Thailand Travel Restrictions


Thailand Travel Restrictions 2021

Thailand Travel Restrictions 2021

After months of strict travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand is gearing up for a return to normalcy by easing some travel restrictions and quarantine requirements and allowing normal tourists to enter the country.

Travelers around the world are now keen to find out when and how they can travel to Thailand in 2021. What important things do travelers need to know if they are planning to fly to Thailand? Here are some helpful information for you.

Do You Need a Visa to Enter Thailand?

General tourists are not required to apply for a Thai Visa. Since December 2020, travelers from countries under the Visa Exemption Scheme are not required to obtain a Thai visa to travel to Thailand. The Thai immigration will allow the foreigner to stay in Thailand for 45 days with an option to extend for another 30 days at any local immigration office in Thailand.

If you wish to stay longer in Thailand, please know that the normal 60-day Tourist Visa, 90-day Special tourist visa, Thai Elite Visa, and other non-immigrant visas are also available at the Thai Embassy or Consulate around the world.

Certificate of Entry (COE)

Everyone planning to come to Thailand should know that having a valid COE is mandatory during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COE or Certificate of Entry is an official document issued to Thai nationals and Foreign nationals who are permitted to enter Thailand. It confirms that you meet the entry requirements as set by the Thai government and you are accepted to enter Thailand.

Foreigners who wish to travel to Thailand must register for the COE at coethailand.mfa.go.th It is advised by the Royal Thai Embassy/ Consulate-General to submit your COE application at least 5 to 15 days before your scheduled departure. You cannot enter Thailand until you have received your COE, so make sure you start the application process well in advance.

After you have obtained a Certificate of Entry into the country, Thailand allows you to fly to Thailand on the flights specified on that particular date. The Certificate of Entry COE for Thailand is issued free of charge.

Thailand COVID Insurance for Foreigners

All foreigners traveling to Thailand must provide a travel insurance policy before departing to Thailand. The COVID travel insurance certificate must be submitted to the Thai embassy when applying for the visa and COE Certificate of Entry and needs to state explicitly that the health insurance is for 100,000 USD or more and COVID-19 is covered. The insurance policy must cover the duration of your stay in Thailand. If your insurance does not meet these requirements, you will not be allowed to travel to Thailand.

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Thailand ASQ (Mandatory Quarantine)

All travelers both Thai nationals and foreign nationals are required to undergo a mandatory quarantine at the accredited ASQ Hotels in Thailand accredited by the Ministry of Health.

Thailand is making it easier for international travelers to enter the country after the start of a vaccination campaign against COVID-19. Starting April 1, 2021, for both foreigners and Thai travelers arriving in Thailand from most countries the mandatory quarantine period is going to be reduced from 14 days to 10 days.

However, it’s important to note that this reduced quarantine period in Thailand will not be applied for those coming from countries with a COVID variant, such as the UK and Africa, who will still need to complete a 14-day quarantine under the original regulations.

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What If I am Vaccinated?

Travelers will be able to shorten their mandatory quarantine period from two weeks to 7 days, subject to a certificate of vaccination or the so-called “vaccine passport”.

Requirements:

  • Certificate of vaccination completed at least 14 days before arrival in Thailand.
  • Covid-19 Free Certificate, within 72 hours before departure

Note: Please check with your ASQ Hotel if you will qualify for the 7-day quarantine package.

Additional Updates

For foreigners coming to Thailand, a fit-to-fly certificate will no longer be required. Only COVID-19 RT-PCR test results taken within 72 hours are needed. For Thai nationals, they may choose to submit either a fit-to-fly certificate or COVID-19 medical certificate.

When Will Flights to Thailand Resume?

Regarding flights to Thailand, the normal commercial passenger flights into Thailand have been suspended until further notice. Nevertheless, the Thai government-organized repatriation flights to Thailand on a regular basis and also allowed semi-commercial flights or charter flights for passengers to enter Thailand. Before booking flights to Thailand, travelers should ensure that they study the different categories of visas granted to foreign nationals at this time to determine the possibility of travel.

You may find the list of semi-commercial flights HERE.

Note: Both land and sea borders will remain closed to foreign travelers.

List of ASQ Hotels

The ASQ Hotel Quarantine packages include not only accommodation but also full board meals, transportation to the hotel, stand-by nurses, and COVID-19 tests that are conducted by the partner hospital during the quarantine. Here are some of the highly recommended ASQ hotels in Bangkok offering the new 10-day ASQ packages:

Conclusion

As entry requirements and travel restrictions for foreigners entering Thailand might slightly vary depending on the country and traveler, we would recommend for you to contact your local Thai embassy or consulate before making any plans or reservations. You may also leave your questions in the comment section below.

