How to Travel to Thailand in 2021


How to Travel to Thailand in 2021


(Updated October 4, 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.

UPDATE: For fully vaccinated travellers, you may enter Thailand without quarantine through the Phuket Sandbox program. To learn more about it, please click here.

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.

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Step 2 – Apply for the Visa

Thailand Elite Visa

Do you want to stay in Thailand for 5, 10, or 20 years? You may consider the Thai Elite Visa program. It is an easy-to-apply and hassle-free visa application for your long-term stay in Thailand. For more information about the Thai Elite Membership and Visa application, you may check this page: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-visa/thai-elite-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 a 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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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: Starting May 1, 2021 mandatory quarantine has reportedly been changed to 14 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.

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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.

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, taken and conducted 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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  • Unlimited Online Visa Consultation
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  • Extensive checklist of required documents
  • Assistance in COE application (including visa exemption)

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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 operate on a regular basis and also the 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. But this has been changed back to 14 days starting May 6, 2021.

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

AXA Inbound Travel Insurance is the best COVID-19 Insurance in 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 for the reduced 7-day mandatory quarantine starting April 1, 2021. This has been changed back to 14-day mandatory quarantine starting May 6, 2021.

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164 Comments

  1. JOSEPH
    September 26, 2021
    Reply

    I am a Philippine Passport holder (visa exempt for 30-days in Thailand). Is it safe to say I can fly directly to Phuket for the Sandbox Programme (considering I’ve got all the tests, paperwork, and insurances)? Or would I have to travel to Thailand the conventional way (Bangkok Airport + 14 Day Quarantine… then move around Thailand)?

    • September 27, 2021

      Dear Joseph,

      Good day.
      The Philippines is not an eligible country for the Sandbox program. You still need to quarantine in a quarantine hotel. If you are travelling in October, we will wait for the confirmation of the quarantine being reduced to 7 nights.

      Thank you.

  2. Chelle
    September 24, 2021
    Reply

    Hi good evening, i just want to know if can enter to Thailand ? Im a Filipina and i leave on Philippines , what should i get so can enter on Thailand? im fully vaccinated, and i just want to know if i can stay 45days. Ihope you can help me thank you.

    • September 27, 2021

      Dear Chelle,

      Good day.
      The Philippines is not an eligible country for the Sandbox program. You still need to quarantine in a quarantine hotel. If you are travelling in October, we will wait for the confirmation of the quarantine being reduced to 7 nights. You can stay for 30 days under visa exemption.

      Thank you.

  3. Sam
    September 24, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    Currently I am in Thailand and having a valid Non-Immigrant visa and a Thai work permit and already got 2 shots of Sinopharm .

    I am planning to go India in October End and return in November .
    Do I need to reenter back in Thailand by Sandbox program or I can enter normally with no quarantine .

    • September 27, 2021

      Dear Sam,

      Good day.
      In November, you can choose Phuket Sandbox or Bangkok Sandbox.

      Thank you.

  4. Jay
    September 23, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I am a Filipino citizen and have been fully vaccinated and is currently based in Ireland. I will be flying home for a vacation and will transit through ( 3 hours lay over) BKK Int Airport. Other than negative PCR Test result for the last 72 hours prior to travel. Is there any other document/s I need?

    • September 27, 2021

      Dear Jay,

      Good day. You may be required to have a COVID insurance. Please call your airline about this as we do not have the information for transit passengers.

      Thank you.

  5. Kadhar
    September 22, 2021
    Reply

    Hi iam an Indian citizen and I am vaccinated , currently I live in Qatar. Actually iam planning to go India by end of October it is possible for Indian citizens to enter Thailand without quarantine

    • September 22, 2021

      Dear Kadhar,
      Good day.
      If you have a Thai visa in your passport and you are living in Qatar, yes, you can apply for COE or Certificate of Entry under Phuket Sandbox. Please call the Thai Embassy in Doha for more information.
      Thank you.

  6. Jacques
    September 21, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Rex
    I have a valid working visa and work permit but I have to fly to Qatar for 2 weeks, can you please tell me what I need before leaving Thailand and what I need on returning? Do I have to quarantine when I return to Thailand in November 2021?

