COVID-19 travel restrictions: Thailand

Travel Restrictions

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This article has been written on the February 14, 2022 and contains accurate information. However, we highly recommend you check the latest travel requirements before you book a trip since covid regulations are constantly updating.

Can I enter Thailand?

Presently, you can enter Thailand. In addition, from April 1, 2022, the government has resumed the Test & Go program to travel to Thailand.

Thus, there have been three programs for foreign travelers to enter Thailand:

  • The Sandbox in Phuket, Krabi, Phangnga, and Surat Thani (for vaccinated travelers only)
  • The Alternative Quarantine (for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers)
  • The Test & Go (for vaccinated travelers only)

At present, the Sandbox program is eligible for the following territories:

  • Krabi
  • Phang-Nga
  • Phuket
  • Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao)
  • Chon Buri (Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, and Sattahip – only Na Jomtien and Bang Saray) 
  • Trat (Ko Chang)

Can I enter Thailand if I am vaccinated?

Woman taking a photo of the Wat Arun temple in Bangkok — ShutterstockThailand welcomes tourism, under certain conditions — Shutterstock

You can enter Thailand if you are vaccinated. You must get an entire vaccination course at least 14 days before arriving in Thailand.

As of February 2022, there are six vaccine drugs approved in Thailand:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer / BioNTech
  • AstraZeneca / Oxford
  • Janssen — Johnson and Johnson
  • CoronaVac — Sinovac Life Sciences
  • Sinopharm / Beijing Institute of Biological Products

Travel documents if you are fully vaccinated for the Sandbox program

  • A Thailand Pass
  • An insurance policy with coverage no less than $20,000
  • A proof of prepayment for five nights of accommodation at the government-approved hotel (e.g. SHA Extra Plus (SHA++))
  • A proof of prepayment for two PCR tests while in Thailand on day one and five
  • A certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 within a period of 14 days to three months

Travel documents if you are fully vaccinated for the Test & Go program

  • A Thailand Pass
  • An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$20,000
  • A proof of prepayment for one night of accommodation at the government-approved hotel (e.g. SHA Extra Plus (SHA++))
  • A proof of prepayment for two PCR tests while in Thailand on day one and five
  • A certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 within a period of 14 days to three months

Please, note that unaccompanied travelers aged 12-17 must get vaccinated with at least one dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before traveling to Thailand. Those accompanied by vaccinated adults are exempt from vaccination requirements.

Can I enter Thailand if I am unvaccinated?

As of February 2022, unvaccinated travelers can enter Thailand under the “Alternative Quarantine” program.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

  • A Thailand Pass
  • An insurance policy with coverage no less than $20,000
  • A proof of prepayment for five nights of accommodation at government-approved Alternative Quarantine (AQ) accommodation
  • A proof of prepayment for a PCR test while in Thailand on day five

Who cannot enter Thailand?

Currently, Thailand is open to tourists from all countries if they fulfill the requirements mentioned above.

Can I leave Thailand?

Both vaccinated, and unvaccinated travelers can leave Thailand. The Ministry of Health still asks people to avoid traveling for non-essential purposes.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

  • A certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 in paper or electronic format

In addition, please check in advance the information about showing a negative test result of your destination. Some countries demand tests from fully vaccinated travelers as well.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Thailand currently

After the third lockdown, the COVID-19 situation is safe in Thailand. Currently, the number of COVID-19 cases is decreasing every day.

FAQs

Woman wearing face mask looking at a food market stall in Bangkok — ShutterstockLife in Thailand is steadily returning to normal — Shutterstock

Is it safe to travel to Thailand right now?

International travel to Thailand is safe now. The Thai authorities have reopened bars, nightclubs, karaoke venues, and other establishments on January 16, 2022

Is Bangkok open for travel?

Presently, Bangkok is open for travelers. COVID-19 regulations are the same as in the rest of the country.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Thailand?

You are obliged to undergo quarantine if you visit Thailand. The duration and requirements depend on the program used to enter Thailand.
Foreign travelers using the Sandbox have to:
  • Undergo self-isolation upon arrival
  • Take the first test on day one (if the test is negative, you can go outside in the daytime, but you mustn’t stay overnight in any places except for your quarantine accommodation)
  • Take the second test on day five at the government-designated hospitals/lab centers

Foreign travelers using the Alternative Quarantine have to:

  • Undergo a five-day self-isolation upon arrival 
  • Take a PCR test on day five

Foreign travelers using the Test & Go have to:

  • Undergo a one-day self-isolation upon arrival 
  • Take a PCR test at the hotel
  • Complete the self-isolation, but conduct one antigen self-test on day five and send the result via the MorChana application

How do I get a health pass to travel to Thailand?

You can use the Thailand Pass as a health pass upon your arrival in Thailand. All your COVID-19-related documents will be stored there.

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