With new variants of COVID-19 emerging, it is the responsibility of the authorities of the country to keep their selves and their people updated by imposing risk levels on countries from all over the world to prevent the new variants to spread.
Are you a German traveler who is currently in Germany and want to travel to Thailand? Well, here are the things that you need to know before considering traveling to Thailand.
Germany, Visa Exempted Country
It would be good news to inform travelers from Germany that their country is given the capability to enter the Kingdom of Thailand without a Thailand tourist visa. Apparently, Germany is a visa exempted country along with 64 countries exempted to travel with a visa.
The visa exemption is only for those travelers who travel for tourism purposes. Also, it only gives a maximum limitation of 30 days to stay in Thailand.
Another good news to inform travelers from Germany is that they are given the opportunity to quarantine and stay in Thailand on an island, not just in a hotel. Germany is included in the list of countries allowed to book for Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus.
Entry to Thailand-High-Risk Area
Though it is possible for Germans to enter Thailand but as much as wanting to not burst the bubbles of German travelers, Thailand is considered as a high-risk area according to Federal Foreign Office (FFO). The countries listed in a high-risk travel area will take effect to non-essential travelers.
German travelers are encouraged to not travel to high-risk areas, and even to areas that are not listed as high-risk areas unless it is deemed necessary and important.
A state of emergency has been declared by Thailand’s government. Restrictions on freedom of movement and travel, as well as freedom of assembly and expression, should be expected.
In order to counteract COVID-19, travelers must agree with government procedures such as surveillance and quarantine, as well as complete control over their movements.
The government has implemented a traffic light system for provinces based on the number of cases: Dark Red, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green.
For locations categorized in the dark red, since September 1, 2021, the following restrictions are applied:
- Curfew from 9 P.M. to 4 A.M. every night.
- There will be no gatherings of more than 25 persons allowed.
- Shopping centers and restaurants are open until 8 p.m. with limited capacity.
MFA Against Traveling To
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) advised travelers to not travel to southern provinces of Thailand, such as:
- Parts of Songkhla
Thailand Entry Requirements
Though Germany has not laid out any instructions for requirements to German travelers before leaving Germany, there are, however, requirements given by Thailand authorities to travelers entering Thailand.
In order to be granted permission to enter Thailand, the following documents shall be shown before departure, and even after the arrival:
- T.8 Form
- Thailand Pass
- Declaration form (for Thailand)
- Download and install the ThailandPlus App
- Passport with the validity of at least 6 months
- COVID-19 insurance policy with a coverage minimum of $50,000
- Copy of confirmed ASQ/ALSQ hotel booking and proof of return air travel booking to prove that the traveler will not overstay.
- A laboratory result stated that the traveler is not COVID-19 positive. The test must be performed using the RT-PCR method and must be issued not more than 72 hours before departure.
COVID-19 Insurance Needed
To travel to Thailand, the Thailand authorities require travelers to have COVID-19 insurance. COVID-19 insurance is required for travelers for this will pay the costs of COVID-19 emergency situation, in case the traveler has contracted the virus upon staying within the premises of the country.
Thailand authorities have listed the needed coverage that the COVID-19 insurance travelers must purchase in order for it to be accepted and deemed valid to use. Listed below are the following coverage:
- The coverage requires to be at least $50,000 to cover medical expenses in hospitals.
- The coverage must include the life insurance of a traveler in worst-case scenarios, such as death because of COVID-19.
- The coverage must include covering unexpected expenses that will be caused by COVID-19. Examples of unexpected expenses are missing of flights to go back home and loss of personal belongings like the traveler’s baggage.
Flight from Germany to Thailand
One might think that operating flights are hard to find, knowing that the whole world is still in the middle of the pandemic. Well, flights to Thailand are available from Germany, so keep your hopes high and book a flight now.
Here are some of the airlines that have flights schedules to Thailand:
- EVA Air
- Thai Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
It is recommended for German travelers to prepare the documents needed to be checked by the staff to lessen the time in the waiting line. And know that the authorities are trying their best to keep all travelers have a comfortable flight and travel, please have patience.
Royal Thai Embassy, Berlin
In case one is in need of assistance from Thai authorities, there is a Thai Embassy located in Germany. The address is Lepsiusstraße 66, 12163 Berlin, Germany.
For travelers that are far from the location of the Thai Embassy, there is also a consulate located at Kennedyallee 109, 60596 Frankfurt.
For questions needed to ask, do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact either one of these contact numbers:
- (+49) 30 7948110- Thai Embassy
- (+49) 69 6986-8209- Thai Consulate