    • September 22, 2021

      Dear Jacques,
      Good day.
      First, you need to have a re-entry permit. Secondly, you need to apply for the COE for your return to Thailand. If you are fully vaccinated, you can return to Thailand via Phuket Sandbox. If you are not fully vaccinated, you can return to Thailand via Bangkok Quarantine of 2 weeks. You also need to have COVID 19 insurance that will cover the whole duration of your working visa. To purchase the correct COVID 19 insurance, please check this page: https://www.siam-legal.com/axa-insurance
      Should you require any assistance in applying for the COE or certificate of entry, please check this page:
      https://www.siam-legal.com/other-services/certificate-of-entry-thailand.php
      Thank you.

  7. Jacques
    September 21, 2021
    Reply

    Good day
    I am a South African currently living and working in Thailand with a valid visa and work permit, but I need to fly to Qatar in October 2021 returning in November 2021, I have already had my 1st Astra zeneca vaccine and was wondring what I need to do before I fly to Qatar and What I need to do on returning from Qatar back to Thailand. Will I have to Quarantine? your feedback is highly appreciated.

    • September 22, 2021

      Dear Jacques,
      Good day.
      First, you need to have a re-entry permit. Secondly, you need to apply for the COE for your return to Thailand. If you are fully vaccinated, you can return to Thailand via Phuket Sandbox. If you are not fully vaccinated, you can return to Thailand via Bangkok Quarantine of 2 weeks. You also need to have COVID 19 insurance that will cover the whole duration of your working visa.
      To purchase the correct COVID 19 insurance, please check this page: https://www.siam-legal.com/axa-insurance
      Should you require any assistance in applying for the COE or certificate of entry, please check this page:
      https://www.siam-legal.com/other-services/certificate-of-entry-thailand.php
      Thank you.

  8. Kay Max
    September 20, 2021
    Reply

    Hey Rex thanks for all the information, as a not vaccinated Turkish citizen I understand that;
    I can enter the country by providing following list,
    1. Certificate of Entry (COE)
    2. Declaration Form
    3. PCR Test
    4. Insurance
    5. ASQ Hotel booking
    6. Flight booking
    7. T8 Health form
    8. Thailand plus app
    and how about fit-to-fly certificate, and is there any more requirements?
    Big thank you.

    • September 22, 2021

      Dear Kay,
      Good day.
      You do not need the Declaration Form (2) and Fit-to-Fly Certificate.
      Thank you.

  9. Gregory Colin Bartlett
    September 18, 2021
    Reply

    Please clarify for me. I have received the single shot vaccine by Johnson and Johnson however in my readings of various websites it refers only to the two-shot vaccine are eligible to enter Thailand. Is the single shot vaccine acceptable for entry?

    Thank you,
    G. Bartlett

    • September 18, 2021

      Dear Gregory,
      Good day.
      Do not worry. When you apply for the COE, the system will accept the Janssen vaccine and one shot or dosage will be enough. Yes, it is acceptable for entry to Thailand under Phuket or Samui Sandbox program.
      Should you require any assistance in applying for the COE or certificate of entry, please check this page:
      https://www.siam-legal.com/other-services/certificate-of-entry-thailand.php
      Thank you.

  10. Chaki
    September 14, 2021
    Reply

    Hi
    I’m a Sri Lankan and I’m fully vaccinated.i would like to come to Thailand end of October or beginning of November.should I quarantine 14 days?? Can I get a visa 🤔

    • September 14, 2021

      Dear Chaki,
      Yes, you need to do a mandatory quarantine. You cannot qualify for the Sandbox program. For the COE application in Sri Lanka, please contact the Thai embassy in Colombo.
      Thank you.

  11. Wabag
    September 14, 2021
    Reply

    What do Chinese citizens need to enter Thailand under sandbox? Do you have any advice for a chinese citizen applying for a tourist visa to enter thailand?

    • September 14, 2021

      Dear Wabag,
      Good day.
      The Chinese national must apply for the TR tourist visa from the Thai Embassy. After that, you can apply for the COE under Phuket Sandbox if you will are coming from an eligible countries and you are fully vaccinated.
      Thank you.

