Last update: 7/24/2021
Thailand began reopening to international tourism in December 2020 with the expansion of its Special Tourist Visa to include tourists from all countries. Currently, although travelers may only enter Thailand for a few specific reasons, tourism is one of them. Since tourists from around the world can apply for the Special Tourist Visa, Thailand is technically open to tourists from any country.
Thailand’s entry requirements for tourists are quite strict. All tourists must have a visa (either a Special Tourist Visa or a Tourist Visa- Single Entry, unless they qualify for the Visa Exemption Scheme) and a Certificate of Entry (COE).
Additionally, tourists must present a medical certificate for a negative RT-PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of departure and have travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage that provides a minimum of USD $100,000 worth of coverage. They must also download and register via the ThailandPlus app and have a booking confirmation for an Alternative State Quarantine facility, where they must quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in Thailand.
Can I travel to Thailand right now?
You can only travel to Thailand for certain reasons right now:
- If you are invited by the Prime Minister or other official
- If you are a diplomat or a representative of an international agency or foreign government
- If you are a non-Thai national who is the spouse, parent, or child of Thai nationals
- If you have a certificate of residence
- If you have a work permit or permission to work in Thailand
- If you are a student in Thailand
- If you are a non-Thai national entering Thailand for one of the following reasons:
- Media production or filming
- Thailand Privilege cardholders
- Thailand long-stay/retirement visa
- Conducting business or investing in Thailand
- Tourism purposes (only under the Visa Exemption scheme, with a Tourist Visa TR- Single Entry, or with a Special Tourist Visa- STV)
- Missionary work
However, travelers from all countries can apply for the Special Tourist Visa, so in theory, tourists from any country can currently visit Thailand.
Below is a map of all the countries that can visit Thailand based on the current restrictions.
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As long as they obtain a Special Tourist Visa, a Tourist Visa- Single Entry, or are visa exempt, and they comply with all other entry requirements, tourists from all countries can currently visit Thailand.
Thailand has not banned travelers from any country as long as they comply with visa and entry requirements.
Tourists from these countries do not need to obtain a visa to enter Thailand for tourism purposes and can stay in Thailand for up to 45 days.
*Tourists from these countries do not need to obtain a visa to enter Thailand for tourism purposes and can stay in Thailand for up to 45 days.
**Tourists from these countries do not need to obtain a visa to enter Thailand for tourism purposes and can stay in Thailand for up to 90 days.
Thailand COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements
Thailand has very strict entry requirements for tourists.
You must have a visa, unless you are traveling from a visa exempt country. Different visas have different requirements: you can find more information on the Special Tourist Visa here and here, more details on the Tourist Visa- Single Entry here, and more information on the Visa Exemption Scheme here and here. You must obtain your visa at least 15 working days before your intended date of travel.
You must also present a Certificate of Entry (COE), which you should apply for at least 15 working days before your intended date of travel.
Other entry requirements for tourists are that you must have a medical certificate for a negative RT-PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of departure and you must possess valid travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage that provides a minimum of USD $100,000 worth of coverage.
You must also download and register via the ThailandPlus app. After you have completed your registration, you will receive a QR code, which you must present to authorities on arrival in Thailand. Additionally, you must have a booking confirmation for an Alternative State Quarantine facility, since you will have to quarantine there for 14 days from your arrival in Thailand.
Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Thailand?
All travelers must have a medical certificate for a negative RT-PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of departure.
The negative test result must be from an RT-PCR test.
Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Thailand?
All non-Thai nationals must quarantine at their own expense for 14 days from their arrival in Thailand.
They must quarantine at an Alternative State Quarantine facility for all 14 days of their quarantine period, which is why they must have confirmation of a booking at an Alternative State Quarantine facility to enter Thailand. Alternative State Quarantine facilities include a number of hotels and even golf clubs and resorts. Some of the most popular hotels that operate as State Quarantine facilities in Bangkok are:
A full list of Alternative State Quarantine facilities is available here.
Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit Thailand
All tourists who are visiting Thailand must have travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage that provides a minimum of USD $100,000 worth of coverage. They should bring a copy of their insurance certificate with them and print out all of the terms and conditions related to COVID-19 coverage and medical benefits to show to authorities.
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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Thailand
Although COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in most countries around the world, the government of Thailand has not yet confirmed whether it will be mandatory to present a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) to enter Thailand. The Thai government is currently looking into vaccination certificates and could open up to vaccinated travelers by July 1.
If you’re going to get the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to Thailand, I recommend taking a copy of a vaccination record or certificate with you in case Thailand changes its travel restrictions.
Other travel restrictions for Thailand during COVID-19
Thailand has a few other travel restrictions in place:
- All tourists must have a visa, unless they are traveling from a visa exempt country.
- All tourists must present a Certificate of Entry (COE).
- All tourists must download and register via the ThailandPlus app. Upon completing their registration, they will receive a QR code, which they should present to authorities on arrival in Thailand.
- All tourists must have a booking confirmation for an Alternative State Quarantine facility.
- All travelers should expect to undergo health screenings upon arrival in Thailand.
- Face masks are required in all public areas.
- Social distancing rules must be observed.
What’s open in Thailand
While the strict entry requirements and 14-day quarantine period might give you the impression that there’s not a lot to do in Thailand right now, the opposite is true. Attractions, including temples and national parks, beaches, hotels, and restaurants are all open, and tours are still operating.
Hotels that are open in Thailand
Many hotels in Thailand are currently open. Keep in mind that non-Thai nationals must quarantine at an Alternative State Quarantine facility for the first 14 days after their arrival. A list of Alternative State Quarantine facilities is available here.
