COVID-19 Guide for Travelers to and in Thailand


COVID 19


(Updated November 01, 2021)

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    • Thailand reopens the country without quarantine to fully vaccinated travelers from 63 countries and territories.
    • Fully Vaccinated Thai and foreign travelers from non-listed countries may still enter Thailand without quarantine through the Phuket Sandbox Program Samui Sandbox and Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai Sandbox starting November 1, 2021.
    • Thai government has restored the mandatory quarantine of 10 days for unvaccinated Thai and foreign traveler.
    • The Thai Embassies and Consulates are now issuing  Certificate of Entry or Thailand Pass to enter Thailand including those nationalities under Visa Exemption list.
    • The ASQ Hotel and SHA+ Hotel reservation and COVID 19 Insurance are required for foreigners entering Thailand.

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  • The Thai Embassies and Consulates are now issuing 60-day tourist visa and special tourist visa (STV) and Certificate of Entry/Thailand Pass to enter Thailand.
  • Thailand allows semi-commercial flights to travel to Thailand.
  • The foreigners to be allowed to enter Thailand will comprise of  diplomats and foreign workers including their families, business representatives and experts invited by the government, permanent residents, foreigners with Thai families, students and their guardians, medical tourists and their attendants, business visa holders, Thai Elite Visa holders, APEC Card holders, special tourist visa (STV) and tourist visa (TRV) holders, non-immigrant O retirement visa, non-immigrant OA and OX holders and migrant workers with official documents. Foreigners must get in touch with the local Thai Embassy in their current location to apply for Certificate of Entry/Thailand Pass and for more information.
  • 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.  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. Those who are qualified, must get in touch with the local Tourism Authority of Thailand Office or Thai Embassy in their current location for more information.
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COVID-19 Thailand Visa Amnesty/Extension

What is a visa amnesty?

It is the visa relief or 60-day visa extension for all foreign nationals staying in Thailand affected by the COVID-19 crisis as announced by the government on May 29, 2021.

Who are covered by the visa amnesty?

All foreign nationals who are legally staying in Thailand whether you are here on visa exemption entry stamps, tourist visas, non-immigrant visas, or yearly extension of stays.

What are the current implementing rules regarding the visa amnesty?

  • Visas or permit to stay that are still valid and updated by the local immigration office.
  • Foreigners holding a long-term visa such as a working visa, marriage visa, or retirement are required to apply for their yearly extension at the immigration office as usual.
  • Foreigners do not need any embassy letter to be granted the automatic visa extension due to COVID 19.

Is the COVID-19 visa extension free of charge?

Yes, the COVID 19 extension of the visa costs 1,900 Thai baht.

Will the visa amnesty be extended?

The validity of the visa amnesty is until March 29, 2021 only. There is no indication that this visa amnesty or grace period will be extended.

What will happen when the visa amnesty is lifted or not extended anymore?

When the situation is resolved and returns to normal, foreigners must leave Thailand on or before the permit to stay date in their passports or they must apply for the proper another type of visa at the immigration office.

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Travel Ban

  • The government bans most of international flights to Thailand however, there have been semi-commercial flights that are now allowed to travel to Thailand.
  • The foreigner who are qualified to enter Thailand may now apply for the “Certificate of Entry to Thailand” to be allowed to enter Thailand on the available repatriation flights. Please check the page Can you enter Thailand now during the COVID-19 Crisis?

90-Day Reporting

If you are a foreigner staying in Thailand for a period longer than 90 consecutive days holding a Non-Immigrant Visa or Extension of Stay, you are required by the Thai Immigration to report your current address every 90 days. You may file for the TM47 notification in person, by mail, online, or by an agent. Please check this page: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/90-day-reporting-immigration.php

Consequences of Visa Overstay

During this COVID-19 crisis in Thailand, some foreign nationals may find themselves overstaying in Thailand, do so by mistake, by miscalculating the length of their stay, forgetting their visa expiration date or by unforeseen cancellation of their flights due to travel restrictions. As a traveler, you should strongly avoid overstaying in Thailand, but if you do find yourself in Thailand on an expired visa it is very important that you act fast and in the right way. Please check this page to learn more of the consequences of overstaying in Thailand: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/overstay-visa-thailand.php

Thai Immigration Social DistancingSocial Distancing at Muang Thong Thani Temporary Immigration Office

Cancellation of Visa on Arrival

The countries with canceled visa-on-arrival are Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, and Vanuatu. These countries are now required to obtain a proper visa in order to travel to Thailand. The visa on arrival for Russia has been canceled, however, Russian passport holders may still enter Thailand for 30 days under the bilateral agreement with Thailand.

Thai Immigration QueueApril 07, 2020 at Thai Immigration Office Chaengwattana

Frequently Asked Questions

To extend a tourist visa, do I need to visit the immigration office in person? I do not want to go to crowded areas at risk of getting infected?

Yes, there have been no changes regarding the visa extension application whether it is your first time to extend or the second time to extend. The application is still done in person. Although, immigration offices are practicing different measures such as social distancing and disinfecting the area to make sure that the applicants are not at risk of contracting the COVID-19.

I have tried online reporting and reporting through a mobile app, both attempts are a failure. What are my other options?

If the online and mobile app reporting does not work, you need to do the reporting by yourself or you can ask an agent or third party to do the 90-day address reporting. You need to provide a power of attorney and the 90-day reporting documents such as the original and copy of the passport. There is no immigration fee for address reporting.

Is it required by law to wear a face mask?

The emergency decree that came into effect recommends everyone wear a face mask when they are outside of their residence. However, some provinces such as Phuket has their own rule and you will be subject to a penalty. In Bangkok, commuters are required to wear a face mask when using public transportation.

Should I carry my passport at all times?

Yes. If you are a foreigner and you will be out of your residence or hotel, you need to carry your passport especially right now that there are random checks to check the visa validity. It is also good to know that there are banks that would not allow you to enter the premises if you have traveled recently abroad, so it is best to have your passport with you at all times.

I am aware of the entry requirements for foreigners entering Thailand, is there special consideration for those traveling with my Thai family or visiting my Thai family?

At the moment, you can enter Thailand using a non-immigrant O visa or even a tourist visa. You just have to make sure that you have obtained a COE Certificate of Entry, purchased COVID-19 Insurance, you had a COVID 19 test and you will undergo a mandatory ASQ quarantine.

I have a Non-Immigrant B visa and work permit expiring on April 24, due to my country’s travel restriction I cannot return to Thailand to renew it. What are my options?

If your country does not allow you to travel to Thailand, I regret to inform you that there is nothing you are able to do. It is not possible to renew it while you are outside Thailand and it also not possible to renew at the Thai embassy in your country. Should your visa and work permit expire while you are outside Thailand, you need to apply for a new non-immigrant B visa for you to enter Thailand and after you have entered Thailand, you can apply for a new work permit.

When do I need the embassy letter for the COVID-19 visa extension?

As of writing, the embassy letter is no longer required by the immigration office to receive the 60-day COVID-19 extensions.

I am looking for flights from Laos to Europe and this requires me to transit in Thailand. There are multiple different articles including the one on Thai Airways stating that a Health Certificate is required for transiting passengers.

As of writing, international passengers including transiting passengers are required to present a COVID-19 health certificate. If you are affected by this travel requirement, you may opt to postpone your travel or you may opt to book a flight that will not transit through Thailand. For the latest update, it is best to contact your airline.

I am a US citizen traveling from the US to Thailand via Hong Kong, am I subject to mandatory quarantine?

Yes, the mandatory quarantine is required for any foreigner and Thai travelers entering Thailand to undergo the 10-day or 7-day quarantine at an accredited ASQ hotel.

Hello, I have booked my tour for Thailand in April 2020 with an Indian passport but now the Thailand government has temporarily suspended the grant of visa on arrival at any international airport to contain the spread of the coronavirus. What can I do now?

Since the visa on arrival has been canceled, you are required to secure a tourist visa prior to your trip to Thailand. You need to obtain the 60-day Thai tourist visa from the nearest Thai embassy or location in your country of residence or nationality subject to consular fees and regulations of the said Thai embassy or consulate. You also need to obtain the Certificate of Entry or COE, purchase a COVID 19 insurance, book an ASQ Hotel for the 10-day quarantine and obtain a COVID 19 medical certificate.

I’m a French national. I have taken 60 days tourist visa, which is ending soon, but due to COVID-19, I am kind of reluctant to travel back to France, is there any way that I can extend my visa for another 30 days?

Yes, any nationality holding a 60-day tourist visa entry stamp can extend for 30 days at the local immigration office. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport-size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 card, TM30 receipt from your hotel, and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

I am British and I entered Thailand on holiday on March 3 and am scheduled to leave on April 1. If my flight is canceled due to COVID-19, I may be forced to overstay my 30 days permit to stay until I have a rescheduled flight. Is this ok? If not, what should I do?

You are able to extend this 30-day visa exemption stamp for another 30 days at the local immigration office. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport-size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 card, TM30 receipt from your hotel, and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

I am a Dutch national who traveled to Thailand from China and I will be subject to a mandatory quarantine. Can I leave Thailand or return home even before the 14-day duration is complete?

Yes, you may leave Thailand. You do not need any permit in order to exit Thailand.

I am an American and I have a 45-day visa exemption that I extended for an extra 30 days. My current extension will expire on April 1, 2021. What are my options to stay in Thailand due to the travel restriction in other countries?

You have two options: 1.) You can extend your current extension for 30 days at your local immigration office. 2.) You can request a COVID-19 extension and you will be given 60 days extension at your local immigration office.

I have a non-immigrant O visa for having a Thai wife. It is a single entry visa. My 90-day entry stamp will expire in April and the money in my account has not seasoned yet for 2 months. What can I do?

Since you are legally married to a Thai national, you can apply for a 60-day extension for having a Thai wife. This extension will give you enough time for your funds to season for 2 months. After your funds have seasoned for 2 months, you may apply for a 1-year extension or marriage visa.

