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Airlines Updates
Published on 18.05.2022, Thai Airways:

Mixed fortunes for Thai Airways but nation’s flag carrier confident of financial take off.

Published on 17.05.2022, Thai Airways:

Thai Airways dragged to $93m first-quarter loss by expensive fuel.

Published on 06.05.2022, :

Latest News: Authorities to lift COVID-19 test, quarantine on arrival requirement for vaccinated tourists; unvaccinated visitors must show negative PCR result (Reuters, 22.04.2022).

Published on 05.05.2022, Thai Airways:

Thai Airways resumes Bali flights; launches Chatbot.

Published on 14.04.2022, Thai Airways:

Thai Airways restores first class

Published on 04.04.2022, Thai Vietjet :

Thai airline's April Fool's tweet prompts royal insult complaint to police.

Published on 30.03.2022, Thai:

THAI rebuilding post-Covid network

Published on 28.03.2022, AirAsia:

AirAsia reopens Bali-Perth, Australia route from 15MAY22.

Published on 25.03.2022, Thai Airways:

Thai Airways to resume Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Melbourne service from 30MAR22.

Published on 22.03.2022, Emirates:

Dubai-Thailand: Emirates eyes situation warily.

Published on 21.03.2022, Thai:

Daily flights on DAC-BKK route of Thai Airways from 27MAR22.

Published on 16.03.2022, Thai AirAsia:

Thai AirAsia to resume international flights in April.

Published on 02.03.2022, Thai Summer :

Thai Summer Airways revives launch plans, takes B737.

Published on 02.03.2022, :

Authorities ease COVID-19 requirements for international arrivals.

Published on 28.02.2022, Thai Smile:

Thai Smile Airways to resume direct flights to Cambodia's Siem Reap after long hiatus.

Published on 23.02.2022, Thai Airways:

Thai Airways resumes direct flights to Pakistan, from 28MAR22.

Published on 15.02.2022, Thai AirAsia:

Thai AirAsia inks A320 sale/lease-backs.

Published on 22.12.2021, Air Asia:

AirAsia resumes operations between Bangkok Don Mueang and Phnom Penh, despite stringent Thai health measures

Published on 08.11.2021, Etihad Airways:

Etihad signs Thailand partnership as country reopens.

Published on 03.11.2021, Thai Airways:

Thai Airways reduces costs by USD1.4bn

Published on 02.11.2021, Thai Airways:

Thai Airways to sell 42 jets, cut workforce to reduce costs.

Published on 18.10.2021, Thai:

Thai Airways International Routes Start To Return, from 01NOV21.

Published on 15.10.2021, Thai:

Thai to resume services on 36 international routes on 31OCT21.

Published on 14.10.2021, Thai Airways:

Will Thai Airways regain its ground post-pandemic?

Published on 08.10.2021, Thai Lion Air:

Thai Lion Air adds more aircraft to fleet as Thailand plans further re-opening.

Published on 07.10.2021, Thai AirAsia:

Thai AirAsia expects full domestic rebound in Q4.

Published on 01.10.2021, Thai Airways:

Slow Progress On Thai Airways’ Rehabilitation Plan.

Published on 29.09.2021, Thai Airways:

Thai Airways to resume flights to countries with high vaccination rates.

Published on 04.01.2021, Thai Airways:

Thai Airways rehabilitation plan progress

Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Thailand
Crossing Rules
  • Nationals of Thailand are not permitted to enter Thailand.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Passengers entering on a repatriation flight and holding a Certificate of Entry issued by a Thai representative in the country of entry and a fit to fly health certificate.
    • Passengers with a medical certificate showing a negative Covid-19 PCR test result tested within 72 hours before departure in lieu of a ‘fit to fly’ health certificate.
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Flight Restrictions
Published on 31.12.2021

1. Until 31 January 2022, passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter and transit. - This does not apply to: - nationals and residents of Thailand; - passengers who are
spouses, parents or children of a national of Thailand. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past
14 days; - airline crew with a return scheduled flight. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past
14 days; - passengers who are visa exempt. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
passengers with a visa issued by Thailand. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
nationals of Australia, China (People's Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Viet Nam with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the country that
issued the APEC Business Travel Card; - passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the
country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card; - residents of Hong Kong (SAR China) with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from Hong Kong (SAR China); - students. -
passengers transiting through Bangkok (BKK). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
passengers traveling to Phuket (HKT). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days.

2. Passengers transiting through Thailand must have: - medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000; and - a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours
before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; or - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days before departure. - This
does not apply to passengers transiting without disembarking the aircraft. - The RT-PCR test requirement does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.

3. Passengers traveling under the Sandbox Program scheme must: a. arrive at Phuket (HKT); b. have not been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South
Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; c. have a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th ; d. have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were
fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days
before departure; - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 12 years; - passengers between 12 and 17 years with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they
received one dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V; - passengers younger
than 18 years travelling with a fully vaccinated parent; - passengers with a recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received at least one
dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days before departure.
e. have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; - This does
not apply to passengers younger than 6 years; f. medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand. g. have a hotel reservation
for 7 nights at SHA+ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests. They are subject to quarantine for 7 days.

4. Passengers traveling under the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) scheme must have: a. a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th ; b. a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR
test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; - This does not apply to passengers younger than
6 years; - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand. c. medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand. d. a hotel
reservation at AQ, OQ or AHQ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com and https://asq.in.th and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests: For fully vaccinated passengers with AstraZeneca
(Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days before departure, they must have a
hotel reservation for 7 nights; For not fully vaccinated passengers, they must have a hotel reservation for 10 nights; For passengers who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho,
Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe in the past 14 days, they must have a hotel reservation for 14 nights.

5. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next flight.

6. Airline crew staying overnight must have a guarantee letter from the airline or health insurance certificate with a coverage cost of at least USD 50,000.-

Published on 29.12.2021

1. Until 31 January 2022, passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter and transit. - This does not apply to: - nationals and residents of Thailand; - passengers who are
spouses, parents or children of a national of Thailand. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past
14 days; - airline crew with a return scheduled flight. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past
14 days; - passengers who are visa exempt. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
passengers with a visa issued by Thailand. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
nationals of Australia, China (People's Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Viet Nam with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the country that
issued the APEC Business Travel Card; - passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the
country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card; - residents of Hong Kong (SAR China) with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from Hong Kong (SAR China); - students. -
passengers transiting through Bangkok (BKK). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
passengers traveling to Phuket (HKT). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days.

2. Passengers transiting through Thailand must have: - medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000; and - a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours
before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; or - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days before departure. - This
does not apply to passengers transiting without disembarking the aircraft.

3. Passengers traveling under the Sandbox Program scheme must: a. arrive at Phuket (HKT); b. have not been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South
Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; c. have a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th ; d. have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were
fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days
before departure; - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 12 years; - passengers between 12 and 17 years with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they
received one dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V; - passengers with a
recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received at least one dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna
(Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at most 3 months after the infection and at least 14 days before departure. e. have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test
result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; - This does not apply to passengers younger than 6
years; f. medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand. g. have a hotel reservation for 7 nights at SHA+ hotel obtained at
www.thailandsha.com and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests. They are subject to quarantine for 7 days.

4. Passengers traveling under the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) scheme must have: a. a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th ; b. a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result
issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; - This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years. c.
medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand. d. a hotel reservation at AQ, OQ or AHQ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com
and https://asq.in.th and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests: For fully vaccinated passengers with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax),
Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days before departure, they must have a hotel reservation for 7 nights; For not fully vaccinated
passengers, they must have a hotel reservation for 10 nights; For passengers who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe in
the past 14 days, they must have a hotel reservation for 14 nights.

5. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next flight.

6. Airline crew staying overnight must have a guarantee letter from the airline or health insurance certificate with a coverage cost of at least USD 50,000.-

Published on 23.12.2021

1. Until 31 January 2022, passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter and transit. - This does not apply to: - nationals and residents of Thailand; - passengers who are
spouses, parents or children of a national of Thailand. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past
14 days; - airline crew with a return scheduled flight. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past
14 days; - passengers who are visa exempt. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
passengers with a visa issued by Thailand. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
nationals of Australia, China (People's Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Viet Nam with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the country that
issued the APEC Business Travel Card; - passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the
country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card; - residents of Hong Kong (SAR China) with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from Hong Kong (SAR China); - students. -
passengers transiting through Bangkok (BKK). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
passengers traveling to Phuket (HKT). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days.

2. Passengers transiting through Thailand must have: - medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000; and - a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours
before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; or - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days before departure. - This
does not apply to passengers transiting without disembarking the aircraft.

3. Passengers traveling under the Sandbox Program scheme must: a. arrive on a direct flight from Dubai (DXB) to Phuket (HKT); b. have not been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho,
Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; c. have a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th ; d. have a COVID-19 vaccination
certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac
or Sputnik V at least 14 days before departure; - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 11 years; - nationals of Thailand between 12 and 17 years with a COVID-19
vaccination certificate showing that they received one dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm,
Sinovac or Sputnik V; - passengers with a recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received at least one dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria),
Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at most 3 months after the infection and at least 14 days before
departure. e. have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; - This does
not apply to passengers younger than 6 years; f. medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand. g. have a hotel reservation
for 7 nights at SHA+ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests. They are subject to quarantine for 7 days.

4. Passengers traveling under the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) scheme must have: a. a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th ; b. a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result
issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; - This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years. c.
medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand. d. a hotel reservation at AQ, OQ or AHQ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com
and https://asq.in.th and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests: For fully vaccinated passengers with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax),
Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days before departure, they must have a hotel reservation for 7 nights; For not fully vaccinated
passengers, they must have a hotel reservation for 10 nights; For passengers who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe in
the past 14 days, they must have a hotel reservation for 14 nights.

5. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next flight.

6. Airline crew staying overnight must have a guarantee letter from the airline or health insurance certificate with a coverage cost of at least USD 50,000.-

Published on 17.12.2021

1. Until 31 January 2022, passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter and transit. - This does not apply to: - nationals and residents of Thailand; - passengers who are
spouses, parents or children of a national of Thailand. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past
14 days; - airline crew with a return scheduled flight. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past
14 days; - passengers who are visa exempt. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
passengers with a visa issued by Thailand. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
nationals of Australia, China (People's Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Viet Nam with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the country that
issued the APEC Business Travel Card; - passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the
country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card; - residents of Hong Kong (SAR China) with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from Hong Kong (SAR China); - students. -
passengers transiting through Bangkok (BKK). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
passengers traveling to Chiang Mai (CNX), Don Mueng (DMK), Phuket (HKT), Samui (USM), Suvarnabhumi (BKK) or U-Tapao (UTP). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho,
Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days.

2. Passengers transiting through Thailand must have: - medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000; and - a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours
before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; or - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days before departure. - This
does not apply to passengers transiting without disembarking the aircraft.

3. Passengers traveling under the Exemption from Quarantine (EQ) scheme must: a. arrive from or have been in Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam,
Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland,
India, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Lao People's Dem. Rep., Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New
Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, United Arab Emirates,
United Kingdom or Viet Nam in the past 21 days; b. have a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th; c. have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they
were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days
before departure; - This does not apply to: - nationals of Thailand between 12 and 17 years with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received one dose of
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V; - unvaccinated passengers younger than 12
years traveling with their fully-vaccinated parents/guardians; - passengers with a recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received at least
one dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at most 3 months after the
infection and at least 14 days before departure. d. have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result
must be in English or Thai; e. medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand. f. have a hotel reservation for 1 night at AQ,
OQ, or SHA+ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com or https://asq.in.th

4. Passengers traveling under the Sandbox Program scheme must: a. arrive at Chiang Mai (CNX), Don Mueng (DMK), Phuket (HKT), Samui (USM), Suvarnabhumi (BKK) or U-Tapao (UTP)
airports; b. arrive from or who have been in a country other than Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; c. have a
Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th ; d. have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria),
Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days before departure; - This does not apply to: -
nationals of Thailand between 12 and 17 years with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received one dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen,
Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V; - unvaccinated passengers younger than 18 years traveling with their fully-vaccinated
parents/guardians; - passengers with a recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received at least one dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin,
Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at most 3 months after the infection and at least 14 days before departure. e.
have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; f. medical insurance with
minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand. g. have a hotel reservation for 7 nights at SHA+ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com and proof of
payment for COVID-19 tests. They are subject to quarantine for 7 days.

5. Passengers arriving from or who have been in a country other than Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days and
who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated traveling under the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) scheme must have: a. a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th b. a
hotel reservation for 10 nights at AQ, OQ or AHQ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com and https://asq.in.th and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests. They are subject to quarantine
for 10 days; c. a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; d. medical
insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.

6. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next flight.

7. Airline crew staying overnight must have a guarantee letter from the airline or health insurance certificate with a coverage cost of at least USD 50,000.-

Published on 13.12.2021

1. Until 31 January 2022, passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter and transit. - This does not apply to: - nationals and residents of Thailand; - passengers who are
spouses, parents or children of a national of Thailand. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past
14 days; - airline crew with a return scheduled flight. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past
14 days; - passengers who are visa exempt. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
passengers with a visa issued by Thailand. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
nationals of Australia, China (People's Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Viet Nam with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the country that
issued the APEC Business Travel Card; - passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the
country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card; - residents of Hong Kong (SAR China) with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from Hong Kong (SAR China); - students. -
passengers transiting through Bangkok (BKK). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
passengers traveling to Chiang Mai (CNX), Don Mueng (DMK), Phuket (HKT), Samui (USM), Suvarnabhumi (BKK) or U-Tapao (UTP). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho,
Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days.

2. Passengers transiting through Thailand must have: - medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000; and - a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours
before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; or - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at
least 14 days before departure. - This does not apply to passengers transiting without disembarking the aircraft.

3. Passengers traveling under the Exemption from Quarantine (EQ) scheme must: a. arrive from or have been in Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam,
Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland,
India, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Lao People's Dem. Rep., Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New
Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, United Arab Emirates,
United Kingdom or Viet Nam in the past 21 days; b. have a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th; c. have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they
were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure; - This does not apply to: - nationals of Thailand between 12 and 17 years with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing
that they received one vaccine dose; - unvaccinated passengers younger than 12 years traveling with their fully-vaccinated parents/guardians; - passengers with a recovery
certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received at least one dose of the vaccine at most 3 months after the infection and at least 14 days before
departure. d. have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; e. medical
insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand. f. have a hotel reservation for 1 night at AQ, OQ, or SHA+ hotel obtained at
www.thailandsha.com or https://asq.in.th

4. Passengers traveling under the Sandbox Program scheme must: a. arrive at Chiang Mai (CNX), Don Mueng (DMK), Phuket (HKT), Samui (USM), Suvarnabhumi (BKK) or U-Tapao (UTP)
airports; b. arrive from or who have been in a country other than Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; c. have a
Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th ; d. have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure;
- This does not apply to: - nationals of Thailand between 12 and 17 years with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received one vaccine dose; - unvaccinated
passengers younger than 18 years traveling with their fully-vaccinated parents/guardians; - passengers with a recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing
that they received at least one dose of the vaccine at most 3 months after the infection and at least 14 days before departure. e. have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most
72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; f. medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not
apply to nationals of Thailand. g. have a hotel reservation for 7 nights at SHA+ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests. They are subject to
quarantine for 7 days.

5. Passengers arriving from or who have been in a country other than Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days and
who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated traveling under the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) scheme must have: a. a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th b. a
hotel reservation for 10 nights at AQ, OQ or AHQ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com and https://asq.in.th and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests. They are subject to quarantine
for 10 days; c. a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; d. medical
insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.

6. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next flight.

7. Airline crew staying overnight must have a guarantee letter from the airline or health insurance certificate with a coverage cost of at least USD 50,000.-

Published on 02.12.2021

1. Until 31 January 2022, passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter and transit. - This does not apply to: - nationals and residents of Thailand; - passengers who are
spouses, parents or children of a national of Thailand. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past
14 days; - airline crew with a return scheduled flight. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past
14 days; - passengers who are visa exempt. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
passengers with a visa issued by Thailand. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
nationals of Australia, China (People's Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Viet Nam with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the country that
issued the APEC Business Travel Card; - passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the
country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card; - residents of Hong Kong (SAR China) with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from Hong Kong (SAR China); - students. -
passengers transiting through Bangkok (BKK). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; -
passengers traveling to Chiang Mai (CNX), Don Mueng (DMK), Phuket (HKT), Samui (USM), Suvarnabhumi (BKK) or U-Tapao (UTP). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho,
Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days.

