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‘Entry Thailand’ website launched to facilitate process for international travellers



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To facilitate the process for travellers entering Thailand, tourism officials have launched a website as a one-stop-shop to make arrangements to travel to Thailand including booking an alternative state quarantine hotel. As to who these travellers would be at this time, that hasn’t been made clear.

The “Entry Thailand” website set up by the Tourism Authority of Thailand outlines 6 steps for international visitors planning to travel to Thailand including registering for a Certificate of Entry, booking a flight, arranging quarantine, purchasing the required Covid-19 insurance, checking on the status of the Certificate of Entry and requirements upon entering the country.

The mandatory quarantine period for vaccinated travellers is 7 days. The traveller must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved and registered with Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health or approved by the World Health Organisation no less than 14 days before the travelling date. Visitors who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus must quarantine for 10 days. Those travelling from countries where Covid-19 has mutated must quarantine for 14 days.

Steps for entering Thailand:

Step 1: Register for the Certificate of Entry, or COE. Pre-approval can take around 3 days.

Step 2: Book a flight on a repatriation flight or semi-commercial flight. Tickets must be purchased no more than 15 days after the COE is pre-approved.

Step 3: Arrange a stay at an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel and submit the booking confirmation no more than 15 days after the COE is pre-approved.

Step 4: Purchase Covid-19 health insurance policy no more than 15 days after the COE is pre-approved. Submit proof of purchase. If the insurance policy is booked through “Entry Thailand,” the system will automatically report the booking status.

Step 5: Check the COE status and prepare additional documents before travelling.

Step 6: Prepare documents required upon entering Thailand. Download the “Thailand Plus Application” and complete the Thailand Health Declaration, or T.8 Form.

To visit Entry Thailand, click HERE.

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  1. chupapi

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks, but I have already done by myself.

  2. luca

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    How many times does a Thai have to hit his head against a wall to realize it’s hard? no tourist will come to thailand to spend their holidays in quarantine and in ghost tourist towns, the only thing the dictator’s government has to do is vaccinate the population, but i don’t think it is capable

  3. Danny Mulligan

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    This “initiative” by the Thai Government will do nothing to stimulate International tourism. I have a home in Jomtien, where I spend about 6 months every year. Currently I am in Europe, since March 2020, and wish very much to return to Thailand. I am fully vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine. I will NEVER return for as long as mandatory quarantine remains in place. I look on this now as a Government attempt to keep some hotels in business, rather than a contribution towards stimulating International tourism. I will continue to wait for a better degree of normality and in the meantime enjoy holiday time at other countries.

  4. TS

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    “As to who these travellers would be at this time, that hasn’t been made clear.”
    that pretty much says it all.

  5. David Pilkington

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    ‘ . . . As to who these travellers would be at this time, that hasn’t been made clear.’
    Sounds like another sure winner from these TAT nutters – probably ‘cos they’re working from home or some equally plausible thing to blame, being of the Blamenthai Party.

  6. Getout

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    How about an “Exit Thailand” site? I’m trying to return to Europe – all airlines require a PCR test, so how am I going to get it with the current outbreak, the panic and the hospitals declining to perform the tests?

    I’m really pissed.

  7. Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Ah the torture of using a Thailand government website…….can’t wait…….well I can actually and so can many others until you guys stop with all the bullshit……’ll get it eventually…….

  8. John_2

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    The tests reportedly don’t catch all cases, for example if its sequestered down in the lung tissue and not in the nasal passageway. Possibly this is why the Chinese were doing the unpopular rectal swabs.

    Unfortunately, with the tourism gate open it may only be a matter of time till the Covid “BRICS” versions land here.

  9. stapoz

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    They want to encourage or discourage people to come to Thailand?

  10. Timmytime

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    And next week they will change the whole thing again. No wonder NO one will come to Thailand with this flip flop nonsense. Kiss your beloved tourism industry good bye Thailand for many many years to come, idiots.

  11. Ben

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    I went through this bureaucratic nightmare a few months back. Learning as I went and making mistakes along the way before I finally got the paperwork right. Along the way I had a flight cancelled which invalidated my COE and I had to apply for it again about a week before my trip. I was always waiting for the next shoe to drop right up until I got on the plane. Very nerve wracking for about a month following their requirements for entry.

