Traveling to Thailand during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go


Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases are in flux across the globe. Health officials caution that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you’re fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on June 17, 2022.

(CNN) — If you’re planning to travel to Thailand, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Thailand has recorded more than 30,000 deaths and over 4 million cases of Covid-19 as of June 17, 2022.

On average, around 2,000 Covid-19 cases are reported per day.

All travelers entering the country must undergo screening, including body temperature check, and present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer.

Non-Thai nationals need to apply for a Thailand Pass online before their journey to Thailand. However, the government has announced this requirement will be lifted on July 1.

Incoming travelers, regardless of their country of origin, are no longer subjected to Covid-19 tests on arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers need to upload proof of a negative result from an RT-PCR test or professional ATK within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system.

What’s on offer

Picture-perfect islands. Golden beaches with swaying palms. Ornate temples and lush forests. Thailand has long been the go-to destination for those after a no-nonsense, easy-on-the-eyes tropical break.

Who can go

Holders of US, Canada, UK and Australia passports are among those 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 45 days on each visit.
Tourists from countries not on the visa exemption list can apply for a Special Tourist Visa (STV), which allows for 90-day stays, and can be renewed twice. You must apply for an STV via the Thai consulate or embassy in your own country.

What are the entry restrictions?

Non-Thai nationals need to apply for a “Thailand Pass” prior to their journey, however this requirement will reported be lifted on July 1.

As part of the entry requirements, foreign tourists must provide proof of an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 up to the cost of $10,000. (Thais and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national healthcare coverage are exempt from this requirement.)

Unvaccinated travelers need to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

What’s the Covid situation?

For months, Thailand reported few locally transmitted Covid-19 cases thanks to strict quarantine on arrival rules.

However, the country was easing out of its third and worst wave of infections when the Omicron variant began to spread in January 2022, leading to a swift increase in positive cases.

At the moment, the country is reporting around 2,000 new cases per day on average and is easing its Covid restrictions.

What can visitors expect?

Restrictions have been relaxed in recent months.

Museums, art galleries, historical sites, ancient monuments, spas, cinemas, pools, tattoo studios and sporting facilities are open throughout the country but required to operate under strict public health measures and limit the number of visitors at 75% of normal capacity.

Restaurants in Bangkok have resumed normal operating hours, and are allowed to serve dine-in customers alcoholic beverages until midnight.

However, some types of entertainment venues, including nightclubs, remain closed nationwide. These are all due to reopen on July 1, according to a recent government announcement.

Masks are worn in public, both indoors and out, while temperature checks are the norm. Those who do not wear masks face fines. Masking requirements will reportedly be lifted on July 1.

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