fly once a week or every 2 weeks only.
      Thank you.

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    Doohwi Kim
    August 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex, Doohwi again.

    Thanks for your kind reply to me. There’s one more question.

    To your knowledge, is it possible in this situation to have a step for singing up the paper for marriage? Korean and Thai

    Looking forward to your positive reply again.

    • Rex
      August 5, 2020

      Dear Doohwi,
      Unfortunately having a Thai girlfriend or engaged to a Thai person is not eligible for the visa and not eligible to enter Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Moa
    August 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. Can any nationalities with valid student visas enter Thailand?
    And if they don’t have student visas, are they still able to apply from the Thai embassy? Thank you.

    • Rex
      August 5, 2020

      Dear Moa,
      If these are students studying in a grade school, high school or university- yes they can apply for the visa or if they already have a visa, they can return to Thailand including their parents.
      Thank you.

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    Keith Feldon
    August 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hi! I am non-Thai on validretirement visa Until 21 March 2021and married to Thai National. I am requested by WHO to come to the Philippines to support polio outbreak response activities for 3 months. If I go will I be able to re-enter Thailand?

    • Rex
      August 5, 2020

      Dear Keith,
      Good day!
      If you leave Thailand and plan to return in August or September it is very unlikely you will be allowed to return. However if you return end of this year, we can only hope that Thailand travel ban will be partially lifted or fully lifted at that time so you can return.
      Thank you.

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    raoul
    August 4, 2020
    Reply

    Dear,

    For the ones who have no work permit yet, is the local administration processing work permit application (WP3) at this moment? Can we enter Thailand with the temporary 90 days B Visa?

    Thanks for the help,

    • Rex
      August 4, 2020

      Dear Raoul,
      The local Labour Office in Bangkok are issuing the WP3 letter of confirmation already, so if your Thai company is based in Bangkok, the employer may now submit application for it.
      Thank you.

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      fatimah
      August 8, 2020

      How about legit tourist when can enter in thailand

    • Rex
      August 10, 2020

      Dear Fatimah,
      It might be at the end of the year.
      Thank you.

  71. Avatar
    Doohwi Kim
    August 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    This is Doohwi Kim from South Korea.

    I feel really frustrated that I still cannot see my loved one who’s my girlfriend. It’s been 6 months that we separated. I’m definitely aware of how bad this situation is going about Corona tho..

    Please comment me with positive reply..

    • Rex
      August 4, 2020

      Dear Doohwi,
      Good day!
      Unfortunately there is no good news today. Today, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has added new groups of foreigners to the list but it does not include tourists.
      Thank you.

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    Kelsie
    August 4, 2020
    Reply

    I just want to double check on the Covid Test we have to have done prior to the flight.

    Covid Test results can take anywhere between 3-15 days to be given to you. So if we have to have the covid test done within 72 hours of the repatriation flight, how are we supposed to have the results on time?

    Do you recommend getting the test done prior to the flight so that our results are given to us within 72 hours? Or the test has to be performed within 72 hours of the flight?

    • Rex
      August 4, 2020

      Dear Kelsie,
      Regarding your question it is best that you contact the Thai Embassy in Washington DC directly or the Thai Consulates in Los Angeles, Chicago or New York.
      Thank you.

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    Vee
    August 3, 2020
    Reply

    Please re check email I will send to ask the question of the letter for you ka.

    Dear Mr.Rex
    I would like to get more information about the letter of permission to work in Thailand from a Thai government agency . The consular /embassy in Canada requires a document to apply COE to Thailand that what they need “A copy of letter of permission to work in Thailand from a Thai government agency (your employer/company in Thailand has to seek this permission from the Thai authorities)”
    So how can I get this letter from government agency? Do you have any suggestions for me?

    Thank you

    • Rex
      August 3, 2020

      Dear Vee,
      Good day.
      The letter is what is popularly called WP3. It will be issued by the Labour Office. Your employer must request for this letter if you are newly employed or first time to apply for work permit. Please know that there are some Labour Offices that suspended the issuance of this letter.
      Thank you.

