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Entry Conditions for Thailand 2022

Updated: March 2022

 

The number of COVID-19 cases remains quite low in Thailand. On 1st February 2022 there were 8,587 new COVID-19 cases and 22 fatalities reported. Most of the imported and local cases are Omicron variant, with the Delta variant accounting for the rest. However, most patients have fully recovered after a two-week quarantine.

Thailand adjusted COVID-19 curbs nationwide since 24th January 2022.

Rules on restaurants and eateries are slightly further relaxed in the 26 provinces with ‘Blue Zone’ pilot tourist destinations.

COVID-19 curbs in ‘Blue Zone’ destinations relaxed:

Nearly all businesses and activities in the ‘Blue Zone’ provinces/districts can resume “New Normal” operations. These include all restaurants and eateries, shopping venues, convenience stores, markets, cinemas and theatres, sports venues, hair salons and barbershops, massage and spa shops, beauty and aesthetic clinics, and tattoo shops. Meetings, events, and fairs can be also held normally with no limitation on the number of attendees.

From 24th January, 2022, restaurants and eateries in the ‘Blue Zone’ destinations that have received the SHA Plus certification (Ministry of Tourism and Sports) or the Thai Stop COVID 2 Plus standard (Ministry of Public Health) will be allowed to serve dine-in customers alcoholic beverages up until 23.00 Hrs.

However, all types of entertainment venues, including pubs, bars, and karaoke shops nationwide are to remain closed until further notice.

8 ‘Blue Zone’ Provinces + 18 Provinces with ‘Blue Zone’ Districts:

✓ Central Region: Bangkok and Ayutthaya (Mueang district only), Kanchanaburi, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phetchaburi (Cha-am district only), Prachuap Khiri Khan(Mueang, Hua Hin, and Nong Kae districts only), and Samut Prakan (Suvarnabhumi Airport only).

✓ Eastern Region: Chanthaburi (only for Mueang and Tha Mai districts), Chon BuriRayong (Ko Samet only), and Trat (Ko Chang and Ko Kut districts only). 

✓ Northeastern Region: Buri Ram (Mueang district only), Khon Kaen (Mueang, Khao Suan Kwang, Poei Noi, Phon, Phu Wiang, Wiang Kao, and Ubolratana districts only), Loei (Chiang Khan district only), Nakhon Ratchasima (Mueang, Chaloem Phra Kiat, Chok Chai, Pak Chong, Phimai, Sikhio, and Wang Nam Khiao districts), Nong Khai (Mueang, Sangkhom, Si Chiang Mai and Tha Bo districts only), Surin (Mueang and Tha Tum districts only), and Udon Thani (Mueang, Ban Dung, Kumphawapi, Na Yung, Prachaksilpakhom, and Nong Han districts only).

✓ Northern Region: Chiang Mai (Mueang, Chom Thong, Doi Tao, Mae Rim, and Mae Taeng districts only), and Chiang Rai (Mueang, Chiang Khong, Chiang Saen, Mae Chan, Mae Fah Luang, Mae Sai, Phan, Thoeng, Wiang Kaen, and Wiang Pa Pao districts only).

✓ Southern Region: Krabi, Phang-Nga, Phuket, Ranong (Ko Phayam only), and Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao only).

Re-designated 25 Provinces Areas Under Stringent Surveillance or ‘Yellow Zone’:

Nearly all businesses and activities in the ‘Yellow Zone’ provinces can also resume “New Normal” operations. Meetings, events, and fairs can be also held with the number of attendees capped at 1,000. Sports events can be held with the number of attendees limited at 75% of the seating capacity.

25 Areas Under Stringent Surveillance or ‘Orange Zone’ Provinces:

✓ Central Region: Ang Thong, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, and Suphan Buri.

✓ Northeastern Region: Bueng Kan, Chaiyaphum, Loei*, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Khai*, Nong Bua Lam Phu, and Sakhon Nakhon. 

✓ Northern Region: Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Lamphun, Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Phrae, Sukhothai, Uthai Thani, and Uttaradit. 

✓ Southern Region: Narathiwat, Pattani, and Yala.

Maintained COVID-19 Curbs in Controlled Areas or ‘Orange Zone’ Provinces:

Malls, markets, convenience stores, and cinemas can resume “New Normal” operations in a COVID-free setting.

Restaurants and eateries in the ‘Orange Zone’ provinces can resume normal opening hours, but will not be allowed to serve dine-in customers alcoholic beverages. This measure applies to all restaurants and eateries, both standalone and those situated in shopping malls, department stores, community malls, and similar venues.

Amusement parks and water parks within shopping malls, department stores, community malls, and similar venues must remain closed.