2. Passengers transiting through Thailand must have: - medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000; and - a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours
before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; or - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at
least 14 days before departure. - This does not apply to passengers transiting without disembarking the aircraft.

3. Passengers traveling under the Exemption from Quarantine (EQ) scheme must: a. arrive from or have been in Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam,
Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland,
India, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Lao People's Dem. Rep., Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New
Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, United Arab Emirates,
United Kingdom or Viet Nam in the past 21 days; b. have a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th; c. have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they
were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure; - This does not apply to: - unvaccinated passengers younger than 12 years traveling with their fully-vaccinated
parents/guardians; - passengers with a recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received at least one dose of the vaccine at most 3 months
after the infection and at least 14 days before departure. d. have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test
result must be in English or Thai; e. medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand. f. have a hotel reservation for 1 night
at AQ, OQ, or SHA+ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com or https://asq.in.th

4. Passengers traveling under the Sandbox Program scheme must: a. arrive at Chiang Mai (CNX), Don Mueng (DMK), Phuket (HKT), Samui (USM), Suvarnabhumi (BKK) or U-Tapao (UTP)
airports; b. arrive from or who have been in a country other than Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days; c. have a
Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th ; d. have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure;
- This does not apply to: - unvaccinated passengers younger than 18 years traveling with their fully-vaccinated parents/guardians; - passengers with a recovery certificate and a
COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received at least one dose of the vaccine at most 3 months after the infection and at least 14 days before departure. e. have a
COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; f. medical insurance with minimum
coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand. g. have a hotel reservation for 7 nights at SHA+ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com and proof of payment
for COVID-19 tests. They are subject to quarantine for 7 days.

5. Passengers arriving from or who have been in a country other than Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days and
who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated traveling under the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) scheme must have: a. a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th b. a
hotel reservation for 10 nights at AQ, OQ or AHQ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com and https://asq.in.th and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests. They are subject to quarantine
for 10 days; c. a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; d. medical
insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.

6. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next flight.

7. Airline crew staying overnight must have a guarantee letter from the airline or health insurance certificate with a coverage cost of at least USD 50,000.-

Published on 24.11.2021

1. Until 30 November 2021, passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter and transit. - This does not apply to: - nationals and residents of Thailand; - passengers who are
spouses, parents or children of a national of Thailand; - airline crew with a return scheduled flight; - passengers who are visa exempt; - passengers with a visa issued by
Thailand; - nationals of Australia, China (People's Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Viet Nam with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the
country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card; - passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving
from the country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card; - residents of Hong Kong (SAR China) with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from Hong Kong (SAR China); - students;
- passengers transiting through Bangkok (BKK); - passengers traveling to Chiang Mai (CNX), Don Mueng (DMK), Phuket (HKT), Samui (USM), Suvarnabhumi (BKK) or U-Tapao (UTP).

2. Passengers transiting through Thailand must have: - medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000; and - a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours
before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; or - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at
least 14 days before departure. - This does not apply to passengers transiting without disembarking the aircraft.

3. Passengers traveling under the Exemption from Quarantine (EQ) scheme must: a. arrive from or have been in Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam,
Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland,
India, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Lao People's Dem. Rep., Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New
Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, United Arab Emirates,
United Kingdom or Viet Nam in the past 21 days; b. have a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th; c. have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they
were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure; - This does not apply to: - unvaccinated passengers younger than 12 years traveling with their fully-vaccinated
parents/guardians; - passengers with a recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received at least one dose of the vaccine at most 3 months
after the infection and at least 14 days before departure. d. have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test
result must be in English or Thai; e. medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand. f. have a hotel reservation for 1 night
at AQ, OQ, or SHA+ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com or https://asq.in.th

4. Passengers traveling under the Sandbox Program scheme must: a. arrive at Chiang Mai (CNX), Don Mueng (DMK), Phuket (HKT), Samui (USM), Suvarnabhumi (BKK) or U-Tapao (UTP)
airports; b. have a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at https://tp.consular.go.th ; c. have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14
days before departure; - This does not apply to: - unvaccinated passengers younger than 18 years traveling with their fully-vaccinated parents/guardians; - passengers with a
recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received at least one dose of the vaccine at most 3 months after the infection and at least 14 days
before departure. d. have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; e.
medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand. f. have a hotel reservation for 7 nights at SHA+ hotel obtained at
www.thailandsha.com and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests. They are subject to quarantine for 7 days.

5. Passengers who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated traveling under the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) scheme must have: a. a Thailand Pass QR code obtained at
https://tp.consular.go.th b. a hotel reservation for 10 nights at AQ, OQ or AHQ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com and https://asq.in.th and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests.
They are subject to quarantine for 10 days; c. a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in
English or Thai; d. medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000. - This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.

6. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next flight.

7. Airline crew staying overnight must have a guarantee letter from the airline or health insurance certificate with a coverage cost of at least USD 50,000.-

published 03.11.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter and transit until 30 November 2020.
– This does not apply to passengers who are spouses, parents, or children of a national of Thailand.
– This does not apply to airline crew with a return scheduled flight.
– This does not apply to passengers with a visa issued by Thailand.
– This does not apply to nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card.
– This does not apply to passengers traveling as students.
– This does not apply to passengers with a visa issued by Thailand.

Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English.

Passengers must have an insurance to cover medical expenses in Thailand.

Passengers must have:
– a Certificate of Entry issued by Royal Thai Embassy, and
– a Fit to Fly health certificate issued at most 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.

From 1 May, if you’re fully vaccinated, you can apply to enter Thailand via Thailand Pass and do not need to quarantine. RT-PCR tests before and upon arrival are not required. You must have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days before your date of travel and the vaccines must be approved by Ministry of Public Health.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you can enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine scheme
or you can be exempted from quarantine if you have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure. You must quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. You may be required to download the Thai Chana COVID-19 tracking app when you arrive.

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Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

From 1 May, if you’re fully vaccinated, you can apply to enter Thailand via Thailand Pass. RT-PCR tests before and upon arrival are not required.
You must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before you leave your country and when you arrive in Thailand.
*Proof of vaccination status: All persons aged 18 or over must have a vaccination certificate.
Children aged 17 and under can enter Thailand under the same scheme as their parents or legal guardian and do not need to show proof of vaccination. A RT-PCR test issued within 72 hours before departure is required except children aged 5 and under.

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Vaccination
COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2022-05-22
COVID-19 Total Vaccination: 135817331
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 119523
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 194.16
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 1709

If you’re fully vaccinated, you can apply to enter Thailand via Thailand Pass under the Test and Go or Sandbox schemes .You must have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days before your date of travel and the vaccines must be approved by Ministry of Public Health.

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Full Restrictions

  • Thailand Bangkok, 20 May, 2022 – Thailand’s Centre of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today approved the simplified Thailand Pass registration and entry rules for international arrivals, effective 1 June 2022.

    Foreign nationals are still required to apply for a Thailand Pass (via https://tp.consular.go.th/), but will only need to provide passport details, vaccination, and an US$10,000 health insurance policy. The system will then automatically issue a Thailand Pass QR code for the applicants. Meanwhile, Thais will no longer be required to apply for a Thailand Pass.

    Upon arriving in Thailand, vaccinated travellers must undergo entry screening, and will then be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.

    Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers who are able to upload proof of a negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system will also be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.

    The CCSA also approved further easing of nationwide COVID-19 controls with three colour-coded zones: The Pilot Tourist Areas or blue zones, the Surveillance or green zone, and the Areas under Stringent Surveillance or yellow zone.

    Night-time entertainment venues; such as, pubs, bars and karaoke lounges in the green and blue zones will be allowed to resume operation, including the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises up till 24.00 Hrs. However, all venues are told to strictly adhere to the prevention guidelines.

    The CCSA also lifted the quarantine requirement for the high-risk contact.

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    20.05.2022
  • Thailand Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul plans to propose ending the Thailand Pass system initially for returning Thais, and later also for foreigners.

    He planned to propose to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) that the Thailand Pass system be scrapped for Thai returnees. Later, this could be expanded to include foreign visitors.

    Whether the emergency decree should be extended or not was for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the CCSA to decide, he said.

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    06.05.2022
  • Thailand Thailand has made further modifications to the entry process effective May 1, 2022 and will not only scrap all testing requirements for vaccinated passengers but now also welcome unvaccinated visitors without quarantine (providing they had a PCR Test done within 72 hours prior to departure).
    All passengers wishing to enter Thailand under the new requirements will be able to do so by applying for a new Thailand Pass which will be online from April 29, 2022.

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    27.04.2022
  • Thailand Latest News: Authorities to lift COVID-19 test, quarantine on arrival requirement for vaccinated tourists; unvaccinated visitors must show negative PCR result (Reuters, 22.04.2022).

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: You need to apply for permission to enter Thailand.
    If you’re fully vaccinated: From 1 May, if you’re fully vaccinated, you can apply to enter Thailand via Thailand Pass. RT-PCR tests before and upon arrival are not required. You must have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days before your date of travel and the vaccines must be approved by Ministry of Public Health.
    Proof of vaccination status: All persons aged 18 or over must have a vaccination certificate.
    Thailand will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. A digital certificate or a screenshot of evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status should be accepted. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    If you are not fully vaccinated, you can enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine scheme. You must quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility.You may be required to download the Thai Chana COVID-19 tracking app when you arrive.
    If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: If you’re not fully vaccinated but have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least 1 dose of approved vaccine, you will need to show medical certificate of recovery in order to enter Thailand.
    Residents of Thailand: If you have a Thai resident visa and usually live in Thailand but you cannot return within the required year, the Thailand authorities will grant you an extension to your compulsory return deadline. You must return to Thailand as soon as you can.
    *Children and young people: Children aged 17 and under can enter Thailand under the same scheme as their parents or legal guardian and do not need to show proof of vaccination.
    More information about entry requirements for children can be found on Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
    You may be separated from your children if they test positive for COVID-19. If this happens and you need help, you can call your embassy.
    *If you’re transiting through Thailand: If you are transiting in Thailand you do not need to register for a Thailand Pass. You must however have proof of insurance with minimum coverage of at least 10,000 USD. More information can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand Pass website.
    *Exemptions: There are no exemptions to Thailand’s entry requirements.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Thailand: Domestic travel options within Thailand are available but remain subject to disease control measures. These may include restrictions on movement between provinces.
    If you are taking an internal flight in Thailand, you may be asked to download an app or complete additional travel documentation.
    You will be required to wear a face mask and follow other disease control measures when using public transport, including planes, trains, buses and taxis. In some provinces public transport may stop earlier than normal or have less capacity than normal.
    *COVID-related restrictions in Thailand: An emergency decree is currently in place. This includes instructions that you must not:
    • enter high risk areas
    • hoard essential goods
    • attend public gatherings
    • propagate false information
    Until further notice you must also wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Thailand and in vehicles if you are with others. If you do not wear a mask you may have to pay a fine.
    The Thai government also advises that you should avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places, and scan the ‘Thai Chana’ QR code where available.
    A number of disease control measures at national and local levels are also in place. These include a colour rating for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces based on the number of COVID-19 cases. Restrictions in each province and for movement between provinces depend on the colour rating and any additional local rules, and they may change at any time.
    In some provinces measures may include restrictions on dining in restaurants, gathering in groups, closures of shops and curfews. You are advised to follow all preventative and disease control measures to minimise risks and avoid penalties.
    Measures change frequently. You should check the current situation with local authorities and the Thai government’s Facebook page and PR website.
    *Accommodation: Hotel and private rental accommodation is available throughout Thailand. However, some hotels remain closed so we advise you to contact hotels directly when booking.
    The majority of hotels will ask to take your temperature on arrival and ask you to provide information on your recent travel history and any symptoms you may have related to COVID-19. You may also need to follow other disease control measures.
    Some services and facilities in hotels may not be available e.g. leisure facilities.

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    27.04.2022
  • Thailand Thai Government meeting today concluded that the country would end the Test&Go scheme and remove the arrival PCR-Test and hotel booking requirement from May 1, 2022.

    The Test & Go process for foreign arrivals will be terminated at the end of the month and vaccinated travellers will require only self-antigen tests for Covid-19 from May 1, to stimulate tourism and the economy, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Friday.

    “Tourism is recovering and antigen tests will be more convenient and faster for visitors,” Gen Prayut said after chairing a meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House.

    “Many countries are relaxing travel restrictions significantly and our country depends considerably on tourism to support our economy,” the prime minister said.

    CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin later said that from May 1 there would be no Test & Go entry scheme. The government would have different measures for vaccinated and unvaccinated foreign arrivals by air.

    Vaccinated visitors would not be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival anymore. It would be recommended they self-test using antigen kits during their stay. If they tested positive, they could enter their Covid-19 insurance process or take care of their own treatment, he said.

    Unvaccinated travellers would be welcomed if they presented proof of a negative RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours before their trip.

    They would be quarantined for five days, with another RT-PCR test on day 4 or 5. They would also be advised to do self-antigen testing during their stay. …

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    22.04.2022
  • Thailand Thailand is extending the Thailand Pass validity effective April 18, 2022. As a result, you can arrive 7 days EARLIER or LATER than the indicated entry date on the QR code (you can scan and see what is included on the QR code). Previously, you were not allowed to enter earlier but were allowed up to a couple of days later in case of flight changes and cancellations.

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    19.04.2022
  • Thailand The tourism numbers are still abysmal as western visitors are unwilling to put up with the Test & Go application process and follow-up tests that are cumbersome for many.

    Now, Thailand’s Tourism Minister, Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, has told the local press that he will propose scrapping the Thailand Pass Test & Go registration scheme altogether at the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meeting held on April 22.

    If the Test & Go is scrapped from May 1st, it would mean that tourists no longer are required to apply for the Test & Go and can travel only with proof of their completed vaccination scheme.

    The government has previously indicated that it would only require an antigen test upon arrival to Thailand from next month instead of the current PCR-RT that can detect previous covid infection for several months (and off to the hospitel you go).

    There can be a setback to these plans if there is a covid spike after the Songkran festivities that are currently held in Thailand (Thai New Year’s Holiday).

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    14.04.2022
  • Thailand Bangkok Airport has seen a sharp increase in foreign arrivals during April and the existing structure to support the Test&Go scheme has apparently reached its breaking point, causing chaos in the terminal.

    Arriving passengers are unable to identify their hotels on the small boards of the understaffed counters and long lines are forming with some complaining online that they waited close to two hours until they finally get on their way.

    In response, the airport authorities have now added nine additional counters to stem the onslaught of passengers at peak times but worse things might wait around the corner as Thailand readies to replace the arrival PCR Test/Hotel Stay with a quick test at the airport in a few weeks time.

    As so often in Thailand they start to first let a problem develop and wait until there is a shit storm brewing instead of proactively taking measures to make the experience smooth, to begin with.

    After all, the arrival numbers are known in advance and it was clear that these makeshift counters in the arrivals hall that were first set up wouldn’t serve their purpose past a certain number of arriving passengers.

    A top Thai YouTuber shared the confusion he witnessed at Suvarnabhumi Airport as foreign tourists arriving under the Test & Go scheme stood around looking lost. …

    He said there were no signs directing tourists, and most of them just stood around looking completely lost because they could not find the hotel they had booked under the Test & Go scheme.

    Atichan added that he heard hotel staff screaming the names of their hotels, but tourists could not hear them due to the racket.

    By the time the tourists found a hotel counter, they had to queue for ages because there was only one person handling bookings for many hotels.

    “This is how passengers under the Test & Go scheme were treated at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Nobody could go anywhere, they just stood in long lines. Hotel staff shouted their hotels’ names until their lost their voices and were left shaking their heads in despair. Some passengers complained, but the hotel staff only said they must complain to the airport,” Aticharn posted.