  12. Robert
    September 13, 2021
    Reply

    I am a US citizen and hold a valid retirement visa (Non-O, long stay). I returned to the USA on 1 August, 2021, to have surgery, dental work and to get the Pfizer vaccine. I would like to return to Chiang Mai as soon as I am finished here, preferably sometime in November, December or the latest January. I seem to be locked out of Thailand and my retirement home in Chiang Mai. Are there any exceptions made for people like me and what can I anticipate over the next few months for travel options back to Thailand? I have had both jabs.

    • September 17, 2021

      Dear Robert,
      Good day.
      if you are fully vaccinated and you can obtain a COVID 19 insurance, you are qualified to apply for the COE or Certificate of Entry under Phuket Sandbox Program or the Bangkok Quarantine Program for this month. However in October there may be Phuket, Pattaya, Bangkok Sandbox where you can also come to travel with your retirement visa and you do not need to do a mandatory quarantine. Should you require any assistance in applying for the COE or certificate of entry, please check this page:
      https://www.siam-legal.com/other-services/certificate-of-entry-thailand.php
      Thank you.

  13. Karen
    September 11, 2021
    Reply

    I have a family member living in Phuket that I can stay with. Do I have to book hotel reservation or can I stay with family while visiting Phuket
    Plan on trip either Oct or Dec 2021

    • September 16, 2021

      Dear Karen,
      Good day.
      At the moment we do not have any new guideline for the Phuket Sandbox for the month of October or December. At this time, the requirement remains the same. You need to stay in an SHA+ hotel for 14 nights before you can checkout and stay in an accommodation of your choice. Should you require any assistance in applying for the COE or certificate of entry, please check this page:
      https://www.siam-legal.com/other-services/certificate-of-entry-thailand.php
      Thank you.

  14. John Blend
    September 11, 2021
    Reply

    Hi thanks for the post, is there any way to enter Thailand for not vaccinated people who could meet any other requirements?

    • September 13, 2021

      Hello John,
      Good day!
      If you are not vaccinated, you may still enter Thailand through Bangkok under Quarantine Program. You will be be under quarantine for 2 weeks in an AQ hotel in Bangkok.
      Thank you.

  15. Michelle
    September 10, 2021
    Reply

    Dear sir/maam,
    I am a filipina philippines and working here in jeddah saudi arabia but my work here in jeddah saudi arabia will end this september. before i go home to the philippines i want to take a vacation in thailand and i chose phuket because phuket is not quarantined if fully vaccinated.

    I was fully vaccinated by Pfizer. my question is okay or will i be allowed to travel jeddah saudi arabia to phuket?
    thank you.

    • September 13, 2021

      Dear Michelle,
      Saudi Arabia is not an eligible country therefore you cannot participate in Phuket Sandbox.
      Thank you!

  16. A
    September 9, 2021
    Reply

    Hiya! Thanks for all the information above. I’d like to enquire about whether or not vaccinated South Africans travelling from South Africa can enter Phuket through the Sandbox programme and holiday in Phuket for 14 days (or less) without issue. Please do let me know! Thanks.

    • September 9, 2021

      Dear A,
      Good day.
      Fully vaccinated South African flying from South Africa to Phuket (through Qatar or UAE) is not eligible for Phuket Sandbox. Because South Africa is not an eligible country as a point of departure. If you are a fully vaccinated South African who is staying in Dubai for more than 21 days, you can travel to Phuket under Phuket Sandbox.
      Thank you.

  17. Dale
    September 8, 2021
    Reply

    Hi there,
    Regarding the COE, coming from South Africa, what can I put as address in Thailand, the site of quarantine or hotel I will staying after?
    Also, regarding the visa information, if I plan on entering on 45 day visa on entry, what can I put as it asks me to supply visa info.
    COE states “Copy of Thai visa or re-entry permit (if any). If the applicant does not have a valid visa or re-entry permit, the applicant must submit visa application in requesting the issuance of an appropriate visa directly to the Embassy / Consulate-General (if required).”

    • September 9, 2021

      Dear Dale,
      Good day.
      For the COE application you can put the address of your ASQ Hotel. You have chosen the wrong category. Do not choose TR visa or STV. You must choose the Visa Exemption.
      Thank you.

