Information for non-Thai nationals planning to visit Thailand (during COVID-19 pandemic)

Information for non-Thai nationals planning to visit Thailand (during COVID-19 pandemic)

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Information for non-Thai nationals planning to visit Thailand (during COVID-19 pandemic)

last updated on 29 April 2021

 

Latest Developments: From 1 May 2021 until further notice.

All non-Thai visitors arriving in Thailand on or after 1 May 2021 are required to complete the quarantine period of no less than 14 days.

EXCEPT : visitors whose COEs have been issued no later than 30 April 2021 AND who will arrive in Thailand no later than 5 May 2021 (local time in Thailand) are still entitled to a reduced quarantine period of 7 or 10 full days as per the measure as of 1 April 2021.

 

Measures: From 1 April 2021 until further notice.

(1) Fit to fly certificate is no longer required.

(2) Quarantine period for visitors from the Netherlands 

  • 10 full days (12 days 11 nights including the check-in/check-out days)
  • Quarantine period may be reduced to 7 full days if you have received a complete dose of vaccines against COVID-19 approved by Thai Ministry of Public Health, for no less than 14 days before depature. The final decision is up to the Disease Control Officer handling your arrival in Thailand; thus, visitors must present proof of vaccination to the Disease Control Officer.

(3) Vaccines against COVID-19 approved by Thai Ministry of Public Health

  • Sinovac: ARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (CoronaVac)
  • AstraZeneca: AZD1222
  • Pfizer/BioNTech: Comirnaty (BNT162b2 / Tozinameran (INN))
  • Serum Institute of India: Covishield (ChAdOx1_nCoV19)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson): Ad26.COV2.S
  • Moderna: mRNA-1273

Remarks: Airlines may require other documents. It is highly advised that you directly check with the airline that you will fly with. 

 

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, measures have been enforced to prevent and control COVID-19 from spreading in Thailand. This includes measures to keep an influx of visitors to Thailand in check. Therefore, foreign visitors who need to visit Thailand must comply with the measures. There are 7 steps to take. See details bolow.

1. CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY 
2. APPLY FOR A CORRECT VISA 
3. APPLY FOR A COE 
4. OBTAIN A COVID-19 PCR TEST RESULT (72 hrs. before departure)
5. DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE T.8 FORM
6. HAVE ALL PAPERS READY TO FLY TO THAILAND
7. DOWNLOAD 'ThailandPlus' APPLICATION AND REGISTER     

STEP 1 - Check if you fall in one of the eligible groups to enter Thailand.

GROUP 1 : Non-Thai Spouse, Parents or Children of a Thai Citizen 

GROUP 2 : Non-Thai Nationals holding a valid Thai Certificate of Residence and their legal Spouse and Children

GROUP 3 : Non-Thai Nationals holding a valid Work Permit or Permission to work in Thailand and their legal Spouse and Children

GROUP 4 : Non-Thai students of recognised institutions in Thailand as well as their Parents or Legal Guardians EXCLUDING students of non-formal schools as defined in Private Schools or Other Similar Private Institutions Law 

GROUP 5 : Non-Thai Nationals in need of medical treatment (except COVID-19) in Thailand, including up to 3 accompanying persons 

GROUP 6 : Non-Thai Nationals holding a valid Thailand Elite Card >> please contact Thailand Elite for more information : www.thailandelite.com

GROUP 7 : Non-Thai Nationals who have a valid Non-immigrant O-A or O-X visa 

GROUP 8 : Non-Thai Nationals who are

  • (1) invited to Thailand for a business visit by a company in Thailand with at least 2,000,000 THB paid-up capital; OR
  • (2) in possession of a condominium in Thailand with at least 3,000,000 THB value; OR
  • (3) in possession of a Thai bank account with at least 3,000,000 THB; OR
  • (4) in possession of Thai government bonds worth a minimum of 3,000,000 THB

Remarks - For Group 8, you must be able to present a bank statement with a minimum balance of 15,000 EUR for the last 6 consecutive months.

GROUP 9 : Non-Thai Nationals who wish to visit Thailand for a tourism purpose (for ALL medical treatment related visit, please see to Group 5). You must be able to present a bank statement with adequate funds for your stay in Thailand when applying for a COE.

GROUP 10 : Non-Thai nationals who wish to visit Thailand to spend their retirement (retired or is at least 50 years of age)

GROUP 11 : Non-Thai nationals who wish to visit Thailand for a tourism purpose under the Special Tourist Visa Scheme.

GROUP 12 : Dutch passport holders who wish to visit Thailand for a tourism purpose under the visa-exemption scheme (45-days stay inclusive of quarantine period). You must be able to present a bank statement with adequate funds for your stay in Thailand when applying for a COE.

GROUP 13 : Non-Thai nationals holding a valid work permit for religious / missionary works

GROUP 14 : Non-Thai nationals holding a valid work permit for voluteering works at an NGO or a non-profit organisation/foundation/association in Thailand

GROUP 15 : Non-Thai nationals who wish to visit Thailand for short-term study, traning, curricular internship or religious activities EXCLUDING students of non-formal schools as defined in Private Schools or Other Similar Private Institutions Law

GROUP 16 : Non-Thai nationals who are former Thai citizen; OR who have to appear in the court of justice in Thailand

Remarks

  • Group 9, 11 and 12 are all for tourism purposes. Apart from required documents for visa application, the differences between the 3 groups are: 

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STEP 2 - Apply for a corresponding type of visa, (if you FIT in one of the groups above)

GROUP 1 : Non-immigrant O visa <<click

GROUP 2 : No visa required

GROUP 3 : Non-immigrant B visa <<click

GROUP 4 : Non-immigrant ED visa <<click

GROUP 5 : Non-immigrant O (Medical Treatment) visa <<click

GROUP 6 : Thailand Elite visa <<click

GROUP 7 : Non-immigrant O-A visa <<click OR Non-immigrant O-X visa <<click

GROUP 8 : Non-immigrant B visa <<click

GROUP 9 : Tourist visa <<click (singly entry only)

GROUP 10 : Non-immigrant O (retirement) visa <<click, unless you have already had a valid re-entry permit (retirement)* lasted at least until 3 days after the completion of your quarantine period. 

