Travel to Thailand from Malaysia


Travel to Thailand from Malaysia

Travel to Thailand from Malaysia

The world is adapting to Covid conditions, and world travel is adjusting to allow people freedom again. Travel restrictions are easing in Thailand and the Thai government has implemented a digital entry system called Thailand Pass to safely bring people into the country.

Are you in Malaysia right now, and looking forward to traveling to Thailand? You will be happy to know that from June 1, 2022, Thailand has further eased its travel restrictions and simplified its Thailand Pass process, making it even quicker for Malaysian holidaymakers to visit one of their favorite countries.

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 Malaysian travelers have the option of completing an RT-PCR or Professional Antigen Test (Pro-ATK) 72 hours before departing Malaysia.

How a Malaysian citizen applies for a Thailand Pass and enters Thailand will depend on their vaccination status. All foreign visitors are required to apply for a Thailand Pass but the documents you need to provide can vary.

If you are unsure about what you need to do to visit Thailand? Don’t worry, this will be your guide to planning a great holiday.

Can Malaysians Enter Thailand Now

Foreign travelers require a Thai visa unless their country is included in the Country Visa Exemption list.

Malaysia is part of this list, so Malaysian citizens do not need to apply for a Visa if they are entering Thailand for less than 30 days as a tourist.

If a Malaysian traveler is entering Thailand for a purpose other than tourism or needs to stay for longer than 30 days, they are required to apply for a visa at their local Thai Embassy or Consulate.

Malaysian citizens can apply for the following visas:

  • Special Tourist Visa (STV)
  • Non-Immigrant Visa O (for the purpose of medical treatment)
  • Non-Immigrant Visa O-A (for those who choose to stay for a year)
  • Thailand Elite Visa (if you want to stay for more than a year)

For visa applications, they can print the visa application form and make an online appointment before visiting a Thai Embassy or Consulates near their location.

For inquiries about the visa application process, visit their website for more information or you can reach out to them through [email protected]

After your visa is approved (if not entering under an exemption), you can apply to enter Thailand.

Thailand Entry Requirements for Malaysian Citizens

There are now two ways a Malaysian citizen can safely enter Thailand and depending on their vaccination status.

Previously, the Thailand Pass could take up to 7 days to approve, but with Thailand easing their travel restrictions there are fewer documents to check and Thailand Pass approvals are now instant (1 – 2 hours) when you submit your application.

Vaccination status and entering Thailand

From June 1, 2022, there are two schemes for Malaysians to come to Thailand. You will choose your scheme by whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated.

  • 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 Malaysian 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 Malaysia 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 Malaysian citizens will require:

  • A confirmed flight
  • Covid-19 insurance
  • An approved Thailand pass.

The Process for Entering Thailand from Malaysia

1. Apply for a Thai Visa

As noted above, Malaysian tourists can enter Thailand for up to 30 days under the Visa Exempt scheme.

If entering for a different purpose or for more than 30 days, then apply for a Visa at your local Thai Embassy or Consulate.

2. Book a Flight

There are daily flights now running from Malaysia to Thailand. For those who are looking to book a direct flight from Malaysia to Thailand, here are some airlines with those available flights:

  • Scoot
  • Air Asia
  • Singapore Airlines

Thai authorities understand that flights are not 100% reliable and people may have undue delays or cancellations.

With this in mind, there has been a recent amendment that your travel dates can change by up to 3 days after your originally approved arrival date without having to apply for a new Thailand Pass. If your travel date changes by more than 3 days then you will need to apply for a new Pass.

Now that there is no mandatory quarantine for visitors, the need for sealed flights has been removed. Malaysians can enter Thailand and travel anywhere by any domestic flight or transport.

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

Malaysian citizens do not need to provide proof of accommodation when applying for their Thailand Pass.

After June 1st, all visitors are welcome to book any accommodation. 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.

You do not need to notify Thai authorities of your accommodation for your full stay in Thailand, so you have the freedom to travel anywhere and book accommodation when you arrive somewhere new.

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4. Purchase COVID-19 Insurance

Medical insurance is required for the duration of your stay in Thailand. COVID-19 insurance is travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, including COVID-19-related incidents. This will ensure your safety during your stay in the country.

This required COVID-19 insurance must:

  • Have a minimum coverage of $10,000 USD
  • Cover medical costs in hospitals, professionals, medications, transport, and others.
  • Cover life insurance in case of death-related incidents because of COVID-19.
  • Cover unexpected costs caused by COVID-19 incidents, like loss of baggage, missed flight, and others.

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5. Apply for a Thailand Pass

To apply for Thailand Pass, head over to https://tp.consular.go.th/. You will need the following documents.

Vaccinated travelers:

  • 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

Unvaccinated travelers:

  • 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. You can apply up to 60 days before you intend to travel.

Applying for Thailand Pass is free. However, should you need any assistance, you may visit www.siam-legal.com/thailand-pass.

Getting through Thailand Passport Control – Best Practice

Now that you have your flights, insurance, and an approved Thailand Pass, it is time to cross the border.

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. These include:

  • Thailand Pass QR code
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Pre-departure RT-PCR or Pro-ATK test result (unvaccinated)
  • Vaccination certificate (vaccinated)
  • Covid-19 recovery certificate (if previously tested positive)
  • TM6 – This is the blue card they give you on the plane.
  • TM8 – Health Declaration Form

This will speed up your processing time before leaving your country and entering through Thailand’s Passport Control.

Once you arrive and complete your entry requirements, you are free to travel anywhere in Thailand and it is time to enjoy that well-deserved holiday.

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