The Test and Go Scheme, where fully vaccinated travelers from approved countries get to have an exemption from quarantine, has already started on November 1, 2021.
Travelers traveling to Thailand are excited by this but questions are arising about this new scheme and its new system, the Thailand Pass. Whether or not you have a question or just a little bit of clarification in mind about Thailand Pass, this is the right place to find clarity or answers.
Questions on Registration and Approval Process
Is the Thailand Pass System open for registration?
Yes, Thailand Pass is already open for registration. The registration was opened on November 1, 2021.
Is a Thailand Pass registration required for all 3 schemes traveling into Thailand?
All travelers traveling by air from all the schemes:
- Test and Go (Exemption from Quarantine)
- Blue Zones (Sandbox Programs)
- Happy Quarantine (Alternative Quarantine for unvaccinated travelers)
Are required to register for the Thailand Pass in order to enter Thailand.
Can I enter Thailand with the approved COE that I registered before?
Yes, you can enter Thailand with your approved COE to enter Thailand, but the COE shall specify which of the 3 schemes you are eligible for to enter Thailand.
What if my COE is still under consideration, what should I do?
Well, if your COE is already pre-approved, you have until November 7, 2021 to submit all the remaining required documents for the final approval of your COE.
If you fail to submit them before the given date, you are required to register with Thailand Pass and be able to travel and enter Thailand through that new system.
How long does the Thailand Pass approval process take?
It takes at least 3 to 7 days to process the approval.
It is suggested that travelers will have to create and submit their registration 7 days before their intended travel date.
Is it possible to change my travel date after registering and receiving my QR code?
Yes. However, flight changes are permitted within 72 hours from the original flight time registered in the Thailand Pass without the need to apply for a new Thailand Pass QR Code, provided that all other required documents remain valid or updated.
Can I submit a single application for my entire family or group if we are traveling as a family or group?
No. All travelers, except children under the age of 12 (for quarantine exemption travelers) or 18 (for sandbox travelers), are Thailand pass required.
If you have children under the age of 12 or 18, they will not need to register for the Thailand Pass. Parents will have to add their children’s information to their registration of Thailand Pass under the ‘Personal Information’ section.
My children are unvaccinated; will they be allowed to enter Thailand under the same scheme as their parents?
Children under the age of 12 (for quarantine exemption travelers) or 18 (for sandbox travelers) do not require to be vaccinated and shall be allowed to enter Thailand under the same scheme as their parents.
On the other hand, those who are over the age of 18 shall have a vaccination certificate confirming they are vaccinated for at least 14 days before their intended travel date.
Note: Vaccines shall be vaccines approved by the Thai Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) or by the World Health Organization (WHO).
What are the differences between AQ and SHA+ hotels?
AQ Hotels are qualified or approved hotels to be used as quarantine sites for 1 day under the Test and Go (quarantine exemption) scheme and the mandatory 10-day quarantine for unvaccinated travelers.
SHA+ Hotels are qualified or approved hotels that meet the standards of “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration” to be used as a test and go hotel for the no quarantine scheme and hotels for the required 7 days under the Blue Zones (Sandbox Programs) scheme.
Both are designated waiting areas for your RT-PCR results.
Is it possible to travel freely in Thailand if I came via the Test and Go (Exemption from Quarantine) scheme, Blue Zone (Sandbox Program) scheme, or Happy Quarantine (Alternative Quarantine) scheme?
Test and Go (Exemption from Quarantine)
You can only freely travel to other Thailand destinations after receiving a negative RT-PCR result and after a 1-day stay in an AQ hotel.
Blue Zone (Sandbox Program)
You can only freely travel to other Thailand destinations after receiving negative RT-PCR results and after a 7-day stay in a SHA+ hotel.
Note: Through the Blue Zone scheme or Sandbox program, travelers will be able to roam around the Sandbox location after receiving a negative result from the 1st RT-PCR test conducted on them. They are not allowed to change Sandbox locations.
Happy Quarantine (Alternative Quarantine)
You can only freely travel to other Thailand destinations after a 10-day stay in an AQ accommodation.
If I plan to travel to Thailand by land or sea, do I need to register with Thailand Pass?
No. Travelers traveling by land or sea still need the Certificate of Entry or COE, not the Thailand Pass.
Thailand Pass is exclusive for those travelers traveling by air. If you are traveling by land or sea, you might want to contact the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulates located in your country and apply for a COE.
When will the Thailand Pass be expanded to include both land and sea travelers?
The subject of expanding the Thailand Pass registration system for people traveling to Thailand by land and sea is still being discussed by the relevant institutions.
My country is not currently listed as an approved country for the Test and Go (Exemption from Quarantine) scheme. Will my country be added to the list in the future?
The list of countries eligible for the Test and Go (Exemption from Quarantine) scheme is reviewed and updated on a regular The list of nations and territories eligible for the Test and Go (Exemption from Quarantine) scheme is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.
Until then, depending on your vaccination status, you can travel to Thailand through the Blue Zones (Sandbox Program) or Happy Quarantine (Alternative Quarantine).
Is it necessary for me to submit the results of my COVID-19 test (RT-PCR) to Thailand Pass?
