Travel to Thailand from China


Travel to Thailand from China

Traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic was a long and stressful process for any country, especially Thailand. Travelers had to jump through many hoops in order to leave home and visit somewhere abroad.

Ni hao, are you a Chinese traveler looking forward to entering Thailand? You will be happy to know that from July 1st, 2022, visiting Thailand is as easy as it was before the pandemic. Thailand has removed its travel restrictions and entry requirements for Chinese Travelers.

These are the major changes that will affect travelers from China:

  • Foreigners do not need to show proof of Covid Insurance.
  • All mandatory hotel quarantine has been removed.
  • Thailand Pass is no longer required for Chinese citizens travelers entering Thailand.
  • Vaccinated travelers do not need to provide proof of vaccination before arriving.
  • Unvaccinated travelers (including children traveling with unvaccinated parents) need to complete an RT-PCR or Professional Antigen Test (Pro-ATK) test 72 hours before departing for Thailand. Proof does not need to be uploaded before traveling.
  • Airlines and Thai Immigration will do random checks to confirm travelers meet Covid prevention requirements (vaccination certificate or Covid test).
  • Wearing masks is no longer compulsory.
  • The TM6 arrival card has been temporarily removed when entering Thailand.

Documents for Travel to Thailand in July 2022

  • Passport
  • Visa (if required)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flight Itinerary
  • Hotel booking
  • Vaccination record (if vaccinated)
  • COVID-19 test result (if unvaccinated)

Correct documents will speed up the entry screening to Thailand.

Easy Steps for Entering Thailand from China in 2022

Apply for a Thai Visa

China – Visa on Arrival

Chinese travelers can travel to Thailand and organize a “Visa on Arrival” as long as it is for the purpose of tourism. They may stay for a maximum of 15 days with this visa.

If you want to stay in Thailand longer than the Visa on Arrival allows, or are traveling for a purpose other than tourism, Siam Legal International law firm offers various Thailand Visa services for travelers from China. You may check our services through our website at: https://www.siam-legal.com/legal_services/thailand-visa-services.php

Long Term Visas for the Chinese

Tourist Visa and Special Tourist Visa (STV)

Chinese citizens may apply for a Tourist Visa from a Thai embassy or consulate. There is the normal 60-day tourist visa that can be extended for additional 30 days, and the 90-day Special Tourist Visa (STV), which allows two 90-day visa extensions at the local immigration office. There are certain requirements needed for the STV, but it allows a visitor to stay in Thailand for a potential 9 months. The STV will be available until September 2022.

Thai Elite Visa

If you wish to make Thailand easily accessible for many years to come or are perhaps thinking of relocating permanently, it is worth having a look at the Thailand Elite Visa.

The Thai Elite Visa allows Chinese citizens to live in Thailand for 5, 10, or even 20 years. Thai Elite members do not need to worry about some of the eligibility criteria needed when applying for other long-term visas.

The Thai Elite visa is exclusive and offers a host of benefits to holders. If you want to enjoy “Thai life” for the long term, you can read more about the Thailand Elite Visa.

Non-Immigrant Visa

Foreigners may also apply for a wide range of non-immigrant visas:

  • Non-immigrant B Visa – for conducting business or employment
  • Non-immigrant O visa – for visiting Thai spouse and family
  • Non-immigrant ED visa – for students of recognized institutions in Thailand and their Parents or Legal guardian
  • Non-immigrant O retirement visa – for those who wish to retire in Thailand
  • Non-immigrant OA and OX visa – for those who wish to obtain a Thailand retirement visa for a long stay (it differs from type O visa)

The above visas can be organized with a local Thai Embassy or Consulate in China. The paperwork can be quite involved, but there are companies that can help.

Siam Legal International is a reputable company in Thailand that has offered visa assistance to Indians for years. They are well versed in Thai immigration policies and processes. If you would like to streamline your long-term stay in Thailand, it is worth contacting them.