28 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Aaron
    April 11, 2021
    Reply

    Is it correct – that the ability to do a 60 day extension for COVID expired March 30/April 1 and Thailand is no longer accepting these 60 day extensions? I am traveling mid May and wanted the peace of mind knowing I could extend to 60 days from 30 days.

    Do you know if and when they will allow the 60 day COVID extension again?

    Thanks again for all of your great insight and appreciation.

    • Rex
      April 13, 2021

      Dear Aaron,
      Good day.
      It has been extended. The 60-day extension due to COVID is still available until May 29th.
      Thank you.

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    Aaron
    April 9, 2021
    Reply

    Rex, after the COE is submitted, I don’t see on the website where one can check the application. I don’t see a “confirm trip” menu. Where is this located or what is the link?

    • Rex
      April 9, 2021

      Dear Aaron,
      Good day.
      You can got to the same website and use the blue button “check result” using your passport, name and last name and the 6-digit PIN.
      Thank you.

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    Aaron
    April 8, 2021
    Reply

    Rex,

    1. I am fully vaccinated and coming from the US. Is my quarantine 7 or 10 days?

    2. I understand I am 45 days visa exempt also. If I choose to go with the Certificate of Entry visa free option and stay for 45 days, and I extend for another 30 days at the immigration office in Thailand, is there any option to stay even longer?

    3. Am I able to fly a commercial passenger aircraft to Thailand? Media and news articles stated that with the STV, a charter or private flight was required.

    Has this changed? Can passengers arrive to Thailand through regular commercial air?

    4. Should the return ticket be for 30 or 45 days? If extending, can the return date on the ticket run past that?

    • Rex
      April 9, 2021

      Dear Aaron,
      Good day.
      The quarantine period for your ASQ is 7 days.
      Yes, you can use the Medium Term Visitor-Visa Exemption when you apply for the COE. Once you are in Thailand, your can extend it for 30 days normal extension or you can extend it for 60 days COVID extension.
      Semi-commercial flights are permitted to travel to Thailand. Just be ready because some of these flights gets cancelled a few days before the flight. Yes, coming from the US, you can use Qatar, ANA or even Emirates.
      Return flight must be within 45 days (you can cancel later) and the COVID 19 insurance must be 60 days.
      Thank you.

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    April 8, 2021
    Reply

    Hi, I want to travel to Phuket on April 22. I have received the covid vaccination. Do I have to buy the airfare before applying for the COE?
    Can I transit BKK for connecting flight and do the 7 day ASQH in Phuket?

    Thank you for your informative posts, it is very helpful for planning trips to Thailand.

    • Rex
      April 13, 2021

      Dear Fritz,
      Good day.
      The COE or certificate of entry is required for all travelers to Thailand, foreigners and Thais. Flight booking with return flight within 45 days is required if you would like to use the visa exemption. You also need to book a 7-day quarantine at an ASQ hotel in Phuket and you must also have a COVID 19 travel insurance.
      The COVID test must be done within 72 hours prior to your flight to Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Nia
    April 7, 2021
    Reply

    Hello,

    Does Thailand accept the Johnson & Johson vaccine?

    Thank you

    • Rex
      April 13, 2021

      Dear Nia,
      Good day.
      Yes, you can upload your vaccination certificate when you apply for the COE online. You will be allowed to quarantine for 7 days.
      Thank you.

  6. Avatar
    Rachel
    April 6, 2021
    Reply

    Hello Rex, I just want to make sure, as people I know have been confused about the current restrictions for entering Thailand. My mother, as a tourist coming from America, will not need a visa before she flies, correct? She will be able to simply enter the country, with the right documents, and get a visa on arrival, is that right? And she won’t be restricted to where she can travel to after quarantine in Bangkok?

    Thank you so much for providing such clear answers to all questions!

    • Rex
      April 6, 2021

      Dear Rachel,
      Good day.
      Yes, you are correct that your mother can travel to Thailand without visa. She can stay for 45 days. However, she must apply for COE or certificate of entry. She must do it online. She must choose MEDIUM TERM VISITOR- VISA EXEMPTION. She needs to upload her two-way flight information, ASQ hotel for 7 or 10 days, COVID 19 insurance. Yes, you are correct that she can travel to any province without restriction after completing the quarantine. As of today, April 6, Bangkok is on red zone but so far there is no official announcement if people coming from Bangkok to another province will have to self-isolate.
      Thank you.

