Thailand Pass Launched as Thailand Reopens Borders for Travel

Thailand Pass Launched as Thailand Reopens Borders for Travel

No more complicated paperwork!

As Omicron cases subside in Thailand (following a peak after the end of last year), the Thai government has reintroduced the Thailand Pass registration. In case you’re unaware, this system fast-tracks the process for foreign tourists and returning Thai nationals to enter the country.

Those seeking to visit the country need only apply for the pass online starting 1 Feb 2022Once approved (usually within one to three days), tourists can download the QR code and use it to enter the country. However, entry to Thailand is still subject to the prevailing Thailand travel restrictions. 

Also read: Thailand Travel Restrictions for Phuket: What to Know Before Visiting

Requirements to take note of

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For all fully vaccinated travellers

While there is no need for fully vaccinated foreign travellers to undergo quarantine, they must spend one night at either a SHA+ or Alternative Quarantine (AQ) accommodation. These must be booked beforehand because visitors will need to undergo an RT-PCR test upon arrival in Thailand. 

Once the results come back negative, travellers will be free to travel around the country. In addition, there are also several requirements you need to take note of:

1. A negative pre-departure RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before boarding your flight to Thailand
2. Compulsory medical insurance with at least US$50,000 coverage
3. Valid vaccination certificate
4. A second RT-PCR test on your fifth day in Thailand

Also read: Bali Reopens to All International Travellers: Here’s What We Know So Far

If you’re an unvaccinated tourist

For unvaccinated tourists, a mandatory 10-day quarantine period at an Alternative Quarantine hotel is required upon arrival. You will also need a pre-departure RT-PCR test and compulsory medical insurance. 

With Thailand’s borders reopening for travel, Bangkok governor Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang has assured tourists that the city is prepared. This comes as all of the residents in the capital have received at least one shot of the COVID vaccines while over 79% are “fully vaccinated”. 

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Will you be travelling to Bangkok given the relaxation of travel restrictions? Let us know in the comments! 

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Darren enjoys the finer things in life and loves exploring unfamiliar places on foot, guided with nothing but instinct and a good-old fashioned map. He enjoys cultural experiences and exciting adventures and is not a stranger to travelling alone. When he's not putting his travel experiences into words, he's probably sitting behind his laptop, planning his upcoming adventure.