Thailand Pass for Filipino Citizens


Thailand Pass for Filipino Citizens

Thailand Pass for Filipino Citizens
Thailand has recently announced new changes to their Thailand Pass system which take effect on June 1.

Borders are opening. Restrictions are easing. Airlines are off the ground and flying again. World travel is possible and Filipinos are taking advantage of time away.

You pass Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. They are beautiful countries, but they aren’t your destination. You descend through the clouds and there it is… Thailand. Long beaches, towering mountains, delicious food, and adventures are waiting for you.

Thailand has always been a popular destination for Filipino travelers and now it’s almost as easy to visit as it was pre-Covid. Almost.

Like the Philippines, Thailand understands that until Covid is under total control, they must protect not only their citizens, but the people that are returning from afar. While reducing the restrictions, they are maintaining safety measures to keep people safe.

How do you keep people safe when they are visiting from all over the world? Every country has their own Covid rules, so how do you provide the safest holiday for so many nationalities?

The Thai government’s answer was to introduce an online pre-arrival system called Thailand Pass.

What is Thailand Pass?

Thailand Pass is a free online registration system where Filipinos who travel to Thailand can provide some basic health information and be approved to visit the country. It confirms the vaccination status of travelers arriving in Thailand and ensures they have the necessary protection in case they are diagnosed with COVID while here.

You will be pleased to know there were big changes to the Thai Pass system from June 1st, 2022.

  • Thai Pass approvals are now instant on submission.
  • All mandatory quarantine periods have been removed.
  • Unvaccinated travelers now have the option of completing an RT-PCR test or the faster Professional Antigen Test (Pro-ATK).

Let’s break down how Thailand Pass works so Filipino citizens can visit without worrying about Covid.

Getting to Thailand

There are two ways a citizen of the Philippines can register their entry into Thailand through Thailand Pass; by Air or by Land (through Malaysia).

Air is for those who will be arriving on a flight through an international airport.

Land is for visitors who are currently in a country that borders Thailand and seek to enter the country through a land border.

Vaccination Status

Thailand welcomes Filipino visitors no matter their state of vaccination. They have eased their travel restrictions and try to make it easy for people to visit while keeping them safe.

Your vaccination status will determine how you enter Thailand and apply for your Thailand Pass.

A Filipino citizen will fall into one of two categories.

  • Vaccinated
  • Unvaccinated

The paperwork and process are a little different for each category, so have a close read to work out which works best for you.

Thailand Pass Requirements

Vaccinated:
Filipinos who are fully vaccinated no longer need to complete any mandatory quarantine when they arrive.

They will apply for a Thailand Pass and upload the required documents for approval. Once they arrive, vaccinated Filipino visitors are free to travel and stay anywhere in Thailand.

The documents a vaccinated Filipino needs when applying for a Thailand Pass are:

  • Passport details
  • A flight itinerary
  • Travel insurance with COVID coverage
  • Vaccination certificate

Unvaccinated:
A Filipino visitor who is unvaccinated or partially vaccinated has the option of completing an RT-PCR test or Pro-ATK test.

Travelers will need to complete an RT-PCR/Pro-ATK test within 72 hours of departure from the Philippines and before they apply for a Thailand Pass. The result needs to be uploaded to the application for approval.

Filipino citizens who choose this method will be free to travel anywhere in Thailand on arrival.

The documents needed for this method of entry are:

  • Passport details
  • A flight itinerary
  • Travel insurance with COVID coverage
  • A pre-departure RT-PCR/Pro-ATK test result no older than 72 hours before traveling

COVID Insurance Requirements for Thailand Pass

Because foreign travelers are not eligible for free medical care in Thailand, the Thai government has included travel insurance with covid cover as part of their entry requirements.

They understand no matter how hard we try to curb the spread of COVID, things can still go wrong and people can still test positive. 

If a visitor tests positive for covid, they will need to quarantine or isolate until fully recovered. The standard of insurance cover ensures a foreign traveler is protected and can cover any medical costs or treatments that accrue during their recovery. 

To have your insurance approved in Thailand Pass, it must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum cover of $10,000 USD for medical expenses and treatment.
  • It must specifically state that it covers Covid-related incidents.
  • It must remain valid for the entire length of your stay in Thailand.

If your policy meets these requirements, it will be approved. However, if you would like a policy that is flexible and designed specifically to meet the standards set by Thai authorities, check out the AXA Sawasdee Thailand policy. As a trusted insurer in Thailand, this policy is guaranteed to be approved.

