Thailand has closed all its borders in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 since March last year under the invocation of the Emergency Decree. However, in 2021, Thailand has gradually open the country to foreign travelers and tourists. In July 2021, fully vaccinated travelers, both Thai and foreign nationals, are allowed to enter Thailand without quarantine under the Phuket Sandbox Program. However, the mandatory quarantine of 14 days is still required for for both unvaccinated and vaccinated travelers entering through Bangkok from abroad. . To learn more about Phuket Sandbox please check: Phuket Sandbox Guide: Travel to Thailand Without Quarantine.
Who are qualified?
Applicants should be any of the following:
- Thai nationals.
- Foreigners under the Visa Exemption List
- 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 permission or certificate of entry to Thailand from the local Thai Embassy or consulate. The application is done online and the processing time ranges from 3 to 15 days. If you do not have a valid visa, it is recommended to secure your visa before applying for the COE.
What do you have to prepare prior to traveling to Thailand?
The foreigner or non-Thai nationals must carry the necessary documents as follows:
- Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Thai embassy or consulate in your current location.
- COVID 19 Health Certificate issued by relevant authority and the COVID-19 medical test result. The test must be conducted 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.
- COVID 19 Insurance covering treatment and medical expenses related to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD.
- Confirmation of reservation of an ASQ Hotel.
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:
- 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 Travel 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 Health Insurance.
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.
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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 COVID-19 PCR test result certificate
- Present the completed and signed Declaration Form
- Present the COVID 19 travel insurance policy
- Present the valid non-immigrant visa and work permit (if applicable)
- The foreign national will be subjected to a mandatory state quarantine at a government-designated ASHQ Hotels under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health at his or her own expense.