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Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the registration for Thailand Pass has been revised as follows:
• Test & Go scheme will be temporarily suspended from 22 December 2020 at 00.00 hrs (Thailand time)
• For the Sandbox programme, only the Phuket Sandbox (only hotels in Phuket) will be open for registration.
• For applicants who have already been approved under the Test & Go or Sandbox programme, the QR Code remains valid for travel into Thailand.
• For applicants who have registered but have not received the QR Code, your application is in the approval process and will be notified of the result accordingly.
• Effective immediately, all travelers entering Thailand through Test & Go or Sandbox scheme must undergo a second RT-PCR lab test at a government designated venue (cost to be borne by the Thai Government).
• After 00.00 hrs (22 December 2021) all travelers entering Thailand must register under the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) scheme (except those entering Phuket may register through Phuket Sandbox or Alternative Quarantine).
On November 1st, 2021, Thailand officially re-opened for quarantine-free tourism, waiving the requirement for vaccinated travelers from 63 approved countries (October 30th—This list is likely to be extended in the coming weeks) to undergo quarantine.
At the same time, the Thailand Pass was introduced for all travelers arriving by air, replacing the Certificate of Entry (COE) with a more streamlined process. The online system allows tourists, Thais, and foreign residents of Thailand to upload their paperwork and receive their Thailand Pass in the form of a QR code before their journey begins.
Better still, according to a Bangkok Post report, government spokesperson Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana claimed that those who wish to travel to Thailand more than once would not need to submit a new application each time. The system will retain their information for one year from the date of their last vaccination.
With the welcome introduction of the Thailand Pass, there are now three ways to enter the “Land of Smiles:”
1. Alternative Quarantine (AQ):
7-10 days compulsory quarantine in registered AQ hotel. Released only after the second negative RT-PCR test result.
2. Sandbox Program:
(“blue zone travel”)
7 nights mandatory stay in registered SHA/SHA+ hotel in one of 17 Sandbox destinations. No compulsory quarantine if the RT-PCR test result is negative.
(“exemption from quarantine”)
1 night stay in registered SHA/SHA+ hotel. No compulsory quarantine if the RT-PCR test result is negative.
In this guide, we’ll take you through each of these programs step-by-step. We’ll explain who can benefit from each program, what documentation you’ll need to prepare, and how to apply.
If you want to know how to enter Thailand under the quarantine exemption, go directly to option 3 below.
Even if your country isn’t yet approved for quarantine-free entry to Thailand, you can still visit the Land of Smiles under the new and improved Sandbox program. With the introduction of the Thailand Pass, the Sandbox program is now open for fully vaccinated travelers from anywhere in the world.
Travelers under 18 years of age, traveling with parents or guardians, are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
Travelers under the sandbox program must begin their holiday in any one of the “Blue Zone” destinations, remaining there for at least seven days and nights before traveling to other regions in Thailand. As of now, there are 17 approved “Blue Zone” locations:
If you are applying for entry under the Sandbox program, you must pre-book seven nights in a hotel certified by the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA). Unlike Alternative Quarantine facilities, SHA-certified hotels range from low-budget backpacker haunts to luxury resorts and are easily found on popular travel sites like Booking.com and Agoda.com.
The hotel should arrange the required RT-PCR test and ATK self-testing kit for you, along with an airport transfer to the hotel.
A complete list of SHA / SHA+ hotels, along with other approved SHA certified operators, can be found here. The SHA logo certifies that venues and businesses have public health measures in place for COVID-19, and the “plus” sign (“+”) confirms that more than 70% of employees in the organization are fully vaccinated.
If you arrive under the Sandbox program, you are only required to remain within your hotel room while awaiting the result of your first RT-PCR test–this should take no more than six hours. If the result is negative, you are free to roam within your appointed Blue Zone, though you must reside there for seven days before traveling to other regions in Thailand. For example, if you fly into Phuket, you must remain in Phuket for seven days and nights before moving on.
