Thailand COVID-19 insurance & entry requirements [up to date]

Everything you need to know to enter Thailand during the coronavirus pandemic

Entering Thailand in the pre-COVID-19 days was a breeze for most nationalities, but things are different today. If you want to enter the Land of Smiles now, you will need to comply with all of the following. We will keep this post updated with each new rule announcement.

Foreigners can now enter Thailand on many different visa types, and even on the visa exemptions that most tourists used in the past. No matter how you plan to enter though, you must obtain a Certificate of Entry (CoE) from a Thai embassy or consulate in your origin country.

In addition to the CoE, travelers must have:

Important: These requirements are constantly changing and will continue to change often. That’s the Thai way. We will keep this post as up to date as we possibly can. If you have any questions, you can ask in a comment below, contact us, or DM us on Facebook

Where to start

If you want to travel to Thailand, you will definitely need to be in touch with the local Thai embassy or consulate in your country. They are the only ones who can issue the Certificate of Entry (CoE).

The sooner you contact that embassy or consulate, the better. They will be the ones who know exactly what you need to travel to Thailand since they are the ones who will ultimately have to approve your CoE.

Unfortunately, you need to book everything before you apply for the CoE. The process goes as follows:

  1. Book a flight
  2. Book your ASQ quarantine hotel
  3. Purchase travel health insurance
  4. Apply for the CoE (which they recommend you do at least 15 business days before your flight).

This upfront financial commitment is why it’s so important to be in touch with a Thai embassy.

Important: We try our best to keep this guide as up to date as possible, but please do check with your nearest Thai embassy or consulate. Many of these rules are also enforced in different ways by embassies in different countries and contacting them is the only way to make sure you get it right.

Mandatory coronavirus insurance for Thailand travel

No matter what type of visa or visa exemption they arrive on, all foreigners must show proof that they carry travel health insurance with minimum coverage of $100,000 USD and no exclusion for the Coronavirus. The coverage must last for the full duration of the stay in Thailand.

Many travel insurance and travel medical insurance plans have exclusions for pandemics, but it’s fairly easy now a year into the pandemic to find plans that do cover the coronavirus.

To find Thailand travel medical insurance policies that cover COVID-19, we recommend two different places to shop:

SquareMouth

SquareMouth is great for comparing different plans if you want to shop around. Input your details then use filters on the results page to find a policy.

On the left-hand side, tick the box for Coronavirus Coverage to see relevant policies. You should also tick the Emergency Medical box and set the minimum cover to at least $100,000 USD.

travel medical insurance with COVID coverage
The tick boxes on SquareMouth make it easy to shop for insurance plans with the required Coronavirus coverage

World Nomads

World Nomads is the go-to choice for younger travelers as their insurance plans are comprehensive and tend to cover the most adventurous activities. Initially, their policies were not covering Coronavirus, but they are now, at least in the countries that we checked.

Check the World Nomads website and input your country (or US State) to get a quote and double-check that it meets the criteria.

For more information, see our complete guide to Thailand travel insurance.

Booking a flight

For the initial months of the Coronavirus pandemic, the only flights available were charter flights, and the odd repatriation flight. Thankfully that’s changed and there are not regular “semi-commercial” flights.

You can check this spreadsheet to see a list of these flights by airline, then book directly from that airline. (We’re not sure who created this list, but it is linked to from Thai embassy and consulate websites).

Who needs to quarantine when entering Thailand

Everybody entering Thailand at this time needs to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 14 days. Thai nationals can quarantine for free as part of the State Quarantine program, but non-Thais must pay to stay at an approved Alternate State Quarantine Hotel.

Booking Alternative State Quarantine in Thailand (ASQ)

If you fall into one of the approved categories to enter Thailand and you are a non-Thai national, you will need to book a 14-day stay at an approved Alternative State Quarantine Hotel…. which is actually technically 15 nights.

The cost of ASQ ranges from 35,000 Baht ($1125 USD) for a 14-day package, up to 150,000+.

Hotels in Bangkok are under the ASQ program, hotels in other locations are categorized as Alternative Local Quarantine.

You can book ASQ complete packages from Agoda on this page. The price includes 15 nights, two Covid tests, three meals a day, and the transfer from the airport.

Getting a Certificate of Entry

Every foreigner wishing to enter Thailand now needs to obtain a Certificate of Entry (CoE). You cannot apply for the CoE until you have purchased your flight, booked your ASQ (quarantine hotel), and bought travel insurance. It is recommended that you apply for this at least 15 business days before your flight.

