How to Travel to Thailand in 2021


How to Travel to Thailand in 2021

How to Travel to Thailand in 2021
(Updated April 3, 2021)

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, measures have been enforced to prevent and control COVID-19 from spreading in Thailand. This includes measures to keep an influx of visitors to Thailand in check. Therefore, foreign visitors who need to visit Thailand must comply with the measures. There are 5 easy steps to take. See them below.

Step 1 – Check your eligibility

It is important to start your travel plans to Thailand by checking your eligibility. On this part, you must check if you fall in one of the eligible groups to enter Thailand. In a phrase, we can say that THAILAND IS OPEN FOR TRAVELERS but with special requirements. For a general traveler, you may opt to enter Thailand without a visa under the Visa Exemption program and you are able to secure a COE or certificate of entry. For those who are entering Thailand on a different purpose of stay, they need to obtain a Thai visa and COE prior to coming to Thailand. In the next step of the process, you may check the available visas for you.

Step 2 – Apply for the Visa

Visa Exemption

Nationalities under the Visa Exemption Program are allowed to enter Thailand without a visa by the Thai Embassy or Consulate. The traveler may directly apply for the COE or Certificate of Entry. Upon arriving in Thailand, the traveler will be allowed to stay for 45 days of which 15 days will be spent in quarantine at an accredited ASQ Hotel.

Tourist Visa and Special Tourist Visa (STV)

Foreigners may also apply for the Tourist Visa from the Thai embassy or consulate. There is the normal 60-day tourist visa that can be extended for additional 30 days and the 90-day special tourist visa which can be extended for two 90-day visa extensions at the local immigration office.

Non-Immigrant Visa

Foreigners may also apply for a wide range of non-immigrant visas:

  • Non-immigrant B Visa- for conducting business or employment
  • Non-immigrant O visa-for visiting Thai spouse and family
  • Non-immigrant ED visa-for students of recognised institutions in Thailand as well as their Parents or Legal Guardians
  • Non-immigrant O retirement visa-for those who wish to visit Thailand to spend their retirement
  • Non-immigrant OA and OX visa-for those who wish to obtain a retirement visa long stay (it is different from type O visa)

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Thai Elite Visa

For The Elite Privilege Card members and new members, you may also apply for the 5-year visa sticker at the Thai Embassy or Consulate in your jurisdiction. For more information about the Thai Elite Visa application, you may check this page: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-visa/thai-elite-visa

Step 3 – Book a Flight, ASQ Hotel and COVID-19 Insurance

The main requirements for the Thai visa application and the COE application are the Thailand ASQ, COVID-19 Travel Insurance, and Semi-Commercial flight allowed to enter Thailand.

Flights to Thailand

At present, certain airlines such as Qatar, Emirates, and other major airlines are permitted to operate semi-commercial flights to Thailand whether it is on a daily or weekly basis, and the list of airlines participating in the semi-commercial flights’ program can be found here.

Before booking flights to Thailand with the listed airlines, travelers should ensure that they study the different categories of visas granted to foreign nationals at this time to determine the possibility of travel. Please note that having plane tickets does not guarantee entry to Thailand, non-Thai travelers must have all the required documents such as COE to enter Thailand.

How to Book an ASQ Hotel

UPDATE: The mandatory quarantine has reportedly been reduced to 10 days.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thai Ministry of Public Health has required that any Thai or foreign nationals traveling to Thailand must undergo a mandatory quarantine at any accredited Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facilities.

The cost may vary depending on the ASQ hotel with a price range from 23,000 THB to 220,000 for the mandatory quarantine.

Normally, the ASQ package includes 3 meals per day, complimentary WiFi, a private car transfer from the airport to the ASQ hotel, a 24/7 on-call nurse, and a health checkup twice a day. The package also includes two COVID-19 testing kits that take place during your quarantine period.

All ASQ bookings are subject to specific terms and conditions of the hotel so make sure to read them carefully before making a booking.

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COVID-19 Travel Insurance for Foreigners

You’ll need to buy COVID-19 Insurance that meets the requirements of the Thai authorities. These include:

  • Coverage of up to THB 3.5 million (equivalent to at least USD $100,000) for medical expenses due to injury or sickness including COVID-19
  • The COVID-19 travel insurance policy must cover the length of your stay in Thailand. It can be 60 days, 90 days, 6 months or even 12 months.

