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Required Documents for Travel to Thailand

Please have the following documents ready.

  • Visa (if required)
  • Buy Thailand Travel Insurance
  • Flight Itinerary
  • Hotel booking confirmation
  • Vaccination record (if vaccinated)
  • COVID-19 test result (if unvaccinated)

Incorrect documents will delay the entry screening to Thailand.

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(Updated May 25, 2022)

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  • Thailand reopens the country without quarantine to fully vaccinated travelers from any countries and territories under the Test and Go program .
  • Fully Vaccinated Thai and foreign travelers from non-listed countries may still enter Thailand without quarantine through the Phuket Sandbox Program , Samui Sandbox , Bangkok, Pattaya , Hua Hin , and Chiang Mai Sandbox starting November 1, 2021.
  • The Thai government has restored the mandatory quarantine of 10 days for unvaccinated Thai and foreign travelers.
  • Thailand Pass is required for Thai and foreigners to enter Thailand including those nationalities under the Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival list.
  • The Test and Go Hotel , AQ Hotel , SHA+ Hotel reservation, and COVID-19 Insurance with a minimum coverage of $20,000 are still required for foreigners entering Thailand.

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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 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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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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You are considered fully vaccinated.

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Hello, how many doses do i need to be considered fully vaccinated ? I got 3 doses up till now and my trip is on early october

2 doses is fully vaccinated.

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When is the Covid-19 visa extension deadline? Can I still extend my Covid-19 visa?

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The deadline was August 24, 2022.

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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.

Your friend can still get visa extension thru 3rd person. He/She need to be tested negative prior to continue his travel.

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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,

For domestic travel , it’s not necessary. Only upon entering Thailand.

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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

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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?

You can extend it for additional 30 days.

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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?

Yes, you can apply and do visa extension prior you finish your 30 days free visa.

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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?

Yes. To avoid penalty

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

Hi Mustafa,

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

You can visit with the nearest immigration office o. You can also call our office +66 2 254 8900 and visit our website for further assistance.

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Here’s the address of our Bangkok office 18th Floor, Unit 1806 Two Pacific Place, 142 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

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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)?

Yes, you need a negative RT PCR within 72 hours of your flight. For domestic flights, no other requirements as long you successfully enter Thailand.

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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.

Yes, bring your vaccination certificate and certificate of recovery.

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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,

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I’ve entered thailand with a visa exemption for 30 days. Can I extend this by 60 days now or do I have to extend it by only 30 days first?

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?

Hi Monique,

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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Hi, I have flight from Paris to Bangkok with Emirates on 03 Jul but it will only be transit as I will then go from Bangkok to Jakarta (Thai Lion) on few hours difference. Then on the way back on 23 Jul, I go from Jakarta to Bangkok but as the connecting flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong is more than 12 hours, I need to book overnight hotel. Note that I have to change airport as both airlines are different. What is my requirement for this specific case

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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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  • Tourist visa (TR) single entry $40
  • Tourist visa (TR) multiple entry $200
  • Non-Immigrant visa (all types) single entry $80
  • Non-Immigrant visa (all types) multiple entry $200

From 18 February 2021 , visa applicants in the United States are required to apply online through the website . For instructions on the Thailand e-visa, please check the  User Manual  or watch  the Video User Manual.

Since 27 September 2021, the Royal Thai Embassy has been implementing  “stickerless”  E-visa service. Please note that it is no longer required to submit passport and original documents via mail to the Royal Thai Embassy. 

After the E-visa application has been approved, a confirmation email will be sent to applicants. It is kindly requested to print a copy of the confirmation email to present to airline and the Thai Immigration Officials to carry out checks when traveling to Thailand 

Type of Visas to Thailand

(Wealthy individuals holding at least USD 1 million in assets)

– At least USD 1 million in assets

– Personal income of a minimum of USD 80,000 / year in the past two years

– Investment of at least USD 500,000 in Thai government bonds, foreign direct investment or Thai property

(Retirees aged 50 years and older who have an annual pension or stable income)

– Personal income of at least USD 80,000 / year at the time of application

– In case of personal income below USD 80,000 / year but no less than USD 40,000 / year, applicants must invest at least USD 250,000 in Thai government bonds, foreign direct investment, or Thai property

(Remote workers working for well-established overseas companies)