    “It became a game of hunting for the hotel’s logo. Everything is placed randomly instead of alphabetically. There is no directory guiding passengers. A counter handles as many hotels as they want until the hotel logos are thrown down on the floor. When passengers find their counter, they have to join long queues because only one person handles several hotels’ guests.” …

    Suvarnabhumi airport has added more hotel counters for inbound passengers after reports of chaos in the passenger arrival area.

    Airport general manager Kittipong Kittikachorn said nine more counters for hotels had been added on the second floor, reserved for incoming air travelers, taking the total to 17.

    The move followed complaints by airport users on social media on the weekend. Pictures showed frustrated passengers looking for the names of the hotels where they wanted to stay or had made reservations before traveling.

    “Hotel staff shouted the names of their hotels and desperately shook their heads. When passengers complained to them, hotel staff told them to complain to Airports of Thailand,” a post on the Twitter account @spin9 said.

    Arrivals at Suvarnabhumi have risen since the lifting of pre-travel RT-PCR testing on April 1.

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    12.04.2022
  • Thailand Latest News: Authorities ease COVID-19 requirements for international arrivals (Xinhua, 02.03.2022).

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: You need to apply for permission to enter Thailand.
    If you’re fully vaccinated: If you’re fully vaccinated, you can apply to enter Thailand via Thailand Pass under the Test and Go or Sandbox schemes . You must have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days before your date of travel and the vaccines must be approved by Ministry of Public Health.
    Proof of vaccination status: All persons aged 18 or over must have a vaccination certificate.
    Thailand will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record A digital certificate or a screenshot of evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status should be accepted. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    If you’re not fully vaccinated: If you are not fully vaccinated, you can enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine scheme. You must quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. You cannot use the Test and Go or Sandbox schemes.
    You may be required to download the Thai Chana COVID-19 tracking app when you arrive. If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: If you’re not fully vaccinated but have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least 1 dose of approved vaccine, you will need to show medical certificate of recovery in order to enter Thailand under Test and Go or Sandbox schemes.
    Residents of Thailand: If you have a Thai resident visa and usually live in Thailand but you cannot return within the required year, the Thailand authorities will grant you an extension to your compulsory return deadline. You must return to Thailand as soon as you can.
    Children and young people: Children aged 17 and under can enter Thailand under the same scheme as their parents or legal guardian and do not need to show proof of vaccination.
    More information about entry requirements for children can be found on Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
    You may be separated from your children if they test positive for COVID-19. If this happens and you need help, you can call your embassy
    If you’re transiting through Thailand: If you are transiting in Thailand you do not need to register for a Thailand Pass. You must however have proof of insurance with minimum coverage of at least 20,000 USD. More information can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand Pass website.
    Exemptions: There are no exemptions to Thailand’s entry requirements.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Thailand: Domestic travel options within Thailand are available but remain subject to disease control measures. These may include restrictions on movement between provinces.
    If you are taking an internal flight in Thailand, you may be asked to download an app or complete additional travel documentation.
    You will be required to wear a face mask and follow other disease control measures when using public transport, including planes, trains, buses and taxis. In some provinces public transport may stop earlier than normal or have less capacity than normal.
    *COVID-related restrictions in Thailand: An emergency decree is currently in place. This includes instructions that you must not:
    • enter high risk areas
    • hoard essential goods
    • attend public gatherings
    • propagate false information
    Until further notice you must also wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Thailand and in vehicles if you are with others. If you do not wear a mask you may have to pay a fine.
    The Thai government also advises that you should avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places, and scan the ‘Thai Chana’ QR code where available.
    A number of disease control measures at national and local levels are also in place. These include a colour rating for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces based on the number of COVID-19 cases. Restrictions in each province and for movement between provinces depend on the colour rating and any additional local rules, and they may change at any time.
    In some provinces measures may include restrictions on dining in restaurants, gathering in groups, closures of shops and curfews. You are advised to follow all preventative and disease control measures to minimise risks and avoid penalties.
    Measures change frequently. You should check the current situation with local authorities and the Thai government’s Facebook page and PR website.
    *Accommodation: Hotel and private rental accommodation is available throughout Thailand. However, some hotels remain closed so we advise you to contact hotels directly when booking.
    The majority of hotels will ask to take your temperature on arrival and ask you to provide information on your recent travel history and any symptoms you may have related to COVID-19. You may also need to follow other disease control measures.
    Some services and facilities in hotels may not be available e.g. leisure facilities.

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    04.04.2022
  • Thailand Thai government officials has resulted in a decision to discontinue the mandatory PCR Tests for Thailand-bound travelers effective April 1, 2022

    The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday resolved to discontinue the requirement that visitors pass a pre-travel Covid-19 test, from April 1, but testing on arrival will continue.

    The change in procedure was announced by CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin.

    He said the requirement for pre-travel tests would end for all visitors, whether arriving by Test & Go, Sandbox or quarantine channels.

    People who enter the country through Test & Go or Sandbox programmes would be given an RT-PCR test on arrival, and be required to perform an antigen self-test on day 5 after arrival, monitored at their hotel.

    Sandbox visitors would remain in their reception areas for five days. Visitors in the quarantine scheme, including people caught sneaking in, would be kept in isolation for five days and have an RT-PCR test on day 4 or 5 after arrival.

    The CCSA would continue to require visitors to have Covid-19 insurance coverage of at least US$20,000 but was likely to reduce it later, Dr Taweesilp said.

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    18.03.2022
  • Thailand More than 7,000 tourists from Russia and Ukraine in Thailand are allowed to extend their visas without an application fee as the government is considering measures to offer humanitarian assistance to those affected by international flight cancellations. …

    There are roughly 7,000 tourists from the two countries in four tourism areas, comprising Phuket, Koh Samui, Pattaya and Krabi.

    To mitigate the short-term impact, tourists can extend their 30-day visa without paying the application fee, which costs 1,900 baht for both Ukrainians and Russians.

    For tourists who are unable return home, whether due to suspended flights or political unrest, and cannot afford to stay in Thailand, the government plans to offer them shelter.

    The possible locations are Phuket and Pattaya, depending on a survey tourism operators were sending out to their guests this week.

    Regarding transactions via Russian banks and credit cards that are blocked, tourism operators are working with UnionPay, a payment platform from China, to offer this channel to Russian visitors.

    Tourism associations also suggest the government consider the emergency use of cryptocurrencies to let tourists have an alternative payment system in this situation and for similar crises in the future.

    Mr Yuthasak said another concern is tourists’ health insurance, with some private hospitals reluctant to offer medical services for Covid-19 patients from Russia because of financial sanctions and interrupted payment methods.

    The government has to seek solutions to ensure that patients will receive proper treatment if needed, he said.

    For those who want to return, the Russian government may arrange repatriation flights for their citizens, however Thailand will not deport any tourists back home without their consent.

    Bhummikitti Raktaengam, president of the Phuket Tourist Association, said flight cancellations by two Russian airlines — S7 Airlines and Aeroflot — definitely affected the Russian market as their direct routes covered a large part of Russia, sharing around 70% of this market with Phuket.

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    14.03.2022
  • Thailand Travelers to enter Thailand under the Test&Go scheme can now apply for an appropriate Thailand Pass under new conditions (only one PCR Test+Hotel Night upon arrival) as the system has just refreshed effective today, March 1, 2022.

    The following documents are listed as a requirement for participation in Test&Go:

    Passport and Thai Visa (if required)
    Certificate of Vaccination
    Paid AQ / SHA Extra+ hotel reservation confirmation for 1 day (Day 1), and the booking must include the fee for 1 RT-PCR test, 1 ATK self-test kit and airport transfer
    Insurance with minimum coverage of 20,000 USD (not required for Thai nationals / foreign residents in Thailand can use social security or certificate from their employer)

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    01.03.2022
  • Thailand Latest News: Government to resume quarantine-free entry program for vaccinated arrivals on 1 February; COVID-19 tests required (20.01.2022).

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: You need to apply for permission to enter Thailand.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: If you’re fully vaccinated, you can apply to enter Thailand via Thailand Pass under the Test and Go or Sandbox schemes . You must have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days before your date of travel and the vaccines must be approved by Ministry of Public Health. You must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before you leave your country and when you arrive in Thailand.
    *Proof of vaccination status: All persons aged 18 or over must have a vaccination certificate. Thailand will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. A digital certificate or a screenshot of evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status should be accepted. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *If you’re not fully vaccinated: If you are not fully vaccinated, you can enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine scheme. You must quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. You cannot use the Test and Go or Sandbox schemes. You may be required to download the Thai Chana COVID-19 tracking app when you arrive.
    *If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: If you’re not fully vaccinated but have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least 1 dose of approved vaccine, you will need to show medical certificate of recovery in order to enter Thailand under Test and Go or Sandbox schemes.
    *Residents of Thailand: If you have a Thai resident visa and usually live in Thailand but you cannot return within the required year, the Thailand authorities will grant you an extension to your compulsory return deadline. You must return to Thailand as soon as you can.
    *Children and young people: Children aged 17 and under can enter Thailand under the same scheme as their parents or legal guardian and do not need to show proof of vaccination. A RT-PCR test issued within 72 hours before departure is required except children aged 5 and under.
    More information about entry requirements for children can be found on Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.You may be separated from your children if they test positive for COVID-19. If this happens and you need help, you can call the Embassy on +66 (0)2 305 8333.
    *If you’re transiting through Thailand: If you are transiting in Thailand you do not need to register for a Thailand Pass. You must however have proof of insurance with minimum coverage of at least 20,000 USD and a COVID-19 test result (RT-PCR), issued a maximum of 72 hours before you travel. More information can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand Pass website.
    *Exemptions: There are no exemptions to Thailand’s entry requirements.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Thailand: Domestic travel options within Thailand are available but remain subject to disease control measures. These may include restrictions on movement between provinces.
    If you are taking an internal flight in Thailand, you may be asked to download an app or complete additional travel documentation.
    You will be required to wear a face mask and follow other disease control measures when using public transport, including planes, trains, buses and taxis. In some provinces public transport may stop earlier than normal or have less capacity than normal.
    *COVID-related restrictions in Thailand: An emergency decree is currently in place. This includes instructions that you must not:
    • enter high risk areas
    • hoard essential goods
    • attend public gatherings
    • propagate false information
    Until further notice you must also wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Thailand and in vehicles if you are with others. If you do not wear a mask you may have to pay a fine.
    The Thai government also advises that you should avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places, and scan the ‘Thai Chana’ QR code where available.
    A number of disease control measures at national and local levels are also in place. These include a colour rating for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces based on the number of COVID-19 cases. Restrictions in each province and for movement between provinces depend on the colour rating and any additional local rules, and they may change at any time.
    In some provinces measures may include restrictions on dining in restaurants, gathering in groups, closures of shops and curfews. You are advised to follow all preventative and disease control measures to minimise risks and avoid penalties.
    Measures change frequently. You should check the current situation with local authorities and the Thai government’s Facebook page and PR website.
    *Accommodation: Hotel and private rental accommodation is available throughout Thailand. However, some hotels remain closed so we advise you to contact hotels directly when booking.
    The majority of hotels will ask to take your temperature on arrival and ask you to provide information on your recent travel history and any symptoms you may have related to COVID-19. You may also need to follow other disease control measures.
    Some services and facilities in hotels may not be available e.g. leisure facilities.

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    28.02.2022
  • Thailand Thailand has decided to remove the requirement for a second PCR Test and hotel stay on the fifth-day post-arrival for new Thailand Pass applications effective March 1, 2022.
    The government will further relax entry rules for foreign visitors starting next month, bowing to demand from the local tourism industry to lower costs as more countries ease border controls to lure holidaymakers.

    Vaccinated arrivals to Thailand will not be required to undergo a mandatory polymerase chain reaction test on the fifth day of the arrival starting March 1. Instead, they can do a self-antigen test, scrapping the requirement to have a confirmed hotel reservation for the test.

    The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the main virus task force chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, also lowered the minimum medical insurance coverage for visitors to $20,000 from $50,000.

    … The mandatory fifth-day test can be conducted using ATK because results were very accurate and widely accepted.

    The country has cleared about 302,000 visitors under the Test & Go programme since it was reopened for a second time on Feb 1, according to Dr Taweesilp.

    Bangkok, eastern province Chonburi and resort island Phuket received the most travellers under the plan, he said.

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    23.02.2022
  • Thailand The collection of a tourism fee from foreign visitors will be delayed by at least two months from the scheduled date of April 1 as payment methods have not yet been concluded.

    Tourism operators had bemoaned the collection of the 300-baht fee as untimely, given the industry’s weak recovery from the pandemic.

    Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said the National Tourism Policy Committee meeting on Monday supported a tourism fund being set up from the fees collected.

    The next step in the process is to propose the policy to the cabinet. On receiving approval, the details of the fee collection must be announced in the Royal Gazette within 90 days.

    However, implementation is likely to be delayed beyond April as airlines, which are probably going to be responsible for collecting the charge, asked for at least three months to prepare. The ministry must still finalise collection methods for those entering the country overland.

    The fund committee is going to be chaired by the permanent tourism secretary and include representatives from the Budget Bureau, Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council, the private sector and other related state agencies.

    Of the 300-baht fee, about 20% has been allotted for insurance coverage for international tourists, with the majority (50%) directed to tourism product development in Thailand. …

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    12.02.2022
  • Thailand Latest News: Government to resume quarantine-free entry program for vaccinated arrivals on 1 February; COVID-19 tests required (20.01.2022).

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: You need to apply for permission to enter Thailand.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: If you’re fully vaccinated, you can apply to enter Thailand via Thailand Pass under the Test and Go or Sandbox schemes. You must have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days before your date of travel and the vaccines must be approved by Ministry of Public Health.
    You must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before you leave your country and when you arrive in Thailand.
    *Proof of vaccination status: All persons aged 18 or over must have a vaccination certificate.
    Thailand will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. A digital certificate or a screenshot of evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status should be accepted. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *If you’re not fully vaccinated: If you are not fully vaccinated, you can enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine scheme. You must quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. You cannot use the Test and Go or Sandbox schemes.
    You may be required to download the Thai Chana COVID-19 tracking app when you arrive.
    *If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: Residents of Thailand: If you have a Thai resident visa and usually live in Thailand but you cannot return within the required year, the Thailand authorities will grant you an extension to your compulsory return deadline. You must return to Thailand as soon as you can.
    *Children and young people: Children aged 17 and under can enter Thailand under the same scheme as their parents or legal guardian and do not need to show proof of vaccination. A RT-PCR test issued within 72 hours before departure is required except children aged 5 and under. More information about entry requirements for children can be found on Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
    You may be separated from your children if they test positive for COVID-19. If this happens and you need help, you can call the Embassy on +66 (0)2 305 8333.
    *If you’re transiting through Thailand: If you are transiting in Thailand you do not need to register for a Thailand Pass. You must however have proof of insurance with minimum coverage of at least 50,000 USD and a COVID-19 test result (RT-PCR), issued a maximum of 72 hours before you travel. More information can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand Pass website.
    Exemptions: There are no exemptions to Thailand’s entry requirements

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Thailand: Domestic travel options within Thailand are available but remain subject to disease control measures. These may include restrictions on movement between provinces.
    If you are taking an internal flight in Thailand, you may be asked to download an app or complete additional travel documentation.
    You will be required to wear a face mask and follow other disease control measures when using public transport, including planes, trains, buses and taxis. In some provinces public transport may stop earlier than normal or have less capacity than normal.
    *COVID-related restrictions in Thailand: An emergency decree is currently in place. This includes instructions that you must not:
    • enter high risk areas
    • hoard essential goods
    • attend public gatherings
    • propagate false information
    Until further notice you must also wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Thailand and in vehicles if you are with others. If you do not wear a mask you may have to pay a fine.
    The Thai government also advises that you should avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places, and scan the ‘Thai Chana’ QR code where available.
    A number of disease control measures at national and local levels are also in place. These include a colour rating for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces based on the number of COVID-19 cases. Restrictions in each province and for movement between provinces depend on the colour rating and any additional local rules, and they may change at any time.
    In some provinces measures may include restrictions on dining in restaurants, gathering in groups, closures of shops and curfews. You are advised to follow all preventative and disease control measures to minimise risks and avoid penalties.
    Measures change frequently. You should check the current situation with local authorities and the Thai government’s Facebook page and PR website.
    *Accommodation: Hotel and private rental accommodation is available throughout Thailand. However, some hotels remain closed so we advise you to contact hotels directly when booking.
    The majority of hotels will ask to take your temperature on arrival and ask you to provide information on your recent travel history and any symptoms you may have related to COVID-19. You may also need to follow other disease control measures.
    Some services and facilities in hotels may not be available e.g. leisure facilities.