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    Claudio Vianello
    August 3, 2020
    Reply

    Good day to you, Rex,
    My wife & I have Retirement Visas since 2007, which we have been renewing annually. We are currently stuck in Park City, Utah, USA – we came here for skiing. Our March flight home to Phuket had to be cancelled due that we were unable to get Covid19 testing at their time & had postpones our trip a couple of times, the last being 27th June, when the airline eventually cancelled our trip due that the indefinite closure of Thai border. We’ve been checking daily for updates as to when we can return to Phuket.
    The Thai Embassy in Washington DC does not accept calls & their website doesn’t give us any info on our situation. Am sure that we are not alone in this predicament.
    Our Retirement Visas expired on 21st July & there is nothing that we can find to inform us what we need to do. We are aware that foreigners stuck in Thailand are permitted to automatically stay till end September. What about us ‘residents’ who chose Thailand to be our home? When we are permitted to enter Thailand, will we able to auto-renew our OA Retirement visas at Immigration?
    May we know if we can self-quarantine at our home? We are already spending much overseas & THB60K per person for quarantine seems a bit excessive when we have already invested in our Phuket home + still paying for our Thai housekeeper & gardener.
    Also, we need to purchase our tickets before we can get the COE. What if we are not granted the COE for the date of our departure? We hate to lose the cost of the tickets, again.
    If possible, please tell us what we should do? We’ve been disappointed several times at the end of each month thinking that we will finalise our travel plans.
    Please educate us as to what we should do. Thank you.

    • Rex
      August 3, 2020

      Dear Claudio,
      Good day. Here are my comments:
      1. Thailand has a travel ban. Therefore foreigners cannot enter Thailand unless they are exempted on the travel ban.
      2. There are selected group of foreigners that are allowed to enter Thailand, you may find the list on this page:
      https://thaiembdc.org/visas/
      3. Retirees or retirement visa holders are not included on this list, not yet.
      4. In the event that retirees will be included on the list, you are required to obtain a new visa from the Thai Embassy and a Certificate of Entry. you may apply for the 1 year non-immigrant OA visa or the 90-day non-immigrant O visa.
      5. COVID-19 health Insurance and Quarantine Hotel booking are required when applying for the certificate of Entry.
      6. You can purchase tickets on the list of flights that is provided by the Thai Embassy. Do not book a flight from the airline, you need to check first with the Thai Embassy which flights have been confirmed by Thai government to enter Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Amy Boast
    August 2, 2020
    Reply

    Thankyou for your response. He does not have the funds to do the quarantine. We were hoping he could do this at his own home in Thailand. Do you know when the quarantine rule will be lifted?

    • Rex
      August 3, 2020

      Dear Amy,
      At this time, self-quarantine is not an option. Perhaps the best way is to wait until such time that hotel quarantine is no longer required for foreigners. We do not know when will that be.
      Thank you.

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      Kein Jones
      August 14, 2020

      Hello , could my Thia wife Quarantine at her own home in Thialand , also she booked a return flight home with swiss air , are flights returning to thialand

    • Rex
      August 14, 2020

      Dear Kein,
      Good day.
      The mandatory quarantine cannot be done at home. Your Thai wife may choose the free state quarantine or the hotel quarantine which she has to pay. Flights to Thailand are banned at least until end of this months and it may be extended until further notice. if she booked with Swiss Air, it might get cancelled. She needs to book a flight that has been approved by CAAT and Thai Embassy in your country.
      Thank you.

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    Rocelyn Kielnhofer
    August 2, 2020
    Reply

    I am Thai National and if I have Covid Free Test Result Certificate issued by the Medical License Doctor not more than 48 hours, Declaration Form and Medical Certificate that I am Fit to Fly;

    1. Do I still need to get a Letter of Confirmation of Thai Nationality (base on what i read from comments here) although I have a Thai passport?

    2. Will I still be put in a quarantine although I have Covid Free Test Result Certificate?

    3. Will I be allowed to stay in my own residence/house? considering I am coming alone and no other people live in the house?