A certificate will be provided to facilitate applications for the Thai visa and Certificate of Entry (COE), as well as to present to relevant authorities when departing/arriving for Thailand.

NOTE: Some embassies may reject your Visa and COE application if you do not have the correct format for Health Insurance. In order to have the correct insurance for the COE, it is advisable to purchase insurance from a reputable company such as AXA and LUMA with its easy online application and receive the insurance certificate within minutes.

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Step 4 – Apply for the COE or Certificate of Entry

The foreigner must apply for the COE or certificate of entry from the local Thai Embassy or consulate at least 5 to 15 working days prior to the intended date of travel.

To apply for the COE, please visit https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ and register by filling in your personal details, and upload supporting documents such as a copy of passport, copy of the valid visa, and COVID-19 travel insurance. The Embassy will screen and pre-approve the applicants who meet the requirements. Please check the status of your application after 1-3 working days.

  • The applicants can check their status online if they have been pre-approved. They will be contacted by email if the Embassy requires more documents. The applicants who received the pre-approval will upload a copy of the flight ticket and the ASQ hotel booking confirmation. Please check the status of your application after 1-3 working days.
  • When the COE has been approved, the applicants can check their status online and click to download their COE.

Step 5 – Obtain COVID-19 test and prepare the documents for your flight

Once you have received your COE, you have to prepare the following documents for your trip to Thailand. You should present these documents to your airline before departure:

  • Certificate of Entry (COE)
  • Valid visa in your passport
  • Declaration Form
  • Medical Certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected. The COVID test must be by the RT-PCR method, within 72 hours before departure. Some airlines do not accept home kit tests so please check specific requirements with the airlines you are traveling with.
  • Please print the COVID 19 travel insurance certificate and all pages of the terms and conditions on the COVID-19 coverage and medical benefits. You may be refused to board the flight if you could not show that the insurance meets this requirement.
  • Copy of confirmed ASQ Hotel booking
  • Copy of confirmed flight reservation
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (if applicable)
  • T8 Health Form
  • You must download the “Thailand Plus” Application on your mobile phone

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Siam Legal Visa and COE Application Assistance

Package 1: 395 USD

  • Unlimited Online Visa Consultation
  • Assistance in visa application (non-immigrant O visa and tourist visa)
  • Assistance in COE application
  • Assistance in booking an ASQ hotel
  • Assistance in booking insurance
  • Assistance in booking the flight

Package 2: 175 USD

  • Unlimited Online Visa Consultation
  • Extensive checklist of required documents
  • Assistance in visa application (non-immigrant O visa and tourist visa)
  • Assistance in COE application

Package 3: 100 USD

  • Visa Consultation for the best visa suitable to the applicant
  • Extensive checklist of required documents
  • Assistance in COE application (including visa exemption)

How to Book ASQ Hotel

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thai Ministry of Public Health has required that any Thai or foreign nationals traveling to Thailand must undergo a mandatory quarantine at any accredited Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facilities. Here are some of the highly recommended ASQ Hotels:

Luxury Hotels

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Deluxe Hotels

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Budget Hotels

Zenith Sukhumvit Hotel

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How to Obtain COVID-19 Insurance

This COVID-19 travel insurance is required to be allowed into Thailand so you will be purchasing this before you travel. The easiest way to buy your policy is online from one of the above providers who will then provide you with the all-important certificate of coverage to present to the authorities when you arrive (and you will also need to present it to the airline before they will allow you onboard). It’s quick and easy to do online, and you can choose your length of policy from 60 days to one year. Be sure that the policy covers the entire period that you are planning to stay in Thailand or you may be refused entry.

You may purchase COVID-19 travel insurance within a few minutes. Check them below.

You can buy budget insurance here: https://www.siam-legal.com/luma-insurance

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You can also buy budget insurance here: https://www.siam-legal.com/axa-insurance

For travelers who are 75 years old and above, get your Health Insurance here:
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How to Open a Bank Account in Thailand

Siam Legal offers and provides assistance for a smooth and hassle-free way in opening up a Thai bank account.

