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I just returned from a Thailand vacation; these are my tips for yours

By Mayuri Nigam

I just returned from a Thailand vacation these are my tips for yours

On 1 February, Thailand made it easier for travellers to visit the country by dropping the quarantine for several categories of tourists. Seven days later, my husband Prateek and I jumped on a flight to Bangkok for a much-needed vacation. Getting to Thailand seemed a tedious affair for the sheer amount of paperwork required, but once you have the documents in place, the process is quite simple. We had a wonderful time, and if you are planning a holiday in Thailand, here’s how to do it right. Do note that the rules are subject to change, so it’s best to check with your airline and the official channels for the latest.

Travel to Thailand: The big points

  • Thailand recognises several vaccines including AstraZeneca or Covishield, Pfizer–BioNTech, Sinopharm, Sputnik V and Covaxin.
  • You will need to take RT-PCR tests: one before boarding and then again on arrival, no matter what your vaccination status. If you stay five days and more, you need to take a second RT-PCR test on Day 5.
  • You will have to check in to a hotel certified by the government, till you await your Day 1 RT-PCR test results.
  • A vaccination certificate is not required for children below 18 travelling together with their parents. However, they should register for the Thai Pass QR Code together with their parents/guardians and not separately (more on the Thai Pass later).

Travel to Thailand: the paperwork you need

You need to sign up for the ‘Thai Pass’ to enter the country. One can currently obtain this Thai Pass through one of three ways.

Option 1: Test and Go

  • This option was originally only available for travellers from low-risk countries. From 1 February, this option allows fully vaccinated travellers from virtually every country around the world (including India) to enter Thailand and travel domestically with minimal restrictions.
  • The only mandatory requirement is to take a one-day quarantine + RT-PCR test at your hotel on Day 1 of landing and, again, a mandatory pre-booked RT-PCR test on Day 5, if you stay that long. If you test negative on Day 1, you are free to travel without restrictions in Thailand. However, on both day 1 and 5, it is mandatory for travellers to stay in a SHA Extra+ or AQ hotel. You can either stay in the same hotel OR be in different hotels in two different locations on Days 1 and 5. List of SHA Extra+ Hotels here ; List of AQ Hotels here

Option 2: The Blue Zone Sandbox Programme

  • This option allows vaccinated travellers to stay in a pre-booked SHA Extra+ hotel within a sandbox area for seven nights, inclusive of airport pick-up, post which they can travel within Thailand without restrictions.
  • This is the original programme that was started by the Thai government for provinces that had a vaccination rate of 70% and more. The test and go option, which recently expanded to all countries, allows for more flexibility as you are allowed to travel between provinces from Day 2 itself. Sandbox provinces include: Bangkok; Krabi; Phuket; Surat Thani. Full list of locations here .

Option 3: Alternative Quarantine (for non-vaccinated travellers)

  • This option allows un-vaccinated tourists to stay in a pre-approved and pre-booked accommodation for 7/10/14 days, post which, they are able to travel within Thailand without restrictions. You are not allowed to leave the alternative quarantine for the duration of your programme.

I just returned from a Thailand vacation these are my tips for yours

We chose to enter Thailand with Option 1: Test and Go . For this, you need the Thai Pass, and these are the bold points:

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  • Visit the Thai Pass website .
  • Processing time: 3-7 days (it normally comes through in 3 days)
  • Documents that you need to submit online:
  • Copy of passport
  • Confirmed flight tickets
  • Travel insurance with minimum $50,000USD coverage (which includes COVID coverage). It will cost you approximately Rs1,000.
  • Day 1 hotel reservation in a ‘SHA Extra+/AQ hotel. The reservation must expressly include airport pick-up and one RT-PCR test and meals. You can either search for hotels that offer this Test and Go Package or directly reach out to certified hotels to provide you with the above requirement. A soft copy of the confirmed booking which includes these requirements are a must.
  • Day 5 hotel reservation in a ‘SHA Extra+/AQ hotel, which must expressly include one RT-PCR test. However, if you are in Phuket, you have to pre-book a pre-paid RT-PCR test yourself and separately upload this booking receipt in your application. Check list of centres here .
  • Full vaccination certificate (recognised vaccines include AstraZeneca or Covishield, Pfizer–BioNTech, Sinopharm, Sputnik V and Covaxin by Bharat Biotech International Limited)

Make sure that you have all all the above documents in place, particularly ensuring that your hotels are all SHA Extra + certified and that your Day 1 PCR test is included and prepaid in your booking and your Day 5 PCR test is either included in your booking or pre-paid via the official Thai RT-PCR test appointment website. If any document is missing, your Thai pass gets rejected and you will have to re-apply. More FAQs on the Thai Pass here .

Thailand visa for Indian travellers

  • We chose to get our visa after we got our Thai Pass as it is not mandatory to have a visa in hand (for Indian citizens) while applying for a Thai pass.
  • You can either opt for the regular stamped visa in person via VFS or, alternatively, apply for an e-visa online here . We choose to apply for an e-visa ourselves and below are the requirements for the same.
  • While the visa-on-arrival option is available, we highly recommend taking either of the two options to ensure smoother travel.
  • The Thailand e-visa will cost you THB 2,500 (Rs5,800) with a processing time of 3-7 days.

Negative RT-PCR report

Once you have your Thai Pass and Thailand visa in hand, you also need to ensure that you have a negative PCR test with a QR code–with a 72-hour validity window prior to your flight.

Travelling to Thailand

Day 1: Mumbai to Bangkok

At the airport in India, the airlines review the following documents before giving you your boarding pass:

  • Visa/e-visa
  • Negative RT-PCR test report (with QR Code)
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Health insurance

When we travelled, there were only two airline options out of India—Air India and Thai Airways. We chose to travel Air India as the timing was more suitable. Our flight was close to 70% full with mostly business travellers.

Similarly, once you land at Bangkok, there is an additional desk set up where they again scan your Thai Pass QR Code before letting you through to immigration. The remainder of the procedure is the same as before.

As you exit the luggage hall, numerous hotels have set up temporary booths with hotel signboards and representatives. You need to find your hotel representative, who will take you to your vehicle. It is mandatory to take this pre-booked airport transfer.

Once you reach the hotel room, all meals are served in-room itself. For us, an RT-PCR test was also conducted on the hotel premises. The results typically come within 8-10 hours, which your hotel hands over to you. Post a negative report, you can continue with your regular holiday either at the same/different hotel or anywhere else in Thailand. We flew out to Phuket on Day 2 of our trip. Domestic flights are simple and the only document they check is your vaccination certificate.

Days 2-4: To Phuket

Phuket

At Phang Nga Bay

We spent our initial days exploring Phuket Old Town, an area of historical interest with beautiful Sino-Portuguese townhouses and fantastic restaurants. We also did a day trip to Phang Nga National Park, a stunning bay characterised by limestone cliffs and Mangroves. Both locations at the start of February were largely empty and we were left to explore things at our own pace and schedule.

Day 5: Phuket and thereabouts

Our hotel in Phuket was ‘SHA Extra+ certified’ and on Day 5, we made our way ourselves to the pre-booked appointment at the swab centre. The results of Day 5 came within 24 hours on our email. It is recommended to isolate yourself from time of test to the result. Besides the above, we didn't face any issue while travelling within Thailand as everyone was extremely cooperative and helpful.

The hotel in Phuket

The hotel in Phuket

The hotel in Phuket

Our return flight to India was smooth—you no longer need an RT-PCR prior to boarding or on arrival. We just had to fill out the Air Suvidha form 48 hours prior to our return flight.

What it’s like to be in Thailand right now

As with everywhere in the world, small and large businesses in Thailand have suffered tremendously due to the pandemic, and one can see the signs. Though several restaurants, night markets and shops have shut, many of the popular ones are now open. Mask mandates and temperature checks are followed strictly in the larger cities and restaurants and bars are open till around 11pm. It’s always good to check their timings before planning your meals.

Despite these restrictions, we had a wonderful holiday in Thailand. We tried to support both small and large businesses where we could, and are grateful to all the Thai people who made us feel so welcome in their Land of Smiles.

The writer is an entrepreneur who runs O’Aido , a new bar in Goa

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  • 1. Passengers from a country that has requirements which may prevent passengers to go back due to COVID -19 shall be required to have health insurance covering at least USD 10000 of treatment of COVID -19 for the itineraries in Thailand plus 7 days. Those with business arrangements, including flight crew, and students, may have a letter from the host or other form of insurance to cover such needs. 2. Holders of official and diplomatic passports and United Nations laissez-passers are exempted from health insurance requirements.
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COVID Update: Indian Travellers Flying To Thailand To Give Proof Of Vaccination

The global increase in covid cases may hamper travel plans of indians flying to thailand. indians will be tested before departure..

By Priyaja Bakshi Published on Jan 09, 2023, 12:00 PM

COVID Update:  Indian Travellers Flying To Thailand To Give Proof Of Vaccination

Thailand will revise its travel guidelines from January 9, 2023. The nation’s transport minister announced that passengers travelling from all international destinations, including India and China, are to provide proof of vaccination.

With the global surge of COVID-19 cases, a lot of countries have put travel restrictions in place to control the further spreading of this contagious virus. Many countries like India, Malaysia, Australia and Canada have imposed travel restrictions related to COVID. There is a concern about the wave and severity of the infection of the latest COVID variant, especially due to China’s lack of information regarding it.

Thailand imposes COVID-related travel restrictions

Because of the high alert, even Thailand has imposed COVID-related limitations on incoming travellers, states a report by The Straits Times .

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) shared a press release through the Twitter account of TAT’s India office on December 30, 2022, giving a guideline of all the travel protocols Thailand will be practising.

Let’s test, mask up, stay safe and travel safe. Thailand has no Covid restrictions currently. However, mandatory tests are being implemented from Jan 1, 2023 before departure from India. #Thailand #ThailandIndia #AmazingThailand #TourismAuthorityOfThailand #CovidRules pic.twitter.com/Uli0BaZwpn — Tourism Thailand (@tat_india) December 30, 2022

It was later confirmed by the authorities that international passengers flying into Thailand will have to provide proof of at least two vaccination or that they have recently recovered from the virus.

Unvaccinated travellers will have to show proof justifying their lack of vaccine intake. Moreover, the government also suggested that countries that need a COVID-19 test on arrival while flying back from Malaysia, must have a health insurance during their stay in the country.

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Travel restrictions imposed by india:.

India has updated its travel rules for Thailand, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand from January 1, 2023. Union Health Minister of India Mansukh Mandaviya declared that all these tests need to be submitted by transiting passengers.

The TAT offices also stated that they will closely monitor any updates to the COVID-19 procedure that would have an impact on Indian tourists visiting Thailand in order to protect their safety. The availability of testing facilities in Thailand is widespread and readily accessible. TAT also added that tourism-related and business services are fully operational. Tourism is back to normal in the country with no restrictions on travel within the country.

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Thailand maintains ‘fully-reopen’ entry rules

Only visitors coming from or going to countries which require a rt-pcr test need to have health insurance covering treatment of covid-19 in thailand..

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Updated on 13 February, 2023, at 09.00 Hrs.

Bangkok – the tourism authority of thailand (tat) would like to clarify that thailand continues to welcome all international tourists under the fully-reopen-to-tourism policy that was introduced on 1 october, 2022..

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, H.E. Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, said “International travellers arriving in Thailand are not required to show proof of vaccination.”

In addition, foreign tourists  are not required to show ATK or RT-PCR test results.

As part of the full reopening to tourism, Thailand is also offering a longer period of stay for visitors. Effective through to 31 March, 2023, the period of stay is extended to 45 days (from 30 days) for tourists from countries/territories entitled for visa exemption, and to 30 days (from 15 days) for those eligible for a Visa on Arrival (VOA).

However, while Thailand is welcoming all visitors, a visitor source market may require incoming visitors including their own nationals returning home to have a negative PCR result.

Thus, Thailand is aiming to correspond with rules of these countries – among them is China. Therefore, passengers from a country that has requirements for RT-PCR test must have health insurance covering treatment of COVID-19 in Thailand.

With the ‘Visit Thailand Year 2023: Amazing New Chapters’ campaign, tourists the world over are invited to experience the kingdom’s myriad of wonderful existing and new tourism experiences, products and services.

Public health measures for foreign travellers entering thailand.

  • Proof of vaccination is NO longer required.
  • Those with business arrangements, including flight crews and students, may have an official letter from the host or other form of insurance to cover such need.
  • The quarantine officer will randomly check the proof of insurance of travellers from the listed countries. If that travellers does not have proof of insurance, the traveller will have to purchase health insurance before immigration.
  • Holders of Thai passports and transit/transfer passengers are exempted from the health insurance checks.
  • The airlines must adhere to related regulation and comply with the guidance as appropriate such as asking passengers to wear mask at all times except during meals or emergency situations.
  • Any passenger having symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival shall be recommended to get a COVID-19 test at arrival.

Travellers can contact the Department of Disease Control (DDC) Hotline 1442 or visit https://ddc.moph.go.th/index.php for more information.

Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM)

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand’s (CAAT) NOTAM outlined advices to airlines flying into Thailand on health insurance as well as other health-related recommendations.

The NOTAM is advisory in nature and is not compulsory for airlines. It is intended by CAAT and concerned travel authorities to facilitate entry and to support the best possible visitor experience. Airlines can act at its discretion with regards to their passengers coming to Thailand.

Start and End Dates for DDC and CAAT Announcements

The DDC’s Public Health Measures for Foreign Travellers Entering Thailand and the CAAT’s Notice to Air Missions are effective from 10 January, 2023, until further notice. According to the MoPH, once those countries lift requirement of the RT-PCR before entry then the health insurance is automatically not required.

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  • Nationals of India with a normal passport traveling as tourists can obtain a visa on arrival at Bangkok (BKK and DMK), Chiang Mai (CNX), Chiang Rai (CEI), Hat Yai (HDY), Krabi (KBV), Phuket (HKT), Samui Int'l (USM), Sukhothai Int'l (THS), Surat Thani (URT) and Utapao (UTP) for a maximum stay of 15 days. They must have a confirmed return/onward ticket with a departure within 15 days from arrival date, a proof of accommodation, 1 recent passport photo and at least THB 10,000.- per person (or THB 20,000.- per family). Their passport must contain at least 1 unused visa page and the visa fee must be paid in cash only and in THB.
  • Nationals of India with an emergency passport traveling as tourists can obtain a visa on arrival at Bangkok (BKK and DMK), Chiang Mai (CNX), Chiang Rai (CEI), Hat Yai (HDY), Krabi (KBV), Phuket (HKT), Samui Int'l (USM), Sukhothai Int'l (THS), Surat Thani (URT) and Utapao (UTP) for a maximum stay of 15 days. They must have a confirmed return/onward ticket with a departure within 15 days from arrival date, a proof of accommodation, 1 recent passport photo and at least THB 10,000 per person (or THB 20,000 per family). Their passport must contain at least 1 unused visa page and the visa fee must be paid in cash only and in THB.

Additional Information:

  • ACMECS Single Visa issued by Cambodia and Thailand are valid for 90 days from the date of issue and are valid for a stay of 60 days in Thailand. Holders of visas issued by Cambodia (marked KHA) will be required to pay their fee for Thailand upon arrival in Thailand.
  • Visitors older than 12 years who have a visa must hold sufficient funds to cover their stay (at least THB 20,000 per person or THB 40,000 per family). Proof of funds includes Letters of Credit, vouchers, Miscellaneous Charges Orders (MCO) or well-known credit cards, which are honored in Thailand.

