Thailand Travel Requirements: What to Know Before Visiting

Thailand Travel Requirements: What to Know Before Visiting

Are your passports ready for Thailand?

Travelling to the Land of Smiles will be very easy for everyone again soon. We know you’ve missed the experience of exploring shopping meccas like Siam Paragon and MBK Center. Thailand’s beaches are also lying in wait for more tourists to come. But before you set foot on Railay Beach and Koh Phi Phi, take note of these Thailand travel requirements.

Also read: Malaysia Travel Requirements: What We Know So Far

Thailand entry requirements

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Starting 1 May 2022, Thailand will scrap the mandatory RT-PCR pre- and on-arrival test requirements for fully vaccinated tourists.

Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to undergo mandatory quarantine. They have two options when entering Thailand:

Phuket and Samui Sandboxes

The first is entering Thailand through the Phuket Sandbox or Samui Sandbox. This means that although arrivals won’t have to quarantine, they need to stay in Phuket or Samui for five nights before they can travel to other parts of Thailand.

Test and Go

The second option is the Test and Go scheme, which is recommended for fully vaccinated travellers. This program exclusively allows fully vaccinated tourists to travel to different parts of Thailand right away. Previously, tourists needed to be tested upon arrival in their Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotels and get a negative result. Starting 1 May 2022, tourists need only self-administer an antigen test during their stay. They no longer need to book a one-night accommodation to undergo an RT-PCR test upon arrival. 

Alternative Quarantine Program

Unvaccinated travellers or non-fully vaccinated travellers can also travel to Thailand via the Alternative Quarantine Program. Starting 1 May 2022, they will not be required to quarantine if they can present a negative RT-PCR test result upon arrival. In case unvaccinated travellers can not provide this, they will be required to quarantine for five nights (previously 10) in designated quarantine hotels in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Pattaya, Phuket, or Samui before they can travel to other parts of Thailand. 

Pre-arrival and arrival documents for vaccinated travellers

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Thailand travel requirements don’t ask for much now that RT-PCR test results are no longer mandatory. Here are the few requirements to remember: 

  • All travellers, whether fully vaccinated or not, must apply for a Thailand pass where they will choose their entry program. The approval of an application shouldn’t take longer than three to seven business days.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers from any country are welcome without quarantine. They will need a certificate of vaccination, which proves that their inoculation was completed at least 14 days and no more than 12 months before arrival in Thailand.
  • Travellers can book their Phuket Sandbox hotel here, or a Samui Plus Sandbox hotel here
  • Travellers can check Test and Go hotels here and ASQ hotels here.
  • Note that some airlines still require a negative RT-PCR test result from travellers transiting in Singapore, Japan, Qatar, and the UAE. Be sure to check the transit requirements of your chosen airline. 
  • Short-term visitors (non-citizens or expats) need to purchase travel insurance with a minimum coverage of US$20,000

In the case of children or dependents

Unvaccinated children under 18 years old, who are travelling with fully vaccinated guardians, are still required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours before travelling to Thailand. If the children are fully vaccinated but the guardians are not, they will have to join their guardians during their five-night quarantine period. 

During your stay

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As mentioned above, international travellers opting to take the Test and Go program will be given a mandatory RT-PCR test upon arriving in their accommodation where they should wait for the results. Both children and adults must be tested. Should the tests come out negative, the travellers are free to go and will simply have to administer a rapid antigen test on themselves on the fifth day. 

However, if your test comes back positive after your arrival test, officials will refer you to the necessary medical treatment. You will be responsible for the medical fees. If your test comes back positive after your fifth day, you must take an RT-PCR test to confirm the positive result and get the medical assistance you need from local health authorities. 

It is also advised that you check the entry requirements for province-to-province travel. Some local government officials in certain provinces still impose quarantine or mandatory COVID-19 tests on travellers coming from provinces classified as red zones. 

You may also check the Thai Embassy website to read more details about Thailand travel requirements. 

Also read: France Travel Requirements: What to Know Before Visiting

Ready to go back to the Land of Smiles? We’ll see you there!

Featured image credit: Chelsea Chehade | Unsplash 

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Therese Sta. Maria
Therese Sta. Maria

Therese's close friends know that if they haven’t seen her around recently, then she’s probably having an adventure with her luggage and camera in hand. Though she loves staying at home and spending lazy afternoons with friends, there are times when she has to be "away from home to feel at home," — that’s when she’s bitten by the travel bug. See her travels on Instagram @reesstamaria.