How to Apply for the Thailand Pass in May 2022


How to apply Thailand Pass in 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated international air travel. Almost every country in the world closed its borders to contain the spread of the virus, causing immeasurable damage to the global tourism industry. However, after over 2 years of living with the pandemic, many countries have now reopened to foreign visitors. Thailand, because of its dependence on tourism for its national economy, is one of them.

Thailand implemented a travel document verification process called the Thailand Pass system. This is a web-based registration system for allowing entry into the country that combines travel information along with health information, including vaccination status and insurance. All travelers from abroad, even native Thais, are required to register for a Thailand Pass.

On May 1, 2022, Thailand eased its travel restrictions and entry requirements further to help international visitors enjoy the Land of Smiles. Thailand Pass has updated their systems to meet these new requirements and applying for a Thai Pass is now quicker and easier.

Here are the things you need to know in order to obtain your Thailand Pass:

1. Register Early

It takes anywhere between 24 hours up to 5 days for the Thailand Pass website to process your application. Many visitors have reported approval in mere hours, whereas others have failed to obtain approval after 5 days because of incomplete or incorrect documents. Hence, be sure to register at least 5 days before your date of departure.

You can apply for your Thailand Pass up to 60 days before your arrival date. All travelers can apply for Thailand Pass at https://tp.consular.go.th/.

2. Prepare the Necessary Documents

From May 1, Thailand Pass no longer requires vaccinated visitors to book a Test & Go or Sandbox quarantine package when entering Thailand. Unvaccinated travelers have two options for how they will enter Thailand.

The documents you need to upload for approval will depend on your vaccination status.

Vaccinated travelers (Quarantine Exemption):

  • Your passport profile page
  • A certificate of full (2 doses) vaccination
  • A medical insurance policy with at least USD$ 10,000 minimum coverage

Unvaccinated travelers (Quarantine Exemption):

  • Your passport profile page
  • A negative RT-PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours before your travel date (in lieu of a vaccination document)
  • A medical insurance policy with at least USD$ 10,000 minimum coverage

Unvaccinated travelers doing Alternate Quarantine:

  • Your passport profile page
  • Confirmed booking of AQ or SHA+ hotel 5-day Alternate Quarantine package
  • A pre-booked RT-PCR test (if not included in your package)
  • A medical insurance policy with at least USD$ 10,000 minimum coverage

3. Vaccination

Your vaccination certificate needs to show one or more of the vaccines that are approved by the Thai Ministry of Public Health:

  • CoronaVac (Sinovac)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, Covishield)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Moderna
  • COVILO (Sinopharm)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Sputnik V
  • Covaxin
  • Medigen
  • Sputnik Light

Children under 18 can enter without a vaccination certificate since they will be registered under their parents or legal guardian. All adults, however, need to register separately.

If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you can still enter Thailand, but with a mandatory 5-night quarantine in an AQ hotel or 72 hour RT-PCR test result.

4. Travel Insurance for Thailand

To avoid complications, it’s best to get a one-page insurance certificate that clearly states:

  • the policy number
  • a minimum coverage of USD$ 10,000
  • covers Covid-19 related incidents
  • effective date
  • that the period covers the total duration of your stay in Thailand.

You are required to upload this document to the Thailand Pass official website. If you are traveling with children, make sure your travel insurance for Thailand covers them too. Our recommended Covid travel insurance provider to Thailand is AXA Insurance. The best COVID insurance available to foreign travelers is the AXA Sawasdee Thailand package and now it offers an even lower cost of premium coverage, starting at 990 baht for 7-day cover.

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5. Hotel booking – AQ, SHA+, SHA Extra+ or Normal Hotel

AQ stands for Alternate Quarantine. Alternative Quarantine is a scheme that allows unvaccinated visitors to safely enter Thailand. AQ hotels are qualified to be used as quarantine sites for foreign visitors when necessary.