    4. If my foreign spouse with a a passport normally enter with free 60 days visa can visit Thailand? Does he still able to enter Thailand with 30 days free Entry to visit me? If he is carrying Free Covid Test Result, COE, Declaration Form and Insurance Policy ; can he stay home with me without quarantine?
    Thank you

    • Rex
      August 3, 2020

      Dear Rocelyn,
      Good day.
      1. There are some Thai embassy abroad, that will not issue the certificate of Thai nationality or certificate of entry to a Thai passport holder. But you are still required to get in touch with your Thai embassy to enlist on the repatriation flights to Thailand. You need the fit-to-fly certificate and COVID-19 test results.
      2. Yes, you still undergo a quarantine in Thailand and you will be released as soon as you finished the quarantine or you tested negative on COVID-19, test done in Thailand.
      3. Self-quarantine is not possible at this time, as you can see on the news about the COVID-19 cases in Rayong. You may choose state quarantine or hotel quarantine.
      4. Your husband needs to get a Non immigrant O visa and a certificate of entry. He needs to have a COVID-19 health insurance, fit-to-fly certificate, COVID-19 test result and a hotel quarantine booking confirmation.
      Thank you.

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      Rocelyn Kielnhofer
      August 3, 2020

      Thank you for the reply, however;
      (1) why would I need another quarantine if I have already Covid Test Result as negative within 48 hours from the country I flew from?
      (2) you said I am able to choose hotels for quarantine but how? Should I make hotel bookings online before going to the embassy to show them in order to get the COE or Certificate of Thai Nationality?
      (3) where do I get Certificate of fit to fly? Should I bring it to the embassy as well to get my COE/ Certificate of Thai nationality or will the embassy issue that to me?
      Thank you for clarifying the matter.

    • Rex
      August 3, 2020

      Dear Rocelyn,
      1. There is a possibility you get the infection inside the plane so you will be tested again after arriving in Thailand.
      2. The Thai Embassy has a list of hotel under the ASQ, there are around 25 hotels on the list.
      Please check this page: https://thaiembdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/List-of-ASQ-Hotels-20072020.pdf
      3. The Fit-t-Fly certificate can be downloaded or provided by the Thai Embassy and you can have a doctor sign it.
      I highly recommend for you to call or contact the Thai Embassy in your locality or current location for more information.
      Thank you.

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    Simoni
    August 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hello. I am 23 years old living in the US. My father in a non-thai resident holding a work permit in Bangkok, Thailand. I want to go to visit my family in Thailand. Will I be allowed to get a tourist visa?

    • Rex
      August 3, 2020

      Dear Simoni,
      Good day.
      If you have a father who is working in Thailand, you can apply for the non-immigrant O visa and a certificate of entry. If you are in the USA right now, you may check these pages:
      https://thaiembdc.org/visas/
      https://thaiembdc.org/2020/07/11/non-immigrant-b-ib_workpermit/
      Thank you.

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      Simoni
      August 3, 2020

      Hi Rex,
      Thank you. I checked for the non-immigrant O visa and it says that your immediate family member has to be a Thai National of Thai Permanent Resident. My father is a non-thai national, he only holds a work visa (type B). Can I still be eligible for the non-immigrant O visa? Or should I get a tourist visa?

    • Rex
      August 4, 2020

      Dear Simoni,
      The link I gave you states: Visa and Certificate of Entry procedures for Non-Thai nationals with a valid work permit or those who have been given permission to work in Thailand, and their spouse/children.
      Please check the last part, it says “and their spouse/children”
      Thank you.

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      Simoni
      August 20, 2020

      Rex I hope you are doing well. I mentioned that I am 23 years old so just want to make sure will I still be eligible for this visa?

    • Rex
      August 20, 2020

      Since you are above 20 years old, the Thai embassy or consulate may not issue the non O visa. However, in the past, the consulate had issued Non O for 90 days as long as you can prove relationship with the person in Thailand. But the 90-day Non Immigrant O visa that was issued cannot be extended into 1 year dependant visa in Thailand.

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    S
    July 31, 2020
    Reply

    Hi just wanted to know if it’s possible to skip the 14 day quarantine if I have a very sick/ dying family member that I need to see upon arrival in Thailand? I have a Thai passport.

