TRAVELING TO THAILAND AS A FOREIGNER DURING COVID-19

TRAVELING TO THAILAND AS A FOREIGNER DURING COVID-19

16 Nov 2020

Traveling to Thailand as a Foreigner during COVID-19

*** The information provided here is updated regularly and therefore subject to change without prior notice ***

 

1. Am I eligible to enter Thailand?

 

The following categories of foreigners (non-Thai passport holders) are eligible to enter Thailand according to the current regulations:

     1.1 Foreigners who require medical treatment, except for COVID-19, and no more than 3 accompanying persons
     1.2 Foreigners who are spouses, parents, or children of Thai nationals
     1.3 Foreigners who hold a Thai Certificate of Residence, and their spouses/children
     1.4 Foreigners who have a valid work permit or have been given permission to work in Thailand, and their spouses/children
     1.5 Foreigners who are students of accredited formal education institutions in Thailand, and their parents/guardians, as well as those attending short term courses/internships at government institutions, international organizations, or accredited formal education institutions in Thailand
     1.6 Diplomatic, Consular, International Organizations (DCIOs) Representatives, and their family members
     1.7 Holders of a Tourist (TR) visa
     1.8 Holders of a Special Tourist Visa (STV)
     1.9 Holders of Ordinary Passports who are qualified under visa exemption schemes (30 or 90 days) for tourism purposes
     1.10 Holders of a Non-Immigrant B visa/re-entry permit
     1.11 Holders of a Non-Immigrant O (retirement), O-A, or O-X visa/re-entry permit
     1.12 Holders of an Elite visa who received an approval
     1.13 Foreigners on religious missions, which must be approved by the Department of Religious Affairs of Thailand
     1.14 Volunteers in NGOs, charities, or foundations
     1.15 Foreigners who formerly had Thai citizenship
     1.16 Foreigners who are required to appear in Thai court as parties or witnesses
     1.17 Foreigners with Transit visa to transit in Thailand, which includes leaving the airport. Please note that you will still need to undergo quarantine.
     1.18 Foreigners entering Thailand to play sport, which must be approved by the relevant sports authority in Thailand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
     1.19 APEC Card holders with THA code

Other foreigners are not permitted to enter Thailand yet, including labor visa (Non-Immigrant LA) holders, students of non-formal institutions (such as language schools, diving schools, boxing schools, etc.)

Please note that, from March 2021 onwards, you are allowed to transit/transfer at Suvarnabhumi International Airport for up to 12 hours. Although you do not need a COE, the following documents must be ready for inspection by the air operator: (1) a fit-to-fly health certificate, (2) a medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, using RT-PCR method, issued within 72 hours before departure, and (3) a travel health insurance that covers COVID-19 medical expenses with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD or equivalent. Please carefully study the conditions here (click).

 

2. How can I travel to Thailand (from Cambodia) and what are my quarantine options?

 

     2.1 All eligible foreigners are allowed to enter Thailand by flight. Only those with a visa are allowed to enter Thailand by land.

     2.2 If you prefer entry by flight, you can charter your own flight to Bangkok, or travel with a chartered flight organized by a travel agency (click), or travel to a third country and continue to Thailand with a semi-commercial flight (click). You will be quarantined in an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) upon arrival in Thailand. To see the list of ASQs, please click here. Reservation must be made directly with one of the Government-approved ASQ facilities or at one of these websites https://www.agoda.com/quarantineTH https://asq.locanation.com/ https://asq.ascendtravel.com/ https://asqthailand.com/ https://entrythailand.go.th/asq at your own expense. The reservation must expressly indicate that it is an ASQ package, as opposed to a normal reservation.

     2.3 If you prefer land entry, you are allowed to enter Thailand via Klong Leuk (Aranyaprathet) border checkpoint only. You will be quarantined in an Alternative Local Quarantine (ALQ) at Tawa Ravadee Resort (click). Reservation must be made directly with the ALQ at your own expense. The reservation must expressly indicate that it is an ALQ package, as opposed to a normal reservation. Traveling to an ASQ in Bangkok or other provinces is not allowed.

