COVID-19 Situation in Thailand
ข้อมูลภาษาไทย:สถานการณ์ COVID-19 ในประเทศไทย
Source : Department of Disease Control, https://www.facebook.com/informationcovid19
COVID-19 Daily Briefing : Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Documents Summary | YouTube
|Update Regulations on entry to Thailand|
Updated – New Regulatory Updates on the Quarantine Period for Travelers Entering Thailand since 1 May 2021 https://thaiembdc.org/2021/04/29/regulatory-updates-on-the-quarantine-period-for-travelers-entering-thailand-since-1-may-2021/
Cancelled – Regulations to enter Thailand and procedures of the quarantine, effective from 1 April 2021 https://thaiembdc.org/2021/03/31/updated-regulations-to-enter-thailand-and-procedures-of-the-quarantine-effective-from-1-april-2021/
Guidelines for International Flights with Transit/Transfer Passengers at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, effective from 1 Mar 2021 https://thaiembdc.org/2021/03/18/transit/
- Flight cancelled? Please contact us for a revised COE. Travelers who have received COEs but have to change plan due to flight cancellation should write to the embassy / consulates-General. They will be given special access to their old accounts on the COE application platform to amend flight/ASQ details and re-apply for a new COE.
Travel to Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic
Step 1 – Study the category of eligible person to enter Thailand. (During COVID-19)
– Visa to Thailand FAQ: Do I need a tourist visa? Am I eligible to apply online? Which visa type should I apply for?
– Flight reservation (Semi-commercial flight or Repatriation flight)
– ASQ reservation (list of Hotels can be found here)
Step 2 – e-Visa application
Step 3 – COE application
Step 4 – Download ThailandPlus application
Step 5 – Prepare require documents prior to departure
1. Submit your application 3 to 4 weeks before travelling
2. A separate application is needed for each person (regardless of age)
3. The applicant must submit an application with the Embassy or Consulates-General in jurisdiction area. please see the jurisdiction
From 18 February 2021 Visa applicants in the United States have to apply online through the website https://www.thaievisa.go.th/ (instead of the previous platform). For instructions on the Thailand e-visa, please check the User Manual or watch the Video User Manual.
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), entry to Thailand is permitted for particular persons in the exempted list. Click here for more information.
(1) Exempted persons who are specified, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister or Chief official responsible.
(2) Diplomat/International Organizations.
(3) Family members of Thai nationals (spouse/child/parent).
(4) Non-Thai nationals who have the Residence Permanent Status.
(5) Work permit holders.
(6) Students attending schools and universities in Thailand.
(7) Medical treatment in Thailand.
(8) Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country or have been granted permission by the Prime Minister
– For Media production or Filming
– For Thailand Privilege Cardholder/ Thai Elite Card holder
– For Thailand long stay retirement visa (O-A & O-X) and Non-Immigration (Retirement)
– For Conducting business/Meeting or Investing/Saving in Thailand
– For Tourism purposes (Visa exemption scheme / Tourist visa TR- single entry only / Special Tourist visa -STV)
– For Work permit holders – Religious / Missionary works (R) and their spouses or children (O)
– For Work permit holders – Volunteers or NGO workers (O)
- As one of the Countries listed for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival, 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 (In process of being extended to 45 days by the government of Thailand) or 15-day stays if arriving by land-crossing and the period of stay may not be extended after that. However please note that with the visa exemption scheme, travelers still need to obtain the Certificate of Entry (COE) in order to enter Thailand. Please click here for more information.
Flights to Thailand
Regarding flights to Thailand, please be advised that normal commercial passenger flights into Thailand have been suspended until further notice. Nevertheless, the Thai Government organizes repatriation flights for Thai nationals to return to Thailand on a regular basis and the semi-commercial flights that are permitted to enter Thailand. (Please note that the visa processing time is around 15 business days and you should plan your flight properly to minimize your risk of not getting a visa & COE in time):
- Semi-commercial flights
At present, certain air operators are permitted to operate semi-commercial flights to Thailand, and the list of air operators participating in the semi-commercial flights program can be found here [https://bit.ly/2Ude2kx]
For the availability and flights information, please contact the airlines directly. Before booking flights to Thailand with the above-mentioned air operators, travelers should ensure that they study the different categories of visas granted to foreign nationals at this time to determine the possibility of travel. Please note that having plane tickets does not guarantee entry to Thailand, non-Thai travelers must have all the required documents to enter Thailand.
- Repatriation flights
The Thai Government organizes repatriation flights for Thai nationals to return to Thailand on a regular basis and the repatriation flights on various airlines have been scheduled for the following days.