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    10.02.2022
  • Thailand Thailand reopened the Test and Go program from 1 February! As condition for Test&Go travelers must:

    Travel from a port of departure in any country / territory
    Exempted from quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19 (RT-PCR) after arrival in Thailand, but must undergo 2nd RT-PCR test on Day 5 at pre-booked SHA Extra+/AQ hotel
    Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no less than 14 days before travelling
    Booking on approved SHA Extra+ or AQ hotel for 2 days (Day 1 and Day 5)
    Obtain a negative COVID-19 test result (RT-PCR), issued within 72 hours before travelling
    RT-PCR result must be negative or not detected
    If RT-PCR result is positive or detected then a recovery certificate or proof of covid recovery for at least 14 days before travelling but less than 90 days from the first date of detection is required
    The following documents are needed:

    Passport and Thai Visa (if required)
    Certificate of Vaccination
    Insurance with minimum coverage of 50,000 USD
    Paid AQ / SHA Extra+ hotel reservation confirmation
    Paid AQ / SHA Extra+ hotel reservation confirmation for 2 days (Day 1 and Day 5, and the booking must include 2 RT-PCR tests fee and airport transfer for Day 1)
    If you plan to stay in Thailand for less than 5 days (including departing on Day 5), only the hotel booking for Day 1 (including 1 RT-PCR test fee and airport transfer) and flight document indicating your date of departure are required.

    Official wev site is now active https://tp.consular.go.th

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    01.02.2022
  • Thailand The Tourism Authority of Thailand (access here) has provided the new process:

    These are the entire guidelines:

    Pre-Arrival Requirements
    All travellers must have the following documents for entering Thailand:

    A Thailand Pass, which can be applied via https://tp.consular.go.th/. *The system will reopen for new TEST & GO applications from 1 February, 2022 (09.00 Hrs. Thailand Time)
    A Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before travelling.
    Travellers under 6 years of age, travelling with parents with a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before travelling, are not required to have a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test result and can have a saliva test when entering the Kingdom.
    For arrivals by water, everyone on board the vessels must have a medical certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected within the officially specified time frame. Anyone on aboard with a history of COVID-19 infection within a period between 14-90 days must have a medical certificate of recovery.
    An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$50,000.
    Thais and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national healthcare coverage are exempt from this requirement.
    A proof of prepayment for 2 separate nights of accommodation at government-approved hotel/s, such as, SHA Extra Plus (SHA++), AQ, OQ, or AHQ on Day 1 and Day 5, and the expenses for 2 RT-PCR tests on Day 1 and Day 5. The prepayment for Day 1 must include an accommodation, a test and a prearranged transfer from the airport to the hotel. *Travellers can book 2 different hotels for the accommodation on Day 1 and Day 5. However, on both Day 1 and Day 5, they must stay within the room for the RT-PCR test result. The second RT-PCR test will not be required if the traveller’s length of stay is less than 5 nights, or his/her scheduled international departure date out of Thailand is on Day 5 or before. For example if the traveller plans to stay in Thailand for 3 days, then he/she does not have to undergo the second RT-PCR test, but he/she must leave for another country immediately. However, whether the traveller will be required to take another RT-PCR test depend on the airline and the final international destination.
    A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination/Recovery
    Everyone 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.
    Travellers 12-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.
    Travellers 6-11 years of age, travelling with parents, are exempt from this requirement.
    For arrivals by water, everyone on board must be fully vaccinated. This is except for travellers under 18 years of age, travelling with parents or guardians.
    Travellers with a history of COVID-19 infection who have recovered by medical treatment, and travellers who have received at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine after post-infection must have a certificate of COVID-19 recovery.
    All travellers must undergo ‘exit screening’ at the point of departure, i.e., at the airline check-in counter and present the required documents to the person-in-charge to carry out the checks.

    On-Arrival Requirements / During the Stay
    All travellers must undergo ‘entry screening’, including body temperature check at the point of entry.
    Present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks, then proceed through the Immigration procedures.
    Proceed to the prearranged accommodation or medical facility to undergo the first RT-PCR test. The trip must be by a prearranged vehicle on a sealed route. Then, all travellers must wait for the test result within the hotel only. Travellers under 6 years of age, travelling with parents, can have a saliva test.
    If testing negative for COVID-19, travellers are free to go anywhere in Thailand. However, they must stay at their prepaid accommodation on Day 5 and undergo their second COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique (they must stay within the room for the RT-PCR test result.) The second test can also be taken when the travellers experience respiratory symptoms.
    Travellers whose test result returns as positive will be referred for appropriate medical treatment in accordance with Thailand’s Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558 (2015). The expenses must be covered by the required insurance for foreign travellers, or national healthcare coverage for Thais and eligible foreign expatriates.
    Pending on their conditions, they may be medically advised to receive treatment in either hospital hotel isolation or community isolation.
    During receiving the medical treatment – at least 10 days, they must remain in their accommodation only. They should not leave their accommodation unless utmost necessary, and must notify the Communicable Disease Control officer in-charge.
    After having recovered from COVID-19, they will receive a medical certificate of recovery.
    While in Thailand, travellers are advised to strictly follow standard, good personal hygiene practices; such as, wear a mask in public, maintain hand hygiene (washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer), and keep physical distance of at least 1 metre from others.
    Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If testing positive they must get an appropriate medical treatment. Those with COVID-19 testing appointment must get tested.
    All travellers must download and install the MorChana application, and set it on at all times for the COVID-19 precautionary measures and to record the result on Day 5-6 in the application.
    Meanwhile, travellers who have applied/obtained their Thailand Pass QR code before 22 December, 2021, with scheduled arrival dates in Thailand from 24 December, 2021, onwards, are still required to undergo their second COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique at government-designated facilities on Day 5-6 of their stay in Thailand, or when they experience respiratory symptoms (no additional cost).

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    25.01.2022
  • Thailand After the suspension of Test&Go for new signups for the past month, a Thai Government meeting today resulted in the decision to resume the program from February 1, 2022
    The Bangkok Post: The Test & Go programme will be reintroduced soon while entry rules under the scheme will be tweaked to allow close monitoring of overseas arrivals’ health, said Gen Supoj Malaniyom, head of operations at the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

    Gen Supoj, also secretary-general of the National Security Council, added that Test & Go rules need to be tightened. The CCSA is looking into ways to monitor the health of overseas arrivals during the first seven days of entry.

    It appears that under the tightening of the programme, arrivals will undergo two RT-PCR tests during their initial seven days, the first upon arrival and the second on the fifth or sixth day.

    Conditions:
    All countries/nationalities are eligible to participate in Test&Go
    Travelers must prepay for two RT-PCR tests
    Travelers must stay at a hotel on arrival day (0/1) and day 5 [doesn’t make any sense IMHO]
    Travelers must remain at the hotel for test results
    The hotels can be different hotels but require specific partner hospitals for PCT Tests.
    Insurance must cover all instances and travelers will be quarantined or sent to hospital if Covid positive.
    If there is a major incident (outbreak), the scheme could be abandoned and changed to “Sandbox”

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    20.01.2022
  • Thailand Latest News: Thai government extends suspension of quarantine waiver program, updates other travel rules; entry ban on travelers from eight African countries to be lifted 11 January (Reuters, 07.01.2022)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus: Rules to enter Thailand change frequently. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy London, Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, and the Ministry of Public Health. You can apply to enter Thailand under the Blue Zone Sandbox scheme if you are fully vaccinated or Alternative Quarantine scheme. The Thailand Pass scheme is closed for all new Test and Go applications until further notice.
    • If you have already received your Thailand Pass QR code, you can still enter Thailand under the scheme you registered for
    • If you registered to enter Thailand before 22nd December but have not yet received your QR code, you must wait for your application to be processed. Once approved, you can enter Thailand under the scheme you registered for
    • If you are already in Thailand or are due to arrive in Thailand under the Test and Go and Sandbox scheme, you must undergo your second RT-PCR test at a government-designated facility (ATK self-testing not accepted). The test will be free of charge
    *When you arrive: Foreigners arriving in Thailand will be tested for COVID-19 on entry and again during quarantine. You can find more information on quarantine processes in the Coronavirus section. Policies on what happens when you test positive during quarantine vary significantly. You should ensure that you fully understand your quarantine provider’s policies on this before you book.
    *Travelling with children: Children can enter Thailand under the same scheme as their parents. You may be separated from your children if they test positive for COVID-19. If this happens and you need help, you can call your Embassy. For further information on healthcare in Thailand, please see the Coronavirus section.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: If you received the vaccine you can use your vaccine record as proof of vaccine status in Thailand. You must have received your final vaccine dose at least 14 days before your date of travel. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    If you’re fully vaccinated: If you are fully vaccinated you can enter Thailand under the Blue Zone Sandbox scheme. You must stay in the Sandbox area for 7 days before travel in Thailand. You must take a PCR test before you leave and when you arrive in Thailand.
    If you’re not vaccinated or partially vaccinated: If you are not fully vaccinated you can enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine scheme. You must quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. You cannot use the Blue Zone Sandbox. See Entry section above.
    You may be required to download the Thai Chana COVID-19 tracking app when you arrive.
    *If you usually live in Thailand: If you have a Thai resident visa and usually live in Thailand but you cannot return within the required year, the Thailand authorities will grant you an extension to your compulsory return deadline. You must return to Thailand as soon as you can.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Thailand: Domestic travel options within Thailand are available but remain subject to disease control measures. These may include restrictions on movement between provinces.
    If you are taking an internal flight in Thailand, you may be asked to download an app or complete additional travel documentation.
    You will be required to wear a face mask and follow other disease control measures when using public transport, including planes, trains, buses and taxis. In some provinces public transport may stop earlier than normal or have less capacity than normal.
    *COVID-related restrictions in Thailand: An emergency decree is currently in place. This includes instructions that you must not:
    • enter high risk areas
    • hoard essential goods
    • attend public gatherings
    • propagate false information
    Until further notice you must also wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Thailand and in vehicles if you are with others. If you do not wear a mask you may have to pay a fine.
    The Thai government also advises that you should avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places, and scan the ‘Thai Chana’ QR code where available.
    A number of disease control measures at national and local levels are also in place. These include a colour rating for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces based on the number of COVID-19 cases. Restrictions in each province and for movement between provinces depend on the colour rating and any additional local rules, and they may change at any time.
    In some provinces measures may include restrictions on dining in restaurants, gathering in groups, closures of shops and curfews. You are advised to follow all preventative and disease control measures to minimise risks and avoid penalties.
    Measures change frequently. You should check the current situation with local authorities and the Thai government’s Facebook page and PR website.
    *Accommodation: Hotel and private rental accommodation is available throughout Thailand. However, some hotels remain closed so we advise you to contact hotels directly when booking.
    The majority of hotels will ask to take your temperature on arrival and ask you to provide information on your recent travel history and any symptoms you may have related to COVID-19. You may also need to follow other disease control measures.
    Some services and facilities in hotels may not be available e.g. leisure facilities.

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    10.01.2022
  • Thailand Latest News: Government suspends quarantine-free entry program, reimposes mandatory hotel quarantine for foreign visitors amid COVID-19 variant concerns (Reuters, 21.12.2021). Thai government bans entry to travelers from eight southern African countries from 1 December (Reuters, 27.11.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus: Rules to enter Thailand change frequently. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy , Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand , and the Ministry of Public Health .
    You can still apply to enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine scheme. If you are fully vaccinated you can also use the Phuket Sandbox. The Thailand Pass scheme is now closed for all new Test and Go and Sandbox applications, except for the Phuket Sandbox.
    • If you have already received your Thailand Pass QR code, you can still enter Thailand under the scheme you registered for .
    • If you registered to enter Thailand before 22nd December but have not yet received your QR code, you must wait for your application to be processed. Once approved, you can enter Thailand under the scheme you registered for .
    • If you are already in Thailand or are due to arrive in Thailand under the Test and Go and Sandbox scheme, you must undergo your second RT-PCR test at a government-designated facility (ATK self-testing not accepted). The test will be free of charge .
    Travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi or Mozambique are currently unable to enter Thailand. If you need to travel urgently, contact your local Thai Embassy. Travellers from other countries in Africa must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Thailand. See the Thailand Pass website for more information.
    *When you arrive: Foreigners arriving in Thailand will be tested for COVID-19 on entry and again during quarantine.
    *Travelling with children: Children can enter Thailand under the same scheme as their parents. You may be separated from your children if they test positive for COVID-19. If this happens and you need help, you can call the Embassy on +66 (0)2 305 8333.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: Fully vaccinated people can enter Thailand under the Phuket Sandbox and Alternative Quarantine. You must take a PCR test before you leave the and when you arrive in Thailand. Policies on what happens when you test positive during quarantine vary significantly. You should ensure that you fully understand your quarantine provider’s policies on this before you book.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: If you received your vaccine in the you can use your vaccine record as proof of vaccine status in Thailand. You must have received your final vaccine dose at least 14 days before your date of travel. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *If you’re not vaccinated or partially vaccinated: Travellers from all countries who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility for 10 days . You cannot use the Phuket Sandbox. You may be required to download the Thai Chana COVID-19 tracking app when you arrive.
    *If you usually live in Thailand: If you have a Thai resident visa and usually live in Thailand but you cannot return within the required year, the Thailand authorities will grant you an extension to your compulsory return deadline. You must return to Thailand as soon as you can.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Thailand: Domestic travel options within Thailand are available but remain subject to disease control measures. These may include restrictions on movement between provinces.
    If you are taking an internal flight in Thailand, you may be asked to download an app or complete additional travel documentation.
    You will be required to wear a face mask and follow other disease control measures when using public transport, including planes, trains, buses and taxis. In some provinces public transport may stop earlier than normal or have less capacity than normal.
    *COVID-related restrictions in Thailand: An emergency decree is currently in place. This includes instructions that you must not:
    • enter high risk areas
    • hoard essential goods
    • attend public gatherings
    • propagate false information
    Until further notice you must also wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Thailand and in vehicles if you are with others. If you do not wear a mask you may have to pay a fine.
    The Thai government also advises that you should avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places, and scan the ‘Thai Chana’ QR code where available.
    A number of disease control measures at national and local levels are also in place. These include a colour rating for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces based on the number of COVID-19 cases. Restrictions in each province and for movement between provinces depend on the colour rating and any additional local rules, and they may change at any time.
    In some provinces measures may include restrictions on dining in restaurants, gathering in groups, closures of shops and curfews. You are advised to follow all preventative and disease control measures to minimise risks and avoid penalties.
    Measures change frequently. You should check the current situation with local authorities and the Thai government’s Facebook page and PR website.
    *Accommodation: Hotel and private rental accommodation is available throughout Thailand. However, some hotels remain closed so we advise you to contact hotels directly when booking.
    The majority of hotels will ask to take your temperature on arrival and ask you to provide information on your recent travel history and any symptoms you may have related to COVID-19. You may also need to follow other disease control measures.
    Some services and facilities in hotels may not be available e.g. leisure facilities.

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    31.12.2021
  • Thailand The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update on the latest announcement published last night (22 December, 2021) in the Royal Thai Government Gazette that officially orders a temporary suspension of the Thailand Pass for all new applications under the Living in the Blue Zone Sandbox Destinations entry programme (except the Phuket Sandbox), effective from 22 December, 2021.