Passport Requirement:  Passport required

Document Validity:  Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date.

Exception:  When applying for a visa on arrival, normal passports issued to nationals of India must be valid for a minimum of 30 days from the arrival date.

If there would be a country worth living in forever, Thailand would definitely make it to the list. Why? Well, read on to find out.

Thailand has been carrying a ‘bona fide’ tag for being one of the most popular countries in Southeast Asia. It is a country filled with beautiful nature, contemporary skyscrapers, food markets with local cuisine and cultural landmarks owing to its heritage.

Did you know that Thailand’s Bangkok is fondly known as “Big Mango” by locals? This is simpluy because mangoes happen to be a delicacy in Thailand, and the is the tropical equivalent of New York City's "Big Apple".

It is a known fact that Thailand is one of the major backpacking destinations and certainly a favourite among the retirees. So, which is the best Thailand visa for you to explore the country wholeheartedly? Let’s find out.

Here’s a great news for Indian passport holders planning for a vacation to Thailand. You can enter the country visa-free from November 2023 to May, 2024. This is your chance to visit Thailand and explore the stunning coast, beautiful hills, and peaceful islands. For more information, you can visit the official website of Thailand Tourism .

Thailand visa can be applied online through their official website if you opt for pre-visa. Or you can opt for visa offline through visa-on-arrival. However, keep in mind that you will need to stay in long queues at the Suvarnabhumi airport to get an offline Thailand visa.

Obtaining a Thai visa is a hassle-free process if you follow these steps:

  • You need to create an account at the Thailand official e-visa website .
  • Fill in all your information at the application form.
  • Upload the required documents to support your visa.
  • Pay visa fee.
  • Wait for the visa to be processed.
  • Your approved visa will be sent by email.

You can check your visa application status by logging in at the Thai e-visa website. To receive your detailed information, you can use your visa number or your passport number to check the status of your visa application.

If you are planning to visit Thailand, here are the different types of visa you can apply.

  • Tourist visa
  • Transit visa
  • Employment or Business visa
  • Long-stay visa
  • Non-immigrant ED
  • Non-immigrant F Visa
  • Non-immigrant O

This visa allows foreigners to enter Thailand for the purpose of tourism, leisure, MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions), medical or even visiting friends who live in Thailand. This visa allows visitors to explore the country and soak in the history, nature and cultural beauty of the kingdom. An individual on a Thailand tourist visa is permitted to stay for up to 60 days. The visa can be extended further for a period of up to 30 days.

Documents for tourist visa

  • A passport with at least 6 months validity
  • Approx. 8 passport size photographs not older than six months
  • Proof of return flight tickets
  • Reservation of hotels
  • Bank statement or proof of funds (at least 20,000 to 40,000 Baht per person)

Tourist visa validity

The validity of Thailand tourist visa is for 3 months or 6 months.

Stay duration of tourist visa

After you arrive at “The Land of Smiles”, travellers are permitted to stay for a maximum of 60 days. The visa can be extended to 30 additional days.

Extension of tourist visa for Thailand

Thailand is such a beautiful place so if you feel like you’re not ready to leave just yet, blame it on the city’s attractive atmosphere. From work opportunities, to settling down - the reasons to look at staying in Thailand could be many. To stay for a longer period in Thailand, or to change your visa type, you can file a request application with your concern to the Office of Immigration Bureau.

One way to explore a city within a limited timeframe is by choosing the transit visa. This is possible if you are travelling to another destination and have a long layover in Thailand.

Documents for transit visa

  • Photograph taken within the last six months
  • Proof of travel to third destination via Thailand
  • Funds for Thailand not less than 20,000 Baht
  • Visa for the third country or required travel documents

Transit visa validity

The validity of Thailand transit visa is for 3 months.

Stay duration of transit visa

If you apply for a transit visa for Thailand, you will be permitted to stay for a period of 30 days. A word of advice - For a transit visa, it is best to submit your visa application at least 15 working days before your date of travel to Thailand.

Extension of transit visa for Thailand

You can extend your Thailand transit visa on arrival to anywhere between 7 to 10 days at the Thai immigration office based on your nationality.

Thailand has two categories of employment visas - Non-immigrant B and Non-immigrant IB. As the name suggests, these visas are issued to applicants for work/business opportunities or investing in a company. But what is the difference between Non-immigrant B and Non-immigrant IB?

Non-immigrant B is for those candidates who can legally work in Thailand, including teaching. Non-immigrant IB is for those who can legally invest in certain projects under the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI). These include export-promotion, utilising local raw materials, projects engaging the provinces to name a few.

Documents for employment visa

  • Passport with validity of at least 6 months
  • A letter of approval from the Ministry of Labour. The employer is required to submit Form WP3 at the Office of Foreign Workers Administration, Department of Employment, Ministry of Labour or at a Provincial Employment Office in the respective province
  • Work permit issued by the Ministry of Labour (This is applicable to only those who have previously worked in Thailand)
  • An employment contract mentioning the details of the work/salary/DOJ
  • Educational records and letters of recommendation from the employer’s previous companies

Employment visa validity

Non-immigrant IB visa holders are granted three months, whereas, non-immigrant B single entry visa holders are granted three months, and multiple entry visa for three months up to a year.

Stay duration of employment visa

The employment visa holders are initially granted a period of 90 days. The visa can be changed to a year further instructed by the Office of Immigration Bureau.

Extension of employment visa

The employment visa for both non-immigrant B and IB can be extended upto a year. But there are certain criteria that needs to be met in order for the extension, specifically for category B. Some of the regulations for the extension of the employment visa category B are -

  • The company must be Thailand registered
  • The business must at least capitalise 2 Million Baht
  • The employment ratio must be 4: 1, i.e., four Thai nationals and one foreigner

Thailand has long been associated as one of the best countries to spend your retirement in.  And most foreign nationals choose the islands to spend balmy days and nights. If you are at the age of 50 years and over, Thailand provides two non-immigrant category visas - Non-Immigrant O-A and Non-Immigrant O-X (which is for 10 years).

Non-immigrant O-X visa is for countries like Japan, Denmark, Australia, Finland, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. And for non-Immigrant O-A, a foreigner must be a permanent resident of the country where the application is submitted.

Documents for long-stay visa

For non-immigrant O-A -

  • 4 - 8 passport size photograph not older than six months
  • Proof of finance, letter from the bank stating your funds/deposit not less than 800,000 Baht. Or an income certificate with your monthly income not less than 65,000 Baht.
  • Certificate of criminal record and medical certificate. Both these certificates must be issued no longer than three months.

For non-immigrant O-X -

  • Proof of finance, letter from the bank stating your funds/deposit not less than 3 Million Baht
  • Medical certificate with clean health check from diseases like Covid-19, Leprosy, Tuberculosis, Elephantiasis, etc.
  • Health insurance of Thailand, not less than 40,000 Baht as outpatient and 400,000 Baht for inpatient.

Note : Under non-immigrant O-X, the candidate can sponsor their spouse and child under the age of 20 years.

Long-stay visa validity

For long-stay in Thailand, the visa is valid for one year under non-immigrant O-A and 5 years for non-immigrant O-X.

Stay duration of long-stay visa

The applicant is allowed to stay in Thailand for one year under non-immigrant O-A. Travellers with non-immigrant O-X visa are granted a permit of five years. After five years the candidate can apply for the extension of five years.

Extension of long-stay visa

Long-stay visas can be extended for 1 year for the non-immigrant O-A and another 5 years under non-immigrant O-X after the previous 5 years.

Since its launch, on February 1, 2018, the newly designed ‘Smart Visa’ has been attracting skilled workers. This visa is mainly targeting S-Curve industries like -

  • Next-Generation Automotive
  • Smart Electronics
  • Medical and Wellness Tourism
  • Agriculture and Biotechnology
  • Medical Hub
  • Food Industry
  • Aviation and Logistics
  • Biofuels and Biochemicals

The smart visa programme is designed to enhance the country’s attractiveness in the field of science and technology, investors and start-ups.

To find out more, you can refer to the official website of Thailand

Studying in Thailand is one of the best ways to enter the country and delve into the culture and history. Millions of foreign students apply for a study visa in Thailand to some of the top schools and universities.

Documents for study visa

  • Letter from the school/university confirming your admission
  • Registration certificate of the school/university
  • Approval letter from the authority under the Ministry of Education

Study visa validity

For a study visa in Thailand, a single-entry visa is valid for three months.

Stay duration of study visa

Even though your course of study in Thailand is one year, you will be granted a visa of 90 days. Before your visa expires, you can extend the study visa at the Thailand Immigration Department.

Extension of study visa

Study visa in Thailand will provide you 90 days initially, but you can extend your visa by producing complete educational documents at the Thailand Immigration Department.

The category F is issued to foreigners with ordinary passports who are applying for official work with either government agency, embassy or international organisation.

Documents for non-immigrant F visa

  • Letter from the agency stating your purpose of visit

Non-immigrant F visa validity

For this type of visa, you will be granted a single-entry visa which will be valid for three months.

Stay duration of Non-immigrant F visa

The stay duration in Thailand with non-immigrant F is 90 days, unless instructed by the Office of Immigration Bureau.

Extension of non-immigrant F visa

The candidates wanting to extend their stay in Thailand for more than 90 days can file the application in Bangkok at the Office of Immigration Bureau.

Under the non-immigrant O visa, the candidate can enter Thailand to stay with their Thai family under the following circumstances. This is for those candidates who are not Thai but have family members of Thai nationality.

  • If you are a spouse of a Thai nationality
  • Children under 20 years of Thai nationality
  • Adopted child of a Thai nationality
  • Parent of a Thai nationality (When the child becomes a citizen of Thailand)

Documents for non-immigrant O

  • Bank statement/ sponsorship
  • Proof of relationship to the Thai family like marriage certificate

To know more, click here .

Non-immigrant O visa validity

Stay duration of non-immigrant o visa, extension of non-immigrant o visa.

  • From 26 September 2021, there is no need for e-visa applicants to submit documents and passport in person at the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate.
  • After the e-visa is approved, you will receive an email confirming your status. You only need to print a copy of the confirmed email to provide to the airline and the Thai Immigration officials.

What are the types of Thailand visa for Indians?

For Indian passport holders, visa on arrival is available for not more than 15 days. You can apply for e-visa if you plan to stay for more than 15 days.

How much do I need for a week trip to Thailand?

It depends upon the lifestyle you are accustomed to. However, for a week in Thailand, you will need around INR 50,000.

For how long can I extend my stay in Thailand on a tourist visa?

On a tourist visa, travellers are permitted to stay for a maximum of 60 days. The visa can be extended to 30 additional days.

Can I visit Thailand without Covid-19 certificate?

With Thailand entry eased, travellers can enter the country without having to provide proof of a valid Covid-19 vaccination and Covid-19 insurance.

How long is the processing time for a Thailand visa?

Thailand processing time can take up to 7 days depending on the type of visa you have applied for.

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Thailand - level 1: exercise normal precautions.

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Exercise normal precautions in Thailand. Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Reconsider travel to:

  • Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla provinces due to  civil unrest associated with ongoing insurgent activities.

Read the  country information page  for additional information on travel to Thailand.

If you decide to travel to Thailand:

  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.   
  • Follow the Department of State on  Facebook  and  Twitter .   
  • Review the  Country Security Report  for Thailand.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Visit the CDC page for the latest  Travel Health Information  related to your travel.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the  Traveler’s Checklist .

Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla Provinces – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Periodic violence directed mostly at Thai government interests by a domestic insurgency continues to affect security in the southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla. In Songkhla, the insurgency is most active in the districts of Chana, Thepha, Nathawat, and Saba Yoi. U.S. citizens are at risk of death or injury due to the possibility of indiscriminate attacks in public places.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these provinces as U.S government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to these provinces.

Visit our website for  Travel to High-Risk Areas .

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U.S. Embassy Bangkok 95 Wireless Road Bangkok 10330 Thailand Telephone: + (66) (2) 205-4049, 02-205-4049 (within Thailand) Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(66) (2) 205-4000, 02-205-4000 (within Thailand) Fax: +(66) (2) 205-4103, 02-205-4103 (within Thailand) Email:   [email protected]

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U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai 387 Witchayanond Road Chiang Mai 50300 Thailand Telephone: +(66) (53) 107-777, 053-107-777 (within Thailand) Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(66) 81-881-1878, 081-881-1878 (within Thailand) Fax: +(66) (53) 252-633, 053-252-633 (within Thailand) Email:   [email protected]

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Royal Thai Embassy website for the most current visa information.

  • U.S. citizen tourists entering Thailand for fewer than 30 days do not require a visa.
  • We strongly recommend that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your arrival in Thailand to avoid possible denied entry.
  • Thai immigration officials or airline staff may ask for your onward/return ticket.
  • Business travelers, U.S. government employees travelling on official business, teachers, retirees, and those planning to stay longer than 30 days should check with the  Royal Thai Embassy about visa requirements .
  • If you overstay your visa, you will be fined. Depending on the length of overstay, you may also be arrested, detained, deported at your own expense, and banned from re-entering Thailand.

We strongly recommend you carry a copy of your U.S. passport identification page and current Thai visa to help avoid detention by the Thai immigration police.

Thailand’s entry/exit information is subject to change without notice. For the most current information, please see the list of  Thai embassies and consulates worldwide  and  The Royal Thai Police Immigration Bureau .

You can find detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions on the  CDC website . 

HIV/AIDS Restrictions: Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Thailand. However, these restrictions are generally not enforced. Please verify this information with the Royal Thai Embassy before you travel.

Find information on dual nationality , prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

COVID-19 Requirements: There are no COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens. 

Safety and Security

Terrorism: Terrorist groups and those inspired by such organizations are intent on attacking U.S. citizens abroad. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack – including knives, firearms, and vehicles – to more effectively target crowds. Frequently, their aim is unprotected or vulnerable targets, such as:

  • High-profile public events (sporting contests, political rallies, demonstrations, holiday events, celebratory gatherings, etc.)
  • Hotels, clubs, and restaurants frequented by tourists
  • Places of worship
  • Shopping malls and markets
  • Public transportation systems (including subways, buses, trains, and scheduled commercial flights)

For more information, see our Terrorism page.

Periodic acts of violence in Thailand remain a concern.  In August 2019, several small explosions and related arson events occurred in various locations throughout Bangkok resulting in no deaths but some injuries and minor property damage. Several small-scale bombings occurred near some tourist locations in the far Southern provinces in August 2016 and December 2018. In August 2015, an explosion near the Erawan Shrine in downtown Bangkok killed at least 20 people and injured more than 100. The U.S. Department of State assesses there is a continued risk of terrorism in Southeast Asia, including in Thailand.

If a protest or demonstration is expected to pass near the U.S. Embassy or Consulate facilities,  Embassy and Consulate entrances and functions may be restricted. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok’s  website ,  Facebook,  and  Twitter  sites and the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai’s  website ,  Facebook , and  Twitter  sites post information about local events that may affect Embassy functions. Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive security and safety messages.

