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(Updated May 25, 2022)

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  • 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.

Top 20 Questions on Thailand Pass

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.

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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 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

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.

Thai Immigration QueueApril 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.

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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.

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2,069 Comments

  1. Alicia
    August 10, 2022
    Reply

    Hi there,
    I’m a Filipino that entered Thailand with a visa exemption of 30 days. If I want to continue staying in Thailand as a tourist, do I have to apply for a tourist visa at the immigration office? How long can it be extended? And can it be done within Thailand?
    Thanks in advance for your help.

  2. Joana
    August 9, 2022
    Reply

    Hello there,

    Thank you for response. I would also like to ask if you were still requiring RT-PCR test for transit passenger. I had connecting flight there within an hour then I will fly to my final destination in Manila.

  3. Joana
    August 9, 2022
    Reply

    Hi there!

    I have a flight on Sept 18,2022 to Manila PH. I am a fully vaccinated OFW coming from Germany and had a connecting flight in Bangkok,Thailand within an hour then I will fly home bound to Manila. I would like to ask if you are still requiring Travel insurance,RT-PCR or Rapid test and if I still need to register on your Thailand health pass for Transit passenger like me. Hoping for your response. Thank you.

    • August 9, 2022

      Hello Joana,

      A health Insurance and the Thai Pass requirement for international/transit passengers will be lifted from 1 July, 2022 onwards. However, please check for the latest travel requirements with the airline and the country of your furthers destination.

      Thank you.

  4. R.K
    August 1, 2022
    Reply

    I am currently in Phuket as tourist and I tested positive. What should I do?

  5. Dani
    July 30, 2022
    Reply

    Hi. I got in Thailand with 60-day tourist visa and later got my Non B working as a teacher. This visa expires end of September and I will no longer work for the company, but I would like to stay in the country. Do you think I should ask for a tourist visa (do I need to leave Thailand to do so?), or a covid visa extension if it’s still possible?

    • August 1, 2022

      Hi Dani,

      You can extend it for additional 30 days.

      Thank you

  6. April
    July 22, 2022
    Reply

    I am an Australian currently in Indonesia who will fly directly to Thailand to volunteer for an organisation for 60 days. Which visa can I apply for from Indonesia? Or should I arrive with the 30 days visa exemption and extend this to 60 days once I am there?

    • July 22, 2022

      Hi April,

      Yes, you can apply and do visa extension prior you finish your 30 days free visa.

      Thank you

  7. Alan Tate
    July 14, 2022
    Reply

    Hi … I’m isolating in Bangkok due to contracting Covid. My Thai visa runs out today. I expect to get a negative PCR test result sometime next week. As soon as I get a negative result I wish to fly to Laos. Can I show the PCR test results to Immigration at the airport and deal with the overstay issues there before flying out to Laos?

    • July 15, 2022

      Hi Alan,

      Yes. To avoid penalty

      Thank you

  8. Mustafa
    July 13, 2022
    Reply

    Hi, Im Russian, Do I need to be vaccinated to enter Thailand, or PCR test is enough?

    • July 13, 2022

      Hi Mustafa,

      For easy entry, fully vaccinated is better, Just prepare your vaccination certificate and Passport. If unvaccinated, you need to have valid 72 hours RT PCR upon entry.

      Thank you

  9. Colin
    July 11, 2022
    Reply

    Hi,
    Me and my wife are trying to return to HK from Bangkok but we are struggling to find a quarantine hotel. We may have found one which is available from the 31st but our visa exemption expires on the 30th. How can we extend our visa exemption by a few days so we can travel on the 31st?
    Thanks

  10. ennaoj
    July 5, 2022
    Reply

    Hi, I am unvaccinated, I will do the PCR test 72 hours prior to flight in Aug:

    1. what is the procedure of my kid of 6 years old?
    2. what if the PCR result of one of us result is positive? we are not allowed to fly, right? or we can fly but need to have the hotel of SHA+ for quarantine for 5 days?
    Thanks in advance

    • July 12, 2022

      Hi ennaoj,

      1. If you are unvaccinated and with children, both of you should have 72 hours RT PCR.
      2. If the result is positive, you will be isolated at quarantine facility for a week . Better to secure your travel insurance with covid coverage in any case happen.