  • You will receive assistance in opening up a savings/current bank account
  • You will receive a Bank book and a debit/ATM card
  • Online Banking (Thai mobile number is required)

Requirements

  • Passport
  • Guarantee letter (to be provided by Siam Legal)

Process

  • The applicant may book for our service online.
  • Our staff will prepare the application and necessary documents for the bank and arrange an appointment with the applicant.
  • The applicant will collect the application form and documents from Siam Legal Bangkok office and will proceed to the specific bank branch. The process of opening the account at the bank takes 1 to 2 hours.

Service Fee

Our service fee is 150 USD for opening a Thai savings account.

Summary

Things you’ll need to do before you travel to Thailand in 2021:

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Frequently Asked Questions

When can I travel to Thailand again?

A short answer is NOW. Foreign travelers may travel to Thailand right now under visa exemption of 45 days, 60 days tourist visa, 90 days special tourist visa, 90 days non-immigrant visa, and 5, 10, 20 years Thai Elite Visas. You only have to bear in mind that you still have to undergo a mandatory quarantine and provide a COVID 19 Travel Insurance.

Are there travel restrictions for foreigners to enter Thailand?

Yes, certain travel restrictions are still in place. First, all travelers both Thais and foreigners must obtain a COE or certificate of entry from the Thai embassy or consulate. All non-Thai travelers must purchase a COVID 19 travel insurance. Both Thais and foreigners must undergo a strict 10-day mandatory quarantine in government-accredited ASQ Hotels. The COVID 19 RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure will still be required. The land and sea borders are still closed and limited semi-commercial flights are allowed to enter Thailand. For the vaccinated (2 doses) travelers, you will be eligible to undergo the reduced 7-day mandatory quarantine.

When will Thailand open for international flights?

The normal commercial international flights into Thailand have been suspended until further notice. However, the Thai government-organized repatriation flights to Thailand on a regular basis and also allowed semi-commercial flights for passengers to enter Thailand such as Qatar and Emirates having daily flights to Bangkok.

When is the official date for the 10-day quarantine?

According to the announcement by the CSSA (Centre for COVID 19 Situation Administration) it will start on April 1, 2020.

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What is the best COVID-19 Insurance policy to buy?

LUMA Thailand Pass is the best COVID-19 Insurance for Thailand . This COVID-19 travel insurance was successfully used by thousands of foreign travelers to enter Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic as it meets all the requirements such as 100,000 USD coverage for medical expenses including COVID 19.

Will the fit to fly certificate still be required once the 10-day quarantine is implemented?

Starting April 1, 2021, foreign travelers are no longer required to provide the fit-to-fly certificate as long as they present the COVID 19 RT-PCR test result confirming that the travel has no COVID 19. For Thai nationals, they may opt to provide a fit-to-fly certificate or the COVID 19 RT-PCR test result certificate.

Will the vaccinated travelers still be required to undergo mandatory quarantine?

Yes, definitely. Travelers who were vaccinated are still required to undergo a mandatory quarantine. The vaccinated travelers (2 doses) are eligible to the reduced 7-day mandatory quarantine starting April 1, 2021.

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62 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Adam
    April 7, 2021
    Reply

    This information posted has been so valuable for me…thank you!!

    My question is – How long does the Non-immigration O Visa take for approval once all the documents are received?

    Our flight is booked for July 8th. Traveling with my Thai wife (has Canadian PR), myself and child who are both Canadian.

    I am waiting for my daughter’s Canadian passport to be renewed which I’m told will be received in the mail by April 30th.

    I will apply for the VIsa by May 3rd. Will that be enough time to received approval before June 16th when I will apply for the COE.

    Thank you!

    • Rex
      April 9, 2021

      Dear Adam,
      Thank you for your kind words we are glad that you find this page valuable.
      Regarding your question, the approval and issuance of the non-immigrant O visa depends on the current situation in your country. Usually the Thai embassy will process the visa within 3 business days upon receiving your application. You and your child may apply for the Non Immigrant O visa for having a Thai spouse and parent. You may apply for the visa as early as 6 to 8 weeks before your intended travel to Thailand. This will give you plenty of time to apply for the visa and the COE. The application for COE takes around 1 week and it is done online. Yes, anytime in May is perfect time to apply for the visa and apply for COE in June as you might have changed in your flight schedule due to cancellation etc.
      Have a good day.