Far Southern Thailand:  Periodic violence directed mostly at Thai government interests by a domestic insurgency continues to affect security in the southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla. U.S. citizens are at risk of death or injury due to the possibility of indiscriminate attacks in public places. Martial law is in force in this region.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these provinces. Travel to this region by U.S government employees must be reviewed and approved in advance. For more information on terrorist threats against U.S. citizens worldwide and steps to take as a result of these threats, please see the  Worldwide Caution .

  • Crimes of opportunity,  such as pick-pocketing, bag-snatching, and burglary, occur in Thailand.
  • Violent crimes  against foreigners are relatively rare. However, murders, rapes, and assaults against foreigners do occur.
  • Sexually motivated violence,  committed by either Thai citizens or foreigners, is most likely to occur after time spent at bars, clubs, and parties, on beaches, or in remote/isolated areas. The Thai police response will differ from an investigation in the United States; investigating officials have publicly discredited people who have reported being the victim of crimes . In addition to making a report at the police jurisdiction in which the crime occurred, we advise contacting the Embassy and engaging a local attorney if you are a victim of an assault.
  • When traveling alone,  exercise caution, stay near other travelers, and ensure friends or family know how to contact you.
  • Taxi and “tuk-tuk”  drivers may attempt to charge excessive fares or refuse passengers. You should either request the driver use the meter or agree on the fare beforehand.
  • At the airport  use only public transportation from the airport’s official pick-up area, cars from the limousine counters, or a car from your hotel.
  • Rental scams  do occur in Thailand. Many rental motorbike, jet ski, and car companies will hold your passport until you pay for real or fictitious damages. We advise against using your passport as collateral.
  • Exorbitant bar tab scams  occur in Thailand. Some bars and entertainment venues will charge exorbitant prices for drinks or unadvertised cover charges and threaten violence if you don’t pay.
  • Other scams  involving gems, city tours, entertainment venues, and credit cards are common, especially in tourist areas.

International Financial Scams:  See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information.

Internet romance and financial scams are prevalent in Thailand. Scams are often initiated through Internet postings/profiles or by unsolicited emails and letters. Scammers almost always pose as U.S. citizens who have no one else to turn to for help. Common scams include:

  • Romance/Online dating
  • Money transfers
  • Grandparent/Relative targeting
  • Free Trip/Luggage
  • Work permits/job offers

Victims of Crime: U.S. citizen victims of crime are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for assistance. Report crimes to the local police by calling 191 or the Tourist Police at 1155 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +66 (0) 2-205-4049 or Consulate at +(66) (53) 107-777. Remember that only local officials have the authority to investigate and to prosecute a crime.

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for assistance. Report crimes to the local police by calling 191 or the Tourist Police at 1155 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +66 (0) 2-205-4049 or Consulate at +(66) (53) 107-777. Remember that only local officials have the authority to investigate and to prosecute a crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Tourism: The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on  insurance providers for overseas coverage . 

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Conditions at the Bangkok Immigration Detention Center (IDC):  Conditions in immigration detention centers (IDCs) where authorities detain foreign nationals who violate immigration laws remain poor and most are overcrowded. IDCs, administered by the Immigration Police Bureau, which reports to the Royal Thai Police (RTP), are not subject to many of the regulations that govern the regular prison system. U.S. citizen detainees often complain of stark, austere living conditions, overcrowding, and unhealthy conditions. Personal security is poor. In addition, the main IDC in Bangkok does not dependably provide adequate medical or mental health care. In 2019, two U.S. citizens died while in custody at the Bangkok IDC. Deportations are self-funded and it may take up to two weeks for Thai authorities to process a case before deportation. Detainees must have funds to purchase a phone card and do not have access to the internet. Prior approval and a security escort are required to visit a Western Union or an ATM machine.

  • Please see the  Immigration Act B.E. 1979  for more information about Thai Immigration violations.
  • Please see the  Department of State’s Report on Human Rights Practices for Thailand  for further information.

Lèse majesté (Royal Insult):  Thais hold the monarchy in the highest regard. Making a critical or defamatory comment about the royal family is punishable by a prison sentence of up to 15 years per offense. As an example, purposely tearing Thai bank notes, which carry an image of the King, may be considered a lèse majesté offense.

  • Prostitution is illegal in Thailand.  Serious consequences include criminal conviction and imprisonment, particularly in the case of child prostitution. 
  • Commercial surrogacy is banned.
  • Personal use of even non-lethal military equipment, such as protective vests and night vision scopes, is prohibited.
  • Illegal drugs  carry severe penalties. Expect long jail sentences under harsh conditions, heavy fines, or even execution for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs.
  • Shoplifting  can result in large fines and lengthy detention followed by deportation.
  • Domestic Issues:  Local police are reluctant to become involved in domestic issues. You may call the Family Services Emergency hotline by dialing 1300 from any Thai phone.
  • Possessing counterfeit or pirated goods is a crime in Thailand.  For more information see the  intellectual property section of the U.S. Department of Justice website .

Customs  may enforce strict regulations on Buddha images, firearms, bullets and/or bullet casings, bullet-proof vests, night vision devices and other para-military type equipment, explosives, drugs, radios, books, and recordings, which might be cultural property and/or considered harmful to the public interest.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTI Travelers: There are no known legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Thailand. However, LGBTI groups report that in the case of sexual crimes, police tend to downplay sexual abuse claims from LGBTI victims.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. Sidewalks and street crossings are not suitable for travelers with mobility issues. Newly constructed buildings, facilities, and transportation equipment should be accessible by law for persons with mobility issues. However, enforcement of these provisions is not uniform.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers: Some victims of sexual assault or domestic violence find that Thai authorities do not handle such cases with as much sensitivity or consideration for privacy as they would expect in the United States. See our travel tips for Women Travelers .

Ambulance services are:

  • not present throughout the country or are unreliable in most areas except for Bangkok and other major cities.
  • Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi or private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance.

Medical treatment  is generally adequate in Thailand’s urban areas. In Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Pattaya, good facilities exist for routine, long-term, and emergency health care. Basic medical care is available in rural areas, but English-speaking providers are rare.

Medical tourism  is an established and rapidly growing industry. You should consult with your local physician before traveling and also  refer to information on medical tourism from CDC.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Medicine for personal use  is allowed as long as the amount does not exceed a 30-day supply and you bring the medicine with you. Do not mail medicine to Thailand without first confirming it will be allowed into the country.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with  Thailand Customs  and the  Thailand Food and Drug Administration  to ensure the medication is legal in Thailand. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are present:

  • Chikungunya
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Tuberculosis:
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Melioidosis         

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Air Quality:  The air quality in Thailand varies considerably and fluctuates with the seasons, but seasonal smog is a problem. In recent years the air quality in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Lampang, Nan, and Samut Sakhon have exceeded Thai and U.S. government daily standards for fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) for a portion of the year. In Chiang Mai and other northern provinces, annual agricultural burning, approximately February through late April, and forest fires cause days with unhealthy to hazardous air quality based on the U.S. index. In Bangkok environs, airborne dust and auto pollutants are prevalent in the cooler, dry period (December-February). Anyone who travels where pollution levels are high is at risk. People at the greatest risk from air pollution exposure include:

  • Infants, children, and teens
  • People over 65 years of age
  • People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema;
  • People with heart disease
  • People who work or are active outdoors

For Bangkok and Chiang Mai, U.S. Mission Thailand is reporting the U.S. EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI) calculated from PM2.5 data captured by monitors owned and maintained by the Royal Thai Government. The information and advice on health protection measures to take is available

Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals . We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Health facilities in general:

  • Adequate health facilities are available in Bangkok and other major cities but health care in rural areas may be below U.S. standards.
  • Hospitals and doctors require payment “up front” prior to service or admission. Credit card payment is not always available.
  • Medical staff at public hospitals may speak little or no English.
  • Patients bear all costs for transfer to or between hospitals.
  • Psychological and psychiatric services are limited, even in the larger cities, with hospital-based care only available through government institutions.

Medical Tourism and Elective Surgery:

  • Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry. People seeking health care overseas should understand that medical systems operate differently from those in the United States and are not subject to the same rules and regulations. Anyone interested in traveling for medical purposes should consult with their local physician before traveling and visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on Medical Tourism.
  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information on Medical Tourism, the risks of medical tourism, and what you can do to prepare before traveling to Thailand.
  • We strongly recommend supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation in the event of unforeseen medical complications.
  • Your legal options in case of malpractice are very limited in Thailand.
  • Although Thailand has many elective/cosmetic surgery facilities that are on par with those found in the United States, the quality of care varies widely. If you plan to undergo surgery in Thailand, make sure that emergency medical facilities are available and professionals are accredited and qualified.

Pharmaceuticals:

  • Exercise caution when purchasing medication overseas. Pharmaceuticals, both over the counter and requiring prescription in the United States, are often readily available for purchase with little controls. Counterfeit medication is common and may prove to be ineffective, the wrong strength, or contain dangerous ingredients. Medication should be purchased in consultation with a medical professional and from reputable establishments.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States. Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States. Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States. Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration websites for more information.

Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy:

  • If you are considering traveling to Thailand to have a child through use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) or surrogacy, please see our ART and Surrogacy Abroad page .
  • Surrogacy is illegal for foreigners in Thailand, subject to complex local regulation. For additional information, visit the Government of Thailand’s website for information on foreigner surrogacy.
  • If you decide to pursue parenthood in Thailand via assisted reproductive technology (ART) with a gestational mother, be prepared for long and unexpected delays in documenting your child’s citizenship. Be aware that individuals who attempt to circumvent local law risk criminal prosecution.

Water Quality:

  • In many areas, tap water is not potable. Bottled water and beverages are generally safe, although you should be aware that many restaurants and hotels serve tap water unless bottled water is specifically requested. Be aware that ice for drinks may be made using tap water.

Adventure Travel:

  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Adventure Travel .

COVID-19 Testing: For the most current list of COVID-19 testing locations in Thailand approved by the Ministry of Public Health, please visit:  http://service.dmsc.moph.go.th/labscovid19 .  Testing is paid for by U.S. citizens.

The Ministry of Public Health provides a list of 44 laboratories approved to conduct COVID-19 testing found  here .

Please Note : Same-day Covid-19 testing is available at most private hospitals throughout Thailand.  Please reference this list of testing locations and contact the provider directly to inquire about COVID-19 testing options, scheduling, cost, and other information.

COVID-19 Vaccines:  The COVID-19 vaccine is available for U.S. citizens to receive in Thailand.   According to Thai authorities, both private and public hospitals are providing COVID-19 vaccines. More information on a list of hospitals in Thailand is available  here .

The Bang Rak Vaccination and Health Center, the Institute of Dermatology, and the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute are currently providing free bivalent vaccines to non-Thai citizens on a walk-in basis.

Visit the FDA's website to  learn more about FDA-approved vaccines  in the United States.  

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:

  • Traffic accidents are common in Thailand.  According to the  World Health Organization , in 2018, Thailand had one of the world’s highest traffic-related fatality rates. Bangkok and some parts of Chiang Mai have heavy traffic.
  • Reckless driving:  Speeding, reckless passing, and failure to obey other traffic laws are common in all regions of Thailand. Traffic moves on the left. Some drivers move illegally against the traffic. Scooters and motorbikes commonly drive on the sidewalks during rush hour and other periods of heavy traffic. Commercial drivers commonly consume alcohol, amphetamines, and other stimulants.
  • Accidents involving motorcycles can be deadly . Riders may incur serious injuries when they are not wearing helmets or proper clothing and footwear. According to the World Health Organization, in 2016, 74 percent of traffic fatalities involved riders of 2-and 3-wheeled vehicles. Use of motorcycle helmets is mandatory, but this law is sporadically enforced. 
  • Use a pedestrian bridge  to cross the road where one is available, including in front of the U.S. Embassy on Wireless Road and on Sukhumvit Road, where many pedestrians have been killed and several U.S. citizens seriously injured. Look carefully in both directions before crossing streets, even when using a marked crosswalk. 
  • If you have a traffic accident,  you should contact your insurance company for guidance in dealing with the other party and the police.
  • Emergency vehicles:  Congested roads and a scarcity of ambulances can make it difficult for accident victims to receive timely medical attention

Traffic Laws:

  • Driving under influence is punishable by law . If you are found to be intoxicated, you could be jailed for a minimum of two years and subject to a fine.
  • Bribes are illegal.  If you are found guilty, you could be imprisoned up to five years, face severe fines, or both.
  • Lack of ID.
  • Not obeying traffic laws and traffic signals.
  • Driving slowly in regular lanes of traffic.
  • If you are involved in a traffic accident, you should contact your auto insurance company for guidance . 

Public Transportation:

  • Mass transit:  In Bangkok, the BTS elevated "Skytrain," “Airport Rail Link” mass transit, and the underground MRT systems are reliable, inexpensive, air conditioned, and often faster than Bangkok traffic.
  • Bus system:  Bangkok also has an extensive bus system, but buses can be overcrowded and are often driven with little or no regard for passenger safety.
  • For hire vehicles:  Cities outside of Bangkok typically have only rudimentary public transportation and usually do not have metered taxis. In many cases, motorcycle taxis, tuk-tuks, bicycle-powered rickshaws, and pick-up trucks will be the only options available for travelers without their own transport.
  • Smartphone-based for-hire vehicle service  exist in Bangkok and other large cities. Those affiliated with registered taxis, such as Grab Taxi, Line Taxi, and All Thai Taxi are legal, but their affiliated car services are under legal review.

See our  Road Safety page  for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority as not being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Thailand’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Thailand should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts . Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the NGA broadcast warnings .

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  • Updated   Dengue in Asia and the Pacific Islands January 22, 2024 Dengue is a risk in many parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Some countries are reporting increased numbers of cases of the disease. Travelers to Asia and the Pacific Islands can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. Destination List: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand

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Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. If you or your doctor need help finding a location that provides certain vaccines or medicines, visit the Find a Clinic page.

Routine vaccines

Recommendations.

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

Immunization schedules

All eligible travelers should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Please see  Your COVID-19 Vaccination  for more information. 

COVID-19 vaccine

There is no longer active cholera transmission and vaccine is not recommended.

Cholera - CDC Yellow Book

Hepatitis A

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to Thailand.

Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The dose does not count toward the routine 2-dose series.

Travelers allergic to a vaccine component or who are younger than 6 months should receive a single dose of immune globulin, which provides effective protection for up to 2 months depending on dosage given.

Unvaccinated travelers who are over 40 years old, immunocompromised, or have chronic medical conditions planning to depart to a risk area in less than 2 weeks should get the initial dose of vaccine and at the same appointment receive immune globulin.

Hepatitis A - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Hep A

Hepatitis B

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers younger than 60 years old traveling to Thailand. Unvaccinated travelers 60 years and older may get vaccinated before traveling to Thailand.

Hepatitis B - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Hep B

Japanese Encephalitis

Recommended for travelers who

  • Are moving to an area with Japanese encephalitis to live
  • Spend long periods of time, such as a month or more, in areas with Japanese encephalitis
  • Frequently travel to areas with Japanese encephalitis

Consider vaccination for travelers

  • Spending less than a month in areas with Japanese encephalitis but will be doing activities that increase risk of infection, such as visiting rural areas, hiking or camping, or staying in places without air conditioning, screens, or bed nets
  • Going to areas with Japanese encephalitis who are uncertain of their activities or how long they will be there

Not recommended for travelers planning short-term travel to urban areas or travel to areas with no clear Japanese encephalitis season. 

