Thailand Travel Restrictions for UK Citizens
In times like these, where COVID-19 is still present, no travel is risk-free. Countries may impose further travel restrictions or enact new laws on short notice, such as in response to a new COVID-19 variant.
If you are a UK citizen and one is planning to travel to Thailand, here is some of the information that you might need to know before traveling.
Sandbox Program for Vaccinated British Citizens
The U.K. is included in the list of countries that are allowed to travel and stay in Thailand through Sandbox programs. Fully vaccinated travelers from the UK are allowed to enter Thailand without quarantine. Travelers are only required to stay in a SHA+ hotel for at least 7 nights. They can enter Thailand under Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus Sandbox programs.
Reduced Quarantine Requirements
Fully vaccinated British citizens who are arriving in Bangkok must spend 7 days in quarantine in a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers are required to stay in mandatory quarantine for at least 10 days before they will be allowed to travel to other provinces in Thailand.
Thailand has been removed from the UK’s Red List
The UK government has removed Thailand from its “COVID Red List” starting October 11. This means that fully vaccinated travelers from Thailand or British citizens who are returning to the UK will no longer be required to undergo expensive hotel quarantine upon their arrival in the UK.
Thailand Entry Requirements for UK Citizens
Visa Exemption Thailand
The UK passport holders are allowed to travel to Thailand without a visa as long as it is for the purpose of tourism along with 71 other countries. However, they are only allowed to stay for a maximum of 30 days through the Visa Exemption Program. You may extend your permit to stay at any local immigration office.
Entry Requirements to Thailand
If proceeding to travel to Thailand through visa exemption or if you are traveling with a valid visa, please be guided with the requirements needed to enter Thailand. To enter Thailand, the requirements that one needed to have and prepare are the following:
- Certificate of Entry or COE
- T8 Form
- Passport (6 months validity)
- Download “ThailandPlus” Application
- Proof of onward travel itinerary and adequate funds
- Copy of confirmed ASQ hotel booking for quarantine program
- Copy of confirmed SHA+ hotel booking for sandbox program
- COVID-19 test result with a laboratory result stating that COVID-19 is undetected (COVID-19 test must be performed using the RT-PCR method). The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure.
- Copy of insurance policy with COVID-19 coverage and a minimum of $100,000 – print the insurance certificate as well as all pages of the COVID-19 coverage and medical benefits terms and conditions.
For COVID-19 Travel Insurance, there is coverage that one should make sure of upon purchasing their insurance. The insurance required in Thailand that must be purchased must include the following coverages:
- Coverage of medical costs, minimum of $100,000.
- Coverage of life insurance, which will cover the worst-case scenario. For example, the death of a traveler.
- Coverage of unexpected events due to Covid-19. For example, missed return flights due to Covid-19.
The COVID-19 Insurance is important for the sake of the travelers. In case of a positive RT-PCR result from the COVID-19 test, one will not have to worry about expenses for the purchased COVID-19 insurance. From medications to doctors and everything else that is related to the COVID-19 emergency.
For COVID-19 insurance, applicants can buy from the best, please see AXA Sawasdee Thailand.
Flights to Thailand from the UK
The most popular direct trip from the United Kingdom to Thailand is from London to Bangkok, which takes roughly 12 hours 15 minutes and lands at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport or Phuket International Airport if the flight is a direct flight. Airlines that fly directly to Thailand include:
- British Airways
- Thai Airways
- EVA Air
For indirect flights:
- Qatar Airways
- Emirates Airline
- Malaysia Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
If you are traveling to Thailand under the Phuket Sandbox, Krabi Sandbox, and Phang-Nga Sandbox, please book a flight to Phuket Airport without stopping in Bangkok.
Note: Before boarding to travel to Thailand, it is suggested to prepare the documents for staff to easily check if you are eligible to travel.
Applying for a Certificate of Entry or COE
In order to enter Thailand, British travelers must obtain a COE or certificate entry. This document will allow the traveler to enter Thailand on a specific date and flight details. The traveler must apply for the COE from the Thai Embassy in London at least 5 to 10 working days prior to the intended date of travel.
The first stage is to register online by filling in your personal details, and upload supporting documents such as a copy of your passport, a copy of the valid visa (if any), and COVID-19 travel insurance. In this stage, you will also select if you are entering under Quarantine or the Sandbox program. The Embassy will screen and pre-approve the applicants who meet the requirements. The second stage of the application is confirmation of your travel. The applicants who received the pre-approval will upload a copy of the flight ticket and the ASQ or Sandbox hotel booking confirmation. It will take 1 to 3 working days to receive the final approval. The application for the COE is free of charge. However, should the applicant needs any assistance, you may visit www.siam-legal.com/coe