My work permit and my visa will expire by the end of the month. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, I am not able to return to my country. What are my options?

Since your visa and your work permit will expire, your only option for an extension of your stay in Thailand is to file for the 60-day COVID extension. You may apply for this extension on the last day of your permit to stay.

I am flying from the USA to Thailand via Hong Kong. Do I still need to present a health certificate and travel insurance?

At the moment, passengers entering Thailand need to obtain the Certificate of Entry or COE, purchase a COVID 19 insurance, book an ASQ Hotel for the 10-day quarantine and obtain a COVID 19 medical certificate.

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Can anyone advise what to do regarding my Non-B visa? My Non-B has expired on 4th March. I have to pay a fine of 500 baht per day overstay. The borders around Thailand are closed for me to renew it. I have requested a 30-day extension but was refused. They need my new contract for the new year. At the moment schools are closed and even so it is a process to get all my documents. This is costing me an arm and a leg. What are my solutions?

The best solution for this is to avoid overstaying so that you will not get in trouble in the future. If you do not have a new contract from the school it is imperative for you to return to your home country until you have a new contract and apply for a new visa from the Thai embassy there. Once you have secured a new non-immigrant B visa, you may return to Thailand together with a copy of the health certificate and health insurance.

In the UK, access to testing is very limited and they are currently not allowing any testing for people without symptoms. How are travelers supposed to get a health certificate in order to be able to provide this at the airport of origin?

The Thai government and the UK government are highly recommending to cancel or postpone unnecessary travel to Thailand. If the travel is of extreme urgency and importance, the traveler must secure a medical certificate confirming that he/she is not a COVID-19 positive and should also provide health insurance no matter what the cost is.

I am a U.S. citizen. I arrived in Bangkok last March 9. My flight to Manila has been canceled on April 8. I am in Pattaya. Do I need a US embassy letter to extend my 45-day Travel Visa? Or can I just go to the Thai Immigration office in Pattaya to get an extension due to COVID-19?

No, you do not need an embassy letter at this time. Your current 45-day visa exemption stamp can be extended for an additional 30 days. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 card, TM30 receipt from your hotel and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

 

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1,985 Comments

  1. Alan Crozier
    June 1, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I own property [condominium] in Bangkok which remains unrented, as it would be my eventual place of retirement. Normally, I would have been in Bangkok enjoying a vacation but appreciate travel from my place of residency [Qatar] and Thailand have their own restrictions of travel in each direction. Once you allow access to Thailand [Bangkok] for those ‘residents’ with work visas, would that also include property owners. I am owed a 6 week holiday, so happy to have mandatory quarantine if need be, but without a work visa am I allowed in if I show my blue book?
    Also, is there a charge for quarantine at the state run facilities?

    • June 2, 2020

      Dear Alan,
      Yes, you are correct that the first group of foreigners that will be allowed to enter Thailand are those with non-immigrant B visa and work permit. Unfortunately, the condominium owners have a different kind of visa so you will not be part of that group. As for the 14-day mandatory quarantine, yes, the foreigner will pay for the expense.

  2. Jella
    May 31, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I´m going from Krabi to Koh Samui by ferry. Is there a health certification or quarantine requiered? I stayed in Krabi for the last 2 month during curfew. Do you have any information? Thanks, Jella

    • June 1, 2020

      Health certificate and quarantine is not required if you travelling from one city to another. BUT it is best to check also the requirements of the city you intend to visit especially if you are located in the south of Thailand.

  3. Vilma
    May 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I just have question regarding my visa. I have a non-b visa which expires on June 3, 2020, do I still need to extend it or it is automatically extended till July 31? Thank you.

    • June 1, 2020

      If you are in Thailand right now, it is best to renew your visa as usual.

    • Terry
      June 6, 2020

      Hi Rex, my single entry tourist visa has expired on June 5 and i had not been able to use it due to the travel ban, can the validity of it be extended or is it automatically extended ? I’ve paid for this visa and the process online to get it in the UK wasn’t easy, so hoping i don’t need to pay/apply all over again. Thanks in advance

    • June 9, 2020

      Dear Terry,
      If you were not able to use the TR visa that was issued to you by the Thai Embassy or consulate, this visa will then be considered void. You need to reapply or obtain a new visa. You may contact the Thai embassy or consulate that issued the visa and check with this office if you can obtain the same visa without a fee. Thank you.

  4. Stephen bridger
    May 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hi is it possible to enter thailand in july from australia on a OA visa?

    • June 1, 2020

      Dear Stephen,
      At the moment, only Thai nationals are allowed to enter Thailand for the month of June. For the month of July, it might be the foreigners with work permits. For the foreigners with non-immigrant O or OA visas, we may have to wait for the new government announcements.

  5. CEM BAKIS
    May 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    Firstly thanks for replying to all questions. That should take a lot of your time. I also have one question if you don’t mind:

    We are in Nepal and we plan to come Thailand in July. Can we come by visa-on-arrival? I am Turkish citizen and my girlfriend is Chinese.

    Thanks!

    • June 1, 2020

      Dear Cem,
      Thank you for your comments and you’re welcome. For Turkish national, you can still obtain a visa exemption stamp. For the Chinese national, the visa on arrival program has been suspended until September 30 so she cannot come without a valid visa. if you wish to travel to Thailand in July, you may be required to obtain a certificate or permission to enter Thailand issued by Thai Embassy in Nepal. Right now, that is only issued to those foreigners with a valid visa and work permit. So, realistically, tourists may not be able to enter Thailand in July, but we still have to wait for government announcement.

  6. Sharon Cook
    May 30, 2020
    Reply

    I understand that the international airports, land borders and sea borders are closed for incoming foreigners. And only Thai nationals who are repatriated are allowed to enter Thailand through special flights arranged by Thai embassy.

    Are foreigners able to go to Suvarnabhumi Airport to take a flight OUT of Bangkok? I am trying to return to USA

    • June 1, 2020

      Dear Sharon,
      Yes, there are few flights per week that you can take. Especially the plane that the Thais used to enter Thailand, it will leave Thailand with foreigners who wish to return to their home country. You may check the website of the US Embassy Bangkok or their Twitter account to know more on the available flights to the US from Bangkok.

  7. David
    May 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hi.

    I am a foreign thai expat (stuck in Australia) with a valid WP and need to return to Thailand for work ASAP.

    I see foreigners with WP are now allowed to return to Bangkok. Is this from June 1st or July 1st?

    Thank you.

    • June 1, 2020

      Dear David,
      Yes, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced last Friday that you can apply or file a request for Certificate of Entry from your local Thai Embassy in Canberra. This may allow you to enter Thailand in July.

  8. Ryan Davison
    May 29, 2020
    Reply

    Hello. I am currently in Thailand on a 6 month multi entry visa. The last stamp I received in my passport from Thai immigration, was dated 14th May but am granted a stay until the 31st July due to the visa amnesty in place.
    Should international flights resume on or before the 31st July, technically could I fly out and fly back in to Thailand again to get a 60 day extension stamp? Thanks

    • June 1, 2020

      Dear Ryan,
      Yes, it is correct that you can leave Thailand on or before July 31. However, your entry to Thailand may be delayed. Because right now, we do not know if tourists can enter Thailand in July or August. All we know is that foreigners with Non-immigrant B visa and work permit are the priority to be allowed into Thailand in July. We have to wait for more announcement from the government for the tourists entering Thailand.

  9. Alexandre
    May 28, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, i need to travel from phang nga to bkk to apply for a new passeport. What would be the best option to get there since phuket airport is closed and we have no airport in phang nga. I also want to make sure that i wont have to quarantine 14 days in bkk or when im back ? Thank you

    • June 1, 2020

      Dear Alex,
      You may travel by land. Bangkok will not put you in quarantine since you are travelling from one province to another.

  10. Patrick
    May 28, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I was in the process of renewing my EDU visa in March when the borders closed. The paperwork was ready. I am not on a tourist visa but already on an EDU visa that expired in April. Will I be able to process my visa within Thailand when it becomes available or will I have to fly somewhere to process it outside of Thailand.

    • June 1, 2020

      Dear Patrick,
      You need to check with your school to advise you if you have already utilized the 1 year extension of your ED visa or if you are required to apply for a new non-immigrant ED visa from a Thai embassy or consulate abroad.

  11. M
    May 28, 2020
    Reply

    If one is a foreigner (expat) living in Thailand for a number of years, and works at sea and then gets a visa on arrival when arriving back to Thailand after work. Is there any possible way to get into Thailand now considering one is not a Thai-national?

    • May 28, 2020

      No, there is no possibility for a non-Thai national to enter Thailand until June 30. The Thai government is very strict about this due to the fact that the facility for state quarantine is limited so it is only possible to prioritize the Thai nationals first. We can assume that maybe in July foreigners will be allowed, but right now, there is no exact guideline about that. There is also a possibility that travel ban will be extended.

  12. Roberto Calapan
    May 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hi good day, I am here as tourist visa my wife is working here and regarding the visa amnesty until July 31 2020, after July 31 can i still apply for extension? Because im working in qatar and im still waiting that qatar will be open due to covid situation if possible can i still apply for extension after july 31?

    • May 27, 2020

      If you have availed the visa amnesty, you need to leave on or before July 31 and apply for the proper dependant visa at Thai embassy abroad for you to return to Thailand and stay longer.

  13. Mary
    May 27, 2020
    Reply

    Is there any alternative quarantine facilities for foreigners returning in Thailand with work permits? Or is it possible for them to self-quarantine in their own apartments/condos?

    Do you have any information about quarantine process? How much will it be?

    Thank you.

    • May 27, 2020

      Right now, returning Thai nationals are required to undergo a state quarantine. They are housed in a facility provided by the government. The reason why the Thais are the only people allowed to come to Thailand because it is important to have a mandatory quarantine. For the incoming foreigners, you will be subject to a mandatory state quarantine also. But that may happen after few months from now because the state facility has limited accommodation.