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    Zack
    April 7, 2021
    Reply

    Hello,
    We are planning to travel to Phuket in July for 2-3 weeks from the US.
    Family of 5 -2 adult – vaccinated with Pfizer and Moderna, 3 kids (3,9,12) without vaccine-like all kids on the planet.
    We are planning to stay at Marriott Phuket for 9-10 days and then go to Bangkok for another week.
    Questions:
    1. Kids – Should children be within the quarantine? yes/ no /how long ?
    2. Bangkok – can we travel to Bangkok or other places after 7 days in Phuket?

    Thanks,

    Zack

    • Rex
      April 9, 2021

      Dear Zack,
      Good day.
      For your trip to Phuket, you can use the 45-day visa exemption and you only need to apply for the COE or Certificate of Entry.
      For the quarantine, you and your wife does not need to quarantine but your children are required to quarantine for 10 days. Since your children cannot be left alone on their own in quarantine, you must also quarantine with them.
      Yes, after 1 week, you may travel out of Phuket.
      Note: Since there is a 3rd wave of COVID 19 in Thailand right now, please check the news on what would be the plan of the government for July 2021.
      Thank you.

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    Rudi Bläcker
    April 5, 2021
    Reply

    When applying for a tourist visa, I read this on the website of the Thai embassy:
    “You must be able to present a bank statement with adequate funds for your stay in Thailand when applying for a COE.”
    What exactly does that mean, “adequate funds”? How much money would I need?

    • Rex
      April 5, 2021

      Dear Rudi,
      Good day.
      You need to have at least 700 to 1000 USD bank balance in your bank account to apply for the TR Visa (60 days) and COE or the 45-day Visa Exemption and COE.
      Thank you.

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    Roselle Rio
    April 5, 2021
    Reply

    Hi, I have a question regarding my visa and the COVID19 Insurance. Since my visa is Non-Immigrant B visa and my employer will offer their health insurance after 3months of my probationary period, so what insurance plan do I need to get? I mean there are different coverage period of insurance and I don’t know what to purchase. And my probationary period of my work will end around August, then I’ll be a regular employee after that.

    • Rex
      April 5, 2021

      Dear Roselle,
      Good day.
      The validity of the insurance normally is based on the visa that you have. So if you have a 90-day Non Immigrant B visa issued by the Thai Embassy, you only need to show a 90-day COVID 19 insurance. However, at the Thai Embassy in Manila, they require that your insurance is valid for 6 months if you are going to work in Thailand.
      For insurance to Thailand, please refer to this page: https://www.siam-legal.com/luma-insurance
      Thank you.

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    Wayne
    April 5, 2021
    Reply

    Hi I am an Australian citizen, currently on a tourist visa in the Philippines. I plan to return to Australia in July and spend 3 weeks in Bangkok prior to traveling on to Australia. I understand the documents required from me to enter Thailand are. 1. COE, 2. Health Insurance certificate , 3. Negative Covid PCR test certificate , 4. Onward Airline ticket, 4.Pre booked hotel quarintine reservation. 5 Passport. 6.Thailand Plus App. I believe I do not require an entry visa, as Australia is on the exempt list of countries exempt from requiring a visa. Can you please confirm if the above documents are all I require. Regards Wayne

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    Thuy
    April 5, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    Do you know if we quarantine in Bangkok for 7 days will we need to quarantine again if we head to Phuket? Thank you!

    • Rex
      April 5, 2021

      Dear Thuy,
      Good day.
      At this time, there is no quarantine when you travel from one province to another province. If you are fully vaccinated and you stayed in quarantine in Bangkok for 7 days, there is no need for another quarantine when you travel to Phuket as long as your last COVID test result in Bangkok is negative.
      Thank you.

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    darius
    April 4, 2021
    Reply

    Family in Thailand have told me that when I am fully vaccinated that I would be able to travel to Thailand. (we had both recovered from C19 and later took the Phizer vaccine). However, I see on this webpage, that the quarantine is still active. This would kill our idea of visiting this summer/fall. What is the current policy? If the quarantine is still active, then, has there been any discussion when it will end?