– In case of personal income below UDS 80,000 / year but no less than USD 40,000 / year in the past two years, applicants must have a Master’s degree or above or own intellectual property or receive Series A funding

– Current employer must be public company on a stock exchange, or private company in operation for at least three years with combined revenue at least USD 150 million in the last three years

– At least five years of work experience in the relevant fields of the current employment over the past 10 years

(Professionals or experts in targeted industries working for business entities or higher education institutes or research centers or specialized training institutions in Thailand or Thai government agencies)

– In case of personal income below UDS 80,000 / year but no less than USD 40,000 / year in the past two years or before retirement, applicants must have a Master’s degree or above in science and technology or special expertise relevant to the job assignment in Thailand

– No minimum personal income for professionals working for Thai government agencies

– Current employer must be a business in any targeted industries such as Higher education institution, Research institution, Specialized training institution, or Thai government agency

– At least five years of work experience in the targeted industries except for applicants with a PhD or above in the relevant fields of the targeted industries or applicants working for Thai government agencies

(Spouse and children under 20 years old of LTR visa holders or LTR visa applicants with the maximum of 4 dependents in total per one LTR visa holder/applicant) 

** All LTR applicants in any of the above-mentioned categories must have a Health insurance with at least USD 50,000 coverage or social security benefits insuring treatment in Thailand or at least USD 100,000 deposit.

For more information regarding the LTR visa, please click here

U.S. Passport Holders are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period not exceeding 30 days on each visit  (click here for more information)  

Tourist visa TR (Single Entry only) This Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issuance. Travelers must enter Thailand within the said 3-month period. They will be allowed to stay in Thailand for a period of up to 60 days , counting from the date of entry. * The extension is possible for another 30 days, with a maximum period of stay of 90 days , counting from the date of entry. (click here for more information)  

Tourist visa TR (Multiple entries) Multiple Entries Tourist Visa (METV) is valid for 6 months from the date of issuance. Travelers must enter Thailand within the said 6-month period. They will be allowed to stay in Thailand for a period of up to 60 days , counting from the date of entry. * The extension is possible for another 30 days , with a maximum period of stay of 90 days, counting from the date of entry. (click here for more information)  

*For extension of stay, please contact Immigration Bureau directly once you are in Thailand*

Category D = Diplomatic purposes (i.e. posting in Thailand) Category F = Official purposes (i.e. meeting with Thai government, official trip)

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For Work permit holders / or applicant who have been granted permission to work please see Non-immigrant type B 

– A Volunteer or NGO worker should apply for a type “O” [voluntary work NGO/Charity/Association (without salary)] 

– While spouse and children of the volunteer/NGO worker should apply for a type “O” [visiting and staying with applicant’s family resided in Thailand (more than 60 days)]

– Please make sure that support letter from the NGO / organization includes all travelers and indicate the relationship with worker.

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For applicants who work for / invest through BOI, please choose type of visa as IB

This type of visa includes study and internship. For the parents and/or guardians of ED visa holders, type of visa is Non-O (dependent visa or staying with family reside in Thailand) ( click here for more information )

– Please note that the Thai Elite Visa can not be applied through E-visa portal (click here for more information)  

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From November 1, 2022 onwards, Thailand will make the e-Visa system available at 38 diplomatic and consular posts worldwide.

For more information on how to apply for e-Visas, please consult the e-Visa website at .

Visa Exempt Entry

U.S. citizens carrying a tourist passport and in possession of an onward or return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Thailand. The passport must have at least six months validity remaining to be allowed entry.  Upon entry, Thai immigration officials will place an immigration stamp in the passport permitting a 30-day stay in Thailand if arriving by air or land. This time limit may subsequently be extended for an additional 30 days by paying a 1,900 baht fee to the Thai Immigration Bureau office.  The headquarters of the Thai Immigration Bureau is located at Government Center Chaengwattana Building B, No. 120, Moo 3, Chaengwattana Road, Tungsonghong Sub-District, Laksi District, Bangkok 10210, 02-141-9889.  For more information or additional Thai Immigration Bureau locations, please consult the  Thai Immigration Bureau website .

NOTE: The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens carrying a diplomatic or official passport obtain a visa prior to arriving in Thailand.  It is sometimes possible for diplomatic or official passport holders to enter without a visa, but it is up to the discretion of the airline and/or immigration personnel and you may be denied entry.