For visa application, you can apply for a visa through https://www.thaievisa.go.th/ or make an appointment to submit documents at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulates in China:

  • Royal Thai Embassy, Beijing located at  40 Guanghua Rd, Jian Wai Da Jie, Chaoyang, Beijing, China
  • Royal Thai Consulate, Chengdu located at 6 Hangkong Rd, Tongzilin, Wuhou District, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 610041
  • Royal Thai Consulate, Guang Zhuo located at 36 Youhe Rd, Kecun, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
  • Royal Thai Consulate, Shanghai located at 567 Weihai Rd, Jing’an District, Shanghai, China
  • Royal Thai Consulate, Nanning located at 52 Jinhu N Rd, Qingxiu District, Nanning, Guangxi, China

Vaccination status and entering Thailand

From July 1, 2022, a Thailand Pass application is no longer required. Citizens from China will be able to enter the country one of two ways.

  • Vaccinated Travelers – Vaccinated Chinese travelers do not need to complete any Covid tests before leaving China. They will need to have a copy of their vaccination certificate with them. 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 will 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 Japan.

An ATK (RAT) home test is not acceptable. Children under 18 traveling with unvaccinated parents also need to complete a test.

Airlines and Immigration 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.

Book your Flight to Thailand

Fly from China to Thailand and land at any internal airport! Airlines with available flights from China:

  • Scoot
  • Air China
  • Thai Airways
  • Cathay Pacific 
  • Singapore Airlines 

You can land at any international airport in Thailand and transit to other areas right away. There are no longer any “sealed” flights, though domestic flights may ask to see a vaccination certificate or test result before boarding. If you are traveling domestically, ATK self-tests are available at airports, pharmacies, and convenience stores.

Most international airlines follow the rules of the arrival country. If you are transiting through another country, it is best to check with the airline if you need to complete any tests for that country.

Book a Hotel

Vaccinated travelers or unvaccinated travelers who complete a 72-hour pre-departure RT-PCR/Pro-ATK test are welcome to book any accommodation. There are no quarantine requirements. SHA+ quarantine packages have been removed from most booking sites.

If you see a “Quarantine Package” listed, you do not need to choose it.

To find and compare the best hotels available in Thailand, visit Agoda. They allow free booking and cancellation, confirm bookings with hotels and their web page is easy to navigate and compare hotels.

You need to enter an address when traveling to Thailand. The accommodation can be a hotel, home, or a friend’s address.

Organize your Travel Insurance

If you are a foreigner, you should purchase a Travel Insurance policy. Though it is no longer an entry requirement, responsible travelers know the benefits of having insurance while traveling abroad.

Travel Insurance is one of those things that is better to have and not need than need and not have. Travel insurance doesn’t just cover Covid. Comprehensive travel insurance will also cover:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Personal injury & accidents
  • Missed or delayed flights
  • Damage to belongings
  • Loss of luggage

The most important thing to know about insurance is that foreign travelers are not eligible for any form of free medical care in Thailand. No matter the circumstance, if a Chinese citizen is diagnosed with Covid, needs medical attention, misses a flight, or loses their luggage, they will need to pay for it. Depending on the severity, this could amount to thousands of Yuan in out-of-pocket expenses.

There are multiple reasons to protect yourself when traveling. Many visitors to Thailand choose AXA Insurance Thailand. It is a trusted company that offers comprehensive insurance to travelers from around the world. Their policies are straightforward with good coverage.

Some advantages to AXA Insurance are:

  • Recognized and trusted by Thai authorities and medical facilities.
  • Easy to apply online and approved in minutes.
  • Competitive pricing and cover.
  • Has no 14-day waiting period and covers Covid-related incidents, including asymptomatic cases.
  • Provides customers with a convenient 1-Page Certificate of insurance. This certificate contains all relevant information needed by medical professionals or if making a claim.

To see the cover offered and organize your insurance to Thailand in minutes. Visit AXA Thailand.

