Travel to Thailand from the Philippines


Travel to Thailand from the Philippines

Travel to Thailand from the Philippines
To get vaccinated is to protect yourself. To protect yourself is to protect others, and to protect others is to protect the nation. The only way to fight and end Covid-19 is to be protected against it. As health organizations always say, “prevention is better than cure”.

If you are a Filipino citizen who is planning to travel from the Philippines to Thailand, this is the place to know the travel advisories, restrictions, and requirements needed to enter the Kingdom of Thailand.

The Philippines, a Visa Exempt Country

For those Filipino travelers who do not have an existing visa, you are in luck because of Thailand’s Visa Exemption Scheme. The Philippines is part of the Visa Exempt Countries list and its citizens can travel and stay as a tourist in Thailand for a maximum of 30 days without a visa.

Permitting Filipino Travelers to enter Thailand

Thailand has opened its borders to visitors around the world. People can again enter Thailand as tourists. Before booking your flights and packing your bags, assess your purpose for visiting Thailand and what you will need to do.

  • Tourist for 30 days – Can apply for a Visa Exemption on arrival
  • Tourist for 60 days – Can apply for a Tourist Visa at your local Thai Embassy
  • Long term – Can apply for multiple visas from your local Thai Embassy
  • Vaccinated – Can enter Thailand with an approved Thailand Pass.
  • Unvaccinated – Can enter Thailand through the 5-day Alternate Quarantine scheme (or pre-departure RT-PCR test) with an approved Thailand Pass.

If you want to visit Thailand for more than 30 days, or need to travel for a different purpose, you will need to apply for a visa before arriving. You can contact your local Thai Embassy to discuss visa options. The details for embassies and consulates in the Philippines are listed below.

Negative RT-PCR Test Result

From May 1, 2022, vaccinated Filipino citizens are no longer required to complete an RT-PCR test on entry to Thailand.

Unvaccinated Filipino citizens will require a negative RT-PCR test on the last day of their Alternate Quarantine or will need to complete a pre-departure test before entering Thailand

Thailand Travel Restrictions for Filipino Citizens

If you are a Philippine citizen and planning to travel to Thailand, here is some information you might need to know before traveling.

From May 1, 2022, how a Filipino 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.

Filipino citizens who are vaccinated can now enter Thailand without any quarantine restrictions.

For Filipino citizens who are unvaccinated, you can enter the country through a 5-day Alternate Quarantine scheme or complete a pre-departure RT-PCR 72 hours before leaving the Philippines and avoid the 5-day quarantine period.

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 the Philippines can now visit the Land of Smiles if you follow the simple steps listed below.

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 have 2 options for entering Thailand:
    • Unvaccinated travelers will be able to enter Thailand under the existing 5-day Alternate Quarantine scheme. OR
    • 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 Filipino citizens will require a confirmed flight, Covid-19 insurance and an approved Thailand pass.

Flying from the Philippines to Thailand

To proceed and make your travels from the Philippines to Thailand easy, here are some airlines that have available flights from the Philippines to Thailand:

  • Philippine Airlines
  • Jetstar
  • Korean Air
  • Thai Airways
  • Singapore Airlines

Do not forget to wear a mask, wash your hands, use foot baths and follow social distancing rules.

Covid-19 Insurance

Medical Insurance with a minimum coverage of $10,000 USD is required by Thailand upon entering the country. Insurance is required for the safety of travelers and in case of an emergency within the country.

Emergency situations include COVID-19 situations, in case a traveler tests positive for the virus. It will cover the expenses, including the cost of medicines, treatments, and professional care to the transport of a traveler needing medical assistance.

Note: Not all insurance policies offer the same coverage. Some health insurance policies do not include Covid-19 cover. So if you purchase insurance, make sure that the following coverage is included:

  • The coverage of insurance must be at least $10,000 USD.
  • The coverage must include covering the worst possible cases, like death.
  • The coverage must include covering unexpected events like missing flight schedules, or loss of baggage and situations that arise because of COVID-19.

There are many insurance companies that offer insurance covering Covid-19 emergency situations. There is LUMA Thailand Pass, but if looking for the best, AXA Sawasdee Thailand is one of the best Covid-19 insurance policies offered in Thailand and is recommended to travelers.

AXA Sawasdee checks all the coverage boxes that the Covid-19 insurance must have, and they give travelers options for insurance packages that cater to other coverage a traveler might need.

Book a Hotel

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 Filipino 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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Apply for Thailand Pass

Once you have your flights, insurance, vaccination certificate or Alternate Quarantine hotel booked, you are ready to apply for your Thailand Pass.

Head over to https://tp.consular.go.th/ and start your application. 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 or 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.

Arriving in Thailand – Best Practices

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

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 appreciate the extra effort you make.

Royal Thai Embassy, Manila

For assistance and services in going to Thailand, know that there is a Thai Embassy in the Philippines, specifically in the country’s capital, Manila. Its specific location or address is 107 Rada, Legazpi Village, Makati, 1229 Metro Manila.

You can also find a Thai consulate in Cebu City. Its specific locations are at Eastern Shipping Lines Building, M.J. Cuenco corner Magallanes Streets, P.O. Box 561, Cebu City.

For queries, you can reach out to them through [email protected] or call them:

  • (02) 8815 4219 – Thai Embassy,
  • (+63) 32 412-1688 – Thai Consulate, Cebu

Or for more information, please visit the Royal Thai Embassy, Manila website.

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

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