  18. Jannadean
    September 8, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I am flying to Thailand in November. To see my mom in Maha Sarakham, When I get to Bangkok and do my 14 day quarantine. Would I have to quarantine again in Khon Kaen?

    Thanks!
    Jannadean

    • September 9, 2021

      Dear Jannadean,
      Good day.
      That will totally depend on the Khon Kaen provincial government. Bangkok is a dark red zone so they might require quarantine. But since you have been tested already after you leave Bangkok and it is negative, you may be able to avoid the provincial quarantine. I recommend for you to ask your family to check with the local office in Khon Kaen.
      Thank you.

  19. Jack Meekins
    September 7, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I booked a flight to bankock airport to go to pattaya back in feburary. I don’t want to do the 14-day quarantine. I’d like to catch a conecting flight in bankock airport to phuket, when I arrive in bankock. Is this possible or once I land in bankock airport, I’m stuck doing quarantine? Am I able to do the Phuket sandbox and no quarantine? I’m from the U.S. and have had both shots.
    Thanks,
    Jack

  20. Georges Youssef
    September 3, 2021
    Reply

    My daughter is 9 years old, does she require a PCR test prior to boarding?

    • September 16, 2021

      Dear Georges,
      Good day.
      Yes, she has to do COVID 19 RT PCR test. I believe that the clinic may allow her to do saliva sample collection instead of nasal.
      Thank you.

  21. Bruce Harris
    August 30, 2021
    Reply

    Hello Rex
    We are uk citizens with Thai retirement visas and double vaccinated. We are hoping to come back to Phuket in November. I’m slightly confused. You replied to Kamal saying we did not need to quarantine. I thought we did. We plan to travel to Phuket via Middle East. On arrival into Phuket do we have to stay at an asq hotel or can we stay at our apartment.
    Thank you

    • September 22, 2021

      Dear Bruce,
      Good day.
      If you are flying from the UK to Phuket via Middle East and you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Phuket without quarantine. But you must stay in a SHA+ Hotel for 14 nights. You cannot sleep in your apartment. SHA+ Hotel is not Quarantine Hotel. SHA+ Hotel will allow you to go travel around Phuket during the day.
      To know more about Phuket Sandbox program, please refer to this page:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel-to-thailand/phuket-sandbox-guide-travel-to-thailand-without-quarantine
      Thank you.

  22. VISHNU JAIRATH
    August 18, 2021
    Reply

    hi,

    I am flying to Bangkok next week from China. I just wanted to check that there is no need to apply for FIT to FLY document, as I saw this was removed from the list on April 1st 2021.

    thanks

    • August 19, 2021

      Dear Vishnu,
      Yes, that is correct. Fit to Fly certificate is no longer needed. You only need the COVID 19 RT PCR test result/certificate taken within 72 hours before the flight.
      Thank you.

  23. Jelaine Dalmacio
    August 17, 2021
    Reply

    Hi, I am a Filipina with a regular PH passport. Me and my fiance are planning about meeting in Phuket and spend almost 4 weeks together by the end of October-November. I am flying from the Philippines which is not on the list and he is flying from the US. I would like to know if it’s possible for me to enter Thailand or Phuket and if I still need a visa? If so, May I know how and what are the other requirements? Do we still need to quarantine even if we are fully vaccinated? Thanks in advance.

    • August 19, 2021

      Dear Jelaine,
      Good day.
      You can avail the 45-day Visa Exemption. However, you need to get a COE or Certificate of Entry and in your case, it is COE with Quarantine. You can enter Bangkok and spend 14 nights mandatory hotel room quarantine.
      Thank you.

  24. Ali
    August 13, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex

    We’re flying out from London to Phuket via Dubai on the 19th February 2022. I have a British passport however the other two passengers have Romanian passports…. Will we need to quarantine or will there be any restrictions

    Many thanks

    • August 19, 2021

      Dear Ali,
      Good day.
      You may check with us in January 2022. I cannot give you any information right now because I have no knowledge of what will be the COVID situation in Thailand next year.
      Thank you.

  25. Camila Lopez
    August 12, 2021
    Reply

    Are transit passengers required to purchase Covid insurance?