    Travellers, who have already received a Thailand Pass QR code, who will be entering Thailand before 24 December, 2021, will be allowed to enter under the existing conditions of the scheme.
    Travellers who have already received a Thailand Pass QR code, and will be entering Thailand from 24 December, 2021 onwards will be subject to the requirements as follows:
    They must have proof of a confirmed payment for at least a 7-day stay at an approved accommodation; such as, a SHA++ hotel, within a Blue Zone Sandbox destination.

    The prepayment must also include the expenses for 1 RT-PCR test.
    They must undergo their second COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique (not ATK self-test) at government-designated facilities on Day 5-6 of their stay, or when they experience respiratory symptoms (no additional cost). The test must be arranged by their respective prepaid accommodation.

    New travellers under the Phuket Sandbox

    All new Phuket Sandbox applications submitted from 22 December, 2021, onwards, and received a Thailand Pass QR code with scheduled travel dates from 24 December, 2021, onwards must have all the required documents and will be subject to 2 RT-PCR tests under the following conditions:
    They must have proof of a confirmed payment for at least a 7-day stay at an approved accommodation; such as, a SHA++ hotel, within Phuket. The prepayment must also include the expenses for 2 RT-PCR tests.
    They must undergo their second COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique (not ATK self-test) on Day 5-6 of their stay, or when they experience respiratory symptoms.

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    24.12.2021
  • Thailand Latest News: Government suspends quarantine-free entry program, reimposes mandatory hotel quarantine for foreign visitors amid COVID-19 variant concerns (Reuters, 21.12.2021). Thai government bans entry to travelers from eight southern African countries from 1 December (Reuters, 27.11.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus: Rules to enter Thailand change frequently. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy London, Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, and the Ministry of Public Health.
    You can still apply to enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine scheme. If you are fully vaccinated you can also use the Phuket Sandbox. The Thailand Pass scheme is now closed for all new Test and Go and Sandbox applications, except for the Phuket Sandbox.
    • If you have already received your Thailand Pass QR code, you can still enter Thailand under the scheme you registered for
    • If you registered to enter Thailand before 22nd December but have not yet received your QR code, you must wait for your application to be processed. Once approved, you can enter Thailand under the scheme you registered for
    • If you are already in Thailand or are due to arrive in Thailand under the Test and Go and Sandbox scheme, you must undergo your second RT-PCR test at a government-designated facility (ATK self-testing not accepted). The test will be free of charge
    Travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi or Mozambique are currently unable to enter Thailand. If you need to travel urgently, contact your local Thai Embassy. Travellers from other countries in Africa must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Thailand. See the Thailand Pass website for more information.
    *When you arrive: Foreigners arriving in Thailand will be tested for COVID-19 on entry and again during quarantine – see Entry section above.
    *Travelling with children: Children can enter Thailand under the same scheme as their parents. You may be separated from your children if they test positive for covid-19. If this happens and you need help, you can call the Embassy on +66 (0)2 305 8333. For further information on healthcare in Thailand, please see the Internal Restrictions section.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: Fully vaccinated people can enter Thailand under the Phuket Sandbox and Alternative Quarantine schemes – see Entry section above. You must take a PCR test before you leave and when you arrive in Thailand. If you use the Alternative Quarantine scheme you must stay in approved accommodation for 7 days. More information on entry requirements are on the Tourism Authority of Thailand website.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: If you received your vaccine you can use your vaccine record as proof of vaccine status in Thailand. You must have received your final vaccine dose at least 14 days before your date of travel. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *If you’re not vaccinated or partially vaccinated: Travellers from all countries who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility for 10 days. You cannot use the Phuket Sandbox. You may be required to download the Thai Chana COVID-19 tracking app when you arrive.
    If you usually live in Thailand: If you have a Thai resident visa and usually live in Thailand but you cannot return within the required year, the Thailand authorities will grant you an extension to your compulsory return deadline. You must return to Thailand as soon as you can.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Thailand: Domestic travel options within Thailand are available but remain subject to disease control measures. These may include restrictions on movement between provinces.
    If you are taking an internal flight in Thailand, you may be asked to download an app or complete additional travel documentation.
    You will be required to wear a face mask and follow other disease control measures when using public transport, including planes, trains, buses and taxis. In some provinces public transport may stop earlier than normal or have less capacity than normal.
    *COVID-related restrictions in Thailand: An emergency decree is currently in place. This includes instructions that you must not:
    • enter high risk areas
    • hoard essential goods
    • attend public gatherings
    • propagate false information
    Until further notice you must also wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Thailand and in vehicles if you are with others. If you do not wear a mask you may have to pay a fine.
    The Thai government also advises that you should avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places, and scan the ‘Thai Chana’ QR code where available.
    A number of disease control measures at national and local levels are also in place. These include a colour rating for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces based on the number of COVID-19 cases. Restrictions in each province and for movement between provinces depend on the colour rating and any additional local rules, and they may change at any time.
    In some provinces measures may include restrictions on dining in restaurants, gathering in groups, closures of shops and curfews. You are advised to follow all preventative and disease control measures to minimise risks and avoid penalties.
    Measures change frequently. You should check the current situation with local authorities and the Thai government’s Facebook page and PR website.
    *Accommodation: Hotel and private rental accommodation is available throughout Thailand. However, some hotels remain closed so we advise you to contact hotels directly when booking.
    The majority of hotels will ask to take your temperature on arrival and ask you to provide information on your recent travel history and any symptoms you may have related to COVID-19. You may also need to follow other disease control measures.
    Some services and facilities in hotels may not be available e.g. leisure facilities.

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    23.12.2021
  • Thailand Official: Thailand Test&Go Quarantine Free Entry Program Cancelled, Existing Passes To Remain Valid

    The Thailand Pass program won’t accept any more new applicants effective 00:00h (midnight) December 22, 2021 but existing pass holder can still use it as scheduled on the condition of a second PCR test that will be administered free of charge.

    All Sandbox systems except the Phuket Sandbox will also be affected as in they’ll no longer be available for application and arrival. The Phuket Sandbox system will continue to function in it’s established fashion.

    Mr. Tanee Sangrat, Director-General of the Department of Information and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared the following important updates on entry into Thailand, due to the evolving situation of the Omicron variant:
    Thailand Pass will be closed for all new Test and Go and Sandbox applications (except Phuket Sandbox), starting from 00.00 hrs. on 22 December 2021, until further notice.
    The following new measures will apply for all applicants to Thailand Pass:
    1. Applicants who have already received their Thailand Pass QR Code can enter Thailand under the scheme they have registered.
    2. Applicants who have already registered, but have not yet received their QR Code must wait for their Thailand Pass to be considered / approved. Once approved, they can enter Thailand under the scheme they have registered.
    3. New applicants will no longer be able to register for the Test and Go and Sandbox schemes (except for Phuket Sandbox). Thailand Pass will accept new applicants seeking to enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) or Phuket Sandbox schemes only.
    4. Passengers who will arrive in Thailand under the Test and Go and Sandbox schemes must now undergo a 2nd COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique (not ATK self-test) at government-designated facilities (no additional cost).
    The Spokesperson underlined that these updated measures are temporary, and being pursued in order to prevent the further spread of the latest new COVID variant. The agencies involved will assess the situation closely and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will share any additional updates as soon as possible.

    The entry to the Kingdom would still be allowed through the Sandbox or Alternative Quarantine.

    The Phuket Sandbox system requires visitors to spend seven nights in specific areas before traveling to other parts of Thailand. Visitors can freely roam within Phuket during these first seven nights.

    Alternative Quarantine requires visitors to spend 10 to 14 days confined in their hotel rooms.

    One very important piece of information that the Thai media got wrong is the cut-off date for arriving in Thailand. Basically, there isn’t one. Earlier, the media were saying you must arrive before 10th January if you didn’t want to do quarantine. That is not true. You can arrive on the date that was approved on your application. For example, if you said you are arriving on 25th January, then you still can use Test & Go and only wait one night for the test results.

    Source: https://loyaltylobby.com/2021/12/21/official-thailand-testgo-quarantine-free-entry-program-cancelled-existing-passes-to-remain-valid/

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    21.12.2021
  • Thailand Entry Permission: Passengers travelling to the province of Bangkok, Buriram, Chaing Mai, Chonburi, Krabi, Loei, Nong Kai, Phangnga, Phetchaburi, Phuket, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong, Rayong, Samut Prakan, Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Phanagn and Koh Tao), Trat or Udon Thani under the “Tourist Sandbox Programme” must present the following documents before departure:

    Vaccination Certificate proving that the passenger is fully vaccinated against Covid-19;
    Covid-19 travel insurance certificate;
    Booking confirmation of a SHA++ Hotel booking;
    A confirmed travel itinerary; and
    A T8 Health Form or a Thailand Pass QR code.
    Vaccine: Passengers are considered fully vaccinated against Covid-19 if they either hold a vaccination certificate proving that at least 14 days have elapsed since the first dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or the second dose of the AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik vaccine; or a Medical Certificate of Recovery for passengers who have recovered from Covid-19 no later than 3 months.

    Unvaccinated passengers aged 11 years and younger can enter provided accompanied by a vaccinated adult. Thai Nationals aged between 12 years and 17 years with one dose of vaccination may travel to Thailand unaccompanied.

    Test: Passengers aged 6 years and older must hold a negative RT-PCR test result obtained within 72 hours prior to departure. Test results must be a hard copy in English.
    Authorisation: Passengers must hold a Certificate of Entry or a Thailand Pass QR code showing they have registered online.

    The Thailand Pass QR code is accepted in either digital or hard copy, and is valid until 72 hours after the “date of arrival” stated on the QR code.

    Insurance: All passengers, including passengers transiting through Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), must hold medical insurance worth at least $50,000 USD and that covers expenses in case of Covid-19.
    Quarantine and Accommodation:

    Unvaccinated passengers: Passengers must hold a reservation for the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotel prior to boarding. Passengers must quarantine for 10 days on arrival in a government designated facility at their own expense. Passengers will be subject to a PCR test on arrival and an antigen test on day 9 of the quarantine period.

    Vaccinated passengers: Passengers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 must quarantine for 7 days in Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotel. These passengers will be subject to a PCR test on arrival and an antigen test on day 6 of the quarantine period.

    Passengers travelling under the “Exemption from Quarantine (EQ)” Scheme are only required to quarantine for 1 night in Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotel, provided they meet all of the following conditions:

    They have not been outside of the following listed countries/areas in the last 21 days: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam;
    They are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 for at least 14 days;
    They hold a reservation for the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotel for 1 night; and
    They will be subject to a PCR test on arrival, and may leave the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotel after receiving their negative test results.

    Application: Passengers must download the MorChana mobile app after arrival, and are advised to download the AOT Airports app for tracking symptoms and entering locations on arrival. Passengers are also advised to download the SydeKick for ThaiFightCOVID app if they have arrived from a country at risk.

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    21.12.2021
  • Thailand Latest News: Thai government bans entry to travelers from eight southern African countries from 1 December (Reuters, 27.11.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry and transit: To travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel on the Royal Thai government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy London, Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, and the Ministry of Public Health.
    Travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi or Mozambique are currently unable to enter Thailand. If you need to travel urgently, contact your local Thai Embassy. Travellers from other countries in Africa must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Thailand. See the Thailand Pass website for more information.
    If you encounter problems with issuing of Thailand Pass, you should contact Thailand Pass Hotline (24-hour support) on
    • +66 (0)2 572 8442
    • +66 (0)65 205 4247
    • Or at support@tp.consular.go.th.
    *When you arrive: Certain categories of foreigners arriving in Thailand will be tested for COVID-19 on entry and again during quarantine – see Entry section above.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: Fully vaccinated people arriving from 63 countries, including the UK, can enter Thailand. You must take a PCR test before you leave and when you arrive in Thailand, and you must stay in approved accommodation for 24 hours while you wait for the results. More information on entry requirements and the full list of 63 countries are on the Tourism Authority of Thailand website.
    Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from countries not on the list can enter Thailand under the Sandbox Programme. This requires you to stay in a hotel or other accommodation approved by the Thai government for 7 nights.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: you can use your vaccine record as proof of vaccine status in Thailand. You must have received your final vaccine dose at least 14 days before your date of travel. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *If you’re not vaccinated: Travellers from all countries who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. You will not be allowed to leave your room except for medical treatment or COVID-19 tests. You may be required to download the Thai Chana COVID-19 tracking app when you arrive.
    *If you usually live in Thailand: If you have a Thai resident visa and usually live in Thailand but you cannot return within the required year, the Thailand authorities will grant you an extension to your compulsory return deadline. You must return to Thailand as soon as you can.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Thailand: Domestic travel options within Thailand are available but remain subject to disease control measures. These may include restrictions on movement between provinces.
    If you are taking an internal flight in Thailand, you may be asked to download an app or complete additional travel documentation.
    You will be required to wear a face mask and follow other disease control measures when using public transport, including planes, trains, buses and taxis. In some provinces public transport may stop earlier than normal or have less capacity than normal.
    *COVID-related restrictions in Thailand: An emergency decree is currently in place. This includes instructions that you must not:
    • enter high risk areas
    • hoard essential goods
    • attend public gatherings
    • propagate false information
    Until further notice you must also wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Thailand and in vehicles if you are with others. If you do not wear a mask you may have to pay a fine.
    The Thai government also advises that you should avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places, and scan the ‘Thai Chana’ QR code where available.
    A number of disease control measures at national and local levels are also in place. These include a colour rating for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces based on the number of COVID-19 cases. Restrictions in each province and for movement between provinces depend on the colour rating and any additional local rules, and they may change at any time.
    In some provinces measures may include restrictions on dining in restaurants, gathering in groups, closures of shops and curfews. You are advised to follow all preventative and disease control measures to minimise risks and avoid penalties.
    Measures change frequently. You should check the current situation with local authorities and the Thai government’s Facebook page and PR website.
    *Accommodation: Hotel and private rental accommodation is available throughout Thailand. However, some hotels remain closed so we advise you to contact hotels directly when booking.
    The majority of hotels will ask to take your temperature on arrival and ask you to provide information on your recent travel history and any symptoms you may have related to COVID-19. You may also need to follow other disease control measures.
    Some services and facilities in hotels may not be available e.g. leisure facilities.

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    03.12.2021
  • Thailand Transfer and Transit in Bangkok airport regulations. For this moment transit only to Samui is permitted. See below.
    From 1 August, 2021, passenger can fly to Samui on a direct international flight or international flight via Bangkok and connect with the approved twice daily ‘sealed route’ flights operated by Bangkok Airways between Bangkok and Samui as per the details below.
    Midday flights:
    Flight PG5125 which departs Bangkok at 12.00 Hrs. and arrives at Samui at 13.30 Hrs.
    Flight PG5126 which departs Samui at 14.10 Hrs. and arrives at Bangkok at 15.40 Hrs.
    Evening flights:
    Flight PG5171 which departs Bangkok at 17.10 Hrs. and arrives at Samui at 18.40 Hrs.
    Flight PG5172 which departs Samui at 19.20 Hrs. and arrives at Bangkok at 20.50 Hrs.
    For the flight via Bangkok, the ticket must be issued on the same booking with the international flight in conjunction with such approved Bangkok-Samui-Bangkok flights thus passenger need to make a reservation for through ticket with your international carrier only. Any flight reservations booked separately will not be allowed for sealed route.
    The minimum connecting time is at least 3hrs prior to your next Samui flight [international flight to domestic flight].
    Transfer at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport :
    – Arrive and disembark at gate E10
    – Airline staff escorts passengers to Health Control checkpoint at concourse F
    – Install the ThailandPlus application
    – Immigration process at the fast track area
    – Airline staff escorts passengers to security checkpoint and wait at gate D4
    – Board at gate D4 and get on the bus to disembark Bangkok airways aircraft at the remote parking stand
    Moreover passenger could read and visit to the related updated information via our Thai government agency : https://consular.mfa.go.th or call center 24hrs :+662-572-8442 ; http://www.entrythailand.go.th/ and TAT news : https://www.tatnews.org/ in this matter.

