COVID-19 Important Updates

Thailand has further strengthened our defences against the COVID-19. To help guide visitors and tourism business, please find a summary of the current measures below and follow us on Facebook & Instagram Stories for a daily update on COVID-19 numbers in Thailand.

July 14, 2020 – 

 

July 8, 2020 – The eligible travellers as listed below must seek in advance a ‘Certificate of Entry’ from their local Thai embassies or consulates abroad as required under the order of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Here are the CAAT’s recommendations:

Predeparture

  • Check whether they are individuals as described in the 11 exempt types issued by the CAAT.
  • Prepare the necessary relevant documents as required for the different types of individuals.
  • Contact the nearest Thai embassy or consulate to submit the documents and follow the terms and conditions for the flight bookings to obtain the ‘Certificate of Entry’

Departure date

Show the following documents and items to the airline at the check-in counter:

  • Passport.
  • Certificate of Entry.
  • Health certificate clarifying no risk of COVID-19, using a RT-PCR laboratory technique, issued no more than 72 hours before travelling (required from passengers in Types 2, 3, and 6-11).
  • Health insurance policy showing a minimum coverage for COVID-19 of not less than US$100,000 (required from passengers in Types 5-11).
  • Surgical masks and alcohol-based hand sanitiser (per the approved amount).

Onboard the aircraft

  • Wear a surgical mask during the flight.
  • Follow the airline’s infection control guidance and restrictions.

Upon arrival

1. For visitors staying no more than 14 days.

  • Undergo the COVID-19 testing using a RT-PCR laboratory technique at the airport.
  • Download the tracking mobile phone app for COVID-19 incidents.

2. For visitors staying longer than 14 days.

  • Undergo the COVID-19 screening (checking symptoms and body temperature).
  • Download the tracking mobile phone app for COVID-19 incidents.
  • Enter a 14-day local or state quarantine.

For more information:

  • Royal Thai Government’s COVID-19 Information Centre, Hotline 1111.
  • Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tel: +66 (0) 572-8442.
  • Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Hotline 1422.
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, Tel: +66 (0) 568-8800.
  • Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Contact Centre, Hotline 1672 (for tourism-related matters only).

July 1, 2020 – According to CAAT, as the present situation of COVID–19 in many foreign countries remains severe, it is necessary to impose measures to restrict the travel to Thailand in accordance with the screening capability of the competent officers or the communicable disease control officers in order to efficiently control and prevent the new epidemic in the Kingdom.

 

CAAT hereby issues the notification on the conditions for permitting aircraft to fly over, fly into or out of, and take off or land in the Kingdom, from 1 July 2020, onwards as follows:

1. The following aircraft will be allowed to fly over, fly into or out of, and take off from or land at an international airport in the Kingdom when permission is given by the CAAT:

  • State or military aircraft
  • Emergency landing flights
  • Technical landing flights without disembarkation
  • Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights
  • Repatriation flights
  • Cargo flights

2. Permission for passenger aircraft will be given by the CAAT for flying over, flying into or out of, and taking off or landing at an international airport in the Kingdom only if the passengers or persons on board are one of the following categories:

  1. Thai nationals.
  2. Persons with an exemption or persons being considered, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving the state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, as necessary. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to specified conditions and time limits.
  3. Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national.
  4. Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of residence, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom.
  5. Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid work permit or are allowed to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.
  6. Carriers of necessary goods subject to immediate return after completion.
  7. Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission, and have a specified date and time for return.
  8. Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students.
  9. Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID–19.
  10. Individuals in diplomatic missions, consular affairs, international organizations, government representatives, foreign government agencies working in Thailand, or individual in other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including their spouse, parents, or children.
  11. Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country.

3. Aircraft and passengers or persons entering the Kingdom under Item No. 2 must comply with the conditions, time limits and rules of the authorised persons under the Thai immigration law, communicable diseases law, air navigation law, and the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation in force, for prevention of the disease and the organisation of the number of persons entering Thailand in accordance with the screening capability of the competent officers or the communicable disease control officers, and the arrangement of quarantine facilities.