Tourist Visas

If an individual wishes to remain in Thailand for more than 30 days, he/she may wish to obtain a tourist visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in the United States, prior to arriving in Thailand. The tourist visa must generally be used within 90 days from the date of issue and allows an initial stay of 60 days. After arrival in Thailand, a tourist visa may be extended at the discretion of an immigration officer once for an additional 30 days with the total period of stay no longer than 90 days.  There is a 1,900 Baht fee for the extension. Interested Americans should contact the Thai Immigration Bureau located at Government Center Chaengwattana Building B, No. 120, Moo 3, Chaengwattana Road, Tungsonghong Sub-District, Laksi District, Bangkok 10210, 02-141-9889.  For more information or additional Thai Immigration Bureau locations, please consult the  Thai Immigration Bureau website .

American citizens who wish to remain in Thailand for longer than 90 days during any six-month period will be required to obtain a valid Thai visa from a Thai Embassy or Consulate that is authorized to issue visas. The U.S. Embassy advises all American citizens who wish to obtain a Thai visa to contact the Thai Immigration Bureau for exact visa requirements and regulations. Persons who do not comply with visa regulations risk being denied entry to Thailand at the border.

All foreigners interested in working in Thailand must obtain a Thai work permit and a Thai work visa.  In order to receive a work permit, a company, foreign government, or other organization in Thailand must file an application on the behalf of the work visa applicant. Once obtained, the work visa is valid for one year.  For more information, please consult the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C. websites.

Retirement Visas

Retirement visas for Thailand are available to foreigners 50 years of age or older. These visas are valid for only one year and employment of any kind is strictly prohibited.  According to Thai immigration, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Applicant must be able to provide proof of a pension or other regular income from a source outside of Thailand;
  • Applicant’s pension or other regular income must be no less than the equivalent of 65,000 Baht per month;
  • Alternatively, the applicant may meet the financial requirement by maintaining a Thai bank account with a minimum amount of 800,000 Baht. (Applicants will need to show that they have 800,000 Baht in savings each year when they renew their visa.)
  • Any applicant married to a Thai citizen may be able to receive a visa on that basis rather than retirement.

For additional requirements and information, please consult the  Ministry of Foreign Affairs  or the  Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C.  websites.

Visa Overstays

If an individual does not depart Thailand prior to expiration of his/her airport permit or visa, the individual is in the country illegally. In order to depart Thailand, it will be necessary to pay an overstay fine. The fine for overstaying a visa is 500 Baht per day, up to a maximum of 20,000 Baht. The fine is payable to the Immigration Bureau, the Suvarnabhumi Airport Immigration office, or other departure point.

Thai police have been known to sweep areas frequented by low-budget travelers and arrest those who have overstayed their visas.  Those arrested may be held in the Immigration Detention Center until they can pay for their fines and pay for tickets out of Thailand. Those who overstay their visas for more than 200 days may be required to serve time in the Immigration Detention Center before they are deported. It is highly advisable to avoid visa overstays.

Expired short-term visas can be extended after paying a fine, but the number of days elapsed since expiration is subtracted from the extension period. Application for extension must be made by the next working day after visa expiration to avoid a fine.

Please note: applications for extension cannot be made on Saturdays, Sundays, and Thai holidays.

Thailand’s entry/exit information is subject to change without notice.  For further information on Thailand’s entry/exit requirements, contact the Royal Thai Embassy, 1024 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20007, telephone 202-944-3600, or contact the Thai consulates in Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York City.  Visit the  Royal Thai Embassy website  for the most current visa information.

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Types of Tourist Visa and Validity:

  • Single-Entry Tourist Visa: valid for entering Thailand once within 3 months from the date of issue. The period of stay is 60 days maximum.
  • Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa: valid for entering Thailand within 6 months from the date of issue. The period of stay is 60 days maximum per stay per entry. The Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa holder may enter Thailand again as long as the visa is still valid. Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa will only be granted to Indonesian nationals or applicants with KITAS or KITAP.

