Thailand Travel Alerts and Warnings

Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Thailand – updated 7 September, 2020

Who can travel to Thailand?

The Thai Government is taking a phased approach to resuming international tourism. Most foreign nationals are not allowed to enter Thailand.

A limited number of foreign nationals from specific categories are permitted to enter.

From 1 July, 11 specific groups of Thai and non-Thai nationals are eligible, and these groups are identified by the Civil Aviation Authority.

On 22 July, a press release from the Thai Government announced that four types of foreigners are now allowed to enter Thailand, and are subject to 14-days quarantine and potential COVID-19 testing upon arrival. These categories include:

  • Foreigners participating in trade fairs in Thailand
  • Foreign film crews filming in Thailand
  • Foreign workers from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar for food and construction industries
  • Foreign visitors for medical and wellness services.

Requirements for entry

Anyone eligible to enter must obtain a Certificate of Entry from their local Thai embassy or consulate.

Requirements for entry may differ between groups of eligible travelers. Some measures include:

  • A fit-to-fly health certificate
  • A negative COVID-19 certificate for a PCR test that has been taken 72 hours before departure
  • Proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19 medical examination and treatment up to US $100,000 minimum
  • You may be required to undergo 14 days of quarantine.

Important note: These travel alerts are general in nature, and we will not respond to any comments about specific personal circumstances. For information relevant to you, contact your local Thai embassy, consulate or airline for any updates on how these changes will affect you personally.

What to expect in Thailand

  • The Emergency Decree, which was introduced on 26 March, has been extended nationwide until 30 September. Thailand is relaxing restrictions in a phased approach
  • From 1 July, some national parks operated under the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) have reopened. Visitors must pre-register their visit through the mobile application, QueQ, up to 15 days in advance. This will help limit the number of people in the parks to ensure safe distances are kept
  • Domestic travel has resumed, and passengers should expect health screening measures in place at airports when boarding trains and buses
  • Businesses must follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines
  • Face masks are compulsory on public transport and on flights
  • Follow the advice of local authorities, and stay up to date with local news to monitor the local situation closely. Pay attention to your government's travel advice.

Plans to reopen Phuket in October

The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand has confirmed the government is working on a plan to open Phuket for international tourism at the start of October.

However, visitors will have to stay for at least 30 days, spending the first 14 days in quarantine inside their hotel, and multiple COVID-19 tests will be required during quarantine before anyone is allowed to travel elsewhere on the island.

It has not been confirmed which foreign nationals will be permitted to enter. As more details become available, we will continue to update this travel alert with information.

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