    • Rex
      August 3, 2020

      The 14-day quarantine is mandatory requirement for both Thai and foreigners arriving in Thailand. For more information about traveling back to Thailand, please contact the Thai Embassy in your current location.
      Thank you.

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    Himani
    July 31, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, thank you for your informative post. I have a residency permit (thangdao) for Thailand which requires me to come obtain a stamp once a year. Do you happen to know if an extension has been issued by Thai government to thangdao holders due to COVID-19?

    • Rex
      August 3, 2020

      Dear Himani,
      I believe the government has given 1 year extension for PR holders. Also, you are qualified to return to Thailand at this time. All you need to do is to contact the local Thai Embassy in your current location.
      Thank you.

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    Miller Jones
    July 31, 2020
    Reply

    I have been hired as a teacher in Thailand the issues I am running into is I am from the UK and can’t find any options to get the correct Visa.

    The Thai embassy who I have spoken to numerous times are no use keep stating its on their site which it’s not no option for myself to get the correct Visa even the information about it keeps sending you round in circuits.

    My name is already on the list for being able to fly this was done over in Thailand by the school but it’s useless without the Visa.

    Please Help

  81. Avatar
    Rolland McLaughlin
    July 31, 2020
    Reply

    My Thai wife has dual citizenship With the USA and Thailand. To return to Thailand does she only have to have a COE and a medical certificate (fit to fly) or also a COVID-19 free certificate?

    • Rex
      July 31, 2020

      Dear Rolland,
      At the departure airport, the approved applicant is required to present:
      -A “Certificate of Entry into the Kingdom of Thailand” (for the Foreigner) and letter confirming Thai nationality (for the Thai)
      -A “Fit to Fly Health Certificate” issued no more than 72 hours before departure
      -A Medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected, issued no more than 72 hours before departure
      -A Medical Insurance for the foreigner

  82. Avatar
    Peter Box
    July 30, 2020
    Reply

    After several unanswered emails to the Thai consulate in Rome, I am still unable to find details of repatriation flights out of Italy. Any ideas where I might find this information?

    • Rex
      July 31, 2020

      Dear Peter,
      Good day!
      This is what I found:
      For those who want to travel back to Thailand during this period, please contact the embassy at email consolato@ambthai.it with your full name, phone number, reason or need to travel, copy of passport, copy of Thai visa. The embassy will reply to you with the available flights and also advise you on how to obtain the certificate of entry and other requirements.
      Thank you.

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      Peter B
      August 1, 2020

      Thanks Rex for your reply. I have sent several emails to consolato@ambthai.it but with no response. Not cool. Plan C…

    • Rex
      August 3, 2020

      Dear Peter,
      I regret to inform you that we do not have a direct line of any person or staff at the Thai Embassy in Rome.
      Thank you.

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    marlin
    July 30, 2020
    Reply

    can we go to Thailand with charter flight? because currently not possible to go using repatriation flight because it is full 🙁

    • Rex
      July 30, 2020

      Dear Marlin,
      It is possible as long as the flight has been coordinated by the Thai Embassy in the country of departure.

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    Nitin Panwar
    July 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Madam/Sir,

    I am Indian, currently in Thailand working on work permit. I want to go back India but only fear is if Thailand may not have any flight to and from India in next coming month.
    for now I can see 5-Aug one flight going to Delhi from Bangkok but can you assure me “are there going to be flights every month between India and Thailand”?
    Also this all entering in Thailand depends upon repatriation flights run by India right ?

    • Rex
      July 31, 2020

      Dear Nitin,
      For the flights from India to Thailand, you need to contact the Thai Embassy in Delhi because they have coordination with the airline.
      Thank you.

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    Razzy Razack
    July 29, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Sir / Mdm,

    I’m from Singapore and my employer has a business in Thailand where the team here will travel to Thailand for operational matters.

    We are scheduled to open a boutique in a 5 star hotel in Bangkok and the contractor are locally source in Thailand. The supervision will be by the someone in Singapore.

    Is travel allowed for business individuals to Thailand, example after 31st August?