Required documents:

  • Visa Application form(s) and photograph(s): Completed and signed Visa Application form and 2 recent photographs (size 3.5×4.5 cm). Non-Indonesian applicants may be required to submit more than one set of application forms. (See: Additional Requirements for Non-Indonesian Applicants )
  • Passport (valid for no less than 6 months)
  • Booked travel tickets in and out of Thailand
  • Single-Entry Tourist Visa: Bank Statement showing at least THB 20,000 per person or THB 40,000 per family or equivalent in other currencies.
  • Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa: Bank Statement showing at least IDR 80,000,000 (USD 7,000) for the past 6 months, and Letter of Employment
  • Booked Hotel, or Letter of invitation from Accommodation and Accomodation Owner’s Thai ID Card, covering duration of stay within Thailand
  • Copy of Temporary Resident Permit (KITAS) or Permanent Resident Permit (KITAP), if any. (Compulsory for Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa applicants)
  • Single-Entry Tourist Visa: IDR 560,000 *
  • Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa: IDR 2,800,000

Consular officers reserve the right to request additional documents, or an interview with the applicant, as deemed necessary, without prior notice.

The Royal Thai Embassy reserves the right to refuse visa to applicant with insufficient documents or if the reasons given are not fully supported. The visa fee is non-refundable.


Special Tourist Visa (STV) – for Indonesians, or foreign citizens with permanent residence in Indonesia. (STV visa single entry valid for 90 days, extendable twice in Thailand)

– Visa Application form(s) and photograph(s): Completed and signed Visa Application form and 2 recent photographs (size 3.5×4.5 cm). Non-Indonesian applicants may be required to submit more than one set of application forms. (See: Additional Requirements for Non-Indonesian Applicants ) – Passport validity not less than 12 months – Permanent Resident Permit (KITAP) in Indonesia – Police Record verifying that the applicant has no criminal record in Indonesia (issued no more than 3 months prior) – Medical Certificate issued by local competent authority certifying that the applicant has no prohibited diseases as indicated in the Ministerial Regulation No. 14 (B.E. 2535) (the certificate must be issued no more than 3 months prior) ( – Health insurance policy covering the entire intended period of stay in Thailand with Outpatient benefit coverage insured not less than THB 40,000 and Inpatient benefit coverage insured not less than THB 400,000 or equivalent in other currencies. (Further information at – Evidence of accommodation for the whole duration of stay in Thailand after quarantine period: – Proof of fully-paid hotel or accommodation (issued by legitimate entrepreneur with tax identification number), or – Proof of condominium ownership in Thailand, or – Proof of condominium lease contract with a copy of owner’s ID card, signed by the owner and proof of payment, or – Proof of purchase/hire purchase of condominium in Thailand which shows that not less than 25% of the full amount has been paid. – Applicant’s spouse and children (under 20 years old) are eligible to travel together and must show a copy of marriage certificate/birth certificate

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Thailand - level 1: exercise normal precautions.

Reissued with obsolete COVID-19 page links removed.

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]


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 .

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  • 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.


  • 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: .  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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  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
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  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
  • Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook .
  • See  traveling safely abroad  for useful travel tips.

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Thailand . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA ) report.

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The Thai General Elections took place on Sunday 14 May, and the process of forming a government is ongoing. All Irish citizens are strongly advised to avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations.

General Travel Advice

Irish citizens can obtain permission to stay in Thailand for 30 days on arrival.

A valid passport is required for travel to Thailand. Irish passports should have a minimum validity of 6 months. Passport cards cannot be used. If your passport has any damage, you should renew it before you travel to Thailand as Thai Immigration may refuse you entry.

For more information on visas and passports, please see the Additional Information tab.

Visitors to Thailand are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities and to stay fully informed of what's going on by monitoring local news and social media.

Citizens can also follow the Embassy on social media (Twitter @ IrlEmbBangkok and Facebook ) to ensure access to relevant updates and alerts.

Emergency Assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

In the event of an emergency, your first call should be to the Thai Tourist Police at 1155. You can contact the Embassy of Ireland at +66 (0) 2 0161360. Outside of working hours in the event of a genuine emergency, you can leave a message.

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers all your planned activities.
  • Register  your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter  @dfatravelwise  for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our  ‘Know Before You Go’  guide.

Safety and security

The political situation in Thailand can be unpredictable. Activists are expected to hold rallies across Thailand in the coming weeks, including in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Lampang, Nakhon Pathom and Phitsanulok. In Bangkok, potential rally locations include the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the Ratchaphrasong Shopping District Skywalk near the MBK building and Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, and university campuses. Rallies may disrupt traffic and commercial activity, and there may be a heightened security presence. We strongly advise citizens to avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations.