Get your Thailand Pass Insurance here: https://u.axa.co.th/Sawasdee_Siamlegal

COVID Travel Insurance Thailand

Applying for your Thailand Pass

Now you know what you need to apply for a Thailand Pass, let’s look at how you apply.

The first few steps are the same for each category of visitor.

  1. Go to the Thailand Pass web portal: https://tp.consular.go.th/
  2. Choose whether you will enter Thailand by Air or Land.

Now your vaccination and choice of entry scheme come into effect.

Vaccinated travelers:

  • Input personal details. This will include your country of departure, arriving flight number, and address of where you will stay on your first night.
  • Upload your passport, flight itinerary, insurance policy, and vaccination certificate.
  • Submit and receive a confirmation email after registration
  • Check your email for the instant Thailand Pass approval.

Once approved, you will receive an email with your QR Entry Code and Thai Pass ID.

Unvaccinated travelers with RT-PCR or Pro-ATK test:

  • Input personal details. This will include your country of departure, arriving flight number, and address of where you will stay on your first night.
  • Upload your passport, flight itinerary, insurance policy, and RT-PCR/Pro-ATK test result.
  • Submit and receive a confirmation email after registration
  • Check your email for the instant Thailand Pass approval.

Once approved, you will receive an email with your Thai Pass QR Entry Code and ID.

Unvaccinated travelers doing Alternate Quarantine:

  • Input personal details. This will include your country of departure, arriving flight number, and address of your SHA+ Quarantine hotel.
  • Upload your passport, flight itinerary, insurance policy, and hotel booking confirmation.
  • Submit and receive a confirmation email after registration
  • Wait for the Thailand Pass approval. They will normally approve within 24 – 48 hours.

Once approved, you will receive an email with your QR Entry Code and Thailand Pass ID.

Checking your Thailand Pass Status

“How do I know if my Thailand Pass has been approved?!”

This question is asked a lot, so it’s worth covering. 

When you hit submit on your application, you will receive an email confirmation. You should then receive your approval and Thai Pass QR code in a second email.
If you do not receive your QR code within an hour, you can check the status of your application at: https://tp.consular.go.th/en/check-status

You will need your:

  • Access code
  • Passport Number
  • Email address

Thailand Pass for Children

It’s easy to travel when it is just you, or with a partner. Traveling with children can be complex. They can’t organize their own flights, or insurance, or hotels. Parents are responsible for everything, so Thailand Pass tries to make traveling with children simple.

This is how Thailand Pass works for kids:

  • Children under the age of 18 can be added to a parent’s application. They do not need a separate application. Once the Thailand Pass is approved, the parent and the child will receive their own QR code.
  • Children under 18 will need to be covered by insurance. They can have their own policy or be included in a family policy. If you are getting a family policy, make sure all names are clearly stated.
  • Children enter the country under the same scheme as their parents. If you are vaccinated and don’t need a test, your child does not need one. If you are doing an RT-PCR test, your child will complete a test as well.

That’s it! Visiting Thailand with your children is simple if done right.

Now you know what you need to complete your Thailand Pass application and how you get it approved.

It is time to get back out into the world. Countries are hungry to meet new people and airlines are making it affordable with great flight deals. Now is the time to break the isolation of the last two years and rediscover the wonderful things around you.

Do Filipino Citizens Need a Visa for Thailand?

Thailand Pass is not a visa or a permit to stay in Thailand. It is a permit to enter Thailand during the pandemic. 

Philippine citizens may enter Thailand without a visa. They can enter under the Visa Exemption program. Under the Visa Exemption program, Filipino citizens may stay up to 30 days in Thailand. This 30-day permit can be extended for another 30 days at any local immigration in Thailand. 

For Filipino travelers who wish to stay in Thailand longer than 60 days or are entering Thailand for a different purpose other than tourism, they are required to apply for a proper Thai visa. They may apply one of the following visas:

  • Tourist Visa (TR visa) for tourists who can stay up to 60 days with 30 days extension.
  • Non-Immigrant B Visa for business or employment purposes
  • Non-Immigrant O visa for Singaporean citizens married to a Thai or a parent of a Thai national
  • Non-Immigrant O visa for retirees
  • Non-Immigrant OA visa for retirees
  • Non-Immigrant ED visa for students

To apply for a Thai visa, Filipino citizens may visit:

https://thaiembassymnl.ph/

Royal Thai Embassy in the Philippines

To learn more about the different visa options or for more information on visa application, Filipino passport holders who are currently in the Philippines may contact the Thai Embassy or Consulate.