  14. sam
    May 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I m currently on a student NON ED visa expiring on July 8th. I already reached all the visa extensions possible on this visa.

    1) can I stay until end of July with the visa amnesty in place?

    2) can I apply for a new NON ED visa without leaving the country?

    3) in case I have a job opportunity in Thailand do I need to leave Thailand and apply for a non B visa in my home country? or can I exceptionally change the visa type from non ED to non B here ?

    4) if I get a non B visa in my home country, I should be able to return to Thailand in August right? (subject to quarantine)

    Thanks in advance

    • May 27, 2020

      Dear Sam,
      Please see my comments below:
      1. Yes, you may stay in Thailand until July 31 since you are covered by the visa amnesty.
      2. No. You cannot apply for a new non-immigrant ED visa. You have an option to extend your visa again or if you have exhausted all extensions, you need to leave the country and get a new non-immigrant ED visa from a Thai embassy abroad.
      3. Yes, you need to leave the country to obtain a new visa, non-immigrant B visa from a Thai embassy outside Thailand.
      4. if you are able to get a new non-immigrant B visa, yes, you may return to Thailand in August given that the international flights are no longer banned. Yes, you will undergo a mandatory state quarantine and subject to entry requirements at that time, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

  15. Sina
    May 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I am flying from Chiang Mai to Bangkok on May 30th. I have been in Pai for 3 months now, safe and sound. Does anyone know if I will be place in a state-quarantine upon arrival in Bangkok? I would absolutely refuse this and if so, postpone my travel.

    • May 26, 2020

      Dear Sina,
      You will not be quarantined if you are only flying on a domestic flight.

    • Benjamin Freud, Ph.D.
      May 26, 2020

      I am waiting to move to Thailand when the flights open up with a visa code B. Will my children be able to come with me if they apply for a visa code O? They have a letter and I have a letter and we would travel together.

    • May 27, 2020

      Dear Benjamin,
      Yes, you are able to travel with your Non immigrant B visa and Non Immigrant O visas, but right now, we are not sure when will that be. The Thai government has not set the new schedule or the group that will be allowed to enter in July. Right now, Group 1 is the Thai nationals allowed to fly into Thailand on special flights. For your and your family, we are not sure if you will be in Group 2 or Group 3.

  16. Roberto Calapan
    May 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hi I am here in bangkok as a tourist visa because my wife is working here, as of now i can not go back to qatar due to covid 19 situation can i apply dependent visa while im still here?

    • May 26, 2020

      Dear Roberto,
      Normally, you are not able to switch from tourist into a non-immigrant O visa (dependant of foreigner) within Thailand. You must apply for it at a Thai embassy outside Thailand. However, you may also ask the employer of your wife if they can assist you to do it within Thailand. They may check with Thai Immigration Office in Bangkok.

  17. Sristikam Baruah
    May 25, 2020
    Reply

    Hi
    I’m a foreign student with a Non-immigrant (ED) visa and it expires today (25/05/2020). Will I have to go to immigration and extend my visa or does the visa amnesty apply in my case as well? Thank you.

    • May 25, 2020

      If you have plan to stay in Thailand beyond July 31, then you need to renew your visa as usual. If you have no plans on staying after July 31, you can avail the visa amnesty and stay in Thailand until July 31 only.

  18. David
    May 25, 2020
    Reply

    Hi.

    I have contacted you already explaining I am a foreigner who lives and works in Thailand since 2003. I have my own company with non b visa and work permit.

    I am stuck in Australia and you suggested I contact the Thai Embassy in Canberra to see if I can get on one of the repatriation flights. I have sent numerous emails to the Thai Embassy in Canberra but no response from them.

    This situation is extremely unfair to foreigners who have invested all of their life savings into business and life in Thailand, and pay tax in Thailand. My business in Bangkok has now started back up but I am stuck in Australia.

    How do I contact somebody at the Thai Embassy in Canberra for a response? I really need to get back to my work and life in Thailand.

    Thank you.

    • May 25, 2020

      This page is managed and updated by Siam Legal in Bangkok. However, you may contact the Thai Embassy Canberra at +61 2 6206 0100 or +61 2 6206 0119. Thank you.

  19. Isha
    May 25, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    Continuing my query, I am a foreigner holding valid work permit and visa in Thailand. I am currently outside the country and hasn’t been able to return back due to lock down in my country as well as in Thailand. Also got to know that ban on international flights is extended till 30th June in Thailand.

    My work permit is expiring in July end but the non-immigrant type b visa will still be valid and the validity is till October mid.
    Considering this, I have following queries:

    1. Will I be allowed to come back after my work permit expires (considering that I will still hold the valid visa)? If yes, then can I still apply for work permit again basis my current visa?

    2. If no, then let’s say if I am able to come back on 1st July itself, will I be able to make it for renewal process of work permit?

    3. What is the quarantine process for travelers returning back after 30th June? I have seen in news that it is mandatory for people returning back currently by repatriation flights to be there in state quarantine for 14 days. Will the same rule be applicable even after border opens up? Wouldn’t self quarantine at home be allowed?

    4. If at all state quarantine is compulsory for all, then is it free for foreigners or do we have to pay? If yes, then how much are the charges?

    5. Are we asked to share the room in quarantine center? Can’t a single person stay in one room alone?

    6. I have seen in news that some hotels are collaborating with hospitals and converting hotels into quarantine center. What are the charges for such facilities? Are we asked to share room with someone in such facilities too?

    Please help in providing clarifications for these queries as my future options greatly depends upon answers for these.

    Thanks in advance!

    • May 25, 2020

      Dear Isha,
      Please see our comments below:
      1. At the moment, there is no specific requirements for the entry of foreigners on July 1. Previously, it was stated that foreigners with work permit and valid Non B visa will be allowed in as first priority after Thai nationals.
      2. Given that the travel ban is lifted, you can enter Thailand on July 1 under your valid Non B visa and then immediately extend your work permit. However, if your Non B visa is an extension of stay, you may need to apply for a new Non B visa from Thai embassy before coming back to Thailand because your work permit has already expired so is your visa extension.
      3. We do not have the information on quarantine process, please contact the local Thai embassy in your country regarding this matter or you may contact the Ministry of Public Health.
      4. Yes, the state quarantine is mandatory. That is the reason why international flights are banned because the state quarantine has a limited capacity.
      5. Yes, you will be asked to share a room with 2 to 3 other passengers.
      6. Yes, there has been plans to allow hotels to be a quarantine area to meet the incoming demand on international arrivals that requires quarantine. We do not have information regarding this. You may contact a consular officer from Thai Embassy in your country to learn more about it.
      Thank you.

  20. leigh
    May 24, 2020
    Reply

    can people with their own boats leave thailand on their boat? my foreigner friend doesnt speak english well but is living on his yacht and wants to leave but isnt sure of the rules

    • May 25, 2020

      There is no travel ban for foreigners exiting Thailand however, you need to check if you will be allowed to enter the country of your next destination.

  21. Sahil
    May 24, 2020
    Reply

    Hi ,
    Greetings!

    Does VOA will be still valid after 30th June ?
    Please confirm .

    Thanks !

    • May 25, 2020

      The visa on arrival program has been suspended until September 30. If you wish to come to Thailand in July or August, you must have a proper Thai visa issued by Thai embassy and you must meet the entry requirements that will be set by the CAAT.

  22. Diksha
    May 23, 2020
    Reply

    Greetings,

    I am a foreigner holding valid work permit and visa in Thailand. I am currently outside the country and hasn’t been able to return back due to lock down in my country as well as in Thailand. Also got to know that ban on international flights is extended till 30th June in Thailand.

    My work permit is expiring in July end but the non-immigrant type b visa will still be valid and the validity is till October mid.
    Considering this, I have following queries:

    1. Will I be allowed to come back after my work permit expires (considering that I will still hold the valid visa)? If yes, then can I still apply for work permit again basis my current visa?

    2. If no, then let’s say if I am able to come back on 1st July itself, will I be able to make it for renewal process of work permit?

    3. What is the quarantine process for travelers returning back after 30th June? I have seen in news that it is mandatory for people returning back currently by repatriation flights to be there in state quarantine for 14 days. Will the same rule be applicable even after border opens up? Wouldn’t self quarantine at home be allowed?

    4. If at all state quarantine is compulsory for all, then is it free for foreigners or do we have to pay? If yes, then how much are the charges?

    5. Are we asked to share the room in quarantine center? Can’t a single person stay in one room alone?

    6. I have seen in news that some hotels are collaborating with hospitals and converting hotels into quarantine center. What are the charges for such facilities? Are we asked to share room with someone in such facilities too?

    Please help in providing clarifications for these queries as my future options greatly depends upon answers for these.

    Thanks in advance!

    • May 25, 2020

      Dear Diksha,
      Please see our comments below:
      1. At the moment, there is no specific requirements for the entry of foreigners on July 1. Previously, it was stated that foreigners with work permit and valid Non B visa will be allowed in as first priority after Thai nationals.
      2. Given that the travel ban is lifted, you can enter Thailand on July 1 under your valid Non B visa and then immediately extend your work permit. However, if your Non B visa is an extension of stay, you may need to apply for a new Non B visa from Thai embassy before coming back to Thailand because your work permit has already expired so is your visa extension.
      3. We do not have the information on quarantine process, please contact the local Thai embassy in your country regarding this matter or you may contact the Ministry of Public Health.
      4. Yes, the state quarantine is mandatory. That is the reason why international flights are banned because the state quarantine has a limited capacity.
      5. Yes, you will be asked to share a room with 2 to 3 other passengers.
      6. Yes, there has been plans to allow hotels to be a quarantine area to meet the incoming demand on international arrivals that requires quarantine. We do not have information regarding this. You may contact a consular officer from Thai Embassy in your country to learn more about it.
      Thank you.

  23. Pattanat Sae Sae
    May 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I am Thai but an international student in Yangon. Right now I am in Yangon but my visa expires soon in May 30 but flights are only available by July. What do I do to avoid illegal conditions? And what should I expect if I were to arrive in Thailand?

