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From 7 December, travelers from 56 countries can now enter Thailand under the Visa Exemption Scheme. Passport holders from these countries are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period not exceeding 45 days. Some other countries may be eligible for stays of up to 90 days.
Travelers from countries not on the visa exemption list can apply for a Special Tourist Visa (SVT).
According to the Royal Thai Government’s Immigration Bureau, non-Thai nationals can visit any Thai Immigration office to request a 60-day extension of stay. Thai Immigration will not require a letter from the Embassy as part of the extension request. For more information about applying for Thai visa extensions, please visit www.immigration.go.th or contact the Thai Immigration Bureau.
From 18 February 2021 Visa applicants in the United States have to apply online through the website https://www.thaievisa.go.th/ (instead of the previous platform).
All travelers need to comply with Thailand's mandatory quarantine and show proof of a negative PCR test. See below for additional requirements.
Anyone eligible to enter must obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) from their local Thai embassy or consulate. Your application should be submitted at least 10 working days prior to the intended date of travel. Travelers who have received the COE must download the ThailandPlus contact tracing app and register.
Other requirements may differ between groups of eligible travelers:
Non-Thai nationals must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test, issued no more than 72 hours before departure, in order to enter Thailand.
Most travelers to Thailand are now required to complete 10 days (11 nights) quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility.
Travelers from countries identified by Thailand as having COVID-19 variants will still be required to complete 14 days (15 nights) of quarantine.
If you hold a valid vaccine certificate and are entering Thailand from a country with no COVID-19 variant strains you may be eligible to only complete 7 days of quarantine. This condition will only apply if your vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand and you received it at least 14 days before the date of travel. When you arrive you must present your certificate (original or a print out of an online version) to International Port Health Control.
Non-Thai Nationals must also provide proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19 medical examination and treatment up to US $100,000 minimum.
During your stay in ASQ you will be tested for COVID-19. If you test positive:
Important note: These travel alerts are general in nature, and we will not respond to any comments about specific personal circumstances. For information relevant to you, contact your local Thai embassy, consulate or airline for any updates on how these changes will affect you personally.
Thailand's government has announced it will be imposing a one-month state of emergency, starting Thursday 26 March, allowing it to impose stricter measures to control the coronavirus.
On 30 January 2020, the WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that originally emerged in Wuhan, China. On Wednesday 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.
Starting 22 March 2020, all travelers both foreigners and Thai residents (regardless of countries they are traveling from) are required to present a medical certificate signed by a medical professional confirming no evidence of the coronavirus infection in the previous 72 hours, and evidence of travel insurance of no less than US$100,000 which covers COVID-19. Failure to meet these requirements will mean passengers are not permitted to board their flight.
On 21 March, the Bangkok Governor announced 26 venue types will be closed until 12 April. This includes shopping malls, restaurants, food halls and similar food consumption areas, hairdressers, swimming pools, golf courses, and arcades.
Supermarkets, stalls selling food and fresh produce, restaurant takeaway services, pharmacies and other business that sell essential goods are exempt from the guidelines. Provinces surrounding Bangkok will implement similar measures for the same period.
The Chaing Mai Governor implemented similar measures to be in place from 23 March until 13 April.
Follow the advice from the WHO: wash your hands consistently, maintain at least 3ft (1m) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing, and if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early (call before visiting your doctor).
On Tuesday 5 November, 15 people were killed by gunmen in one of the worst attacks Thailand has seen in years.
This serves as a reminder to all travelers that the region bordering Malaysia in Thailand's south is listed as "Do Not Travel" by many government travel advisories. This includes Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla.
Violence in this region is not new – thousands have been killed in southern Thailand since a separatist insurgency gripped the region in 2004.
If you are planning on entering Thailand via one of its land borders, read our tips here on which crossings are safe, and which borders should be avoided.
Koh Samui Airport and other airports in southern Thailand are open however there may still be delays, so check with your airline prior to travel. Ferry services between the mainland and Koh Samui have resumed. The ferry service between Pattaya and Hua Hin has also resumed.
Thailand is preparing for Tropical Storm Pabuk as it makes its way westward into the Gulf of Thailand, where it's due to make landfall on Wednesday 3rd January in southern parts of the country and continue to cause damage until the 5th January. Popular tourist spots such as Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Krabi, Koh Lanta, Koh Tao and other islands will be impacted, with a high risk of heavy rain and coastal flooding.
The storm has already produced torrential rains and flooding in Vietnam and Cambodia. Meteorologists are continually monitoring the storm system as there are concerns it could gather strength in the Gulf and evolve into a cyclone.
Numerous beaches have been closed in the areas to be impacted by the storm system (often marked with a red flag). Follow all local warnings and signage regarding beach closures and do not swim.
Authorities have issued warnings to the public and all hotels, resorts and tour operators. Ferry services from the mainland to the islands and inter-island have been canceled. The ferry service between Pattaya and Hua Hin has been suspended until further notice due to high winds and rough conditions in the Gulf of Thailand.
Several airlines have canceled flights to/from Koh Samui and flights are also affected flying to/from Phuket and other airports in southern Thailand. Travelers are advised to check with their airline prior to departure.
Please check with authorities for more information, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation.
Travelers are reminded that a military junta is in charge of Thailand and martial law may be re-imposed in tourist areas at short notice. Martial law allows the authorities to make laws by decree, and to detain, arrest or deport people without reference to the judicial system. These powers are often given to local commanders – basically, the local police or army chief can make it up as he sees fit. Decrees made in one area may not apply elsewhere.
Travelers to Thailand are warned that circumstances had changed in the country following the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 13th, 2016. The 88-year-old monarch was much loved and widely respected in Thailand, it's advised to show respect and sympathy to the Thai people. A year-long period of mourning has recently ended with a five-day funeral ceremony finishing on October 30th.
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