    • Rex
      April 4, 2021

      Dear Darius,
      There is a proposal that in July 2021, if you are arriving on an international flight to Phuket, you do not need to do a quarantine if you are vaccinated. However, you have to stay in Phuket for 7 days before you can travel to other provinces.
      Thank you.

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    Thu Thu Za
    March 30, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    As a foreigner, I want to travel to Vietnam with Thailand Transit like Yangon-Thailand-Vietnam. Can someone please advise me the process?

    • Rex
      April 9, 2021

      Dear Thu,
      Yes, Thailand will allow transit passengers as long as you will not disembark the plane and you had a COVID 19 test prior to your flight to Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Tommy Matarese
    March 29, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Rex. I have a couple of questions.
    1.I am an American volunteer teacher living in Mandalay,Myanmar for 4 years now. Will I be able to get a STV visa in Yangon(which may be closed) or can I apply online to the Thai embassy in America?
    2. Can my travelling assistant(I am partially blind in my right eye) who is a
    native Myanmar person also obtain an STV visa?

    • Rex
      March 30, 2021

      Dear Tommy,
      Good day.
      Please see my comments below:
      1. Yes, you can apply for the the STV at the Thai Embassy in Yangon, if it is open. It is not possible for you to apply online in the USA because you are not physically located in the US.
      2. Both of you can apply for the STV as long as both of you are qualified and both of you have the required documents.
      Please call the Thai Embassy in Yangon for more information.
      Thank you.

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    Na Nichaphorn
    March 27, 2021
    Reply

    Hi
    I’m Thai, my husband is foreigner. We are planing to go to Thailand for medical reason, not related to COVID-19. We both will be completely vaccinated by time of traveling.
    We were interested to fly straight to Chiangmai, in May,2021. We had an appointment with Chiangmai hospital.
    I saw that there is a ALQ hotel listed in Chiangmai. Can we book 10 day quarantine with this hotel? Can we fly straight/ domestic transfer to CNX?
    Thank you for your answer

    • Rex
      March 30, 2021

      Dear Na,
      Yes, you can book for ALQ in Chiang Mai if your international flight lands in CNX airport. If your flight arrives in BKK airport, you must do the ASQ in Bangkok or Pattaya only.
      Thank you.

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    Lawrence Bruno
    March 27, 2021
    Reply

    I am here in Bangkok at an ASQ for my 45 day stay. I traveled from the USA using the visa exempt status and i have a COE with supporting documentation. I also have Health insurance for 90 days. Am I allowed to apply for an extension to stay longer?? Maybe another 30 days if possible? What would I need to do for an extension.

    • Rex
      April 6, 2021

      Dear Lawrence,
      Good day.
      Yes, you have two options to extend your 45-day Visa Exemption stamp. First, you can extend for 30 days normal extension at your local immigration office for a fee of 1900 THB. Second option, you can extend for 60 days based on COVID 19 extension, for the same fee of 1900 THB at your local immigration office on or before May 29, 2021.
      Thank you.

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    As
    March 27, 2021
    Reply

    Hi,
    I have non-B visa and I am planning to travel for Saudi Arabia next week and for 1 month.
    Is it easy to return back and what are the requirements and the documents to return back?

    • Rex
      March 30, 2021

      Dear As,
      Yes, if you decide to leave Thailand, please make sure you have a return flight, you have an insurance policy covering COVID 19 and a work permit. You will also undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine upon your return. A COE has to be issued by Thai Embassy Riyadh.
      Thank you.

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    Mike
    March 26, 2021
    Reply

    I’m in Thailand now. I have a non-B visa and work permit . Would like to go home and be back at the end of the April holidays. What are the quarantine requirements and the type of documents needed.

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    Pem
    March 26, 2021
    Reply

    Hi,
    To change TR visa to Non-immigrant -ED for student and guardian after arrival in Thailand- do we need to exit Thailand and re-enter with non-immigrant visa?
    Thank you

    • Rex
      March 30, 2021

      Dear Pem,
      Good day.
      Yes, normally the initial non Immigrant ED visa and Non O Guardian Visa must be issued by a Thai Embassy abroad. However, if you are in Thailand already, you may change into a Non Immigrant ED and O visas as long as you have more than 15 days remaining in your permit to stay. If you are still abroad, please apply for the Non ED and O visas from the Thai Embassy and the COE after that.
      Thank you.