    • May 25, 2020

      Dear Pattanat,
      You may contact the Thai Embassy in Yangon to check if they arrange repatriation flights for Thai nationals to return to Thailand on a special flight. Once you arrive in Thailand, you will undergo a 14-day mandatory state quarantine. Thank you.

  24. Brian
    May 23, 2020
    Reply

    Thanks for the reply. What about land borders? Will they open the land borders for foreigners to enter before the flight ban is over? Please update in the future if you have any information about land borders. Thank you.

    • May 25, 2020

      At the moment the borders are also closed. We can assume that these borders will open later than the airports.

  25. Brian
    May 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. I’m stuck in Malaysia with my six year old Thai daughter since March. I’ve approached the Thai embassy to help us get back to Thailand but they’re unable to help us because I’m a foreigner. My child is a minor and can’t travel alone.

    Is there anything else I can do? What are my options? I really need to get back to Thailand with her before July. Thanks for your advice.

    • May 22, 2020

      Dear Brian,
      We are sorry for your current situation, but unfortunately the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand would only allow special flights to land in Thailand between now and June 30. Special flights are arranged by Thai Embassies, therefore your child may be included in that flight but the issue would be the mandatory quarantine of 14 days. I recommend for you for to contact the Thai Embassy in KL and explain to them that your child needs to travel to Thailand and because she is a minor, she needs an adult to accompany her. That is all we can advice you right now.

  26. Brian
    May 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. I’m stuck in Malaysia with my six year old Thai daughter since March. She is always asking me when are we going back to Chiangmai and how much she misses her family and friends 😢

    I’ve approached the Thai embassy for help to enter Thailand but all they can say is ‘sorry we can’t help, you’re a foreigner no matter what’ They can’t even be flexible and find a way for a six year old child to enter Thailand.

    Why is the Thai government not allowing immediate family members of Thai nationals to enter. What must we do. What are my options? My daughter’s school is starting on 1st July as well. *Sigh

    • May 22, 2020

      Dear Brian,
      We are sorry for your current situation, but unfortunately the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand would only allow special flights to land in Thailand between now and June 30. Special flights are arranged by Thai Embassies, therefore your child may be included in that flight but the issue would be the mandatory quarantine of 14 days. I recommend for you for to contact the Thai Embassy in KL and explain to them that your child needs to travel to Thailand and because she is a minor, she needs an adult to accompany her. That is all we can advice you right now.

  27. lopty
    May 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hi , Greetings to you. I have got a serious problem and would like your advice on it. I live and work in Thailand and my country do not have an embassy here , is it okay for me to contact my embassy in another country,send all my documents needed for the passport renewal and they send it back to me?
    I am asking because i did so , got my passport renewed and the immigration
    would not accept to transfer my visa to my new passport , saying i must exit the kingdom before i can be able to renew my passport . Any advice on this please?
    Thanks

    • May 22, 2020

      You need to ask your embassy where your passport was issued to provide a letter explaining the process that you can renew the passport even without going to that country and also this letter must state the request for the Immigration to transfer the visa stamp into the new passport.

  28. Isha
    May 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    Continuing my query posted below:

    I am a foreigner who lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand (since 2019). I have a valid work permit and non b visa.
    – Work permit valid till 21st July, 2020
    – Non-immigrant type b visa valid till 11th October, 2020
    I am stuck in India and need to get back to Bangkok in June itself because my work permit is expiring on 21st July, 2020 and so HR & management team from my company need me there asap to start renewal process.

    I read the International flights ban has been extended to the end of June. Are foreigners with work permits can be accepted on the repatriation flights?

    Please advise.

    For which the reply I received:
    At the moment the repatriation flights arranged by Thai embassy or consulate are for Thai nationals only.
    ———————————————————————————
    So does this mean that the repatriation flights are arranged for Thai nationals only? Even the people holding valid work permit/visa can not use this privilege?
    Sorry for posting the query again but I really need to go back in June, my employment is at risk.!

    Please suggest some way.

    • May 22, 2020

      Yes, the government facility for mandatory quarantine is limited therefore the first priority are Thai nationals. At the moment there is nothing you or we can do but to adhere to the travel ban. The international flights are banned and special repatriation flights are for Thai nationals only. I recommend for you to call the Thai embassy in your current location and ask if they can include you in their special flights if there is any.

  29. Svara Mandrekar
    May 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I have a friend that holds a thai citizenship and is looking to travel back to Thailand as he works here in mid June. He has a flight booked already but he isn’t sure if they are currently letting all thai citizens back in or if there is a criteria. If he does want to re-enter are there any documents he would require, if so, which ones?

    • May 22, 2020

      For a Thai national who wishes to enter Thailand in June, the only way to do that is through repatriation flights arranged by the Thai Embassy in the country where he is located. We recommend for him to contact the Thai embassy and sign up for the special flight.

  30. Clementi
    May 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I am a foreign student in Thailand whose student visa will expire on 31/07/2020 due to the completion of my study. Also because of that, I can’t extend my student visa beyond the date, although I still need to handle urgent graduation documents in August, and I can’t go back to my country during that time. How can I extend my stay in Thailand? Can I change my visa type to Tourist visa while waiting for the documents to finish processing? Thank you.

    • May 22, 2020

      You are able to extend your ED visa for 7 days at immigration office or change to a tourist visa from a Thai embassy in nearby countries of Thailand provided that borders are open during that time.

  31. Isha
    May 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    I am a foreigner who lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand (since 2019). I have a valid work permit and non b visa.
    – Work permit valid till 21st July, 2020
    – Non-immigrant type b visa valid till 11th October, 2020

    I am stuck in India and need to get back to Bangkok in June itself because my work permit is expiring on 21st July, 2020 and so HR & management team from my company need me there asap to start renewal process.

    I read the International flights ban has been extended to the end of June. Are foreigners with work permits can be accepted on the repatriation flights?

    Please advise.

    Thank you.
    Isha

    • May 22, 2020

      At the moment the repatriation flights arranged by Thai embassy or consulate are for Thai nationals only.

  32. Roberto Soares Silva
    May 21, 2020
    Reply

    I am outside Thailand. I have not been able to return since the ban on travelers started.
    I have a Thai wife, and I have a work in Bangkok. My reentry visa expires in 5 of July. The ban on travelers keep on being postponed. Can you give me an advice on what to do?

    • May 21, 2020

      Dear Roberto,
      At the moment there is a travel ban for international flights. So regardless of your visa or work permit, it is not possible to enter Thailand until June 30. In the event that the travel ban is lifted, we can assume that you can enter on July 1 and then you are able to renew your visa extension. You may be subject to mandatory quarantine (we have to wait for new entry requirements), it may be impossible to renew the visa while in quarantine. So it is safe to say that you may not be able to renew your visa and you may have to get a new Non immigrant B visa from a Thai embassy before returning to Thailand and then obtain visa extension.

  33. Jeremy Hibberd
    May 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hey Rex
    I’m married to a Thai national and live in Thailand, I work offshore and because of all the ports being closed I can not get off the vessel 3 months now, We our Doctor on board and he has been taking our temperature every day, twice a day. when I do get off the vessel, will my company be able to fly me into Thailand, on an expatriation flight to Thailand or will I have to wait till 1st July and then quarantine again for another 2 weeks, I have a Immigrant O visa based on marriage and also a yellow house book. Best Regards Jez

    • May 21, 2020

      Dear Jeremy,
      At the moment the repatriation flights allowed by the CAAT are repatriation flights for Thai nationals who will eventually undergo a mandatory quarantine facilitated by Thai government. So for foreigners, we have to wait until July 1 or we have to wait for further announcements if it will be lifted or extended again. Thank you.

  34. Geraldine Cachero
    May 20, 2020
    Reply

    Hello. My Non Immigrant visa B and work permit will expire on June 15. It means that I can still process my extension even after my visa expires because of the amnesty, right? How about my work permit? Is it okay also to renew after I get my extension?

    • May 21, 2020

      Dear Geraldine,
      If you are unable to travel to Thailand in June, I regret to inform that there is nothing you are able to do with regards to the visa and work permit. It is not possible to renew it while you are outside Thailand and it also not possible to renew at the Thai embassy in your country. Should your visa and work permit expire while you are outside Thailand and the travel restrictions are lifted, you need to apply for a new non-immigrant B visa for you to enter Thailand and after you have entered Thailand, you can apply for a new work permit.

    • Geraldine Cachero
      May 21, 2020

      Oh I am currently in Bangkok right now.

    • May 21, 2020

      Since you are in Bangkok right now and you want to stay in Thailand beyond July 31, then you MUST do your visa renewal and work permit renewal as usual.

    • Geraldine Cachero
      May 21, 2020

      But the problem is that the school officer that always process the documents for my visa is on her province and our work will be back on June 15. Unfortunately, the is also the day in which we could start processing the documents. So is it okay to renew my visa after June 15? I am sure that we will be done before July 31.

    • May 21, 2020

      If your work permit expires on June 15, then you must renew it because work permits are not covered by the visa amnesty. if your work permit will not expire until few months from now, and it is only your visa that will expire in June, then, it will now depend on the officer at your local immigration office. Some officer may be considerate and let you renew it beyond June 15 but before July 31 or some officers may insist that you renew it on or before June 15. It is best to contact the Section M of the Chaengwattana Immigration Office, if your visa was issued there.

    • K
      October 8, 2020

      I am in a similar situation. I am currently in Thailand but my non-B VISA and work permit expired April 30th, I have since remained here under amnesty. I was in the process of changing schools when covid disrupted my plans. I have been told by immigration I need to get a new work permit for my new school but the local labour office refuses to give me one as they are adamant that my current VISA extension is just an extension of stay and does not allow me to work. I don’t know what to do, any advice?