      Thank you

  11. Jane
    July 5, 2022
    Reply

    Hye. I’ve been looking for the latest requirement for transit in Thailand. I’m still not sure if I still need to have the insurance for 1hour+ transit in Thailand. Does anyone have answer for this? Thank you

    • July 12, 2022

      Hi Jane,

      Insurance is optional.

      Thank you

  12. Renato Silva
    July 1, 2022
    Reply

    good afternoon, i have the complete vaccination and i have a trip to thailand on the 16th. the entry rules have changed today, it is still necessary to apply Thailand pass? And regarding travel insurance, is it still necessary? Thank you waiting for a reply

    • July 12, 2022

      Hi Renato,

      Thailand Pass is no longer required. Insurance is not mandated but still highly recommended.

      Thank you

  13. Irie mike
    June 27, 2022
    Reply

    Hi there one question arrive in Phuket, German with exemption 30 days is it still possible extend that for 30 days or will get only 7 days? can it be done in patong immigration or must go Phuket town immigration?

    Thanks

    • June 28, 2022

      Hi Irie,

      You can arrange your visa extension at Phuket immigration. You can also reach our office for assistance : +66 76 326 322

  14. M.Hasan
    June 26, 2022
    Reply

    Hi ..
    My GM and Family [Qatari Nationals] Travelling to Thailand – Phuket on: 30 June [1-week stay] 2-Adults 18+[Fully Vaccinated]
    Is they needed PCR Test prior to their Travel Please…??

    • June 28, 2022

      Hi M,

      If adults are fully vaccinated, children can enter Thailand with the same procedure of adults as well.

      Thank you

  15. Jane
    June 24, 2022
    Reply

    Hi, can non-fully vaccinated traveller enter Thailand in June with a recovery certificate that is still valid for 3 months from the date tested positive, instead of taking a pro ART?

    Also, is the test also required for domestic flights (eg. Bangkok to Phuket)?

    Thanks!

    • June 28, 2022

      Hi Jane,

      Yes, you need a negative RT PCR within 72 hours of your flight. For domestic flights, no other requirements as long you successfully enter Thailand.

      Thank you

  16. Kayden
    June 23, 2022
    Reply

    If I have been diagnosed with covid recently (less than 14 days) before my flight to Thailand, can I still enter Thailand? I have since recovered and am negative before departure and have also been fully vaccinated more than 14 days before entry.

    • June 28, 2022

      Hi Kayden,

      Yes, bring your vaccination certificate and certificate of recovery.

      Thank you

  17. Vistar
    June 23, 2022
    Reply

    Hi, I am flying from India to Hong Kong via Bangkok, with a 3-hour layover. The flight is this Saturday. My complete journey is booked on the same ticket.

    Could you please confirm for me all the requirements I need to comply with for my layover?

    A reply from you would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much

    • June 28, 2022

      Hi Vistar,

      If you will travel for the month of June and fully vaccinated, just covid insurance. But if you will recheck in your luggage at immigration for your next flight, you need to apply Thailand Pass.

      Effective on July 1, Thailand Pass is not necessary and insurance is optional.

      Thank yoi

  18. val
    June 22, 2022
    Reply

    Where can I find all the information for people in transit at the international airport BKK-Suvarnabhumi Intl. in June 24?

  19. Alexander Cadell
    June 21, 2022
    Reply

    I’ve entered thailand with a visa exemption for 30 days. Can I extend this by 60 days now or do I have to extend it by only 30 days first?

    Thanks!

    • June 22, 2022

      Hi Alexander,

      If you will exceed with the granted visa exemption of 30 days, Yes , get visa.

      Thank you

  20. Stephen
    June 16, 2022
    Reply

    We are a family of 5 transiting from Singapore to Bangkok then to Dubai. It’s a 4 hour layover. I hate the requirement to transit?

    • June 20, 2022

      Hi Stephen,

      If you will recheck in you baggage at immigration, apply for Thailand Pass and insurance. If no, just travel insurance with covid medical coverage of USD 10, 000

      Thank you

  21. Monique
    June 16, 2022
    Reply

    What is required if I am only transiting through Thailand? I am a US citizen. I am leaving Myanmar and traveling back to the United States. Myanmar requires everyone to have a negative PCR test to board the plane. Do I still need insurance or a Thai Pass if I am only passing through Thailand on an 8 hour layover?

