Visiting a foreign country has become a challenge for many during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many countries have closed its borders and implemented entry restrictions. Thailand is no exception and has recently started to ease some of the strict measures regarding entry for tourists and long stay visitors.
In this article, we provide you with an in-depth guide to Thailand’s new entry requirements, Thailand visa requirements and which insurance can be accepted to enter the country.
Announcements from Royal Thai Embassy
In November 2020, the Thai Embassy announced that Non-Immigrant O retirement visa holders may now apply for Certificate of Entry and permitted to enter Thailand.
In addition, the Thai Embassy has announced that a Tourist Visa (60 days) is available in the USA, UK as well as some other countries.
Expats and travelers who would like to enter Thailand should have the following qualifications:
Thailand Entry Requirements
To enter Thailand and stay in the country, you must have the following qualifications:
• Foreigners who are holding a valid non-immigrant B visa (with Work Permit) and those with the extension of stay of Non-immigrant B visa (with Work Permit), including their spouses and children.
• Foreigners who are granted permission (WP3) from the Ministry of Labour to work in Thailand and their families.
• Foreigners who are holding non-immigrant O visas who are spouses, parents or children of Thai nationals.
• Foreigners who hold Certificate Permanent Residence including their spouses and children.
• Foreigners who are holding non-immigrant D and F visas as part of the diplomatic corps and their families.
• Foreigners who are students of formal educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students.
• Foreigners who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID–19.
• Foreigners who are invited by the government and those who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement including Thailand Elite Visa.
• Foreign migrant workers with official documents.
Where can you apply for Thailand Entry Requirements?
As a foreigner, you must apply for the certificate or permission of entry to Thailand from the local Thai Embassy or consulate. All requests will be forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and together with the Ministry of Labour and Board of Investment Thailand, all applications or requests will be assessed on a case by case basis, considering the urgency, economic importance while balancing these with health security consideration among others.
Which documents do you need for Entry to Thailand?
If you are a non-Thai national, you must carry the following necessary documents:
• A Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Thai embassy or consulate in your current location.
• A Fit to Fly Certificate issued by relevant authority and the COVID-19 medical test result. This must be issued no longer than 72 hours before the date of travel. This certificate is also necessary at the airline’s check-in counter for a boarding pass to be issued.
• An Insurance Policy covering treatment and medical expenses related to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD.
How can you get a Certificate of Entry for Thailand?
You must apply for the certificate of entry from the local Thai Embassy or consulate at least 10 working days prior to the intended date of travel and must submit the following documents to the consular section of the Thai embassy or consulate:
• Original or copy of the valid work permit or Letter issued by the relevant authorities of Thailand indicating permission for entry into Thailand for work purposes (if applicable).
• Copy of the valid non-immigrant visa or extension of stay based on the Non-immigrant visa.
• Copy of the Health Insurance Policy covering treatment and medical expenses related to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD.
• Copy of flight details of the intended date of travel. The Thai Embassy or Consulate may also refer you to the available repatriation flights.
What are you supposed to do when you are at an immigration checkpoint for Thailand?
As a non-Thai national, you must comply with the Thai authority’s guidelines to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the guidelines:
• Present the Certificate of Entry to the Thai authorities at the airport of arrival
• Present the Fit to Fly certificate and the COVID-19 PCR test results
• Present the completed and signed Declaration Form
• Present the health insurance policy
• Present the valid non-immigrant visa and work permit (if applicable)
You will be subjected to a 14-day mandatory state quarantine at a government-designated facility or other facilities under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health at your own expense.
Which insurance plan will meet the entry requirements for tourists to Thailand?
The most popular solution for the type of insurance policy that you need to enter Thailand is the Luma Thailand Pass by Tune Protect Airasia. This is specialist designed plan for the specific purpose to serve inbound travel insurance requirements for Thailand. The policy insured by Tune Protect Insurance which is a member of the Thai General Insurance Association).
Why are they so popular? The key benefits:
- Medical costs of THB 3.5 million (USD 100,000) covered
- Full cover for COVID-19
- A range of different plan terms 30 days, 90 days, 180 days and 1 year
- Simple online application (takes you less than 3 minutes)
- A range of different cover options available
- Instant travel certificate issued via email on application (required for Visa)
- Premiums from just THB 3,500
Table of Benefits of Luma Thailand Pass
Table of Premiums of Luma Thailand Pass
Depending the length of your stay in Thailand and your budget, you can choose either 30 days, 90 days, 180 days or even a year for your travel insurance plan. The amount of premium is directly proportional to the length of your stay. The longer your stay, the higher your premiums become.
Luma Thailand Pass’ Terms and Conditions
Here are the terms and conditions for Luma Thailand Pass travel insurance. Make sure you read them carefully before making the final buying decision.
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