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    Lee
    April 4, 2021
    Reply

    When do you expect travel without quarantine if fully vaccinated?

    • Rex
      April 6, 2021

      Dear Lee,
      Based on the 4-stage plan of the government, that would be October 2021.
      Thank you.

  8. Avatar
    Roman
    April 4, 2021
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    Hey Rex,

    When traveling to Thailand after quarantaining for 10 days can you travel freely within Thailand? Or can you only stay in your hotel and stay there for your holiday?

    I like to travel around the country and visit multiple locations.

    I hope you can answer these questions.

    Roman

    • Rex
      April 6, 2021

      Dear Roman,
      Good day.
      Yes, you may travel to other provinces after you have completed your ASQ in Bangkok. You will receive a certificate from your ASQ Hotel stating you have no COVID 19 and you can travel to other parts of Thailand. Please make sure also that your COVID 19 Insurance will cover the duration of your trip.
      Thank you.

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    Eli
    April 3, 2021
    Reply

    Hi,
    Can I request the COE while I am in a different country than my home country and fly from there? Because my country, which is eligible to fly on the non visa scheme has many flight cancellations and no direct flights so I don’t want to take the chance the flight will be cancelled, so I prefer to go first to a country which has direct flights to Thailand and book from there.
    Thanks

    • Rex
      April 6, 2021

      Dear Eli,
      Good day.
      Yes, you can apply for the Visa Exemption COE online even if you are not in your country. You need to apply for the COE in the country where your flight will depart. The application for the COE will take 3 to 15 days so it is better to apply for it earlier as possible. You need to prepare a scanned copy of your passport, bank statement, return flight, ASQ Hotel reservation, COVID 19 Insurance and you must have a COVID PCR test before the flight.
      Thank you.

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    Leonel R. Garza
    April 2, 2021
    Reply

    Hello,
    What about for people that arrived in Thailand before April 1st and already in quarantine for 14 days. Can the quarantine time be reduced to 7 or 10 days if you are already vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine?

    • Rex
      April 6, 2021

      Dear Leonel,
      The new order is applicable to those who are arriving in Thailand on April 1 and onward. Those who are qualified, will have in their COE that they will have 7 or 10 days quarantine. For those who are already in Thailand, you will have to complete the quarantine at the ASQ Hotel that you have already booked.
      Thank you.

  11. Avatar
    March 30, 2021
    Reply

    SIR, DO YOU HAVE ANY HEALTH CERTIFICATE SAMPLE OR ANY FORMAT AVILABLE ?

    • Rex
      March 30, 2021

      Dear Jignesh?
      Do you mean Insurance Certificate or the COVID test Certificate?
      The Fit-to-Fly Certificate is not required starting April 2, 2021.
      Thank you.

  12. Avatar
    March 30, 2021
    Reply

    My daughter 11 years old born in Thailand and still live their, I plan come and visit her for one week. I have had both of my vaccination shots. my last shot was one month ago. what will my Requirements be? Do I have to stay in Bangkok before I can go to our home.

    • Rex
      April 6, 2021

      Dear Carl,
      If your nationality is under the Visa Exemption program. You may avail the 45-day visa exemption and you only need to apply for the COE online. You need to have a return flight, ASQ Hotel booking, COVID 19 Insurance for Thailand, COVID 19 PCR test and you need to show the vaccination certificate. You will have to undergo 7-day quarantine and after that, you are free to visit your child in the province.
      Thank you.

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    Lerwen
    March 29, 2021
    Reply

    Hi, I have a smart visa to stay in Thailand. I am in Austria now and plan to return to Thailand in early May 2021, with the latest policy starting April 1st, could you pls advise if I still need a COE? I understand I need to present covid-test results (negative) before traveling and book a 10 day ASQ. is there anything I need to prepare before flight?

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    Tommy Matarese
    March 29, 2021
    Reply

    HI. What is the 60 day Tourist Visa and can both a US citizen and Myanmar citizen obtain one.
    If so what is the requirements to obtain one.
    Thank You

    • Rex
      April 6, 2021

      Dear Tommy,
      Yes, both US and Myanmar nationals can apply for the 60-day TR visa from the Thai Embassy in Yangoon. It is a tourist visa that will allow you to stay for 60 days in Thailand with possibility of extending it for 30 days inside Thailand. You need to apply for the visa and after that you will apply for the COE to enter Thailand. You need to have ASQ Hotel, COVID 19 Travel Insurance and you must have COVID 19 PCR test.
      Thank you.

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