Japanese encephalitis - CDC Yellow Book

Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine for US Children

CDC recommends that travelers going to certain areas of Thailand take prescription medicine to prevent malaria. Depending on the medicine you take, you will need to start taking this medicine multiple days before your trip, as well as during and after your trip. Talk to your doctor about which malaria medication you should take.

Find  country-specific information  about malaria.

Malaria - CDC Yellow Book

Considerations when choosing a drug for malaria prophylaxis (CDC Yellow Book)

Malaria information for Thailand.

Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.

Measles (Rubeola) - CDC Yellow Book

Rabid dogs are commonly found in Thailand. However, if you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other mammal while in Thailand, rabies treatment is often available. 

Consider rabies vaccination before your trip if your activities mean you will be around dogs or wildlife.

Travelers more likely to encounter rabid animals include

  • Campers, adventure travelers, or cave explorers (spelunkers)
  • Veterinarians, animal handlers, field biologists, or laboratory workers handling animal specimens
  • Visitors to rural areas

Since children are more likely to be bitten or scratched by a dog or other animals, consider rabies vaccination for children traveling to Thailand. 

Rabies - CDC Yellow Book

Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.

Typhoid - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Typhoid

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Required for travelers ≥9 months old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

Yellow Fever - CDC Yellow Book

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Leptospirosis

How most people get sick (most common modes of transmission)

  • Touching urine or other body fluids from an animal infected with leptospirosis
  • Swimming or wading in urine-contaminated fresh water, or contact with urine-contaminated mud
  • Drinking water or eating food contaminated with animal urine
  • Avoid contaminated water and soil

Clinical Guidance

Avoid bug bites.

Chikungunya

  • Mosquito bite
  • Avoid Bug Bites
  • Mosquito bite

Leishmaniasis

  • Sand fly bite
  • An infected pregnant woman can spread it to her unborn baby

Airborne & droplet

Avian/bird flu.

  • Being around, touching, or working with infected poultry, such as visiting poultry farms or live-animal markets
  • Avoid domestic and wild poultry
  • Breathing in air or accidentally eating food contaminated with the urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents
  • Bite from an infected rodent
  • Less commonly, being around someone sick with hantavirus (only occurs with Andes virus)
  • Avoid rodents and areas where they live
  • Avoid sick people

Tuberculosis (TB)

  • Breathe in TB bacteria that is in the air from an infected and contagious person coughing, speaking, or singing.

Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Thailand, so your behaviors are important.

Eat and drink safely

Food and water standards around the world vary based on the destination. Standards may also differ within a country and risk may change depending on activity type (e.g., hiking versus business trip). You can learn more about safe food and drink choices when traveling by accessing the resources below.

  • Choose Safe Food and Drinks When Traveling
  • Water Treatment Options When Hiking, Camping or Traveling
  • Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene | Healthy Water
  • Avoid Contaminated Water During Travel

You can also visit the Department of State Country Information Pages for additional information about food and water safety.

Prevent bug bites

Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in Thailand. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.

What can I do to prevent bug bites?

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
  • Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
  • Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
  • Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.

What type of insect repellent should I use?

  • FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours.
  • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • 2-undecanone
  • Always use insect repellent as directed.

What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?

  • Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.
  • Check your entire body for ticks after outdoor activity. Be sure to remove ticks properly.

What can I do to avoid bed bugs?

Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance. See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them. For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs .

For more detailed information on avoiding bug bites, see Avoid Bug Bites .

Some diseases in Thailand—such as dengue, Zika, and filariasis—are spread by bugs and cannot be prevented with a vaccine. Follow the insect avoidance measures described above to prevent these and other illnesses.

Stay safe outdoors

If your travel plans in Thailand include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip.

  • Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
  • Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
  • Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
  • If you are outside for many hours in heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
  • Protect yourself from UV radiation : use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
  • Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
  • Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.

Stay safe around water

  • Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
  • Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.
  • Do not dive into shallow water.
  • Do not swim in freshwater in developing areas or where sanitation is poor.
  • Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick.
  • To prevent infections, wear shoes on beaches where there may be animal waste.

Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can be spread in fresh water, is found in Thailand. Avoid swimming in fresh, unchlorinated water, such as lakes, ponds, or rivers.

Keep away from animals

Most animals avoid people, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or if they are injured or ill. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies.

Follow these tips to protect yourself:

  • Do not touch or feed any animals you do not know.
  • Do not allow animals to lick open wounds, and do not get animal saliva in your eyes or mouth.
  • Avoid rodents and their urine and feces.
  • Traveling pets should be supervised closely and not allowed to come in contact with local animals.
  • If you wake in a room with a bat, seek medical care immediately. Bat bites may be hard to see.

All animals can pose a threat, but be extra careful around dogs, bats, monkeys, sea animals such as jellyfish, and snakes. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately:

  • Wash the wound with soap and clean water.
  • Go to a doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor about your injury when you get back to the United States.

Consider buying medical evacuation insurance. Rabies is a deadly disease that must be treated quickly, and treatment may not be available in some countries.

Reduce your exposure to germs

Follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others while traveling:

  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care.

Avoid sharing body fluids

Diseases can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, and semen.

Protect yourself:

  • Use latex condoms correctly.
  • Do not inject drugs.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. People take more risks when intoxicated.
  • Do not share needles or any devices that can break the skin. That includes needles for tattoos, piercings, and acupuncture.
  • If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized.

Know how to get medical care while traveling

Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:

  • Carry a list of local doctors and hospitals at your destination.
  • Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
  • Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
  • Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call Thailand’s embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
  • Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.

Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website ( www.jointcommissioninternational.org ).

In some countries, medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) may be substandard or counterfeit. Bring the medicines you will need from the United States to avoid having to buy them at your destination.

Malaria is a risk in some parts of Thailand. If you are going to a risk area, fill your malaria prescription before you leave, and take enough with you for the entire length of your trip. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking the pills; some need to be started before you leave.

Select safe transportation

Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries.

In many places cars, buses, large trucks, rickshaws, bikes, people on foot, and even animals share the same lanes of traffic, increasing the risk for crashes.

Be smart when you are traveling on foot.

  • Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
  • Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.
  • Remember, people on foot do not always have the right of way in other countries.

Riding/Driving

Choose a safe vehicle.

  • Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.
  • Ride only in cars that have seatbelts.
  • Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.
  • Avoid riding on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)
  • Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.
  • Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.

Think about the driver.

  • Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking.
  • Consider hiring a licensed, trained driver familiar with the area.
  • Arrange payment before departing.

Follow basic safety tips.

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times.
  • Sit in the back seat of cars and taxis.
  • When on motorbikes or bicycles, always wear a helmet. (Bring a helmet from home, if needed.)
  • Avoid driving at night; street lighting in certain parts of Thailand may be poor.
  • Do not use a cell phone or text while driving (illegal in many countries).
  • Travel during daylight hours only, especially in rural areas.
  • If you choose to drive a vehicle in Thailand, learn the local traffic laws and have the proper paperwork.
  • Get any driving permits and insurance you may need. Get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry the IDP and a US-issued driver's license at all times.
  • Check with your auto insurance policy's international coverage, and get more coverage if needed. Make sure you have liability insurance.
  • Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft.
  • If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections.
  • Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather.

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If you are seriously injured, emergency care may not be available or may not meet US standards. Trauma care centers are uncommon outside urban areas. Having medical evacuation insurance can be helpful for these reasons.

Helpful Resources

Road Safety Overseas (Information from the US Department of State): Includes tips on driving in other countries, International Driving Permits, auto insurance, and other resources.

The Association for International Road Travel has country-specific Road Travel Reports available for most countries for a minimal fee.

For information traffic safety and road conditions in Thailand, see Travel and Transportation on US Department of State's country-specific information for Thailand .

Traffic flows on the left side of the road in Thailand.

  • Always pay close attention to the flow of traffic, especially when crossing the street.
  • LOOK RIGHT for approaching traffic.

Maintain personal security

Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

Before you leave

  • Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
  • Monitor travel advisories and alerts and read travel tips from the US Department of State.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) .
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home.
  • Pack as light as possible, and leave at home any item you could not replace.

While at your destination(s)

  • Carry contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate .
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.
  • Follow all local laws and social customs.
  • Do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.
  • Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
  • If possible, choose hotel rooms between the 2nd and 6th floors.

To call for emergency services while in Thailand, dial 1669 for an ambulance, 199 for the fire department, and 191 for the police. Write these numbers down to carry with you on your trip.

Learn as much as you can about Thailand before you travel there. A good place to start is the country-specific information on Thailand from the US Department of State.

Healthy Travel Packing List

Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Thailand for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.

If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic . Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.

If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.

Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history.

For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel .

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  • The Thai government has restored the mandatory quarantine of 10 days for unvaccinated Thai and foreign travelers.
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  • The Thai Embassies and Consulates are now issuing 60-day tourist visa and special tourist visa (STV) and Thailand Pass to enter Thailand .
  • Thailand allows semi-commercial flights to travel to Thailand.
  • The foreigners to be allowed to enter Thailand will comprise of diplomats and foreign workers including their families, business representatives, and experts invited by the government, permanent residents, foreigners with Thai families, students and their guardians, medical tourists and their attendants, business visa holders, Thai Elite Visa holders, APEC Cardholders, special tourist visa (STV) and tourist visa (TRV) holders, non-immigrant O retirement visa, non-immigrant OA and OX holders and migrant workers with official documents. Foreigners must get in touch with the local Thai Embassy in their current location to apply for a Thailand Pass and for more information.
  • From now until September 30, 2022 Thailand will allow long stay foreign tourists under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) Program. This long-stay visa is open to foreign nationals traveling to Thailand with the intention to stay long-term as tourists to boost the tourism industry. Those who are qualified must get in touch with the local Tourism Authority of Thailand Office or Thai Embassy in their current location for more information.
  • Frequently Asked Questions below.

I am an expat leaving Thailand for a short time and returning. Do I have to apply for Thailand Pass and Test & Go?

Yes. At this time, all people entering Thailand must apply for a Thailand Pass and follow Test & Go requirements if they are fully vaccinated. This includes having the required entry requirements such as insurance, SHA+ hotel booking, RT-PCR test, and Thailand Pass approval.

I am an expat returning to Thailand. Can I quarantine at home instead of a hotel?

No. No matter what visa you hold in Thailand, you must follow the Test & Go entry requirements. You must spend 1 night in a SHA+ quarantine hotel while waiting for your RT-PCR test result.

Have the April 1 changes to pre-departure RT-PCR testing come into effect?

Yes. Pre-departure RT-PCR tests are no longer required when entering Thailand.

Has the April 1 change come into effect for the Sandbox scheme?

Yes. The Sandbox scheme now requires only 5 nights of quarantine in the Sandbox designated area. Visitors must now do 1 x RT-PCR test and 1 x ATK test on day 5 instead of 2 x RT-PCR tests. The Test & Go program is a better option for those who are fully vaccinated.

Have the April 1 changes come into effect for the un-vaccinated Alternate Quarantine scheme?

Yes. The Alternate Quarantine timeframe has been reduced from 10 nights to 5 nights. You still need to have 2 x RT-PCR tests during this time. The tests will be taken on Day 1 and on Day 4 or 5.

I booked a 10-day Alternate Quarantine package but I am arriving after April 1. What should I do with the new changes?

You may contact your hotel. If you have not arrived in Thailand before April 1, you are eligible for the updated 5-day Alternate Quarantine scheme. Your hotel will advise what options are available to you.

Do I need to print my Thailand Pass documents for when I arrive at Passport Control in Thailand?

Yes. It is the best practice as you will present these documents to Immigration and Health Officers at the airport Passport and Health Control.

If you only have digital copies and something happens to your electronic device, you will not be allowed to enter the country.

How do I present my Thailand Pass QR code if my mobile phone is not working?

You should print a hard copy of your Thailand Pass QR code. If your mobile device does not work in Thailand, you can still present the QR code to Immigration and Health Officers at the airport Passport and Health Control.

Can I upload my Thailand Pass QR code to the MorChana App before I arrive in Thailand?

No. You can download the MorChana App before arriving in Thailand, but it will not allow uploads until you arrive in the country. You may ask your SHA+ hotel staff to assist you on how to navigate the app.

If I land in Phuket with the correct insurance, my SHA+ hotel, airport transfer, and separate RT-PCR tests booked, can I apply for Test & Go?

Yes. The above requirements are required to apply for Test & Go and Thailand Pass. You will also need to be vaccinated to apply for Test & Go.

Have the April 1 changes affected domestic flights in Thailand?

No. When landing in Thailand, domestic flights on arrival must still be approved “sealed” flights. Please check with Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways for the new list of sealed flights to Phuket and Samui.

Can I do my Test & Go quarantine in Pattaya?

Yes. If you land in Bangkok you can organize Test & Go quarantine in Pattaya. Your SHA+ hotel must provide transport from Bangkok airport to the hotel.

If your flight lands directly at Pattaya airport you will do your RT-PCR test at the airport and then be transported to your hotel.

Are international flights landing in Pattaya?

There are flights now landing directly at Pattaya U-tapao International Airport. Check with your airline provider for available direct flights.

Can I take a domestic flight from Bangkok to Pattaya for Test & Go quarantine?

Only if the flight is an approved “sealed” flight. This should be booked as part of your international flight itinerary.

If you book separate domestic flights, you are required to quarantine for 1 night in Bangkok before traveling to Pattaya.

What SHA+/AQ hotels are available in Pattaya?

You can find the latest information for SHA+/AQ hotels in Pattaya at Agoda .

Why is my US credit card being rejected when trying to book my RT-PCR test?

There is an issue with www.thailandpsas.com approving transactions with American credit cards. You can contact your hotel and they will organize the RT-PCR test booking for you.

I am trying to book hotel transport in Phuket with an American credit card and it is rejected. What can I do?

Transport from the airport to your hotel should be included in your SHA+ quarantine package. If there is an issue booking your hotel with an American credit card, try a different card or purchase through PayPal.

My hotel in Phuket does not offer transport from the hotel. What should I do?

Any SHA+/AQ hotel should include transport from the airport to their hotel. If they do not offer this service, it is best to look at different hotels because you cannot organize private transport.

Where can I see if hotel transfer is included in Phuket when looking at Agoda?

Many Phuket hotels do not list Airport Transfer on their front page. Click into the hotel and look at the bottom left corner of the details page. Airport transfer will be listed here under services offered.

How do I book a private transfer from the airport to a hotel in Phuket?

You cannot. Transfer from Phuket airport to your hotel must be provided by the hotel so it meets all Covid safety measures.

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COVID-19 Thailand Visa Amnesty/Extension

What is a visa amnesty or covid extension.

It is the visa relief or 60-day visa extension for all foreign nationals staying in Thailand affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Foreigners can apply for a COVID extension at any immigration office until March 25, 2022.

Who are covered by the visa amnesty or COVID extension?

All foreign nationals who are legally staying in Thailand whether you are here on visa exemption entry stamps and tourist visas. The holders of non-immigrant visas, or yearly extension of stays are not eligible for the COVID extension.

What are the current implementing rules regarding the visa amnesty or COVID extension?

  • Visas or permits to stay that are still valid and updated by the local Thai immigration office.
  • Foreigners holding a long-term visa such as a working visa, marriage visa, or retirement are required to apply for their yearly extension at the Thai immigration office as usual.
  • Foreigners do not need any embassy letter to be granted the automatic visa extension due to COVID-19.