Additionally, one of the requirements for obtaining a Special Tourist Visa is a fully-paid hotel reservation for the duration of the intended stay in Thailand (after the 14-day quarantine period). If you’re looking for a great hotel for your stay in Thailand, we can highly recommend these accommodations:
- Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
- The Peninsula Bangkok
- Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse
- Le Meridien Chiang Mai
- Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
- Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort
Guests will have their temperatures checked upon arrival at most accommodations and should wear masks in all public areas of accommodations. They will also be asked to share their recent travel history and any symptoms of COVID-19 they may be experiencing.
Beaches that are open in Thailand
Most beaches in Thailand are open right now, so visiting tourists can go for a swim and soak up some sun.
Beachgoers must wear a mask at all times when they are on the beach and should wash their hands frequently. They must also keep at least one meter away from others both on land and in the water.
Attractions that are open and tours that are operating in Thailand
Want to explore a Buddhist temple or see gorgeous waterfalls? Attractions, such as temples and national parks, are open and tours are operating right now in Thailand. There is so much to do, but if we had to narrow it down to a few picks, these would be our top choices for things to do in Thailand:
- Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Ayothaya Floating Market Day Trip
- Bangkok: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun
- Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market 6-Hour Tour
- Chiang Mai: White Temple & Golden Triangle Day Trip
- Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Full Day Tour
- Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Full-Day Speedboat Trip
- Krabi: 4 Islands Day Trip
- Phuket: James Bond Island
Each attraction and tour will have its own health and safety regulations, but there are some general guidelines tourists should keep in mind when visiting attractions and going on tours. Visitors should wear masks at all times and follow social distancing protocols. They should sanitize and/or wash their hands frequently. They may also be subject to temperature checks.
Attractions in Bangkok are temporarily closed right now.
Restaurants that are open in Thailand
Restaurants are open in Thailand, but restrictions vary based on provinces’ classifications.
Restaurants in maximum and strict controlled (dark-red) areas are the most restricted: dining-in is not allowed, but takeout is allowed until 9 PM. Restaurants in maximum controlled (red) areas must close at 9 PM and cannot serve alcoholic drinks. Takeout is allowed until 11 PM.
In controlled (orange) areas, restaurants are open until 11 PM, but consumption of alcohol while dining in is not allowed.
In Bangkok, restaurants are only open for takeout until 9 PM. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
You can find more information on restaurant regulations and province classifications here.
Airports that are open in Thailand
Currently, only semi-commercial flights and repatriation flights for Thai nationals are operating, since normal commercial flights have been suspended, but Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and Phuket International Airport are both open.
A list of semi-commercial flights is available here, but be sure to contact your airline directly for the latest information.
Travelers must wear masks and abide by social distancing rules. They should expect to undergo health screenings on arrival.
Curfew in Thailand
There is no national curfew in place, but many provinces have their own curfews. You can check the regulations for the province you will be traveling to before you visit here.
Interprovincial travel restrictions in Thailand
People in maximum and strict controlled (dark-red) areas are strongly advised to cancel or postpone interprovincial travel. Otherwise, they will undergo strict screening measures. More information on these restrictions is available here.
COVID-19 testing in Thailand
Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get a PCR test in Thailand, here is a list of places you can get tested.
Thailand reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.
Check out these FAQs related to Thailand reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.
Yes, you can travel to Thailand right now as long as you meet the requisite visa and entry requirements.
There are currently 29,000+ active cases and 480+ deaths due to COVID-19 in Thailand as of today. The CDC classifies travel to Thailand as “Level 2- Moderate Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, you might want to reconsider traveling to Thailand.
No, Thailand has not specifically banned travelers from any country.
Yes, all non-Thai nationals must quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in Thailand. They must quarantine at their own expense at an Alternative State Quarantine facility.
Yes, you must have a medical certificate for a negative RT-PCR test result from within 72 hours of departure.
Yes, some provinces have curfews in place, so be sure to check the regulations for the province you are traveling to. You can check those regulations here.
Yes, there are restrictions on interregional travel. More information on these restrictions is available here.
Yes, most hotels in Thailand are open.
Yes, airports in Thailand are open, but only semi-commercial flights and repatriation flights are currently operating. A list of semi-commercial flights can be found here.
Yes, restaurants in Thailand are open, but restrictions for them vary based on provinces’ classifications.
Yes, most beaches in Thailand are currently open.
Yes, tours and excursions are currently operating.
Yes, attractions are open.
Yes, American tourists can travel to Thailand right now.
Yes, Canadians can currently visit Thailand for tourism purposes.
We will update this guide on Thailand reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to Thailand, you can check these official sources:
- US Embassy Updates on COVID-19 in Thailand
- CDC Travel Recommendations for Thailand
- General Thailand Travel Advisory
- Thai Embassy: COVID-19 Situation in Thailand
- Thai Embassy: Visa and Flight Information
- Thai Embassy: Information on Different Types of Visas
- Thai Embassy: Alternative State Quarantine Information
- Thai Embassy: Special Tourist Visa Information
- Thai Embassy: More Information on the Special Tourist Visa
- Thai Embassy: Information on Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival
- Thai Embassy: Tourist Visa- Single Entry Information
- Thai Embassy: FAQs on Entry Requirements for Non-Thai Nationals
- Thai EVisa Official Website
- Certificate of Entry (COE) Registration System
- ThailandPlus App
- Semi-Commercial Flight Schedule
- Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Website
- Province Classifications and Regulations
- Current Curfew Restrictions
- Current Restrictions in Bangkok
- List of Laboratories in Thailand for COVID-19 Testing
- Thai Department of Disease Control’s Coronavirus Website