Travel to Thailand from Spain


Travel to Thailand from Spain

Travel to Thailand from Spain

COVID-19 may have caused some delays to your family or solo trip plans over the past few years, but delay is better than never. As travel restrictions ease, international flights are opening and people are once again able to visit their favorite destinations.

Thailand remains responsible during the pandemic with certain entry requirements held in place, but it is welcoming international travelers and keeping them safe on their vacations.

Hola! Viajando a Thailand? If you are traveling to Thailand, this guide will help simplify the process for you.

Thailand Pass update

From May 1, 2022, how a Spanish 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.

Visitors from Spain will be happy to know that your trip to the Land of Smiles can be easy if you follow the simple steps listed below.

5 Steps to Enter Thailand from Spain

In late 2021, the Thailand government introduced an online registration to help monitor the health of incoming tourists and curb the spread of Covid-19. This system is called Thailand Pass and the following 5 steps will help you complete your application.

1. Applying and Obtaining a Visa

Spain is a Visa Exempt country. If a Spanish citizen would like to visit Thailand as a tourist, they do not need to apply for a visa before arriving and can stay in Thailand for up to 30 days.

If Spanish citizens need to stay for more than 30 days or are visiting for a reason other than tourism, they will need to apply for a visa at the local Thai Embassy or consulate.

Here are the Thai visas you can apply for:

  • Tourist Visa
  • SMART Visa
  • Non- Immigrant Visa (for work, long stay, for the job, and others)
  • Thailand Elite Visa (a privilege multi-entry visa)

To apply for a Thai visa, you will need to print this visa application form and fill in the necessary details.

Once complete, bring the visa application form and necessary documents to the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate located in Spain:

For inquiries about visa application, you can call (34) 91 563 2903 or email through [email protected].

Once you are issued a Thai visa, you can apply for entry to Thailand.

2. Booking a SHA+ Hotel for your Entry Scheme

Spanish citizens can currently enter Thailand through 1 of 3 schemes. Your vaccination status will determine which scheme you choose, and your scheme will determine what hotel you book.

  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

  1. 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 Spanish citizens will require

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

Finding the right hotel

There are some important things to be aware of when researching your hotel.

Bangkok – Your SHA+ hotel must include transport from the airport to the hotel and include an RT-PCR test.

Phuket – Your hotel should include transport from the airport to the hotel, but will not include an RT-PCR test, as you will complete this at the airport.

Alternate Quarantine – You will need to book a 5-night package that includes an RT-PCR test. You cannot leave your room during the quarantine period. Don’t worry, the hotel will provide you with your meals and other necessities.

Agoda is a great site to look for your accommodation as you can filter for Alternate Quarantine packages and use your booking number to confirm the hotel in Thailand Pass.

You can easily find and book your SHA+ hotel at Agoda.

3. Book a Flight

It’s obvious, but to get to Thailand you need a flight!

Here are some operating airlines with flights from Spain to Thailand:

  • Finnair
  • Emirates
  • Qatar Airways
  • Thai Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

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 to the Thailand Pass process. Your travel date now can change by up to 7 days without having to apply for a new Thailand Pass.

4. Purchasing COVID-19 Insurance

To enter Thailand, Spanish travelers are required to have travel insurance or health insurance with COVID-19 cover included. This insurance will protect travelers should they need medical attention because of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 insurance must be a minimum coverage of US$ 10,000, which should cover:

  • Medical expenses
  • Life insurance
  • Unexpected expenses relating to COVID-19 incidents
  • The full period of your stay in Thailand

For reliable and reasonably priced travel insurance/COVID-19 insurance, purchase at AXA Sawasdee Thailand.

You can purchase the COVID Insurance here: https://u.axa.co.th/Sawasdee_Siamlegal

COVID Travel Insurance Thailand

5. Applying and Obtaining the Thailand Pass

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

In order to enter Thailand, all travelers must obtain a Thailand Pass approval and QR code. The traveler must apply online for their Thailand Pass at least 3 working days prior to the intended date of travel.

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 can 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.

For guidance on the application for Thailand Pass, please visit this page: Thailand Pass: How to Apply.

Bonus Step: Arriving in Thailand – Best Practices

Once you have your flights, hotels, and an approved Thailand Pass, you are ready to leave Spain for Thailand.

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)
  • 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.

This will speed up your processing time before leaving your country and entering through Thailand’s Passport Control. Immigration and Health Officers will also appreciate the extra effort you make. A great start to a holiday.

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

COVID Travel Insurance Thailand

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

Book SHA Plus Hotel here

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

Thailand Pass Support

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