    • August 19, 2021

      Dear Camila,
      Yes, they are required COVID insurance when transiting Thailand.
      Thank you.

  26. Russell
    August 11, 2021
    Reply

    I see.a.lot of place not recquiring a covid test if you have had two jabs .but some people are saying thailand asking for a test b4 u leave and also covid test when you get there is this true

    • August 19, 2021

      Dear Russell,
      When you leave Thailand, the Thai airport does not require COVID test. But countries in Europe and USA will require the COVID test if you come from Thailand because Thailand is not a low risk country.
      Thank you.

  27. Sai
    August 9, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Sir, do I need a Tourist Visa? I will go to my sister this August 15, 2021 in Min Buri Thailand. I’m from the Philippines. And my staying is for 25 days only. I’m fully vaccinated, do I need a quarantine? Sorry for many questions. Thank you!

    • August 10, 2021

      Dear Sai,
      Good day.
      You do not need a visa. You can get a COE under Visa Exemption. This will allow you to stay for 45 days. The 15 days will be in quarantine in Bangkok and you have remaining 30 days to stay outside the quarantine. Please call the Thai Embassy in Manila for the issuance of COE given that there are no flights from MNL to BKK.
      Thank you.

  28. Jaclyn
    August 7, 2021
    Reply

    Hello, my sister-in-law(Laos-nationality) needs to travel to Bangkok coming from Laos for Biometrics at Canadian Embassy in Bangkok.
    She is double vaccinated and will fly in and out just for the biometrics appointment. Does she need to undergo 14 days quarantine and apply for COE? Thank you!

    • August 10, 2021

      Dear Jacly,
      Yes, Both Thais and foreigners who come to Bangkok from abroad must undergo 14 nights quarantine. There is no exception to this rule.
      Thank you.

  29. Shay Johnson
    August 4, 2021
    Reply

    Hi there,

    I am an unvaccinated person living in Bangkok. I want to travel to Chiang Mai or Phuket. I just wonder what requirements I have to go through.

    Regards,
    Shay

    • August 10, 2021

      Dear Shay,
      Good day.
      Yes, you can travel to Chiang Mai as long as you will quarantine for 14 nights.
      No, you cannot travel to Phuket because no one from Bangkok is allowed to enter Phuket for this month.
      Thank you.

  30. Simon
    July 28, 2021
    Reply

    hi Rex,
    im an Australian working in Guinea, west Africa. i have been working here for 4 months (2x AZ vaccine) and plan to visit my long term GF in Thailand, am i able to go to Phuket sandbox? also with my GF meeting/staying with me there if she is also on the Hotel booking? if not i will do the 14 days in BKK. i would be travelling late next month (August).
    thx in advance.
    Simon

    • July 29, 2021

      Dear Simon,
      Good day.
      Unfortunately you will only qualify for the Phuket Sandbox if the country of departure is on the listed countries and unfortunately Guinea is not included. You can still enter Thailand through quarantine. You can quarantine in Bangkok or Phuket.
      Should you require any assistance in applying for the COE or certificate of entry, please check this page:
      https://www.siam-legal.com/other-services/certificate-of-entry-thailand.php
      Thank you.

  31. Kamal Hussain
    July 26, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex,
    I’m from the UK (London) I wish to visit phuket as a holiday destination for 2 weeks. I am fully vaccinated ( 2 dose). Do I need to quarantine upon arrival? And other restrictions please advise.
    Thank you.

    • July 29, 2021

      Dear Kamal,
      Good day.
      To answer your question, if your flight departs from the UK and arrives in Phuket directly or with transit in Middle East, yes, you do not need to quarantine. You can qualify for Phuket Sandbox. However, depending on your nationality, you can choose visa exemption for 45 days or you can choose the 60-day TR visa from the embassy.
      Should you require any assistance in applying for the COE or certificate of entry, please check this page:
      https://www.siam-legal.com/other-services/certificate-of-entry-thailand.php
      Thank you.

  32. Arthur
    July 22, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    Thanks in advance for taking the time to review my question.

    I am from France (french national) and my partner is coming from Philippines (filipino national). We would like to go on vacation together in Thailand. I understand that we are not eligible for the sandbox programs as Philippines is not on the authorized country list.