    Regards
    Razzy Razack

    • Rex
      July 29, 2020

      Dear Razzy,
      Good day.
      Thailand still have a travel ban. However, you can apply for the non immigrant B visa and certificate of entry to Thailand if the Thai company in Thailand can secure a letter from Labour Office or relevant government agency in Thailand allowing and requesting you to travel to Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Sandeep Kumar
    July 29, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I am working in Thailand since last 10 years. My daughter Non Immigrant O visa was expired in year 2019 and presently She is studying in India.
    Is there any possibility to issue dependent visa and allow her to travel and stay with us.

    • Rex
      July 29, 2020

      Dear Sandeep,
      Your daughter can apply for a 90-day Non O visa as your dependent and also certificate of entry to Thailand. If approved, she can join the Thai repatriation flight. For more information, please contact Thai Embassy in India.
      Thank you.

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    ibizaa
    July 29, 2020
    Reply

    hi , i attended one interview of Thailand company and got selected to work in this company but due to covid I did not know how to apply work permit process and to get proper visa to enter into Thailand
    I am from India can u let me know the process

    • Rex
      July 29, 2020

      You may ask the Thai employer to provide you the documents needed for the visa and also WP3 document that you can use for the visa and certificate of entry. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Thai Embassy in India directly.
      Thank you.

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    Scotty
    July 29, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I’m a US citizen that has been stuck in the US since my return flight to Thailand was canceled on 13 May. I have the retirement OA visa expires 11 Feb. 2021,but am also the father of a Thai child.can I enter Thailand under the July 3 decree having a Thai family? Thank you.

    • Rex
      July 29, 2020

      Dear Scott,
      Yes, you may return to Thailand as long as you can secure the Certificate of Entry. Please check this page for more information on how to obtain it:
      https://thaiembdc.org/visas/
      Thank you.

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      Scotty
      August 4, 2020

      Hi Rex, thanks for the info. Since my OA extension is good till Feb.11, and since I’m able to wire funds to my family till then, thinking on waiting till November to return to Thailand instead of having to the difficult process of now getting the COE. Is there any chance that retirees will be allowed in by November? Also, can I change from my OA to the O Parent/Guardian of a Thai visa once I’m back in Thailand? What exactly is the “Kor Ror 2″(I already have more than 800K baht in my Thai bank) Thank You!

    • Rex
      August 21, 2020

      Dear Scotty,
      Kor Ror is marriage registration. However it will not apply to you. You will be required the Certificate of Fathership instead. As for changing the OA visa into Non O guardian visa inside Thailand, that won’t be easy so we recommend that you get initial Non O visa in the US and convert to Guardian Visa Extension.
      There is a chance that retirees or Non OA visa holders may be required already to enter in November but we have to wait for official announcement.

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      Scotty
      September 9, 2020

      Hi Rex, thanks for the info. Since my OA extension is valid till Feb.11 2021,would it be possible for the Thai Consulate in the US to cancel the OA and issue a Non O instead, from which I could then change to the Guardian(or a new retirement) Visa after returning to Thailand? All the best, Scotty

    • Rex
      September 10, 2020

      Dear Scotty,
      Yes you may do that. You do not really have to cancel it there, you just need to make a new application for a new visa. When you enter Thailand, please inform the immigration officer at the airport to use the new visa which is the Non Immigrant O visa.
      Thank you.

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    Liubov
    July 28, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    If my friend will pass The antibody test and it will be positive which means that he has antibodies and recovered from the virus. Is he still need to be placed in ASQ Hotel for 14 days upon arrival to Thailand? Thanks

    • Rex
      July 29, 2020

      Dear Liubov,
      Everybody who enters Thailand whether foreigner or Thai nationals are required to undergo the mandatory quarantine. Only foreign diplomats are allowed to enter without quarantine as long as their results are negative of COVID-19.
      Thank you.

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    Mai Lan
    July 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I am Vietnamese Citizen and curently living in Spain. This October I expect to go to Thailand to study for 6 months. I understand that I need a visa which cover my stay during 6 months, but I could not find any information for my case as a Vietnamese citizen living in Spain.

    Due to the Covid Situation, I undertsand that I need to prepare also other documents: Certificate of Entry (COE), Fit to Fly Certificate and the COVID-19 medical test result, Health Insurance Policy to be able to travel to Thailand; but together they make a very complicated situation which I can not make sure for my case.

