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Information for non-Thai nationals planning to visit Thailand (during COVID-19 pandemic)
last updated on 12 January 2021
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 MEDICAL CERTIFICATES >>
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 8 : Non-Thai Nationals who are
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
|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 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 14 : Non-immigrant O visa <<click
GROUP 15 : Non-immigrant ED visa <<click
GROUP 16 : Non-immigrant O visa <<click
|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|
|Group 1||Family of Thai Nationals|
|Group 2||Certificate of Residence Holders|
|Group 3||- Work Permit Holder or have been granted permission to work in Thailand
- Spouses or Children of Work Permit Holders
|Group 4||- Students
- Students (Parents / Guardians)
|Group 5||- Foreigner with Medical Appointment
- Foreigner with Medical Appointment (Accompanying Persons)
|Group 6||Thailand Elite Card Member (Elite)|
|Group 7||- Long Stay Visitor (up to 1 year) (OA)
- Long Stay Visitor (up to 5 years) (OX)
|Group 8||Medium Term Visitor - Businessman and Investor (Non-B)|
|Group 9||Medium Term Visitor - Tourist (TR)|
|Group 10*||Long Stay Visitor (Non-O)|
|Group 11||Special Tourist Visa (STV) Holder|
|Group 12||Medium Term Visitor - Visa Exemption|
|Group 13||Work permit holders - Religious / Missionary works (R)|
|Group 14||Work permit holders - Volunteers or non-governmental organization (NGO) (O)|
|Group 15||Studying, training or do intership or attending religioud activities in Thailand (ED)|
|Group 16||Former Thai citizen / court appearance|
*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 Fit-to-fly medical certificate and 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|
Other IMPORTANT information:
1. Required documents for all non-Thai visitors:
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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