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Arriving in Thailand – Best Practices

So what can you expect when landing in Thailand? Here are a few things that will help you enjoy your trip and show respect to local Thai people.

Wearing Masks

From July 1st, masks are no longer compulsory but still recommended when in public places. You see many Thai people (and visitors) still wear masks when out and about. It is recommended to wear a mask when visiting restaurants or public venues. You will not get in trouble if you don’t wear a mask, but it is a case of “do as the locals do”. It is about respect and consideration.

TM6 Arrival Cards

The Thai government has temporarily removed the need for visitors to complete the blue arrival card known as TM6. Their aim is to ease congestion at airports and remove another form that holiday makers need to complete. This initiative is in a testing phase, but it is hoped that the removal of TM6 will be successful and the change will become permanent.

Paperwork to Prepare

Though Thailand Pass is removed, and travelers do not need to provide proof before entry, it is best to prepare a few documents before arriving.

  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Vaccination certificate (vaccinated travelers)
  • 72-hour RT-PCR or Pro-ATK test result (unvaccinated)
  • Covid-19 recovery certificate (if previously tested positive)

This will speed up your processing time before leaving your country, or if asked to provide vaccination or testing proof in a random check. These documents can be presented in digital form, but airlines, Immigration, and Health Officers will appreciate the extra effort if you print them.

Following the above advice will ensure you have a smooth trip to Thailand and allow you to escape the Covid lock-downs that many Chinese people have had to endure recently. You can enjoy a few weeks of well-deserved vacation in the tropics.

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16 Comments

  1. TT
    October 11, 2022
    Reply

    Hi Officer,

    Im a chinese passport holder and would like to travelling to Thailand for christmas holiday, I am currently living in Australia, do i need apply visa before travelling? or i can get short term visa when i am arriving Thailand?(only for family holiday purpose)

    Thank you

    Kind regards,

    TT

    • October 11, 2022

      You can get Visa On Arrival stamp at Bangkok airport.

  2. Ariana
    July 24, 2022
    Reply

    Hi! I’m a Chinese citizen, but currently living in the UK and will be travelling to Thailand from UK. Do I follow the rules “travel to Thailand from UK” or “travel to Thailand as Chinese citizen”? Thank you

    • July 26, 2022

      Hi Ariana,

      If you are holding Chinese Passport, then you should follow the rules to travel to Thailand as Chinese citizen.

      Thank you

  3. Shan Ma
    July 17, 2022
    Reply

    Hi officer,
    I’m a Chinese passport holder who holds permanent residency Australian visa and lives in Australia with my husband (Australian citizen) and two kids (Australian citizens too).

    We plan to have a holiday in Chiangmai in September 2022. Do I need to apply for a tourist visa before travelling and follow everything as” travel to Thailand from China”? Is it the same as if a Chinese departs from China to Thailand?

    Thank you.
    Shan

  4. Wang XiaoBing
    July 12, 2022
    Reply

    I am a Chinese working in Singapore and would like to travel to Thailand in August for 4 days, so I need to apply a china visa

    • July 26, 2022

      Hi Wang,

      Yes.

      Thank you

  5. Bezayet Aboye
    July 5, 2022
    Reply

    Hello,

    Will I need a visa to enter Thailand from China?

    • July 26, 2022

      Hi Bezayet,

      Yes.

      Thank you

  6. Debika
    May 9, 2022
    Reply

    Hi, I want to visit Bangkok from China . I’m Indian citizens. Please send me update.

  7. elaine
    April 26, 2022
    Reply

    I’m a Chinese citizen, and now I live in U.S.. How can I get a tourist visa to enter Thailand?

  8. Fabien Gardenat
    April 15, 2022
    Reply

    Hello, what is considered as Fully vaccinated? 2 doses of Sinopharm/Sinovac vaccine or 3 doses? If someone just have 2 doses, will he/she need to do a program including quarantine?