    We are thinking of doing AQ in Bangkok instead. Here are my questions:
    – My partner si not fully vaccinated, does this have any impact?
    – Will we be able to stay in the same hotel room being that we will arrive from different flight and we are not legally married?

    Thanks!

    • July 24, 2021

      Dear Arthur,
      Good day.
      1. Your partner will not have a problem coming to Thailand under visa exemption for 45 days and stay in quarantine for 15 days and the rest of the 30 days will be outside quarantine. Vaccinated or not vaccinated, it is alright.
      2. No, only married couples can stay in the same room.
      The problem she may face is that the flight from the Philippines to Thailand may be limited due to travel ban imposed by Philippine government. She can fly through Singapore and enter Bangkok or Phuket and quarantine in the hotel, separately.
      Thank you.

  33. Eric R
    July 21, 2021
    Reply

    Good day,
    I have a question, my cousin and I are planning to visit Bangkok and Phuket in September from Los Angeles, CA, USA for about 7 days. We both are fully vaccinated. We have our Vaccination Cards. What documents do we need? Are we allowed to walk around and explore or are we going to be quarantined for 14 days? Do we need to take the covid-19 test 3 days before flying to Thailand and 3 days before leaving Thailand? Sorry I have a lot of questions, I just want to make sure we have everything we need for a smooth fast process. Thank you!

    • July 29, 2021

      Dear Eric,
      Good day.
      You do not need to undergo quarantine. You can apply for COE under Visa Exemption of 45 days. You need to have return flight, COVID insurance and SHA+ Sandbox Hotel, pre-booked COVID test in Phuket. Yes, you are free to travel around Phuket during your 1 week in Phuket.
      Should you require any assistance in applying for the COE or certificate of entry, please check this page:
      https://www.siam-legal.com/other-services/certificate-of-entry-thailand.php
      Thank you.

  34. Gary
    July 19, 2021
    Reply

    I have just recovered from COVID-19 the Delta variant. I have also been vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. I believe I’m pretty much is immune as you can get from Covid at the moment. But I’m afraid I’m probably not allowed to travel to Thailand because I cannot pass the Covid test requirements. Is this true or is there a method for entering

    • July 24, 2021

      Dear Gary,
      Yes, you can still travel to Thailand but you need to quarantine for 14 nights, You will not be able to qualify for the Phuket Sandbox.
      Thank you.

  35. Mathew Philip
    July 14, 2021
    Reply

    When will the 10 Day Quarantine starts?

    • July 19, 2021

      Dear Mathew,
      At the moment there is no 10-day quarantine. The general quarantine is 14 nights when you arrive in Bangkok or when you arrive in Samui or Phuket unvaccinated.
      Thank you.

  36. Mr. Kjell Arne Johansen
    July 10, 2021
    Reply

    I am a norwegian preparing a holiday in Phuket.
    My outbound flight from Phuket will be on the 31th day after arrival, at 00:30 am (30 minutes after midnight).
    For my coe, can I buy an insurance for 30 days with my 30 minutes of overtstay, or has it to be 60 days?

    • July 19, 2021

      Dear Kjell,
      Good day.
      Right now, the visa exemption is 45 days. Therefore there is no overstay for you. However, you must arrange a COVID insurance that will cover your whole stay in Thailand. Better to buy 60 days.
      To purchase the correct COVID 19 insurance, please check this page: https://www.siam-legal.com/axa-insurance
      Thank you.

  37. Jason
    July 9, 2021
    Reply

    Hello, I am in the US and my father is a resident of Thailand and is currently in the hospital in Bangkok in the ICU and it looks like he might pass in the next few days. I was looking into the possibility of traveling from the US to see him, but it appears that I would have to quarantine for 14 days even though I have already had Covid19 and have also received 2 doses of the Moderna vaccine. Am I correct in this?

    • July 24, 2021

      Dear Jason,
      I am sorry to hear that. Yes, if you arrive in Bangkok, you must quarantine for 14 nights. If you arrive in Phuket, you do not need to quarantine but you have to stay in Phuket for 14 nights before you can go to Bangkok.
      Thank you.