Is the COVID-19 visa extension free of charge?

The COVID-19 extension of the visa costs 1,900 Thai baht.

Will the visa amnesty be extended?

The validity of the visa amnesty is until March 25, 2022 only. There is no indication that this visa amnesty or grace period will be extended.

What will happen when the visa amnesty is lifted or not extended anymore?

When the situation is resolved and returns to normal, foreigners must leave Thailand on or before the permit to stay date in their passports or they must apply for the proper another type of visa at the immigration office.

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90-Day Reporting

If you are a foreigner staying in Thailand for a period longer than 90 consecutive days holding a Non-Immigrant Visa or Extension of Stay, you are required by Thai Immigration to report your current address every 90 days. You may file for the TM47 notification in person, by mail, online, or by an agent. Please check this page: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/90-day-reporting-immigration.php

Consequences of Visa Overstay

During this COVID-19 crisis in Thailand, some foreign nationals may find themselves overstaying in Thailand, do so by mistake, by miscalculating the length of their stay, forgetting their visa expiration date, or by unforeseen cancellation of their flights due to travel restrictions. As a traveler, you should strongly avoid overstaying in Thailand, but if you do find yourself in Thailand on an expired visa it is very important that you act fast and in the right way. Please check this page to learn more of the consequences of overstaying in Thailand: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/overstay-visa-thailand.php

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Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival

Foreigners under the Visa Exemption program and the Visa on Arrival programs may now travel to Thailand. Foreigners under the Visa Exemption may enter Thailand without a visa for up to 30 days and travelers under the Visa on Arrival program may stay in Thailand for up to 15 days. Travelers under the Visa Exemption and the Visa on Arrival must apply for Thailand Pass before traveling to Thailand.

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Frequently Asked Questions

To extend a tourist visa, do i need to visit the thai immigration office in person i do not want to go to crowded areas at risk of covid-19 infection..

Yes, there have been no changes regarding the visa extension application whether it is your first time to extend or the second time to extend. The application is still done in person. Thai immigration offices are practicing different measures such as social distancing and disinfecting the area to make sure that the applicants are not at risk of contracting the COVID-19. You might want to see if your local Thai immigration is open on Saturdays. That is a less crowded day of the week to visit the immigration office.

I have tried online reporting and reporting through a mobile app, both attempts failed. What are my other options?

If the online and mobile app reporting does not work, you need to do the reporting by yourself or you can ask a visa agent or third party to do the 90-day address reporting. You need to provide a power of attorney and the 90-day reporting documents such as the original and copy of the passport. There is no immigration fee for address reporting.

Is it required by law to wear a face mask?

The emergency decree issued by the Thai Government that came into effect recommends everyone wear a face mask when they are outside of their residence. However, some provinces such as Phuket have their own rule and you will be subject to a penalty. In Bangkok, commuters are required to wear a face mask when using public transportation and while in public places.

Should I carry my passport at all times?

Yes. If you are a foreigner and you will be out of your residence or hotel, you need to carry your passport especially right now that there are random checks to check the visa validity. It is also good to know that there are banks that would not allow you to enter the premises if you have traveled recently abroad, so it is best to have your passport with you at all times.

I am aware of the entry requirements for foreigners entering Thailand, is there special consideration for those traveling with my Thai family or visiting my Thai family?

At the moment, you can enter Thailand. You just have to make sure that you have obtained a Thailand Pass , purchased COVID-19 Insurance , had a COVID-19 test and you will undergo a mandatory Test and Go or ASQ quarantine.

I have a Non-Immigrant B visa and work permit expiring on April 24, due to my country’s travel restriction I cannot return to Thailand to renew it. What are my options?

If your country does not allow you to travel to Thailand or if your country of departure is under the travel ban, I regret to inform you that there is nothing you are able to do. It is not possible to renew it while you are outside Thailand and it is also not possible to renew it at the Thai embassy in your country. Should your visa and work permit expire while you are outside Thailand, you need to apply for a new non-immigrant B visa for you to enter Thailand and after you have entered Thailand, you can apply for a new work permit.

When do I need the embassy letter for the COVID-19 visa extension?

As of writing, the embassy letter is no longer required by the immigration office to receive the 60-day COVID-19 extensions.

I am looking for flights from Laos to Europe and this requires me to transit in Thailand. Do I need a Health Certificate when transiting? There are multiple different articles including the one on Thai Airways stating that a Health Certificate is required for transiting passengers.

As of writing, international passengers including transiting passengers are required to present a COVID-19 health certificate and negative COVID test result. If you are affected by this travel requirement, you may opt to postpone your travel or you may opt to book a flight that will not transit through Thailand. For the latest update, it is best to contact your airline.

I am a US citizen traveling from the US to Thailand via Hong Kong, am I subject to mandatory quarantine?

No, the mandatory quarantine is not required for any foreigner and Thai travelers entering Thailand via Hong Kong if you are fully vaccinated. You may apply for Thailand Pass under the Test and Go program. The mandatory 10-day quarantine is only required for unvaccinated travelers from any country.

I’m a French national. I have 60 days tourist visa, which is ending soon, but due to COVID-19, I am kind of reluctant to travel back to France. Is there any way that I can extend my visa for another 30 days?

Yes, any nationality holding a 60-day tourist visa entry stamp can extend for 30 days at the local immigration office. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport-size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 card, TM30 receipt from your hotel, and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

I am British and I entered Thailand on holiday on March 3 and am scheduled to leave on April 1. If my flight is canceled due to COVID-19, I may be forced to overstay my 30 days permit to stay until I have a rescheduled flight. Is this ok? If not, what should I do?

You are able to extend this 30-day visa exemption stamp for another 30 days at the local Thai immigration office. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport-size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 card, TM30 receipt from your hotel, and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

I am an American and I have a 30-day visa exemption that I extended for an extra 30 days. My current extension will expire on April 1, 2021. What are my options to stay in Thailand due to the travel restriction in other countries?

You have two options: 1.) You can extend your current extension for 30 days at your local immigration office. 2.) You can request a COVID-19 extension and you will be given a 60 days extension at your local Thai immigration office.

I have a non-immigrant O visa for having a Thai wife. It is a single entry visa. My 90-day entry stamp will expire in April and the money in my account has not seasoned yet for 2 months. What can I do?

Since you are legally married to a Thai national, you can apply for a 60-day extension for having a Thai wife. This extension will give you enough time for your funds to season for 2 months. After your funds have seasoned for 2 months, you may apply for a 1-year extension or marriage visa.

My work permit and my visa will expire by the end of the month. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, I am not able to return to my country. What are my options?

Since your visa and your work permit will expire, your only option for an extension of your stay in Thailand is to file for the 60-day COVID extension. You may apply for this extension on the last day of your permit to stay.

I am flying from the USA to Thailand via Hong Kong. Do I still need to present a health certificate and travel insurance?

At the moment, passengers entering Thailand need to obtain the Thailand Pass , purchase a COVID-19 insurance , book Test and Go Hotel for 1 night, or an ASQ Hotel for the 10-day quarantine (if not vaccinated), and obtain a COVID-19 medical certificate.

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Can anyone advise what to do regarding my Non-B visa? My Non-B expired on 4th March. I have to pay a fine of 500 baht per day for overstay. The borders around Thailand are closed for me to renew it. I have requested a 30-day extension but was refused. They need my new contract for the new year. This is costing me an arm and a leg. What are my solutions?

The best solution for this is to avoid overstaying so that you will not get in trouble in the future. If you do not have a new contract from the school it is imperative for you to return to your home country until you have a new contract and apply for a new visa from the Thai embassy there. Once you have secured a new non-immigrant B visa, you may return to Thailand together with a copy of the health certificate and health insurance. Another option is to request a COVID extension while you are preparing the documents for your non-immigrant B visa. Some immigration offices are now issuing non-immigrant B visas.

I am a U.S. citizen. I arrived in Bangkok last March 9. My flight to Manila has been canceled on April 8. I am in Pattaya. Do I need a US embassy letter to extend my 45-day Travel Visa? Or can I just go to the Thai Immigration office in Pattaya to get an extension due to COVID-19?

No, you do not need an embassy letter at this time. Your current 45-day visa exemption stamp can be extended for an additional 30 days. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 card, TM30 receipt from your hotel and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

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Hi there, I’m traveling in Chiang Mai with my friend (He’s a Taiwanese living in Japan) and he got PCR tested positive today. His tourist visa expires the day after tomorrow and he has ticket to Japan on the same day. Japan requires him to be tested negative with certification.

Issues: – tourist visa is expiring – he cannot go to next destination because he has covid

any advice would be appreciated thank you.

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I arrived in Thailand a few days ago. I am not fully vaccinated, so I did an RT-PCR test in my country before departure. Now the result of the test is expired. I’m planning a flight from Bangkok to Phuket. Do I need to make a PCR test again in case of domestic flights in Thailand?

Hi Nicholson,

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Hi there, I’m a Filipino that entered Thailand with a visa exemption of 30 days. If I want to continue staying in Thailand as a tourist, do I have to apply for a tourist visa at the immigration office? How long can it be extended? And can it be done within Thailand? Thanks in advance for your help.

Hi Alicia ,

You can extend it for additional 30 days. Check this https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-visa/thai-visa-exemption-and-bilateral-agreement

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Hello there,

Thank you for response. I would also like to ask if you were still requiring RT-PCR test for transit passenger. I had connecting flight there within an hour then I will fly to my final destination in Manila.

Yes, if unvaccinated.

I have a flight on Sept 18,2022 to Manila PH. I am a fully vaccinated OFW coming from Germany and had a connecting flight in Bangkok,Thailand within an hour then I will fly home bound to Manila. I would like to ask if you are still requiring Travel insurance,RT-PCR or Rapid test and if I still need to register on your Thailand health pass for Transit passenger like me. Hoping for your response. Thank you.

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Hello Joana,

A health Insurance and the Thai Pass requirement for international/transit passengers will be lifted from 1 July, 2022 onwards. However, please check for the latest travel requirements with the airline and the country of your furthers destination.

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I am currently in Phuket as tourist and I tested positive. What should I do?

If asymptomatic, make self isolation if with symptoms and severe admit yourself at nearest hospital. Your can do visa extension via third party.

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Hi. I got in Thailand with 60-day tourist visa and later got my Non B working as a teacher. This visa expires end of September and I will no longer work for the company, but I would like to stay in the country. Do you think I should ask for a tourist visa (do I need to leave Thailand to do so?), or a covid visa extension if it’s still possible?

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I am an Australian currently in Indonesia who will fly directly to Thailand to volunteer for an organisation for 60 days. Which visa can I apply for from Indonesia? Or should I arrive with the 30 days visa exemption and extend this to 60 days once I am there?

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Hi … I’m isolating in Bangkok due to contracting Covid. My Thai visa runs out today. I expect to get a negative PCR test result sometime next week. As soon as I get a negative result I wish to fly to Laos. Can I show the PCR test results to Immigration at the airport and deal with the overstay issues there before flying out to Laos?

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Hi, Im Russian, Do I need to be vaccinated to enter Thailand, or PCR test is enough?

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For easy entry, fully vaccinated is better, Just prepare your vaccination certificate and Passport. If unvaccinated, you need to have valid 72 hours RT PCR upon entry.

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Hi, Me and my wife are trying to return to HK from Bangkok but we are struggling to find a quarantine hotel. We may have found one which is available from the 31st but our visa exemption expires on the 30th. How can we extend our visa exemption by a few days so we can travel on the 31st? Thanks

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Hi, I am unvaccinated, I will do the PCR test 72 hours prior to flight in Aug:

1. what is the procedure of my kid of 6 years old? 2. what if the PCR result of one of us result is positive? we are not allowed to fly, right? or we can fly but need to have the hotel of SHA+ for quarantine for 5 days? Thanks in advance

1. If you are unvaccinated and with children, both of you should have 72 hours RT PCR. 2. If the result is positive, you will be isolated at quarantine facility for a week . Better to secure your travel insurance with covid coverage in any case happen.

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Hye. I’ve been looking for the latest requirement for transit in Thailand. I’m still not sure if I still need to have the insurance for 1hour+ transit in Thailand. Does anyone have answer for this? Thank you

Insurance is optional.

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good afternoon, i have the complete vaccination and i have a trip to thailand on the 16th. the entry rules have changed today, it is still necessary to apply Thailand pass? And regarding travel insurance, is it still necessary? Thank you waiting for a reply

Thailand Pass is no longer required. Insurance is not mandated but still highly recommended.

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Hi there one question arrive in Phuket, German with exemption 30 days is it still possible extend that for 30 days or will get only 7 days? can it be done in patong immigration or must go Phuket town immigration?

You can arrange your visa extension at Phuket immigration. You can also reach our office for assistance : +66 76 326 322

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Hi .. My GM and Family [Qatari Nationals] Travelling to Thailand – Phuket on: 30 June [1-week stay] 2-Adults 18+[Fully Vaccinated] Is they needed PCR Test prior to their Travel Please…??

If adults are fully vaccinated, children can enter Thailand with the same procedure of adults as well.

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Hi, can non-fully vaccinated traveller enter Thailand in June with a recovery certificate that is still valid for 3 months from the date tested positive, instead of taking a pro ART?

Also, is the test also required for domestic flights (eg. Bangkok to Phuket)?

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If I have been diagnosed with covid recently (less than 14 days) before my flight to Thailand, can I still enter Thailand? I have since recovered and am negative before departure and have also been fully vaccinated more than 14 days before entry.

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Hi, I am flying from India to Hong Kong via Bangkok, with a 3-hour layover. The flight is this Saturday. My complete journey is booked on the same ticket.

Could you please confirm for me all the requirements I need to comply with for my layover?

A reply from you would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much

If you will travel for the month of June and fully vaccinated, just covid insurance. But if you will recheck in your luggage at immigration for your next flight, you need to apply Thailand Pass.

Effective on July 1, Thailand Pass is not necessary and insurance is optional.

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Where can I find all the information for people in transit at the international airport BKK-Suvarnabhumi Intl. in June 24?

Open the link for your guidance, https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel-to-thailand/covid-19-guide-for-travelers-in-thailand

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Hi Alexander,

If you will exceed with the granted visa exemption of 30 days, Yes , get visa.

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We are a family of 5 transiting from Singapore to Bangkok then to Dubai. It’s a 4 hour layover. I hate the requirement to transit?

Hi Stephen,

If you will recheck in you baggage at immigration, apply for Thailand Pass and insurance. If no, just travel insurance with covid medical coverage of USD 10, 000

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What is required if I am only transiting through Thailand? I am a US citizen. I am leaving Myanmar and traveling back to the United States. Myanmar requires everyone to have a negative PCR test to board the plane. Do I still need insurance or a Thai Pass if I am only passing through Thailand on an 8 hour layover?

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If your flight details will be within the month of June, yes insurance is still required. If July 1st onwards, insurance is optional.

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I am transiting through Bangkok (with through baggage) before landing in Japan. Is it right I need insurance even though it’s just a 2hr layover? I have vaccination proof, and will have a COVID test too of course. Is insurance necessary for the short layover? Thanks

Yes, you need insurance. Also, if you will recheck in your baggage at immigration, apply Thailand Pass.

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I am travelling from Hong Kong to the UK with a layover of 10 hours in Bangkok. I will only stay in transit areas in BKK airport. I am vaccinated a year ago. I suppose I would need a negative PCR test result, may i ask if i also need medical insurance to travel via Thailand in this case? Thanks in advance.