    Also, before you could get a TR Visa you had to buy your plane ticket, book and pay for your ASQ and buy your travel insurance. I went forward with it because I didn’t think the Thai authorities would deny my visa request because they wanted tourists to come.

    It’s been about 6 months since they announced anyone could come to Thailand if they acquired the proper paperwork and quarantined. Why do this website now? Where was it 6 months ago?

    If you’re thinking of coming to Thailand for tourism now, don’t. They’re currently in a soft lockdown and you really can’t travel around the country. I had planned to stay 3 months and I’ve made arrangements to go home a month early. It was good for about a week after I left my ASQ and then the Thong Lo Hi-So spreader events occurred and it’s been downhill since.

    And as Getout stated above it’s not easy to exit Thailand quickly because you need a negative COVID test and they’re hard to get and expensive because of the current surge of infection. I located one but had to book 3 weeks in advance otherwise I would have gone home sooner.

    I’ll be back when the country is vaccinated and no quarantine is necessary in 2022.

  12. EdwardV

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    I stopped reading at “arranging quarantine”.

  13. Joe Nyomozo

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Oh but you forgetting Criminal Records Check! And your local police department is not good enough (is it because local police is corrupt in Thailand so they assume in the US the same is the case)?! Obviously Thais don’t learned the US system. Local, State and Federal use the same data base called NCIC! But incidentally can some one explain the following LOGICALLY;
    For 30 (now 45 day) stay NO visa is required, for 14 days more 60 day stay you hav3 to apply for a visa and for 30 days more (90 day visa) you need a Criminal Records Check (costing me $24 and a 6-7 day wait!) DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THE LOGIC IS HERE? I understand that for a 1 year visa or immigration they would need it but 90 days? Does it has to do with may pedophiles going to Thailand or Cambodia?!

  14. James R

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:19 am


    In that case I will stay away, my plan was July for six months but as things are getting more difficult there due to the recent exponential growth in cases yet no total lock down to combat it I can see it will be worse by July.

    I was there from January to August 2020 and in Phuket there was a mini set of lockdown where we could not go more than a half a mile from where I was staying so we all had to go to the local Tesco express which was packed with customers as we could not get to the massive Makro and Tesco superstores.

    Plus Phuket became almost completely deserted so it was not much fun even then.

  15. James R

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Why is it so difficult to get a virus test in Thailand?

    Here in the UK you can book one via the internet or mobile app and have a test within two hours seven days a week all for free?

    You are then told via the app the results the next day.

    Have Thailand not ordered any or do they have them but incapable of organising the tests on a countrywide basis?

  16. Wayno

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 3:05 am

    Danny Mulligan-Great post mate.
    I am in a similar stuation. Home in Cha-Am, usually spend 4 months a year there but not been back since Feb 2020 and will not return until (as a vaccinated person) i can apply for my visa, purchase health/covid insurance, purchase a flight and pack my toothbrush.
    If i have to relocate to a different country….so be it.

  17. Greg Chapman

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 4:27 am

    Still far too complicated and uncertain, I used to visit Thailand 3 times a year for 2months at a time and bought a bungalow in Jomtien. The disgraceful attitude of the Thai authorities towards long term visitors and retirees (who were willing to undergo quarantine and prevented from returning home last year) has shattered my confidence in the future off Thailand as a retirement destination. Another consideration is what kind of Thailand will we be returning to ?, no wonder so many people are looking at Mexico.

  18. Ben

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Testing in Thailand seems to be like the early days of the pandemic in the USA. Only those showing symptoms are being tested and there appears to be a shortage of test kits. Up until recently they Thailand had 20+ infections a day and it’s since grown to about 1,500+ infections a day in a few weeks time. So more people want testing thus the shortage?

    There is only one entity offering on-line appointments which you really need locked down in order to book a flight out of Thailand. Some private hospitals are offering the tests on a walk in basis for 4,500 to 10,000 baht regardless of nationality. Some private hospitals will only test you if you have symptoms so a walk in doesn’t guarantee they’ll give you a test and you may have to go to several before you find what you want. Quite a confusing situation for a foreigner.

  19. Simon Small

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:03 am

    “Quite a confusing situation for a foreigner.”

    TBF you were warned, @Ben – foreign tourists wanting to leave really isn’t a priority for Thai hospitals at the moment.