  35. Oscar
    May 20, 2020
    Reply

    Good morning,
    I am from Italy and I have found a job opportunity in Bangkok and I should start in October but now everything seems uncertain cause to COVID.
    I would like to know if it should be possible to move there for that period with a non immigrant Visa.
    I would like to come bit earlier (like in September so that I can have time to find a home).

    • May 21, 2020

      Dear Oscar,
      At the moment, the current travel ban is effective only until June 30. If this travel ban is not extended, then you can apply for the non-immigrant B visa from Thai embassy in your current location and use it to enter Thailand in September. You can apply for this visa sometime in July or August.

  36. matt zolofra
    May 19, 2020
    Reply

    hello im american and my first extension expired april 10th.i went to immigration and got a second extension with an embassy letter.they gave me til 27 of april 15 days.then i had to go back to get another 15 days but they closed and they said we have til july 31 to leave.was i supposed to go back and get a stamp.it says if the visa expires after march 26 then i dont have to go and its automatic.are they talking about first extensions also?i dont want to get in trouble

    • May 20, 2020

      Dear Matt,
      Yes, that is correct. If you can fly out on or before July 31, then you do not need to go to the immigration office right now.

  37. Ashish
    May 19, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    I recently accepted a job in Bangkok and I am supposed to travel to Thailand from India in the month of May. I have a Non-B Business visa and my wife has a Non-O dependent visa that expire on 08th June 2020.

    I have the following concerns:

    1. Does we (in India) get the automatic visa extension until 31st July (till the time of flight resumes)? So we can enter Thailand and apply for visa renewal.

    2. If VISA extension is possible then what will be the procedure for that? What documents will require? Where should I submit all the documents?

    3. If VISA extension is not possible then when will I have to reapply for VISA and what will be the procedure for that?

    4. Is it mandatory for 14 days of quarantine in Thailand? If yes then what will be the cost of living there and where will they accommodate us as we are getting accommodation from the company itself?

    5. I tried to connect will Royal Thai Embassy, Mumbai India but they are not giving any reply? To whom should I reach for any query?

    Please let me know.

    Thanks in advance,
    Ashish

    • May 21, 2020

      Dear Ashish,
      Here are my comments:
      1. Since you are not in Thailand, you are not covered by the visa amnesty.
      2. Visa extension is not possible but you may contact Thai Embassy in India if they are able to re-issue your Non immigrant B visa and Non-immigrant O visa without fee.
      3. The re-application of the new visa will be the same as the previous one.
      4. At the moment, there is no new entry requirements set by the CAAT and Ministry of Public Health, but we can assume that mandatory quarabntine under government supervision will be required once the borders are open.
      5. You need to contact the visa section and ask for the re-issuance of the un-used visa.
      Thank you.

  38. Marc Van de Vijver
    May 19, 2020
    Reply

    Dear team,
    I’m a retired Belgium citizen and entered on 25 December 2019 Thailand. I have a tourist “TR” multiple entry visa witch is valid up to 20 June 2020.
    I have to return back to Belgium earlier than expected due to my house in Belgium got soled.
    I was able to book a flight to Brussels (over Amsterdam) with KLM airlines on 25 May 2020. Up to now this flight looks ok.
    The only thing I’m worried for is the travel from my location in Thailand, Chum Phae district Khon Kean to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport. As there are no domestic flights available (Khon Kean airport to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport) I’m obliged to travel by car/taxi.
    The papers I will carry with me are a valid visa, passport, up to date TM 30 form, KLM flight ticket and all mandatory personal protection measures. And I like to travel with the car/taxi, on 22-05-20 to have some time spare before the flight to Belgium, just in case.

    Do I have to expect problems during this travel by car/taxi or am I even not allowed to make this trip to Bangkok? During this trip I and the car/taxi will need to cross the Thai province borders.

    Kind regards
    Marc VDV.

    • May 21, 2020

      At the moment only few provinces have lockdown so it is not a problem for you to travel to Bangkok by land.

  39. Tim
    May 18, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. I have a trip planned to arrive to Thailand on June 30 in the early morning. Will I be able to make my trip? Will I have to be quarantine when I get there? Will I need a test to proof I don’t have covid-19? Thanks

    • May 19, 2020

      According to the notification from Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, there is a travel ban until June 30 11PM.

  40. Sebastian Lee
    May 18, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    thank you for helping out people in need.

    I see in some replies you said that APEC stamps (entries) are NOT eligible for the automatic visa extensions but then again in some questions you reply that it is.

    I arrived in BKK March 17 and should leave by June 17. However I can’t. So how do I get an extension? Do I have to do anything or is it automatically for APEC card holders as well?

    • May 19, 2020

      Dear Sebastian,
      The entry stamp that you received when you entered Thailand is eligible for the visa amnesty and be able to stay until July 31. However, this entry stamp cannot be used to switch to another visa such as work visa or retirement visa. As for the amnesty, you do not need to do any application and there is no need to visit a Thai immigration office. Thank you and Have a great day! When you have time, you may give us a 5-star review on this page:
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    • Chris Seah
      May 19, 2020

      Hi My non immigration OA visa extended for 1 year and will expired on 31 May 2020.

      I am currently in Hong Kong outside of Thailand. Can come back to thailand after in July when thailand airport is open and extend my retirement visa.

      Or do I have to apply for a new retirement visa in Hong Kong Thai Embassy.

      Thanks for your attention

      Chris

    • May 20, 2020

      Dear Chris,
      If you are still in Hong Kong when the visa expires, you will have to reapply for a new non-immigrant O visa issued by Thai Consulate in Hong Kong. You will use this visa in order to return to Thailand and once you are in Thailand, you will convert it to retirement visa.

  41. PCO
    May 18, 2020
    Reply

    I left Thailand before the travel ban, but I have a work permit in Thailand. Can I return before June 30th?

    • May 18, 2020

      Unfortunately, there is no way for you to return to Thailand before June 30. The international airports, land borders and sea borders are closed for incoming foreigners until June 30. Only Thai nationals who are repatriated are allowed to enter Thailand through special flights arranged by Thai embassy.

  42. Zul
    May 18, 2020
    Reply

    Is Thailand Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia open for Non Immigrant Visa B application ?

    I am scheduled to work offshore, Thailand waters in June. I will sail to Thailand with work vessel from Malaysia. Arrival Songkhla is 15 June. CIQ clearances will be done at Songkhla anchorage. If I don’t have Non-B visa, can I work since I will be sponsored by local Thailand company.

    Normally personnel onboard work vessel during CIQ, will be stamp in and out of the country, and the work vessel proceed to high seas to carry out job. My worry is because I will be employed by Thailand local company to perform duty during that project, even though during this period I don’t have to be onshore in Thailand, only offshore.

    Please advise

    Please advise.

  43. Lalinda for Yard Manager
    May 18, 2020
    Reply

    I have a Non-Immigrant B visa and work permit. The project in Thailand I am responsible for, is having some serious issues and needing me to go back to solve them. I flew home before the the lockdown. Is there any possible ways I can be in Thailand?

    • May 18, 2020

      Unfortunately, there is no way for you to return to Thailand before June 30. The international airports, land borders and sea borders are closed for incoming foreigners. Only Thai nationals who are repatriated are allowed to enter Thailand through special flights arranged by Thai embassy.

  44. Zul
    May 18, 2020
    Reply

    At this moment, there is a ban on international passenger flights until June 30. What about land and sea borders?

    • May 18, 2020

      The land and sea borders are also closed for incoming foreigners.

  45. Dean
    May 18, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I’m currently on the visa amnesty with a METV. I want to apply for a non o retirement visa. Can this still be done under the amnesty waiver as I have read that it’s not possible? Thanks

    • May 18, 2020

      Dear Dean,
      If you have availed the visa amnesty, it means you are aware that you are stranded in Thailand and you will leave Thailand as soon as the flights are available and you must leave before July 31. So the answer to your question, it is not possible to apply for a new visa while you are on visa amnesty or automatic extension.

  46. Rahul
    May 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hi ,

    My fiancé is stuck in Thailand She is Chinese National and I am from India . Can you please tell when flights will be start to China or when I can fly to Thailand from India.

    Pls confirm .. COVID -19 really makes everyone’s life in trouble . I really hope everything would be fine as soon as possible.

    Thanks

    • May 18, 2020

      You need to check with the airlines if there are flights exiting Thailand to China. Perhaps there are repatriation flights from Thailand to China. For the incoming flight to Thailand, there is a travel ban until June 30.

  47. Lyle
    May 17, 2020
    Reply

    Good day,
    I have just herd on the news that Thailand will extend the ban on all international flights till the end of June now. Do you know of any exemptions or considerations will be given to expats who have their family and home in the Kingdom.
    Thank you & Regards,
    Lyle

    • May 18, 2020

      Unfortunately, there is no way for you to return to Thailand before June 30. The international airports, land borders and sea borders are closed for incoming foreigners. Only Thai nationals who are repatriated are allowed to enter Thailand through special flights arranged by Thai embassy.

  48. David Tomkinson
    May 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hi.

    I am a foreigner who lives and works in Thailand (since 2003). I have a valid work permit and non b visa.

    I am stuck in Australia and need to get back to Bangkok for my business (and life).

    I read the International flights ban has been extended to the end of June. Are foreigners with work permits going to be accepted on the repatriation flights?

    Please advise.

    Thank you.

    • May 18, 2020

      The repatriation flights for May and June are for Thai nationals. However, if you would like to check if an expat may be included, please contact the Thai Embassy in Canberra if they are currently arranging special flights for this month or in June.

  49. Benny
    May 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hi.
    Any news on the travel ban?
    Can foriegners enter Thailand on June 1st?
    Thanks

    • May 18, 2020

      Dear Benny,
      At this moment, there is still a ban on international passenger flights until June 30.

  50. Tan Detong
    May 16, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, i arrived in Thailand on the 21st of January through an APEC card and was granted 3 months of stay which is up till to 20th April. However due to the covid situation, i am unable to leave or book any flights. I have approached my Singapore Embassy with this matter and they only replied saying to adhere to all Thai immigration ruling and policies. So i was wondering whether the automatic extension of visa for all foreigners trapped in Thailand applies to my situation as well?