Arriving in Thailand on 6 May 2021 – Qatar Airways
Arriving in Thailand on 11 May 2021 – Etihad Airways
Arriving in Thailand on 13 May 2021 – Korean Air
Arriving in Thailand on 14 May 2021 – EVA Air
Arriving in Thailand on 20 May 2021 – Asiana Airlines
Arriving in Thailand on 22 May 2021 – Japan Airlines
Arriving in Thailand on 25 May 2021 – Emirates Airlines
Arriving in Thailand on 27 April 2021 – All Nippon Airways
If you wish to travel to Thailand on one of the above repatriation flights, please contact the travel agents authorized by the airlines directly to see if they can accommodate you. The information regarding the flight in the coming months, travel regulations in the future, and any official updates will be posted on the website as soon as it is available. Please check back regularly on the embassy’s website or closer to the travel date.
Certificate of Entry (COE)
Beginning on 1 November 2020, eligible Non-Thai nationals* who wish to travel to Thailand must register for the COE at the following website: coethailand.mfa.go.th
For more information on how to register please click on the following links for a quick YouTube video or read for more information at the following links:
(1) YouTube Video Registration Demonstration (English) https://youtu.be/1c1dNaXv0mM
(2) Registration Guideline in English (file link)
The following regulations applied during COVID-19 situation until further notice. Please kindly check Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) for more information
Thailand Plus Application
|Measures for Travelers|
On 26 March 2021, Relaxation of regulations to enter Thailand and procedures of the quarantine From 1 April 2021. https://thaiembdc.org/th/2021/03/26/relaxation-of-regulations-to-enter-thailand-and-procedures-of-the-quarantine-from-1-april-2021/
On 1 March 2021, Guidelines for International Flights with Transit/Transfer Passengers at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (Effective from 1 Mar 2021) According to the Notification of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand on Conditions for Aircraft Permission to Enter Thailand (No. 5), For aircraft operating the international flight with transit/transfer passengers, which has come into force from 1 March B.E. 2564 (2021) https://www.caat.or.th/en/archives/56377 | PDF
On 5 January 2021
>> Notification Re: Extension of Duration of the Declaration of an Emergency Situation in all areas of the Kingdom of Thailand (9th Extension) This Notification shall take effect from 16 January 2021 to 28 February 2021. Press Release: mfa.go.th | PDF
>> Notification Re : Regulations, Notifications, and Orders of the Prime Minister Issued under the Declaration of an Emergency Situation to Remain in Force. This Notification shall come into effect from 16 January 2021. Press Release: mfa.go.th | PDF
On 6 January 2021, Thailand to Obtain 63 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine. The Cabinet on 5 January 2021 acknowledged a report that Thailand had urgently ordered 63 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from foreign countries. https://thailand.prd.go.th/ewt_news.php?nid=10603&filename=index
On 4 January 2021, Regulation Issued with Measures to Remedy the Emergency Situation. Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has issued the Regulation No. 16, with eight measures, in an effort to remedy the emergency situation caused by the resurgence of COVID-19. The regulation, issued and published in the Royal Gazette on 3 January 2021, will be in effect from 06.00hr on 4 January 2021 onwards. https://thailand.prd.go.th/ | PDF file
On 2 January 2021, Temporary Closure of Certain Places in Bangkok to Contain COVID-19. Bangkok Governor Police General Aswin Kwanmuang on 1 January 2021 issued an announcement to temporarily close certain places in Bangkok in order to contain the new wave of local infections of COVID-19. https://thailand.prd.go.th/ewt_news.php?nid=10577&filename=index
On 30 December 2020, Food and Drinks Are Banned on Domestic Flights. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced that all food and drinks are banned on domestic flights in an effort to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic. https://thailand.prd.go.th/ewt_news.php?nid=10571&filename=index
On 27 December 2020, Public Encouraged to Download Mor Chana App to Trace COVID-19 Infections. Members of the public have been urged to download the “Mor Chana” application, a contact tracing application, which is designed to contain the local transmission of COVID-19. https://thailand.prd.go.th/ewt_news.php?nid=10554&filename=index
On 25 December 2020, Four Zones for COVID-19 Control Designated with No National Lockdown. Spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin stated that no national lockdown would be imposed in the wake of the resurgence of COVID-19, but COVID-19 control zoning has been introduced. https://thailand.prd.go.th/ewt_news.php?nid=10548&filename=index
Conditions for aircraft permission and types of passengers will be allowed into Thailand
On 31 August 2020, Regulation issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E.2548 (No.13)
Regulation issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E.2548 (No.13) Issued on 31 July B.E. 2563 (2020). Order of the Centre for the Administration of the Situation due to the Outbreak of the Communicable Disease Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) No.8/2563.