No. You will only have to submit a physical copy, with either English or Thai language, to airport authorities before your departure and upon arrival in Thailand.
The Covid-19 test result must be issued within 72 hours only before your intended departure date. Failure to provide your COVID-19 test result (RT-PCR) to others may result in your entrance into Thailand being denied.
Note: A Thai national arriving in Thailand through Alternative Quarantine will not require a Covid-19 test result.
Will I be eligible for the Test and Go (Exemption from Quarantine) scheme if my international trip to Thailand involves a stopover in a non-approved country?
Yes. As long as your stopover from a non-approved country is not over 12 hours and you must not pass through immigration control to that non-approved country to be eligible for the Test and Go (Exemption from Quarantine) scheme.
Do I need to register with Thailand Pass if I’m visiting Thailand to transit to another country or territory (without passing through immigration control)?
No. But you do need to have an insurance policy document or proof of Covid-19 insurance with at least $50,000 insurance coverage and a COVID-19 test result, through RT-PCR test, issued within 72 hours of your departure.
How long must I have been staying in an approved country before being eligible for the Test and Go (Exemption from Quarantine) scheme?
21 days. Before becoming eligible for the Test and Go (Exemption from Quarantine) scheme, you must have spent at least 21 days in one of the approved countries or territories.
Is the Test and Go (Exemption from Quarantine) scheme applicable to me if I go out of Thailand for less than 21 days and stay in one of the approved countries?
Yes. But please note that you will be ineligible for the Test and Go (Exemption from Quarantine) scheme if you stay in non-approved countries during your travel after leaving and before re-entering Thailand, except for the stopover situation mentioned earlier.
Questions on Required Documents:
Do I need to submit a copy of my insurance policy as an expat living and working in Thailand?
Yes. Expats with a valid visa or with a residential permit in Thailand must show proof of insurance coverage with a minimum coverage of $50,000, a valid social security card, or a certified letter from their employer.
In terms of Thai nationals entering Thailand, they do not have to show proof of insurance coverage for they are covered by Thailand’s Universal Healthcare programme (UHC) program.
Is it necessary for my insurance to be COVID-19 insurance in order to register with Thailand Pass?
No. As long as the insurance coverage is with a minimum coverage of $50,000. It can be general insurance or health insurance, not just Covid-19 insurance.
What documents are needed to register for a Thailand Pass?
The documents needed on a Thailand Pass registration depend on the scheme a traveler will choose. Refer to the table below:
|Passport||Thai Visa||Vaccination Certificate||Insurance |
(at least $50,000)
|Test and Go Travelers||✔||Only if required||✔|| ✔ |
Except for Thai Nationals
| ✔ |
Either AQ or SHA+ Hotels
|Blue Zones Travelers||✔||Only if required||✔|| ✔ |
Except for Thai Nationals
| ✔ |
|Happy Quarantine Travelers||✔||Only if required|| ✔ |
Except for Thai Nationals
| ✔ |
Note: The Covid-19 RT-PCR result requirement will only be presented before departure and upon arrival in Thailand. The issuance of the Covid-19 test shall be within 72 hours before the intended departure and shall be a printed copy, either in Thai or English language.
Thai nationals are not required to have a Covid-19 RT-PCR test result.
If I do not own a phone, how will I be able to present my QR Code?
A printed QR Code will do. You can register through your personal computer or laptop and print the QR Code once you receive it.
Is it possible to enter Thailand with a COVID-19 test result from the RT-PCR method?
No. The only COVID-19 test allowed to enter Thailand is the RT-PCR testing technique or method.
Antigen Test Kits (ATK) or self-test kits are not allowed.
What are the vaccines approved by the Thailand Ministry of Public Health (MoPH)?
Listed below are the approved vaccines by MoPH in Thailand:
- Sputnik V
- CoronaVac (Sinovac)
- COVILO (Sinopharm)
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
Does Thailand recognize mixed vaccination?
Yes, Thailand does accept mixed vaccination.
Your second dose, on the other hand, must be given according to the prescribed timeframe for each vaccination type (first dose). Refer to the table below:
Recommended Time Frame
|1st dose (Moderna)||2nd dose after 4 weeks|
|1st dose (Sputnik V)||2nd dose after 3 weeks|
|1st dose (AstraZeneca)||2nd dose after 4 weeks|
|1st dose (Pfizer-BioNTech)||2nd dose after 3 weeks|
|1st dose (CoronaVac/SinoVac)||2nd dose after 2 weeks|
|1st dose (Covilo/Sinopharm)||2nd dose after 3 weeks|
|1st dose (Janssen/Johnson & Johnson)||No need of 2nd dose.|
Note: Your 2nd dose must be given or administered at least 14 days before you your intended travel date to be considered completely vaccinated.
Can I travel to Thailand if I have previously been infected with COVID-19?
Yes. However, you must provide proof that you have recovered already within 3 months by presenting a “Certificate of Recovery” and proof of a single dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
Those who have been infected with COVID-19 and have gotten a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine within 3 months of recovery are considered completely vaccinated.
Know that the information above is based on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release and information. To be able to travel to Thailand freely, please consider this as your guide for your future travel to Thailand.