International travel is possible now with easing travel restrictions. If you are traveling to Thailand from South Korea, here are some of the important steps to take for you to enter Thailand.
5 Step Guide for you to Enter Thailand
Traveling to other Asian countries, specifically in Thailand, would be easy with these steps as your guide.
1. Apply for a Thai Visa
South Korean nationals are allowed to enter Thailand without a visa for South Korea is a Visa Exempted country.
South Korea and other countries that are visa exempted are allowed to enter Thailand without a visa for tourism purposes and are only allowed to stay for only 30 days in Thailand.
Staying for more than 30 days will require you to apply for a valid visa. Here are the types of Thai visas South Korean nationals can apply for:
- Tourist Visa
- SMART Visa
- Non-Immigrant Visas (for educations, work, retirement, etc.)
- Thailand Elite Visa (stay for more than 5 years)
To apply for a Thai visa, download this Thai visa application form and input the necessary details and submit it and the visa requirements to the Royal Thai Embassy in South Korea:
- Royal Thai Embassy, Seoul located at 42 Daesagwan-ro, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
For inquiries, contact 02-790-2955 or send an email to thaiembassy.SEL@mfa.mail.go.th.
Are you done with applying and obtaining a Thai visa? Great, before proceeding to the next step, know that travelers are required to stay in a secured area upon arrival in Thailand to make sure they are free from COVID-19.
Korean nationals are given 2 secured area options:
Test and Go Program
For you to be eligible In this program, you must have stayed in South Korea for at least 21 days prior to your trip going to Thailand.
Travelers from South Korea are only required to stay 1 day at a Test and Go hotel. The expense will be paid by the traveler while waiting for the result of their RT-PCR COVID test. If the result of the RT-PCR test is negative, they are allowed to freely travel anywhere in Thailand.
In this program, travelers from South Korea are required to stay for 7 days because only fully vaccinated travelers can avail this program.
They are required to stay in a specific hotel but have the privilege to go outside the hotel premises as long as they are within the travel bubble or the location of the Sandbox program. Here is the available Sandbox program location you can choose:
2. Book a Flight, a Hotel, and Purchase COVID-19 Insurance
Gathering the tickets, certificates, and other documents in this part will be essential in the next step.
Book a Flight
To arrive in Thailand from South Korea, you need to book a flight. Here are some of the operating airlines that have available flights from South Korea to Thailand:
- Korean Air
- Thai Airways
Traveling to Phuket? If so, please make sure to choose flights with no transit flights to Bangkok. Also, follow social distancing rules, wear a face mask, sanitize when traveling.
Book a Hotel
Now, have you decided which program to stay in upon arrival? If so, here are the types of hotels that you can book.
If you prefer the hotel quarantine program, you are to book an accredited ASQ hotel. Travelers stay here for mandatory quarantine.
The hotel establishment will provide for the travelers’ needs at their own expense. And are only allowed to travel to other destinations in Thailand if they have completed their required number of days of stay.
If you prefer the Sandbox program, you are to book an accredited SHA+ hotel. Travelers are allowed to go outside the hotel premises, within the Sandbox location, and do outdoor activities after receiving a negative result from the 1st RT-PCR test.
Like in ASQ hotels, travelers are only allowed to travel to other destinations in Thailand if they have completed their required number of days to stay.
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Purchase COVID-19 Insurance
Korean nationals traveling to Thailand from South Korea are required to purchase COVID-19 insurance for their safety in case of getting infected from COVID-19 during their stay in Thailand.
The COVID-19 insurance should have a minimum coverage of THB 1.75 million ($50,000) which will cover:
- Medical expenses
- Life insurance
- Unexpected expenses
Please make sure that the coverage of the COVID-19 will last while in your stay in Thailand.
You can purchase the COVID Insurance on this link:
3. Obtain a Thailand Pass QR Code
The processing time for Thailand Pass may take 5 to 7 days. Please make sure to apply for the Thailand Pass 2 weeks before your scheduled departure to Thailand.
For the Thailand Pass application, you can apply here. Just follow these steps:
- First, choose the Non-Thai Nationals from the two options. Then choose which of the 3 programs do you wish to take.
- Fill out the form and upload the documents requested (passport, visa, etc.)
- Submit the form and wait for 1 to 3 days for the approval. You will receive the QR code via email
- Download to your phone or print the QR code. You will need this for your trip to Thailand.
4. Obtain COVID-19 Test Result
A medical certificate shall be obtained for proof that you are tested negative from the COVID-19 RT-PCR test. The result shall be issued within 72 hours before your scheduled departure date.
5. Prepare the Travel Entry Requirements
In your travel to Thailand from Korea you are advised to prepare and organize the travel entry requirements for easy access upon showing it to staff before departure and upon arrival.
Here are the following documents you are to prepare:
- T8 Health Form
- Declaration Form
- Thailand Pass
- Install ThailandPlus Application
- Valid Thai Visa or Re-entry permit
- Valid Passport with at least 6 months validity
- COVID-19 Insurance Certificate
- Confirmed Letter from the Quarantine Hotel or SHA+ Hotel
- Confirmed Travel Itinerary
- Medical Certificate and COVID-19 result obtained not more than 72 hours.
- Vaccine Certificate (vaccines should be approved by the World Health Organization or the Ministry of Public Health)