    • May 18, 2020

      This is to inform you that the Thai government has given a visa amnesty to foreigners who are unable to travel out of Thailand or those who do not wish to apply for an extension at immigration office due to the risk of being infected with COVID-19. The visa relief is an automatic extension of your current permit to stay stamp until July 31.

  51. Willie
    May 16, 2020
    Reply

    I am of British Citizenship & reside in my home in Songkhla with my girlfriend & 2 young children. I hold Thailand ID Card & Driving license, i work overseas West Africa In The Oil & Gas Sector on 28/28 Day rotation. Currently, I have been at work 104 days due to travel restrictions. When could I expect to be admitted entry back into Thailand?
    I have Covid-19 Insurance Policy & will have the test done when I eventually get back onto the shore.

    • May 18, 2020

      Dear Willie,
      Right now, the earliest possible date you can enter Thailand is July 1. However, we are not sure yet if that will be extended or not.

  52. Maria
    May 16, 2020
    Reply

    Hello! I heard about the news that thailand will extend again the flight ban for another 30 days. Is there any way that you can let foreigners go back to thailand for those who have work permits?

    • May 18, 2020

      Unfortunately, there is no way for you to return to Thailand before June 30. The international airports, land borders and sea borders are closed for incoming foreigners. At the moment, only Thai nationals who are repatriated are allowed to enter Thailand through special flights arranged by Thai embassy.

  53. C.
    May 16, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, first of all, thank you very much for the advice given. I am currently in Thailand and I have a work permit. I would like to go back home to Europe now as there are still flights from BKK. Iam worried that there is still going to be an entry ban when I have to return to work on the 15th August and that I will not be allowed to re enter Thailand. Do you think people with work permit will be allowed to enter Thailand soon?

    • May 18, 2020

      At the moment the entry ban is effective until June 30. Whether it will be extended or not, we still have to wait for government announcement next month.

  54. Michael Lane
    May 16, 2020
    Reply

    Thanks for this service it’s great. I am an Australian citizen. I have a Thai retirement visa and live most of the year in Chiang Mai. I am in Australia now (May 16) and cannot get back to Thailand. What are my options and when the airlines open what documents will I need to enter Thailand and will I need to self isolate for 14 days…?
    If I need to self isolate …can I do that in my own apartment?

    • May 18, 2020

      Right now, the travel ban for entering Thailand was extended until June 30. For the entry requirements for foreigners entering Thailand in July, it may be the mandatory quarantine in a special facility to be provided by Thai government. We have to wait for more information regarding the entry requirements for July.

  55. Arlei Lima
    May 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I’m Brazilian and my vis will expire on the 8th of June and I’m here since 11th March (We have 90 days visa on arrival)… So now, my visa is also automatically extended till 31st July? Is there anything I need to do to confirm this extension?

    Thanks,
    Arlei

    • May 15, 2020

      Dear Ariel,
      This is to inform you that the Thai government has given a visa amnesty to foreigners who are unable to travel out of Thailand or those who do not wish to apply for an extension at immigration office due to the risk of being infected with COVID-19. The visa relief is an automatic extension of your current permit to stay stamp until July 31.

    • Lindy
      May 17, 2020

      Can American passport holder fly from Thailand to United States now?

    • May 18, 2020

      There is no restriction for flights leaving Thailand. You can leave Thailand as long as there is an available flight.

  56. Kay
    May 15, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Sirs,

    My work permit was cancelled this week, however my visa in the passport is valid until 29 August 2020. May I know when do I have to leave Thailand, please? I would like to avoid fines but can’t enter my country due to lockdown in America.

    • May 15, 2020

      If your work permit is linked to the visa, you need to visit the immigration office and cancel the visa. After it has been cancelled, you can avail the visa amnesty and stay until July 31.

  57. Denis Deriglazov
    May 15, 2020
    Reply

    Good morning!

    I’m Russian citizen and entered Thailand with TR visa. I didn’t extend it. On the 21 of May my 60 days are going to expire.

    1. Do I need to go to immigration now or it’s fine just to leave the country on the 31 of July? Can I just go to airport in July and don’t need to do anything else before that?

    2. Would it be possible to prolong my visa for 30 days more after the 31 of July?

    Thank you.

    • May 15, 2020

      This is to inform you that the Thai government has given a visa amnesty to foreigners who are unable to travel out of Thailand or those who do not wish to apply for an extension at immigration office due to the risk of being infected with COVID-19. The visa relief is an automatic extension of your current permit to stay stamp until July 31. You do not need to do any visa application and you do not need to go to immigration office.
      No, you cannot stay longer than July 31.

  58. Martin
    May 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I have business commitments to attend to in Thailand in July. If I get the required visa will I be able to travel from Australia ?

    • May 15, 2020

      Dear Martin,
      Entry to Thailand will depend on the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand should they decide to open the airports in June or July. At the moment, they have not announced any entry requirements. We have to wait for further announcements.

  59. steve day
    May 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I was hoping to come visit my girlfriend for 2 or 3 weeks in June and the fact you need a fit to fly and still spend 14 days in quarrantine is just a bit extrreme and overkill if you had a test 2 days prior to flying then should be enough or even another 2 day test when arrive but to waste 14 days of vacation is just going to put people off completely as there is no point coming to spend 14 days in a government lock up and although I understand the Kingdom wishing to be cautious and protect itself this is too much and with the Thai economy on its knees is keeping tourist away the best way to go here?

    • May 15, 2020

      Yes, you are right. That is why the first priority for foreigners to enter Thailand are those who are living and working in Thailand because they would not mind the 14-day quarantine. As for tourists, it is best to visit Thailand when there is no longer a mandatory quarantine.

    • steve
      May 15, 2020

      Thanks for your reply. May I make a better solution to this issue and one which will help get the Thai economy up and running much faster which it is in need for sure. There are now available rapid Covid test kits for example: https://www.cdpsa.eu/en/ I believe the cost to be approx. 500 Baht per test kit, which you pass on and the person entering would pay this even can make a small profit of each kit for the government. Now I would gladly pay this and be tested within 1 hour and free to move, instead of a lengthy 14 quarantine where I am not spending my money back in the Thai economy or putting me off coming to the kingdom! Maybe a faster cleaner and more profitable answer… just a thought 🙂

  60. Chris Eyre
    May 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,
    I am glad to have found this site. My wife whom is Thai, is currently in Thailand and is caught up in this covid-19. She is due to fly out at the end of the month back to Australia, on a Thai airways expat flight, i have been looking for information about the fit to fly paperwork and due to your answers have found this information.
    Again thank you
    Chris

    • May 14, 2020

      Dear Chris,
      If you are leaving Thailand, there is no need for a fit-to-fly certificate. However, you may have to check what would be the entry requirements of Australia.

  61. Valerie Murray
    May 14, 2020
    Reply

    I am a host parent of a Thai student currently in Canada. Can you please inform me of the process that needs to be taken before she can return to Thailand?

    • May 14, 2020

      Dear Valerie,
      If you need assistance for repatriation of the Thai student back to Thailand, please call Phone: +1 613-722-4444. That is the contact number of Thai embassy in Ottawa.

  62. Gordon M
    May 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex, a representative with the Royal Thai Embassy in London has just informed me that the Fit to Fly certificate will not necessarily be required those first weeks of June if the flight ban is lifted after May 31. More specifically, they will require:
    a) a negative Covid 19 test result and
    b) health insurance that covers Covid-19

    I have heard from 2 other Thai Consulates that a negative Covid test will be required in the first few weeks of June. Do you have any info that confirms this? Also – do you have any info about the need for health insurance that covers Covid? Thanks!

    • May 13, 2020

      At the moment, the Civil Aviation Authority has no guideline for the incoming passenger in June 1. Perhaps there is a different entry requirements for Thai national, foreigners with long term visas and different requirements for foreign tourists. We do not know what just yet. BUT it is good to know that COVID-19 test and insurance may be or will be required.

  63. Jenny Chantratita
    May 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. I am a Thai national with a Thai passport who is currently studying in the UK. I am planning on returning to Thailand at the end of June. Would this be possible?

    • May 13, 2020

      Yes, you may be able to return to Thailand in June because the travel ban is only until May 31. However, please check with Thai Embassy in London in case the travel ban is extended. Thank you.

  64. Bryan
    May 12, 2020
    Reply

    With a one year multiple entry non-immigrant B Visa expiring in June, is it ok to do reporting every month at immigration office before stamp expires, or wait until July 31st? With everyone expected to update status at the same time is this an option.

    • May 12, 2020

      If you are in Thailand right now, you have an option do to the reporting at the immigration office and do the renewal of the visa as usual. You do not need to wait until July 31.

  65. Arie Droogendijk
    May 12, 2020
    Reply

    I have non immigrant O visa. Do I need medical insurance for travel back to Thailnad in September?

    • May 12, 2020

      At this moment, there is still a ban on international passenger flights. There is no timeline yet to lift the ban, but when it happens, foreigners will need a fit to fly certificate and they must then do a 14-day mandatory quarantine on arrival at the government facility. Health insurance may not be required. For now, we have to wait for further government announcements.

    • Gordon M
      May 13, 2020

      Arie – see my post above yours when it gets approved b Rex. I was just informed by someone at the London Thai Embassy that insurance covering Covid will be required. If you hear anything please let me know. I have found one company so far – an ad on the Thaivisa forum, but it is pricey and requires a year contract. I have AIA insurance through my job in Bangkok – I am trying to figure out if it covers a pandemic. Thanks

  66. david
    May 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hi.
    are the, facilities provided by the government for the mandatory quarantine free for Foriegners or do we have to pay for them?
    thanks

    • May 12, 2020

      At the moment it is free because it is provided for the Thai nationals who were repatriated. For the foreigners, we are still waiting for the entry requirements and further announcements from the government.