SHA stands for the Safety and Health Administration certificate issued by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. This certificate is awarded to hotels that meet pandemic-level health and safety standards, such as cleaning regularity and sanitizer availability. SHA+ is an upgraded standard that includes requirements for 70% of staff to be fully vaccinated and that no unvaccinated staff comes into contact with guests.

SHA Extra + hotels are of the highest standard. 100% of staff are vaccinated and safety procedures are deemed the best.

From May 1, vaccinated travelers are no longer required to book a SHA+ hotel and undergo an RT-PCR test on arrival. Travelers can enter the Kingdom and travel freely, booking any of the many wonderful hotels in Thailand.

Unvaccinated travelers entering under a 5-day Alternate Quarantine will still be required to book a SHA+ hotel package that includes transfers from the airport to the hotel and an RT-PCR test. They will need this booking confirmed in order to qualify for a Thailand Pass.

It is highly recommended to browse AQ, SHA+, and SHA Extra+ hotels in Thailand on Agoda.com website as many travelers find these documents easy to use to apply for the Thai Pass.

6. Pre-departure RT-PCR test

A pre-departure RT-PCR test result is now only required for unvaccinated travelers who want to avoid the 5-day Alternate Quarantine. The test must be done within 72 hours of your departure to Thailand.

Pre-departure RT-PCR tests are not required for vaccinated travelers entering Thailand, or those unvaccinated travelers doing the 5-day Alternate Quarantine.

7. Approval of Your Thai Pass

With fewer documents to check and confirm, the Thailand Pass approval time will be quicker.

Once approved, you will receive a Thailand Pass QR code by email. Keep the code in your mobile phone, as this is what will allow you entry into Thailand. Past feedback from travelers is that it is also good to print a copy of the QR code.

This QR code is valid for 7 days before or after your registered date of arrival. So if your flight to Thailand is delayed, you can still use it as long as you arrive within 7 days. Your QR code is valid for entering Thailand once, so if you’re planning a second trip to Thailand, you will need to register for a new Thailand Pass. Simply stated, one Thai pass application covers only one entry into Thailand.

8. Your stay in Thailand

If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Thailand with no quarantine requirements. You are free to travel anywhere in Thailand once you disembark your flight.

Though an RT-PCR test is not required, it is recommended by Thai authorities to complete an ATK self-test during your visit to Thailand. An ATK test kit can be bought from any pharmacy or convenience store at a very low price.

The results are uploaded to the MorChana app, which is the national contact tracing tool run by the Thai Ministry of Health. This app is available on the Apple Store and Google Play, but it will only activate when you are in Thailand. (If you encounter trouble using this app, ask your hotel staff for help.)

As per pre-pandemic Thai immigration rules, you can stay up to 30 days under the visa exemption or 60 days under a tourist visa. In either case, you can apply for a 30-day extension at an immigration office for a cost of 1,900 baht.

The Thailand Pass system may seem confusing, but we hope this Thai Pass registration information helps you understand and plan your trip to Thailand. Whether for business or pleasure, it’s still a wonderful country to visit. If you need more help, please watch our Thailand Pass Step by Step video on how to register for your free Thailand Pass.

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FAQs

How do I book my hotel in Thailand?

Vaccinated travelers are free to choose any hotel without restriction. We recommend using Agoda.com to assist you in choosing one of the many amazing hotels in Thailand.

We are traveling to Thailand but also going to Cambodia and Vietnam. We will then return to Thailand. Do we need two Thai Passes or will just one for the original entry be acceptable?

A Thailand Pass is valid for 1 entry into Thailand. If you leave the country and then return, you will need to apply for a new Thailand Pass.

Do I need to arrange a transfer from the airport via hotel or can I simply reserve this transfer with a SHA+ approved taxi?

Only unvaccinated travelers will need to organize transport to the hotel through their Alternate Quarantine package.

All other travelers are free to organize private transportation when leaving the airport.