    Entry to Thailand :

    – Passenger need to register to http://www.thailandpass.go.th prior to your traveling date
    – Vaccination certificate
    – COE form
    – RT-PCR test or Antigen rapid test are required to travel within 72hrs prior to your flight departure date.
    – Hotel/accommodation booking itinerary

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    30.11.2021
  • Thailand Thailand announced it will ban travellers from eight southern African countries after the discovery of the new Omicron Covid variant that has already reached several countries in Europe and Hong Kong.

    Thailand will ban travellers from eight southern African countries where a new Covid-19 strain was found.

    No cases of the new variant have been detected in Thailand so far, according to the Department of Disease Control.

    The World Health Organization classified the B.1.1.529 strain as a “variant of concern” and named it Omicron. Scientists are trying to find out how quickly the variant can spread and if it is resistant to the Covid-19 vaccines.

    The variant has already reached Hong Kong, Belgium and Israel, sparking a global alarm. The Department of Disease Control (DDC) on Saturday announced a travel ban from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

    Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, chief of DDC, said the ban will take effect on Dec 1. As of Saturday, travellers from the countries cannot register for a Thailand Pass. For those who have arrived, they must be quarantined for 14 days.

    Travellers from other countries in Africa cannot join the Test & Go and Sandbox programmes as of yesterday. They must be quarantined for 14 days and need to pass three Covid-19 tests during their quarantine, he said. So far, 1,007 travellers from Africa have entered the country since reopening and none of them tested positive, he said. …

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, meanwhile, gave assurances that the government is closely monitoring updates from around the world about the B.1.1.529 variant and will change travel restrictions if necessary.

    “The Ministry of Public Health keeps me posted as to how Thailand will be affected by the spread of the new variant,” he wrote in a Facebook post. None of the African countries is on the list of 63 countries whose travellers are allowed to enter the kingdom without Covid-19 quarantine, he said.

    The Foreign Ministry and the Tourism and Sports Ministry have been instructed to work together with the Ministry of Public Health in monitoring updates about the Omicron variant and screening visitors for it, he said. …

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    28.11.2021
  • Thailand Latest News: Government relaxes quarantine restrictions, reopens borders to vaccinated travelers from ‘low risk’ countries (CNN, 01.11.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry and transit: If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform.
    You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ,
    a href=”https://www.caat.or.th/en/archives/48514″>Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, and the Ministry of Public Health.
    *When you arrive: Certain categories of foreigners arriving in Thailand will be tested for COVID-19 on entry and again during quarantine
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: From 1 November 2021, fully vaccinated people arriving from 63 countries, including the UK, can enter Thailand. You must take a PCR test before you leave your country and when you arrive in Thailand, and you must stay in approved accommodation for 24 hours while you wait for the results. More information on entry requirements and the full list of 63 countries are on the Tourism Authority of Thailand website .
    Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from countries not on the list can enter Thailand under the Sandbox Programme. This requires you to stay in a hotel or other accommodation approved by the Thai government for 7 nights.
    *If you’re not vaccinated: Travellers from all countries who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. You will not be allowed to leave your room except for medical treatment or COVID-19 tests.
    You may be required to download the Thai Chana COVID-19 tracking app when you arrive.
    *If you usually live in Thailand: If you have a Thai resident visa and usually live in Thailand but you cannot return within the required year, the Thailand authorities will grant you an extension to your compulsory return deadline. You must return to Thailand as soon as you can.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Thailand: Domestic travel options within Thailand are available but remain subject to disease control measures. These may include restrictions on movement between provinces.
    If you are taking an internal flight in Thailand, you may be asked to download an app or complete additional travel documentation.
    You will be required to wear a face mask and follow other disease control measures when using public transport, including planes, trains, buses and taxis. In some provinces public transport may stop earlier than normal or have less capacity than normal.
    *COVID-related restrictions in Thailand: An emergency decree is currently in place. This includes instructions that you must not:
    • enter high risk areas
    • hoard essential goods
    • attend public gatherings
    • propagate false information
    Until further notice you must also wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Thailand and in vehicles if you are with others. If you do not wear a mask you may have to pay a fine.
    The Thai government also advises that you should avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places, and scan the ‘Thai Chana’ QR code where available.
    A number of disease control measures at national and local levels are also in place. These include a colour rating for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces based on the number of COVID-19 cases. Restrictions in each province and for movement between provinces depend on the colour rating and any additional local rules, and they may change at any time.
    In some provinces measures may include restrictions on dining in restaurants, gathering in groups, closures of shops and curfews. You are advised to follow all preventative and disease control measures to minimise risks and avoid penalties.
    Measures change frequently. You should check the current situation with local authorities and the Thai government’s Facebook page and PR website.
    *Accommodation: Hotel and private rental accommodation is available throughout Thailand. However, some hotels remain closed so we advise you to contact hotels directly when booking.
    The majority of hotels will ask to take your temperature on arrival and ask you to provide information on your recent travel history and any symptoms you may have related to COVID-19. You may also need to follow other disease control measures.
    Some services and facilities in hotels may not be available e.g. leisure facilities.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there
    *Health: If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should call the Thai COVID-19 Hotline on 1422.
    If you need a COVID-19 test, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has compiled alist of private and government-managed testing facilities . These will provide you with a test and normally contact you afterwards with the result. Authorities may also contact you as part of their tracing process.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 and have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, Thai authorities recommend that you self-isolate at home or in a community setting dedicated to this such as a school or temple, where you can receive appropriate care. This also applies to school age children. National Health Security Office (NHSO) provides medical support and services for home isolation. To register, you can call the 1330 hotline.
    If you have more severe symptoms Thai public health regulations require that you quarantine at either a hospital, hospitel (a repurposed hotel with medical capabilities) or field hospital.
    You should ensure that you understand your health care provider’s policies before you take a test as these will include where you quarantine and receive medical care if you test positive.
    In areas designated as dark red zones there is increasing pressure on medical services. You may find it difficult to access COVID-19 testing and medical care.
    .

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    18.11.2021
  • Thailand Suvarnabhumi Airport will make over the security check and passport control Zones 1-2 on the fourth floor of its passenger terminal as part of the on-going works to further enhance service quality.

    The improvement at Thailand’s main air hub will be carried out between 15 November and 5 January 2022 in such a way that it will not affect departure international passengers, said Mr. Kittipong Kittikachorn, General Manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport.

    Under the improvement, the security check point and international departure passport check point Zone 1 (behind the Row A check-in counter) will serve first class and premium passengers, air crew and those in need of special assistance.

    On the other hand, the waiting area for passport check for international departure passenger at Zone 2 (Fast Track area) will be expanded.

    The renovation is due to start with Zone 1 that will be closed for service. Zone 2 will be closed for the improvement after works at Zone 1 are done and re-opened for service.

    ​Following the makeover of Zone 1, the number of passport check counters will be increased to 13, from six currently; the waiting area for passport check will jump to 348 square metres (SQM), from 80 SQM now; and the processing capability of passport checks boosted to 660 per hour from 232 people at the moment.

    Meanwhile, the waiting area for security screening will be doubled to 114 SQM from 50 SQM now, with three X-ray machines being added to the two currently in operation.
    ​However, during the renovation of the security checkpoint Zone 1, Royal First Class and Royal Silk Class passengers and air crew of Thai Airways International can make use of the Fast Track facility at Zone 2 instead temporarily.

    Mr Kittipong noted that the improvement of security check in the Fast Track area of Zone 2 is aimed at turning it entirely into a service area for security and passport control for only economy class passengers. Eight passport control counters will be added there to bring the total number to 28, while the waiting area for passport check for departure passengers in Zone 2 will be expanded by 260 SQM to 860 SQM to tackle congestion problems in the terminal.

    Suvarnabhumi has coordinated with all relevant units such as the Airline Operators Committee Thailand (AOC) and airlines about the renovations of Zone 1 and 2 which would take 52 days. It was agreed that the improvement should not affect the service of departure passengers because the areas will be gradually closed at a time and there are other areas set aside for the service.

    Even though the passenger traffic through Suvarnabhumi is rising following the government’s policy to re-open to international visitors on 1 November, the airport expects the international departures to be much less that the pre-Covid level.

    ​Mr. Kittipong concluded that Suvarnbhumi Airport is committed to developing all aspects of services to increase the convenience of users. It makes sure that every action it has been taken will not affect the service standard under the ‘New Normal’ travel patterns in accordance with the public health measures Covid-Free Setting.

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    15.11.2021
  • Thailand Applicants now have the ability to check the status of their application through the online tool as well as consulting a 24 hour hotline in case of questions about the functionality.

    The system went live on November 1st with a few very apparent bugs that should have been fixed during the testing phase and prior to letting it loose onto the public but as ever so often with Thailand the implementation was a trial by fire. Putting thousands of travelers through the misery of an untested program is par for the course.

    https://tp.consular.go.th/

    Here is my initial article I wrote on the day the website went live and as you can see from the comments people weren’t happy to say the least:

    Now two features have been added that should really improve the ability of applicants to see through the approval of their application.

    A real time application status check
    A 24hr hotline to provide support with questions about the application process
    This is the website for Thailand Pass where the application will be filed:

    Travelers are advised to apply at least 7 days prior to their trip as this is the official processing time. According to recent media reports a lot of the applications are auto approved now but that largely depends on a few factors within the application. Officials said that applications for travelers who seek to enter the ASQ program (because they don’t have received a vaccine) are typically automatically/fast approved. The same goes for countries whose vaccine QR codes can be verified by the Thai system which according to them *should* include most European countries. A list whose QR codes can be verified wasn’t provided so I guess it’s a roll of the dice.

    Richard Barrow posted the following graphic that outline the total application / approval numbers:

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    12.11.2021
  • Thailand UPDATE: From 1 November 2021 onwards Sandbox Programme will extend to the following provinces

    Bangkok
    Phuket
    Krabi
    Phang-Nga
    Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao)
    Chonburi (certain districts only)
    PLEASE NOTE: Sandbox travellers must arrive through international airports at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui, U-Tapao or Buriram (chartered flights only). At present, domestic flight transit to Sandbox areas via Bangkok is only possible for Samui (through designated flights only).

    >> IMPORTANT<< 1. APPLICANTS GOING TO SANDBOX PROGRAMME THAT ATTACHED BOOKING CONFIRMATION FROM THIRD-PARTY HOTEL BOOKING WEBSITES SUCH AS BOOKING.COM, AGODA.COM, ETC. FOR Thailand Pass MAY BE REJECTED 2. APPLICANTS MUST ATTACH RECEIPT OF PRE-PAYMENT FOR THE RT-PCR TEST WHICH ARE ISSUED FROM SHA+ HOTELS OR THE PHUKET SWAB APPOINTMENT SYSTEM (PSAS) WHICH CAN BE MADE THROUGH www.thailandpsas.com WEBSITE (online RT-PCR test appointment system) 3. EU COVID CERTIFICATE DOES NOT INCLUDE DATE OF 1ST DOSE, PLEASE KINDLY ATTACH THE LOCAL VACCINATION CARD/CERTIFICATE/YELLOW VACCINE BOOKLET ALONG WITH THE EU COVID CERTIFICATE. MINISTRY OF HEALTH WILL REJECT THE VACCINE CERTIFICATE IF APPLICANTS ONLY ATTACHED EU COVID CERTIFICATE WITHOUT INFORMATION OF THE DATE OF 1ST DOSE. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EMBASSY HAS NO AUTHORITY OR INFLUENCE TO PROCESS THE VACCINE CERTIFICATE. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. PHUKET SANDBOX 1. What is Phuket Sandbox? A tourism-promotion scheme that allows fully vaccinated travellers to enter Phuket, Thailand, without quarantine, subject to conditions below. 2. Eligible travellers Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by World Health Organization (WHO) or Ministry of Public Health of Thailand no less than 14 days before departure. Travellers must show Certificate of Vaccination issued by a goverment authority, either in digital or paper format and must contain the following information: (1) The travellers' personal details, including name, date of birth, nationality and passport number. (2) Vaccination information, including dates of vaccination (the last dose must be administered no less than 14 days before travelling), name and lot/batch number of the vaccine. (3) Digital COVID certificates does not include date of 1st dose of vaccination (except Johnson and Johnson's) in the certificate and the QR Code, therefore please kindly provide proof that includes the date that applicant received the 1st dose of vaccination. (4) Combination of different vaccines is accepted provided that the period between the 1st and 2nd dose was in accordance with the period set by the manufacture of the first dose. Children under the age of 18, travelling with parents, are eligible without proof of vaccination. Must come from countries considered as low/medium-risk areas by the Thai Government. At present, travellers from Poland and Ukraine are eligible. Travellers must, however, be in the eligible countries for at least 21 consecutive days. Both non-Thais and Thais are eligible. 3. Conditions Health Insurance Must have health insurance which covers treatment and medical expenses in relation to COVID-19, with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD, which can be purchased at https://covid19.tgia.org/ Hotels Must stay at a hotel that meets the "SHA+" standard for at least 7 days (8 nights), unless travellers have proof of return tickets leaving Phuket (to another country) before 7 days. Confirmation of "SHA+" hotel booking must be issued under the SHABA system (SHA Plus Booking Authentication system) or booking under http://entrythailand.go.th/ List of SHA+ https://www.thailandsha.com/shalists/ After 7 days, they may travel to other parts of Thailand. Departure earlier than 7 days is possible only for destination outside of Thailand. COVID-19 tests Travellers must present RT-PCR negative test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure. To apply for COE, travellers must submit evidence of pre-payment for the required RT-PCR tests Upon entry, travellers will have to undergo two COVID-19 tests at different times. Accepted evidence of pre-payment for the RT-PCR tests are Receipt issued under the Phuket Swab Appointment System (PSAS) for appointments made through www.thailandpsas.com website (online RT-PCR test appointment system) Journey-tracing application Travellers must install and use journey-tracing application as prescribed by the Thai Government throughout the 14 days in Phuket, otherwise they may not be allowed to leave Phuket to other parts of Thailand after 14 days. ALL CONDITIONS APPLIES TO BOTH NON-THAI AND THAI NATIONALS 4. How to apply for COE Travellers under "Phuket Sandbox" programme must apply for a Certificate of Entry (COE), like all other travellers, via https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ from 28 June 2021 (for entry to Thailand from 1 July 2021 onwards) Travellers select purpose of travel (depending on the type of visa) for the "Types of permitted persons" and may select the Sandbox Programme, then select "Phuket" when registering the travel details. For travelers intending to use 30-day tourist visa exemption scheme, must select "11 (Exempt) - Medium Term visitor - Visa Exemption" Travellers must upload insurance and valid EU Digital COVID Certificate (for vaccination only), the Thai Ministry of Health is responsible for checking and approving the vaccine certificate After the vaccine certificate is approved by the Thai Ministry of Health, travellers can then proceed to upload relevant documents including insurance, flight ticket and SHABA Certificate (hotel booking) according to the steps provided in https://coethailand.mfa.go.th The entire process may take up to 15 working days, therefore it is advised to register for COE at least 2 - 3 weeks before departure date. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. SAMUI PLUS 1. What is Samui Plus? Similar to Phuket Sandbox, Samui Plus is a tourism-promotion scheme that allows fully vaccinated travellers to enter Koh Samui, Thailand, without quarantine, subject to conditions below. 2. Eligible travellers Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine registered with the Food and Drug Administration of Thailand (FDA), or approved by World Health Organization (WHO) or Ministry of Public Health of Thailand no less than 14 days before departure. Travellers must show Certificate of Vaccination issued by a goverment authority, either in digital or paper format (document issued by private entities will not be accepted) and must contain the following information: (1) The travellers' personal details, including name, date of brith, nationality and passport number. (2) Vaccination information, including dates of vaccination (the last dose must be administered no less than 14 days before travelling), name and lot/batch number of the vaccine. (3) Digital COVID certificates does not include date of 1st dose of vaccination (except Johnson and Johnson's) in the certificate and the QR Code, therefore please kindly provide proof that includes the date that applicant received the 1st dose of vaccination. (4) Combination of different vaccines is accepted provided that the period between the 1st and 2nd dose was in accordance with the period set by the manufacture of the first dose. Children under the age of 18, travelling with parents, are eligible without proof of vaccination. Must come from countries considered as low/medium-risk areas by the Thai Government. At present, travellers from Poland are eligible. Travellers must, however, be in these eligible countries for at least 21 consecutive days (except for Thai nationals and those with Certificate of Residence in Thailand). Must have health insurance which covers treatment and medical expenses in relation to COVID-19, with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD. Both non-Thais and Thais are eligible. 3. Conditions Travelling to Koh Samui Travellers must enter Thailand via Samui International Airport directly. Flight transfer from Bangkok to Samui is permitted, subject to certain conditions. Travellers are advised to contact their airlines directly to ensure that their luggage is checked-through to Koh Samui. Hotels Days 1 -7 : stay at hotel certified as "SHA+" in Koh Samui. For a list of SHA+ faciltities, visit https://www.thailandsha.com or https://www.shathailand.com/kohsamui Confirmation of "SHA+" hotel booking must be issued under the SHABA system (SHA Plus Booking Authentication system). Please contact your hotel directly to ask for the SHABA Certificate. Booking confirmation through agents will not be accepted. Confirmation of pre-paid accommodation at Samui Extra+ and SHA+ is needed for a total of 7 days, unless travellers have proof of return tickets leaving Phuket (to another country) before 7 days. Permitted movements within Koh Samui & nearby islands Days 1-3 (hotel-based): upon receiving negative result of the first RT-PCR test, travellers may leave their hotel room but are required to stay within the premises of the hotel. Days 4-7 (sealed route): travellers are allowed to travel within specified routes/travel programme on Koh Samui. Traveller must undergo second RT-PCR test on 6th or 7th day. COVID-19 tests Travellers must present RT-PCR negative test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure. Upon entry, travellers will have to undergo three tests at different times, at the traveller's own expenses. The first test will be done upon arrival; travellers will be allowed outside of their hotel rooms only upon confirmation of negative result of the first test. The second test will be carried out on 6th or 7th day. To apply for COE, travellers must submit evidence of pre-payment for the required RT-PCR tests (please contact the hotel directly to inquire) Journey-tracing application Travellers must install and use journey-tracing application (turn on GPS) as prescribed by the Thai Government Upon leaving Koh Samui to other parts of Thailand after 7 days, travellers must provide proof of 7 days of stay in Koh Samui/Khon Phangan/Koh Tao and three RT-PCR test results. 4. How to apply for COE Travellers under "Samui Plus" programme must apply for a Certificate of Entry (COE), like all other travellers, via https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ Please choose option "Sandbox Programme", and then select "Samui" as Sandbox destination when completing the "travel details" column. For travelers intending to use 30-day tourist visa exemption scheme, must select "11 (Exempt) - Medium Term visitor - Visa Exemption" Travellers must upload insurance and valid EU Digital COVID Certificate (for vaccination only), the Thai Ministry of Health is responsible for checking and approving the vaccine certificate After the vaccine certificate is approved by the Thai Ministry of Health, travellers can then proceed to upload relevant documents including insurance, flight ticket and SHABA Certificate (hotel booking) according to the steps provided in https://coethailand.mfa.go.th The entire process may take up to 15 working days, therefore it is advised to register for COE at least 2 - 3 weeks before departure date --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- List of Countries/Area* eligible to take part in Phuket Sandbox 1. Albania 2. Andorra 3. Antigua and Barbuda 4. Australia 5. Austria 6. Azerbaijan 7. Bahrain 8. Barbados 9. Belgium 10. Bhutan 11. Brunei 12. Bulgaria 13. Cambodia 14. Canada 15. Chile 16. China 17. Croatia 18. Cyprus 19. Czech Republic 20. Denmark 21. Dominica 22. Estonia 23. Finland 24. France 25. Germany 26. Greece 27. Hungary 28. Iceland 29. Ireland 30. Israel 31. Italy 32. Japan 33. Kuwait 34. Laos 35. Latvia 36. Lituania 37. Luxembourg 38. Malta 39. Mauritius 40. Monaco 41. Morocco 42. Myanmar 43. Mongolia 44. Netherlands 45. New Zealand 46. Norway 47. Poland 48. Portugal 49. Qatar 50. Romania 51. Russia 52. San Marino 53. Serbia 54. Singapore 55. Slovakia 56. Slovenia 57. South Korea 58. Spain 59. Sweden 60. Switzerland 61. Turkey 62. Ukraine 63. UAE 64. UK 65. USA 66. Uzbekistan 67. Vietnam 68. Hong Kong* 69. Macao* 70. Taiwan* Please note that travellers must be in the eligible countries/area for at least 21 consecutive days. Proof of stay, such as immigration stamp and place of residence, must be submitted for consideration for CoE approval in coethailand.mfa.go.th. List of Certified COVID-19 Vaccine for Entry into Thailand