Previously Sandbox tourists were required to undergo two RT-PCR tests in Thailand at their own expense. Since the easing of restrictions on November 1st, 2021, you need only undergo a single RT-PCR test on arrival, though you must self-test on day 6 or 7 using an Antigen Test Kit (ATK) and report the result on the Morchana app.
It’s what we’ve all been waiting for: (almost) quarantine-free travel to the Land of Smiles.
The “Test and Go” program, introduced alongside the Thailand Pass, allows fully vaccinated people traveling from 63 approved countries to travel to Thailand without the need to undergo quarantine nor “sandbox” in certain areas for the first week of your stay. The list of 63 countries, last updated October 30th, 2021, is as follows:
Although vaccinated travelers from any country on this list are eligible for quarantine-free travel, all are required to spend one night in an Alternative Quarantine (AQ) facility or an SHA-certified hotel. Payment confirmation for at least one night, along with the receipts for the required RT-PCR test and Antigen Test Kit (ATK), must be provided when applying for the Thailand Pass online.
In addition, all travelers must arrange an airport transfer to take them directly to their hotel upon arrival in Thailand.
Travelers under 18 years of age, traveling with parents or guardians, are exempt from the vaccination requirement but must undergo tests for COVID-19 (children under 6 years old are administered a saliva test instead of the more intrusive RT-PCR.)
While it is possible to arrange the necessary tests yourself online, in practice it is usually arranged by the hotel. Your SHA hotel or AQ facility should provide you with a receipt and proof of payment for the accommodation and both tests, along with confirmation of the airport transfer.
You will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in Thailand. After the test, you must proceed immediately to your pre-booked hotel while awaiting the results, which should take no more than six hours.
Though you will still need to self-test on day 6 or 7 (using the Antigen Test Kit) and report the results on the Morchana App, so long as your initial RT-PCR result is negative, you will be free to travel anywhere in Thailand the very next day.
Whichever option you choose for entry into Thailand, you will need to prepare the following before applying for the Thailand Pass online:
Your insurance policy must be valid for the duration of your stay in Thailand. If your policy is not valid for the length of your visa or visa exemption period, you may need to provide proof of an onward flight ticket before your application is approved.
While most reputable travel insurance providers include coverage for complications arising from COVID-19, the policy may be invalidated if your government currently advises against travel to Thailand. Check the terms and conditions carefully before purchase, and contact the insurer’s support team if you are unsure.
For insurance packages geared explicitly towards travelers to Thailand, you can try those arranged by The Thaiger.
Anyone applying for the Thailand Pass, except those willing to undergo quarantine, must be fully vaccinated. The Ministry of Public Health in Thailand currently accepts the following vaccines:
If your vaccine is not on the approved list, you have no choice but to apply for entry under the Alternative Quarantine program.
From November 1st, 2021, you can submit your application for a Thailand Pass online at: https://tp.consular.go.th/
It works something like this:
1. Select Thai National (Thai Language) or Non-Thai (English Language).
2. Select one of three options for entry: choose from Exemption from Quarantine (Test and GO), Sandbox Program, or Alternative Quarantine.
3. Confirm that you agree to abide by disease prevention measures in Thailand.
5. Enter your personal details and passport information.
You must also upload a photo of the passport information page:
If you are traveling with dependent children, you should also enter their details on this page.
6. Enter details of vaccination (required for both Sandbox and Quarantine-Free options) and upload vaccine certificate (including QR code if available.)
If your first and second doses are listed on the same certificate, simply upload the certificate twice (once for each dose).
If you have recovered from COVID-19 within the last year, you may upload a medical certificate confirming this in place of the second vaccine certificate.
Important: The Thailand Pass system does not currently allow uploads in any format other than JPG, JPEG, and PNG. If your vaccine certificate is in another format, you will need to convert the file to an image before uploading. In Windows 10 or 11, you can do this using the following keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot: WinKey + Shift + S.
7. Upload your booking information.
You must show proof of a minimum stay of one night (Test and Go) or seven nights (Sandbox) in an SHA or SHA+ hotel in order to apply for the Thailand Pass. For entry under the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) rules, you must show booking confirmation for ten nights in a registered AQ hotel.