    Can you please show me some links with information that could help? Or even better, if you can give me some specific advices as I will need to plan in details my financial plan for this even.

    Thank you so much for your help. Any information is deeply appreciate!

    • Rex
      July 28, 2020

      Dear Mai,
      Good day.
      You need to contact directly the Thai Embassy in Madrid. You may contact them through the phone number or email below:
      Visa and Consular Section
      Tel. (+34) 91 563 2903, 91 411 5113 ext. 104
      E-mail: consuladotailandia@gmail.com

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    Rey
    July 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I have been accepted for a teaching Job in Thailand but was told that the Thai govt. is not issuing WP3s at the moment? I am from Nepal and our Travel Ban lifts on the 17th of August so I wanted to get my work permit as soon as possible so that my travel there is not delayed any longer. Could you please let me know what is required for me to enter Thailand as soon as possible and when this will possibly be? Do you have any idea when they will start issuing WP3s again?

    • Rex
      July 28, 2020

      Dear Rey,
      Good day!
      Please contact directly the Thai Embassy in Nepal through the phone number and email below:
      Tel: (+977 1) 4371410
      E-mail: thaiemb@thaiembnepal.org.np
      Thank you.

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    Danny
    July 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, i’m Danny, Pakistani National.
    I have a valid work permit and non-immigrant type B visa till June 2021. I will be getting married in Dec 2020, back in Pakistan. I would like to ask 4 questions.
    1. Will i be able to get a return flight to Thailand in the month of Dec 2020 ?
    2. Will my wife be able to get the visa to come to Thailand with me after our marriage ?
    3. What are the requirements to get the visa for my wife in this current covid situation ?
    4. And finally, what are requirements to comply once reached back to Thailand ?

    It will be very much appreciated if you reply back and provide me some links for the information, as i’m very much concerned about my wife getting the visa in Pakistan to come to Thailand with me.

    • Rex
      July 29, 2020

      Dear Danny,
      Your wife can obtain the non-immigrant O visa after you are married in Pakistan. If the travel ban is still in place in December 2020, both of you needs to secure a Certificate of Entry to return to Thailand. For more information about this, please contact Thai Embassy in Pakistan through this email: royalthaiembassyislamabad@gmail.com
      Thank you.

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    Rafaella
    July 26, 2020
    Reply

    I would like to know when Thai will be opening the borders for tourist visas again? I was planning to visit Thailand at the end of the year (nov/dez) I live in Perth/AUS and here COVID is totally under control…
    thank you

    • Rex
      July 28, 2020

      Dear Rafaella,
      At this time no one really knows when will Thailand opens its borders to tourists. Even the government is not sure yet. It will depend on the next 2 months if the COVID-19 infection is already under control and if all Thai nationals are already rescued and have already returned to Thailand. It is safe to say that in end of this year or early 2021 Thailand may be able to open to tourists from abroad.
      Thank you.

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    Angel
    July 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I’m Angel, Indonesia Citizen. I need to go back to Thailand as soon as possible because I’m a student there and since the beginning of this month Thai embassy seems like not responding the request to process the requirements. I visited the embassy but got rejected by Thai embassy in Jakarta even though I said that student are allowed to enter the country. Is it possible that they are limiting the foreigner to enter the country that is why they’re rejecting people’s requests? Can you help me and other people that has the same problem as mine on reaching the embassy? Thank you.

    • Rex
      July 29, 2020

      Dear Angel,
      Yes that is possible. Perhaps they are only accommodating Thai nationals first to return to Thailand. I recommend that you check with the Thai Embassy Jakarta week after week.
      Thank you.

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    Jobayda Akhter
    July 25, 2020
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    Hello
    I am a continuing student under Asian Institute of Technology and having a valid ED visa. My daughter also have a valid non imm O visa. Now we are in Bangladesh. We want to come back to Thailand as soon as possible before starting the next semester class. Can I bring my daughter with me? And what’s the procedure?