     2.4 For foreigners who require medical treatment and accompanying family members (category 1.1), you are allowed to enter Thailand via Klong Leuk (Aranyaprathet), Ban Had Lek, and Ban Laem border checkpoints, depending on the location of your destination hospital. You will be quarantined in an Alternative Hospital Quarantine (AHQ). The lists of certified AHQ facilities can be found here (in Thai only):
http://www.hsscovid.com/files/Alternative%20Hospital%20Quarantine.pdf
http://www.hsscovid.com/files/Alternative%20Hospital%20Quarantine2.pdf

     2.5 For students of some education institutions or employees of some companies, you can be quarantined in an Organizational Quarantine (OQ). Please contact your school, university, or company for more information.

     2.6 Please ensure that your booking must mention "ASQ/ALQ/AHQ/OQ package", or it will otherwise be rejected.

     2.7 Thailand reimposes a 14-day mandatory quarantine for all passengers who will arrive in Thailand from 1 May 2021 onwards, regardless of their countries of departure or their vaccination history.

 

3. What documents do I need to present to the Immigration Officer and the Disease Control Officer upon my arrival in Thailand?

 

In order to be granted permission to enter Thailand, you will need to present the following documents to the immigration officer upon your arrival in Thailand.

     3.1 Passport and visa/re-entry permit
* Kindly note that the visa on arrival scheme is currently suspended.

     3.2 Certificate of Entry (COE)

     3.3 Declaration Form (click) completely filled out and signed

     3.4 Medical Certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, using RT-PCR method, issued within 72 hours before departure
* For international travel purposes, the COVID-19 test can be done at the National Institute of Public Health in Phnom Penh.
* In case of connecting flights, the 72-hour limit is counted from the embarkation from the initial port of departure.

     3.5 T.8 Form (Health Declaration Form) (click) completely filled out and signed

     3.6 Other documents that you used to be granted your COE and visa

All documents must be in English or Thai. Certified translations into English or Thai are accepted in the case that the original document is in other languages.

     3.7 You will need to register on the ThailandPlus application. Please see here (click).

 

4. How can I get my visa and COE?

 

     4.1 First, if you do not already have a valid visa/re-entry permit, you should apply for an appropriate visa at the Royal Thai Embassy. Please see 4.3 for a list of documents that you need to provide.

          09:00–10:00 AM     document submission (no appointment required)

          02:00–03:00 PM     visa collection (*Please allow 1-2 days for visa processing.)

Kindly note that persons of all nationalities can apply for a visa at the Royal Thai Embassy. However, there are additional documents that nationals of some countries need to provide and/or procedures to follow in order to receive approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, which takes at least 1 month. Please see here (click).

 

     4.2 Then, apply for a COE.

- If you travel to Thailand by land, please apply for a COE at the Royal Thai Embassy at the same time as you apply for a visa.
- If you travel to Thailand by flight, please apply online at https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/.

*** You must apply for your COE at least 3 days prior to your departure.

 

     4.3 Documents required for COE and visa:

 

          4.3.1 Documents required from all foreigners (categories 1.1-1.19)

- Passport and a copy of passport

- Health insurance policy that covers treatment and medical expenses for the entire duration of stay in Thailand in relation to COVID-19, with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD or equivalent. Travelers are advised to purchase their health insurance which meets Thailand's entry criteria here: http://covid19.tgia.org/. For DCIOs, we can take a letter from your organization guaranteeing that it will cover the aforementioned medical costs.

