Bangkok, Thailand Covid-19 Travel Requirements

Essential information for tourists before traveling

Covid-19 Coronavirus, Thailand

NOVEMBER 2021 UPDATE
The latest:

- Bangkok has reopened to tourism on November 1st, allowing travelers from the following 46 countries and territories without the need to quarantine: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.

Visitors must have spent 21 consecutive days in those countries before arrival in Thailand. A RT-PCR COVID test will be taken upon arrival, and you need to stay for 1 night in an accredited hotel, designated SHA+ ("Safety & Health Administration") or ASQ ("Alternative State Quarantine"), while you wait for the result (you can, of course, stay in the same hotel for the remaining days of your holidays in Bangkok, or can move on to another hotel that's not SHA+ certified, on the second night).

Accredited/SHA+ hotels where you can stay on the first night in Bangkok (a reservation confirmation is necessary to enter Bangkok):
Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11
Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
The Athenee Hotel
Avani Plus Riverside Bangkok Hotel
Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse
Banyan Tree Bangkok
Centara Grand At Centralworld
Chillax Heritage
Conrad Hotel Bangkok
DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok
Dream Hotel Bangkok
Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn
Grande Centre Point Sukhumvit 55
Grande Centre Point Terminal 21
Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam
Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sukhumvit 11
Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit
Ibis Styles Bangkok Sukhumvit Phra Khanong
The Landmark Bangkok
Le Meridien Hotel Bangkok
Le Siam Hotel
Lebua at State Tower
Mestyle Garage Hotel
Millennium Hilton Bangkok
Movenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15
Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square
Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
Novotel Ibis styles Bangkok Sukhumvit 4
The Okura Prestige Bangkok
Pathumwan Princess Hotel
Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers
Shanghai Mansion Bangkok
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
The Sukhothai Bangkok
Tower Club at Lebua
W Bangkok Hotel
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok

- Travelers from countries not listed above, but who have been fully vaccinated, are allowed in Bangkok under a "sandbox program," meaning they're permited to travel without quarantining, provided they stay in the Bangkok region for seven days before traveling to other parts of Thailand. They are able to travel freely within the area, they won't be confined to their hotels, but must wait for a negative RT-PCR test result at the hotel before traveling. That is, in addition to the negative test that must be shown on arrival, there's a mandatory test on day 6 or 7.

- All arrivals (from countries exempt from quarantine and those in the sandbox program) must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to traveling (those who've had Covid-19 within the last three months must have 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before traveling), must have a negative RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours before traveling, and must have medical insurance with COVID-19 treatment coverage of at least US$50,000 (the policy must cover the length of your stay in Thailand).

- Unvaccinated travelers from all countries still need to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days if they arrive by plane and 14 days if they come over land.

- Everyone must also register for a "Thailand Pass" at https://tp.consular.go.th/. After apploading the required documents (along with the valid visa/re-entry permit, if required), the approval takes 3-5 working days. After approval, a Thailand Pass QR Code (or COE) is issued. Travelers need to present this QR code on arrival in Thailand.

- All travelers must download the MorChana contact tracing app (for Android or for IOS). All relevant health documentation must be completed in English.

- Those under the age of 12 are not required to be vaccinated if traveling with fully-vaccinated parents or guardians, but must present a negative test for COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours before travel.


Evolution of the Covid-19 Pandemic in Thailand


Thailand had the first Covid-19 case outside China. The infectious disease was diagnosed on January 13, 2020, on a 61-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan (where the virus originated), when she arrived at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. However, the number of cases remained relatively low over the following days, so a state of emergency was only declared on March 26, and a curfew was implemented on April 3rd (everyone had to stay indoors between 10pm and 4am), but it ended on June 15. Before these measures, the virus was mostly controlled by temperature and symptom screening at international airports.

The fatality rate in the country is quite low, at just 1%. The low rate of infections has been attributed to culture and the regular use of face masks. As the New York Times reported, no one knows what Thailand is doing right, but so far it's working. In January 2021, a study by the Lowy Institute concluded that Thailand's response to the Covid-19 pandemic was the fourth best in the world.

The first travel restrictions in Thailand took place on March 5, 2020, when travelers were subject to quarantine, and those arriving from “high-risk countries” were placed under observation. On March 19, it was announced that international arrivals from a number of countries would require medical certification and health insurance -- all travelers from China (including Hong Kong and Macau), South Korea, Italy and Iran, had to show medical certificates prior to boarding their flights and on arrival in Thailand, and then remain in quarantine for 14 days. People from other countries were also asked to stay indoors for 14 days if they showed any symptoms. All passenger flights were banned in the country between April 6 and 18. AirAsia, which operates a large number of domestic flights in Thailand, resumed domestic flights on April 29, and gradually added international destinations. However, most flights to and from Thailand remained suspended, although inbound international travel for business purposes was allowed to resume in July.

In September, the government approved a long-stay tourist visa, which allowed stays for 90 days. The first international tourists (from China) were welcomed in Phuket in October, marking Thailand’s gradual restart of the tourism sector. On December 17, the country eased travel restrictions for citizens from 56 countries. Plans to fully reopen were continuously delayed throughout 2021, until November 1st, when travelers from 46 countries or territories were allowed in Thailand without the need to quarantine.


Is it Safe to Travel to Bangkok and Thailand?


The risk for travelers is expected to remain moderate in Bangkok and everywhere else in the world, until a significant part of the global population is vaccinated against Covid-19. Everyone is advised to practice the universally recommended protective measures, such as wearing masks, social distancing (staying 6 feet or about 2 meters away from other people) and practicing high personal hygiene -- regularly wash your hands with soap and water (or with an alcohol-based sanitizer), especially after sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose, and cover your mouth and nose with your elbow (not with your hands) every time you cough or sneeze.
Aircraft and trains in Bangkok are said to be regularly disinfected, but always wear a mask and maintain a safe distance from other passengers, when possible.
If you develop respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath) or a fever, postpone your trip, stay at home, and seek medical assistance.
Keep checking this page for regular updates and advice on traveling to Bangkok and Thailand this year.