With the situation that COVID-19 is causing to the world, it is just right to exercise a high degree of caution wherever a person might be. This includes practicing precautionary measures, like wearing masks and social distancing.
Are you a Canadian traveler who wishes to travel to Thailand? For more information for Canadian travel advisories, please continue to read.
Traveling to Thailand – Exercise High Degree of Caution
According to the COVID-19 regulations map of the Canadian International Airport Transport Association (IATA), Thailand belonged in a partially restrictive area where it is suggested for Canadian travelers to exercise a high degree of caution.
The risk level of Thailand is considered to have safety and security concerns that a traveler might need to consider upon traveling due to continued political tensions and intermittent protests in Bangkok and other parts of the country.
Travelers are advised to be updated with the sudden changes. They are advised to monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.
Canada, Visa Exempted Country
If a Canadian traveler wants to proceed to travel to Thailand with the purpose of tourism, there is no need for the traveler to apply or bring a Thailand tourist visa. Canada is included in the list of visa exempted countries to enter Thailand but with a maximum limitation to stay in the country for only 30 days.
Also, Canada is included in the list of low-risk countries that are allowed to stay in Thailand through the Test-and-Go and Sandbox program where the traveler is allowed to enter Thailand without mandatory quarantine or sandbox stay.
Places in Thailand to Avoid
Can Canadians travel to Thailand? Traveling to Thailand is possible, however, there are specific places that a traveler must avoid.
According to safety and security Canadian travel advisory, due to the volatile security situation in the following southern provinces, avoid any travel to and through the following places:
There may be separatist insurgents carrying out violent attacks on a regular basis. Therefore COVID-19 is not the only situation that Canadian have to consider in traveling to Thailand.
Preventative Measures and Restrictions
Before traveling, all eligible Canadian travelers should complete a COVID-19 vaccination in Canada. When traveling internationally, anyone who has not finished the vaccination is at a higher risk of contracting the virus that causes COVID-19.
It is also important for Canadian travelers to note that, though Thailand has available excellent healthcare, medical services in Thailand are not exactly the same in Canada. It is suggested by the Canadian authorities for travelers to pack a travel health kit.
To contain the spread of COVID-19, there are preventative measures and restrictions that Canadian travelers might need to know upon staying in Thailand. The preventative measures and restrictions are the following:
- Travelers are obligated to wear face-mask.
- There might be imposed curfews, and lockdowns depending on the location that a traveler chooses to go or stay.
- Travelers are obligated to show proof of vaccination or negative result from a COVID-19 test to gain access to public services and venues.
Note that Thai authorities may refuse to recognize or accept vaccination certificates produced by Canadian provinces and territories. A translation, notarization, authentication, or legality of the document may be required.
Traveling Requirements to Thailand from Canada
Governments from all over the world, including Thailand, have strict requirements for foreigners who want to pass through borders due to COVID-19. It is important to know these requirements to avoid delays in case one proceeds to enter the borders of Thailand:
- T.8 Form
- Proof of sufficient funds
- Thailand Pass
- Visa (if not tourism purposes)
- Declaration form (for Thailand)
- Downloaded application: ThailandPlus
- Regular Canadian Passport (6 months validity)
- Proof of booked flight
- Proof of confirmed SHA+ approved ASQ/ALSQ hotel booking
- Travel or Health insurance policy with COVID-19 coverage and a minimum of $50,000
- Proof of negative COVID-19 test result performed using the RT-PCR method, issued not more than 72 hours before departure.
- An entry stamp upon entry to Thailand. A Canadian traveler must obtain an entry stamp from an immigration official. Obtaining a visa, visa extension, or entry stamp in Thailand through visa shops or travel brokers is not recommended
Purchasing Travel Insurance
If a Canadian is to travel outside Canada, it is important and is required by Canadian authorities, including Thai authorities, to purchase travel insurance before leaving.
Why does a Canadian traveler need to purchase travel insurance? Well, to give you an idea of why, listed below are the reasons:
- The traveler’s medical bills will not be paid by the Canadian government.
- Foreign hospitals might be expensive and may require you to pay in cash.
- Canadian health insurance, provincial or territorial, may not cover the traveler’s medical expenses when outside of Canada.
- If one does not have adequate insurance or money to pay the costs of treatment, there might be a possibility that hospitals and clinics will refuse to treat you.
COVID-19 Coverage from Travel Insurance
In purchasing travel/health insurance to travel to Thailand from Canada there should be at least $50,000 coverage in the insurance that will cover COVID-19 related incidents, specific coverage that the Thai authorities for travelers to consider include:
- Medical coverage that will cover COVID-19 treatment costs.
- Life Insurance Coverage that will cover COVID-19 death costs.
- Unexpected Expenses Coverage that will cover COVID-19 related unexpected situations like missing flights and loss of baggage.
You can purchase the COVID Insurance on this link:
Flying from Canada to Thailand
In traveling from Canada to Thailand, of course, one needs transportation to arrive there. There are some available flights from Canada to Thailand. Some airlines that are operating flights to such routes include the following:
- Air Canada
- Air France
- Thai Airways
- Qatar Airways
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Before traveling to Thailand, it is suggested to gather and prepare important required documents to lessen the time that will be consumed upon checking the requirements.
Royal Thai Embassy, Ottawa
There is a Thai Embassy that could be located in Canada, the address is 180 Island Park Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 0A2. And Thai consulates can be found in the areas of Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.
For assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to email@example.com or 722-4444. For the application for a visa, please visit Royal Thai Embassy, Ottawa website.
Note: Canadian traveler is solely responsible for his/her decision to travel and advised to take care of his/her security and safety during their travels in Thailand.