By Paula Parker
Travel to Thailand pre Covid-19 was as easy as booking a flight, accommodation and packing your bags. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 the simplicity of travelling to Thailand has changed.
So if you’re
planning to travel to Thailand, just be aware that there are new entry
requirements that you need to know.
As of the 1st of November 2021, all travelers
arriving in Thailand by air are required to register for a Thailand Pass to
travel to Thailand.
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There are now 3 different ways to enter Thailand, using the
To register for any of the programs go to the Thailand Pass Web Portal
Travel to Thailand without having to quarantine with the Exemption from Quarantine “Test and Go Scheme”.
This program is for fully vaccinated people aged 12 years or older from approved countries.
Check that you are travelling from an eligible country and
ensure you have been in that Country for at least 21 consecutive days – you can
check eligible countries on the Thailand Pass registration page.
If your country of origin is not listed in the approved list for the “Test & Go” quarantine free travel to Thailand you can enter Thailand under the Blue Zone Sandbox scheme.
The Blue Zone Sandbox scheme is open to fully vaccinated travellers from all countries allowing visitors to enter certain destinations in Thailand.
You can see the full list of Sandbox destinations in the Thailand Pass registration page.
If you travel to Thailand using the Sandbox Scheme you will
be allowed to travel freely within the Sandbox area, quarantine free for the duration of 7 days if your
RT-PCR test taken on your day of arrival is negative.
Once you have completed your mandatory 7 day stay at a SHA+ hotel within the sandbox area you can travel to other destinations throughout Thailand.
The Alternative Quarantine scheme also allows visitor from any Country to enter Thailand who are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated against COVID- 19.
The quarantine period is currently 10 days in an approved AQ Hotel
The downside to this is you will have to stay in a government approved hotel room for the duration of the quarantine period. You cannot leave the hotel.
You will be required to have two RT-PCR tests in Thailand, the first test will be on arrival and the second test will be on day 8-9 for the 10 day quarantine or day 12-13 for 14 day quarantine.
SHA+ hotels meet the "Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration" standards and are authorised to be used as hotels under the Blue Zone Sandbox Program, as well as accommodation to wait for your RT-PCR result under the Exemption from Quarantine Scheme.
AQ Hotels are authorised to be used as quarantine sites under the AQ scheme as well as designated venues to wait for your RT-PCR result under the Exemption from Quarantine scheme.
A convenient way to book SHA
Plus hotel is
by using a reliable online booking company.
We use Agoda for all our online accommodation bookings.
Covid-19 vaccines approved by the Thai Government are listed below:
Thailand recognizes mixed vaccination, however, your second vaccination needs to be administered based on the recommended timeframe for each vaccine:
Applying for the Thailand Pass for travel to Thailand is not
as straight forward as you may think.
Below are a few tips to assist you with the process.
You will be required to upload documents for the Thailand
Pass including your receipt or proof of purchase of insurance and confirmation
of your paid hotel booking.
Some hotels and insurance confirmations may have multiple pages, which the Thailand Pass system doesn’t allow you to send. If the first page clearly shows receipt of payment or purchase with your travel dates just upload the first page.
File Formats and File Size
The Thailand Pass System will only accept JPG or PNG file
format in a file size smaller than 5 Megabytes.
The system doesn’t allow you to upload word documents or PDF files.
Your Email Provider
The best email provider to use to register for the Thailand
Pass is Gmail.
If you use the following email address there is a risk that your confirmation could be delayed or not be accessible by the Thailand Pass.
If you would like further information about the Thailand Pass visit the Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand’s website.
Thailand Pass Support Contact
For inquiries about the status of your registration you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call the 24 Hour Phone Support on +66 2572 8442
Details you will need to include in your email or over the phone
Disclaimer: Due to the pandemic, rules and regulations are ever changing so we recommend for you to contact the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai
Consulate-General in your area for further information.
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