Thailand: COVID-19 Travel Policies by Country/RegionUpdated on 10:47, Apr 19, 2021 UTC+8
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Entry into ThailandPartially restricted
All persons must present proof of a negative RT-PCR test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
All persons must, at their own expense, undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated location and 3 separate tests for COVID-19.
Travelers from select countries / regions may once again travel visa-free to Thailand provided they obtain "Certificate of Entry" from a local Thai embassy or consulate prior to departure.
All persons must have proof of medical insurance valid for use in Thailand with a minimum coverage amount of US$100,000.
Foreign nationals are generally prohibited from entering Thailand unless they fall into one of the following categories:
1) Persons directly permitted by the Prime Minister or a "competent official" appointed by the Prime Minister to resolve issues pertaining to a state of emergency in Thailand;
2) Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under the auspices of International Organizations or agencies, or government representatives performing official duties in Thailand to whom the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given special permission, and their family members;
3) Non-Thai nationals who are the spouse, parent, or child of a Thai national;
4) Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of permanent residence in Thailand or who have received permission to reside in Thailand, and their family members;
5) Non-Thai nationals holding work permits or who have been granted permission from Thai government agencies to work in Thailand, and their family members;
6) Non-Thai nationals who are students at an educational institution approved by Thai authorities (with the exception of non-formal institutions under the law on private schools), and their parents or legal guardians;
7) Non-Thai nationals seeking to enter Thailand for medical treatments unrelated to COVID-19;
8) Non-Thai nationals permitted to enter Thailand under a special arrangement with a third-country or region, or who have received special permission from the Prime Minister. This may include travel for business and tourism.
Persons traveling under categories 2 through 8 above must apply for a "Certificate of Entry" (COE) at a Thai embassy or consulate abroad prior to departing for Thailand. Additionally, all persons must install the "ThailandPlus" mobile application and register to obtain an associated QR code for use upon arrival. Foreign nationals not eligible for visa-free travel may now submit applications to their local Thai embassy or consulate for a "Special Tourist Visa" (STV), which allow for stays in Thailand of up to 90 days and may be extended twice. Persons holding an STV must also obtain a COE prior to departure. An STV is NOT a substitute for a COE. All travelers are advised to contact their local Thai embassy or consulate regarding specific requirements for entry into Thailand from their location. Applications for a COE are available online at the following URL: https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/
All persons traveling to Thailand (including Thai nationals) must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test and hold medical insurance valid for use in Thailand with a minimum coverage amount of US$100,000. Foreign nationals arriving in Thailand must, at their own expense, undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated facility and are expected to comply with all relevant pandemic control measures, including undergoing 3 separate tests for COVID-19. Commercial flights are operating on a semi-regular basis and the Thai government is organizing special repatriation flights for Thai nationals at regular intervals.
Returning to United StatesPartially restricted
All persons must have proof of a negative nucleic acid or antigen test for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure, or must provide "documentation of recovery."
Travelers are encouraged to undergo testing for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of arrival and to self-isolate for 7 days. All persons must wear a mask when using public conveyances.
The US government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel plans.
Foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mainland China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City, and the United Kingdom.
From January 26, 2021, all persons traveling to the United States (including US nationals) must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days to departure using a nucleic acid or antigen test. Alternatively, persons who, at any point within 90 days of their scheduled departure for the United States, tested positive for COVID-19 may present "documentation of recovery" for travel to the United States. This must include proof of the positive test result along with a certificate from a recognized healthcare provider attesting that the traveler is not currently exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is and cleared for travel. All travelers must additionally sign a form attesting that the information provided to airline staff is truthful and accurate to the best of the traveler's knowledge. Persons lacking such proof are prohibited from boarding flights bound for the United States. More information including post-travel recommendations is available via the following URL: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
The United States government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas and all US land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico are closed to non-essential traffic. Additional restrictions are in place for persons holding special category visas including H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel arrangements. When arriving into or traveling within the United States, all persons must wear masks covering their mouth and nose while aboard any conveyance or at any transportation hub. Be advised, various state and local authorities in the United States have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.