    “Here in the UK … blah, blah, blah”

    Different countries, different priorities, @James R.

    There in the UK you’ve got plenty of tests for those who want them and plenty of vaccines. Happy for you.

    Here in Thailand we’re short of both tests and vaccines. Boo hoo.

    There in the UK you’ve got over a thousand times as many dead from Covid and you’ve spent most of the last year locked down with schools, unis, restaurants, bars, and gyms closed fighting over loo rolls. Boo hoo.

    Here in Thailand life’s been relatively normal for most of the last year, etc, etc.

    Different countries, different priorities.

  20. Crispy

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Does anyone have info on cheapest insurance?

    .I find:

    30 Days – 1,344 THB
    45 Days – 2,016 THB (Exempt Entry)
    90 Days – 4,033 THB
    1 Year – 16,313 THB

  21. Crispy

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:05 pm
    Explains it all pretty easily.

    The wrinkles come from knowing the covid status of your country and you choosing the appropriate type of visa or visa exempt tourist travel. At all events, you need pre-approval to start off – a COE:

    Need a Certificate of Entry (COE):

    1. Register. Apply for a COE
    2. Approve. When you’re approved, book your flight, your hotel and buy your insurance
    3. Confirm. Now, confirm your application by uploading the flight, hotel and insurance doc.s to the same website page
    4. Fly. Then fly and you show all the doc.s at the airport.

    1 Register

    Apply here:
    • Read the latest Thai gov stuff on quarantine and hit confirm button
    • Confirming will take you to the Registration Procedure
    • First, it is explained – tick the box and hit next
    • Then, fill in the form and upload your passport, and proof of any accommodation, and any vaccination certif.
    • Wait three three working days for your application to be approved
    • Check the result on the same website where you filled in the form

    2 Approve

    When you’re approved, you start spending money (not before!). You:
    • book a flight
    • book a hotel (Alternative State Quarantine, ASQ, they’ll tell you for how long) within 15 days of approval
    • buy insurance (where is the cheapest?)

    3 Confirm

    Confirm your application for a Certificate of Entry (COE)
    • Within 15 days of approval, upload proofs of the flight, hotel booking and insurance you just bought to the same website page
    • Wait three three working days for your application to be approved
    • Check the result on the same website where you filled in the form
    • Get a PCR test less than 72 hours before your flight

    4 Fly
    And you’re off!!!

    • Print your Certificate of Entry (COE) from the same website page
    • Show COE, COVID-19 PCR result and the hotel booking & insurance doc.s to Immigration at the airport.

    For longer stays, you’d need to show you can financially support yourself, you’re clear of disease and police record.

    It makes sense and it’s the same for most countries these days.

  22. Mr cynic

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Excellent post by Ben,it should have a highlighted link that is pinned to the site main page for the duration of this crisis.I have not seen any postings on the concequnces of a falang testing positive while visiting or residing in thailand.that would also be worth looking into and posting here.

  23. Richard Stittle

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Myself and my partner (Both fully vaccinated) are hoping to visit Thailand in October when ‘if sandbox is still on schedule’ there would be no quarantine..BUT..our son will be 10 and of course not be vaccinated and as it stands we would all have to quarantine for 10 days!!
    Are the rules around children having to quarantine likely to change or am I best just cancelling, again! Crazy rule for children seeing as they cannot actually get vaccinated.

  24. Graham Moore

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:41 am

    @Crispy – Ill think I’ll wait having read all of that, my Wife is Thai,we ca’nt be together because of the pandemic,having read your very informative post, to do all of that and then spend 7 days of my holiday in quarantine,it does’nt seem worth it, I’m going to wait until restrictions are lifted, because I ca’nt see many people visiting Thailand at all while these measures are in place,hopefully once a vaccine rollout commences in Thailand things will be a little easier

  25. George

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    @Crispy – Thanks for the summary, but looking at insurance prices, it cheaper to purchase monthly plans than one year plan.

  26. James R

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 3:24 am


    You have to buy insurance before you leave home , so you can not buy monthly, you have to pay for the length of holiday or visit.

    @Simon Small aka Issan John.

    You might be laughing now but let’s see how hard you laugh in a few weeks time when your rates of infection continues to be exponential, you have no vaccines or test kits, no lock down in place thus you will have no rooms available in hospitals.

    Get back to me on that at the end of May 2021.

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