Guidelines based on Regulations issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E.2548 (2005) (No.7). Measures to be complied with when travelling into Thailand [www.caat.or.th/th/moicovid]
On 2 July 2020, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) issued the notification on conditions for aircraft permission to enter Thailand (No.2)
In reference to the Notification of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand on Conditions for Aircraft Permission to Enter Thailand issued on 29 June B.E. 2563 (2020) prescribing the conditions for permitting aircrafts to enter the Kingdom of Thailand from foreign countries. https://www.caat.or.th/en/archives/51895
Scan QR code or click www.caat.or.th/moicovid to see the 11 types of persons who are permitted to enter into Thailand and all the required documents.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced on July 2, 2020 flights carrying the following types of passengers will be allowed into Thailand:
(1) Thai nationals
(2) Persons with exemption or persons being considered, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, pertaining to necessity. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to specified conditions and time limits.
(3) Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under International organizations, or representatives of foreign government performing their duties in the Kingdom, or persons of other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pertaining to necessity, including their spouse, parents, or children.
(4) Carriers of necessary goods, subject to immediate return after completion.
(5) Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission, and have a specified date and time for return.
(6) Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national.
(7) Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of permanent residency in the Kingdom, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom.
(8) Non-Thai nationals who have work permit or have been granted permission from government agencies to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.
(9) Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students, except for students of non-formal educational institutions under the law on Private schools and of other similar private educational institutions.
(10) Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID19.
(11) Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country.
After that The Civil Aviation Authorities of Thailand announced the Notification on Conditions for International Flight Permit to Thailand, and will be effective from July 1st 2020. The following aircraft will be allowed to fly over, fly into or out of, and take off from or land at an international airport in the Kingdom when permit is given by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand:
(1) State or military aircraft
(2) Emergency landing flights
(3) Technical landing flights without disembarkation
(4) Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights
(5) Repatriation flights
(6) Cargo flights
(7) Passenger flights carrying the persons permitted to enter Thailand
See all Messages and Announcements
On 29 May 2020, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) issued the notification on the conditions of certain types of aircrafts permitted to enter, depart, and fly over the Kingdom, as well as the categories of passengers or persons on board, of which must comply with the conditions, time limits and rules stated in the notification. https://www.caat.or.th/en/archives/51825
On 16 May 2020, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) extended the period that all international passenger flights are suspended from entering Thailand to cover 1 – 30 June 2020. All arriving passengers will be subject to the measures under communicable disease law, such as a 14-day state quarantine and the regulations under the Emergency Decree on State Emergency. https://www.caat.or.th/th/archives/50431
On 27 April 2020, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) extended the period that all international passenger flights are suspended from entering Thailand to cover 1 – 31 May 2020. All arriving passengers will be subject to a 14-day state quarantine. https://www.caat.or.th/en/archives/49796
Travellers arriving in Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic must submit a T.8 form upon entry into the Kingdom. Download form at https://thaiembdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/T8_form.pdf or register online through AOT phone application at https://aot-app.kdlab.ai/.
On 15 April 2020, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) extended the period that all international passenger flights are suspended from entering Thailand to cover 19 – 30 April 2020. All arriving passengers will be subject to a 14-day state quarantine. https://www.caat.or.th/th/archives/49587
On 6 April 2020, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) extended the period that all international passenger flights are suspended from entering Thailand to cover 7 – 18 April 2020. All arriving passengers will be subject to a 14-day state quarantine. https://www.caat.or.th/en/archives/49329
On 3 April 2020, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced that all international passenger flights are suspended from entering Thailand during 4 – 6 April 2020. All arriving passengers will be subject to a 14-day state quarantine, including those who departed the country of origin before the entry into force of the announcement. https://www.caat.or.th/th/archives/49284
On 2 April 2020, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha issued a statement regarding additional measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in the country, main points are as follows:
A curfew will be imposed from 22.00hrs – 04.00hrs throughout the Kingdom of Thailand, effective from 3 April 2020.
All international passengers entering Thailand will undergo a screening process, a strict quarantine and an observation period.
Thai nationals are asked to cooperate by delaying their return to Thailand until 15 April 2020.
Full Statement can be viewed here.