Yes, travel insurance with covid coverage of USD 10,000 is required. If you will gonna recheck in your baggage at immigration, Thailand Pass is needed , if No, not necessary.

Hi Yordmanu, Thanks for getting back. Sorry may i confirm again if PCR test is needed if i am only in transit, given that i am vaccinated a year ago?

Thanks again!

No for layover it’s not necessary, just covid insurance if you will enter for this month of June 2022.

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Effective on July 1st, Thailand Pass will be removed and covid insurance is optional. Just bring you vaccination certificate.

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My family and I are travelling to Vietnam with a flight transfer in Bangkok airport for 2 hours later in June. Can you please advise what is now required to ensure no issues. My wife and myself are fully vaccinated with Certificate of vaccination and children are 13 and 11. Can you please advise what is needed and whether we need to complete the Thailand Pass application if we are not leaving the airport transfer area?

Your children can be enter with the same procedure of parents,(If you are fully vaccinated, that will be their procedure too). For Thailand Pass, just put their name under your application, there’s a button for additional there.

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I will be travelling from Hong Kong with a stopover at Bangkok to EWR via Ethiopia Airline on about 16 August 2022. With reference to the statement below:-

Each passenger shall possess the complete set of documents which include: (1) Medical Certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, using RT-PCR method, which has been certified or issued no more than 72 hours before departure, OR certificate of vaccination showing that the last dose was administered no less than 14 days before the date of departure.”

Is it correct that RT-PCR is not needed so long I can present certificate of vacccination?

Dear Simon,

Yes, you are correct. Proof of Vaccination is enough. You do not need to do any COVID test. Thank you.

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I am travelling to Pakistan from Hong Kong Via Thai Airways. I have a transit in Bangkok for 5 hrs and my baggage is mentioned to be checked through. I will not leave the airport restricted area during the waiting hours. Do I still need to buy travel insurance? I am fully vaccinated and might not require Thailand Pass as well.

If you will not recheckin your baggage for your next flight, just obtain travel insuourance with covid medical coverage.

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We are flying from Melbourne to Thessaloniki (Greece) via Istanbul and Bangkok, departing 16 June 2022. Transit at Bangkok Airport will be on 16 June for about 3.5 hours.

We are a family of four.

Two adults having received two doses and two children (12 & 9) that have not been vaccinated yet but have had COVID a few months ago.

Q1: Do we all need to have a PCR Test for transit via Bangkok?

Q2: Are there any issues with the children not being vaccinated?

Children will have a same process with their parents. If they got covid, bring certificate of recovery.

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Hello, I am flying from Kazakhstan to Malaysia with a transit in Phuket. What documents will I need?

Apply for Thailand Pass, if your travel time will be on the month of June.

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I am flying from London to Sydney via Zurich and Bangkok, departing 10 February 2022. Transit at Bangkok Airport will be on 11 February for about 2 hours.

To transit, I know that I will need evidence of medical insurance. I will also have a proof of vaccination certificate.

Do I also need a PCR test result in addition to the vaccination certificate ? Or is the certificate good enough for transit ?

Yes, you will be needing Medical Certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, using RT-PCR method, which has been certified or issued no more than 72 hours before departure. Thank you.

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I have two questions:

1. If I recently have been infected by COVID-19 and my PCR test prior to departure is positiv, can I use the certificate of recovery instead? I understand that the certificate of recovery is accepted if the test nr. 1 at the arrival in Thailand is positive, but what if the test in Denmark (my home country) is positive prior to take off?

2. Is it possible to travel by flights within Thailand (flight from Bangkok to Phuket) between the test on day 1 and day 5?

First, for those previously infected you must present a valid COVID-19 recovery form or medical certificate certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19 within 3 months before traveling or are asymptomatic in case your COVID- 19 RT-PCR test shows a positive result. If you’ve been tested positive prior to take off you must contact your airlines if what requirements you should bring with you. Second, Yes you can travel once you have your negative test result on your Day 1. Thank you.

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Will the covid amnesty visa will renewed after 25th January?

Yes, it has been continued until March 25, 2022. Thank you.

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Is Thai pass needed for transit via Bangkok(flying on Feb 6th from chennai to sydney with 1:30 hrs transit in Bangkok)?

You only need RT PCR test result and insurance. Thank you.

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I have been approved via THailand Pass for entrry in January 2022. I recently recovered from COVID, but my PCR test is likely to still come back positive. Am I granted entry into Thailand with appropriate medical documentation of recovery? Will I still be required to take a PCR test upon arrival?

Dear Shannon,

Good day. You can still use your Thailand Pass to travel to Thailand however, you must also test negative in the RT-PCR test because you cannot board the flight if you tested positive, the airline will not allow you. Thank you.

Vietnam is open..we all plan to go there..no need for anything

Effective on July 1, Thailand Pass will be removed. Just bring your vaccination certificate, and the insurance is optional.

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Is the 60 day covid 19 visa extension still possible at the immigration? Do I need any embassy letter or other document?

Yes, it is still possible to request for the extension under COVID. You can do this extension and visit immigration office until January 25, 2022. Thank you.

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Hello, I am from the Philippines and I have parents working in Thailand. Would I still need to apply for a Thailand pass and undergo quarantine?

Dear Iszach,

Good day. Yes, you still need a Thailand Pass to be able to enter Thailand. If you are fully vaccinated, you can do a test and go program. For more information, please visit: https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel-to-thailand/thailand-pass Thank you.

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Hello, I am just checking to see if we qualify for the Phuket Sandbox. My husband, daughter and I are Canadian diplomats currently residing in Malaysia. We would be 2 weeks post fully being vaccinated come August 1 when we would like to travel to Phuket and stay 8 days (not planning to leave the Island). I know we need the Visa, Covid Tests and insurance, but my question is, if we are Canadian but leaving from Malaysia would we be able to take advantage of the sandbox or do we need to be coming from Canada. We would be able to take a direct flight from Malaysia to Phuket.

Dear Kim, Good day. Both Malaysia and Canada are not low risk or medium risk countries per publication of the Ministry of Public Health. So you cannot qualify for the Phuket Sandbox program even if you are vaccinated or you only stay for 8 days. But that will change, perhaps middle of July or end of July, Malaysia will be considered medium or low risk at that time of your travel. Thank you.

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Will the Phuket Sandbox allow people to enter without quarantine on a non-immigrant B visa? If not, is it possible to convert the Tourist Visa (or visa exemption if possible) to a non-Immigrant B without leaving Thailand? I am a US citizen,

Dear Chas, Good day. Yes, any person with Visa Exemption, TR visa or Non B visa can enter Phuket as long as you have COE and you have been vaccinated starting July. You must enter Phuket internationally through Singapore, Doha or Dubai (not through Bangkok). You must also stay in an accredited hotel for at least 7 days. You can travel around the island of Phuket during these seven days. Thank you.

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If i have a non-immigrant B visa, can I purchase health insurance good for only 1 month?

Dear Ariane, Good day. For those arriving in Thailand or entering Thailand, the required validity of your COVID Insurance, it must cover the whole duration of your stay. So if your Non B visa is valid for 90 days, you must purchase at 90-day COVID insurance . If the validity is 6 months, you must also buy 6 months insurance. Thank you.

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What if upon arrival in Thailand my visa is only valid for 1 month, it means I only have to buy the health insurance for a month?

Dear Ariane, Yes, you need to buy 1 month COVID 19 insurance and also provide an exit flight that coincide with the expiry of your visa or expiry of the insurance policy. Thank you.

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Hi Rex Pls let me know how many night and day to stay quarantine. Bc I saw some hotel packages are 15nights & 16days but some is 14nights & 15days. thanks,

Dear Minge, Good day. The minimum requirement is 14/15 days. It depends on the hotel you have chosen. Some hotels are required by MOPH to offer 15 days or 16 days and some hotels are only required to have 14 days. Just choose what the hotel is offering as a package. You cannot request a hotel to lower it 14 days if they are offering 15-day package. You can choose another hotel that offers 14-day package if you want that package. There’s more than 130 ASQ hotels in Bangkok. Thank you.

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Hi. I have e – Tourist visa for 60days. I want to expand tourist visa for more 30days. Were I have to go to do it Bangkok 1. Immigration Bureau? 2. Immigration division 1? Or in all this places i can expant my visa?

Dear Viktorija,

Good day. You can apply for the 30-day extension at any immigration office in Thailand. If you are residing or currently staying in Bangkok, you need to visit the Muang Thong Thani Satellite Immigration office. Thank you.

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What are my chances of getting another visa extension after being able to extend my TR visa twice? First, I was granted 30 days extension then the immigration officer offered 60 days extension due to Covid ending on June 27, 2021. When the Covid outbreak worsen in the Philippines last April, Philippine government set a policy to only allow 1500 inbound passengers prompting the airlines to limit their flights. When am about to fix my flight after being cancelled, I learned that Philippine Airlines had already closed their flights for the month of June and July. I have no clue how my visa extension will come out when i apply for the third time and that’s what i worry about.

Dear Chris, Good day. Please check with us in June about the COVID extension if it is extended or not. Right now, this program is only available until May 29th. Let’s see if you can extend it again in June. I recommend for you to call PAL to book a flight in June. Thank you.

I am in Bangkok and due to fly back to the Philippines on June 30. My visa though is only until June 27 and while i plan to apply for extension given that i already had two visa extensions, I am not too certain if i will be accommodated. This time if possible, to be allowed to stay for 3 days, just until my flight is sufficient. I just dont want to have a record that i overstayed.

Dear Chris, If you have no plan to return to Thailand for good, you can overstay for 3 days and pay the overstay fine at the airport. If you have plans to return to Thailand after your trip in the Philippines and returning as tourist, then we recommend for you, not to overstay even for a single day. Thank you.

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Dear Chris, I have travelled to Thailand , got my COE and finished my quarantine. I need to fly to China for work. Now the visa office informed, I need to stay in Thailand for more than 2Months, befire they can issues my visa. What am I to do now?

Dear Lizette, Good day. You can apply for the COVID 19 extension at any immigration office. This will give you 60 days stay from the date of application. So I recommend to go to immigration office when your current visa or permit to stay is expiring. Thank you.

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Can you please inform me what a good website is for updated travel restrictions within Thailand?

Dear Uschi, Good day. Yes, you can definitely check this page: https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel-to-thailand/thailand-travel-restrictions You may also sign up for our weekly updates. Thank you.

It didnt come easy. PAL rejected my requests couple of times but am happy to inform you that I was finally accommodated on their June 30 flight. My only worry now is my visa expires 3 days earlier than my flight. I dont want to have any record of overstaying. Just want to consult if you think Thai Immigration would grant me at least 3 days visa, just up until my flight. Am praying hard now that my flight wouldn’t get cancelled anymore. Thinking about my situation is giving me unnecessary stress.

Thank you in advance for being available and sharing your expertise.

Dear Chris, I am not sure if you are in Thailand now or are you already in the Philippines. If you are already in the Philippines and your flight to Thailand is June 30th and your Thai visa is until June 27th, you will not be able to get a COE based on that visa. You may have to get a COE based on visa exemption. Thank you.

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Hi, I will be flight to Bangkok on 1 May and already get the ROC approval from the Hong Kong Thai Embassy, however, the flight schedule no was changed but on the same date of arrival, I tried to log in to amend the ROC but iot showed that it was approved which cannot be amended any information, may I know that how should I do ? is it necessary to amend the flight NO

Dear Ben, Good day. The COE has the remarks number stating that if your flight was canceled or delayed and you have a new flight within 72 hours from the original flight and all your other documents are updated, you can use the same COE. Thank you.

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Hi I was going to fly Thailand on apr 20th but it turns out i am Covid positive. I have to stay isolated 2 weeks at home. What are the requirements for people that has already Covid? You know PCR remains positive even if you can not transmit the illness… Should I quaratine? Thanks

Dear Fabian, You can travel to Thailand only when you test negative. People who recovered from COVID 19 will test negative afterward. That is the way to say they have recovered. Thank you.

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Hi Fabian, what ended up happening in your situation. Were you allowed to enter with a certificate of recovery or did you have to wait until you tested negative?

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Hi .. i just want to ask .. My friend want to travel in DUBAI UAE .. right now shes in thailand did bnkok thaild requires 100,000 usd for health insurance even she will do exit in the country? And she have already travel health insurance here in dubai .. hope u will answer my question . Thanks

Dear Mariel, A Thai national does not need a travel insurance when she returns to Thailand. If your friend is not Thai and she will return to Thailand, she needs to have 3 to 6 months COVID insurance for Thailand. Thank you.

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My husband plans to travel this May, he is a dialysis patient does ASQ hotels provide dialysis treatment for 2 days? He is done with his covid vaccine.

Dear Mae, Good day. I recommend for you to contact with the ASQ Hotel if they can arrange this special request. They might be able to arrange it with the partner hospital. Thank you.

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I’m married to a Thai national but I reside in the UK (I’m British), my wife is in Thailand (Isaan). I’m hoping to travel out there in October this year 2021 and would like to ask, will I be permitted to travel to Isaan to see her and spend a few weeks there?

Thanks Andre

Dear Andre, Good day. Yes, you will be permitted to see your family in Isaan. if you are staying less than 45 days in Thailand, you may opt to get the visa exemption of 45 days which you may extend for 30 in Thailand. You only need to apply for the COE or certificate of entry from the Thai Embassy. The main requirements are bank statement, return flight within 45 days, ASQ hotel booking for the quarantine of either 7 or 10 days, COVID 19 travel insurance for Thailand and the COVID test before your flight. The processing time for the COE will take a couple of days.

You may download our Free Guide on How to Enter Thailand on this link: https://www.siam-legal.com/legal-guide/how-to-enter-thailand-2021-guide.pdf Thank you.

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My Mom is a Thai citizen will she have to self isolate at the hotel or we can self isolate ourselves at home? Because we have not enough money to pay that hotel fee for 14 days. What should we do?

Dear Jimmy, For the Thai national, when applying for the COE to return to Thailand, you will be given an option to quarantine in a hotel paid by yourself or quarantine in the facility provided by the government (usually it is a hotel classroom or a hotel also). No, you cannot quarantine at home. You must do it in designated areas for 10 days. Thank you.

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Hi, Can i convert my non immigrant o type visa into non-immigrant B type visa without leaving Thailand? Is there any relaxation in this case due to covid?

Dear Vishakha, Good day. At this time, if your non immigrant O visa is a dependant visa or guardian visa or volunteer visa, it is not possible to change it into a Non Immigrant B visa within the country. If it is a Non O visa under retirement or under marriage visa, there will be a possibility that it can be changed into a Non Immigrant B visa at Bangkok Immigration office. Thank you.

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My mum is a Thai resident living in England, my sister and I are British citizens. We’ve had bad news about a family member and we are desperate to go over as soon as possible this would not be for tourism, strictly personal agenda. What can we do?

Dear Alex, Good day. You may enter Thailand under visa exemption. Please check this page as your guide on how you can travel to Thailand right now: https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel-to-thailand/how-to-travel-to-thailand-in-2021 Thank you.

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Hi there, I am a visitor from Indonesia, and I entered Thailand under the 45 day visa exemption scheme. I just finished my quarantine and plan to extend my duration of stay beyond the original 45 days. Is that possible? And what are the requirements?

