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Thailand: COVID-19 Travel Bans & Travel Restrictions

Updated on 11:01, Jul 30, 2021 UTC+8
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Entry into ThailandPartially restricted
COVID-19 Testing
All travelers must have proof of a negative RT-PCR test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
Quarantine
All travelers must undergo testing-on-arrival for COVID-19 and a 14-day quarantine.
Visa Services
Travelers from certain locations who have a valid "Certificate of Entry" may be eligible for visa-free travel.
Travel/Medical Insurance
All travelers must have proof of medical insurance valid for the entire duration of their stay with a minimum coverage amount of at least US$100,000.
Detailed Regulations
"Samui Plus" Program for Travelers to Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao
From July 15, 2021, foreign nationals seeking to travel to the islands of Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao may be eligible to apply to use the new "Samui Plus" program. Travelers must apply for a "Certificate of Entry" (COE) at a Thai embassy or consulate abroad prior to departing for Thailand and must, during the 21 days prior to their intended departure, remain entirely within a country or region approved by the Thailand Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). In order to be eligible, travelers must have proof they have, at least 14 days prior to their intended departure, completed a full vaccination regimen using a COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO). Travelers must also carry proof of health insurance valid for use in Thailand for the duration of their intended stay with a minimum coverage amount of US$100,000 to cover any costs associated with the treatment of COVID-19, and 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.

Travelers arriving from abroad using the Samui Plus program must book accommodation at special designated hotels for at least 14-nights. Travelers must book accommodation at a hotel on Ko Samui with the so-called "Samui Extra Plus" designation for at least the first 7-nights of their stay. Afterwards, travelers will be allowed to transfer if to another hotel on Ko Samui, Ko Phangan, or Ko Tao with the so-called "SHA+ (Safety and Health Administration Plus)" designation for the following 7-nights if they so choose. Upon arrival, travelers using the Samui Plus program must present proof they have registered to undergo 3 separate RT-PCR tests to be conducted over the course of their stay. Confirmation of test registration is required during the COE application process. Additionally, all travelers must install and use the Thai government’s official mobile contact tracing application for the duration of their stay. 

After 14 days, travelers using the Samui Plus program will be eligible to travel to other locations in Thailand provided they have fully complied with all Samui Plus program requirements during their 14-day stay. Travelers whose intended duration of stay is less than 14-day will only be able to depart for locations outside of Thailand. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local Thai embassy or consulate regarding their entry eligibility and for detailed application instructions. More information is available at the following URL: https://www.tatnews.org/2021/07/samui-plus-faqs/

"Phuket Sandbox" for Travelers to Phuket
From July 1, 2021, foreign nationals seeking to travel to Phuket may to eligible to apply to use the new "Phuket Sandbox" program. Travelers must apply for a "Certificate of Entry" (COE) at a Thai embassy or consulate abroad prior to departing for Thailand and must, during the 21 days prior to their intended departure, remain entirely within a country or region considered "low" or "medium" risk for the transmission of COVID-19 as established by Thai authorities. In order to be eligible, travelers must have proof they have, at least 14 days prior to their intended departure, completed a full vaccination regimen using a COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO). Travelers must also carry proof of health insurance valid for use in Thailand for the duration of their intended stay with a minimum coverage amount of US$100,000 to cover any costs associated with the treatment of COVID-19, and 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.

Travelers using the Phuket Sandbox program must book accommodation at a hotel with the so-called "SHA+ (Safety and Health Administration Plus)" designation for at least 14-nights, no less than 7 of which must be booked at the same hotel. Travelers whose intended stay in Phuket is less than 14 days must book the entirety of their stay at an SHA+ hotel. Booking confirmation must be issued using the so-called "SHA+ Booking Authentication" system. Upon arrival, travelers using the Phuket Sandbox program must present proof they have registered to undergo 3 separate RT-PCR tests to be conducted over the course of their stay. Confirmation of test registration is required during the COE application process. Additionally, all travelers must install and use the Thai government’s official mobile contact tracing application for the duration of their stay in Phuket. The SHA+ Booking Authentication system is available online at the following URL: http://entrythailand.go.th/

After 14 days, travelers using the Phuket Sandbox program will be eligible to travel to other locations in Thailand provided they have fully complied with all Phuket Sandbox program requirements during their 14-day stay. Travelers whose intended duration of stay is less than 14-day will only be able to depart Phuket for locations outside of Thailand. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local Thai embassy or consulate regarding their entry eligibility and for detailed application instructions. More information is available at the following URL: https://www.tatnews.org/2021/07/phuket-sandbox-faqs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=phuket-sandbox-faqs

All Others
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. A 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, hold medical insurance valid for use in Thailand with a minimum coverage amount of US$100,000, and must, at their own expense, undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated facility. Commercial flights are operating on a semi-regular basis and the Thai government is organizing special repatriation flights for Thai nationals at regular intervals.

From July 12 until at least July 25, 2021, a nightly curfew is in effect for Bangkok and the five surrounding provinces from 21:00 (9:00 p.m.) to 04:00 (4:00 a.m.).
Returning to United StatesPartially restricted
COVID-19 Testing
All travelers must have proof of a negative nucleic acid test result for COVID-19 or antigen test result issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure, or must provide "documentation of recovery."
Quarantine
All travelers are encouraged to self-isolate for 7 days and to undergo testing for COVID-19.
Detailed Regulations
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, India, 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. This policy provides limited exemptions for persons providing vital support for critical infrastructure, journalists, students, and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs.

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.
FAQ
How often are COVID-19 travel restrictions updated?
Do I have to quarantine when I travel abroad?
What are current COVID-19 travel restrictions?
Can I travel anywhere that does not have COVID-19 travel restrictions?
Am I allowed to travel if I previously had COVID-19?
What policies have airlines put in place in response to COVID-19?
How do I check current COVID-19 travel restrictions?
How can I be sure the information I find here is accurate?
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