    • June 20, 2022

      Hi Monique,

      If your flight details will be within the month of June, yes insurance is still required. If July 1st onwards, insurance is optional.

      Thank you.

  22. Ellis
    June 14, 2022
    Reply

    I am transiting through Bangkok (with through baggage) before landing in Japan.
    Is it right I need insurance even though it’s just a 2hr layover? I have vaccination proof, and will have a COVID test too of course.
    Is insurance necessary for the short layover?
    Thanks

    • June 20, 2022

      Hi Ellis,

      Yes, you need insurance. Also, if you will recheck in your baggage at immigration, apply Thailand Pass.

      Thank you

  23. Man
    June 13, 2022
    Reply

    Hello,

    I am travelling from Hong Kong to the UK with a layover of 10 hours in Bangkok. I will only stay in transit areas in BKK airport. I am vaccinated a year ago. I suppose I would need a negative PCR test result, may i ask if i also need medical insurance to travel via Thailand in this case? Thanks in advance.

    • June 20, 2022

      Hi Man,

      Yes, travel insurance with covid coverage of USD 10,000 is required. If you will gonna recheck in your baggage at immigration, Thailand Pass is needed , if No, not necessary.

      Thank you

    • Man
      June 20, 2022

      Hi Yordmanu,
      Thanks for getting back. Sorry may i confirm again if PCR test is needed if i am only in transit, given that i am vaccinated a year ago?

      Thanks again!

    • June 22, 2022

      Hi Man,

      No for layover it’s not necessary, just covid insurance if you will enter for this month of June 2022.

      Thank you

  24. Anton Soemitro
    June 13, 2022
    Reply

    Hi, I have flight from Paris to Bangkok with Emirates on 03 Jul but it will only be transit as I will then go from Bangkok to Jakarta (Thai Lion) on few hours difference. Then on the way back on 23 Jul, I go from Jakarta to Bangkok but as the connecting flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong is more than 12 hours, I need to book overnight hotel. Note that I have to change airport as both airlines are different. What is my requirement for this specific case

    • June 20, 2022

      Hi Anton,

      Effective on July 1st, Thailand Pass will be removed and covid insurance is optional. Just bring you vaccination certificate.

      Thank you

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  28. Simon
    June 7, 2022
    Reply

    Hello,

    My family and I are travelling to Vietnam with a flight transfer in Bangkok airport for 2 hours later in June. Can you please advise what is now required to ensure no issues. My wife and myself are fully vaccinated with Certificate of vaccination and children are 13 and 11. Can you please advise what is needed and whether we need to complete the Thailand Pass application if we are not leaving the airport transfer area?

    • June 20, 2022

      Hi Simon,

      Your children can be enter with the same procedure of parents,(If you are fully vaccinated, that will be their procedure too). For Thailand Pass, just put their name under your application, there’s a button for additional there.

      Thank you

  29. Simon
    June 2, 2022
    Reply

    I will be travelling from Hong Kong with a stopover at Bangkok to EWR via Ethiopia Airline on about 16 August 2022. With reference to the statement below:-

    Each passenger shall possess the complete set of documents which include:
    (1) Medical Certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, using RT-PCR method, which has been certified or issued no more than 72 hours before departure, OR certificate of vaccination showing that the last dose was administered no less than 14 days before the date of departure.”

    Is it correct that RT-PCR is not needed so long I can present certificate of vacccination?

    • June 2, 2022

      Dear Simon,

      Yes, you are correct. Proof of Vaccination is enough. You do not need to do any COVID test.
      Thank you.

  30. Ayaz
    June 2, 2022
    Reply

    I am travelling to Pakistan from Hong Kong Via Thai Airways. I have a transit in Bangkok for 5 hrs and my baggage is mentioned to be checked through. I will not leave the airport restricted area during the waiting hours. Do I still need to buy travel insurance? I am fully vaccinated and might not require Thailand Pass as well.

    • June 20, 2022

      Hi Ayaz,

      If you will not recheckin your baggage for your next flight, just obtain travel insuourance with covid medical coverage.