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    Terrence Kimm
    March 25, 2021
    Reply

    I’m married to a Thai national who is living in Thailand. I know I can enter Thailand with an ‘O’ visa (family) but under current UK COVID legislation, I’m not sure whether I will be permitted to travel to Thailand. I do not intend to return to the UK for at least 2 years

    • Rex
      March 25, 2021

      Dear Terrence,
      As far as the Thai visa and requirements to enter Thailand, you can use the Non Immigrant O visa and you may extend your visa into 1 year within Thailand. Whether you will be permitted by UK government to exit the UK, I believe you can apply for an exit permit for the reason that you need to travel to your Thai wife. Should you need assistance in getting the Visa and COE in London, please check this page: https://www.siam-legal.com/how-to-travel-to-thailand-2021.php
      Thank you.

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    Jim Savills
    March 25, 2021
    Reply

    Hi and thanks for the information on this website.

    First, have the rules changed if vaccinated (rumour of 7 vs 10 day quarantine as well as able to go around hotel facilities on day 4 of quarantine)?

    Also, as I am an APEC card holder, can I now enter on this again?

    Otherwise if entering on a passport that is “visa free”, can I extend once in Thailand ?

    • Rex
      March 25, 2021

      Dear Jim,
      Yes, you can use the APEC card to enter Thailand. You only need to apply for the COE under APEC card/membership and you will be given 90 days permit to stay upon arrival. You may also enter Thailand under visa exemption and you will be given 45 days. Please be reminded that you are still required to undergo mandatory 10-day quarantine starting April 1 and you must also provide COVID 19 Insurance.
      Thank you.

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    March 24, 2021
    Reply

    On the web site to apply for a VISA (prior to request for COE) there is a difference between category TR and STV. Am I correct that these are the differences?

    For the initial request TR is for 60 days while STV is for longer stays.
    Both require $100000 Covid-19 coverage but STV also requires medical insurance from Thai insurers for other medical problems (inpatient/outpatient) while TR does not.

    STV requires actual proofs of residence after quarantine while TR just requires contact information.

    Thank you so much for your website and information.

    • Rex
      March 25, 2021

      Dear Scott,
      Yes, you are correct. The STV allows you to stay for 90 days and it can be extended for another 90 days. The TR visa is valid for 60 days and it can be extended for 30 days. The STV cannot be changed to any visa and TR visa can be changed to Non Immigrant visa inside Thailand. The TR visa only requires COVID insurance but STV required COVID and personal health insurance. STV requires ASQ and long term accommodation but TR visa only requires ASQ hotel.
      Thank you.

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    Andrew Wallis
    March 24, 2021
    Reply

    Is it necessary to have the ASQ if i am a home owner in Koh Samui?

    • Rex
      March 24, 2021

      Dear Andrew,
      Good day.
      Yes, the ASQ or quarantine is required for all Thais and foreigners who are entering Thailand. No one is exempted. Right now if you are entering Thailand from abroad (except UK and Africa) the quarantine is only 10-11 days depending on your ASQ hotel package.
      Thank you.

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    Terri Cummings
    March 24, 2021
    Reply

    Hello,
    if you have been vaccinated do we still have to mandatory quarantine and for how long and stay at only ASQ Hotels?? Can I also travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and must do PCR test again and have to quarantine in Chiang Mai as well?? Any other additional information would be greatly appreciated, we are arriving on April 5th, 2021.

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    Jonathan Sternberg
    March 24, 2021
    Reply

    Hello: My wife and I would like to visit family in Chiangmai in late spring or early summer. We both have US passports. Both vaxed in February. I also have medical work to be completed at a dental clinic in CM. We have previously flown from SFO to CM via Taipei on EVA. Im confused regarding general entry rules. I know the quarantine rules are changing, but are we now eligible to enter as general tourists; or do I need to make the case for a family or medical visit? Thank you, Jon

    • Rex
      March 30, 2021

      Dear Jonathan,
      Good day.
      If you are staying less than 45 days, you can get visa exemption and if you are staying for 2 to 3 months, we recommend for you to get the 60-day TR visa. Right now, the current mandatory quarantine is 10 days (starting April 1, 2021) and 7 days for vaccinated tourists (no specific starting date).
      You may check the updated information on this page:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel-to-thailand/thailand-travel-restrictions
      Thank you.

