Travel to Thailand from Switzerland


Travel to Thailand from Switzerland

Travel to Thailand from Switzerland

The world has had to adjust during this time of pandemic. Social interaction suffered and social networking flourished. Virtual friendships developed and people around the world connected.

As countries open up and ease travel restrictions, it’s a great opportunity to connect with newfound friends around the world.

Thailand has reopened its international border and is welcoming visitors back to the country while remaining responsible for health and safety.

Below is a guide to how Swiss citizens can easily enjoy a holiday in the Land of Smiles.

Entry Restrictions to Thailand

In late 2021, Thailand introduced an online registration process for visitors called Thailand Pass. This system allows visitors to register necessary medical documents and confirm entry details before arriving in the country. The system helps monitor and curb the spread of Covid-19 as people travel again.

From May 1, 2022, how a Swiss 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 their travel restrictions there are fewer documents to check and approvals are much quicker.

This guide will help you prepare for your Thailand Pass.

5 Steps to Enter Thailand

1. Apply for a Visa

Fortunately for Swiss citizens, you do not have to apply for a visa before entering Thailand. Switzerland is included in Thailand’s Visa Exemption Scheme. This scheme allows Swiss citizens to enter Thailand as a tourist for up to 30 days.

If 30 days is not enough, or if you need to enter Thailand for a different purpose, it is best to apply for a Thai visa.

Here are some visa options available to Swiss citizens:

  • Smart Visa
  • Retirement Visa
  • Special Tourist Visa
  • Other Non-Immigrant Visa (for work, for a long stay, etc.)
  • Thai Elite Visa

There are many options, but it’s best to choose a visa appropriate for your purpose and intended time frame.

If you are planning to stay more than a year in Thailand, a Thailand Elite Visa could be for you.

To apply, download the visa application form and complete your details.

Once your paperwork is ready, organize an appointment with the visa department at a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulates near you:

If you have questions, you can contact the Thai Embassy at +41-31-970-3427, or email [email protected]

Once you have decided which visa you will use to enter Thailand, it is time to move on to the next step.

2. Choosing your Entry Scheme and Booking a Hotel

Depending on your vaccination status, there are now 3 ways a citizen of Switzerland can safely enter Thailand. These schemes allow easier access for vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors visit Thailand.

  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 Swiss citizens will require a confirmed flight, Covid-19 insurance and an approved Thailand pass.

Alternate Quarantine for Unvaccinated Swiss Citizens

From May 1st, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Swiss citizens who arrive in Thailand under the Alternate Quarantine scheme must spend 5 nights mandatory quarantine in a SHA Extra+ or AQ hotel. They will undergo an RT-PCR test on day 5. After a negative test result on day 5 they are free to travel anywhere in Thailand.

During this quarantine period, visitors are not allowed to leave their rooms. Don’t worry, the hotel will provide you with your meals and other necessities.

Finding the right SHA+ hotel and testing package

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

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

Phuket – Your hotel package 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. You will need to book the RT-PCR test yourself at https://www.thailandpsas.com/.

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

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

3. Book your Flight

More flights are available each week from Switzerland to Thailand. The following airlines are operating and have scheduled flights from Switzerland to Thailand:

  • SWISS
  • 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. Purchase your COVID-19 Insurance

Like many other countries, Thailand is fighting the COVID-19 current outbreak to protect public health. Unforeseen circumstances can lead to potential virus infection. To protect both visitors and Thai citizens, it is compulsory for all people entering Thailand to have adequate medical insurance that includes Covid-19 cover.

The COVID-19 insurance policy must have a minimum coverage of US$20,000, which will cover:

  • Medical expenses in hospitals, including professionals, medications, and others.
  • Life insurance, in case of death-related incidents.
  • Unexpected expenses like missed flights, missing baggage, and others.

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

You can purchase the COVID Insurance here: https://www.siam-legal.com/axa-insurance

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 your 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 7 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 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 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 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.

The application for Thailand Pass is free. However, should you 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.

Almost there: Arriving in Thailand – Best Practices

Once you have your flights, hotels, and an approved Thailand Pass, you are ready to leave and start your holiday in 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 the processing time before leaving your country, and when entering through Thailand’s Passport Control. Immigration and Health Officers will appreciate the extra effort you make and do everything they can to help make your holiday as enjoyable as possible.

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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