  67. Liubov
    May 11, 2020
    Reply

    Hi! My friend is stuck in US. He was there on business trip but he lives and works in Thailand. He is a foreigner who has work permit in Thailand and lives here for 10 or more years. Is it possible for him to return to Thailand Chiang Mai on June?

    • May 11, 2020

      At this moment, there is still a ban on international passenger flights. There is no timeline yet to lift the ban, but when it happens, foreigners will need a fit to fly certificate and they must then do a 14-day mandatory quarantine on arrival at the government facility. We have to wait for further announcements from the government to know what are the entry requirements for the month of June.

  68. Zach
    May 11, 2020
    Reply

    After the corona crisis will be over in maybe 2022 or 2023, will it then be required to have health insurance and fit to fly certificate to enter thailand?

    • May 11, 2020

      At the moment we cannot predict what would be the guidelines of the Thai government for foreigners entering Thailand. Should foreigners be allowed to enter Thailand in the coming months, it is likely that fit-to-fly certificate will be required and also the mandatory quarantine.

  69. Patrick Roche
    May 11, 2020
    Reply

    Hi I’m flying to.Thailand on the 24th of August for 90 days do I have to go into Quarantine and if so can I do it at my girlfriends address

    • May 11, 2020

      Dear Patrick,
      Based on the latest information, the mandatory quarantine must be done at a government facility provided by the government. It is not a home quarantine. For your trip in August, there is no guideline that has been set by the government. We have to wait for further announcements.

  70. Hana
    May 10, 2020
    Reply

    open for foreigners in june! koh phangan is full of free roaming tourists and things looking under control

  71. Apple
    May 10, 2020
    Reply

    Do I need to get COVID-19 test before flying to Thailand?
    I plan to visit Thailand in June to study at university in Bkk.

    • May 11, 2020

      Hi Apple,
      At this moment, there is still a ban on international passenger flights. There is no timeline yet to lift the ban, but when it happens, foreigners will need a fit to fly certificate and they must then do a 14-day mandatory quarantine on arrival at the government facility. We have to wait for further government announcement about the new guide or requirements for entry to Thailand.

  72. Jon Higginson
    May 9, 2020
    Reply

    I am a UK citizen and wish to travel to Nakhon Sawan and Pattaya when the travel ban is lifted, and entry into Thailand possible……. Where and how can I obtain a fit to fly certificate ?
    Will I need to contact the Thai Consulate in Liverpool UK?
    Also is there a government quarantine facility in Nakhon Sawan or Pattaya?
    Thankyou Jon

    • May 11, 2020

      You will obtain the “fit-to-fly” certificate from Thai Embassy in London. The mandatory quarantine facility is near Suvarnabhumi Airport if you are arriving through that airport.

  73. Gordon M
    May 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, very helpful inf, thank you. To get back into Thailand in June, we will need a Fit to Fly certificate. Is there a downloadable template for this form? I thought this form is to be completed by a doctor – is that correct? Will they require a Covid-19 test? .Thanks.

    Also – if we have a valid Work Permit – is it possible we might be able to self-quarantine in our own condo?

    • May 11, 2020

      For the “fit-to-fly” certificate, you need to contact the Thai Embassy in the country where you are located to provide you with the necessary form. As for the mandatory quarantine, it is only done at a facility provided by the government, it cannot be your home.

    • Dr. Mijanur Rahman
      May 19, 2020

      Swadi khrup, Hi there, I am currently living in Bangladesh.
      I’ve Thai Non Immigrant B visa for doing Postdoc but no work permit (govt employee NSTDA will apply for WP while I will be in Thailand) but my visa is about to expire on June 03. However, I learned that Thai govt banned all int’l flight till end of June. In this case, can I get automatic visa extension to enter Thailand once ban lifted? Or do I have to apply for new visa as my current visa going to expire?

      N.B.: my wife and child have Non Immigrant O visa (will be expired on the same day) wish to travel with me

      Eagerly waiting for your kind response.
      Thank you very much in advance khrup.

    • May 21, 2020

      Dear Minajur,
      Yes, you and your wife needs to apply for a new non-immigrant B and non immigrant O visas in order for you to travel to Thailand in July or August. You may also contact the Thai embassy or consulate if you need to pay the embassy fee again.

  74. Steven Grady
    May 9, 2020
    Reply

    Thanks SO much for all the very informative answers !
    I have another question for you :
    I have an “ Invitation To Teach for 1 year “ letter from a Private school in Don Tum , I was supposed to arrive 1 April , But , Obviously I could not.
    Will I need to acquire a New Letter from My School to receive a Visa once travel is again permitted , Or , May I still be able to use the one already issued ? — I currently cannot contact anyone at My School and I have already re-structured my life to move to Thailand ASAP !

    • May 11, 2020

      Dear Steven,
      Since you will use these documents when you apply for the non-immigrant visa, it is best for you to contact the Thai embassy or consulate where you intend to submit the visa application to know if you will be able to use the old documents or should you need to a provide a new set of documents.

  75. Sofia
    May 8, 2020
    Reply

    What about transits? would I (as a Swedish citizen, who’s been living in Vietnam) be allowed to do a flight transfer in BKK in order to be able to fly home? I wouldn’t even leave the airport…

    • May 11, 2020

      According to Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, foreigners including international transit passengers are not allowed to enter Thailand until May 31.

  76. LadyBug
    May 8, 2020
    Reply

    Hi… im planning to travel to bangkok thailand in pattaya this coming june 22 2020….

    • May 8, 2020

      At this moment, there is still a ban on international passenger flights until May 31. There is no timeline yet to lift the ban, but when it happens, you will need a fit to fly certificate and you must then do a 14-day mandatory quarantine on arrival at the government facility.

    • Lady bug
      May 8, 2020

      Quarantine. Mandatory in 14days…??
      But my exact days to plan for vacation in thailand is 7days……

      …. how about july 2020….??

    • May 8, 2020

      Right now, we cannot answer that because the government hasn’t set the guidelines and entry requirements just yet.

  77. Pawonwun
    May 8, 2020
    Reply

    I’m Thai, When can I fly back to Thailand again?

    • May 8, 2020

      At the moment, commercial international flights are banned from entering Thailand until May 31. However, you can still travel back to Thailand in May, you just have to contact the Thai Embassy in your current location to know if there is a repatriation flights arranged by the Thai Embassy.

  78. Aoy
    May 7, 2020
    Reply

    Dear I am a Thai passport holder and so is my son. Can I return home next month (June) with my husband, we have been married for 15 years (my husband has a Belgian passport). Miss my family.

    Thanks in advance

    • May 8, 2020

      Dear Aoy,
      Please be informed that Thailand has closed all land, sea and air borders until May 31, 2020. Only Thai nationals are allowed to enter if they will sign up for the repatriation program by Thai government for the Thai citizens. For foreigners, we have to wait for further announcement by the government.

  79. Kyle
    May 7, 2020
    Reply

    I hold a Non-B visa that will expire on the 31st of May. I had contacted my employer and they have stated that they will not be renewing my extension and closing their business. What are my options regarding staying in Bangkok or obtaining an extension of stay? Thank you.

    • May 8, 2020

      If your Non B visa was issued inside Thailand, you have to cancel it on May 31 and then apply for an extension so that you can qualify for the visa amnesty and you will be allowed to stay until July 31.

  80. Martin Tjersland
    May 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hi! I am in Thailand on a 6-months METV (multi entry visa). I arrived before the shut-down of the borders (in March). My 60 days stay is soon up.

    Do I extend my VISA at Thai immigration for a new 60-day period? What do I do?

    Kind regards,
    Martin

    • May 8, 2020

      If you have an “admitted until” stamp in your passport valid until May 2020, you are able to stay in Thailand until July 31 if you don’t want to leave Thailand just yet. You do not need to do any kind of visa application and you do not need to visit the immigration office.

    • Samir Attar
      May 8, 2020

      Hi,
      This was exactly my question. I have the 6-months Multi Entry visa and my passport had the stamp admitted until 5 May 2020. So I don’t need to do anything until July 31, right?

      Regards,
      Samir

    • May 8, 2020

      Dear Samir,
      If you have a “permitted until” or an “admitted until” stamp in your passport until May 5, you are able to stay in Thailand until July 31. You do not need to do any kind of visa application and there is no need to visit immigration office.

  81. Andreas Hansen
    May 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hello When expats can traveling to Thailand again? We are Norwegain-thai couple and We will fly together to Thailand on 7th of June and stay there for 1 month. Do we need to be in quarantine place and have fit to fly certificate? I tried to read through thaiembassy.com but it was not clear. We have planed to Kholak and Huahin aswell. But we not sure when hotel is coming back for service again. Cloud you please inform us what should we do?

    Thank you
    Andreas

    • May 7, 2020

      The current travel ban is effective until May 31 and it may be or may not be extended. We just have to wait for further announcement from the government.

  82. Kristoffer Aagaard Hansen
    May 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hey, I plan to go Thailand in june for 90 day, but i can see i have to ask the embassy in Thailand to stay for the last 30 days. Do i have to book my return ticket, so i will be back after 60 days or is it possible wait booking my ticket home until i know, if i can stay for 30 day more?

    • May 8, 2020

      You can apply for a 60-day tourist visa from Thai Embassy or Consulate in your country. The embassy may require a return flight to issue the visa. However, once you are in Thailand, if you wish to stay for additional 30 days, you may apply for the 30-day extension and also you can rebook your flight.

  83. Veronica
    May 5, 2020
    Reply

    If I am a Russian citizen having the TR 60-day visa extended once already, can I apply for the amnesty extension? I mean is this possible to prolongate it until July 31st if the current stamp runs out beginning of June? I still cannot go back to my country because of flight suspension.

    If so, what documents I should give in to the immigration? Any fees applicable?

    • May 8, 2020

      Hi Veronica,
      If you have a “permitted until” stamp in your passport valid until June, yes, you are able to stay in Thailand until July 31. You do not need to do any kind of visa application and you do not need to visit the immigration office.

