Thailand Travel Restrictions 2022
(Updated April 22, 2022)
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- Thailand reopens the country without quarantine to fully vaccinated travelers from any countries and territories under the Test and Go program.
- Fully Vaccinated Thai and foreign travelers from non-listed countries may still enter Thailand without quarantine through the Phuket Sandbox Program, Samui Sandbox, Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, and Chiang Mai Sandbox starting November 1, 2021.
- The Thai government has restored the mandatory quarantine of 10 days for unvaccinated Thai and foreign travelers.
- Thailand Pass is required for Thai and foreigners to enter Thailand including those nationalities under the Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival list.
- The Test and Go Hotel, AQ Hotel, SHA+ Hotel reservation, and COVID-19 Insurance with a minimum coverage of $20,000 are still required for foreigners entering Thailand.
- The Thai Embassies and Consulates are now issuing 60-day tourist visa and special tourist visa (STV) and 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 Cardholders, 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 a Thailand Pass and for more information.
- From now until September 30, 2022 Thailand will allow long stay foreign tourists under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) Program. This long-stay visa is open to foreign nationals traveling to Thailand with the intention to stay long-term as tourists 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.
- Frequently Asked Questions below.
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I am an expat leaving Thailand for a short time and returning. Do I have to apply for Thailand Pass and Test & Go?
Yes. At this time, all people entering Thailand must apply for a Thailand Pass and follow Test & Go requirements if they are fully vaccinated. This includes having the required entry requirements such as insurance, SHA+ hotel booking, RT-PCR test, and Thailand Pass approval.
I am an expat returning to Thailand. Can I quarantine at home instead of a hotel?
No. No matter what visa you hold in Thailand, you must follow the Test & Go entry requirements. You must spend 1 night in a SHA+ quarantine hotel while waiting for your RT-PCR test result.
Have the April 1 changes to pre-departure RT-PCR testing come into effect?
Yes. Pre-departure RT-PCR tests are no longer required when entering Thailand.
Has the April 1 change come into effect for the Sandbox scheme?
Yes. The Sandbox scheme now requires only 5 nights of quarantine in the Sandbox designated area. Visitors must now do 1 x RT-PCR test and 1 x ATK test on day 5 instead of 2 x RT-PCR tests. The Test & Go program is a better option for those who are fully vaccinated.
Have the April 1 changes come into effect for the un-vaccinated Alternate Quarantine scheme?
Yes. The Alternate Quarantine timeframe has been reduced from 10 nights to 5 nights. You still need to have 2 x RT-PCR tests during this time. The tests will be taken on Day 1 and on Day 4 or 5.
I booked a 10-day Alternate Quarantine package but I am arriving after April 1. What should I do with the new changes?
You may contact your hotel. If you have not arrived in Thailand before April 1, you are eligible for the updated 5-day Alternate Quarantine scheme. Your hotel will advise what options are available to you.
Do I need to print my Thailand Pass documents for when I arrive at Passport Control in Thailand?
Yes. It is the best practice as you will present these documents to Immigration and Health Officers at the airport Passport and Health Control.
If you only have digital copies and something happens to your electronic device, you will not be allowed to enter the country.
How do I present my Thailand Pass QR code if my mobile phone is not working?
You should print a hard copy of your Thailand Pass QR code. If your mobile device does not work in Thailand, you can still present the QR code to Immigration and Health Officers at the airport Passport and Health Control.
Can I upload my Thailand Pass QR code to the MorChana App before I arrive in Thailand?
No. You can download the MorChana App before arriving in Thailand, but it will not allow uploads until you arrive in the country. You may ask your SHA+ hotel staff to assist you on how to navigate the app.
If I land in Phuket with the correct insurance, my SHA+ hotel, airport transfer, and separate RT-PCR tests booked, can I apply for Test & Go?
Yes. The above requirements are required to apply for Test & Go and Thailand Pass. You will also need to be vaccinated to apply for Test & Go.
Have the April 1 changes affected domestic flights in Thailand?
No. When landing in Thailand, domestic flights on arrival must still be approved “sealed” flights. Please check with Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways for the new list of sealed flights to Phuket and Samui.
Can I do my Test & Go quarantine in Pattaya?
Yes. If you land in Bangkok you can organize Test & Go quarantine in Pattaya. Your SHA+ hotel must provide transport from Bangkok airport to the hotel.
If your flight lands directly at Pattaya airport you will do your RT-PCR test at the airport and then be transported to your hotel.
Are international flights landing in Pattaya?
