Thailand has closed all its borders in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 since March this year under the invocation of the Emergency Decree dated March 25, 2020.
On November 18, 2020 the Thai Embassy in the USA and UK announced that Non Immigrant O retirement visa holders may now apply for Certificate of Entry and permitted to enter Thailand.
On November 18, 2020 the Thai Embassy has announced that a Tourist Visa (60 days) is available in the USA, UK and some countries. The financial requirement of 500,000 THB bank savings has been removed.
On September 28, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved reopening the country’s borders to welcome foreign visitors, both short and long term such as the following:
-Holders of non-immigrant B visa, who are businesspeople (without a work permit or WP3) and are willing to enter Thailand for business purposes.
-Holders of Special Tourist Visa (STV) and Tourist Visa (TRV) in selected countries
-Holders of Non-Immigrant OA and OX Visa
-Holders of APEC Business Travel Cardholders from low-risk countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, and Hong Kong.
Applicants should be any of the following:
The foreigner must apply for the certificate or permission of entry to Thailand from the local Thai Embassy or consulate. All requests will be forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and together with the Ministry of Labour and Board of Investment Thailand, all applications or requests will be assessed on a case to case basis, taking into account the urgency, economic importance while balancing these with health security consideration among others.
The foreigner or non-Thai nationals must carry the necessary documents as follows:
The foreigner must apply for the certificate of entry from the local Thai Embassy or consulate at least 10 working days prior to the intended date of travel and must submit the following documents to the consular section of the Thai embassy or consulate:
Note: In case the foreign national does not have a valid visa or has an expired non-immigrant visa, he or she can submit all the required documents and a filled-in visa application requesting for the Non-immigrant visa and the Thai embassy or consulate will issue the certificate of Entry and the visa altogether.
When entering Thailand, the foreigner or non-Thai national is requested to follow the Thai authority’s guidelines for preventing the COVID-19 pandemic as follows:
On July 3, 2020 the Civil Aviation Authority has partially lifted the travel ban to Thailand. The qualified foreigners may apply for the certificate of entry from their local Thai Embassy and they may now start to travel to Thailand. For other concerns about the visa and certificate of entry application, it is best to contact the local Thai Embassy or consulate in your city or country.
You may check this page regularly about the latest updates on how and when foreigners can enter Thailand.