Travel to Thailand from November 2021 Entry Requirements

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.

Travel to Thailand from November 2021, entry requirements

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Thailand Pass - Everything You Need To Know

There are now 3 different ways to enter Thailand, using the Thailand Pass

  1. Exemption from Quarantine (Test & Go)
  2. The Blue Zone Sandbox Program
  3. Alternative Quarantine Program (Happy Quarantine)

How to register for your Thailand Pass

  • You should register and submit the required documents at least 7 days prior to your intended travel date. (To make it easier for you we have listed the required documents below for each different program).
    
  • Anyone aged 12 or over must submit an individual registration

  • Children under 12 can be added to their parents’ registration under the section “Personal Information”. 

  • If you don’t have a mobile phone to show your Thailand Pass QR Code, ensure you register for your Thailand Pass on your PC and have access to a printer so as you can print out a hard copy of your QR Code.

To register for any of the programs go to the Thailand Pass Web Portal 



Travel to Thailand under the Exemption from Quarantine “Test & Go” 


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.

Required Documents for the Thailand Pass Test & Go Scheme

  1. Valid Passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. Vaccination Certificate - All persons aged 12 years or over must have a vaccination certificate
  3. Confirmation of 1 night’s reservation at a SHA+ or Alternative quarantine Hotel including the fee for one RT-PCR test
  4. Health Insurance certificate with a minimum coverage of 50,000 USD - You can purchase government approved insurance here
  5. Thai Visa – if required

Mandatory requirements to travel to Thailand under the Test & Go Scheme

  • You must have a Thailand Pass with QR Code
  • Be from an eligible Country
  • Be fully vaccinated against Covid 19 no less than 14 days before travelling
  • Obtain a negative (RT-PCR) covid-19 test result, issued within 72 hours before travelling. Your test results must be presented as a hard copy in English or Thai.
  • Obtain Insurance with a minimum coverage of 50,000 USD that covers you for your entire stay in Thailand.
  • Install the ThailandPlus app - you can download here
  • Get tested for Covid-19 (RT-PCR method) on the day you arrive. If the COVID-19 test is negative, you are free to travel to other destinations throughout Thailand with no quarantine needed.
  • For travelers who have recovered from COVID-19, you will need to have a medical certificate of recovery and proof that you have received 1 injection of an approved vaccine within 3 months of having COVID-19 and at least 14 days before your departure date.

Thai Government Approved insurance for the Thailand Pass



Travel to Thailand under the Blue Zone 
Sandbox Program


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.


Required Documents for travel to Thailand under the Blue Zone Sandbox Scheme

  1. Valid Passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. Vaccination Certificate - All persons aged 18 years or over must have a vaccination certificate to confirm they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before their travel to Thailand.
  3. Confirmation of 1 night’s reservation at a SHA+ Hotel including the fee for one RT-PCR test
  4. Health Insurance certificate with a minimum coverage of 50,000 USD - You can purchase approved insurance here
  5. Obtain a negative (RT-PCR) covid-19 test result, issued within 72 hours before travelling. Your test results must be presented as a hard copy in English or Thai.
  6. Thai Visa – if required
  7. For travelers who have recovered from COVID-19, you will need to have a medical certificate of recovery and proof that you have received 1 injection of an approved vaccine within 3 months of having COVID-19 and at least 14 days before your departure date

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.



Travel to Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine Program


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.


Required Documents for the Alternative Quarantine Program

  1. Valid Passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. Paid AQ hotel reservation confirmation (fully paid or a deposit at least 15,000 THB / 500 USD) including the fee for two RT-PCR tests.
  3. Health Insurance certificate with a minimum coverage of 50,000 USD - You can purchase approved insurance here.
  4. Obtain a negative (RT-PCR) covid-19 test result, issued within 72 hours before travelling. Your test results must be presented as a hard copy in English or Thai.

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. 



What are SHA+ or AQ Hotels



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.


Approved Vaccines in Thailand

Covid-19 vaccines approved by the Thai Government are listed below:

  • CoronaVac (Sinovac)
  • AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • COVILO (Sinopharm)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Sputnik V

Thailand recognizes mixed vaccination, however, your second vaccination needs to be administered based on the recommended timeframe for each vaccine:

  • CoronaVac - 2nd injection after 2 weeks
  • AstraZeneca – 2nd injection after 4 weeks
  • Pfizer-BioNTech – 2nd injection after 3 weeks
  • Moderna - 2nd injection after 4 weeks
  • Sinopharm - 2nd  injection after 3 weeks
  • Sputnik V - 2nd injection after 3 weeks
  • Janssen - Johnson & Johnson do not need their 2nd injection to be considered as fully vaccinated

Tips for applying for the Thailand Pass

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.


Uploading Documents

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.

  • hotmail.com 
  • outlook.com
  • live.com

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 support@tp.consular.go.th

Or call the 24 Hour Phone Support on  +66 2572 8442

Details you will need to include in your email or over the phone

  • Your full name
  • Date of arrival
  • Passport number

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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