During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thai Ministry of Public Health has required that any Thai or foreign nationals traveling to Thailand must secure a COVID-19 PCR test with a negative result, COVID-19 health insurance and they must undergo a mandatory quarantine at Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facilities.
The mandatory quarantine is required for foreigners permitted to enter Thailand such as diplomats and non-immigrant B visa with work permit holders including their families, business representatives and experts invited by the government, permanent residents, foreigners with Thai families such as Thai marriage visa holders, students and their guardians, medical tourists and their attendants, business visa holders, Thai Elite Visa holders, APEC Cardholders, special tourist visa (STV) holders, non-immigrant OA and OX retirement visa holders and migrant workers with official documents.
Quarantine is defined as public health practice used to protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease such as COVID-19. It is a separation and restriction of the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease such as COVID-19 to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.
The ASQ is a process of quarantine at government-accredited hotels in Bangkok at the traveler’s own expense. For non-Thai nationality travelers, many hotels together with hospitals launched Alternative State Quarantine Packages for those returning from abroad. These hotels have been approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Defense.
ASLQ is the quarantine facilities in cities outside Bangkok such as Phuket, Pattaya, Buriram, and Prachinburi.
The mandatory quarantine is 14 days.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to quarantine in your own home at this time. You have to undergo quarantine in the accredited hotels only.
The cost may vary depending on the hotel with a price range from 28,000 THB to 220,000 for the 14-day mandatory quarantine with better facilities, good atmosphere, in a clean and safe environment.
Normally, the package includes 3 meals per day, complimentary WiFi and private car transfer from the airport. A nurse is on call 24/7, and you will have your temperature taken and health checked twice a day. The package also includes two COVID-19 tests that take place on the 5th and 13th day of your quarantine. If you have a fever of 37.5 degrees or more, you will be transferred to a hospital.