    • Rex
      July 28, 2020

      Dear Jobayda,
      You need to apply for the certificate of entry to Thailand from Thai Embassy in Dhaka. Please contact them directly through the phone number and email below:
      Tel: (880 2) 5881 3260 or (880 2) 5881 2795
      E-mail: thaiembassy.dac@mfa.mail.go.th
      Thank you.

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      Jobayda Akhter
      July 28, 2020

      Dear concern

      Thank you very much for your quick reply. I am still confused about my daughter’s entering into Thailand. Can I bring my daughter with me.

      I am eagerly waiting for your reply.

      Regards
      Jobayda Akhter

    • Rex
      July 29, 2020

      I have given you the contact details of the Thai Embassy in Dhaka. Please contact them directly. I will not be able to answer your question because I do not know whether there is special flights from your country to Thailand right now.
      Tel: (880 2) 5881 3260 or (880 2) 5881 2795
      E-mail: thaiembassy.dac@mfa.mail.go.th

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    Sherif
    July 25, 2020
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    Hi

    I want to ask if I can travel to Bangkok with my wife for a tourism purpose in August? I hold a German passport and she holds a Russian passport, and if we need a Visa or not?
    Thanks

    • Rex
      July 28, 2020

      Dear Sherif,
      At this time, Thailand has a travel ban. There is no indication when will Thailand lift the travel ban or open its borders to tourists. We can assume it will be end of 2020 or early 2021.
      Thank you.

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    Mariana
    July 25, 2020
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    Hi.. Rex , I am Myanmar citizen holding a non-Imm O visa . I wanna ask what documents exactly do we need to enter Thailand ? I have called the Royal Thai Embassy , London and they said no need for COE . That’s why a bit confused now .

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    Husnain masood
    July 25, 2020
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    Hi my name is Husnain. I’m from Pakistan. I’m want to come to thailand for studying in NCUK institution.the session will start in October 5 .i just want to know that how much expense will be for staying at Quarantine??

    • Rex
      July 28, 2020

      The cost starts from 28,000 to 60,000 THB for the 14-day stay at the quarantine hotels.

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    Zubloo
    July 24, 2020
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    Hi
    From the publication on the website I could not understand whether the non-Immigrant Visa visa “O-A” (Long Stay) Retirement , Can Enter Thailand as part of the new relief?
    Thx

    • Rex
      July 28, 2020

      Dear Zublo,
      At this time, retirees with Non Immigrant O or OA visas are not included on the list of foreigners allowed to enter Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Elizabeth Douglas
    July 23, 2020
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    Hello
    Are we able to transfer within the airport at BKK? We have a flight from BKK to Europe – Right now we are in Bali, Indonesia. Can we fly into BKK, not enter Thailand but transfer to our flight to Europe on August 19?

    • Rex
      July 23, 2020

      Dear Elizabeth,
      Yes, it is possible to transit in Bangkok airport but your airline is required that you have a negative COVID-19 test result even if you will not disembark the aircraft.
      Thank you.

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      Elizabeth Douglas
      July 23, 2020

      Hello Rex
      Also we will be changing airlines in BKK – will we be able to collect our bags and recheck them?

    • Rex
      July 23, 2020

      You must book it with the same airline in order to transit through Bangkok without any problem. Collecting bags, it means you will pass through immigration and you know there is a travel ban in Thailand. Please call the airline for more information.
      Thank you.

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      Amy Boast
      July 24, 2020

      Hi. My dad lives in Thailand and holds an o visa. He is married to a Thai national. He came over to England for a visit on the 3rd of March and has not been able to return home. Is he able to apply to return? Would he have to isolate in a government facility? Or could he isolate in his and his wife’s home? If not, how much is the cost of the facility? Thank you

    • Rex
      July 24, 2020

      Dear Amy,
      Here are things your father has to have when returning to Thailand:
      1. Valid non-immigrant O visa
      2. Proof of legal marriage
      3. Certificate of entry issued by the Thai embassy in London
      4. Fit-to-Fly certificate
      5. Medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected (COVID test must be by RT-PCR method), issued within 72 hours before departure
      6. Copy of your insurance policy which covers COVID and no less than 100,000 USD
      7. Copy of your confirmed booking at a quarantine hotel- usually the 14-day stay costs 28,000 to 60,000 THB

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