Updated 10th April 2022.
- 10th April 2022 – Subject to Songkran infection numbers, Thailand plans to replace RT-PCR tests with antigen tests for travellers beginning 1st May. Source. The Full Moon Party prepares to relaunch for the first time since COVID. Source.
- 22nd March 2022 – The Thai Tourism Ministry wants travel restrictions scrapped by 1st June 2022 if cases drop. Source.
- 18th March 2022 – Thailand has scrapped the pre-travel COVID-19 test requirement from 1st April 2022. Source.
- 13th March 2022 – Thailand plans to scrap the Thailand Pass once COVID-19 is declared endemic. They are aiming to do this by July. Source.
Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South East Asia’s Backpacker’s understanding of the current rules for entry. While we update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as it can be, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.
Thailand Travel Restrictions
Can you travel to Thailand right now?
Yes. Fully vaccinated tourists are currently eligible to travel to Thailand. The Test and Go scheme (which allows quarantine free travel) resumed on 1st February 2022 after it was suspended in December over Omicron fears. The Blue Zone sandbox schemes such as the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus, are also still available (see more info below).
All travellers are eligible for the alternative quarantine scheme, also called the Happy Quarantine Scheme.
At present, Thailand is running a number of sandbox schemes. These programmes allow fully vaccinated visitors to enter the country without needing to complete an official quarantine. They come with additional requirements including the requirement to spend the first seven nights of your trip in a designated area at a SHA+ hotel. The sandbox schemes currently open as a part of the Blue Zone destinations are the Phuket Sandbox, Samui Plus, Krabi and Phang-Nga. These schemes are running alongside the Test & Go program.
Before you enter Thailand, you will need:
Required Entry Documents
- Apply for a Thailand Pass via the official Thailand Government website.
- Have proof of payment of your booking at an SHA+ hotel or Alternative State Quarantine Facility.
- Hold a valid passport with at least 12 months validity and two blank pages.
- Have proof of onward travel out of Thailand within the expiry date of your visa.
You will be required to download the Thai Chana app (track and trace app) upon arrival in Thailand.
Requirements vary depending on the scheme which you have chosen to travel… please see our individual guides:
Current Thailand Visas available
You can currently enter Thailand on the following visas (available before the pandemic):
- TR60 – This is the 60-day Tourist Visa that was available pre-pandemic. The maximum stay on this visa is 60 days. However, it can be extended for a further 30 days at a Thai Immigration Office.
- Por30 – Visa Exempt Entry – This is the normal 30-day visa-free entry pass that was commonly used before the pandemic. Whereas in the past, this visa allowed travellers to stay in the Kingdom for 30 days, the maximum stay is now 45 days. This can also be extended at a Thai Immigration Office for a further 30 days.
- Non-resident foriegners will need travel insurance that covers COVID-19. It needs to cover potential hospitilisation, treatment and costs of quarantine if medically required. The insurance policy must have coverage no less than US$20,000.
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COVID-19 Tests Required
- All visitors arriving in Thailand must undertake a COVID-19 test.
- During quarantine, you will be required to take a further two COVID-19 tests.*
*If you test positive for COVID-19 at any time once you arrive in Thailand you will be transferred to hospital and must stay in isolation for 14 days. You will have to provide two negative COVID-19 tests (five days apart) before you can be released from the hospital.
The quarantine period that you are required to serve depends on your vaccination status, where you are from and how you are entering the country. Quarantine requirements (if applicable) are as follows:
- Fully vaccinated: You can enter on the Test and Go scheme with no quarantine. You can also enter via one of the approved Sandbox schemes with no quarantine but restrictions. You can also enter on the Alternative Quarantine schemes but you will need to quarantine.
- Not vaccinated (entered by air): 10 days. Need to take two RT-PCR tests on days 0-1 and days 8-9.
- Not vaccinated (entered by land): 14 days. Need to take two RT-PCR tests on days 0-1 and days 12-13.
Phuket Specific Quarantine – For anyone travelling domestically within Thailand, there is a 14-day quarantine for anyone travelling to Phuket. You do not have to quarantine if you have been fully vaccinated or have a COVID-free certificate.
Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations
The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and the situation is prone to change rapidly without warning. For more information on local rules and restrictions visit the Thailand Authority of Tourism Newsroom.
- FACE COVERINGS – From 26th April 2021, face coverings must be worn in all indoor and outdoor public places across Thailand. Fines will be issued for those disobeying this rule.Also see: Best face masks for travel.
- SOCIAL DISTANCING – Social distancing is in place across the country.
- CURFEWS – Curfews could be introduced at short notice.
- PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Masks are mandatory on public transport. Services may be running on different schedules with reduced capacity in some areas.
- VENUES AND GATHERINGS – Many tourist attractions are closed and local tours are not running due to low numbers of tourists and COVID-19 restrictions. Hotels and guesthouses are still open in Thailand, though many have been forced to close due to lack of tourists. We advise you to contact hotels directly when booking to check their regulations and any local restrictions that are in place. You must wear a mask at all times whilst in public places in the hotel and many hotels check temperature upon arrival.
- MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – Local restrictions in public places across provinces in Thailand vary.
It is currently not permitted to cross land borders into neighbouring countries such as Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar.
On the Ground Traveller Reports:
” [I’m in] Khao Sok, Thailand. Fairly quiet but lots open and all tours seem to be operating. No restrictions other than showing covid vaccine certificate on entry to national parks and masks are theoretically required everywhere. Virtually all Thai people comply with this inside and outside when close to other people, most foreigners seem to comply when in public transport but we have seen some that seem to think the law doesn’t apply to them. Very much the minority though to be fair.” – Huw, 9th January 2022.
” [I’m] In Khao Sok. Quiet but enough travellers and holidaymakers to exchange stories and tips with and enough open to give choice of what to do and where to eat. Trips and transport are all running. All in all pretty good and bonus of fewer people in parks is good for us – if not for the guides. On to Samui next!” – Sarah, 9th January 2022.
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