Travel to Thailand from South Korea


Travel to Thailand from South Korea

Travel to Thailand from South Korea
International travel is possible again now that travel restrictions are easing. Thailand is opening its border to visitors while maintaining necessary health procedures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

If you are traveling to Thailand from South Korea for a holiday, there is some information to know and some important steps to take before entering Thailand.

Thai Visas for Korean Citizens

South Korea is included in the Visa Exempt country list. As a member country of this scheme, Korean nationals can enter Thailand without needing to apply for a visa before arriving.

Visa exemption allows Korean travelers to visit Thailand as a tourist and they can stay for up to 30 days.

If a Korean citizen needs to be in Thailand for more than 30 days or is arriving for a reason other than tourism, they will need to apply for a visa at a local Thai Embassy or Consulate.

The Thai visas available to South Korean nationals are:

To apply for a Thai visa, download this Thai visa application form and input the necessary details. Submit the application and relevant documents 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 email [email protected]

Thailand Pass requirements

From May 1, 2022, how a Korean citizen enters Thailand will depend on their vaccination status. All visitors are required to apply for a Thailand Pass but the documents you need to provide can vary.

Previously, the Thailand Pass could take up to 7 days to approve, but with Thailand easing its travel restrictions there are fewer documents to check and approvals are much quicker.

For visitors from South Korea, your trip can be easy if you follow the simple steps listed below.

A 5 Step Guide for Entering Thailand

Once you know what type of visa you need to enter Thailand, you will prepare the documents for your holiday. If you follow the steps in this guide, you will find planning your travel easy.

1. Choose your entry scheme for Thailand

Depending on your vaccination status, there are now 3 ways a Korean citizen can safely enter Thailand.

Vaccination status and entering Thailand

From May 1, 2022, Thailand Pass application and approval requirements will depend on a traveler’s vaccination status. 

  1. 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. Thai Nationals only need to provide their vaccination certificate as insurance is not required.

    Unvaccinated children under 18 years old may travel with vaccinated parents without quarantine.

  2. Unvaccinated travelers will be able to enter Thailand under the existing 5-day Alternate Quarantine scheme. OR
  3. Unvaccinated travelers will be able to avoid the 5-day Alternate Quarantine by completing an RT-PCR test and uploading the result into their Thailand Pass application. The test cannot be older than 72 hours before their arrival date.

As you can see, the requirements for entering Thailand will depend on whether or not you are vaccinated. All Korean citizens will require a confirmed flight, Covid-19 insurance, and an approved Thailand pass.

2. Book your Flight

More airlines are taking to the sky again as travel restrictions ease. Here are some of the operating airlines with available flights from South Korea to Thailand:

  • Asiana
  • Korean Air
  • Thai Airways

With the removal of Test & Go and Sandbox, vaccinated travelers or those entering under the RT-PCR test will now be allowed to transit domestically the moment they land in Thailand. There will no longer be a need for sealed flights or waiting for an RT-PCR test result.

Thai authorities understand 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 7 days without having to apply for a new Thailand Pass.

3. Book a Hotel

Everyone needs somewhere to stay after a long flight. Booking a hotel is now easier, but will still depend on how you are entering Thailand.

  • Vaccinated travelers or unvaccinated travelers who complete a 72-hour pre-departure RT-PCR test are welcome to book any accommodation. There are no quarantine requirements.
  • Unvaccinated Dutch citizens who choose to complete the 5-day Alternate Quarantine will need to book a hotel that is SHA+ approved and offers Alternate Quarantine packages.

The package will include transport from the airport to the hotel, 5 nights of accommodation, meals and services, and an RT-PCR test before you leave.

During the 5 day quarantine, you will not be allowed to leave your room.

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4. Purchase COVID-19 Insurance

Korean nationals arriving in Thailand from South Korea are required to purchase COVID-19 insurance. COVID-19 travel insurance 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
  • Remain valid for the entire duration of your stay

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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 NOT doing Alternate Quarantine:

  • Your passport profile page
  • Flight itinerary to confirm the arrival date
  • An RT-PCR test result no more than 72 hours before your arrival date
  • A medical insurance policy with at least USD$ 10,000 minimum coverage

Unvaccinated travelers doing Alternate Quarantine:

  • Your passport profile page
  • Flight itinerary to confirm the arrival date
  • Confirmed booking of SHA+ hotel 5-day Alternate Quarantine package
  • A pre-booked RT-PCR test on arrival (if not included in your package)
  • A medical insurance policy with at least USD$ 10,000 minimum coverage

To obtain a QR entry code and Thailand Pass ID, travelers will have to:

  • Register at 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 (normally within 1-3 days)

Once approved, you will receive an email with your QR Entry Code and Thailand Pass ID.

It will take up to 3 working days to receive the final approval. The application for the Thailand Pass is free. However, should the applicant need any assistance, you may visit www.siam-legal.com/thailand-pass.

Final Preparations for Travel – Best Practice

Now that you have your flights, hotels, and an approved Thailand Pass, you are ready to leave South Korea.

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 need to print your:

  • Thailand Pass QR code
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Vaccination certificate (vaccinated travelers)
  • Hotel booking confirmation (unvaccinated Alternate Quarantine)
  • 72-hour RT-PCR test result (unvaccinated with NO Alternate Quarantine)
  • Covid-19 recovery certificate (if previously tested positive)
  • TM8 – Health declaration form
  • TM6 – This is the blue card they give you on the plane.

Printing these documents will speed up your processing time through Thailand’s Passport Control and Immigration Officers will appreciate the effort you have made.

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

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

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

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Thailand Pass Support by Siam Legal: www.siam-legal.com/thailand-pass

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