Travelling to Thailand with a Thailand Pass

Travelling to Thailand with a Thailand Pass

Travelling to Thailand has become more difficult than it used to be since the outbreak of Covid-19. When Thailand re-opened its borders to the world they introduced the Certificate of Entry to ensure that visitors were Covid free and adequately insured.

Click here to get a quote for Covid-19 Travel Insurance for Thailand.

When travel restrictions were reduced to facilitate the re-opening of the country in November 2021, the Certificate of Entry was replaced with the Thailand Pass.

In this post we break down the criteria for entering Thailand at the moment with a step by step guide on how to obtain a Thailand pass and enter Thailand during the Covid-19 pandemic.

First of all, you should check if the country you are travelling from is on the green list or not, this along with your vaccination status will determine how long you need to stay in quarantine when you enter Thailand.

You can find the list of green countries here, please be aware this is subject to change depending on the virus situation in each country. 

Fully vaccinated travelers, both Thai and foreigners will be allowed to enter Thailand without mandatory quarantine or sandbox stay. They only need to stay for 1 night in an ASQ or SHA+ Hotel while they wait for the COVID 19 RT-PCR test result that was taken upon arrival. 

Fully vaccinated travelers, both Thai and foreigners will be allowed to enter Thailand without mandatory quarantine or sandbox stay. They only need to stay for 1 night in an ASQ or SHA+ Hotel while they wait for the COVID 19 RT-PCR test result that was taken upon arrival. 

Travelers who have not been vaccinated or partially vaccinated are required to be in quarantine for 10 days at an approved AQ hotel. 

What are the Requirements for the Thailand Pass?

  • Passport
  • Vaccination Certificate or Card
  • COVID-19 Health Insurance Certificate (with a minimum value of $50,000 and of course Covid19 cover) depending on the length of your stay the cost varies but typical costs are around 3000 THB upwards.
  • Confirmed ASQ hotel booking or Confirmed SHA+ hotel booking (with pre-booked RT PCR test)
  • Flight Booking
  • Copy of Thai Visa (if required)

How to Apply for the Thailand Pass

The Thailand Pass System is a QR code generating system.

To obtain a QR entry code or Thailand Pass ID, travelers will have to:

  • Register at Thailand Pass web portal
  • Input personal details
  • Upload the required documents
  • Receive a confirmation email after registration
  • Wait for the Thailand Pass approval

One of the most important requirements of the Thailand Pass is having the correct Covid insurance. As not only do you risk being refused entry to Thailand but if you did enter and then find your insurance to be invalid you could be faced with a hefty medical bill if you fall sick. 

Click here to get a quote for the best Covid-19 insurance for your trip to Thailand.

Thailand plans to introduce Antigen tests for foreign visitors

Thailand plans to introduce Antigen tests for foreign visitors

The National Communicable Disease Committee (NCDC) has approved a plan to replace RT-PCR tests with antigen testing for visitors travelling from 63 eligible countries and territories who are allowed to enter Thailand without the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Speaking after a meeting of the NCDC, Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the replacement is in line with the second phase of the reopening starting from Dec 1.

The change will apply to visitors under the “test and go” scheme, with vaccination certificates, and RT-PCR certificates issued 72 hours prior to their travel. Upon arrival, they will undergo antigen testing from time to time, he said. There will currently be no changes to the travel insurance requirements currently imposed.

Under the “test and go” scheme, visitors from the 63 countries are exempted from quarantine and require just a single night at a hotel certified by the Safety and Health Administration Plus standard while waiting for their RT-PCR test result.

Under the plan, visitors will be allowed to enter by boat and on land, in addition to air travel which is the only entry mode currently, Dr Opas said.

The move comes after information shows that the rate of infections from foreign visitors, including travellers under the test and go scheme, was low at only 0.08%, Dr Opas said.

However, entry by land will be limited to safe border passes, with strict health screening to be put in place, Dr Opas said.

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The Options for returning to Thailand in 2022

The Options for returning to Thailand in 2022

Thailand has never looked better the county is heading into the best weather of the year. Thai people are keen for you to come back and enjoy the many opportunities awaiting for you. The congestion in some tourist locations is long gone – the beaches are clear, the waters blue, the temples peaceful and the prices competitive.

