Requirements for foreigners travelling to Thailand during COVID-19 travel restriction

Requirements for foreigners travelling to Thailand during COVID-19 travel restriction

9 Jul 2020

Certificate of Entry (COE)

**Holders of British/Irish passports, as well as 54 other nationalities entitled to 30-day visa exemption, can go to Thailand for tourism purpose for up to 45 days without visa. Proof of air tickets that the applicant will not overstay and health insurance are required for COE application.**

All non-Thai passengers will be subject to a 15-day quarantine at their own expenses at one of the facilities for Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) that have been approved by the Thai authorities. 

Booking for ASQ hotels for quarantine can be made directly with the hotel of your choice or conveniently done through the websites below:

www.agoda.com/quarantineth
https://asq.locanation.com/
https://asq.ascendtravel.com

If you meet the requirements below, you can apply for the Certificate of Entry through the online system at https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/

For more information, including the list of permitted airlines that can carry passengers to Thailand, please see https://london.thaiembassy.org/en/publicservice/application-for-certificate-of-entry

For COVID-19 insurance, applicants can buy UK/Irish or Thai insurance. For the list of companies that offer COVID-19 insurance, please see https://covid19.tgia.org/

Categories of visitors and requirements

General requirements to go to Thailand

1. Valid visa or re-entry permit, except visitors under the 45-day visa exemption scheme

2. The Certificate of Entry 

3. Fit to Fly health certificate, issued within 72 hours before departure – this is a statement by a doctor that you are free from symptoms and fit to fly (must be separate from COVID test)

4. COVID-19 test result with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected (COVID test must be by RT-PCR method), issued within 72 hours before departure -- Some airlines do not accept home kit tests so please check specific requirements with the airlines you are travelling with.

5. Copy of insurance policy which covers COVID and no less than 100,000 USD – please print the insurance certificate and all pages of the terms and conditions on the COVID coverage and medical benefits (some people were refused to board the flight because they could not show that their insurance meet this requirement)

6. Copy of confirmed ASQ hotel booking (or AHQ and permission from the Ministry of Public Health in case of medical treatment)

7. T.8 Form

8. Declaration form

9. Download "ThailandPlus" Application    (FAQ on ThailandPlus Application)

Additional requirements for certain types of visitors

For tourism purposes (more than 45 days)

Tourists can apply for single entry tourist visa (single entry only for stay up to 60 days) and special tourist visa (for stay up to 90 days) at www.thaievisa.go.thCurrently, the multiple entry tourist visa (6 months) are currently suspended and the Embassy is not allowed to issue it.

Required documents : 

Tourist visa (single entry) : for stay up to 60 days with possible one-time extension of 30 days)

  1. Your passport copy 
  2. Travel booking confirmation
  3. Proof of accommodation in Thailand e.g. hotel booking, invitation letter from family or friend in Thailand (All tourists are subject to 15-day quarantined at ASQ hotels at their own expenses.)
  4. UK/Irish bank statements with sufficient fund to cover your trip to Thailand
  5. Confirmation of legal residence in the UK or Ireland (if applicants are not nationals of these countries) e.g. long stay visa, residence permit, BRP card
  6. Copy of health insurance policy which covers COVID-19 related medical expenses in Thailand no less than 100,000 USD for the whole period of your stay in Thailand

For convenience, applicants for tourist visa can also apply for visa at the Royal Thai Consulates.

Special Tourist Visa (STV) : for stay up to 90 days with possible extension of 90 days twice)

  1. Your passport copy which must have validity at least 12 months with at least 3 blank pages
  2. Travel booking confirmation
  3. Proof of accommodation in Thailand for (1) ASQ hotel booking for 15-day quarantine with proof of payment, and (2) confirmed hotel booking/accommodation rental for the remaining period of your stay in Thailand, with proof of payment; or copy of condominium ownership or purchase agreement of condominium with proof of payment 
  4. UK/Irish bank statements with sufficient fund to cover your trip to Thailand
  5. Confirmation of legal residence in the UK or Ireland (if applicants are not nationals of these countries) e.g. long stay visa, residence permit, BRP card
  6. Copy of health insurance policy which covers medical expenses in Thailand for outpatient not less than 40,000 Baht and for inpatient not less than 400,000 Baht, and COVID-19 related medical expenses no less than 100,000 USD for the whole period of your stay in Thailand --  Please check http://longstay.tgia.org> for more information regarding the insurance requirement.