Royal Thai Embassy Manila
107 Rada, Legazpi Village, Makati,
1229 Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone: +63288154219
Email: [email protected]

http://www.thaiembassymnl.ph/ 

For Filipinos Who Need to Book a Hotel for Thailand

Our recommendation for booking hotels in Thailand is to use Agoda.com

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20 Comments

  1. Janna Maglinao
    June 27, 2022
    Reply

    Greetings! While you highly recommend the providers on your website, I would like to know if other options such as Oriental Assurance Corporation will be accepted. My inquiry refers to their Travel Insurance (Asia Travel) which covers:
    – Asian countries;
    – 10, 000USD worth of Medical Expenses; &
    – Covid-19 expenses.

    • June 28, 2022

      Hi Janna,

      Yes, you can use other insurance provider of your choice, as long it meets the requirements for covid coverage of USD 10,000.

      Thank you

  2. Cha
    June 19, 2022
    Reply

    Hi…
    does thai pass have expiry?
    how can i direct my other queries email direct to you personally?

    • June 20, 2022

      Hi Cha,

      You cannot able to use it after the date of your enrolled flight. It is an entry requirements, nothing to worries leaving out from Thailand.

      Thank you

  3. Garry White
    June 17, 2022
    Reply

    Hi
    The Thai embassy recommends to buy Medical &Covid6insurance through AXA insurance company, but ,why the AXA insurance company does not provide medical insurance including Covid-19 for people over 75 years old. I am 78 years old, so I can’t buy this insurance through AXA . I think this is an age discrimination that it should not be allowed.

    • June 17, 2022

      Hi Garry,

      Please contact the insurance provider https://direct.axa.co.th/TA-Inbound/CoverageOptionPlan?utm_source=Agent_Partner&utm_medium=Direct_SiamLegal&utm_campaign=Sawasdee_SiamLegal , they can offer plan that suitable on your case.

      Thank you.

    • Gloria zarcilla
      June 20, 2022

      Can i travel with an unvaccinated child below 18 yrs of age if i am not the parent but i am declared as the childs legal guardian in his travel clearance?
      Since we are traveling in august 2022, so there is no need for the covid insurance coverage and the Thailand travel pass?

    • June 21, 2022

      Hi Gloria,

      Yes, but make sure that you have a proof of documents that you is his/her guardian. Thailand Pass will be removed on July 1, and insurance is optional.

      Thank you

  4. Efren Esmade
    June 15, 2022
    Reply

    When are we going to apply for Thaipass if we are departing london on the 6th july and arriving bankok on the 7th july.Can we register for Thaipass aday before leaving london. Thanks for the advice.

    • June 17, 2022

      Hi Efren,

      You can apply a week before or now, application process takes only 30 minutes to an hour.

      Thank you

  5. Efren Esmade
    June 14, 2022
    Reply

    Need advice we are traveling from london via Austrian airlines to philippines with lay over 22hrs and baggage recheck in Bkk on 7 july22 and nx flite the following day 8 july 22.,we have med. insurance from 21Feb.22 to jul 7,22. Do we still need a new one to chk in for the nx flite and thailand pass. Thanks

    • June 15, 2022

      Hi Efren,

      You can use your insurance if it will meet the requirements for covid medical coverage of minimum USD 10,000 and since you need to recheck in baggage for the next flight, you need to apply Thailand Pass .

      Thank you

  6. Neil
    June 10, 2022
    Reply

    Your reply was “ You can put hotel address in applying Thailand Pass.”. BUT I am not staying at any hotel as I am in BANGKOK for only 12 hours, so I cannot “put hotel address” please advise

    • June 10, 2022

      Dear Neil,

      If you are staying at the airport, you can provide the airport address.
      Thank you.

  7. neil
    June 10, 2022
    Reply

    I take a morning flight to Bangkok from KL/Singapore. I will leave Bangkok on a different carrier to Africa just after midnight ie spend 12 hours in Bangkok (it is not a through ticket). I plan to go into the city, but there is no need for me to book a hotel. The Thailand Pass seems to stipulate that one should enter the “hotel booking”. But I will not be staying at a hotel. Could you advise please (I do not wish my Thailand Pass application to be rejected because of this). Thank you.

    • June 10, 2022

      Hi Neil,

      You can put hotel address in applying Thailand Pass.

      Thank you

  8. Paula
    June 8, 2022
    Reply

    What if it the Thai Pass QR code approved has my Given Name and Family Name switched. Would it be a problem or should I re-apply?

    • June 10, 2022

      Hi Paula,

      Yes, you can reapply it only takes 30 minutes.

      Thank you

  9. Nelsen Canuel
    June 7, 2022
    Reply

    How much is a the insurance if your a filipino? Per head?