(Updated on January 9, 2023 at 4PM)
UPDATED THAILAND TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that Thailand continues to welcome all international tourists under the fully-reopen-to-tourism policy that was introduced on 1 October 2022.
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, said “International travelers arriving in Thailand are not required to show proof of vaccination.”
In addition, foreign tourists are not required to show ATK or RT-PCR test results.
However, while Thailand is welcoming all visitors, a visitor’s country of origin or next country of destination may require incoming visitors including their own nationals returning home to have a negative PCR result.
Thus, Thailand is aiming to correspond with the rules of these countries and does require COVID insurance for visitors from these countries or visitors to Thailand continuing on to these countries, in the case they test positive while in Thailand. Among such countries are China and India.
After months of strict travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand is gearing up for a return to normalcy by easing some travel restrictions and quarantine requirements to allow tourists to enter the country.
Travelers around the world are now keen to find out when and how they can travel to Thailand in 2022. What important things do travelers need to know about Thailand Travel Restrictions if they are planning to fly to the Land of Smiles? Here is some helpful information for you.
Required Documents for Travel to Thailand in July 2022
Please have the following documents ready.
- Visa (if required)
- Buy Thailand Travel Insurance
- Flight Itinerary
- Hotel booking confirmation
- Vaccination record (if vaccinated)
- COVID-19 test result (if unvaccinated)
Incorrect documents will delay the entry screening to Thailand.
Latest News as of October 1, 2022
- For up-to-date information and weekly updates regarding current Thailand travel restrictions, please visit the Weekly Updates for Thailand Travel Restrictions.
- Starting October 1, 2022, Thailand will be no COVID entry requirements. To learn more about the new entry requirements, please visit: Thailand Travel Restrictions for October 1.
- Before traveling to Thailand, we highly recommend purchasing your COVID travel Insurance and booking your hotel stay:
- Travelers may join our Facebook Group to ask questions, get help and read the latest developments: https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtoenterthailand
Travel to Thailand
Travelers may enter Thailand with or without quarantine based on their vaccination status and country of departure.
New entry requirements are being introduced on July 1, 2022. To know how you will need to enter Thailand as a vaccinated or unvaccinated traveler, please see below.
Vaccinated Travelers – Vaccinated travelers will need to have a copy of their vaccination certificate on hand before boarding a flight and on arrival. Children under 18 who are traveling with vaccinated parents do not need to complete any RT-PCR or Pro-ATK test before departing.
Unvaccinated Travelers – Before coming to Thailand, unvaccinated travelers need to complete an RT-PCR or Professional Antigen (Pro-ATK) test through a clinic or medical professional. The test result must be issued within 72 hours before departing for Thailand.
An ATK (RAT) home test is not acceptable. Children under 18 traveling with unvaccinated parents also need to complete a test.
With the removal of the Thailand Pass, airlines, and Immigration Officers will conduct random checks of passengers to confirm Covid requirements are met. It is best to have your Vaccination or Covid Test certificate available to show upon inspection.
Do You Need a Visa to Enter Thailand?
Visitors from countries under the Visa Exemption List are not required to obtain a Thai visa in order to travel to Thailand for tourism purposes. The Thai Immigration Bureau will allow foreigners to stay in Thailand for 30 days. Tourists will be able to apply for a 30 days visa extension at any local immigration office in Thailand.
If you wish to stay longer or are traveling for a purpose other than tourism, please know that the normal 60-day Tourist Visa, Thai Elite Visa, and other non-immigrant visas are available at Thai Embassies or Consulates around the world.
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
Applying for Thailand Pass
Starting July 1, 2022, Thailand Pass is no longer required for foreign travelers entering Thailand.
Vaccinated travelers do not need to provide proof of vaccination before arriving. Unvaccinated travelers (including children traveling with unvaccinated parents) will need to complete an RT-PCR or Professional Antigen Test (Pro-ATK) test 72 hours before departing for Thailand.
Thailand COVID Insurance for Foreigners
It is recommended for foreigners traveling to Thailand to have a travel insurance policy before departing to Thailand. This is for their protection during the course of their trip to Thailand.
Having a reliable travel insurance policy that covers disruptions beyond Covid protects the investment you’ve made so you can feel secure and covered while enjoying what Thailand has to offer.
Purchasing a protection is affordable than paying the hospital bill out from your pocket. The average travel insurance cost for a trip to Thailand is only around $100 to $150.
Foreigners can get a Thailand travel insurance policy covering COVID-19 easily and conveniently. Visitors can buy the travel insurance online with a credit card and the insurance policy and COVID-19 certificate will be sent to you instantly.
Purchase your COVID Travel Insurance for foreigners HERE.
When Will Flights to Thailand Resume?
Regarding flights to Thailand, the normal commercial passenger flights are operating as normal. 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.
Check within your country’s state department for travel advisories during COVID-19.
How to choose your quarantine hotel if unvaccinated?
You have to consider first what your needs are before booking a hotel room to make your quarantine stay as comfortable as possible.
Do some research before booking any quarantine hotel room for your travel plan. Consider your budget, room size, and hotel policies. Quarantine rules often change and are sometimes on short notice, so it is important to understand the hotel cancellation and refund policies before you confirm your booking.
Check the hotel reviews to get feedback from the customer experiences. Ask the right questions. This will help make your decision. Find a focal point between comfort, amenities, and price.