Dear Lisa, Yes, you may visit the local immigration office and you may apply for a 60-day COVID 19 extension and pay 1900 THB. Thank you.

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Exercise a high degree of caution to Thailand overall due to the risk of civil unrest and the threat of terrorism, including in Bangkok and Phuket. 

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Local emergency contacts

Fire and rescue services, medical emergencies.

Call 1669 for medical emergencies and rescue services.

Call 1724 for an ambulance in Bangkok. 1669 Nationwide.

Call 191 for police.

Call 1155 for the tourist police.

Advice levels

Exercise a high degree of caution  to Thailand overall due to the risk of civil unrest and the threat of terrorism, including in Bangkok and Phuket. 

Exercise a high degree of caution  to Thailand overall due to the possibility of civil unrest and the threat of terrorism, including in Bangkok and Phuket. 

Reconsider your need to travel  to Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces.

Reconsider your need to travel  to:

  • Yala province,
  • Pattani province, and 
  • Narathiwat province

due to ongoing risks of low-level insurgent activity.

See  Safety .

  • Anti-government protests have previously occurred in Bangkok and other areas of Thailand. The security environment can be unpredictable and turn violent. Those attending protests can face arrest or other legal consequences. Monitor local media for information on protest locations and avoid public gatherings. Take official warnings seriously and follow the advice of local authorities.
  • Popular tourist areas in Thailand may be the target of terrorist attacks. Thai authorities have warned of possible bombings on symbolic dates or holidays. Be alert to possible threats. Take official warnings seriously and follow the advice of local authorities.
  • Border areas near Cambodia, Myanmar and Malaysia are dangerous due to violence, armed conflict and landmines. Pay close attention to your personal security.
  • Reconsider your need to travel to the 3 most southern provinces of the Thailand-Malaysia border: Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat. Low-level insurgent activity continues to occur in these areas.  
  • Sexual assault, assault, robbery and drink spiking can happen to tourists. Never leave your drink unattended. Stick with people you trust at parties, in bars, nightclubs and taxis.

Full travel advice:  Safety

  • If you're visiting Thailand and then travelling to a country that requires COVID-19 testing (RAT or PCR test) for entry, you'll need to purchase medical insurance prior to your arrival in Thailand. The insurance will need to provide cover for COVID-19 treatment.
  • Travellers have been arrested for carrying medicine they bought at a Thai pharmacy without a prescription. Get medical advice before buying medicine.
  • Insect-borne diseases include malaria, Zika virus, dengue, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis and filariasis. Use insect repellent. Ensure your accommodation is insect-proof as possible. 
  • Animals in parts of Thailand can carry rabies. Don't ever feed, pat or tease monkeys. If you're bitten or scratched by a dog, monkey or other animal, get treatment immediately.
  • Thailand has high levels of air pollution. Air pollution can make bronchial, sinus or asthma conditions worse. Check air quality levels on the World Air Quality Index .
  • Medical tourism is common. Avoid discount and uncertified medical establishments. Their standards can be poor. Research medical service providers and choose with care.

Full travel advice:  Health

  • Penalties for drug offences are severe. They include the death penalty.
  • Commercial surrogacy is illegal. E-cigarettes, e-baraku, vaporisers and refills are illegal. Smoking on some beaches is illegal. Travel without carrying identification is illegal.
  • Penalties for breaking the law can apply to anyone aged under 18 years. Penalties for children can include detention in a juvenile or adult prison.
  • Thailand has the death penalty for serious crimes, including murder, attempted murder and rape. Crimes against the state and offences against the monarchy can also attract the death penalty. Take care not to cause offence about the monarchy, including on social media.

Full travel advice:  Local laws

  • You can get a visa exemption for up to 30 days if you arrive through one of the international airports or for up to 15 days if you enter through a land border (restricted to 2 entries per calendar year). Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. You should contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Thailand or see the  Thai government's Facebook page  for the latest details. 
  • You may be subject to biometric screening at points of entry, and restrictions may change at short notice. Check with your airline, the  International Air Transport Association (IATA)  or the nearest Thai Embassy for the latest information. 
  • You can transit between international flights in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport . Ensure that your connecting flight is booked on the same itinerary and ticket. You must remain in the transiting area in the airport.

Full travel advice:  Travel

Local contacts

  • The  Consular Services Charter  tells you what the Australian Government can and can't do to help when you're overseas.
  • For consular help, contact the  Australian Embassy, Bangkok , the  Australian Consulate-General, Phuket  or the Passport and Notarial Services, Chiang Mai .
  • To stay up to date with local information, follow the Embassy's social media accounts.

Full travel advice:  Local contacts

Full advice

Civil unrest and political tension, security situation .

The security situation can be unpredictable in Thailand.  Large protests have occurred in Bangkok and other areas. In previous years, large political protests and government crowd control operations have resulted in violence.

More incidents are possible.

To stay safe during periods of unrest:

  • avoid demonstrations, processions and public gatherings
  • follow media and other sources
  • take official warnings seriously
  • follow the advice of local authorities
  • If you see a suspicious package, stay clear and report it to Police

More information:

  • Demonstrations and civil unrest

Thailand-Cambodia border

Thailand and Cambodia have an ongoing border dispute. There's a risk of landmines and unexploded weapons near the Thai-Cambodian border area.

Be extra careful at tourist areas, including:

  • the Preah Vihear temple - Khao Pra Viharn in Thailand
  • the Ta Kwai temple - Ta Krabei in Cambodia
  • the Ta Muen Thom temple - Ta Moan in Cambodia

Tourist attractions and border crossings in this area may close with little or no notice.

Thailand-Myanmar border

Fighting and armed theft can occur along the Thai-Myanmar border. This includes:

  • fighting between the Burmese military and armed ethnic opposition groups
  • clashes between Thai security forces and armed criminal groups, such as drug traffickers

Armed clashes between the military and opposition groups inside Myanmar may lead to border closures.

If you try to cross the border illegally, you may be detained and deported.

Bandits may target you if you travel through national parks in this border region.

If you travel to this region:

  • monitor the news
  • watch out for other signs of unrest
  • pay close attention to your personal security

Thailand-Malaysia border

Reconsider your need to travel to or from the three most southern provinces:

Violence includes attacks and bombings, with deaths and injuries. Since 2004, over 6500 people have been killed and many more injured in these provinces.

Bombings are often coordinated to target people who respond to the first explosion.

Over the past few years, multiple coordinated explosions have occurred in the southern border provinces, and low-level insurgent activity continues.  

If you travel to or stay in these provinces, you could get caught up in violence directed at others.

Attacks can happen at any time.

Terrorism is a threat worldwide.

Attacks, including bombings, are possible anytime. They can happen anywhere, including Bangkok and Phuket.

Popular tourist areas may be the target of terrorist attacks.

Thai authorities have warned of possible bombings on symbolic dates or holidays.

In August 2016, around 24 incidents with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), arson and other suspicious events killed 4 people and injured over 30.

Some IEDs were detonated in popular tourist spots, including:

  • Hua Hin, Patong Beach and Loma Park in Phuket
  • Surat Thani

On 10 March 2019, several IEDs exploded in Phatthalung and Satun provinces. No people were killed or injured. 

IED incidents have occurred in Bangkok and other tourist areas in recent years. On 2 August 2019, a series of explosions occurred in public places throughout Bangkok, including near Chong Nonsi BTS Station and outside several Thai Government buildings.

In May 2017, attacks at a Bangkok Military Hospital and the National Theatre injured 26 people.

Possible targets for future attacks include:

  • shopping malls, markets and banks
  • hotels and beach resorts
  • restaurants, bars and nightclubs
  • schools and places of worship
  • outdoor recreation events

Other targets include public buildings, public transport, airports and sea ports.

To reduce your risk of being involved in a terrorist attack: 

  • have a clear exit plan in case there's a security incident
  • be alert to possible threats
  • report suspicious activity or items to police
  • monitor the media for threats

If there is an attack, leave the area as soon as it's safe. Avoid the affected area in case of secondary attacks.

Sexual assault and violent crime

Travellers may experience  sexual assault , other  assault  and  robbery .

Be extra careful in tourist spots such as Khao San Road in Bangkok and the night-time entertainment zones in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket.

Be aware of drink-spiking. Don't drink homemade or local cocktails. They can contain narcotics or poison. You're at higher risk of sexual assault and theft if you get drugged.

Never leave your drink unattended.

Stick with people you trust at parties, in bars, nightclubs and taxis.

Get urgent medical attention if you think you or someone else has been drugged.

If you're a victim of violent crime, including rape, get immediate medical attention.

Under Thai law, courts will only accept the results of a medical examination from some government hospitals. After you've been examined by a government hospital, you can receive medical attention at a private hospital. Please contact the Australian Embassy Bangkok, Consulate-General Phuket, Consulate Chang Mai or Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra for assistance.

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Petty crime

Money and passports have been stolen from budget hotel and hostel rooms, and from bags on public transport. Thieves also target luggage stored on trains and below buses.

Bags have been snatched by thieves on motorcycles, or sliced open with razor blades. 

To reduce your risk of theft:

  • don't leave valuables in luggage stowed under buses or away from you on trains
  • be wary of motorcycles approaching from behind as you walk on the footpath
  • hold bags and backpacks in front of you

Cyber security 

You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you're connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.

Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.

More information: 

Cyber security when travelling overseas

Tours and adventure activities

Transport and tour operators don't always follow safety and maintenance standards. This includes for:

  • scuba diving
  • elephant safaris
  • bungee jumping

If you plan to do an  adventure activity :

  • check if your travel insurance policy covers it
  • ask about and insist on minimum safety requirements
  • always use available safety gear, such as life jackets or seatbelts

If proper safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.

Climate and natural disasters

Thailand experiences  natural disasters  and  severe weather , including:

  • earthquakes

Severe weather events are likely to disrupt transport, electricity and communications.

To stay safe during severe weather:

  • check media and weather reports
  • check in with your tour operator
  • don't enter areas affected by flooding or landslides

If there is a natural disaster:

  • secure your passport in a safe, waterproof place
  • keep in contact with friends and family
  • monitor the media and other local sources of information
  • Register with the  Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System  to receive alerts on major disasters.

Storms and floods

Severe storms and widespread seasonal flooding can occur without warning. This includes flash floods.

The wet season in north and central Thailand is from May to October.

In Koh Samui and the south-east of the peninsula, the wet season is from November to March.

  • Thai Meteorological Department
  • Mekong River Commission  — flood levels for the Mekong River

Earthquakes and tsunamis

Earthquakes occur in Thailand.

Tsunamis are more likely in Thailand because of the risk of earthquakes. 

Check with the  US Tsunami Warning Centre  for updates on seismic activity and tsunamis.

If you're near the coast, move to high ground straight away if advised, or if you:

  • feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up
  • feel a weak, rolling earthquake that lasts a minute or more
  • see a sudden rise or fall in sea level
  • hear loud and unusual noises from the sea

Don't wait for official warnings such as alarms or sirens. Once on high ground, monitor local media.

Travel insurance

Get comprehensive  travel insurance  before you leave.

If you're visiting Thailand and then travelling to a country that requires COVID-19 testing (RAT or PCR test) for entry, you'll need to purchase medical insurance prior to your arrival in Thailand. The insurance will need to provide cover for COVID-19 treatment.

Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.

If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.

If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.

  • what activities and care your policy covers, including in terms of health and travel disruptions
  • that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away

Physical and mental health

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. 

See your doctor or travel clinic to:

  • have a basic health check-up
  • ask if your travel plans may affect your health
  • plan any vaccinations you need

Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your  nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate  to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.

  • General health advice
  • Healthy holiday tips  (Healthdirect Australia)

Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Thailand. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.

Get medical advice before buying medicine in Thailand. Travellers have been arrested for carrying medicine they bought at a Thai pharmacy without a prescription.

Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:

  • what the medication is
  • your required dosage
  • that it's for personal use
  • Medications

Health risks

Insect-borne illnesses.

Zika virus  is a risk in Thailand. If you are pregnant, defer non-essential travel to affected areas. Speak to your doctor before you travel. Several cases have been reported, including in Bangkok.

The Department of Health's  Zika virus bulletin  has advice for all travellers on how to reduce Zika virus risks. There's no vaccine for Zika virus.

Malaria  is a risk throughout the year in rural areas. The worst affected areas are near the borders with Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. 

Dengue  occurs in Thailand. It's common during the rainy season:

  • November to March in Koh Samui and the south-east of Thailand
  • May to October in the rest of Thailand, including Phuket

Dengue peaks in July and August although it is prevalent throughout the year . There's no vaccine or specific treatment for dengue.

Other insect-borne diseases include:

  • chikungunya
  • Japanese encephalitis

To protect yourself from disease:

  • make sure your accommodation is insect-proof
  • use insect repellent
  • wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing
  • consider taking medicine to prevent malaria
  • get vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis
  • Infectious diseases

Animals in parts of Thailand can carry  rabies .

Rabies is deadly. Humans can get rabies from mammals, such as:

  • other animals

Don't ever feed, pat or tease monkeys, even if you're encouraged to.

If you're bitten or scratched by a dog, monkey or other animal, get treatment as soon as possible.

Smoke haze and air pollution

Thailand has high levels of air pollution. It can reach hazardous levels. Bangkok and Chiang Mai can be particularly bad. 

Air pollution can make bronchial, sinus or asthma conditions worse. 

Smoke haze is an issue across the north and north-east of Thailand from March to April.

Check air quality levels on the  World Air Quality Index .

Get advice from your doctor before you travel. 

Medical care

Medical facilities.

The standard of medical facilities varies . 

In an emergency, we recommend you contact an ambulance on 1669.

Private hospitals in major cities have high standards of medical care. Services can be limited in other areas.

Hospitals and doctors often need to confirm your insurance before they'll treat you, even in an emergency. Otherwise you may need to pay cash up-front. Costs can be very high.

Hospitals in Bangkok and other large cities can treat serious illnesses and accidents. In other areas, you may need to be moved to a place with better facilities. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.

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Medical tourism

Medical tourism , including for cosmetic and sex-change operations, is common.

Standards at discount and uncertified medical establishments can be poor. Serious and life-threatening complications can result.

Some hospitals and clinics have refused to compensate patients:

  • who aren't satisfied with the results of cosmetic surgery
  • who are harmed during surgery
  • who die during surgery

Do your research. Choose your medical service providers with care.

Don't use discount or uncertified medical service providers.

You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.

If you're arrested or jailed , the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our  Consular Services Charter . But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

Penalties for drug offences are severe. They include the death penalty.

Possession of even small quantities of drugs for recreational purposes can lead to long jail sentences and deportation.

Thai authorities may conduct spot-checks for illegal drugs in tourist areas.

Travellers have been targeted for narcotic tests. Under Thai law, authorities have the right to demand urine samples from people suspected of taking illegal drugs.

If you're asked to submit a urine sample, ask to do it at a police station. You can also ask to contact the Tourist Police. Call 1155 for English-speaking officers.

Private recreational use of cannabis is legal if the THC content is below 0.2% in weight. Cannabis use in public places remains illegal, and smoking outside is considered a public nuisance, and offenders risk fines and arrest. It is still illegal to sell or supply any extracts of cannabis containing more than 0.2% of THC.

Follow directions from local authorities.

  • Carrying or using drugs

Surrogacy laws

Commercial surrogacy is illegal.