      Thank you

  31. Foti
    May 31, 2022
    Reply

    Hello there,

    We are flying from Melbourne to Thessaloniki (Greece) via Istanbul and Bangkok, departing 16 June 2022. Transit at Bangkok Airport will be on 16 June for about 3.5 hours.

    We are a family of four.

    Two adults having received two doses and two children (12 & 9) that have not been vaccinated yet but have had COVID a few months ago.

    Q1: Do we all need to have a PCR Test for transit via Bangkok?

    Q2: Are there any issues with the children not being vaccinated?

    Thanks,

    F

    • June 20, 2022

      Hi Foti,

      Children will have a same process with their parents. If they got covid, bring certificate of recovery.

      Thank you

  32. Liliya
    May 23, 2022
    Reply

    Hello,
    I am flying from Kazakhstan to Malaysia with a transit in Phuket.
    What documents will I need?

    • June 28, 2022

      Hi Lilya,

      Apply for Thailand Pass, if your travel time will be on the month of June.

      Thank you

  33. Eddy
    January 26, 2022
    Reply

    Hello

    I am flying from London to Sydney via Zurich and Bangkok, departing 10 February 2022. Transit at Bangkok Airport will be on 11 February for about 2 hours.

    To transit, I know that I will need evidence of medical insurance. I will also have a proof of vaccination certificate.

    Do I also need a PCR test result in addition to the vaccination certificate ? Or is the certificate good enough for transit ?

    Thank you.

    • January 27, 2022

      Dear Eddy,

      Yes, you will be needing Medical Certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, using RT-PCR method, which has been certified or issued no more than 72 hours before departure.
      Thank you.

  34. Kira
    January 26, 2022
    Reply

    Dear,

    I have two questions:

    1. If I recently have been infected by COVID-19 and my PCR test prior to departure is positiv, can I use the certificate of recovery instead? I understand that the certificate of recovery is accepted if the test nr. 1 at the arrival in Thailand is positive, but what if the test in Denmark (my home country) is positive prior to take off?

    2. Is it possible to travel by flights within Thailand (flight from Bangkok to Phuket) between the test on day 1 and day 5?

    Thank you!

    • January 27, 2022

      Dear Kira,

      First, for those previously infected you must present a valid COVID-19 recovery form or medical certificate certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19 within 3 months before traveling or are asymptomatic in case your COVID- 19 RT-PCR test shows a positive result. If you’ve been tested positive prior to take off you must contact your airlines if what requirements you should bring with you.
      Second, Yes you can travel once you have your negative test result on your Day 1.
      Thank you.

  35. John
    January 26, 2022
    Reply

    Will the covid amnesty visa will renewed after 25th January?

    • January 26, 2022

      Dear John,

      Yes, it has been continued until March 25, 2022.
      Thank you.

  36. Jay
    January 8, 2022
    Reply

    Hi

    Is Thai pass needed for transit via Bangkok(flying on Feb 6th from chennai to sydney with 1:30 hrs transit in Bangkok)?

    • January 8, 2022

      Dear Jay,

      You only need RT PCR test result and insurance.
      Thank you.

  37. Shannon
    December 12, 2021
    Reply

    I have been approved via THailand Pass for entrry in January 2022. I recently recovered from COVID, but my PCR test is likely to still come back positive. Am I granted entry into Thailand with appropriate medical documentation of recovery? Will I still be required to take a PCR test upon arrival?

    • December 14, 2021

      Dear Shannon,

      Good day.
      You can still use your Thailand Pass to travel to Thailand however, you must also test negative in the RT-PCR test because you cannot board the flight if you tested positive, the airline will not allow you.
      Thank you.

    • Paul
      June 20, 2022

      Vietnam is open..we all plan to go there..no need for anything

    • June 20, 2022

      Hi Paul,

      Effective on July 1, Thailand Pass will be removed. Just bring your vaccination certificate, and the insurance is optional.

      Thank you

  38. Bill
    December 8, 2021
    Reply

    Hello,

    Is the 60 day covid 19 visa extension still possible at the immigration? Do I need any embassy letter or other document?

