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CCSA clarifies requirements for entering Thailand

Jack Burton




With the Covid-19 crisis in Thailand under control and as the nation begins gradually reopening its borders, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration yesterday clarified the following guidelines on entering Thailand for travellers and non-Thai residents:

Before departure: Travellers must contact the Royal Thai Embassy or consulate to obtain an entry visa and a certificate of entry, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the urgency, need and reasons provided on the application form. Applications must include travel details, proof of health insurance with coverage of at least US$100,000, booking at an alternative state quarantine site and any other documents the CCSA may require. The approval process will take approximately 7 working days, and the applicant will be contacted when approved.

Day of travel: Travellers must carry a certificate of entry, health insurance, certificate of a Covid-19 test taken within a 72-hour period with a negative result and a fit-to-fly certificate.

Upon arrival: Travellers will undergo testing at the airport and be transferred to an alternative state quarantine site that has been booked in advance.

Required documents for:

  • Non-Thai Nationals, spouses, parents or children of Thai nationals: Certificate or evidence of family ties with the Thai national.
  • Non-Thais who have been permitted to reside in Thailand: Proof of residency in Thailand
  • Non-Thais who hold a work permit or have been granted permission to work in Thailand, along with their spouse and children: Work permit or letter of employment; Evidence of family ties (in the case of spouse and children)
  • Non-Thais who are students at educational establishments in Thailand that have been approved by Thai authorities, including their parents or guardians: Proof of student status or letter of acceptance from the educational institution; Proof of relationship with parents or guardians
  • Non-Thais in need of medical treatment in Thailand, except for treatment of Covid-19, including people accompanying them (not exceeding three persons). These tourists are only allowed to arrive by air…
  1. Evidence showing financial ability to bear medical expenses or equivalent documents
  2. Health insurance or other forms of insurance
  3. Letter from referring hospital in the country of origin stating reasons for medical treatment in Thailand
  4. Letter from the receiving hospital in Thailand accepting the applicant for treatment and confirmation of quarantine arrangements for the applicant and accompanying persons

For more information:

  • Covid-19 Information Centre hotline 1111
  • Department of Consular Affairs, Foreign Ministry TEL: (+662) 572 8442
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand TEL: (+66) 2568 8800.
  • Department of Disease Control, Public Health Ministry at 1422, (+669) 6847 8209, (+669) 2726 0474
  • Immigration Bureau hotline 1178 or (+662) 287 3101

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Bobby M

    Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    This equates to opening a border, but not opening a border.

    I sincerely hope that when you would like tourists to return and help to rebuild your, yes your economy. That you do not complicate it such as this, nor make it unnecessarily attract additional cost to those who wish to come. I fear that if you do, they will simply choose a different country to visit, slowing the recovery of your tourism economy to a walking pace.

    Just give some thought to the costs of what you are asking people to do. I love Thailand and The Thai people, I have visited multiple times a year for many years now. It’s time to support your visitors and reward their loyalty. Not reject them by creating hurdles and cost to people that have added to your economy and supported your economy for years.

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    Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    “Non-Thais who hold a work permit or have been granted permission to work in Thailand, along with their spouse and children: Work permit or letter of employment” I am not sure this is entirely correct. People holding a SmartVisa can be board of directors or owners of a company but not necessarily employed

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    What the London Embassy has said is that it takes 2-3 weeks to send the application for a “certificate of entry” to the MFA in Bangkok… not 7 days… the 7 working days might be the MFA’s processing time, with the remaining days either side being the physical flying of documents on one of the few flights between the two places.
    They also seem to want people to “register with the embassy” to even be able to buy a flight in the first place, and if you buy a flight without that, for example, via a well-known middle eastern airline, you have to cancel it. I find this confusing, because the Declaration Form has the flight number on it, so surely they already know what the flight number is?

    So before you even get to submit your documents for a “certificate of entry”, you apparently have to register, which seems very similar to the declaration form, just to book a flight. It seems strange for an Embassy to be like a travel agent, but it also seems strange for airlines to be trying to sell tickets that people can’t use.

    It doesn’t add up to me. I wish there was a simple consistent message, because it feels like a moving target at the moment.

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    Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Needless to say that no sane person will st foot in Thailand.
    Sadly tourism there is dead.
    De profundis.
    Fortunately we have numerous alternatives.

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    PJ Kelly

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 1:44 am

    The first Asian country that allows no strings attached entry will win the tourism sweepstakes…sadly it will not be Thailand.

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    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 1:46 am

    Thailand is not even allowing the return of retiree’s who have long stay Visa’s and Residency permits.But they do allow medical tourism and those who are ‘Elite Card’ holders.If there’s money in it for them they’ll let you back.Talk about a double standard and hanging people out to dry. It’s going to come back and bite them in the long run.

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    Amy Sukwan

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 10:42 am

    This procedure is ridiculously complex. To wit: I am trying to return (from the USA) to my Thai husband flying with my Thai 7 year old daughter. My visa unfortunately expired in April after I left Thailand on March 18. I applied for a new visa on July 1, read through all the paperwork. I knew I could not go before August 1. My daughter got approved right away to leave, but my visa was not approved to send until the 19 of July, with an approved list of flights only good through July 31. All were booked anyways there is no updated list of “good” repatriation flights yet. So of course I asked about “valid” flights in August, did not hear back, booked a complete BS flight for August 7 just to prove that I had a flight booking in order to get the visa which is the first step of the process! But now I’m back to square one that flight got cancelled they changed the rules again now I need to send my stuff to Washington DC instead of LA AFTER I book the flight, but the wait to get my visa stamped passport is possibly over 15 days so I might miss my flight waiting for my visa to arrive in the mail. Then I wonder about the test itself: I hear about a bunch of false positives here in the US. Can I ever come to Thailand to see my husband if I test positive? What if I’m in state quarantine and have a positive test, do they take me to the hospital automatically? Who takes care of my daughter if they do? It’s a mess out there…I wouldn’t consider going through this degree of insanity if I wasn’t worried about my husband. There’s no jobs in Phuket he’s hoping to get up to Isaan after we get there and build a house on the land we own up north. It’s a great idea to ride out the current insanity…but best laid plans of mice and men…

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    Perceville Smithers

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    i think this process is a way to discourage western tourists. many feel over the years, thailand is catering to another group of tourists and wants less of the europeans and amwericans.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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