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    Nga
    March 23, 2021
    Reply

    Hello Mr. Rex,
    I’m Vietnamese, I’m going to Thailand on the 27th of Mar.
    I had got the COE and the Insurance. Do I need the statement bank?

    Thank you ^^

    • Rex
      March 26, 2021

      Dear Nga,
      If you already have a COE, ASQ, Insurance, PCR test result and fit-to-fly certificate, you do not need the bank statement for your entry to Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Monica
    March 22, 2021
    Reply

    Can I extend my Visa exemption for another 30 days at the immigration office in Thailand? I´ve heared different opinions and it´s confusing. Thank you for the answer.

    • Rex
      March 30, 2021

      Dear Monika,
      Good day.
      Yes, the 45-day Visa Exemption can be extended for additional 30 days. If you apply for the extension on or before March 30, 2021, you may be able to request for 60 days extension.
      Thank you.

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    Roze Moreno
    March 21, 2021
    Reply

    Good day! I am planning to travel. to Thailand for vacation purpose but it will only be for a week, do I still have to be quarantine?

    • Rex
      March 30, 2021

      Dear Roze,
      Good day.
      Yes, you need to undergo a mandatory quarantine of 10 days. You can book an ASQ hotel for 10 days and spend one week on normal hotel rooms after that.You need to apply for COE and choose the 45-day visa exemption.
      Thank you.

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    Osman Zakaria
    March 20, 2021
    Reply

    Thank you once again Mr. Rex. I contacted the Thai Embassy in Pretoria, SA about that but the Embassy said since my nationality is accredited to the Thai Embassy in Nigeria, I have to get the visa there.
    That is the problem now.
    Mr. Rex, I read in your response to someone’s comment about his reading the news of a possible reduction of the qurantine days.
    You replied that the respective committee would meet on March 19, 2021 on that. Has the coommitee met and what is the update about the quarantine?
    Kind regards.

    • Rex
      March 30, 2021

      Dear Osman,
      Yes, it is correct. Travelers from most countries may undergo the 10-day quarantine. However for some 11 African countries, the quarantine is still 14 days.
      Thank you.

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    Osman Zakaria
    March 19, 2021
    Reply

    Thank you once again for your timely reply to my message.
    As there is no Thai Embassy in Ghana( and rather accredited to the Thai Embassy in Nigeria), I enquired about the visa application process at the Thai Embassy in Nigeria and I was told I have to apply for the visa in person.
    This means I have to travel to Nigeria from Ghana to put in the application for the visa, something I find inconvenient at the moment as far as travelling to Nigeria is concerned.
    I know a lot of Thai Embassies across the world allow applicants to submit their documents via courier, including the Thai Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa.
    I want to therefore know whether a different Thai embassy such as the one in South Africa can seek approval from the Immigration Bureau to issue the visa to the applicant after accepting for the documents to be sent to it via courier, even if the applicant’s nationality is not accredited to the Thai embassy in question( such as the one in Pretoria, South Africa that accepts visa application documents via courier and which Ghana is not accredited to)
    Thanl you.

    • Rex
      March 20, 2021

      Dear Osman,
      Thank you for your message. I would recommend for you to contact the Thai Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. You may email the following:
      rteptr@gmail.com
      visa@thaiembassy.co.za
      Have a good day.

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    Osman Zakaria
    March 19, 2021
    Reply

    I am a Ghanaian and a teacher in Ghana of many years’ standing.
    I want to join one of the volunteer organisations for a volunteer teaching program in Thailand this year, 2021. I have seen a volunteer organisation known as VolunteerSolutions, and therefore want your outfit to give me a list of accredited volunteer organisations that are recognised by the Thai government and that can provide an invitation letter to applicants to apply for Non-Immigrant Visa to volunteer in Thailand.
    Also, can I change or convert this visa to Non-Immigrant B visa for work purpose if I find a teaching job with a school or language centre without travelling back home and applying for the Non-Immigrant B visa to entre Thailand again? And what is the process, duration and cost involved in converting my original visa type to Non-Immigrant B Visa?
    Thank you

    • Rex
      March 19, 2021

      Dear Osman,
      Good day.
      This article serves as a guide for those foreigners who wish to enter or travel to Thailand. For the step 1 checking your eligibility, we cannot give you more information about these organisations for your volunteer visa non immigrant O or companies for a Non immigrant B visa for employment. You must do the due diligence or search on your own capacity or perhaps you may check some friends who were able to find schools to teach at.
      Thank you.

