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Easier and Cheaper Entry to Thailand
Entering Thailand will get a little easier, and a bit cheaper. The CCSA approved the use of rapid antigen tests to screen international arrivals for COVID-19 starting December 16. The ATK method (antigen test kit) will be replacing the RT-PCR test, meaning travelers won’t need to wait long before they are allowed to travel throughout Thailand. The new entry requirement will be applicable only to air travelers entering under the No Quarantine Program (low-risk countries) and Sandbox Program.
Sandbox Program Reduced to 5 Days
The CCSA also approved to shorten the stay under the Sandbox Program to five days. Under the Sandbox Program, fully vaccinated travelers from non-listed countries are allowed to roam freely within the 19 approved cities or provinces instead of undergoing a mandatory quarantine at a hotel.
Thailand Pass Application Temporarily Suspended
The Thailand Pass system will temporarily suspend the registration for Thailand Pass QR code for travelers arriving in Thailand on December 16 and onwards. The registration for Thailand Pass will resume on December 1, 2021.
For travelers arriving in Thailand before December 16, 2021, the application for Thailand Pass is open as usual. You may visit https://tp.consular.go.th/
The Thai Immigration Bureau extended the deadline for the COVID extension applications to January 25, 2022. For foreigners who are currently in Thailand, regardless of your visa type or category, you are still allowed to request a 60-day COVID extension at any immigration office. The extension of stay will commence on the date of application. Please note that this extension of stay is not automatic, you must apply for this at your local immigration office and it will be at the discretion of the officer to approve the application.
What is the Best COVID Insurance for Thailand
Based on experience, the common problem for Thailand Pass applications being rejected is that some insurance policies are not properly worded. Your COVID 19 insurance must expressly state that it covers up to 50,000 USD medical expenses including COVID 19. To purchase the most reliable and, based on our experience, insurance that has never had any problem in the Thailand Pass application, please click the link below:
AXA Insurance Thailand offers the best COVID-19 travel insurance that produces a 1-page certificate of insurance. The 1-page Certificate of Insurance that you will receive from AXA will have complete details that Thai authorities will need to issue the Thailand Pass.
AXA Insurance: Frequently Asked Questions
What are the insurance requirements for Thailand Pass?
Health insurance policy which covers COVID-19 related medical treatment with a coverage of no less than USD 50,000 or equivalent.
What is the period of insurance that I should buy?
The period of insurance required depends on the intended duration of stay in Thailand and the type of visa being applied for and the Thai Embassy or the visa you are currently holding.
If I’m tested positive for COVID-19 but I don’t have any symptoms. Will AXA pay for the medical expense?
Yes, AXA will cover the medical expense incurred based on medical necessity if you’re tested positive for COVID-19 regardless of the showing of symptoms. The display of symptoms is not the only indicator used by AXA in the determination of Medical Necessity. If the medical expense incurred is medically necessary, then AXA will cover it even if there are no symptoms. Similarly, a COVID-19 test result is not the only indicator used by AXA in the determination of Medical Necessity. If the medical expense incurred is medically necessary, then AXA will cover even if the first COVID-19 test result is later determined as a false positive.
Does Sawasdee Thailand cover for COVID-19 only?
No, Sawasdee Thailand also provides coverage for medical expenses from accidents, sickness including COVID-19 which is not a pre-existing condition. The company will cover the cost of treatment incurred based on medical necessity.
Is medical expense for COVID-19 treatment in “Field Hospital” and “Hospitel” covered?
Yes. Medical expenses incurred in facilities designated as “Field Hospital” and “Hospitel” by the Ministry of Public Health for treating COVID-19 patient is covered.
When will I get the coverage? How long will I be covered?
AXA Insurance has no waiting period so you will get the coverage immediately once the immigration process is completed including the time that you’re in quarantine. The coverage shall continue until the end of the insurance period or the customer leaves Thailand whichever happens earlier. The arrival and departure from Thailand are marked when the Insured completes all immigration processes.
In case of accident or sickness during policy period which requires you to receive continue treatment in hospital, AXA will cover until:
- For inpatient: You are discharged from hospital
- For outpatient: Policy expiry date
If I have to be admitted to the hospital, who should I or the hospital contact?
You may email [email protected] or [email protected]
Do you offer COVID 19 Travel Insurance for travelers 75 years old or older?
For travelers who are unable to purchase the insurance online, please contact us at [email protected]
How to Apply for Thailand Pass as Easy as Possible
The Thailand Pass system is for both Thai and foreign nationals so as to have an organized and worry-free travel to Thailand and not to cause you any confusion for the entry process. For you to have a memorable and wonderful trip to Thailand, you must be aware of the possibilities of how and what could go wrong during the registration process of the Thailand Pass application.
Travelers must also be aware that proper preparation is the key to their Thailand Pass application. Please do your application several weeks before your departure date. Don’t leave it for the last minute.
In case when you are experiencing difficulty with the Thailand Pass system, you could also avail the professional services of Siam Legal International, a law firm in Thailand that will help you in your Thailand Pass registration and therefore make it easy for you to get to the Land of Smiles.
Thailand Pass Service Black Friday Sale
We are pleased to offer our Black Friday promotion for our Thailand Pass support service.
Buy One Thailand Pass support service and receive a second package for free. That’s $100 for free.
Promotion Time Period
Valid for purchases from Friday, November 26 through Cyber Monday, November 29, 2021.
But Wait, There’s More
Don’t need another Thailand Pass? You can give the value of your purchase for another visa service offered by Siam Legal. This credit is valid for one year after your initial purchase.
Terms & Conditions
This promotional value can be given to a family member or friend. Credit is transferable to another person. Valid for one year after your date of purchase. You will receive an email from our customer service department on Tuesday with your promotional credit. Valid for purchases only on the dates listed above.
Siam Legal Visa and Thailand Pass Assistance
Package: 100 USD (Thailand Pass only)
- Consultation with our Immigration Specialist
- Extensive checklist of required documents
- Assistance in Thailand Pass application (including Visa holders and Visa Exemption)
- 5 to 10 days processing time
- Available in eligible countries only
- Available for Thai and foreign nationals
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