    • December 14, 2021

      Dear Bill,

      Yes, it is still possible to request for the extension under COVID. You can do this extension and visit immigration office until January 25, 2022.
      Thank you.

  39. Iszach
    November 28, 2021
    Reply

    Hello, I am from the Philippines and I have parents working in Thailand. Would I still need to apply for a Thailand pass and undergo quarantine?

  40. Kim Tomiye
    June 17, 2021
    Reply

    Hello, I am just checking to see if we qualify for the Phuket Sandbox. My husband, daughter and I are Canadian diplomats currently residing in Malaysia. We would be 2 weeks post fully being vaccinated come August 1 when we would like to travel to Phuket and stay 8 days (not planning to leave the Island). I know we need the Visa, Covid Tests and insurance, but my question is, if we are Canadian but leaving from Malaysia would we be able to take advantage of the sandbox or do we need to be coming from Canada. We would be able to take a direct flight from Malaysia to Phuket.

    Kim Tomiye

    • June 17, 2021

      Dear Kim,
      Good day.
      Both Malaysia and Canada are not low risk or medium risk countries per publication of the Ministry of Public Health. So you cannot qualify for the Phuket Sandbox program even if you are vaccinated or you only stay for 8 days. But that will change, perhaps middle of July or end of July, Malaysia will be considered medium or low risk at that time of your travel.
      Thank you.

  41. Chas
    June 1, 2021
    Reply

    Will the Phuket Sandbox allow people to enter without quarantine on a non-immigrant B visa? If not, is it possible to convert the Tourist Visa (or visa exemption if possible) to a non-Immigrant B without leaving Thailand? I am a US citizen,

    • June 1, 2021

      Dear Chas,
      Good day.
      Yes, any person with Visa Exemption, TR visa or Non B visa can enter Phuket as long as you have COE and you have been vaccinated starting July. You must enter Phuket internationally through Singapore, Doha or Dubai (not through Bangkok). You must also stay in an accredited hotel for at least 7 days. You can travel around the island of Phuket during these seven days.
      Thank you.

  42. Ariane Kate
    May 24, 2021
    Reply

    If i have a non-immigrant B visa, can I purchase health insurance good for only 1 month?

    • May 25, 2021

      Dear Ariane,
      Good day.
      For those arriving in Thailand or entering Thailand, the required validity of your COVID Insurance, it must cover the whole duration of your stay. So if your Non B visa is valid for 90 days, you must purchase at 90-day COVID insurance. If the validity is 6 months, you must also buy 6 months insurance.
      Thank you.

    • Ariane Kate
      May 25, 2021

      What if upon arrival in Thailand my visa is only valid for 1 month, it means I only have to buy the health insurance for a month?

    • May 26, 2021

      Dear Ariane,
      Yes, you need to buy 1 month COVID 19 insurance and also provide an exit flight that coincide with the expiry of your visa or expiry of the insurance policy.
      Thank you.

  43. Minge
    May 24, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex
    Pls let me know how many night and day to stay quarantine. Bc I saw some hotel packages are 15nights & 16days but some is 14nights & 15days. thanks,

    • May 26, 2021

      Dear Minge,
      Good day.
      The minimum requirement is 14/15 days. It depends on the hotel you have chosen. Some hotels are required by MOPH to offer 15 days or 16 days and some hotels are only required to have 14 days. Just choose what the hotel is offering as a package. You cannot request a hotel to lower it 14 days if they are offering 15-day package. You can choose another hotel that offers 14-day package if you want that package. There’s more than 130 ASQ hotels in Bangkok.
      Thank you.

    • Viktorija
      December 10, 2021

      Hi. I have e – Tourist visa for 60days.
      I want to expand tourist visa for more 30days.
      Were I have to go to do it Bangkok
      1. Immigration Bureau?
      2. Immigration division 1?
      Or in all this places i can expant my visa?

    • December 14, 2021

      Dear Viktorija,

      Good day.
      You can apply for the 30-day extension at any immigration office in Thailand. If you are residing or currently staying in Bangkok, you need to visit the Muang Thong Thani Satellite Immigration office.
      Thank you.

