Travel and Quarantine Requirements

Travel and Entry Requirements

  • The government has extended lockdown and curfew measures until August 31, 2021 in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. Delays in government processing are expected during this period.

  • The following can enter Thailand following quarantine and other health requirements.
    • Thai nationals

    • Persons with an exemption or persons being considered, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving the state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom

    • Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under international organisations, or representatives of foreign governments performing their duties in the Kingdom, or persons of other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including their spouse, parents, or children

    • Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national

    • Permanent Residents, as well as the spouse and children of such person

    • Non-Thai nationals who have a work permit or have been granted permission from government agencies to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children

    • Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students, except for students of non-formal educational institutions under the law on private schools and of other similar private educational institutions

    • Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment (except for treatment of COVID-19) in Thailand, and their attendants not more than 3 persons

    • Holders of Special Tourist Visa (STV) Or Tourist Visa (TR) selected countries only

    • Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement:

      • Holders of Non-Immigrant visa Category O-A or O-X

      • Holders of APEC Business card or Thai Elite Visa

      • Holders of Non-Immigrant visa for Business purpose, ownership of condominium or investment

    • Passport holders of Countries under Visa Exemption Program

    • Film crew member

  • Requirements for all travellers to enter Thailand:
    • Health certificate showing negative COVID-19 with RT-PCR laboratory test issued no more than 72 hours before departure

    • A health insurance policy showing a minimum coverage for COVID-19 of not less than USD100,000

    • Certificate of Entry (COE) – travellers must contact a Royal Thai Consulate/Embassy at least 15 working days before departure to apply for COE

    • Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) booking confirmation for the 14-day quarantine

  • Upon arrival, travellers have to complete the form T.8 “AOT Airport of Thailand Application” and download ThailandPlus app on a mobile phone which will also serve as a health tracker.

  • All foreign nationals applying for a work permit must complete the 14-day quarantine first before WP submission.

  • A Special Tourist Visa (STV) is granted to long staying-visitors coming from a low risk country and allows them to stay for 90 days and can be extended twice. It is available until 30 September 2021.

  • Phuket Sandbox program allows vaccinated travellers to enter Phuket without quarantine but they must stay in Phuket for at least 14 days and will then be allowed to visit other destinations in Thailand. This could be revoked anytime if the COVID-19 cases are high.

  • Samui Plus Sandbox program allows vaccinated travellers from countries/regions with a low to medium risk of COVID-19 to enter Samui without quarantine.

Quarantine and Health Requirements

  • All travellers are required to undergo 14-day quarantine (except for those arriving under the Phuket and Samui Sandbox programs) at any of the Alternative State Quarantine or ASQ Hotels accredited by the Ministry of Health at their own expense. Any person found to be in breach of the quarantine will face a fine of 20,000 baht.

  • A RT-PCR test will be done during the 14-day quarantine.

  • There are restrictions on inter-provincial travel; quarantine and medical requirements for province-to-province travel are different so travellers are advised to check before the trip.

Updated as at 10 August 2021

Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19, there has been a constant change in terms of work permit process, timeline, travel restrictions, quarantine period, medical tests as well as insurance requirements etc. All these requirements can change by the respective authorities in both country of work and candidate’s home country from time to time. The process, timeline and costs that Innovare provides is a guideline and is subject to change if any process is being changed. While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure its accuracy at the time of communication, Innovare cannot guarantee nor be liable for such change in timeline or costs arising from any pandemic related factors so please take note of the potentially volatile situation during this period.