Lèse-majesté (criticism of the monarchy in any form) is a crime in Thailand; it can be interpreted broadly and carries a long jail sentence. Some foreign and Thai journalists, Human Rights Defenders and members of the public have faced criminal charges, including for defamation, sedition, and under the Computer Crimes Act for raising concerns, making political comments, and sharing articles online that could been seen as portraying Thailand negatively or making accusations about individuals.

Terrorist attacks can happen in Thailand. There were explosions in Bangkok in April and May 2017. In August 2016, there were multiple explosions in tourist areas across Thailand and in July 2015, there was a large explosion at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, which is a major tourist attraction. On 2 August 2019, there were three small explosions at locations in central Bangkok. Please follow the advice of Thai Authorities, avoid any large gatherings and be aware of your personal safety at all times.

We strongly advise against all travel to or through the southern Provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Southern Songkhla. On 10 March 2019, a number of small explosions occurred in Satun City and in Patthalung Province in the South of Thailand. In December 2018, there was a number of small explosions on Samila beach in Songkhla City.

Most Irish tourists enjoy their visits to Thailand safely and happily. That is why many return. However, a number, including Irish citizens, are subject to theft, scams and fraud of various kinds, and a small number to assault and violence. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Keep credit cards secure, use alcohol moderately, avoid drugs at all times, do not carry large amounts of cash, keep valuables safely at your hotel and take common sense precautions.

Punishment for drug-related offences such as possession, distribution or manufacture are severe. We cannot overemphasise our message: do not become involved in using or distributing drugs in Thailand. The consequences (as a number of Irish citizens are aware) can be severe.

Private medicinal use of cannabis is legal if the THC content is below 0.2% by weight. Cannabis/hemp use for recreation purposes remains illegal. Offenders will face imprisonment of up to three months and/or a fine of up to 25,000thb. Cultivation, consumption, distribution and sales of cannabis products is legal, although some restrictions remain in place - you should check with the relevant local authorities if you are unsure.

Southern border provinces

We advise against all travel to or through the Southern Thai Provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Southern Songkhla due to ongoing instability and terrorist activity in this region. On 10 March 2019, a number of small explosions occurred in Satun City and in Patthalung Province in the South of Thailand and in December 2018; there was a number of small explosions on Samila beach in Songkhla City.

Martial law still applies in these Provinces. There are frequent incidences of violence and there have been reports that extremists may be planning to target westerners in the southern border Provinces.

Cambodian border

There have been occasional clashes between Cambodia and Thailand over the 'Preah Vihear' issue for several years. Hostilities broke on a number of occasions in 2011 and there were civilian and military deaths on both sides. We recommend that you should take care travelling through Thailand-Cambodia border.

Burmese/Myanmar border

We recommend that you exercise caution when traveling to rural areas of the Northern region and particularly near the Thai-Myanmar border. There are occasional clashes between the Thai security forces and armed drug traffickers. Military checkpoints are active and passengers are often asked to produce their ID. If you are considering traveling into Myanmar from Thailand, you should only cross into that country at an official border checkpoint and follow instructions of the Burmese/Myanmar and Thai authorities.

Terrorist attacks may occur in Thailand. The last major terrorist incident in Bangkok was in August 2015 when 20 civilians lost their lives. There have been a number of smaller explosions since then. On 2 August 2019, there were three small explosions at locations in central Bangkok.  A number of foreign tourists were also injured in a bombing in August 2016.

Be aware of the risk of petty crime, including from pickpockets, bag snatchers and those organising scams targeting tourists. Always take sensible precautions:

  • Do not carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place. You should also keep an eye on your credit card during transactions to prevent fraud.
  • The theft of passports and credit cards is a problem in Thailand. Leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
  • Be aware of pickpockets and bag snatchers. Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as train and bus stations. Many visitors have had their mobile phones and purses snatched by thieves on motorbikes when walking along busy streets or travelling in Tuk-Tuks. Stay vigilant!

Tourist scams

Tourist scams are, unfortunately, a fairly common occurrence in Thailand, despite the best efforts of the authorities. Using common sense and exercising caution is essential to avoiding such scams. Do not accept offers to bring you to a jewellery shop or factory for a "special promotion". Avoid all offers from strangers approaching you in the streets with offers of inexpensive gems, travel, clothing, tours etc. If you feel you have been scammed contact the Thai Tourist Police on 1155. They will be as helpful as possible. However, the best way to avoid being scammed is to avoid the scammers in the first instance.