  38. mildred
    July 8, 2021
    Reply

    hi,
    i am a pinay, my questions is i have a boyfriend who is a foreigner and he wants us to meet in thailand and this is our first meet.and what are the requirements we do and what requirements we needed.
    thank you

  39. Ann
    July 8, 2021
    Reply

    Hello! I have entered to Thailand on July,3 with STV-visa. I’m going to extend visa for 90 days twice (270 days at all). Yesterday I found an information that aliens who entering in Thailand from July,3 2021 will not be permitted to extend visa. Is it true? How can I extend my STV-visa after 90 days?
    Thank you!

    • July 24, 2021

      Dear Ann,
      It is true. You can only extend it for 1 time only before September 30.
      Thank you.

    • Mignon
      August 12, 2021

      I am traveling with kids to Phuket, their age is 3 years old. Do they get tested again in Phuket as well.
      Thank you.

    • August 19, 2021

      Dear Migon,
      Yes, adults and children will be required to undergo RT-PCR tests for COVID 19 upon arrival and during their stay in Phuket. For the kids below 6 years old, they may opt to do the saliva sample test instead of the nasal sample test.
      Thank you.

  40. MJ Wells
    July 2, 2021
    Reply

    We have reservations for Phuket the 2nd week of August. At this time our departure from BKK is scheduled at 08:05 am however our flight from HKT to BKK has us arriving the evenig before around 11:00pm. Is there a quarantine area in the BKK airport for us to wait or will we need to go to an AQL hotel for the 7 hours we are there?

    Also, our inbound flight to HKT connectes through Bengaluru, India. Is that going to pose a problem on arrival?

    • July 19, 2021

      Dear MJ,
      Firstly, I am not sure if there are flights from India to Phuket directly. The flights that are eligible for Phuket Sandbox are usually from UAE, Qatar, Singapore and London.
      As for your flight from Phuket to Bangkok, you can only take that flight if you have completed 14 nights in Phuket. If you do not complete 14 nights in Phuket, you must fly out of Phuket without transit in Bangkok.
      Thank you.

  41. Lupe
    June 29, 2021
    Reply

    I am holding a O visa to travel to family. I am travelling on a NZ passport and living in the Kingdom of Tonga. I have a Covid Test already and am fully vaccinated. Is there any other form that would be required to enter Thailand.

  42. Jesse
    June 23, 2021
    Reply

    My wife is a Thai citizen and has a valid current Thai passport. She is fully vaccinated. She needs to go back home to visit her parents. What are the travel restrictions / requirements for a citizen returning home traveling from the USA?

    • August 10, 2021

      Dear Jesse,
      Good day.
      If she enters Thailand through Bangkok, she needs to quarantine for 14 nights. If she enters Thailand through Phuket, she needs to stay in Phuket bubble for 14 nights before she can return to her hometown. She needs to apply for the COE for Bangkok Quarantine or COE for Phuket Sandbox.
      Thank you.

  43. Angelica
    June 17, 2021
    Reply

    If I plan to travel to Bangkok for business but do not plan to leave my hotel, can I travel for less than 14 days?

    • July 19, 2021

      Dear Angelica,
      Good day.
      The mandatory quarantine is still in place. I am not sure if you can do meeting in your quarantine hotel room since guests and other people are not allowed. You need to quarantine for 14 nights before you can move around the hotel or outside the hotel room.
      Thank you.

  44. Fran
    June 14, 2021
    Reply

    Hello, thank you for the article

    I will be entering Thailand WITHOUT a visa (my country is listed on the visa exemption program – 9 days).
    Will i able to convert my visa EXEMPTION into an EDUCATION visa without leaving Thailand?

    Thanks!

    • July 19, 2021

      Dear Fran,
      Good day.
      Due to the fact that schools are closed, I am not sure if Thai Immigration offices will change visa exemption into a Non Immigrant ED Visa.
      Thank you.

  45. Iuliana Balan
    June 10, 2021
    Reply

    Hello. I was just wondering if tourists are allowed in Phuket after July 1st if they have vaccinated with Pfizer? Because I recently saw a list of accepted vaccines and Pfizer was not on the list. Thank you so much.

    • August 10, 2021

      Dear Luliana,
      Yes, Pfizer-BioNtech is one of the listed brands of vaccine for Phuket Sandbox.
      Thank you.