On 26 March 2020, with reference to the declaration of state of emergency in Thailand on 25 March 2020 (in Thai language), the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand issued a travel advisory to passengers traveling to Thailand as follows:
- Categories of foreign persons permitted to enter Thailand:
(1) exempted by the Prime Minister or Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
(2) carriers of necessary cargoes (prompt exit required)
(3) pilots and crew members with clear schedules
(4) on diplomatic or consular missions, under international organizations, government representatives, or of international agencies with MFA permission, and their families, with a certificate of entry issued by MFA and a 72-hour Fit to Fly health certificate
(5) acquire a work permit or granted permission to work from Thai government agencies with a 72-hour Fit to Fly health certificate
(6) 24-hour transit passengers with a 72-hour Fit to Fly health certificate until 31 March 2020.
- Thai nationals are required to have (1) a certificate issued by Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate in their country of residence and (2) a Fit to Fly health certificate. **เพื่อสนับสนุนความพยายามของเจ้าหน้าที่สาธารณสุขไทยในการควบคุมการแพร่ระบาดของเชื้อ COVID-19 กระทรวงสาธารณสุขขอความร่วมมือให้ผู้ที่ลงทะเบียนใหม่แสดงใบรับรองแพทย์ที่มีอายุไม่เกิน 72 ชั่วโมงก่อนเดินทางกับสายการบินเพื่อเดินทางกลับไทย**
In response to the advice of public health experts, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha issued an emergency decree on 26 March 2020 to take the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic to the next level with measures designed to slow or stop the spread of the virus. The state of emergency would last until April 30.
From now the measures to be imposed will be more intense and affect people’s lives. Everyone is asked to comply and be responsible. All public gatherings have been banned. Children under five and adults above the age of 70 and those with underlying health problems are strongly recommended to stay home. International arrivals are limited, while domestic travels are closely monitored. Essential businesses and services are assured to remain open.
For further details and to access the latest information, please check www.thaigov.go.th/en.
Important message from the Ministry of Public Health:
- STOP going to the Disease Infected Zones
- AVOID unnecessary travel to ongoing local transmission areas
or affected areas reported by the World Health Organization (WHO)
- Currently, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has spread across the world and the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that COVID-19 could be characterized as a pandemic (WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020). People and outbound travelers are recommended to closely monitor the situation. Moreover, the public must fully cooperate and act as the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) recommends for your safety and for the safety of others, and to decrease the negative social and economic impacts.
- All travelers from the Disease Infected Zones (DIZ) who arrive in Thailand must implement mandatory self-quarantine at their registered hotels/accommodations for 14 days and people are not allowed to leave More details
- Travelers from ongoing local transmission areas or affected areas reported by the WHO are requested to implement control for observation (or self-monitoring) for 14 days More details
- Travelers from other areas are recommended to take care of themselves with good sanitation, self-protection and by avoiding crowded places. More details
- In addition, air operators may apply the above measure for the screening of passengers from the airport of departure in the countries as affected from Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) from the report of the Ministry of Public Health or World Health Organization.
- Travelers from Disease Infected Zones and ongoing local transmission areas that feel sick or have fever, accompanied by at least one of the following symptoms: cough, runny nose, sore throat, and shortness of breath, within 14 days of arrival in Thailand, must inform a disease control officer immediately upon symptom onset or upon suspecting illness in order to be tested, treated, clinically diagnosed, isolated or quarantined on a case by case basis.
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Regarding Thailand’s economic relief measures, to alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Royal Thai Government has approved on March 10, 2020 Phrase One of a series of financial and fiscal relief measures. These measures are largely aimed at small and medium-sized business which would be most affected by the economic impacts of the outbreak. Later, on March 24, 2020, the Royal Thai Government has approved Phrase Two of the series to mitigate the negative economic impacts on temporary and informal workers and business operators in the sectors most affected by the outbreak. For further information, visit https://thailand.prd.go.th/more_news.php?cid=4&filename=index.
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Measures under the Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558 (2015)
to control the Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19
version 4 updated on 25 March 2020
Q&A Regarding the Measures for Travelers
updated on 25 March 2020
[Published by DDC Thailand https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php]
News and Announcements
03/25/2020 Embassy’s office hours and contacts during the current COVID-19 situation
03/17/2020 Temporary Adjustment of Consular Services Procedures during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) Pandemic
03/14/2020 Visa on Arrival (VOA) Temporary Suspension
03/09/2020 The Notification of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand on Practical Guideline for the Air Operators Relating to the Service to be Provided in the Territories outside Thailand Defined as Disease Infected Zones of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak [ PDF ]