    AstraZeneca Approved by WHO and Thai FDA
    Sinovac (Coronavac) Approved by Thai FDA
    Johnson’s and Johnson’s/Janssen Approved by WHO and Thai FDA
    Moderna Approved by WHO and Thai FDA
    Sinopharm Approved by WHO and Thai FDA
    Pfizer (COMIRNATY) Approved by WHO and Thai FDA
    Serum Institute of India (Covishield) Approved by WHO
    Sputnik V

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    10.11.2021
  • Thailand Thailand has reopened to fully vaccinated travelers from 63 countries as of November 1, 2021. With this plan:

    Fully vaccinated travelers are eligible to enter Thailand by air if they’ve been in one of 63 countries for at least 21 consecutive days prior to travel (so this isn’t about citizenship, but rather about where you’ve been)
    Travelers need to complete the Thailand Pass registration form prior to travel, at which point they’ll be given a QR code to enter the country; if you have questions about how this works, check out Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Facebook page, which has lots of info
    An RT-PCR coronavirus test is required within 72 hours prior to travel
    A second RT-PCR coronavirus test is required on the day of arrival, and the traveler must stay in their accommodation until the result comes back negative
    Medical insurance with a minimum coverage of $50,000 is required for travel
    The plan for this was first announced by Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, just a couple of weeks ago. Many wondered about whether or not this would actually happen, given that we’ve seen seemingly endless reopening plans announced, but none materialized. This time around it really happened.

    Thailand has opened to travelers who have been in one of 63 eligible countries for the past 21 consecutive days leading up to their trip. This is based on where one has been for the past 21 consecutive days, and not nationality or even residency. These countries include the following:

    Australia
    Austria
    Bahrain
    Belgium
    Bhutan
    Brunei Darussalam
    Bulgaria
    Cambodia
    Canada
    Chile
    China
    Croatia
    Cyprus
    Czech Republic
    Denmark
    Estonia
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    Greece
    Hong Kong
    Hungary
    Iceland
    India
    Indonesia
    Ireland
    Israel
    Italy
    Japan
    Kuwait
    Laos
    Latvia
    Lithuania
    Luxembourg
    Malaysia
    Maldives
    Malta
    Mongolia
    Myanmar
    Nepal
    Netherlands
    New Zealand
    Norway
    Oman
    Philippines
    Poland
    Portugal
    Qatar
    Romania
    Saudi Arabia
    Singapore
    Slovak Republic
    Slovenia
    South Korea
    Spain
    Sri Lanka
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    Taiwan
    United Arab Emirates
    United Kingdom
    United States

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    01.11.2021
  • Thailand Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry and transit: If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform.
    You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand,
    and the Ministry of Public Health.
    *Residents currently outside Thailand: If you have a Thai resident visa and normally live in Thailand but cannot return within the required year, you will be granted an extension to your compulsory return deadline. However, you are required to return to Thailand as soon as the situation improves.
    *On arrival: Certain categories of foreigners arriving in Thailand will be tested for COVID-19 on entry and again during quarantine – see Entry section above.
    *Quarantine requirements: From 1 November, fully vaccinated visitors arriving from 46 countries, including the UK, may enter Thailand without quarantine. PCR testing is still required before departure and upon arrival. See more details on entry guidelines and the full list of 46 countries on Tourism Authority of Thailand website.
    Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from all other countries are eligible to take part in travel to Thailand under the Sandbox Programme. This requires you to stay in a hotel or other accommodation approved by the Thai government for seven nights. Other requirements under this programme can be found here.
    Travellers from all countries that are not fully vaccinated are still required to complete quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. Whilst in ASQ, you will normally not be allowed to leave your room except for medical treatment or COVID-19 tests.

    *Data collection: You may be required to download the Thai Chana COVID-19 tracking app on arrival in Thailand.
    *Visas: If you are unable to renew or change your visa and unable to travel to your home country (because the border is closed, for example) and need support you should contact your embassy.
    *More information: If you have any queries about visas or entry requirements, check with the Royal Thai Embassy, Thai Immigration Authority
    and Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Thai authorities may introduce further measures. You can monitor the latest updates from Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health website.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Thailand: Domestic travel options within Thailand are available but remain subject to disease control measures. These may include restrictions on movement between provinces.
    If you are taking an internal flight in Thailand, you may be asked to download an app or complete additional travel documentation.
    You will be required to wear a face mask and follow other disease control measures when using public transport, including planes, trains, buses and taxis. In some provinces public transport may stop earlier than normal or have less capacity than normal.
    *COVID-related restrictions in Thailand: An emergency decree is currently in place. This includes instructions that you must not:
    • enter high risk areas
    • hoard essential goods
    • attend public gatherings
    • propagate false information
    Until further notice you must also wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Thailand and in vehicles if you are with others. If you do not wear a mask you may have to pay a fine.
    The Thai government also advises that you should avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places, and scan the ‘Thai Chana’ QR code where available.
    A number of disease control measures at national and local levels are also in place. These include a colour rating for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces based on the number of COVID-19 cases. Restrictions in each province and for movement between provinces depend on the colour rating and any additional local rules, and they may change at any time.
    In some provinces measures may include restrictions on dining in restaurants, gathering in groups, closures of shops and curfews. You are advised to follow all preventative and disease control measures to minimise risks and avoid penalties.
    Measures change frequently. You should check the current situation with local authorities and the Thai government’s Facebook page and PR website.
    *Accommodation: Hotel and private rental accommodation is available throughout Thailand. However, some hotels remain closed so we advise you to contact hotels directly when booking.
    The majority of hotels will ask to take your temperature on arrival and ask you to provide information on your recent travel history and any symptoms you may have related to COVID-19. You may also need to follow other disease control measures.
    Some services and facilities in hotels may not be available e.g. leisure facilities.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there
    *Health: If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should call the Thai COVID-19 Hotline on 1422.
    If you need a COVID-19 test, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has compiled alist of private and government-managed testing facilities . These will provide you with a test and normally contact you afterwards with the result. Authorities may also contact you as part of their tracing process.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 and have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, Thai authorities recommend that you self-isolate at home or in a community setting dedicated to this such as a school or temple, where you can receive appropriate care. This also applies to school age children. National Health Security Office (NHSO) provides medical support and services for home isolation. To register, you can call the 1330 hotline.
    If you have more severe symptoms Thai public health regulations require that you quarantine at either a hospital, hospitel (a repurposed hotel with medical capabilities) or field hospital.
    You should ensure that you understand your health care provider’s policies before you take a test as these will include where you quarantine and receive medical care if you test positive.
    In areas designated as dark red zones there is increasing pressure on medical services. You may find it difficult to access COVID-19 testing and medical care.
    .

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    27.10.2021
  • Thailand Travelers to Thailand who wish or require a visa to enter the Kingdom can now use the e-visa hub which has been in the works for quite some time and allows applicants to process everything electronically rather than visiting an embassy or consulate.

    This option is available to most (but not all) nationalities and applies to to the whole variety of visa options under which entry is possible.

    The new website was introduced late September and received some maintenance in the last few weeks which should now make it accessible properly to applicants.

    It’s still possible to apply directly at the consulate / embassy but for those who want to save themselves the hassle and expense of dealing with the in-person process this is a great new option.

    The new website with the entire application process can be found here.

    Fees for the applications are still as applicable in the same amount as published on the embassy/consulate website of the respective country of residence.

    These are the visa categories available when applying online:

    https://thaievisa.go.th/

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    25.10.2021
  • Thailand It’s now official — Thailand will be opening to fully vaccinated travelers from 46 countries as of November 1, 2021. With this plan:

    Fully vaccinated travelers will be eligible to enter Thailand by air if they’ve been in one of 46 countries for at least 21 consecutive days prior to travel (so this isn’t about citizenship, but rather about where you’ve been)
    An RT-PCR coronavirus test will be required within 72 hours prior to travel
    A second RT-PCR coronavirus test will be required on the day of arrival, and the traveler must stay in their accommodation until the result comes back negative
    Medical insurance with a minimum coverage of $50,000 will be required for travel

    Thailand is opening to travelers who have been in one of 46 eligible countries for the past 21 consecutive days leading up to their trip. These countries include the following:

    Australia
    Austria
    Bahrain
    Belgium
    Bhutan
    Brunei Darussalam
    Bulgaria
    Cambodia
    Canada
    Chile
    China
    Cyprus
    Czech Republic
    Denmark
    Estonia
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    Greece
    Hong Kong
    Hungary
    Iceland
    Ireland
    Israel
    Italy
    Japan
    Latvia
    Lithuania
    Malaysia
    Malta
    Netherlands
    New Zealand
    Norway
    Poland
    Portugal
    Qatar
    Saudi Arabia
    Singapore
    Slovenia
    South Korea
    Spain
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    United Arab Emirates
    United Kingdom
    United States

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    21.10.2021
  • Thailand With the Nov 1 reopening looming, Bangkok is preparing protocols for testing tourists outside the airport, at hotels or ‘swab hubs’ to avoid congestion on arrival.

    Thapanee Kiatphaibool, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) deputy governor for domestic marketing, said swab tests for travellers will be conducted outside the airport to disperse the flow of tourists with travellers transferred via hotel limousines to SHA Plus hotels which have partner hospitals or swab hubs.

    Swab hubs, organised by the Thai Hotels Association (THA), will be established as a centres for small hotels which could be places like hospitals or alternative quarantine facilities.

    While waiting for the result, all arrivals are required to stay in their hotel room during the first night.

    Ms Thapanee said over 300 hotels are waiting for SHA Plus approval which should be ready by the end of this week.

    Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, THA president, said RT-PCR tests should be controlled to the same standard with less expensive prices to attract more tourists.

    She said hoteliers started to see forward bookings in December, mostly from markets that don’t have to undergo quarantine on their return.

    Around 60-70% of 940 hotels in Bangkok are reopened, compared to only 50% during the peak of the recent wave. …

    Mrs Marisa said the occupancy rate for Bangkok hotels is estimated to increase from 20% this month to 30% in November.