Tourists have been scammed when hiring motorcycles and jet skis (especially on the islands) so get local advice on the reputation of any rental firm before approaching it. Avoid hiring jet skis and quad bikes.  Never hand over your passport as security when renting these vehicles . Many Irish tourists have had their passports withheld if they cannot pay the fees associated with damage to these vehicles. Please be advised that the Embassy cannot retrieve your passport for you in such situations. Be aware also that there are enormous amounts of motorcycle accidents in Thailand. Irish citizens in the past have been injured or lost their lives. Always wear a helmet (it is illegal not to) and drive carefully. You should also check with your insurance if you are covered for such activities and ensure you have a valid international driver licence. Some insurance companies will not cover your costs if you were driver unlawfully i.e. with no helmet or no proper licence and medical bills can be incredibly costly.

If you are going to be passing through Suvarnabhumi Airport, make sure that you have paid for, and have receipts for, all items in your possession before you move away from the vendor.

Property Scams

Ownership of property in Thailand is very complicated. There have been many reported cases of property scams. Make sure you seek a proper legal advice. Foreigners are not permitted to own land in Thailand. Many foreigners, including Irish citizens have found themselves in very difficult situations as a result of dealing in property. Be aware of the pitfalls. Avoid them.

Personal safety

In general, Thailand is a fairly safe country in which to travel once some basic precautions are taken. However, there have been incidents where foreign nationals have been attacked. Female passengers, in particular, should be careful of their personal safety. There have also been incidents where tourists have had their drinks drugged (tourist areas and 'red light' districts). You should be very careful about taking drinks from strangers and be very wary at parties such as the Full Moon party on Koh Phangan Island. Avoid all drugs, consume alcohol in moderation and exercise caution at large social gatherings. Do not swim at night.

Reporting crime

If you are a victim of a crime while in Thailand, report it to the local police immediately. You can contact us at  Embassy in Bangkok for information and advice (+66 (0) 2 0161360). Please note that the Embassy cannot report a crime on your behalf.

If you are planning to drive any kind of vehicle in Thailand, you should be extremely careful. Road conditions are poor and Thailand has one of the highest accident rates in the world. Irish citizens have been involved in very serious accidents. Please note:

  • You need an international or Thai driving licence to drive in Thailand
  • Make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught

Hiring a vehicle

If you are hiring any kind of vehicle,  we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security . If you are allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times. Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Motorcycle/Scooter Hire

We strongly recommend that you  do not rent a scooter or motorcycle while in Thailand . Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous. The majority of road accidents in Thailand involve motorcycles. A number of Irish citizens have been killed or seriously injured in accidents. If you do decide to hire a scooter or motorcycle, we advise you to exercise extreme caution and always wear a helmet: it is illegal not to. We have also noted a number of motorcycle and scooter hire scams whereby those hiring have left their passports for security and are then presented with a bill for damage (real or not) to the hired vehicle. Do not hand over your passport as security for vehicle hire. The same advice is also applicable to the hire of jet-skis. Please be advised that the Embassy cannot retrieve your passport for you in such situations.

If you are arriving by air, use licensed taxis from official taxi stands. Unlicensed vehicles (black and white number plates) are not properly insured to carry passengers.

Take proper care when swimming – Follow the instructions of beach lifeguards and the signage on beaches. There are many fatalities in the waters of Thailand, including Irish citizens. There have been reports of poisonous jellyfish in the waters off Koh Phangan, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi. Please bear in mind that jellyfish can swim close to the shore and be most careful during rainy season. If stung, you should not rinse the wound with fresh water instead seek immediate medical attention.

Local laws and customs

"visa runs".

The Thai authorities have clamped down somewhat on 'visa runs'. This is the practice whereby foreigners use the visa exemption scheme aimed at tourists to illegally live or work in Thailand. The Thai authorities have announced that they will prevent 'visa runners' from entering Thailand. If you wish to enter Thailand for reasons other than tourism, we advise you to obtain the appropriate visa prior to your arrival.

The Thai authorities have also announced new penalties for those who overstay their visas. If you overstay your visa you may be banned from entering Thailand for a number of years. This has already affected a number of Irish citizens, some of whom have been arrested and detained. If you intend to stay in Thailand for longer than a month (which you can) please obtain the correct visa.