Meetings and events in hotels, trade centres, convention halls, and similar venues can be organized for less than 1,000 attendees, and under stringent disease prevention and control guidelines.

Meanwhile, provinces in the ‘Orange Zone’ can arrange more engaging activities; such as, sports tournaments, food fairs, and the like for no more than 1,000 attendees.

Beauty and aesthetic clinics, hair salons and barbershops, tattoo shops, massage and spa shops, and Thai traditional massage shops can open until 24.00 Hrs.

Public parks, sports fields, outdoor swimming pools, outdoor and indoor gyms and fitness centres can open normally. Sports tournaments can be held, but the number of attendees must be capped at 50% of the capacity for indoor venues and 75% for outdoor venues.

44 Controlled Areas or ‘Orange Zone’ Provinces:

Central Region: Ayutthaya*, Lop Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Phetchaburi*, Prachuap Khiri Khan*, Ratchaburi, Samut Prakan*, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, and Saraburi.

✓ Eastern Region: Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi*, Prachin Buri, Rayong*, Trat*, and Sa Kaeo.

✓ Northeastern Region:Amnat Charoen, Buri Ram*, Kalasin, Khon Kaen*, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Nakhon Ratchasima*, Roi Et, Si Sa Ket, Surin*, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani*, and Yasothon.

✓ Northern Region: Chiang Mai*,Chiang Rai*, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phayao, and Tak.

✓ Southern Region: Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Ranong*, Satun, Songkhla, Surat Thani*, and Trang.

*Except for areas designated as ‘Blue Zone’ pilot tourist destinations.

The State Railway of Thailand has reopened 68 rails services, including South and North Eastern (Surathani & Nongkai) after lifting the ban on curfew in all provinces across the country.

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

Since 1st February 2022, Thailand resumed its TEST & GO scheme of quarantine exemption for international travelers.

Fully vaccinated travelers from all countries can now apply again for a TEST & GO Thailand Pass. Under the program, travelers are only required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and another after five days.

✓ Unaccompanied travelers between the ages of 12 and 17 must have received at least one dose of vaccine. If they are traveling with their parents, they are exempted from this requirement.

✓ Children between the ages of 6 and 11 are also exempted from this requirement.

✓ Children under 6 years of age are not required to have a negative RT-PCR test prior to arrival and may be given a saliva test upon arrival.

TEST & GO Thailand Pass applications must submit proof of pre-payment for 2 RT-PCR tests on Day 1 and Day 5, as well as accommodation (SHA Extra Plus (SHA++), AQ, OQ, or AHQ) and pre-arranged transfer on Day 1.

Other Pre-Arrival Requirements include:

✓ A Thailand Pass, which can be applied via Click Here

✓ A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination or Recovery 

✓ A negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before departure

✓ An Insurance policy with coverage no less than USD 50,000 (EUR 45,000) 

All countries/territories are now eligible for this Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO).

For more information about the exemption from quarantine and the requirements, you can click on this link: Click Here

Please feel free as well to contact us.

For travelers not vaccinated, without a vaccine certificate, or partially vaccinated, the quarantine period is still as follows:

✓ 10-day Quarantine:

Travellers who have not been vaccinated, without a vaccine certificate, or partially vaccinated, and who arrive in Thailand by air will be required to undergo a 10-day quarantine and two RT-PCR tests – first upon arrival on Day 0-1, and the second on Day 4-5 or Day 8-9.

✓ 14-day Quarantine:

Travellers who have not been vaccinated, without a vaccine certificate, or partially vaccinated, and who arrive in Thailand by land will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine and two RT-PCR tests – first upon arrival on Day 0-1, and the second on Day 12-13.

VISA EXEMPTION AND BILATERAL AGREEMENT

Thai authorities are allowing travelers from 56 countries to enter the country without visas. Nationals from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and Luxembourg are permitted to enter Thailand on a visa exemption scheme for a period of 45 dayspassport with a validity of more than 6 months and a plane ticket to exit Thailand within 45 days of arrival are requested when applying for the mandatory “Certificate of Entry” (COE) at the Thai Embassy of their home country. 

If you need more information on the conditions to obtain the “Certificate of Entry” (COE), please don’t hesitate to contact us.  

BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM THAILAND

To those travelers needing a PCR test done a day before their departure from Thailand, Phoenix Voyages can arrange such service with a supplement. Please contact us for more information.  

VACCINES:

Thailand has administered at least 115,308,070 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have about 82.8% of the country’s population vaccinated. Moreover, around 15% of the eligible population has received a booster (3rd dose) vaccine so far.