There are flights now landing directly at Pattaya U-tapao International Airport. Check with your airline provider for available direct flights.
Can I take a domestic flight from Bangkok to Pattaya for Test & Go quarantine?
Only if the flight is an approved “sealed” flight. This should be booked as part of your international flight itinerary.
If you book separate domestic flights, you are required to quarantine for 1 night in Bangkok before traveling to Pattaya.
What SHA+/AQ hotels are available in Pattaya?
You can find the latest information for SHA+/AQ hotels in Pattaya at Agoda.
Why is my US credit card being rejected when trying to book my RT-PCR test?
There is an issue with www.thailandpsas.com approving transactions with American credit cards. You can contact your hotel and they will organize the RT-PCR test booking for you.
I am trying to book hotel transport in Phuket with an American credit card and it is rejected. What can I do?
Transport from the airport to your hotel should be included in your SHA+ quarantine package. If there is an issue booking your hotel with an American credit card, try a different card or purchase through PayPal.
My hotel in Phuket does not offer transport from the hotel. What should I do?
Any SHA+/AQ hotel should include transport from the airport to their hotel. If they do not offer this service, it is best to look at different hotels because you cannot organize private transport.
Where can I see if hotel transfer is included in Phuket when looking at Agoda?
Many Phuket hotels do not list Airport Transfer on their front page. Click into the hotel and look at the bottom left corner of the details page. Airport transfer will be listed here under services offered.
How do I book a private transfer from the airport to a hotel in Phuket?
You cannot. Transfer from Phuket airport to your hotel must be provided by the hotel so it meets all Covid safety measures.
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COVID-19 Thailand Visa Amnesty/Extension
What is a visa amnesty or COVID extension?
It is the visa relief or 60-day visa extension for all foreign nationals staying in Thailand affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Foreigners can apply for a COVID extension at any immigration office until March 25, 2022.
Who are covered by the visa amnesty or COVID extension?
All foreign nationals who are legally staying in Thailand whether you are here on visa exemption entry stamps and tourist visas. The holders of non-immigrant visas, or yearly extension of stays are not eligible for the COVID extension.
What are the current implementing rules regarding the visa amnesty or COVID extension?
- Visas or permits to stay that are still valid and updated by the local Thai 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 Thai 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?
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 25, 2022 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.
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 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
Social Distancing at Muang Thong Thani Temporary Immigration Office
Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival
Foreigners under the Visa Exemption program and the Visa on Arrival programs may now travel to Thailand. Foreigners under the Visa Exemption may enter Thailand without a visa for up to 30 days and travelers under the Visa on Arrival program may stay in Thailand for up to 15 days. Travelers under the Visa Exemption and the Visa on Arrival must apply for Thailand Pass before traveling to Thailand.
April 07, 2020 at Thai Immigration Office Chaengwattana
Frequently Asked Questions
To extend a tourist visa, do I need to visit the Thai immigration office in person? I do not want to go to crowded areas at risk of COVID-19 infection.
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. Thai 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. You might want to see if your local Thai immigration is open on Saturdays. That is a less crowded day of the week to visit the immigration office.
I have tried online reporting and reporting through a mobile app, both attempts failed. 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 a visa 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 issued by the Thai Government that came into effect recommends everyone wear a face mask when they are outside of their residence. However, some provinces such as Phuket have 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 and while in public places.
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. You just have to make sure that you have obtained a Thailand Pass, purchased COVID-19 Insurance, had a COVID-19 test and you will undergo a mandatory Test and Go or 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 or if your country of departure is under the travel ban, 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 is also not possible to renew it 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. Do I need a Health Certificate when transiting? 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 and negative COVID test result. 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?
No, the mandatory quarantine is not required for any foreigner and Thai travelers entering Thailand via Hong Kong if you are fully vaccinated. You may apply for Thailand Pass under the Test and Go program. The mandatory 10-day quarantine is only required for unvaccinated travelers from any country.
I’m a French national. I have 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 Thai 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 an American and I have a 30-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 a 60 days extension at your local Thai 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 Thailand Pass, purchase a COVID-19 insurance, book Test and Go Hotel for 1 night, or an ASQ Hotel for the 10-day quarantine (if not vaccinated), and obtain a COVID-19 medical certificate.
Can anyone advise what to do regarding my Non-B visa? My Non-B expired on 4th March. I have to pay a fine of 500 baht per day for 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. 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. Another option is to request a COVID extension while you are preparing the documents for your non-immigrant B visa. Some immigration offices are now issuing non-immigrant B visas.
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.