During this global pandemic, the Thailand government has enforced measures to curb COVID-19 from spreading in Thailand. These measures include implementing quarantine, testing and monitoring of visitors’ health as they enter the country.
Indian nationals coming to Thailand must comply with these measures.
The Thai Embassy and Consulates in India have resumed their visa application services. The good news is that on June 1, Thailand further eased its travel restrictions 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 Indian travelers have the option of completing an RT-PCR or Professional Antigen Test (Pro-ATK) 72 hours before departing India.
Visiting Thailand is easy for Indian travelers, and how they apply for a Thailand Pass will depend on their vaccination status. It is important to note that all foreign visitors are required to apply for a Thailand Pass before arriving in Thailand.
Required Documents for Travel to Thailand
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.
5 Easy Steps on How to Enter Thailand in 2022 from India
1. Apply for a Thai Visa
Indian citizens are again allowed to enter Thailand under the Visa Exempt scheme. There is a restriction in place that Indian citizens can visit Thailand under visa exemption for a maximum of 14 days.
If you would like to stay in Thailand for longer than 15 days, you will need to apply for a visa at your local Thai Embassy.
Current Thai visas available to Indian citizens are:
- Tourist Visa (TR)
- Special Tourist Visa (STV)
- Non-Immigrant Visa (for visiting Thailand based on different purpose of stay and the visa is valid for 90 days and it can be extended in Thailand up to 1 year
- Thailand Elite Visa
To apply for the Thai visa, please visit the following website:
- New Delhi: https://newdelhi.thaiembassy.org/
- Kolkata: https://kolkata.thaiembassy.org/
- Chennai: https://www.thaiconsulategeneralchennai.com/
- Mumbai: https://mumbai.thaiembassy.org/
After you have been issued a Thai visa, you may apply for your entry to Thailand. Depending on your vaccination status, you may qualify for:
Entry Schemes to Thailand
Vaccination status and entering Thailand
From June 1 2022, Thailand Pass application and approval requirements will depend on a travelers vaccination status. Citizens from India will be able to enter the country one of two ways.
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 Indians 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 India 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.
All Indian citizens will require:
- A confirmed flight
- Covid-19 insurance
- An approved Thailand pass.
2. Book your Flight to Thailand
At present, certain airlines, such as Qatar Airways, Etihad, Emirates, and other major airlines may operate flights from India to Bangkok or Phuket, whether it is on a daily or weekly basis.
To book your flight from India to Bangkok or Phuket, please click the link below:
If you follow social media, you may hear the term “sealed flights” mentioned. With the removal of all mandatory quarantine, Indian travelers can now enter Thailand at any international airport and transit domestically without needing to worry about special flights.
Your travel date now can change by up to 3 days after your original arrival date without needing 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.
Most 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 particular country.
3. 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.
There is no need to book SHA+ hotels or quarantine packages. SHA+ quarantine packages have been removed from most booking sites. If you see a “Quarantine Package” listed, you do not need to choose it.
You do need to enter an address when applying for Thailand Pass in order to submit the application. The accommodation can be a hotel, home, or a friend’s address.
4. Purchase your COVID 19 Insurance
If you are a foreigner, you are required to purchase a COVID-19 insurance policy. The policy must include:
- Minimum cover of USD$ 10,000
- Cover of Covid-19-related incidents
- Medical Costs (medications, professional care, etc.)
- Life Insurance
- Unexpected costs (missed flights, loss of baggage, etc.)
Note: Please make sure that your COVID-19 insurance policy must cover your entire stay in Thailand.
5. Apply for the 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 no more than 72 hours before your departure 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. However, should the applicant need any assistance, you may visit www.siam-legal.com/thailand-pass.
Prepare your documents before departure
Once you have everything booked and received your Thailand Pass, you are ready to fly. Airports out of India and into Thailand are busy with the extra level of security currently required, so to help both yourself and airport officials it is best to be prepared.
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)
- 72-hour RT-PCR test result (unvaccinated travelers)
- 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.