Booking confirmation for all SHA/SHA+ hotels and AQ facilities should be provided by the hotel. It should include a QR code and SHABA or AQ number, which you must enter as your “Booking ID.” The official SHA form looks like this:
Once again, although the hotel will usually provide your booking confirmation as a PDF file, the Thailand Pass website does not currently accept uploads in this format. You will need to convert the file to an image before you can upload it.
You must also enter your flight number here. While you may not actually need to purchase a ticket before applying for the Thailand Pass, if the flight number does not match the flight you eventually take, you risk being denied entry.
8. Enter details of medical insurance coverage.
You will need to enter your policy number, so there is no getting around booking insurance in advance. A copy of your insurance policy must be uploaded in JPEG, JPG, or PNG format.
You must also disclose any other countries visited within 14 days of arrival (you do not need to list countries transited through on route to Thailand unless you actually cleared customs there and entered the country.)
Click to submit at the bottom of the page. Assuming you have uploaded the correct documentation, you should receive your Thailand Pass within the next day or two. Download the QR code ready to present to the airline and screening staff.
Once you have your Thailand Pass in hand, there’s only one thing left to do before you begin your holiday in the Land of Smiles. All travelers to Thailand, regardless of whether they are vaccinated, must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours of scheduled flight departure. Without this document, you will not be permitted to board.
While the Thailand Pass is supposed to remove the need for hard copies of your documentation, it’s always advisable to carry printouts of your vaccine certificate, medical insurance, negative RT-PCR test, and booking confirmation, just in case.
You will also need your smartphone to download the MorChana App.
After arriving in Thailand, present your Thailand Pass QR code to officials, then pass through disease control and immigration checkpoints. If you have not already done so, you’ll need to download and install MorChana—a health alert and tracking application—and register an account. With the introduction of the Thailand Pass, you are no longer required to complete TM6 forms or TM8 applications for re-entry.
If traveling under the “Sandbox” or “Test-and-Go” programs, you will receive an Antigen Test Kit (ATK) upon arrival in Thailand, which you must use for self-testing on day six or seven. You should show the result to the staff at your hotel or accommodation and record the result in the MorChana App.
Next up is the required RT-PCR test, taken either within the airport or at the pre-arranged COVID-19 test center. Once done, you should proceed by pre-arranged airport transfer to your reserved accommodation to await the results, which should be available within six hours.
Unless you are in Alternative Quarantine, you are free to leave the hotel as soon as you receive a negative test result. Those in the Sandbox program must remain within the bounds of their specified Sandbox area for seven days before traveling onwards. Anyone who entered through the Test-and-Go program is free to travel anywhere in Thailand the very next day.
All areas of Thailand are now open, and travelers are free to go wherever they wish. National Parks and other attractions have re-opened across the country, and most shops and restaurants are open for business. Besides the requirement to wear a mask while out in public, very few measures are in place to disrupt your holiday.
Unless you are only coming for the nightlife, that is. Nightclubs and bars remain closed across much of Thailand, and this is unlikely to change before December.
It’s getting easier to travel around the country every day, with long-distance trains and buses now running throughout Thailand and domestic flights operating on all major routes. Many local buses and ferry services (notably those on Phuket Island) remain suspended, but this is expected to change in the coming weeks.
Wherever you go, you should follow the local guidelines and measures in place and practice the D-M-H-T-T-A precautions:
D – Distancing
M – Mask wearing
H – Handwashing
T – Temperature check
T – Testing for COVID-19
A – Alert application.
For the latest updates on the measures in place across the country, please visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website at: https://www.tatnews.org/.
My country is not on the Exemption from Quarantine list. What should I do?
The list of countries is constantly updated. In the meantime, if you want to travel to Thailand, you can apply under the Sandbox Program or Alternative Quarantine.
Is proof of vaccination required for entry into Thailand?
Yes. Unless you want to undergo ten nights in Alternative Quarantine.
Does Thailand recognize mixed vaccinations?