  46. peter moylan
    May 29, 2021
    Reply

    Are the card records given at the time of vaccination sufficient proof for visa application?

    • July 19, 2021

      Dear Peter,
      Good day.
      For USA yes. For Europe, you have an EU Vaccination Letter or certificate.
      Thank you.

  47. Candy
    May 14, 2021
    Reply

    Are there any restrictions for Indians travelling to Thailand. My husband is an expat working in bangkok, so can i get dependent visa for myself to go to thailand ?

    • May 14, 2021

      Dear Candy,
      Good day.
      Yes, the flights from Indian are banned from entering Thailand and the Thai Embassy in India has suspended the issuance of any visa and COE for non-Thai nationals.
      Thank you.

  48. Thomas Adjani
    May 6, 2021
    Reply

    Thank you for this helpful information. One question:

    If I am planning on flying to Bangkok in early August, can I apply for my COE now? Is there any reason for me to wait?

    Thanks!

    • May 6, 2021

      Dear Thomas,
      Good day.
      The earliest you can apply for the COE is 6 weeks before the trip. The reason for that is the abrupt changes on the government’s entry requirements.
      Thank you.

  49. Marcelo
    April 30, 2021
    Reply

    I agreed with Adam this information post very valuable to me as well!!

    Dear Rex

    I am planing in traveling to Thailand in July from the US as a tourist
    I plan in going to koh Samui, Bangkok and Chiang Mai

    I have been vaccinated with the Johnson Johnson vaccine which is only
    one dose. Does the reduce quarantine only apply for people who have taken 2 doses vaccine and does it still apply has they changed back to 14-day mandatory quarantine starting May 6, 2021.
    will it still be the 14 day mandatory quarantine in July?
    Where can I check updates in quarantine time frames?
    will I need to apply for a visa or just a COE before departure?

    Thank you so much!!

    • April 30, 2021

      Dear Marcelo,
      Good day.
      At the moment there is no reduced quarantine period. It has been posted that unvaccinated and vaccinated travelers are required to undergo mandatory quarantine of 14 days starting May 6th. I am unable to confirm if this will be the case in July 2021. We have to wait and see around June. You may constantly check this page for further updates or sign up for our weekly updates. If you will be using the 45-day visa exemption, you do not need to apply for the visa, you only need to apply for the COE which will only take 3 working days to process.
      Thank you.

  50. Pat
    April 29, 2021
    Reply

    Hello Rex – can you please share the full details of the vaccine certificate that is required for 7 day quarantine? What we have in the Philippines is just a vaccination card that has our name, birthday, address, vaccine details. No mentions of Passport.

    • April 30, 2021

      Dear Pat,
      Good day.
      Yes, the vaccination card is acceptable. However, right now April 30, that is no longer relevant for entering Thailand because starting May 1, all travelers will be required to quarantine for 14 days regardless of your nationality, country of origin and vaccination status.
      Thank you.

  51. 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!

    • 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.

  52. 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

    • 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.

  53. 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?

    • 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.

  54. 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.

    • 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/axa-insurance
      Thank you.

  55. 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

  56. 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!

    • 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.

  57. 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?

    • 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.

  58. 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?

    • 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.

  59. 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?

    • 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.

  60. 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

    • 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.

  61. 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.

    • 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.

  62. 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?

    • 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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

    • 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.

  65. 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

    • 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.

  66. 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 ?

    • 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.

  67. 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.

    • 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.

  68. Andrew Wallis
    March 24, 2021
    Reply

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

    • 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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

    • 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.

  71. 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 ^^

    • 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.

  72. 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.

    • 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.

  73. 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?

    • 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.

  74. 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.

    • 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.

  75. 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.

    • 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.

  76. 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

    • 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.

  77. 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

    • 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.

  78. 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

    • April 9, 2021

      Dear Nuria,
      Good day.
      I am not sure what exactly type of visa that you hold right now with a re-entry permit. Is that a non-immigrant O visa for having a Thai wife? Is that for retirement? is the for a 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.

  79. 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?

    • 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.

  80. 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 .

    • 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.

  81. 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.

    • 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.