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New entry rules for traveling to Thailand in 2022

Essential information to know before traveling to Thailand, updated May 1, 2022.

The following rules came into effect on May 1, 2022, with specific requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travelers from all countries/territories expected to arrive on or after that date.


Requirements before arrival

Vaccinated travelers

Vaccinated travelers must have the following documents to enter Thailand:

  • A valid passport, and a Thailand Pass (via tp.consular.go.th), or a Border Pass for arrivals through border checkpoints.
  • An insurance policy with coverage not less than US$10,000.
    – Thais and foreign expatriates with Thailand’s national medical coverage are exempt from this requirement.
  • A vaccination certificate against Covid-19
    – Anyone aged 18 and over must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before traveling to Thailand.
    – Travelers between the ages of 5 and 17 traveling to Thailand unaccompanied should be vaccinated with at least one dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before traveling to Thailand.
    – People traveling with their parents are exempt from this obligation.
    – Travelers with a history of Covid-19 infection and having received at least one dose of an approved vaccine after infection must have a medical certificate of recovery from Covid-19.

Unvaccinated travelers

Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travelers must have the following documents to enter Thailand:

  • A valid passport, and a Thailand Pass (via tp.consular.go.th), or a Border Pass for arrivals through border checkpoints.
  • An insurance policy with coverage not less than US$10,000.
    – Thais and foreign expatriates with Thailand’s national medical coverage are exempt from this requirement.
  • Proof of prepayment for a 5-night quarantine at one or more government-approved hotels, such as SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) or Alternative Quarantine (AQ Accommodation) hotel, as well as proof of prepayment for an RT-test PCR Covid-19.
    Thais are not required to pay for the test in advance.

Quarantine is waived for unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travelers who are able to upload proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel through the Pass Thailand system.

The exemption also extends to travelers under the age of 6 traveling with their parents.

Requirements upon arrival

Upon arrival in Thailand, all travelers must undergo entry screening, including body temperature screening, and present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Screening Officer responsible for processing checks.

Vaccinated travelers will then be allowed to enter the territory and will be free to travel anywhere in the kingdom.

*People arriving by land using a border pass will only be permitted to stay longer than three days in specified areas.

Likewise, unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travelers who have uploaded proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to their trip through the Pass Thailand system will be permitted entry and will be able to travel anywhere in the kingdom.

Otherwise, unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travelers must self-quarantine for 5 days.

The trip to the place of reserved accommodation must be made by a vehicle planned in advance, on a closed route, within a period not exceeding 5 hours.

Then they must undergo an RT-PCR test on day 4-5.

Travelers under the age of 5, traveling with their parents and undergoing quarantine together, may undergo a saliva test.

Travelers who test negative will be allowed to travel anywhere in the kingdom, while those who test positive will be referred for appropriate medical treatment and costs should be covered by required insurance/personal expenses for foreign travellers, or domestic medical coverage for Thais and eligible foreign expatriates.

During the stay

While in Thailand, vaccinated and unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travelers are advised to strictly adhere to health and safety standards.

Travelers who show symptoms similar to those of Covid must undergo a screening test.

If the test is positive, they should receive appropriate medical treatment.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand wishes all visitors a pleasant, safe and rewarding holiday during this exciting time when the country is once again able to welcome travelers from all over the world.



Source: TAT News

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