  44. Chris
    May 13, 2021
    Reply

    What are my chances of getting another visa extension after being able to extend my TR visa twice? First, I was granted 30 days extension then the immigration officer offered 60 days extension due to Covid ending on June 27, 2021. When the Covid outbreak worsen in the Philippines last April, Philippine government set a policy to only allow 1500 inbound passengers prompting the airlines to limit their flights. When am about to fix my flight after being cancelled, I learned that Philippine Airlines had already closed their flights for the month of June and July. I have no clue how my visa extension will come out when i apply for the third time and that’s what i worry about.

    • May 13, 2021

      Dear Chris,
      Good day.
      Please check with us in June about the COVID extension if it is extended or not. Right now, this program is only available until May 29th. Let’s see if you can extend it again in June. I recommend for you to call PAL to book a flight in June.
      Thank you.

    • Chris
      May 24, 2021

      Hi Rex,

      I am in Bangkok and due to fly back to the Philippines on June 30. My visa though is only until June 27 and while i plan to apply for extension given that i already had two visa extensions, I am not too certain if i will be accommodated. This time if possible, to be allowed to stay for 3 days, just until my flight is sufficient. I just dont want to have a record that i overstayed.

    • May 26, 2021

      Dear Chris,
      If you have no plan to return to Thailand for good, you can overstay for 3 days and pay the overstay fine at the airport.
      If you have plans to return to Thailand after your trip in the Philippines and returning as tourist, then we recommend for you, not to overstay even for a single day.
      Thank you.

    • lizette nieman
      June 1, 2021

      Dear Chris,
      I have travelled to Thailand , got my COE and finished my quarantine. I need to fly to China for work. Now the visa office informed, I need to stay in Thailand for more than 2Months, befire they can issues my visa. What am I to do now?

    • June 1, 2021

      Dear Lizette,
      Good day.
      You can apply for the COVID 19 extension at any immigration office. This will give you 60 days stay from the date of application. So I recommend to go to immigration office when your current visa or permit to stay is expiring.
      Thank you.

  45. Uschi Freitag
    April 29, 2021
    Reply

    Can you please inform me what a good website is for updated travel restrictions within Thailand?

    • April 30, 2021

      Dear Uschi,
      Good day.
      Yes, you can definitely check this page:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel-to-thailand/thailand-travel-restrictions
      You may also sign up for our weekly updates.
      Thank you.

    • Chris
      May 24, 2021

      Hi Rex,

      Good day!

      It didnt come easy. PAL rejected my requests couple of times but am happy to inform you that I was finally accommodated on their June 30 flight. My only worry now is my visa expires 3 days earlier than my flight. I dont want to have any record of overstaying. Just want to consult if you think Thai Immigration would grant me at least 3 days visa, just up until my flight. Am praying hard now that my flight wouldn’t get cancelled anymore. Thinking about my situation is giving me unnecessary stress.

      Thank you in advance for being available and sharing your expertise.

    • May 24, 2021

      Dear Chris,
      I am not sure if you are in Thailand now or are you already in the Philippines. If you are already in the Philippines and your flight to Thailand is June 30th and your Thai visa is until June 27th, you will not be able to get a COE based on that visa. You may have to get a COE based on visa exemption.
      Thank you.

  46. Ben Wong
    April 21, 2021
    Reply

    Hi, I will be flight to Bangkok on 1 May and already get the ROC approval from the Hong Kong Thai Embassy, however, the flight schedule no was changed but on the same date of arrival, I tried to log in to amend the ROC but iot showed that it was approved which cannot be amended any information, may I know that how should I do ? is it necessary to amend the flight NO

    • April 21, 2021

      Dear Ben,
      Good day.
      The COE has the remarks number stating that if your flight was canceled or delayed and you have a new flight within 72 hours from the original flight and all your other documents are updated, you can use the same COE.
      Thank you.

  47. Fabian Linkowski
    April 19, 2021
    Reply

    Hi
    I was going to fly Thailand on apr 20th but it turns out i am Covid positive.
    I have to stay isolated 2 weeks at home. What are the requirements for people that has already Covid?
    You know PCR remains positive even if you can not transmit the illness…
    Should I quaratine?
    Thanks

    • April 19, 2021

      Dear Fabian,
      You can travel to Thailand only when you test negative. People who recovered from COVID 19 will test negative afterward. That is the way to say they have recovered.
      Thank you.