  • Going overseas for international surrogacy
  • Going overseas to adopt a child

E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes, e-baraku, and other related vaporisers, including refills, are prohibited. You can't import or transfer them through Thailand, even for personal use.

Producing or selling these items is illegal. You face either 10 years of imprisonment or a fine up to THB1 million, or both.

Penalties for breaking the law can be severe.

These penalties can also apply to anyone aged under 18 years who is subject to Thai juvenile judicial processes. Penalties can include detention in a juvenile or adult prison.

The death penalty can apply to:

  • attempted murder
  • crimes against the state, including treason
  • some offences against the monarchy

Insulting the monarchy, or defacing images of the monarchy - including on a bank note bearing the King's image - can lead to prison terms of up to 15 years.

Take care not to cause offence when posting, commenting or liking items about the monarchy, including on social media.

In Thailand, it's illegal to:

  • travel without carrying identification
  • gamble - other than at a few major race tracks
  • make a false statement to police, including about an insurance claim

It is also illegal to smoke on beaches in tourist areas, including:

  • Prachuap Khiri Khan

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.

  • Staying within the law and respecting customs

Dual citizenship

Thai-Australian dual nationals may be liable to complete military conscription.

If you're a dual national, contact the nearest  embassy or consulate of Thailand  before you travel.

  • Dual nationals

Local customs

Respect local customs and take care to not offend. Deliberately ignoring local customs can cause grave offence.

Do not show the soles of your feet or touch the top of a person's head. These are insulting in Thai culture.

If in doubt, ask for local advice.

Visas and border measures

Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering. 

Australian tourists can get a visa exemption for:

  • up to 30 days, if you arrive through one of the international airports
  • up to 15 days, if you enter through a land border (restricted to 2 entries per calendar year)

For longer stays, or if you're travelling for reasons other than tourism, you'll need to apply for a visa before you travel.

Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest Embassy or consulate of Thailand, the  Royal Thai Embassy Canberra  or Royal Thai Consulate-General Sydney . See  the official website of the Tourism Authority of Thailand  for the latest details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.

Visas overstays

If you overstay your visa, you'll need to pay a fine before you can leave. You can also be:

  • banned from re-entering Thailand

Thai authorities can blacklist you, which means you can never return to Thailand.

Penalties for not paying the fine include long prison sentences. Conditions at Immigration Detention Centres are harsh.

  • Thai Immigration Bureau

Border measures

International passengers can transit Suvarnabhumi Airport , Bangkok.

You may be subject to biometric screening at points of entry. Clarify entry requirements with your airline,  International Air Transport Association (IATA)  or your nearest Thai Embassy. 

Travellers are responsible for all COVID-19 treatment expenses if their medical insurance does not provide adequate coverage for COVID-19 illness. 

Departure from Thailand

Travellers should refer to the relevant airline or travel provider for information about departing Thailand. 

  • Royal Thai Embassy , Canberra
  • Thai government's Facebook page

Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.

Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.

You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.

The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting  a new passport .

Lost or stolen passport

Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.

Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.

Don't give your passport to third parties - like a jet ski or motorcycle rental businesses - as a guarantee. Companies may hold on to the passport and ask for payment for damages.

If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:

  • In Australia, contact the  Australian Passport Information Service .
  • If you're overseas, contact the nearest  Australian embassy or consulate .

Passport with ‘X’ gender identifier 

Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can't guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest  embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination  before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.

  • LGBTI travellers

The currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB).

You can convert Australian dollars for THB in tourist areas, major cities and towns.

ATMs are available in cities and regional centres.

Most hotels, restaurants and higher-end shops accept international credit cards.

Card skimming occurs. See  Safety

Local travel

Driver's permit.

To drive a car or motorcycle in Thailand, you'll need a valid Australian driver's licence for the type of vehicle you're using.

To drive a motorbike, you'll need a valid motorcycle licence. Some rental companies will tell you otherwise.

You are required to have an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Don't drive any vehicles not covered by your Australian licence.

The  Department of Land Transport  issues Thai driver’s licences. Contact them to confirm:

  • your eligibility
  • what documents you need to apply

The legal driving age in Thailand is 18.

Road travel

You're more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident in Thailand than in Australia.

Thailand has one of the highest traffic-related fatality rates in the world. Motorcyclists are most at risk.

Road accidents are common, including in resort areas such as Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui. 

Driving in Thailand is dangerous due to:

  • reckless passing
  • ignoring traffic laws

Be extra careful during holidays, such as Songkran (Thai New Year). Alcohol use and congestion are worse during these times.

Don't drink and drive.

If you're walking, use overhead walkways. Look in both directions before crossing streets, even at marked crossways.

  • Driving or riding

Motorcycles

Under Thai law, motorcycle riders and passengers must wear a helmet. However, hire companies or motorcycle taxis rarely provide helmets. You may need to shop around to hire a helmet.

Australians are regularly injured or die in motorbike accidents in Thailand. Alcohol is often involved.

If you're in an accident, police may detain or arrest you until compensation is agreed. This can often cost 1000s of dollars.

Many vehicle hire companies don't have insurance.

If you have a motorcycle accident, you could be responsible for any damages, loss or costs associated with injury to others. The embassy can't help you negotiate on compensation demands.

Lawyers who can represent you are available from:

  • Australian Embassy and Consulates-General in Thailand
  • the Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra

If you plan to hire a motorbike, make sure:

  • your insurance policy covers it
  • you have a valid motorcycle licence
  • the hiring company has comprehensive and third-party insurance
  • you know the excess you would need to pay if you have an accident
  • you always wear a helmet

Don't drink and drive, or drink and ride.

Never give your passport as a deposit or guarantee.

Taxis, tuktuks and motorcycle taxis

Official, metered taxis are generally safe and convenient. Be alert to possible  scams  and safety risks.

Be aware of apparently friendly taxi or tuktuk drivers who offer you cheap tours. They will take you to shops where they receive a commission. You may be overcharged or sold worthless goods or gems.

Before you get in an unmetered taxi, tuktuk or motorcycle taxi, agree on the fare and the route.

Make sure your bags are secure when you're travelling in a tuktuk or motorcycle taxi.

Never put yourself in danger by confronting a taxi, tuktuk or motorcycle taxi driver. Call the Tourist Police on 1155 if you need help. 

Be careful when opening taxi doors. Look out for other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

Ferry and speedboat travel can be dangerous. Serious incidents involving tourists have occurred and people have died.

If you plan on  travelling by boat  or ferry:

  • check safety standards are in place
  • check there is enough safety equipment for everyone
  • wear your life jacket at all times
  • avoid travelling after dark
  • don't get on overcrowded boats

DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.

Check  Thailand's air safety profile  with the Aviation Safety Network.

Emergencies

Depending on what you need, contact your:

  • family and friends
  • travel agent
  • insurance provider

Call 1724 for an ambulance in Bangkok.

Always get a police report when you report a crime.

Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.

Consular contacts

Read the  Consular Services Charter  for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.

Australian Embassy, Bangkok

181 Wireless Road Lumphini, Pathumwan Bangkok, Thailand. 10330 Phone: (+66 2) 344 6300 Fax: (+66 2) 344 6593 Website:  thailand.embassy.gov.au   Email: [email protected]   Facebook:  Australia in Thailand Twitter:  @AusAmbBKK

Check the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.

Australian Consulate-General, Phuket

6th Floor CCM Complex 77/77 Chalermprakiat Rama 9 Road (Bypass Road) Muang Phuket, Thailand, 83000 Phone: (+66 76) 317 700 Fax: (+66 76) 317 743 Website:  phuket.consulate.gov.au E-mail:  [email protected]

24-hour Consular Emergency Centre

In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 in Australia

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Thailand travel guidelines: All you need to know

Thailand, a land of vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality, has become an increasingly prevalent destination. If you are planning a trip to the Land of Smiles, here is a comprehensive guide on how to travel to Thailand from India and essential tips to make your journey memorable.

  • Visa requirements For Indian citizens planning a trip to Thailand, a tourist visa is generally required. However, Thailand offers visa-free entry for Indian passport holders for short stays of up to 15 days, depending on the mode of entry. It is advisable to check the latest visa regulations and requirements from the official website of the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate.
  • Flights to Thailand Numerous airlines operate direct flights from major Indian cities to popular Thai destinations like Bangkok, Phuket, and Krabi. Booking your flight well in advance can help you secure better deals. Keep in mind that direct flights might be more convenient, but connecting flights can offer more affordable options.
  • Currency exchange The currency used in Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB). It is recommended to exchange your Indian rupees to Thai Baht at authorised currency exchange centres or banks upon arrival in Thailand for a better rate. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted, but carrying some local currency for small purchases is always a good idea.
  • Local transportation Getting around Thailand is relatively easy, thanks to a well-developed transportation network. Taxis, tuk-tuks, and motorbike taxis are readily available in urban areas. For longer distances, consider using Thailand's efficient and affordable public transportation, such as buses or trains.
  • Safety and health precautions Thailand is generally a safe destination, but like any other country, it is essential to take certain precautions. Stay vigilant with your belongings, avoid isolated areas at night, and adhere to local laws and customs. Additionally, consult a healthcare professional for any recommended vaccinations before travelling.
  • COVID-19 guidelines Given the global pandemic, it is crucial to stay updated on Thailand's COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. Check the latest travel advisories, quarantine requirements, and health protocols before your trip. Ensure you have the necessary documentation and follow all safety measures to protect yourself and others.

Understanding the travel guidelines will allow you to make the most of your time in Thailand.

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How to Travel from India to Thailand: A Comprehensive Guide

Traveling from India to Thailand is an exciting experience for any traveler. The two countries offer a plethora of cultural, historical, and natural attractions and offer a diverse range of activities for visitors to enjoy. If you’re planning a trip from India to Thailand, this comprehensive guide will provide you with all the information you need to make your journey a success.

The first step in planning your trip from India to Thailand is to decide how you’d like to travel. The most popular way to get to Thailand from India is by air, with direct flights available from major cities in India to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. If you’d prefer to travel by land, there are also buses and trains running between India and Thailand. While this is a cheaper option, it is also much more time consuming.

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Once you’ve made your decision on how to travel, the next step is to apply for a visa. Citizens of India require a visa to enter Thailand, and the process of obtaining one is fairly straightforward. You will need to complete an online application, submit supporting documents, and pay a fee. The processing time for visas can vary, so it’s important to apply as soon as you can to ensure you don’t experience any delays.

When it comes to choosing an accommodation for your stay in Thailand, you’ll find a variety of options. Hotels and resorts are popular choices, as are guesthouses and hostels. To get the best deals, it’s usually a good idea to book your accommodation in advance. This will ensure you get the best rates and avoid disappointment on arrival.

Now that the practicalities of your trip are taken care of, it’s time to start planning your itinerary. Thailand is a large country with a range of attractions, from bustling cities to stunning beaches. Bangkok is the country’s capital and provides plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained, while Chiang Mai and Phuket are popular destinations for beach lovers. If you’re looking to experience more of the country’s culture, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai are great places to explore.

Whether you’re traveling to Thailand on a budget or looking to splurge, make sure you take the time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of this beautiful country. From the Thai cuisine to the vibrant nightlife, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to make memories that will last a lifetime.

By following this comprehensive guide, you’ll be well on your way to having a successful and enjoyable trip from India to Thailand. With the right preparation and planning, your journey is sure to be a memorable one.

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China and Thailand to waive visa requirements permanently; know what it means for India

Posted: 3 January 2024 | Last updated: 4 January 2024

106507323 As per the latest development, Thailand and China have announced a landmark agreement to boost tourism. Both the countries have decided to permanently waive visa requirements for each other's citizens, which will be effective from March.

Referring to this, Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin revealed this significant development, and addressed the mutual benefits that it would bring to both the nations. Reports add that this move comes after Thailand had already taken steps to boost its tourism industry by waiving visas for Chinese nationals in September.

The initial visa waiver for Chinese citizens proved to be a great success, particularly at a time when Thailand was facing a decline with regard to the footfall of Chinese tourists. However, within just the first two days of the waiver, more than 22,000 Chinese visitors entered Thailand, which indicated positive impact of the initiative. Prime Minister Srettha expressed his enthusiasm for welcoming tourists from both countries, highlighting the readiness of Thailand to open its doors and ensure the well-being of visitors.

106379244 Describing the visa waiver as an ‘upgrade’ to the relations between Thailand and China, Prime Minister Srettha also stressed upon the positive impact on the significance of Thai passports. Currently, Chinese tourists represent the second-largest group of foreign visitors to Thailand, following Malaysians.

Despite the optimistic outlook, the tourism landscape in Thailand has faced challenges, including a shortage of low-cost flights post-COVID-19 and a slowing Chinese economy.

106507380 Safety concerns have also been raised, fueled by rumors of tourists being kidnapped and sent to work in scam centers in neighboring countries.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand set a target of attracting up to 3.5 million Chinese visitors in 2023, which fell short of its 4 million-target. However, this projection represents a significant improvement from the meager 270,000 Chinese tourists received in 2022. Looking ahead, the tourism authority has ambitiously set a target of 8.2 million Chinese tourists for the year 2024.

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Notably, China has also been actively waiving visa requirements to attract tourists. In November, the country announced a visa-free trial for visitors from several European countries and Malaysia, aiming to encourage international travel. This program, which began in December, is slated to continue until the end of November this year.

The reciprocal visa waivers between Thailand and China reflect a broader trend of nations leveraging such measures to stimulate tourism and enhance diplomatic ties.

106507339 On the flip side, if the visa waiver stimulates tourism in Thailand and China at the expense of other destinations, including India, it could pose challenges for the Indian tourism industry. And for this, Indian authorities might need to reassess strategies to attract and retain international tourists.

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Also, since India shares regional ties with both China and Thailand, this visa waiver will likely foster increased tourism between these two countries, and could lead to regional economic growth and collaboration. With this, India might also likely face challenges in maintaining or increasing its share of international tourists within the region.

China and Thailand to waive visa requirements permanently; know what it means for India

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BANGKOK:  Thailand and China agreed on Sunday (Jan 28) to waive visa requirements for each other's nationals to facilitate travel and tourism between the two countries, hurt by COVID-19. 

Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-nukara and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi signed the mutual visa exemption, which takes effect on Mar 1, at a ceremony after a meeting in Bangkok.

"This visa-free era will bring people-to-people exchanges to a new height," Wang told a joint press conference.

China was a top source for Thailand's tourism industry, a major driver of Southeast Asia's second-largest economy before COVID-19, but the return of Chinese tourists to Thailand has been slow.

"There will be a big increase in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand," Wang said.

The number of Chinese tourists to Thailand plunged to 3.5 million last year from 11 million in 2019 before the pandemic.

Beijing and Bangkok also pledged to speed up the construction of the China-Thailand railway and work together in combating transnational crimes, Wang said.

He and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan held talks in Bangkok on Friday and Saturday about issues including bilateral relations, Taiwan and Iran.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand and China agreed to waive visa requirements for each other's nationals to facilitate travel and tourism between the two countries, Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara said on Sunday.

The mutual visa exemption takes effect on March 1. Passport holders from both countries will be able to enter and stay for up to 30 days without visas. The exemption will take effect after the Lunar New Year holiday in February, a peak period for outbound Chinese travel, but in time for Thailand's Songkran festival in April.

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