- Confirmation of ASQ/ALQ/AHQ/OQ booking

- (If you need a visa) Visa application form (click) completely filled out and signed and a recent photo (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm)

 

          4.3.2 Documents required from specific categories of foreigners

 

Category

Specific Documents Required

Foreigners who require medical treatment, except for COVID-19, and no more than 3 accompanying persons

- a confirmation letter (and an affidavit of support for accompanying persons) from the Department of Health Service Support of the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand

- proof of adequate finance to cover your stay in Thailand, such as a bank statement

- details of your travel to Thailand:

Air entry: flight number, date and time of arrival in Thailand, airport of destination in Thailand. If you fly to Don Muang Airport, you must submit your Fit-to-Fly Health Certificate and your COVID-19 Test Result to the Royal Thai Embassy at least 24 hours before departure too.

Land entry: full name and phone number of driver, ambulance plate number, date and time of pick-up at the border

 

You will need a medical tourist (MT) visa or a Non-Immigrant O visa. The visa processing fee is 40 USD or 80 USD respectively.

Your accompanying persons will need a Non-Immigrant O visa. The visa processing fee is 80 USD.

Foreigners who are spouses, parents, or children of Thai nationals

- proof of family relation to a Thai national, such as a marriage certificate, a birth certificate, or other documents issued by relevant authorities

 

You will need a Non-Immigrant O visa. The visa processing fee is 80 USD.

Foreigners who hold a Thai Certificate of Residence, and their spouses/children

- a valid certificate of residence (Tor Mor 15, Tor Mor 16, or Tor Mor 17)

- a valid re-entry permit or non-quota immigrant visa

- (for spouses/children) proof of relation, such as a marriage certificate, a birth certificate, etc.

Foreigners who have a valid work permit or have been given permission to work in Thailand, and their spouses/children

- a valid work permit or letter of permission to work in Thailand, issued by a relevant authority, i.e. the Ministry of Labour for general workers, the Ministry of Education for non-international school teachers, the international schools for international school teachers, the Board of Investment for investors

- (for spouses/children) proof of relation, such as a marriage certificate, a birth certificate, etc.

 

You will need a Non-Immigrant B/IB/M/RS/SMART visa. The visa processing fee is 80 USD.

Your spouses and children will need a Non-Immigrant O visa. The visa processing fee is also 80 USD.

Foreigners who are students of accredited formal education institutions in Thailand, and their parents/guardians, as well as those attending short term courses/internships at government institutions, international organizations, or accredited formal education institutions in Thailand

- a letter from your education institution (formal education institution under the supervision of the Government, universities under the supervision of the Government or private entities, or private schools or international universities) confirming your current student status

- a letter from the Thai government agency that oversees your school (not required in case of international schools or universities)

- (for parents/guardians) proof of relation, such as a birth certificate, a court decision

 

You will need a Non-Immigrant ED visa. The visa processing fee is 80 USD.

Your parents/guardians will need a Non-Immigrant O visa. The visa processing fee is 80 USD.

Diplomatic, Consular, International Organizations (DCIOs) Representatives, and their family members

- a letter from your Embassy/Consulate/International Organization stating your purpose of entering Thailand

- (for family members) proof of relation, such as a marriage certificate, a birth certificate

 

The Royal Thai Embassy will issue a diplomatic visa for those who hold a diplomatic passport or red U.N. Laissez-Passer (gratis), an official visa for those who hold an official passport or blue U.N. Laissez-Passer (gratis), and a Non-Immigrant F visa for those who hold an ordinary passport (80 USD).

Holders of a Tourist (TR) visa

 

- a valid tourist (TR) visa

 

If you do not already have a valid tourist (TR) visa

- evidence of travel in and out of Thailand, i.e. air ticket receipt paid in full

- evidence of adequate finance: 1,000 USD per person or 2,000 USD per family

The visa processing fee is 40 USD.