If a STV applicant wishes his/her spouse and children below 20 years old to apply for STV visa, the spouse and children have to submit proof of relationship and required documents in (1), (2), (4), (5) and (6).

**Requirements for tourist visa is subject to change due to updated travel measures by the Thai goverment in an effort to control COVID-19 pandemic.**

**For all non-essential travel abroad, please check and follow the travel advisory of the UK/Irish government.** 

For other purposes

Visitors who wish to visit Thailand for other purposes than tourism and need to apply for the Certificate of Entry must have valid non-immigrant visa or re-entry permit

If you do not have visa, please apply for visa first at www.thaievisa.go.th

For more details of visa applications, please see https://london.thaiembassy.org/en/publicservice/84508-non-immigrant-visas

Required documents for the Certificate of Entry (apart from visa or re-entry permit) : 

1. For work (diplomats and officials of international organisations, work permit holders or those with permission to work in Thailand including volunteer work, and their family members (spouse and children below 20 years old, with proof of relationship (marriage certificate / birth certificate))

- Note verbale from respective embassies and international organisation; or

- Copy of work permit, or WP3, or employment letter

2. For short term stay (foreigners who are going for a business trip in Thailand)

- Copy of invitation letter to attend business meeting in Thailand from a Thai government agency or a Thai company which must have registered capital (fully paid) at least 2 million baht (with registration document as proof)

- Copy of letter from your employer (or yourself if you own a company) to confirm your employment and that you need to attend business meetings in Thailand

Copy of bank statement of a UK/Irish bank account with deposit at least 500,000 baht (approx. £12,800) for the past 6 months

3. For family : spouse and children of Thai nationals 

- Copy of marriage certificate and Thai ID or Thai passport of your spouse; or

- Copy of birth certificate and Thai passport of your child

4. For medical treatment (medical tourist visa MT or non-immigrant O)

- Letter from a hospital in the UK that you have a life-threating conditions and cannot be treated here, and require medical treatment in Thailand, as well as medical record for referral

- Letter from the hospital in Thailand that they would accept you to be an in-patient, and the arrangement for transfer from the airport to the hospital

Permission letter from the Ministry of Public Health for you and your family members (click to see example here)

5. For education (only formal education) and training (arranged by government agencies, state enterprises or international organisations)

- Copy of enrolment letter or acceptance letter

- Copy of birth certificate and the student's passport (if accompanied by parents)

6. For holders of Certificate of Residence and their family members

- Copy of Certificate of Residence and Non-Quota Immigrant visa

- Proof of relationship of family members (spouse and children below 20)

7. For long-stay retirement visa holders (Non-Immigrant O/O-A/O-X) for people over 50 years old

Copy of health insurance policy which covers medical treatment in Thailand (non-COVID-19 diseases) for outpatient not less than 40,000 Baht and inpatient not less than 400,000 Baht for the whole period of your stay in Thailand

- Copy of health insurance that coversCOVID-19 related medical expenses, both inpatient and outpatient, no less than 100,000 USD for the whole period of your stay in Thailand

8. For non-Thai who own property in Thailand (non-Immigrant B)

- Copy of property ownership document (condominium) in Thailand, or proof of purchase of such property and relevant documents

Copy of bank statements of a Thai bank account with deposit at least 3 million baht (approx. £77,000), or Thai government bonds at least 3 million baht

Copy of bank statement of a UK/Irish bank account with deposit at least 500,000 baht (approx. £12,800) for the past 6 months

9. APEC Card holders

- Copy of APEC Card with the letter "THA" at the back of the card

10. Thailand Privilege (Elite) Card holders

Copy of Elite visa

- Copy of confirmation letter for the TEMQ programme 

11. Sport tournaments

- Copy of letter from event organisers or relevant Thai authorities