Travel to Thailand from Malaysia


Travel to Thailand from Malaysia

Travel to Thailand from Malaysia
Travel restrictions in Thailand are easing as the Thai government is preparing to digitize its immigration process for international travelers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand announced earlier its plan to replace the COE system with the Thailand Pass system this November 1.

Are you in Malaysia right now, and are looking forward to traveling to Thailand but are having trouble with what to do to be granted entry? Do not worry, this will be your guide for your trip to Thailand.

Can Malaysians Enter Thailand Now

It is important to know that, upon entering Thailand, travelers from Malaysia may enter Thailand based on their vaccination status and port of arrival. Fully vaccinated travelers are given 2 options, while unvaccinated Malaysians only have 1 option.

Sandbox Programs

This program is created by the Thai government for fully vaccinated travelers to have quarantine-free travel. Though they are still required to stay for 7 days, they are allowed to go out and still do an activity outside a hotel establishment as long as they are within the location of the Sandbox program.

There are multiple Sandbox programs that Malaysians can choose from:

  • Phuket Sandbox
  • Krabi Sandbox
  • Samui Sandbox
  • Phang Nga Sandbox

Only after 7 days, they are allowed to go outside the premises of the Sandbox and travel to other Thailand destinations.

Quarantine Program

Malaysians and travelers from Malaysia who are not eligible to enter Thailand under the Sandbox programs are required to book an ASQ hotel and stay in a hotel room for 7 or 10 days before getting the ability to travel to other destinations in Thailand. This is an option for those Malaysians who will enter Thailand regardless if they are vaccinated or unvaccinated.

Requirements on How to Enter Thailand for Malaysians

Though with easing travel restrictions, entering Thailand can now be less time-consuming for Malaysian travelers.

Here are the steps that you can follow.

1. Apply for a Thai Visa

Foreign travelers require a Thai visa except those countries included in the list for Visa Exemption.

But in the case of travelers from Malaysia, they do not need a visa as long as their stay in Thailand is under 30 days. If they do plan to stay for over 30 days in Thailand, that is when they will need to apply for a visa.

Types of Thai visas that a traveler from Malaysia can have for a longer stay:

  • 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.

  • Royal Thai Embassy, Kuala Lumpur located at 206, Jalan Ampang, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Consulate General of Thailand in Penang located at 1, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Taman Barat, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
  • Consulate General of Thailand in Kota Bharu located at 4426, Jln Tok Guru, Taman Ng Beng Kool, 15400 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia

For inquiries about the visa application process, visit their website for more information or you can reach out to them through consular@thaiembassy.my.

After the issuance of the visa, one can apply for entry to Thailand.

2. Book a Flight and Hotel, and Purchase a COVID-19 Insurance

Proof of a booked flight, a booked hotel, and purchased COVID-19 insurance are some important requirements to be granted entry from Malaysia to Thailand.

Book a Flight

There are available flights 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

Book an ASQ Hotel

This type of hotel can be booked by both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated foreigners or Malaysians who are not eligible to enter under the Sandbox programs. Upon arrival, foreigners will be transferred to their ASQ Hotel and they will take the 1st RT-PCR test and another test will be taken on the 6th Day.

As mentioned earlier they are to stay here for 7 or 10 days, inside the comfort of a hotel room, before setting out for an adventure to other destinations in Thailand.

Book a SHA+ Hotel

This type of hotel is to be booked if one chooses to stay through the Sandbox program, booked by fully vaccinated Malaysians. Let’s say you are staying in Phuket Sandbox, you will need to book a SHA+ hotel for your 7-day stay.

A traveler who chooses to stay through the Sandbox program can enjoy outside the hotel, do any activities he/she has planned while staying safe for 7 days before traveling to other destinations in Thailand.

For easy hunting and booking of ASQ/SHA+ hotels in your desired location of the country that you are in, visit Agoda.com.

Purchase COVID-19 Insurance

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 THB 1.75 million ($50,000)
  • Cover medical costs in hospitals, professionals, medications, transport, and others.
  • Cover life insurance in case of death-related incidents due to COVID-19.
  • Cover unexpected costs caused by COVID-19 incidents, like loss of baggage, missed flight, and others.

Please make sure that all of the listed above will be covered by your purchased COVID-19 insurance. Also, make sure that the coverage will cover the length of your stay.

If you need help in finding the best and reasonable price COVID-19 insurance, AXA Sawasdee Thailand is what you might need.

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3. Apply for a Thailand Pass

After securing your hotel, flights, and COVID-19 insurance, the next step is to apply for a Thailand Pass through this web portal.

It is recommended to start the application at least 5 to 7 days before your scheduled departure. To guide in for the application of Thailand Pass, follow this:

  • Register for Thailand Pass by visiting coethailand.mfa.go.th. Choose among the 3 options and fill out the form by providing your personal details, uploading supporting documents such as a copy of your passport, a copy of the valid visa, and COVID-19 travel insurance. You will receive an email with your Thailand Pass QR code if your application got approved. Please check your email for 1-3 working days.
  • If your application has been approved, you can download your COE from the website.

Note: Starting November 1, 2021, the COE system will be replaced by Thailand Pass. For more information about the new system, please visit the Thailand Pass page.

4. Obtain COVID-19 Test

After receiving the Thailand Pass, you are required to obtain a medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected.

The COVID-19 test must be by the RT-PCR method taken within 72 hours before departure. Some airlines may not accept home kit tests so please check the specific requirements of your airlines.

5. Preparation of Documents Before Departure

Once you have your COE, prepare the following documents which you will need to present to your airline before departure:

  • T8 Health Form
  • Thailand Pass
  • A negative test result of the RT-PCR test obtained not more than 72 hours
  • Installed ThailandPlus Application
  • Valid Thai Visa in your passport
  • Passport with at least 6 months validity
  • COVID-19 Insurance Certificate
  • Confirmed Booked ASQ Hotel or SHA+ Hotel
  • Confirmed Travel Itinerary
  • Certificate of Vaccination or Proof that you are vaccinated

COVID 19 Insurance: https://u.axa.co.th/Sawasdee_Siamlegal

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SHA+ Hotels in Phuket: https://www.agoda.com/?cid=1892424

Book SHA Plus Hotel here

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