Holders of a Special Tourist Visa (STV)

- a valid Special Tourist Visa (STV)

If you do not already have a valid Special Tourist Visa (STV)

Please see this page (click)

Holders of Ordinary Passports who are qualified under visa exemption schemes (30 or 90 days) for tourism purposes

*** land entry is not permissible

Holders of Ordinary Passports from the following countries/territories are allowed to travel for tourism in Thailand for 30 days (extended for 45 days until 30 September 2021): Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, UK, USA

Holders of Ordinary Passports from the following countries/territories are allowed to travel for tourism in Thailand for 30 days: Hong Kong, Lao PDR, Macau, Mongolia, Russia, Vietnam

Holders of Ordinary Passports from the following countries/territories are allowed to travel for tourism in Thailand for 90 days: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru

Please note that Cambodian passport holders are not allowed to enter Thailand for tourism under visa exemption scheme. Cambodian passport holders must apply for a tourist visa (TR) or Special Tourist Visa (STV).

Holders of a Non-Immigrant B visa/re-entry permit

- a valid non-Immigrant B visa

 

If you do not already have a valid Non-Immigrant B visa

- a letter from your company indicating your position, length of employment, salary, and purpose of visit to Thailand

- documents showing correspondence with business partners in Thailand

- documents of your company’s registration in Cambodia

- evidence of financial status in the case where you are self-employed

- a letter of invitation from trading or associated partners/companies in Thailand

- corporate documents of trading or associated partners/companies in Thailand such as:

     1) business registration and business license, with a minimum of 2 million Thai Baht of capital

     2) list of shareholders

     3) company profile

     4) details of business operations

     5) map indicating the location of the company

     6) balance sheet, statement of income tax, and business tax (Por Ngor Dor 50 and Por Ngor Dor 30) of the latest year

     7) value-added tax registration (Por Por 20)

All copies of company documents must be signed by the Board of Directors or authorized managing director and affixed the company’s seal.

- a round-trip air ticket

- a bank statement where there must be at least an equivalent of 500,000 Thai Baht during the past 6 months

- If you are an investor, a proof of building ownership, a Thai bank statement, or a certificate of Thai government bonds, worth at least 3 million Thai Baht

The visa processing fee is 80 USD.

Holders of a Non-Immigrant O (retirement), O-A, or O-X visa/re-entry permit

- a valid Non-Immigrant O (retirement), or O-X, or O-A visa/re-entry permit

 

If you do not already have a valid Non-Immigrant O (retirement) visa/re-entry permit

Please see this page (click).

If you do not already have a valid Non-Immigrant O-A visa/re-entry permit

Please see this page (click).

If you do not already have a valid Non-Immigrant O-X visa/re-entry permit

Please see this page (click).

** Please note that the health insurance policy for this category of foreigners must cover at least 40,000 Thai Baht (or equivalent) as outpatient benefit and at least 400,000 Thai Baht (or equivalent) as inpatient benefit.

Foreigners on religious missions (Non-Immigrant R)

- Letter of approval from Department of Religious Affairs of Thailand and Immigration of Thailand

Volunteers in NGOs, charities, or foundations (Non-Immigrant O)

- Letter from NGO/Charity/Foundation outlining duration of volunteership

- Proof of finance that traveler has enough funds to sustain themselves during their stay in Thailand or guarantee letter from NGO/Charity/Foundation

- NGO/Charity/Foundation registration documents

The visa processing fee is 80 USD.

Foreigners who formerly had Thai citizenship (Non-Immigrant O)

- Proof of formerly holding Thai citizenship

The visa processing fee is 80 USD.

Foreigners who are required to appear in Thai court as parties or witnesses (Non-Immigrant O)

- Letter from Thai court to the Embassy confirming that the foreigner is required to appear in Thai court as parties or witnesses 

The visa processing fee is 80 USD.

Transit visa to transit in Thailand, which includes leaving the airport. Please note that you will still need to undergo quarantine.

- evidence of travel in and out of Thailand, i.e. air ticket receipt paid in full

- evidence of adequate finance: 500 USD per person or 1,000 USD per family

The visa processing fee is 35 USD.

Foreigners entering Thailand to play sport

- Letter of approval from relevant sports authority and Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The visa processing fee is 35 USD.

APEC Card holders with THA code

*** land entry is not permissible

APEC Card with THA code 

 

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