Yes. Thailand recognizes mixed vaccinations and has employed a similar strategy domestically. However, the second dose needs to have been administered within the recommended timeframe for each vaccine type.
I’m fully vaccinated—do I still need an RT-PCR test?
Yes. All travelers applying for entry into Thailand must have an RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours before departure and another RT-PCR test upon arrival in Thailand.
Do I still need a “Fit-to-Fly” Certificate?
No. A fit-to-fly certificate is no longer required for entry into Thailand.
Do children have to be vaccinated?
Children under 12 years old (under 18 years old if entering under the Sandbox rules) traveling with their parents or guardians are exempt from the vaccination requirement, but they must have an RT-PCR test before departure.
Can I travel around Thailand once I arrive?
If you enter Thailand under the “Test-and-Go” program, you are free to explore Thailand as long as you receive a negative result on your RT-PCR test.
What happens if my RT-PCR test is positive?
In the case that your RT-PCR test (in Thailand) comes back positive, you will be taken to the hospital for treatment, even if you are not showing symptoms of COVID-19. You will then have to undergo quarantine at your own expense.
Does the Thailand Pass replace a visa?
No. Unless you qualify for visa exemption, you still need a visa to enter Thailand. The usual rules remain in place.
Can I change my travel date once I have registered and received my QR code?
If you want to change your travel date or registration details, you must re-register on the Thailand Pass system.
If I have multiple trips in and out of Thailand, can I register multiple trips through the Thailand Pass?
Yes. You may submit multiple registrations at the same time for travels into Thailand on different dates. Make sure you present the correct QR code to the Health Control and Immigration officer upon arrival.
I am traveling as a family or a group. Can I submit one application for the whole family/group?
Unfortunately Not. Everyone aged 12 or over must submit an individual application through the Thailand Pass website. Children aged under 12 can be added to their parents’ registration under the section Personal Information.
What are AQ, SHA, and SHA+ hotels?
AQ hotels are those eligible to be used as quarantine sites for the Alternative Quarantine scheme. The SHA logo certifies that the hotel or business has public health measures in place for COVID-19. SHA+ hotels are those where more than 70% of the staff are fully vaccinated.
Do I still need a Certificate of Entry (COE)?
In almost all cases, the Thailand Pass will replace the Certificate of Entry, which is no longer needed. The COE will continue to be used only for certain groups of travelers, such as patients who need to stay in Alternative Hospital Quarantine (AHQ), travelers who cross a land border, and travelers who arrive aboard yachts or cruise ships.
I already have a Certificate of Entry (COE). Can I still use it to enter Thailand?
Yes, you can. Travelers can update the approved COE with the revised terms and conditions by downloading the new COE from the registration website at https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/
What should I do if my COE is still under consideration?
If your COE has been pre-approved, you must submit the required documents by November 7th, 2021. If you fail to do so, your COE request will be rejected, and you will need to register with the Thailand Pass system to travel to Thailand.
I was previously infected with COVID-19—can I still travel to Thailand?
Those previously infected with COVID-19 are considered fully vaccinated so long as they have received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within three months of recovery.
If you were fully vaccinated prior to contracting COVID-19, you are still considered to be fully vaccinated.
If my international flight to Thailand includes transit in an unlisted country, am I still eligible for the Exemption from Quarantine scheme?
Yes, as long as your transit in the non-listed country does not exceed 12 hours and you do not pass through immigration control.
If I am transiting to Thailand on route to another country, do I need to register with the Thailand Pass?
No. So long as you do not need to clear immigration in Thailand, you will not require a Thailand Pass. You must, however, have proof of insurance with minimum coverage of at least US$50,000 and present a negative RT-PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
How long do I need to stay in the listed countries before being eligible for the Exemption from Quarantine scheme?
You need to stay in the listed country (or countries—you can move between them) for at least 21 consecutive days before being eligible for the Exemption from Quarantine scheme.
Is my personal information safe with the Thailand Pass?
Your personal information is encrypted and will be used only to approve and facilitate your arrival in Thailand.