FAQ for Non-Thais wishing to enter Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic

FAQ for Non-Thai National wishing to enter Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic

1) Can I apply for a visa to enter Thailand?

  • By virtue of Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005) and Section 11 of the State Administration Act B.E. 2534 (1991), the entry to Thailand is permitted for persons in the exempted list. Please check https://thaiembdc.org/visas/ for more information and application procedures.
  • Please note that the following types of visas are NOT permitted to enter Thailand: Transit passengers (TS), Sports visa holders (S), Monks and other religious visa holders (R) and their spouses or children, Volunteers (O), and non-formal students visa holders (such as language schools, diving schools, boxing schools).
  • Due to a high number of infection rate, the APEC card holders and the applicants who are currently in the USA or will be traveling to Thailand from the US and wish to obtain Special Tourist Visa (STV) do not fall under the categories that could enter Thailand at the moment, please check back regularly for any updates.

 

2) I already have a visa or re-entry permit. Do I still need to fill in the online application for Certificate of Entry?

  • Yes, it is required aside from visas and re-entry permit. All foreign nationals wishing to enter the Kingdom of Thailand must obtain the Certificate of Entry from the Embassy/ Consulates-General prior to entering the Kingdom. You may wish to apply for the Certificate of Entry online here.

 

3) Flights to Thailand?

  • The Notification of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand on Conditions for Aircraft Permission to Enter Thailand (No.2) dated 2 July B.E. 2563 (2020) suspends all commercial flights from entering into the airport in Thailand, except for certain circumstances
  • The approved visa applicant is permitted to enter Thailand only by a repatriation flight organized by the Royal Thai Embassy and the Royal Thai Consulates-General, a cargo flight or a charter flight.
    Click here for details of repatriation flights.

 

4) Do I have to be quarantined once entering Thailand?

  • Non-Thai nationals are subject to the measures under communicable disease law, including 14 days quarantine at the Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ). The applicant must make arrangement for the 14-day Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) at his/her own expense. More information, including list of permitted hotels (in Thai), can be found at http://hsscovid.com/ or Royal Thai Embassy’s website.

 

5) Should I book a flight ticket or ASQ first?

  • It depends on flight and ASQ availability as well as ASQ and airline’s policy.
  • To reserve a room at many ASQs, applicant is required to submit proof of flight reservation or flight ticket.

*** Please make sure that the arrival date matches with ASQ reservation***.

 

6) What should I do if the ASQs are fully booked?

  • All non-Thai passengers must have confirmed ASQ reservation before entering the Kingdom. Due to the high demand and limited number of ASQ facilities, the applicant is advised to reserve ASQ facilities at his/her earliest convenience.

 

7) How can I check repatriation flight schedules?

 

 8) What is a turnaround time for the process of obtaining visa and COE?

  • It is strongly recommended that the applicant spares at least 15 working days before the travel date to apply for visa and COE.
  • After filling in online application and uploading required documents, the applicant is required to mail the original documents, including Passport, Two passport-size photographs, other required reference, visa fee, and return envelope to the Embassy/ Consulates-General.

 

9) If I fail to submit some documents online or would like to add some documents for additional consideration, what can I do?

  • The applicant must first contact the Embassy or Consulates-General through emails (as below) to retrieve his/her personal link to upload additional documents.

The Royal Thai Embassy, Washington D.C.
Email: visa@thaiembdc.org

The Royal Thai Consulate-General, Los Angeles
Email: visa@thaiconsulatela.org

The Royal Thai Consulate-General, Chicago
Email: visa@thaiconsulatechicago.org

The Royal Thai Consulate-General, New York
Email: info@thaicgny.com

 

  • In the case that the Embassy / Consulates-General requests additional documents, the applicant may submit through that channel.

 

10) What type of COVID test is needed?

  • Upon checking in at the departure airport, the approved applicant is required to present a medical certificate with a laboratory result using RT-PCR test indicating that COVID -19 is not detected. Such COVID-19 test result must be issued no more than 72 hours before departure.

 

11) Would it be acceptable to have 2 COVID test instead of 1 COVID test and 1 Fit to Fly certificate 

  • NO, the approved applicant is required to present both Fit to Fly certificate and the Negative COVID test result at the departure airport.

 

12) What is the Fit to fly certificate?

  • Upon checking in at the departure airport, the approved applicant is required to present a Fit to Fly Health Certificate’ issued no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • The important information that needs to be shown in the Fit to fly certificate are
    – Letterhead/ Logo showing the name of the clinic/ urgent care
    – Name of the Doctor/Physician/Nurse/Healthcare provider
    – Medical license number

 

  • Sample of the Fit to fly certificate

 

 

  • Samples of a Fit to fly form. The applicant may download the Fit to fly form at F2F form or F2F-Form (1)

 

 

  • Sample of the document that is not considered as a Fit to fly certificate

 

 

13) What should I do if I change my flight?

  • The applicant with regular US passport MUST upload a new air ticket + a new ASQ reservation through his/her personal link at least 5 working days before the departure date, in order to obtain a revised COE.
  • Please note that if the applicant fails to inform the embassy /Consulates-General of the change in advance, the applicant will risk boarding denial.
  • Diplomat/Official/UNLP passport holders who wish to change the flight or ASQ and need a new COE should contact the Applicant’s Embassy or the International Organization in Thailand directly so that the relevant agencies could contact MFA and request the new COE

 

14) If you have additional questions regarding visa or certificate of entry, please direct your questions to:

The Royal Thai Embassy, Washington D.C.
Email: visa@thaiembdc.org

The Royal Thai Consulate-General, Los Angeles
Email: visa@thaiconsulatela.org

The Royal Thai Consulate-General, Chicago
Email: visa@thaiconsulatechicago.org

The Royal Thai Consulate-General, New York
Email: info@thaicgny.com