    • Marie
      December 6, 2021

      Hi Fabian, what ended up happening in your situation. Were you allowed to enter with a certificate of recovery or did you have to wait until you tested negative?

  48. Mariel
    April 6, 2021
    Reply

    Hi .. i just want to ask ..
    My friend want to travel in DUBAI UAE .. right now shes in thailand did bnkok thaild requires 100,000 usd for health insurance even she will do exit in the country?
    And she have already travel health insurance here in dubai ..
    hope u will answer my question . Thanks

    • April 22, 2021

      Dear Mariel,
      A Thai national does not need a travel insurance when she returns to Thailand. If your friend is not Thai and she will return to Thailand, she needs to have 3 to 6 months COVID insurance for Thailand.
      Thank you.

  49. Mae Saban
    April 6, 2021
    Reply

    My husband plans to travel this May, he is a dialysis patient does ASQ hotels provide dialysis treatment for 2 days? He is done with his covid vaccine.

    • April 13, 2021

      Dear Mae,
      Good day.
      I recommend for you to contact with the ASQ Hotel if they can arrange this special request. They might be able to arrange it with the partner hospital.
      Thank you.

  50. Andre Cook
    April 2, 2021
    Reply

    Hello there,

    I’m married to a Thai national but I reside in the UK (I’m British), my wife is in Thailand (Isaan). I’m hoping to travel out there in October this year 2021 and would like to ask, will I be permitted to travel to Isaan to see her and spend a few weeks there?

    Thanks
    Andre

    • April 6, 2021

      Dear Andre,
      Good day.
      Yes, you will be permitted to see your family in Isaan. if you are staying less than 45 days in Thailand, you may opt to get the visa exemption of 45 days which you may extend for 30 in Thailand. You only need to apply for the COE or certificate of entry from the Thai Embassy. The main requirements are bank statement, return flight within 45 days, ASQ hotel booking for the quarantine of either 7 or 10 days, COVID 19 travel insurance for Thailand and the COVID test before your flight.
      The processing time for the COE will take a couple of days.

      You may download our Free Guide on How to Enter Thailand on this link:
      https://www.siam-legal.com/legal-guide/how-to-enter-thailand-2021-guide.pdf
      Thank you.

  51. Jimmy Wong
    March 25, 2021
    Reply

    My Mom is a Thai citizen will she have to self isolate at the hotel or we can self isolate ourselves at home? Because we have not enough money to pay that hotel fee for 14 days. What should we do?

    • April 6, 2021

      Dear Jimmy,
      For the Thai national, when applying for the COE to return to Thailand, you will be given an option to quarantine in a hotel paid by yourself or quarantine in the facility provided by the government (usually it is a hotel classroom or a hotel also).
      No, you cannot quarantine at home. You must do it in designated areas for 10 days.
      Thank you.

  52. Vishakha
    March 24, 2021
    Reply

    Hi,
    Can i convert my non immigrant o type visa into non-immigrant B type visa without leaving Thailand? Is there any relaxation in this case due to covid?

    • April 28, 2021

      Dear Vishakha,
      Good day.
      At this time, if your non immigrant O visa is a dependant visa or guardian visa or volunteer visa, it is not possible to change it into a Non Immigrant B visa within the country. If it is a Non O visa under retirement or under marriage visa, there will be a possibility that it can be changed into a Non Immigrant B visa at Bangkok Immigration office.
      Thank you.

  53. Alex Howarth
    March 20, 2021
    Reply

    My mum is a Thai resident living in England, my sister and I are British citizens. We’ve had bad news about a family member and we are desperate to go over as soon as possible this would not be for tourism, strictly personal agenda. What can we do?

  54. Lisa
    March 10, 2021
    Reply

    Hi there,
    I am a visitor from Indonesia, and I entered Thailand under the 45 day visa exemption scheme. I just finished my quarantine and plan to extend my duration of stay beyond the original 45 days. Is that possible? And what are the requirements?

    Thank you!

    • March 10, 2021

      Dear Lisa,
      Yes, you may visit the local immigration office and you may apply for a 60-day COVID 19 extension and pay 1900 THB.
      Thank you.