I booked a hotel in Bangkok and contacted them for a confirmation letter on the airport transfer and tests. The hotel insisted I can use the Agoda booking confirmation letter to apply for a Thailand Pass. Is that true?

Yes. If you have booked your hotel through Agoda, you can use the Agoda confirmation when applying for your Thailand Pass. Starting April 29, new applications for Thailand Pass will no longer require a hotel booking confirmation.

Can anyone help clarify; if I have booked Alternate Quarantine accommodation through a third-party website for 2 adults, does this include us each with PCR tests on arrival and ATK kits? The booking shows for 2 adults but then states 1 Covid 19 PCR test, 1 Airport transfer, and 1 Meal.

Websites such as Agoda list their bookings per person. If your booking is for two people and the website lists 1 x PCR test, 1 x airport transfer, and 1 x meal, this is per person. As you are booked for 2 people, you will receive 2 of each. For unvaccinated travelers planning to book a 5-day quarantine package, you may check selected AQ hotels on this page: Quarantine Hotels Bangkok

I made a reservation on AGODA for a SHA+ hotel in Phuket but it doesn’t have an airport transfer and a PCR test listed. Can I make these arrangements separately? Book PCR test in the Phuket Airport and the airport transfer separately? Or do I need a different reservation on AGODA?

Many hotels in Phuket do not list airport transfers on the front page of their website in Agoda. It is best to contact your hotel and confirm that an airport transfer is included in your package. If it is not, the hotel should be able to organize a transfer for you. Starting April 29, RT PCR test, airport transfer, and hotel booking will not be required when you apply for the No Quarantine Thailand Pass.

We are arriving in BKK from the US and staying for four nights. On the fifth day, we are taking a domestic flight from BKK to HKT. On the eight-day, we are flying from HKT back to BKK to connect with our flight back to the US. What do we need to show for domestic flights?

If you are flying domestically, you can show your vaccination certificate or ATK test result at the airport before boarding as it may be required by local airlines.

For foreigners with a Non-O (Thai spouse) Visa and proof of residence, is it still necessary to book a SHA+ hotel for arrival in Thailand?

Returning expats who are vaccinated are free to return home when arriving in Thailand. Unvaccinated expats can complete a 5-day Alternate Quarantine (at an approved AQ or SHA+ hotel) or register an RT-PCR test result in Thailand Pass 72 hours before arriving home to avoid quarantine.

What is the procedure for a Thai person returning to Thailand from Malaysia?

Thai people still need to apply for a Thailand Pass and show proof of vaccination. Thai Nationals do not need to show proof of Insurance as they are covered under the Thai medical system. Travelers entering through a land border will have a different set of requirements as compared to air travelers.

I am flying to Thailand in May. When applying for the Thailand Pass, the booking of the SHA Plus hotel is requested. Without booking details, you will not progress. But according to my information, the hotel obligation is no longer valid in May. How do I solve this?

The Thailand Pass system will be updated on April 29 for those entering the country in May 2022. This information will no longer be required if you apply after April 29.

We are coming to Bangkok on May 26. How do I go about testing for Covid? What steps do we take? What paperwork should we fill out? We are vaccinated.

Vaccinated travelers will not need to test for Covid. To have your Thailand Pass approved you will need:

  • Your passport profile page
  • A certificate of full (2 doses) vaccination
  • A medical insurance policy with at least USD$ 10,000 minimum coverage

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Success Story

Traveler from Singapore

“Just checked into Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit.

The arrival experience was seamless. After getting off the plane, the 1st checkpoint was to check your passport, boarding pass, arrival/departure card and your Thai Pass (make sure you have a physical copy printed out).

Once the 1st checkpoint is cleared (takes less than 2 mins) you will proceed to the immigration counter. Same thing, they will check the same documents as the 1st checkpoint. (Less than 5 mins wait)

Then off you go to collect your luggage, exit and look for your airport transportation. The car will be waiting outside the Arrival Hall. Off you go…”

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