Visa Procedure for entering Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic

Visa Procedure for entering Thailand

Visa Procedure for entering Thailand during the COVID-19 situation with list of low risk countries and territories for TR and STV

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Q: What is the visa procedure for entering Thailand during the COVID-19 situation?

Given that the Covid-19 pandemic situation has not improved worldwide, the visa procedures for entry into Thailand has therefore not yet returned to normal. Only certain groups of non-Thai nationals are currently allowed to enter the country and they must all apply for the appropriate visa and undergo alternative state quarantine (ASQ) with no exception.

Only non-Thai nationals with a permanent residence in Thailand, APEC Card holders from low risk countries/territories and Thai nationals may enter the country without a visa. But even these groups of people must obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) before entering Thailand. To provide further convenience for COE applications, the Department of Consular Affairs has launched a central online system to accept COE applications online for those living in the U.K., Netherlands, and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at click The system will gradually be expanded to cover every country around the world.

The mandatory ASQ is operated by the Ministry of Defence, which has to monitor the availability of facilities throughout the country. เท addition, the Ministry of Public Health has to ensure that these facilities comply with the disease control measures and standards set by the Ministry. As such, the entry procedure may take longer to complete due to the need to coordinate among various government agencies. These conditions are not under the discretion of the Royal Thai Embassies and Consulates-General, who are just helping to process your requests.

Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the country will have to submit the required documentation for a Certificate of Entry (COE) at the Royal Thai Embassy/ Consulate­ General in their country, and to make additional arrangements to present evidence that they are fit to fly, and have the means to provide for their own healthcare expenses during their stay in Thailand, as per details in the table below.

All these requirements are due to the “new normal” conditions due to the pandemic, both for the safety of those who are already in Thailand and those who are coming from overseas. We are all in this together and need to be patient, considerate, and mindful of this fact. Covid-19 still poses a risk to countries all over the world and Thailand is no exception.

We recommend that you consult with the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate­General nearest to you, rather than rely on information from non-official sources, as each individual case is different and using other people’s experiences as a benchmark is not reliable.

It is imperative that you understand the risk of travel when applying for a Special Tourist Visa (STV) or Tourist Visa (TR), which can only be applied when departing from low-risk countries and territories as announced by the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH). The list of low risk countries/territories is subject to reassessment and possible change every 15 days. This means that after obtaining an STV or TR visa, you are advised to travel to Thailand as soon as possible, as your country may later on be removed from the list of low-risk countries / territories. However, should this happen, the authorities may give leeway and allow entry into Thailand in accordance with your COE.

Flying to Thailand during Covid

Measures to enter Thailand for non-Thai nationals

Spouses, parents or children of Thai nationals

Recommended Visa Type: Non-Immigrant o (Procedures for this visa on the MFA website

Documents to be submitted to Royal Thai Embassies / Consulates-General for COE:

  1. Valid visa
  2. Declaration Form stating travel details (can be obtained from Royal Thai Embassies / Consulate-Generals)
  3. Certificate of Marriage or documents to prove relationship with Thai national
  4. Health Insurance covering COVID-19 treatment ata minimum of 100,000 USD
  5. Proof of Alternative State-Quarantine (ASQ) reservation

Permanent Residents of Thailand or those who have been permitted to take up residency in Thailand

Documents to be submitted to Royal Thai Embassies / Consulates-General for COE:

  1. Valid visa
  2. Declaration Form stating travel details (can be obtained from Royal Thai Embassies / Consulate-Generals)
  3. Proof of residence in Thailand
  4. Health Insurance covering COVID-19 treatment at a minimum of 100,000 USD
  5. Proof of Alternative state Quarantine (ASQ) reservation

Holders of work permits or those granted permission to work in Thailand, including their spouses or children

Recommended Visa Type:

  • Non-Immigrant B Procedures for this visa on the MFA website
  • Non-Immigrant IB Procedures for this visa on the MFA website
  • Non-Immigrant M Procedures for this visa on the MFA website
  • Non-Immigrant RS Procedures for this visa on the MFA website:
  • Non-Immigrant EX Procedures for this visa on the MFA website:
  • Non-Immigrant SMART visa

Documents to be submitted to Royal Thai Embassies / Consulates-General for COE:

  1. Valid visa
  2. Declaration Form stating travel details (can be obtained from Royal Thai Embassies / Consulate-Generals)
  3. Work Permit or Letter of Approval for Employment from related agencies in Thailand
  4. Evidence of family ties (in the case of spouses and children)
  5. Health Insurance covering COVID-19 treatment at a minimum of 100,000 USD
  6. Proof of Alternative State-Quarantine (ASQ) reservation

Students of educational establishments in Thailand approved by Thai authorities, including their parents or guardians

Recommended Visa Type: Non-Immigrant ED Procedures for this visa on the MFA website:

Documents to be submitted to Royal Thai Embassies / Consulates-General for COE:

  1. Valid visa
  2. Declaration Form stating travel details (can be obtained from Royal Thai Embassies / Consulate-Generals)
  3. Proof of Student Status or Letter of Acceptance from the academic institute in Thailand
  4. Proof of relationship with parents or guardians
  5. Health Insurance covering COVID-19 treatment at a minimum of 100,000 USD
  6. Proof of Alternative state Quarantine (ASQ) reservation or Organisation Quarantine (OQ)

Patients seeking medical treatment in Thailand, except for treatment of COVID-19, including their accompanying persons (not exceeding 3 persons)

Recommended Visa Type:

Tourist MT (for patient)

