Thailand COVID Travel Regulations: What You Need to Know

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If you are planning on traveling to Thailand in the near future, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the new COVID regulations. Traveling during a pandemic can be tricky, and it is important to make sure you are doing everything possible to keep yourself safe.

In this blog post, we will outline all of the Thailand COVID travel regulations and tell you what you need to do in order to stay compliant. Picture-perfect islands, Golden beaches with swaying palms, Ornate temples and lush forests
line the beautiful Thai coast, making it an ideal destination for those looking to relax in paradise without worrying about their next big adventure but during the pandemic, it’s really strict to travel so here are the restrictions you need to follow:

What are the entry restrictions?

Thailand Pass
All travelers need to apply for a “Thailand Pass” prior to their journey, Everyone planning to come to Thailand should know that having a valid Thailand Pass is mandatory during the COVID pandemic. The Thailand Pass is a web-based system designed to support Thailand’s “Ease of Travel” system and to make the documentation process of the travelers entering Thailand simpler and more efficient.

Alternative Quarantine Program
For international travelers who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, they will be required to undergo the mandatory alternative quarantine of 10 days in a designated quarantine hotel in Bangkok, Phuket, or Samui before they can travel to other parts of Thailand, this can include luxury hotels, some of which have developed quarantine packages. A full list of participating hotels and resorts, along with package rates, can be found here:
asq.locanation.com.

Test and Go
As part of the entry requirements for the “Test & Go” scheme, foreign tourists must provide proof of an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 up to the cost of  $50,000. This will be reduced to $20,000 from March 1.
All travelers need to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

Sand Box Program
Fully vaccinated international travelers can also travel to Thailand under the “Sandbox Program,” meaning they need to stay for a minimum of seven days in one of several approved destinations including; Krabi, Phang-Na, Phuket, Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, or Ko Tao

Who can go?
Holders of US, Canada, UK, and Australia passports are among those not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period not exceeding 45 days on each visit. Tourists from countries not on the visa exemption list can apply for a Special Tourist Visa (STV), which allows for 90-day stays, and can be renewed twice. You must apply for an STV via the Thai consulate or embassy in your own country.
 
What can visitors expect?
With the increase in cases related to Covid-19, many areas have been classified according to color-coded zoning system. “Blue Zones” are destinations where travel is allowed with restrictions and these vary from the province – please check here for more information on what’s available.
Museums, art galleries, historical sites, ancient monuments, spas, cinemas, pools, tattoo studios, and sporting facilities are open throughout the country but required to operate under
strict public health measures and limit the number of visitors at 75% of normal capacity.
 
Restaurants in Bangkok have resumed normal operating hours, and are allowed to serve dine-in customers alcoholic beverages until 11 p.m.
However, many types of entertainment venues, including nightclubs, nationwide remain closed.
Interprovincial travel has been allowed to resume, including domestic flights to and from high- risk areas.
 
Masks are expected to be worn in public, both indoors and out, while temperature checks are the norm. Those who do not wear masks face fines.
 
Do You Need a Visa to Enter Thailand?
General tourists are not required to apply for a Thai Visa. Since December 2020, visitors from countries under the Visa Exemption List are not required to obtain a Thai visa in order to travel to Thailand for tourism purposes. The Thai Immigration Bureau will allow foreigners to stay in Thailand for 30 days. Tourists will have the option to apply for 30 days visa extension at any local immigration office in Thailand. The visa extension due to COVID-19 is valid for 60 days.
 
If you wish to stay longer in the country, please know that the normal 60-day Tourist Visa, Thai Elite Visa, and other non-immigrant visas are also available at the Thai Embassy or Consulate around the world. Holders of these visas are still required to apply for the Thailand Pass at the MFA website

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