GROUP 11 : Special Tourist visa <<click (single entry only)

GROUP 12 : Visa Exemption Scheme - You do not need a visa.

GROUP 13 : Non-immigrant R visa <<click 

GROUP 14Non-immigrant O visa <<click 

GROUP 15 : Non-immigrant ED visa <<click

GROUP 16 : Non-immigrant O visa <<click

Remarks

 

STEP 3 - Apply for the Certificate of Entry (COE), (AFTER you obtain a correct visa)

1. COE application must be completed online at https://coethailand.mfa.go.th Please read the instruction on the website thoroughly.

2. When applying online, please choose a corresponding type of permitted person:

GROUP Types of Permitted Persons (as appear in coethailand.mfa.go.th)
Group 1 6 - Family of Thai Nationals
Group 2 7 - Certificate of Residence Holders
Group 3 8 - Work Permit Holder or have been granted permission to work in Thailand
8 - Spouses or Children of Work Permit Holders
Group 4 9 - Students
9 - Students (Parents / Guardians)
Group 5 10 - Foreigner with Medical Appointment
10 - Foreigner with Medical Appointment (Accompanying Person)
Group 6 11 (Elite) - Thailand Elite Card Member (Elite)
Group 7 11 (OA) - Long Stay Visitor (up to 1 year) (OA)
11 (OX) Long Stay Visitor (up to 5 years) (OX)
Group 8 11 (Non-B) - Medium Term Visitor - Businessman and Investor (Non-B)
Group 9 11 (TR) - Medium Term Visitor - Tourist (TR)
Group 10* 11 (Non-O) - Long Stay Visitor (Non-O)
Group 11 11 (STV) - Special Tourist Visa (STV) Holder
Group 12 11 (Exempt) - Medium Term Visitor - Visa Exemption
Group 13 8 - Work permit holders - Religious / Missionary works (R)
Group 14 8 - Work permit holders - Volunteers or non-governmental organization workers (NGO) (O)
Group 15 11 (ED) - Studying, training or do intership or attending religious activities in Thailand (ED)
Group 16 11 - Former Thai citizen / court appearance (O)

*When requesting for a COE, holders of a valid Re-entry Permit (Retirement) who wish to return to Thailand using the Re-entry Permit (Retirement), are required to submit a copy of health insurance policy which covers the length of stay in Thailand with no less than 40,000 THB coverage for out-patient treatment and no less than 400,000 THB for in-patient treatment. Applicant may consider buying a Thai health insurance online at longstay.tgia.org. You may also be asked by the immigration to present the original insurance policy upon your arrival in Thailand.

MEMO: COE Online Application - Steps in Brief

Step 1 - Applicant completes the 1st part - personal information. Applicant will receive 6-digit number (Do note down!) upon successful submission for tracking the application.

Step 2 - Embassy approves/denies the application. (within 3 working days)

Step 3 - Applicant completes the 2nd part - insurance, travelling and quarantine information. (to be completed within 15 days after the approval)

Step 4 - Embassy approves/denies the application, if approved, COE can be downloaded directly from the system.

NB.: - There are 2 sections of of the COE online application process. You need a plane ticket and Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) confirmation for the 2nd section of the application process.

 

STEP 4 - Obtain a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result

 

STEP 5 - Download and filled out T.8 form to be submitted upon your arrival
STEP 6 - Have all papers printed out and completed where necessary and keep them readily with you 

 

STEP 7 - Download 'ThailandPlus' application on your phone and complete the registration
  • Please download the application 'ThailandPlus', install and complete the registration before departure. (Installation and Registration Manual PDFYou can find more information about ThailandPlus here: https://thailandplus.in.th/en/faq-2/ 
  • Upon your arrival in Thailand, relevant authority will check your registration. Those who cannot install the application and complete the registration due to phone's incompatibility, technical problems, etc., please inform the authority upon your arrival in Thailand.

 

Other IMPORTANT information:

1. Required documents for all non-Thai visitors:

  • (1) a correct and valid VISA
  • (2) a COE with correct information (personal info, dates of arrival/departure, flight(s), and ASQ)
  • (3) a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result (negative) issued no more than 72 hours before travelling
  • (4) all documents submitted to apply for a COE
  • (5) T8 form (to be completed and submitted upon your arrival)

2. ALL non-Thai visitors who are permitted to enter Thailand must enter Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) or Alternative Local Quarantine (ALQ) at their own cost. Foreign visitors must reserve a room at a qualified facility before they enter Thailand. Please click here for the list of qualified ASQ and ALQ facilities

3. Manual for applying for a COE through COETHAILAND.mfa.go.th >> click here

 

4. Having trouble finding an insurance policy with USD100,000 coverage for COVID-19? Please find an available option here: https://covid19.tgia.org

5. Airlines operating flights to Thailand: Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad, Lufthansa, Thai Airways, Swiss Air, Austrian Airlines, EVA Air, KLM and Air France. 

 

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On 2 July 2020, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) extended the ban on all international flights to Thailand until further notice. However, non-Thai nationals who meet the requirements could request for permission to enter Thailand. Please check the below announcement for more details: 

https://www.caat.or.th/en/archives/51895 or download (PDF)