Non-Immigrant o (for accompanying person)

Documents to be submitted to Royal Thai Embassies / Consulates-General for COE:

  1. Valid visa
  2. Declaration Form stating travel details (can be obtained from Royal Thai Embassies / Consulate-Generals)
  3. Evidence stating financial ability to bear medical expenses
  4. Health Insurance covering COVID-19 treatment at a minimum of 100,000 USD
  5. Letter from referring hospital in the country of origin stating reasons for medical treatment in Thailand
  6. Acceptance letter from the receiving hospital in Thailand

Employees seeking work or business people seeking business prospects in Thailand

Recommended Visa Type: Non-Immigrant B Procedures for this visa on the MFA website:

Documents to be submitted to Royal Thai Embassies / Consulates-General for COE:

  1. Valid visa
  2. A copy of the applicant’s bank statement, stating a deposit amount for six consecutive months that is equivalent to at least 500,000 baht.
  3. Declaration Form stating travel details (can be obtained from Royal Thai Embassies / Consulate-Generals)
  4. Health Insurance covering COVID-19 treatment at a minimum of 100,000 USD
  5. Proof of Alternative state Quarantine (ASQ) reservation
  6. If entering Thailand to work as an employee, must present valid work permit or evidence that employer in Thailand has requested a work permit for the applicant (WP.3)

Retirees seeking long term stay

Recommended Visa Type:

  • Non Immigrant O-A (valid for 1 year at a time) Procedures for this visa on the MFA website:
  • Non Immigrant O-X (valid for 10 years at a time) Procedures for this visa on the MFA website:

Documents to be submitted to Royal Thai Embassies / Consulates-General for COE:

  1. Valid visa
  2. Declaration Form stating travel details (can be obtained from Royal Thai Embassies / Consulate-Generals)
  3. Residence permit in Thailand (if applicable)
  4. Health insurance that covers the duration of the applicant’s stay in Thailand (1) outpatients: 40,000 baht and (2) inpatients: 400,000 baht
  5. Health Insurance covering COVID-19 treatment at a minimum of 100,000 USD
  6. Proof of Alternative state Quarantine (ASQ) reservation

Elite Card Holder VisaAPEC Card holders from low risk countries and territories, including Australia, China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Regionjapan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Taiwam, Singapore, Vietnam

Documents to be submitted to Royal Thai Embassies / Consulates-General for COE

  1. Valid visa
  2. Declaration Form stating travel details (can be obtained from Royal Thai Embassies / Consulate-Generals)
  3. Copy of APEC Card
  4. Health Insurance covering COVID-19 treatment at a minimum of 100,000 USD
  5. Proof of Alternative state Quarantine (ASQ) reservation

APEC Card Holder VisaThailand Elite Card Holders

Documents to be submitted to Royal Thai Embassies / Consulates-General for COE:

Applications for a Thailand Elite Card are to be done via the Thailand Privilage Card Co.,Ltd. click

Tourists – must depart from low-risk countires and territories as listed by the Ministry of Public Health.

** A list of these countries and territories (as of 9 October 2020) is provided below, and will be revised on the 15th and 30th of every month.

** Please check this list with the Royal Thai Embassy/ Consulate-General nearest to you.

Recommended Visa Type: TR (valid for 60 days stay), STV (valid for 90 days stay and extendable to a maximum of 270 days)

Procedures for this visa on the MFA website:

For TR and STV:

  1. Valid visa
  2. A copy of the applicant’s bank statement, stating a deposit amount for six consecutive months that is equivalent to at least 500,000 baht
  3. Declaration Form stating travel details (can be obtained from Royal Thai Embassies / Consulate-Generals)
  4. Health insurance that covers the duration of the applicant’s stay in Thailand (1) outpatients : 40,000 baht and (2) inpatients: 400,000 baht (as per the criteria for Non-Immigrant O-A and O-X visas)
  5. Health Insurance covering COVID-19 treatment at a minimum of 100,000 USD
  6. Proof of Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) reservation

Extra documents for STV:

  1. Evidence of payment for accommodation, or a copy of land deed indicating the applicant’s condominium ownership, or that of the applicant’s family
  2. Evidence of purchase or rental of a condominium unit
  3. A copy of documentation on other assets or a certifying letter of employment

Required Documents for Traveling to Thailand
Checklist of required documents before you start your journey to travel to Thailand

Once you have obtained your visa and COE, you’re good to go. However, while on your way to Thailand, don’t forget to have on person the following documents:

  1. COE
  2. Health insurance
  3. COVID-free medical certificate issued 72 hours prior to flight
  4. Fit-to-fly or fit-to-travel medical certificate
  5. Valid Passport or Travel Document

List of low risk countries and territories

(as of 15 October 2020), as determined by the Ministry of Public Health. This list will be revised on the 15th and 30 of every month.

  1. Australia
  2. Bahrain
  3. Belarus
  4. Cambodia
  5. China
  6. Cuba
  7. Denmark
  8. Estonia
  9. Fiji
  10. Finland
  11. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  12. Ivory Coast
  13. Japan
  14. Kazakhstan
  15. Lao PDR
  16. Latvia
  17. Macao Special Administrative Region
  18. Malaysia
  19. Mongolia
  20. New Zealand
  21. Norway
  22. Qatar
  23. Republic of Korea
  24. Rwanda
  25. Saudi Arabia
  26. Singapore
  27. Sweden
  28. Taiwan
  29. Uruguay
  30. Vietnam

Source: Thailand Now – Insightfully Thai

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