Entry Thailand Frequently Asked Questions

Planning a Trip to Thailand post-pandemic: Important Things Travellers Need to Know


A user-friendly checklist of points covering before, during, and after travelling to Thailand.

The TAT Newsroom has updated the entry requirements for international travellers, including Thai nationals and foreign expatriates returning from overseas. Kindly note that this information is to serve as reference only, and it is especially important to check in regularly on www.tatnews.org to stay current on what remains a very fluid and fast changing situation.

Travel Advisories

Q: What is the latest update on Thailand’s post-pandemic situation and nationwide public health and safety efforts?

A: See Thailand Tourism Updates, containing Thailand’s tourism information and some useful tips for visitors to the kingdom especially when there are issues concerning travelling in general.

Pre-arrival Requirements

Q: What are the entry options for international travellers planning a trip to Thailand?

A:

The following rules will be in effect from 1 July, 2022, with specific requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers from all countries/territories with scheduled arrivals from this date.

Pre-arrival requirements

Vaccinated travellers must have the following documents for entering Thailand:

  • • A valid passport, or a border pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.
  • • A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination
    • • 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 5-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.

Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers must have the following documents for entering Thailand:

  • • A valid passport, or a border pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.
  • • A negative result from an RT-PCR test or professional ATK within 72 hours of travel

Visa Requirements

Q: What are the visa requirements, if any is required?

A: For tourism purposes, there are currently two types of visa, for which travellers may apply online at www.thaievisa.go.th.
•• Tourist visa (single entry): for stay up to 60 days with possible one-time extension of 30 days.
•• Special Tourist Visa (STV): for stay up to 90 days with possible extension of 90 days twice.

Kindly note that a valid visa or re-entry permit is required for the Thailand Pass application, except passport holders of countries/territories entitled to a 30-day visa exemption (see list).

Visa on Arrival
Foreign travellers can apply for a Visa on Arrival (VOA), but they are still required to apply for a Thailand Pass before flying to Thailand. However, the VOA will be granted for only 15 days without possible extension. Also, currently, only passport holders of Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, and Vanuatu may apply for the VOA. Currently, the VOA can also be applied online through VFS Global, the officially authorised partner of the Immigration Bureau of Thailand for (E-VOA) at https://thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com/thailand/home/index.

Stickerless Electronic (SE) Visa service
Available in 21 Thai Embassies and Consulates-General in 9 countries; namely. Canada, China, Denmark, France, Norway, Republic of Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The SE Visa service will be made available in more countries around the world in the near future.

SE Visa applicants can submit their applications, pay the visa fees, and receive their stickerless e-visas through the website: www.thaievisa.go.th without visiting the Embassies or Consulate-General offices. After the SE Visa application has been approved, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the applicants. Information on the visa will be linked to the immigration system; however, it is recommended that travellers print a copy of the confirmation e-mail to present to the airline and Thai Immigration officials to carry out checks when travelling to Thailand.

Kindly note it is currently not possible to cross the border and re-enter Thailand for a visa extension.

For more information on different visa categories for other purposes than tourism, see www.thaievisa.go.th.

On Arrival Requirements

Q: What is the procedure after disembarking from my flight?

A: Upon arriving in Thailand, all travellers must undergo entry screening including body temperature check, and present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks.

The vaccinated travellers will then be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom. *For arrivals by land using a border pass, they will be allowed a stay of no longer than 3 days within the specified areas only.

Likewise, unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers who have proof of a negative result from an RT-PCR test or professional ATK within 72 hours of travel will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.

The unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers without a negative test result within 72 hours of travel are required to follow the public health instructions and guidelines as deemed appropriate by the Health Control officer at the point of arrival. All expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the travellers.

During Your Stay

Q: What are the health and safety precautions for travellers in Thailand?

A: Protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

While in Thailand, both vaccinated and unvaccinated / not fully vaccinated travellers are advised to strictly follow the health and safety standards. Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If testing positive, they must get the appropriate medical treatment.

Tourist safety

The Royal Thai Government places the highest priority on the safety and well-being of every visitor to Thailand. As the main government agency responsible for the promotion and marketing of Thailand as a preferred destination, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is working closely with all the concerned public and private organisations to ensure the utmost efforts to prevent any unfortunate incidents occurring on tourists and the local Thai people.

International Departure

Q: What is the requirement of the country/territory I will fly to after my stay in Thailand?

A: For travelling from Thailand to other countries, travellers are advised to follow the guidelines and measures announced by the respective country of their destination.

Q: Is it possible to stay overnight for a transit flight in Bangkok before flying back to my country?

A: It is possible as long as you have all of your advance arrangements in good order.

Q: Do international transit/transfer passengers need a health insurance?

A: No, they don’t. However, they are recommended to check for the latest requirements with the airline and the country of their destination.

With your checklist complete, all that’s left is to enjoy all the Kingdom of Smiles has to offer!

Kindly note the information is subject to change without prior notice.

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