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    20.10.2021
  • Thailand Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry and transit: If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform.
    You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, and the Ministry of Public Health.
    *Residents currently outside Thailand: If you have a Thai resident visa and normally live in Thailand but cannot return within the required year, you will be granted an extension to your compulsory return deadline. However, you are required to return to Thailand as soon as the situation improves.
    On arrival: Certain categories of foreigners arriving in Thailand will be tested for COVID-19 on entry and again during quarantine – see Entry section above.
    *Quarantine requirements: Most travellers to Thailand, including British nationals travelling from the UK, are required to complete 14 days’ quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. Whilst in ASQ, you will normally not be allowed to leave your room except for medical treatment or COVID-19 tests.
    In some areas of Thailand it is possible to complete some or all of the quarantine period without being restricted to an ASQ facility. Schemes include the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus.
    *Data collection: You may be required to download the Thai Chana COVID-19 tracking app on arrival in Thailand.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Thailand: Domestic travel options within Thailand are available but remain subject to disease control measures. These may include restrictions on movement between provinces.
    If you are taking an internal flight in Thailand, you may be asked to download an app or complete additional travel documentation.
    You will be required to wear a face mask and follow other disease control measures when using public transport, including planes, trains, buses and taxis. In some provinces public transport may stop earlier than normal or have less capacity than normal.
    *COVID-related restrictions in Thailand: An emergency decree is currently in place. This includes instructions that you must not:
    • enter high risk areas
    • hoard essential goods
    • attend public gatherings
    • propagate false information
    Until further notice you must also wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Thailand and in vehicles if you are with others. If you do not wear a mask you may have to pay a fine.
    The Thai government also advises that you should avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places, and scan the ‘Thai Chana’ QR code where available.
    A number of disease control measures at national and local levels are also in place. These include a colour rating for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces based on the number of COVID-19 cases. Restrictions in each province and for movement between provinces depend on the colour rating and any additional local rules, and they may change at any time.
    In some provinces measures may include restrictions on dining in restaurants, gathering in groups, closures of shops and curfews. You are advised to follow all preventative and disease control measures to minimise risks and avoid penalties.
    Measures change frequently. You should check the current situation with local authorities and the Thai government’s Facebook page and PR website.
    *Accommodation: Hotel and private rental accommodation is available throughout Thailand. However, some hotels remain closed so we advise you to contact hotels directly when booking.
    The majority of hotels will ask to take your temperature on arrival and ask you to provide information on your recent travel history and any symptoms you may have related to COVID-19. You may also need to follow other disease control measures.
    Some services and facilities in hotels may not be available e.g. leisure facilities.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there
    *Health: If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should call the Thai COVID-19 Hotline on 1422.
    If you need a COVID-19 test, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has compiled alist of private and government-managed testing facilities . These will provide you with a test and normally contact you afterwards with the result. Authorities may also contact you as part of their tracing process.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 and have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, Thai authorities recommend that you self-isolate at home or in a community setting dedicated to this such as a school or temple, where you can receive appropriate care. This also applies to school age children. National Health Security Office (NHSO) provides medical support and services for home isolation. To register, you can call the 1330 hotline.
    If you have more severe symptoms Thai public health regulations require that you quarantine at either a hospital, hospitel (a repurposed hotel with medical capabilities) or field hospital.
    You should ensure that you understand your health care provider’s policies before you take a test as these will include where you quarantine and receive medical care if you test positive.
    In areas designated as dark red zones there is increasing pressure on medical services. You may find it difficult to access COVID-19 testing and medical care.
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    19.10.2021
  • Thailand The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand has just announced that they will replace the Certificate of Entry (COE) system for international air travelers from November 1, 2021 and replace it with a digital solution called “Thailand Pass”.

    Travelers will fill in particulars through an application that is going to be available at a later point this month for their travel to the Kingdom although the COE system will remain in place for certain categories of travel.

    Those who travel as part of of group arrivals, by sea (yacht & cruise ships) as well as Alternative Hospital Quarantine (AHQ) stays will continue to use the established COE system for the time being.

    Required information for the app to produce an entry code as per this chart will be:

    Passport Information
    Vaccination Certificate
    Covid-19 Health Insurance Coverage
    SHA+/AQ Hotel Booking

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    14.10.2021
  • Thailand The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand has just announced that they will replace the Certificate of Entry (COE) system for international air travelers from November 1, 2021 and replace it with a digital solution called “Thailand Pass”.

    Travelers will fill in particulars through an application that is going to be available at a later point this month for their travel to the Kingdom although the COE system will remain in place for certain categories of travel.

    Those who travel as part of of group arrivals, by sea (yacht & cruise ships) as well as Alternative Hospital Quarantine (AHQ) stays will continue to use the established COE system for the time being.

    Required information for the app to produce an entry code as per this chart will be:

    Passport Information
    Vaccination Certificate
    Covid-19 Health Insurance Coverage
    SHA+/AQ Hotel Booking

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    14.10.2021
  • Thailand New Domestic Travel Screening [Effective Oct 16th]
    All domestic arrivals from then will no longer need to show a negative COVID-19 test as long as they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival with 2 doses of the Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, or Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, or 2 doses of different vaccines as approved by the Ministry of Public Health, or 1 dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This also applies for those under 18 years who have received 1 dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least 14 days, as well as those who have recovered from COVID-19 for less than 90 days.

    Arrivals can also choose to show a negative COVID-19 test by an RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test no more than 7 days from the test date.

    Children aged not older than 6 years travelling with parents or guardians, and patients and medical personnel in medical emergency vehicles are exempt from the above requirement.

    Children aged 7-12 years must have a negative COVID-19 test by an RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test no more than 7 days from the test date.

    Current Domestic Travel Screening
    Domestic travellers who need to enter Phuket before 16 October, 2021, must follow the rules and requirements as announced in the Phuket Provincial Order No. 5745/2564, which requires all domestic arrivals to be vaccinated at least 14 days with 2 doses of the Sinovac, Sinopharm, or Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, or the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine as the first dose and AstraZeneca as the second dose, or 1 dose of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or have recovered from COVID-19 for less than 6 months. All arrivals are required to show a negative test by an RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test no more than 7 days from the test date.
    Source: Loyalty Lobby

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    13.10.2021
  • Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Monday that he will push for the opening up of the country to fully vaccinated foreign tourists from at least 10 countries on Nov 1, as the government earlier planned.

    Gen Prayut said in a nationally televised broadcast that fully vaccinated tourists from at least 10 low-risk countries would be allowed to enter Thailand by air with no quarantine requirements.

    The prime minister named the United Kingdom, Singapore, Germany, China and the United States among the first group of countries to benefit from the move.

    “I have instructed the CCSA and the Ministry of Public Health to urgently consider within this week to allow, as of Nov 1, international visitors to enter Thailand without any requirement for quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and arrive by air from low-risk countries,” he said.

    He pledged to open the gates for more countries by Dec 1 and targeted others by Jan 1.

    Tourists from countries not on the low-risk list would be allowed but they would be required to quarantine, he added.

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    12.10.2021
  • Thailand he Tourism and Sports Ministry is poised to start collecting a 500-baht tourism fee for a “tourism transformation fund” next year, with the budget following a co-payment model.

    The Centre for Economic Situation Administration last week approved the creation of the fund, which is expected to subsidise projects that transform the industry, focusing on high-value and sustainable tourism.

    Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor, said the fee collection of 500 baht per person should start next year, with the aim of collecting 5 billion within the first year, assuming 10 million foreign arrivals in 2022.

    The National Tourism Policy Committee already gave the nod to start the fund earlier this year, with a proposed fee of 300 baht per person.

    Mr Yuthasak said the additional 200 baht will be earmarked for: projects initiated by the private sector, community enterprises, or social enterprises that would like to transform their business to meet the fund’s strategy; helping the country restructure from mass tourism to high-value or a bio-, circular and green economic model; and environmentally concerned tourism. …

    The fund is also meant to budget insurance and development projects for foreign visitors that require government initiatives rather than the private sector, including those needing matching grants from local administrations, said Mr Yuthasak.

    After the concept is approved, the Tourism and Sports Ministry and TAT are required to have discussions with related authorities about setting up the fund committee and funding mechanisms, such as how to collect the fee from tourists, he said.

    The committee must develop a criteria to determine which projects are eligible for financial support.

    “The additional cost won’t have an impact on tourists as we want to focus on the quality market,” said Mr Yuthasak.

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    07.10.2021
  • Thailand It’s now official that the isolation period for fully vaccinated passengers has been reduced to seven days applying to both ASQ as well as the Sandbox project.

    Travelers can now apply through their embassies for fresh Certificates of Entry (issuance was briefly suspended while new regulations were pending) as well as for the Special Tourist Visa which was extended for another year.

    Eligible passengers who already got their COE issued will have to amend their application to get a new one and also contact their accommodation to arrange amendment of the booking (as well as refunds of their prepaid rooms – good luck).

    Fully vaccinated travelers who are accompanied by unvaccinated children will be subject to the 10 Days Quarantine.

    The cabinet resolved on Tuesday to extend the Special Tourist Visa (STV) programme for one year until Sept 30 next year to woo well-to-do visitors.

    Deputy government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul said the cabinet approved the proposal from the Tourism and Sports Ministry to extend the special visa programme for visitors’ long stays from its original end this Thursday. …

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    30.09.2021
  • Thailand Reuters just reported vaccinated travelers will be exempt from quarantine measures when traveling to Thailand from November 1, 2021. Reuters:
    Thailand will waive its mandatory quarantine requirement in Bangkok and nine regions from Nov. 1 to vaccinated arrivals, authorities said on Monday, as the country tries to boost its immunisation rate and revive its battered tourism sector.

    The regions include popular tourist areas Chiang Mai, Phangnga, Krabi, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Cha-am, and follow the successful reopening of Phuket and Samui islands to vaccinated people in pilot schemes since July. …

    Authorities will also reduce the quarantine time nationwide for visitors arriving from Oct. 1, the COVID-19 task force said, halving it to seven days for vaccinated arrivals, and cutting it to 10 days for those not inoculated.

    It will also further ease restrictions from Friday in 29 “dark red” provinces under maximum control, including Bangkok, to allow more businesses and activities to reopen, such as spas, libraries, cinemas, indoor sports venues and nail salons.

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    28.09.2021
  • Thailand The reopening plan for five areas — Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Hua Hin and Phetchaburi — faced another setback after the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) decided to put off the starting date from Oct 1 to Nov 1.

    For Pattaya, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai, this was the third postponement from an initial reopening schedule of mid-September, all attributed to a vaccine shortage.

    Tassapon Bijleveld, executive chairman of Asia Aviation, the largest shareholder of Thai AirAsia, said the move affects both the private sector and nation’s tourism image because a reopening timeline of October was already set, with people and companies adjusting their plans. …

    “If the government announced earlier the country would be ready for inbound tourists in December or even January, we would have no objection. We would have shifted our focus to the domestic market in the final quarter with full force,” said Mr Tassapon. “The flip-flop worsens a situation which is already somehow at its worst, particularly regarding our financial stability.” …

    The postponement mars the country’s reputation as local tourism operators have already settled agreement with agents overseas that have the potential to bring in tour groups from Russia and India, said Mr Thanet.

    “Nobody will listen to us again. They will wait for an official announcement, which may occur in November at the earliest, too late to capture high-season traffic as international flights often need 2-3 months notice for air traffic permission,” he said.

    “It also takes that long to promote those packages.”

    Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the decision by CCSA to reduce the quarantine period to seven days for inoculated visitors will help spur tourism demand upon reopening.

    However, tourists still have to take costly RT-PCR tests during their time here as the Public Health Ministry does not want to use antigen test kits for the second and third tests.

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    26.09.2021
  • Thailand Thailand’s Tourism Authority told the other week that Bangkok would welcome international visitors from October 1. Then this goalpost was moved to mid-October last week by the tourism minister only to be outdone by the city’s governor, who couldn’t see Bangkok ready by that date.

    According to the Bangkok Post, the governor now believes that they should have reached the 70% double vaccination level in late October, and the city could then welcome tourists two weeks later IF other goals are also met.

    Here are the three steps per Bangkok Post:

    1. One criterion, Pol Gen Aswin said, is that 70% of the city’s population must have received two doses of vaccines. Such a target is expected to be met around Oct 22 and some 7-14 days after that is when people’s immunity has been built.
    2. Pol Gen Aswin said the second factor for reopening to proceed is if daily caseloads continue to drop and there are fewer Covid-19 patients in hospitals. In recent days, between 2,700-2,800 daily infections have been reported.
    3. The final criterion is that there are fewer people with Covid-19 in hospitals, he said.
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    22.09.2021
  • Thailand Bangkok Post: Bangkok’s reopening for inoculated tourists will be delayed by two weeks as most of the city’s residents are still waiting for their second jabs, while the tourism ministry has pledged to open the city to bring at least 1 million international tourists this year.

    Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the tourism and sports minister, said the appropriate timeline for Bangkok should be postponed from Oct 1 to Oct 15 as the capital city is expected to have administered Covid-19 vaccines to 70% of its residents by then.
    The revised plan came up after a discussion between the minister and Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang yesterday regarding the readiness of the city, which should be the gateway for inbound tourism.

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    16.09.2021
  • Thailand Bangkok, 10 September, 2021 – The Royal Thai Government has announced plans to reopen Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, and Prachuap Khiri Khan from 1 October as part of the second phase of the country’s reopening timeline.

    In the official statement released yesterday (9 September, 2021), Government Spokesperson, Mr. Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, said the plans reflected the policy outlined by Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, to gradually reopen the country in phases, following the first phase that reopened Phuket, followed by Surat Thani, then Krabi and Phang-Nga over the last two months.

    “This October reopening will be launched alongside with the country’s newly adjusted ‘universal prevention’ guidelines against COVID-19, under which Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, and Prachuap Khiri Khan are getting ready, including accelerating vaccination for the local population and formalising tourism campaigns; such as, Bangkok Sandbox, Hua Hin Recharge, and Charming Chiang Mai,” Mr. Thanakorn said.

    From mid-October, another 21 destinations up and down the country will reopen. These include Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phrae, and Sukhothai in the North; Bueng Kan, Nong Khai, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani in the Northeast; Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi in the West; Chanthaburi, Rayong, and Trat in the East; Ayutthaya in the Central Region, and Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ranong, Satun, Songkhla, and Trang in the South.

    Thailand is set to proceed with the fourth phase of reopening in January 2022, with 13 border provinces to reopen under travel bubbles with neighbouring countries.

    All four phases will cover the reopening of 43 provinces across Thailand.

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    11.09.2021
  • Thailand Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 travel, other restrictions in Bangkok and high-risk provinces until end of August, expands existing measures to 29 provinces (Reuters, 01.08.2021). Cambodia, Thailand: Border closed until 12 August as COVID-19 variant spreads (Asia-Pacific, 29.07.2021). Six airlines suspend domestic flights from 21 July to 3 August because of COVID-19 (Simple Flying, 21.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry and transit: If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform.
    You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, and the Ministry of Public Health.
    *Residents currently outside Thailand: If you have a Thai resident visa and normally live in Thailand but cannot return within the required year, you will be granted an extension to your compulsory return deadline. However, you are required to return to Thailand as soon as the situation improves.
    On arrival: Certain categories of foreigners arriving in Thailand will be tested for COVID-19 on entry and again during quarantine – see Entry section above.
    *Quarantine requirements: Most travellers to Thailand, including British nationals travelling from the UK, are required to complete 14 days’ quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. Whilst in ASQ, you will normally not be allowed to leave your room except for medical treatment or COVID-19 tests.
    In some areas of Thailand it is possible to complete some or all of the quarantine period without being restricted to an ASQ facility. Schemes include the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus.
    *Data collection: You may be required to download the Thai Chana COVID-19 tracking app on arrival in Thailand.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Thailand: Domestic travel options within Thailand are available but remain subject to disease control measures. These may include restrictions on movement between provinces.
    If you are taking an internal flight in Thailand, you may be asked to download an app or complete additional travel documentation.
    You will be required to wear a face mask and follow other disease control measures when using public transport, including planes, trains, buses and taxis. In some provinces public transport may stop earlier than normal or have less capacity than normal.
    Domestic flights in and out of provinces categorised as dark red, including Bangkok, are currently prohibited.
    COVID-related restrictions in Thailand: An emergency decree is currently in place. This includes instructions that you must not:
    • enter high risk areas
    • hoard essential goods
    • attend public gatherings
    • propagate false information
    Until further notice you must also wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Thailand and in vehicles if you are with others. If you do not wear a mask you may have to pay a fine.
    The Thai government also advises that you should avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places, and scan the ‘Thai Chana’ QR code where available.
    A number of disease control measures at national and local levels are also in place. These include a colour rating for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces based on the number of COVID-19 cases. Restrictions in each province and for movement between provinces depend on the colour rating and any additional local rules, and they may change at any time.
    In some provinces measures may include restrictions on dining in restaurants, gathering in groups, closures of shops and curfews. You are advised to follow all preventative and disease control measures to minimise risks and avoid penalties.
    Measures change frequently. You should check the current situation with local authorities and the Thai government’s Facebook page
    and PR website.
    *Accommodation: Hotel and private rental accommodation is available throughout Thailand. However, some hotels remain closed so we advise you to contact hotels directly when booking.
    The majority of hotels will ask to take your temperature on arrival and ask you to provide information on your recent travel history and any symptoms you may have related to COVID-19. You may also need to follow other disease control measures.
    Some services and facilities in hotels may not be available e.g. leisure facilities.
    * If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    09.09.2021
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    OSAC Travel Advisory/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    Department of Disease Control/
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