April 23, 2020 – Thailand sees continuous drop in new COVID-19 cases as a result of the intensive measures being implemented across the nation. As of today (April 23, 2020), there are 13 new cases reported bringing the total to 2,839 and one new death adding the toll to 50. Thus fat, the number of recovered cases has totalled 2,430 and the number of patients still receiving medical treatment dropped to 359.

“Although the current COVID-19 situation in Thailand has improved, people are requested to continue to strictly comply with the measures for a while. Stop unnecessary travel, refrain joining in groups and parties, and avoid going to crowded places. Wear cloth or surgical masks, wash hands regularly and importantly, keep a distance of two meters away from other people,” according to the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health. (Read Full)

 

March 27, 2020 – The Office of International Cooperation, Department of Disease Control (DDC), Ministry of Public Health has opened a dedicated hotline for foreigners in Thailand to inquire about COVID-19 related matters at +66 (0) 96 847 8209 or +66 (0) 92 726 0474, from 08.00 – 20.00 Hrs. Thailand local time.

 

March 18, 2020 – The Ministry of Public Health has provided further details on measures for travellers arriving in Thailand as per their flight’s origins: Disease Infected Zones, countries with ongoing local transmission, and other destinations. (Read Full)

Travellers from Disease Infected Zone as of March 5, 2020: China including Macau and Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Republic of Italy, The Islamic Republic of Iran

AND Travelers from the ongoing local transmission areas as of March 13, 2020: France, Spain, the United States of America, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain, Japan (specific cities, picture 1), and Germany

    1. Prior Check-in – Present Health Certification Describe “No Evidence of COVID19 infection in the previous 48 hours and no signs of sickness in the 14 days prior to the departure date”
    2. Prior Check-in – Health insurance (in an amount of US$ 100,000 that should cover all expenditures of medical treatment while travelling abroad.) This does not apply to Thai citizens, Foreign diplomats.
    3. Arrive in Thailand – Complete T.8 Form accurately
    4. Travellers with a fever and at least one of the following symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing) must notify disease control officers at the quarantine office immediately
    5. All travellers will pass a fever screening through a thermal scan. Travellers who meet the criteria of surveillance will be referred to a designated hospital.
    6. All travellers are recommended to implement control for observation (meaning supervision without quarantine) in order to ensure self-monitoring at their residence for no less than 14 days


March 13, 2020 – Thailand’s Ministry of Interior issued a temporary suspension of the visa on arrival for 18 countries and visa exemption for three others on 12 March 2020, effective from 13 March to 30 September 2020. The grant of a visa on arrival is temporarily suspended for passport holders of 18 nations; namely, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China (including Hong Kong, Taiwan), Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, and Vanuatu. Previously, nationals of these countries could apply for a visa upon arrival in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 15 days. The tourist visa exemption is temporarily suspended for Italy, South Korea and Hong Kong. All existing visas attached to the passports or travel documents issued by the Royal Thai Embassies and Consulates prior to the temporary suspension remain valid. (Read Full)

March 11, 2020 – The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) on 8 March 2020, issued guidelines that include requirements for travellers from the Disease Infected Zones to present a health certificate clarifying “no risk of COVID-19” prior to boarding pass issuance. In addition, travellers must complete the T8 form and submit it to the communicable disease control officials at the control post at the airport of disembarkation. Thai Airways International has also announced a new requirement; the airline’s passengers from Seoul, Pusan, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Rome and Milan are required to present a health certificate clarifying “no risk of COVID-19” prior to boarding pass issuance, and to complete the T8 form and present to the Disease Control Officers at the quarantine office in their destination airports in Thailand.

March 5, 2020 – Thailand announced a list of territories outside the Kingdom of Thailand defined as “Disease Infected Zones of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak; namely, the People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions), Republic of Korea, Republic of Italy, and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Notification of the Ministry of Public Health RE: Territories outside the Kingdom of Thailand defined as Disease Infected Zones of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak

March 5, 2020 – Tourists are advised to “travel safely” by practising frequent hand hygiene measures (washing with soap or using alcohol-based gel). Kindly comply with the primary fever screening at attractions and wearing a hygienic mask while travelling. Please keep up to date with COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom and the Department of Disease Control.