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    Kent MacLeod
    March 18, 2021
    Reply

    Hello,

    I am a Canadian national and Permanent Resident of Japan. Since Canadians do not require a visa for Thailand, an I apply for my COE at the Thai embassy in Tokyo?

    Thank you,
    KM

    • Rex
      March 30, 2021

      Dear Kent,
      Yes, you can apply for the 45-day visa exemption and COE online. Should you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
      Thank you.

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    Nuria
    March 17, 2021
    Reply

    Hi there,
    I was in Thailand two weeks ago but had to fly back to Spain for s family emergency. I have a vigent non immigrant o visa and a re-entry stamp. Can I ask for a CoE with copy of this without applying for another visa? Do I ask for the visa exemption?

    And, sorry to ask more questions but shall I need to submit flights back and forth and bookings of all my stay in Thailand?

    Thank you for your help

    • Rex
      April 9, 2021

      Dear Nuria,
      Good day.
      I am not sure what exactly the type of visa that you hold right now with re-entry permit. Is that a non-immigrant O visa for having Thai wife? Is that for retirement? is the for volunteer visa?
      Yes, you may apply for the COE using that visa and re-entry permit, however the only issue will be the COVID 19 travel insurance because the validity of the insurance must also coincide with the validity of the non-immigrant O visa that you have right now.
      Thank you.

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    Osman Zakaria
    March 16, 2021
    Reply

    Thank you a lot for the information on your website. I read that STV cannot be changed or converted to other types of visa. I would want to know whether the ordinary tourist visa issued for an initial 60 days can be converted to work visa while in Thailand? If not that is there any short stay visa that can be converted to work visa or work permit, say teaching in Thailand?

    • Rex
      March 16, 2021

      Dear Osman,
      Good day.
      You are correct that the STV or special tourist visa cannot be changed to any type of visa. As for the normal 60-day TR visa, yes, it is possible to convert or change it to a Non Immigrant O visa under Thai marriage and retirement. For some immigration offices they would not allow the 60-day TR visa to be changed to a Non Immigrant B visa.
      Right now, there is a COVID extension that you may get, it will give you 60 days extension until you are ready to go home to your country of residence.
      Thank you.

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    Steven
    March 14, 2021
    Reply

    Hi there guys and gals, i noticed in an article that the Thai Govt is looking at reducing the quarantine period to 7 days if someone is vaccinated against Covid19 within 3 months of travelling to the Kingdom.
    ” Thailand’s Health Minister Monday announced that starting next month, all visitors who have been vaccinated within three months prior to arrival to Thailand will now be required to quarantine for 7-days. Previously, the country had been requiring a 14-day quarantine.
    If that is the case what about people who say got the vaccination say for 4 or 5 or 6 months before travelling ? . Would they still need to do the Quarantine or would it be possible to find out what the Government might do in that situation .

    All be it, i’m still hoping to win lottery here and retire on a Thai Elite Visa lol .

    • Rex
      March 16, 2021

      Dear Steven,
      That is in the news, however, nothing has been agreed on, approved nor published on the Royal Gazette so this is not official. We have to wait until end of March 2021 in case there will be great news about it.
      Thank you.

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    Fred Hutterson
    March 13, 2021
    Reply

    If I have been vaccinated, do I still need to undergo the quarantine in the ASQ hotel?

    Thank you for providing this great information your website go I can learn how to travel to Thailand during COVID.

    • Rex
      March 13, 2021

      Dear Fred,
      Thank you for your message. Yes, at this time, you are still required to undergo the mandatory quarantine. However, there will be a CSSA meeting on March 19, 2021 to discuss the possibility of reducing the number of days for the quarantine for vaccinated travelers. There has been no final decision about the proposal. We have to wait for further updates.
      Have a good day.

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