Visa and Certificate of Entry procedures for Non-Thai nationals who wish to enter Thailand for media production or filming

Visa and Certificate of Entry procedures for Non-Thai nationals who wish to enter Thailand for media production or filming

( If you already have a valid visa/re-entry permit, please request the Certificate of Entry – COE at https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ )

1. If the applicant does not have a valid visa or re-entry permit, the applicant must request a visa, at least 15 working days before the intended date of travel, by filling in the information and upload all required documents online at https://www.thaievisa.go.th/ (Please note that the visa application fee is non-refundable)

For instructions, please check https://www.thaievisa.go.th/static/English-Manual.pdf


2. The Royal Thai Embassy / Consulates-General will review the application and will send an email requesting the applicant to submit the following required documents through mail to the Royal Thai Embassy (ATTN: Visa Section) or Royal Thai Consulate-General in Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York:

2.1 Passport

2.2 Two passport-size photographs (2″x 2″)

2.3 Visa application form (Download) (if the applicant doesn’t have a valid Thai visa)

2.4 Proof of flight confirmation/reservation, indicating the trip from US to Thailand

2.5 Copy of a permit letter issued by the Thailand Film Office, Department of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand

2.6 Letter of reference from the coordinating agency in Thailand

2.7 Medical insurance guaranteeing that the insurance company will cover a minimum of 100,000 USD (or equivalent in other currencies) of medical costs incurred by the applicant in Thailand, including medical costs in the event that the applicant contracts COVID-19 (The insurance must cover the entire duration of stay in Thailand)

2.8 A confirmed reservation of 15 nights of Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) (Please check the list of the alternative state quarantine hotels at www.hsscovid.com or www.thaiembdc.org/asq)

2.8 Self-addressed return envelope and visa fee if the applicant doesn’t have a valid visa. (Please note your own tracking number in order to track your package once the visa is being mailed back)

2.9 Other required documents  e.g. permission letter by the Department of Tourism, reference letter issued from the coordinating agency in Thailand, … (please check)


3. After receiving a visa, the applicant may request the Certificate of Entry (COE) at https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/
***From 14 January 2021, all travelers who have received COEs are required to download and register via the ThailandPlus Application. They are required to show a QR code generated from the registration via the Application to be scanned by the Thai authority upon arrival in Thailand. To download, CLICK HERE*** (For more information, please check ThailandPlus Eng or watch the video here)


4. At the departure airport, the approved applicant is required to present

4.1 A “Certificate of Entry” issued by The Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulates-General;

4.2 A “Health Certificate”, Fit to Fly, issued no more than 72 hours before departure.

4.3 Medical insurance or letter from employer guaranteeing that the insurance company or employer will cover a minimum of 100,000 US dollars (or equivalent in other currencies) of medical costs incurred by the applicant in Thailand, including medical costs in the event that applicant contracts COVID-19 (The insurance must cover the whole duration of stay in Thailand); and

4.4 A Medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected, issued no more than 72 hours before departure


5. Upon entry to Thailand,

Travelers arriving in Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic must present the following documents to be granted entry:

5.1 COE

5.2 Medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected, using RT-PCR test, issued no more than 72 hours before departure

5.3 Fit-to-fly/Fit-to-travel Health Certificate issued no more than 72 hours before departure

5.4 Medical insurance or letter from employer guaranteeing that the insurance company or employer will cover a minimum of 100,000 US dollars (or equivalent in other currencies) of medical costs incurred by the applicant in Thailand, including medical costs in the event that applicant contracts COVID-19 (The insurance must cover the whole duration of stay in Thailand)

5.5 ThailandPlus Application


6.  If granted entry, traveler must go through 14 days of Alternative State Quarantine
*** The applicant must arrange their own 14-day Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) at their own expenses. More information, including list of permitted hotels (in Thai) can be found here at http://hsscovid.com/ or Royal Thai Embassy’s website .***