what are the access formalities?

It is a date that marks a turning point for Thailand. The country has just abolished on May 1 the screening test on arrival for all travelers, whether they have been vaccinated or not. Good news therefore for travelers, some of whom feared being placed in isolation in the hospital for 10 days in case of a positive test on arrival. Another development, travelers no longer need to take a test on the fifth day. Reliefs that signify the end of the Sandbox and Test & Go programs implemented to get a tourist activity ruined by the pandemic back from the ground.

Be careful though: these reliefs do not yet mean a complete return to normal: travelers who have not been vaccinated or those who have been incompletely vaccinated must still perform a screening test before departure. Otherwise, they will have to respect a quarantine period once they are there. All travelers must also continue to register on the Thailand Pass website and take out health insurance to cover medical expenses associated with Covid-19.

Here are the details of the measures that have been in force since May 1, as stated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its travel council. These new rules are valid regardless of the traveler’s country of departure. The statement (in English) from the Thai authorities can be read here.

Travelers who can provide proof of a complete vaccination plan must:

  • Sign up for the “Thailand Pass” website;

  • Attach the necessary documents, including passport and vaccination certificate;

  • Attach a certificate of insurance certifying coverage of at least $ 10,000;

  • for medical treatment in Thailand (for non-Thais only).

Important details regarding the vaccination certificate:

  • Travelers 18 years and older must have a complete vaccination plan at least 14 days before departure for Thailand.

  • Unaccompanied travelers between the ages of 5 and 17 must receive at least one dose of a vaccine approved by the WHO or the Thai Ministry of Public Health, at least 14 days before their departure for Thailand. Those traveling with a parent with a full vaccination plan do not need to present a vaccination certificate.

  • Travelers who have recovered from Covid-19 and who have received at least one dose of vaccine after recovery must have a Covid-19 refund certificate.

Non-vaccinated travelers and persons with an incomplete vaccination program are not subject to the same access conditions. Travelers with a negative RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours of travel must:

  • Sign up for the Thailand Pass website;

  • Attach required documents, including passport and Covid-19 RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours of travel;

  • Attach proof of insurance certifying coverage of at least $ 10,000 for medical treatment in Thailand (for non-Thais only).

The quarantine exemption also applies to children under 6 years of age traveling with a parent with a negative RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours of travel.

>> Note, travelers who have received a permit to enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) program, but who wish to enter Thailand without quarantining, must submit a new Thailand Pass application, Quai emphasizes d’Orsay.

Travelers who are unable to present a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of travel, or who wish to be quarantined, must:

  • Sign up for the Thailand Pass website;

  • Attach required documents including passport, confirmation from alternative quarantine (AQ) hotel for 5 days (including 1 RT-PCR test);

  • Attach a certificate of insurance certifying coverage of at least $ 10,000 for medical treatment in Thailand (for non-Thais only);

  • Submit an RT 4-5 PCR test on day 4-5 in Thailand during the mandatory 5-day quarantine at the AQ hotel.

Note: Travelers, if Thailand Pass has already been issued, can travel with the issued QR code and do not need to sign up for a new Thailand Pass.

Travelers arriving in Thailand by land are also subject to new entry measures, which are described here.

Quai d’Orsay also recalls that people traveling in Thailand are urged to exercise the utmost caution and absolutely respect the wearing of a mask in public as well as respect barrier movements and measures for social distancing. In case of not wearing a mask, the fines can go up to a fine of up to 20,000 THB (a little more than 550 euros). Bars, nightclubs and karaoke lounges are also still closed, the Thai Embassy in France recalls on this page.

Entrance conditions can change quickly, it is still important to inform yourself until the time of departure about any changes.

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