List of Quarantine Hotels in Bangkok
The SHA+ Alternate Quarantine packages include not only accommodation but also full board meals, transportation to the hotel, standby 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 ASQ and Test and Go packages:
Foreign travelers who do not wish to stay in designated Alternative Quarantine or AQ may opt to spend their mandatory quarantine in Golf Quarantine, Yacht Quarantine, and Villa Quarantine accredited by the Thai government, to boost the tourism sector.
Travel Advisory for Thailand
Tourism is vital to the economy of Thailand. The Thai government has reopened the Kingdom of Thailand to foreign visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic with certain restrictions.
It is important to review news about fast-changing developments within the country before you make travel plans. Information is available on this website and on government sites listed below.
Please research your destination of travel so you have a pleasant experience for your stay in Thailand.
List of Countries that may allow Travel to Thailand (Check with your Embassy for Travel Advisory):
- United States citizens should check with the US Department of State for any travel advisory, news, and emergency situations on their website for Thailand Travel Advisory.
- United Kingdom citizens can check for travel restrictions and news on the FDCO website for Foreign Travel Advice Thailand.
- Australian citizens still must obtain government approval to travel to Thailand. News, emergency assistance, or other important information can be found on their government site COVID-19 and travel Thailand and the Australian Embassy Thailand website for Australians in Thailand.
Travel requirements and restrictions for foreigners entering Thailand might slightly vary depending on the country and traveler.
We recommend contacting your local Thai embassy or consulate before making any plans or reservations. You may also leave your questions in the comment section.
Top 20 Questions Asked this Week by our Visitors
Can you do the Test and Go option if flying directly to Phuket?
From May 1 2022, Test & Go and Sandbox are no longer required for vaccinated travelers visiting Phuket. You may enter under the new No Quarantine program starting May 1.
Recommend Alternate Quarantine program hotels in Phuket?
For the unvaccinated travelers, entering the the Alternative Quarantine program, you can find a list of Phuket SHA+/AQ hotels at Agoda.com.
Can I transit to Phuket if I land in Bangkok?
Now that Test & Go, Sandbox, and RT-PCR testing requirements have been removed, travelers under the new No Quarantine program can fly domestically as soon as they land in Thailand.
How do I buy an ATK test for Day-5 testing?
Normally your Day 1 SHA+ hotel will provide you with the ATK test, but you can also purchase an ATK self-test from pharmacies and 7-11’s in Thailand. They cost between 100-150 Thai baht. For the vaccinated travelers who enter Thailand on May 1 onward, ATK testing is optional.
How do I report my Day-5 ATK test?
For travelers who enter Thailand before May 1, 2022, you will take a photo of your test result side-by-side with your passport. You upload your ATK result through the MorChana App. On arrival in Thailand, you need to download and install MorChana:
Does anyone have any theories on when all these requirements will be removed?
There are many changes proposed over the months of May & July, but things change weekly. The current proposal is to remove all restrictions in July. This is not official. Check closer to this time for official correspondence.
Pre-departure PRC won’t be needed anymore from 1st April? Is it official?
Pre-departure RT-PCR tests are no longer needed after April 1 in Thailand. It is prudent to check with your airline or any transit countries to confirm their pre-departure test requirements.
From May 1, pre-departure RT-PCR testing is only required for unvaccinated travelers who do not want to do the 5-day Alternate Quarantine.
Do we still need RT-PCR on arrival after May 1?
No. The change on May 1 is to remove pre-departure RT-PCR tests. You still need to do a test when you arrive in Thailand before May 1.
Does anyone have information on requirements for children under 5 needing to be vaxxed for traveling?
Children aged below 18:
- Vaccination is not required but must travel with parents/legal guardian only
- Not required to present a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result upon arrival
What is the best way to find SHA+ hotels?
You can find listings for SHA+/AQ hotels in all areas at Agoda.
I am quarantining in Bangkok through Test & Go. How do I book my transport and RT-PCR?
Starting May 1, Test & Go is no longer required for vaccinated travelers. You do not need to book private SHA+ approved transport from the airport or an RT-PCR test.
Does my SHA+ package include test & transfer?
If you are unvaccinated, your hotel package should include transport and RT-PCR testing. Check with your hotel before booking.
If your final destination is Phuket or Samui, you will receive your test at the airport and need to book the test yourself at www.thailandpsas.com. Your hotel package needs to only include transport. After you have booked your RT PCR test, it is recommended to send a copy of your receipt to your hotel.
Can I rent a private car/taxi from the airport to the hotel?
Yes. Vaccinated travelers no longer need to quarantine so you can book private transport from the airport to you hotel
Does the hotel provide an ATK test?
Some do. If they do not, you can buy an ATK test from a pharmacy or 7-11 once outside quarantine.
What happens if I test positive on day 1 after a previous covid infection with a recovery certificate?
If your Day 1 test result is positive, the test center or hospital will make all arrangements to admit you to a hospital or suitable hotel (this will be decided on a case-by-case basis). Your expenses need to be covered by your insurance.
Positive Covid cases are assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you test positive on a Day 5 ATK test, you will report to the closest hospital or testing center. Depending on the severity of symptoms, you will be admitted to the hospital or be required to self-isolate in your hotel/accommodation for up to 14 days.
What insurance should I get?
Your insurance needs to offer coverage for a minimum of $10,000 USD and cover medical expenses relating to Covid-19. You can find trusted insurance coverage at AXA Thailand.
What happens after I get my AXA Insurance policy?
After applying for your AXA Insurance, you will receive an email with your policy. You can then upload the Certificate of Insurance into your Thai Pass application.
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