  84. Emily
    May 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hello There!
    My sister uses her education visa and will expire this May 15th, is her visa also covered on Visa amnesty till july 30th?? Thank you in advance! 🙂

    • May 8, 2020

      If she cannot exit Thailand on or before May 15th, she can qualify for the visa amnesty and be allowed to stay until July 31.

  85. Social Traveler
    May 4, 2020
    Reply

    I want to thank you a lot for this extensive and very informative article

    • May 8, 2020

      You are welcome. Thank you for visiting.

  86. john
    May 4, 2020
    Reply

    I am from Canada ,, have plan to travel to Bangkok 10 may 2020 , in this season of covid19 its possible ?

    • May 8, 2020

      Dear John,
      It is not possible to travel to Thailand until May 31, 2020. For now, we just have to wait for further announcement by the government if foreigners will be allowed to travel into Thailand in June 2020.

  87. mr poh
    May 4, 2020
    Reply

    hi I am a Thailand citizen , my passport is going to expire very soon what documents I need .i need help
    I need a reply thanks,

    • May 8, 2020

      If you are outside Thailand right now, it is best for you to contact the Thai Embassy in your current location to ask for extension of passport validity or renew the Thai passport.

    • John
      May 10, 2020

      Hello I have a student visa until March 2021,I want to go back to my country (Bangladesh) and come back again in October.Is it possible for me then,if so then what requirements do I need? (money,certificate etc)

    • May 11, 2020

      Yes, you can go back to Bangladesh if there are available flights flying out of Thailand. Should you wish to re-enter in October, at the moment, we do not know what will be the entry requirements. We have to wait for further government announcements.

  88. Jane
    May 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there,

    My APEC business card ends on May 30.

    Will my visa automatic extensions until July 31?

    Thank you

    • May 8, 2020

      Yes, you may avail the visa amnesty and stay until July if you are unable to leave Thailand on or before May 30.

  89. Ceris Eveleigh
    May 3, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    I recently accepted a job in Bangkok at the St Andrew’s International school and I am supposed to travel to Thailand from Jordan at the start of July. I am currently on contract here until then. I am a British passport holder and my husband will be travelling with me.

    I am really starting to worry about how to get to Thailand. Royal Jordanian airline has flights leaving in july and your website information says you have suspended travel until may 31st. Please advise on what to do. I can’t stay here in jordan and I can’t fly home to the UK. I need to come to thailand!

    In addition we are travelling with 3 cats. My school will pay for accomodation for a week whilst I find somewhere to live but there is a covid 19 warning on all hotel bookings saying travel is restricted to this area currently.

    I’m realy not sure what steps to take and when at the minute so any support and advice would be great

    Many thanks

    Ceris

    • May 8, 2020

      Dear Ceris,
      At this moment, there is still a ban on international passenger flights until May 31. There is no timeline yet to lift the ban, but when it happens, foreigners will need a fit to fly certificate from Thai embassy in the country or flight origin and you must then do a 14-day mandatory quarantine on arrival at the government facility.

  90. Samir Attar
    May 3, 2020
    Reply

    Thank you very much for all this very helpful information.

    I am a Filipino citizen holding a multiple entry (TR) visa valid for 6 months (expiring July 6). But I am required to get a new stamp on my passport from border control every 60 days. My next due stamp day is before May 5, 2020.

    What should I do?

    • May 8, 2020

      You have an option to extend for 30 days at local immigration office or you can avail the visa amnesty and stay until July 31.

  91. lopty
    May 3, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,I have a question.My visa and passport just expired,was not able to renew my passport on time due to travel restrictions.I am ready to exit the kingdom as soon as i am able to get a flight back to my country,but my work permit is still valid up untill september.My question now is,will i have to pay over stay before i exit,or will i have the visa amnesty covering me as well.I just wish to know and thank you.

    • May 8, 2020

      If you are able to provide the old passport and show to the officer at the airport that your stamp was valid until after March 26, then it will not be an overstay. if your visa ended before March 26, then you are considered overstay and must pay the overstay fine at the airport when you leave Thailand.

  92. Callie Oliver
    May 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    Thank you very much for all of this helpful information. I am a US national planning to depart from Suvarnabhumi Airport back to the US. It is May 2nd now, and I have not found an announcement yet about whether I will need a “Fit to Fly” certificiate or not? Do you know of any requirements to board a flight departing BKK?

    • May 7, 2020

      It is not required for travelers exiting Thailand.

  93. Joey
    May 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    My husband has a Business visa & work permit and I have a dependent visa that expire on 20th June 2020. My husband travelled to India mid March and got stuck there, I stayed in Thailand because of our son’s school. I have the following concerns:

    1. Does he (in India) get the automatic visa extension until 31st July? So he can enter Thailand and apply for visa renewal.

    2. Do I (in Thailand) get the automatic visa extension until 31st July?

    3. Would he need the $100K health insurance upon his return? Would he have to stay in quarantine for 14 days?

    • May 8, 2020

      For you and your son, even if you do not extend your visas, you are able to remain in Thailand until July 31. For your husband, if he cannot return to Thailand and renew the visa, he needs to do it over. He needs to apply for a new visa and start the application just like before. For the entry requirement for him, we can expect the mandatory 14-day quarantine and fit to fly certificate from Thai Embassy in India. Health insurance will not be required for him since he is an expat.

  94. Dan
    May 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there ,

    I have been reading about the “permitted until” stamp on the comments. I am on a non-b that is expiring 30 may and it shows “admitted until” , Is that the same ? will i be covered under the visa amnesty until 31 July? Or do i have to get another stamp ? Thanks.

    • May 8, 2020

      If you have just entered Thailand end of February or beginning of March, you can stay until May 30. If you wish are currently working with a work permit, you can ask your employer to apply for 1 year extension until May 30, 2021. If you are not currently working and no employer to extend your stay, then you are allowed to stay until you can find a flight out of Thailand until July 31.

  95. David
    May 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hi.

    I am receiving conflicting information. Please clarify…

    I have been informed that foreigners who live and work in Thailand with a valid work permit can also apply for the repatriation flights through May.

    Is this correct?

    Thank you.

    • May 8, 2020

      No. Repatriation flights to Thailand are arranged by the Thai Embassy in that country. I believe Thai Embassy will only enlist Thai nationals to be on the repatriation flight to Thailand. We recommend for you to check with the Thai embassy in your current location. Foreigners with work permit are able to travel to Thailand on commercial flights in June.

  96. Aziz
    May 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hi sir , I have Afghanistan passport I have non B immigrant visa of Thailand and still I m in Bangkok and i had taken visa for my family o visa so that visa expires on 20 april when the flights are open they come on that visa to Thailand or not . And take new visa .

    • May 8, 2020

      Yes, your family needs to reapply for a new non-immigrant O visa in order for them to travel to Thailand in the near future.

  97. Juan Estol
    May 1, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    My name is Juan Estol. I am Uruguayan.
    I had planned my holidays visiting Thailand on 29th March. By this pandemic situation, I didn’t have another option that postpone my holidays to September.
    My tourist visa expired on April and I wonder if it is possible to reschedule my VISA for tourism FOR FREE to this month in case of travelling (if borders open again).
    Do I have to pay again to get VISA??

    Thanks

    • May 8, 2020

      Dear Juan,
      We recommend for you to contact the Thai Embassy where you paid and obtained the Thai Visa. You may ask the embassy if you can reapply and obtain the visa without a fee since you were not able to use the previous visa. It will be the discretion of the embassy should they allow it or not.

  98. Kenny
    May 1, 2020
    Reply

    Hello there, and first of all, thanks for this amazing page where many unanswered questions have been answered.

    As it states all travel to Thailand is banned until the end of May.

    But if Thailand opens up its boarders (only if) in the upcoming months, will it still be expected to be in 14 days quarantine, despite the country would be open for travelers?

    Thank you for your time, keep up the amazing work.

    – Kenny

    • May 8, 2020

      Dear Kenny,
      Thank you for you comment. Should the government open the borders in June, the guideline may be for Thai nationals first and foreigners with work permit. We can expect that 14-day quarantine will be mandatory for both returning Thai nationals and returning foreigners with work permit. For the travelers or tourists, it may take another month like July for example. Right now, there is no official guideline from the government.

  99. Marco Colapietro
    April 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, good morning.
    I arrived in Thailand on Feb 25 with a Visa on Arrival expring on March 25. Then on March 19th I got an extension (“permitted to stay”) till April 24. My flight has been cancelled twice so the Immigration Office gave me another extension till May 22 but with a different stamp: “Application of stay is under consideration…” In meantime my flight has been postponed once again. Am I covered by the Visa amnesty? And if I am not what can I do to solve the problem?
    Thanks for your help and consideration.
    Best regards
    Marco

    • May 8, 2020

      If you received an “Under Consideration” stamp from the Thai Immigration Bureau, our advice is that you visit the Thai Immigration Bureau to get your new “Permitted Until” stamp. After you receive the “permitted until” stamp in your passport, you are able to stay in Thailand until July 31. you do not need to do any kind of visa application. Kindly contact the Thai Immigration Bureau at 1178 for all Thai visa matters/queries.

  100. Roger Norman
    April 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I have a 4 month old baby who has dual citizenship, US/Thai.
    At the beginning of the lock-down, we left Thailand for the US.
    Baby had important appointments in the US, which have been completed.
    I need to bring the child back to Thailand to her mother. I am not able to work and provide child care.
    Our K1 immigration to the US is now halted.
    Is it possible for me to bring the child back to Thailand with her Thai passport?
    Is it possible for me to stay with our family in Thailand on a 30 day visa on arrival?

    • May 8, 2020

      Regarding this inquiry, we recommend for you to check with the nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate if they are able to include you and your baby to a repatriation flight to Thailand or if they can issue a flit to fly certificate that you may be able to use for traveling to Thailand in July 2020.