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what are the entry formalities?

It is a date that marks a turning point for Thailand. The country has just abolished on May 1 the screening test on arrival for all travelers, whether vaccinated or not. Good news therefore for travelers, some of whom feared being placed in isolation in hospital for 10 days in the event of a positive test on arrival. Another development, travelers no longer need to take a test on the fifth day. Easings that sign the end of the Sandbox and Test & Go programs deployed to get a tourist activity devastated by the pandemic back off the ground.

Be careful, however: these relaxations are not yet synonymous with a complete return to normal: travelers who are not vaccinated or those who are incompletely vaccinated must still carry out a screening test before departure. Otherwise, they will have to respect a quarantine period once there. All travelers must also continue to register on the Thailand Pass website and take out medical insurance covering medical expenses related to Covid-19.

Here are the details of the measures in force since May 1, as set out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its Travel Advice. These new rules are valid regardless of the traveler’s country of departure. The statement (in English) from the Thai authorities can be consulted here.

Travelers who can provide proof of a complete vaccination schedule must:

  • Register on the “Thailand Pass” website;

  • Attach the required documents including passport and vaccination certificate;

  • Attach an insurance certificate certifying coverage of at least 10,000 USD;

  • for medical treatment in Thailand (for non-Thais only).

Important details regarding the vaccination certificate:

  • Travelers 18 years and older must have a full vaccination schedule at least 14 days prior to departure for Thailand.

  • Unaccompanied travelers between the ages of 5 and 17 must receive at least one dose of a vaccine approved by the WHO or the Thai Ministry of Public Health, at least 14 days before their departure for Thailand. Those traveling with a parent with a full vaccination schedule are not required to present a vaccination certificate.

  • Travelers who have recovered from Covid-19 and who have received at least one dose of vaccine after recovery must have a Covid-19 recovery certificate.

Non-vaccinated travelers and those with an incomplete vaccination schedule are not subject to the same entry conditions. Travelers with a negative RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours of travel must:

  • Register on the Thailand Pass website;

  • Attach required documents including passport and Covid-19 RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours of travel;

  • Attach proof of insurance certifying coverage of at least USD 10,000 for medical treatment in Thailand (for non-Thais only).

The quarantine exemption also applies to children under the age of 6 traveling with a parent with a negative RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours of travel.

>> Attention, travelers who have received an authorization to enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) program but who wish to enter Thailand, without going through quarantine, must submit a new application for the Thailand Pass, underlines the Quai d’Orsay.

Travelers who are unable to present a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of travel or who wish to be placed in quarantine must:

  • Register on the Thailand Pass website;

  • Attach required documents including passport, confirmation from Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotel for 5 days (including 1 RT-PCR test);

  • Attach an insurance certificate certifying coverage of at least USD 10,000 for medical treatment in Thailand (for non-Thais only);

  • Submit to an RT-PCR test on days 4-5 in Thailand during the mandatory 5-day quarantine at the AQ hotel.

Note: Travelers whose Thailand Pass has already been issued can travel with the issued QR code and do not need to register for a new Thailand Pass.

Travelers arriving in Thailand by land are also subject to new entry measures, detailed here.

The Quai d’Orsay also reminds that people traveling in Thailand are invited to exercise the greatest caution and to absolutely respect the wearing of a mask in public as well as to respect barrier gestures and social distancing measures. In the event of not wearing a mask, the fines can go up to under penalty of a fine of up to 20,000 THB (a little more than 550 euros). Bars, nightclubs and karaoke lounges also continue to be closed, recalls the Thai Embassy in France on this site.

The entry conditions can change quickly, it is still essential to inform yourself until the moment of departure about any changes.

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