Alcohol and tobacco

There are strict limits on the amount of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, cigars and smoking tobacco which you may bring into Thailand. Tourists have been detained and fined heavily for attempting to bring cigarettes into Thailand in excess of the official limit. Please be aware of the importation limits.

E-cigarettes and refills are illegal in Thailand. These items may be confiscated by the Royal Thai Police and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted. The sale or supply of these items is also banned and you could face a heavy fine or up to 5 years imprisonment if found guilty.

Illegal drugs

Penalties for the possession, distribution and consumption of drugs in Thailand are severe. The possession of even what some may regard as small quantities often leads to imprisonment. The Thai authorities have increased their surveillance of those involved in illicit drugs activity and undercover police carry out spot checks in and around bars, restaurants and discos in tourist areas. These checks may include searches of bags, purses, and pockets. A number of tourists have suffered psychiatric problems as a result of drug use in Thailand. A number of Irish citizens have been imprisoned as a result of drug possession. Do not possess or use drugs in Thailand . We can't emphasise this strongly enough.

Royal Family

In Thailand it is a criminal offence to make critical or defamatory comments about the King or the Royal Family under Article 112 of the Criminal Code. People have been imprisoned under this law for doing so. Be very careful of your speech in public.

Thailand is a majority Buddhist country with over 90% of their population practicing Buddhism. Thai people are very spiritual and take religion seriously. If you are visiting Buddhist temples or other sacred sites, dress and act respectfully. Be aware that is it frowned upon to use images of the Buddha as decoration, and tattoos of the Buddha are considered very disrespectful.

Natural disasters and climate

Rain and flooding.

The rainy season in much of Thailand runs from May to October. Monsoon rains and storms quite often lead to heavy and dangerous flooding. The rainy season in south east of the Thai peninsula runs from November to March. You can get useful information on the weather conditions in Thailand from websites such as Phuket Weather Forecasts , the Thai Meteorological Department or Tourism Authority of Thailand News .


Thailand is in an earthquake zone and suffers from tremors from time to time. These can trigger tsunami alerts. Familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake, and take note of earthquake and tsunami-related instructions from your hotel or the local authorities.

Air Pollution

Air pollution can be an issue in Thailand, particularly in the major cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Exposure to high levels of PM2.5 can lead to various health issues, such as eye and skin irritation and headaches, and can aggravate underlying health conditions such as cardiac and respiratory conditions.

Irish Citizens with respiratory conditions or other underlying health conditions, which may be affected by the air pollution, should take caution being outdoors during periods of high air pollution.  You can check air quality levels for Thailand in real time on the  World Air Quality Index website .

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Irish citizens can obtain permission to stay for up to a month on arrival.

It's against the law to overstay your visa to Thailand so check the period of stay authorised by the Thai authorities when you arrive. If you 'surrender' yourself to immigration at the airport or at any other immigration bureau following a short overstay, you must pay a fine for each excess day. However, be aware that for longer periods of overstay, it is entirely at the discretion of the Thai immigration whether you pay an over-stay fine or are detained and deported at your own expense. Irish citizens have often been detained for a number of days prior to being deported for overstays. It is not a pleasant experience. And it is expensive. You may also be banned from re-entering Thailand for a set period. These determinations are made by the Royal Thai Government and the Irish Embassy cannot intervene in the application of Thai law. Please obey the laws of Thailand in relation to permission to stay in Thailand.

Private "visa extension services", even those advertising in major periodicals or located close to Immigration offices or police stations, are illegal. A number of foreign citizens, including Irish, have been arrested and detained at border crossings each year with counterfeit visas and entry stamps they have obtained through these illegal services. Please do not use private visa extension services.

You must have a valid passport to enter Thailand, with at least six months validity. Be aware that a number of Irish citizens have been refused entry to Thailand for trying to enter the country on a damaged passport. It's advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. By law you must carry your passport with you at all times. Tourists have been detained because they were unable to produce their passport.

Damaged Passports

The Embassy has experienced an increasing amount of Irish citizens who have been refused entry to/exit from Thailand because their passports are damaged. We very strongly advise you to make sure that your passport is in excellent condition before you travel to Thailand and that you look after it very carefully while you are in Thailand.

COVID-19 situation in Thailand

Mask wearing in public is a voluntary practice. However, the Ministry of Public Health continues to recommend that you wear a mask in a crowded or badly ventilated place such as on public transportation. You should wear a mask if you have COVID-19 symptoms or you are in a high risk group. Most buildings have their own requirements for mask wearing and signs will be displayed at the entrance. Mask wearing remains a very common health related practice in Thailand. 

