Traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a long and stressful process in any country, especially Thailand. But in order to be successful in entering Thailand, foreign travelers need to follow country regulations and requirements.
Ni hao, are you a Chinese tourist/traveler looking forward to entering Thailand? You will be happy to know that from June 1st, 2022, visiting Thailand is even easier with the updated travel regulations and Thailand Pass entry process.
There are 4 major changes to Thailand Pass in June:
- Thailand Pass approvals are instant.
- Thai Nationals do not need to apply for a Pass.
- All mandatory quarantine periods have been removed no matter your vaccination status.
- Unvaccinated Chinese travelers have the option of completing an RT-PCR or Professional Antigen Test (Pro-ATK) 72 hours before departing China.
Thailand Travel Restrictions for Chinese Citizens
Vaccination status and entering Thailand
From June 1, 2022, Thailand Pass application and approval requirements will depend on a traveler’s vaccination status.
Fully Vaccinated travelers will no longer need to apply to enter Thailand under the Test & Go or Sandbox scheme. A vaccinated traveler does not need to book 1 night’s accommodation in an approved SHA+ hotel or complete an RT-PCR test on arrival.
Fully vaccinated foreigners will need to provide proof of insurance and their vaccination certificate when applying for Thailand Pass.
Unvaccinated children under 18 years old may travel with vaccinated parents without testing.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers will no longer need to complete any mandatory quarantine. Unvaccinated Chinese travelers will complete an RT-PCR or Pro-ATK test and upload the result into their Thailand Pass application.
The test result must be no older than 72 hours before your departure from China and must be completed by a medical professional.
Children under the age of 18 who are traveling with unvaccinated parents will also need to complete an RT-PCR or Pro-ATK test.
The Pro-ATK test is not a self-test kit you buy at a local pharmacy or shop. The Pro-ATK test is cheaper than an RT-PCR test and you will receive a result faster.
As you can see, the requirements for entering Thailand will depend on whether you are vaccinated or not. All Chinese citizens will require a confirmed flight, Covid-19 insurance and an approved Thailand pass.
Easy Steps on How to Enter Thailand in 2022 from China
In case you are having trouble with the process of how to enter Thailand, here are the steps that you can follow:
1. Thailand Visas for Chinese Citizens
China is not a Visa Exempt country. Chinese travelers will need a proper Thai visa to enter Thailand. They may obtain a Visa on Arrival for a maximum of 15 days as a tourist.
So, what type of visas can Chinese tourists/travelers obtain if they are staying for more than 15 days?
The following are the visas Chinese travelers can apply for:
- Tourist Visa for 60 days
- Special Tourist Visa (STV)
- Non-Immigrant Visa (for visiting Thailand for a variety of reasons; visas are valid for 90 days and can be renewed in Thailand for up to one year)
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
Once your visa has been approved, you are ready to apply for entry into Thailand.
2. Book a Flight
Book a Flight from China to Thailand
There are some available flights from China to Bangkok or Phuket, Thailand. Operating airlines are:
- Air China
- Thai Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Singapore Airlines
From May 1, 2022, sealed flights are no longer required if landing in Bangkok and transiting to Phuket or Koh Samui. Travelers can disembark at international airports and transit domestically if vaccinated or entering Thailand with an RT-PCR/Pro-ATK test.
Your travel date now can change by up to 3 days AFTER your original arrival date without having to apply for a new Thailand Pass. If your travel changes by more than 3 days then you need to organize a new Thailand Pass.
It is important for all travelers to follow airport or airline regulations, like wearing a mask and social distancing to have a safe trip to Thailand.
3. Book a Hotel
From June 1, mandatory quarantine has been removed for all visitors. There is no longer a need to book a quarantine package or SHA+ hotel. Travelers are welcome to stay anywhere they choose.
When registering your Thailand Pass application, you do not need to provide proof of booked accommodation, but you do need to enter a Thai address into the system. This address can be a hotel, home, or other accommodation. If you do not enter an address into the system you will not be able to submit your application.
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4. Purchase COVID-19 Insurance
To be granted entry to Thailand, foreign travelers are required to have Covid-19 insurance. Before purchasing Covid-19 insurance, consider the coverage you need.
The coverage includes:
- Must be at least U$10,000
- Must cover the length of your stay.
- Must cover unexpected events during your stay in Thailand.
- Must cover the cost of a medical emergency, including the worst-case scenario relating to COVID-19.
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5. Apply for Thailand Pass
To apply for Thailand Pass, head over to https://tp.consular.go.th/. You will need the following documents.
- Your passport profile page
- Flight itinerary to confirm the arrival date
- A certificate of full (2 doses) vaccination
- A medical insurance policy with at least USD$ 10,000 minimum coverage
- Your passport profile page
- Flight itinerary to confirm the arrival date
- An RT-PCR or Pro-ATK test result in no more than 72 hours before your arrival date
- A medical insurance policy with at least USD$10,000 minimum coverage
To obtain a QR entry code or Thailand Pass ID, travelers will have to:
- Register at the Thailand Pass web portal
- Input personal details
- Upload the required documents per their vaccination status
- Receive a confirmation email after registration (within seconds after registration)
- Wait for the Thailand Pass approval
Once approved, you will receive an email with your QR Entry Code and Thailand Pass ID.
Children under the age of 18 are not required to lodge an application, but will instead be added as additional members on a parent’s or guardian’s application.
Previously a visitor would need to lodge their Thailand Pass application 7 days before traveling but with the June 1 changes, approvals will be received within an hour.
The application for the Thailand Pass is free-of-charge. However, should the applicant need any assistance, you may visit www.siam-legal.com/thailand-pass.
Entering Thailand for Chinese Citizens
Once you have your flights, hotels, and an approved Thailand Pass, you are ready to leave China for Thailand.
To help streamline your visit to Thailand, it is a good practice to print all your documents and have them ready to present to Immigration Officers when you arrive and pass through Passport Control. You should print your:
- Thailand Pass QR code
- Certificate of Insurance
- Vaccination certificate (vaccinated travelers)
- Hotel booking confirmation (unvaccinated Alternate Quarantine)
- 72-hour RT-PCR test result (unvaccinated with NO Alternate Quarantine)
- Covid-19 recovery certificate (if previously tested positive)
- TM8 – Health declaration form
- TM6 – This is the blue card they give you on the plane.
This will speed up your processing time before leaving your country and entering through Thailand’s Passport Control. Immigration and Health Officers will appreciate the extra effort you make. A great start to a holiday.