Yes, there are still a number of restrictions in different part of the country, but they are being lifted on a weekly basis and Thailand, you can be sure, is opening up again. There is a clear narrative from the Thai government now that they want to one up and allow tourism to resume.

Of course there are going to be many who will wait, or even demand, that the restrictions are fully eased before they return. But the Thai government is leading the way in South East Asia with a plan, a process and a commitment to re-launch tourism in a safe and controlled manner.

All international travellers now have to apply for a Thailand Pass which was launched on November 1. Now this replaces the Certificate of Entry. This is where you upload your information including vaccination certificate and medical insurance

It will take between 1 and 7 days for approval of your Thailand Pass, once you’ve uploaded all the required paperwork (below). Once approved, a QR code is generated which the traveller can use as they enter Thailand.

You’ll have to download the Mor Chana app on your phones. The app automatically evaluates your risk daily whilst in Thailand. You’ll need to have the app data set to ON.

From the airport to your approved AQ or SHA+ hotel, you’ll be picked up by the hotel, you can’t jump in a normal taxi. They’l be waiting for you as you depart the airport. The approved hotel will provide the RT-PCR test, in conjunction with a local hospital.

Fully vaccinated Thai or foreign residents CAN’T quarantine in their homes for the first night after they arrive in Thailand. They must stay in an approved SHA+ hotel until they receive a negative test result. It’s the same for everyone at this stage.

If the result is positive, they will be sent to a hospital or an AQ hotel, at your expense so make sure to get the best travel insurance policy.

Children under 12 years of age, travelling with their parents, aren’t required to have a vaccine certificate.

Thai nationals aren’t required to have medical insurance because any medical costs incurred by citizens will be covered under Thailand’ universal health care system.

The same insurance exemption now applies to foreign residents who already have medical and health insurance in Thailand.

You’ll need to ensure that your insurance policy does not only specify Covid-19 health coverage, but other general illnesses and hospital expenses.

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Everything you need to know about travelling to Thailand during Covid-19

Everything you need to know about travelling to Thailand during Covid-19

On November 1, Thailand began allowing vaccinated international travelers who have resided in one of 63 countries and territories for at least 21 days to enter without having to enter into a lengthy quarantine. (They do, however, need to stay in a government-approved hotel for one night while they await the results of their Covid-19 test.)

Approved countries and territories include Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the UK, the US and Hong Kong.

Fully vaccinated travelers arriving by air from countries not on the list are eligible to enter through a “sandbox” scheme that requires them to stay in a government-approved hotel or resort in one of 17 “blue” destinations, including Phuket, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui, for seven nights before they will be allowed to travel freely in the country.

Travelers who have not been fully vaccinated are required to quarantine in an approved hotel for 10 days.

There are further restrictions for travellers from other countries and some countries are banned completely.

All travelers need to apply for a “Thailand Pass” prior to their journey and are subject to two required Covid-19 tests: the first test upon arrival by an RT-PCR method, the second test on Day 6-7 with a self-testing Antigen Rapid Test.

Foreign tourists must provide proof of an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 up to the cost of $50,000. All travelers need to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

From November 1, fully vaccinated travelers residing in one of the approved 63 countries/territories wishing to enter Thailand without quarantine restrictions must check into a Thailand Safety and Health Administration accredited (SHA+) hotel for one night to await the results of their Covid-19 test.

At the moment, cases in Thailand are dropping following a lengthy lockdown period and the country is reporting around 7,000 new cases per day on average.

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What is the fine for not wearing a face mask

What is the fine for not wearing a face mask

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has confirmed that first time offences for not wearing a face mask in public areas is to be no more than B1,000.

The announcement followed concerns aired online after it was announced that the maximum fine for not wearing a mask in public areas was B20,000.

Many foreign visitors were not wearing face masks and gathering in groups, said CCSA spokeswoman Dr Apisamai Srirangson.

Not wearing face masks while in public areas or when joining group activities was a violation of COVID-19 disease control regulations, she said.

Foreigners will be prosecuted if they fail to comply, she added.

Under the Disease Control Act, you are required to always wear masks while you are in public spaces or while doing activities in groups and there is a maximum B20,000 fine for failing to do so.

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