Irish citizens are encouraged to comply with preventive measures regulated by the Government of Thailand and prepare for the possibility of additional social distancing measures, lockdowns and quarantine in each province and city.

The Embassy is unfortunately not able to intervene in having any restrictions waived, shortened, or amended. 

All Irish citizens in Thailand are encouraged to:

  • Ensure you are  registered  with the Embassy of Ireland in Thailand via our Citizens Registration service -
  • Follow our social media channels for the latest updates:

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COVID-19 vaccines in Thailand

The following vaccines are currently approved for use in Thailand: AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Sinopharm, and Sinovac.

The expat portal ( ) continues to be the main point of entry for vaccine registrations, citizens can also attempt to register directly with local hospitals.  Citizens residing outside of Bangkok are advised to contact their provincial health authorities for information.

Health and Health Insurance – Very Important

Due to the heat and other factors some European visitors to Thailand fall ill. Always check with your doctor well in advance of travelling for medical advice and to see if you need any vaccinations for Thailand.

If you require medical attention, public hospitals and small clinics particularly outside of Bangkok are not always up to standard. We recommend that you go to private hospitals in Thailand which are excellent but can be expensive.  Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance to cover the cost .

Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need an vaccinations for Thailand.

Dengue fever

Dengue fever is prevalent in Thailand, particularly in the south. Before travelling, get up-to-date medical advice whether you need vaccination. When you arrive, avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by using bed nets and repellents, and wearing closed, long sleeves and trousers.

We recommend that you avoid tap water and drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay.

Air pollution can be an issue in Thailand, particularly in the major cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai.  Exposure to high levels of PM2.5 can lead to various health issues, such as eye and skin irritation and headaches, and can aggravate underlying health conditions such as cardiac and respiratory conditions.  You can check air quality levels for Thailand in real time on the  World Air Quality Index website .

Embassy contact

Out of hours Emergency Contact Details After business hours, Irish Citizens seeking emergency consular assistance should contact the Duty Officer number at +662-016-1360 Please leave a message with your name, contact number and details of the emergency. Please note that this is for after-hours emergency cases only that cannot wait until the Embassy re-opens.

Embassy of Ireland 12th Floor, 208 Wireless Road Lumpini, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330

Tel: +66 2 016 1360 Fax: +66 2 675 3933

Monday - Thursday 09:30-12:00 and 14:30-15:30; Friday 09:30-12:00

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Entry requirements

This advice reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Thailand set and enforce entry rules. If you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact the Royal Thai Embassy in the UK.

COVID-19 rules

Countries may restrict travel or bring in rules at short notice. Check with your travel company or airline for changes.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

You should also read TravelHealthPro’s general COVID-19 advice for travellers .

Travel to Thailand

If you are visiting Thailand and then travelling to a country that requires an RT-PCR test for entry, you will need to buy medical insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment before you arrive in Thailand.

Passport validity requirements

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from when you enter Thailand.

You could be refused entry to Thailand if your passport is damaged or has pages missing.

If you’re a dual national, to avoid problems at immigration, you must leave Thailand on the same passport you used to enter.

If you need to renew or apply for a new British passport, see overseas British passport applications .

Visa requirements

British passport holders arriving by air or land can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa (visa exemption).

If you intend to stay longer (for work, study or other reasons) you need a visa before you travel.

For more information on visas or entry requirements, contact the Royal Thai Embassy or local Immigration Office.

Overstaying your visa

If you stay beyond the period of your visa, you will be fined 500 Thai baht a day up to a maximum of 20,000 baht. You risk being:

  • held in detention
  • deported at your own expense
  • banned from re-entering Thailand for up to 10 years

Conditions in detention centres can be harsh.

Vaccination requirements (other than COVID-19)

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the vaccinations and certificates you need on TravelHealthPro .

Depending on your circumstances, this may include a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

Customs rules

There are strict rules about goods that can be brought into and taken out of Thailand . You must declare anything that may be prohibited or subject to tax or duty.

Importing cigarettes

It is illegal to import more than 200 cigarettes per person into Thailand. This is enforced at customs on arrival. If you go over the limit, you could be fined 10 times the value. Your cigarettes will likely be confiscated.

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