The application is online at the website https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ but the CoE will likely be processed by your local Thai embassy or consulate which is why we recommend beginning this process by contacting them.

The video below walks you through the process, but you will need to upload the following:

Who can enter Thailand now?

At this time, there are no restrictions on who can enter Thailand. Anyone of any nationality can come to Thailand, so long as the traveler has met all the requirements and received a Certificate of Entry.

I’ve gotten the Covid-19 vaccine, can I enter Thailand?

So far there has been no announcement on any allowances or exemptions for those who have already been vaccinated. Even if you have received the Covid vaccine, you would still need to quarantine as usual.

We do expect that will change eventually, and we will update this space if it does.

Visa-exempt entry to Thailand during Covid

Citizens of most Western countries, and many East Asian nations could always enter Thailand without a visa and receive a 30-day entry stamp. This was suspended during Covid but brought back on December 7th, 2020.

Because of the official 14-day quarantine, the 30-day visa-exemptions have been extended to 45 days. This gives you 30 days beginning at the end of your quarantine and it is effective through 30 September 2021. You would likely be able to extend this visit at an immigration office in Thailand for an additional 30 days at a cost of 1,900 Baht.

Note that visa-exempt entry is not the same as a visa on arrival. VOA is only needed for certain countries and is currently still suspended.

The image below shows the passport countries that can get visa exempt entry.

Source: Royal Thai Embassy, Washington D.C. https://thaiembdc.org/visa-exemption-and-visa-on-arrival/

Thailand Special Tourist Visa for long stays during the Covid-19 pandemic

On September 16 the Cabinet approved a new long stay visa to begin reopening the country for limited tourism during the coronavirus pandemic. It is expected to become law in the coming days upon publication in the Royal Gazette, and the first arrivals under this visa will likely be in early October.

The visa will cost 2000 Baht and will grant you 90 days. It can be extended twice for 90 days each time, likely at a cost of 2000 Baht of each extension.

A 270-day visa without leaving the country for 6000 Baht is actually a great deal and much more convenient and cheaper than a standard Multiple Entry Tourist Visa.

Update: [September 24, 2020] It seems that you must apply for this visa through an authorized agent, and they are all charging a 10,000 Baht non-refundable application fee, so the cost of the visa may actually be 12,000 Baht. Ask your local Thai embassy or consulate if this is available to you.

This video from the Tourism Authority of Thailand tries to spell out the process, but it’s pretty hard to follow.

COVID-19 test to enter Thailand

You need to show a RT-PCR test result that showed you were free of coronavirus prior to boarding your flight to Thailand. Depending on the Thai consulate, this must be from a maximum of 48-72 hours before your flight time.

You will also be required to undergo a second test on arrival, and more during your quarantine stay.

Fit-to-fly certificate to enter Thailand

To enter Thailand you may be required to show a so-called fit-to-fly certificate. This is basically a doctor’s note showing that you are healthy enough to fly. The fit-to-fly certification is separate from the Coronavirus test, and basically just has to show that you are not going to drop dead anytime soon.

This needs to be on a doctor’s letterhead, signed, include a medical license number, and be done within the 48-72 hours prior to your flight. Definitely double-check these requirements with the embassy where you’re applying.

Thailand Covid-19 Declaration Form

You may be required to fill in a form before you travel. It is not clear at this time who needs this, but you should probably do it to be on the safe side. You can download that form from the Los Angeles Thai Consulate’s website here.

Tracking app for Thailand travel

As of 14 January 2021, you will need to download the ThailandPlus mobile app before your trip. Once you have your Certificate of Entry, you can register it in the app and generate a QR code which you will need to show when you arrive in Thailand.

You can find out more about this app in the video below.

T.8 health form

In addition to the standard TM6 arrival and departure card, any foreigners arriving in Thailand may need to fill out a T.8 health form. The form can be downloaded here, but you’ll be provided with one along with the TM6 on your flight or upon arrival.

Thailand “Travel Bubble” requirements

Talk of creating “Travel Bubbles” where tourists are allowed in but only allowed to travel in certain areas, (e.g. arrive in Phuket and only allowed to stay on the island) comes and goes. Currently, there are NO travel bubbles, but we’ll update if that changes.

If we missed anything or if you have questions, comments, or firsthand experience of any of this process, please drop a comment below.

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  • Anne Gellie

    11 months ago

    I am planning to study in Thailand this January. Does embassy accept insurance for 180 days only? Because I am planning to get another insurance policy once i arrive at my university.

    • It’s better in Thailand

      11 months ago

      Hi Anne, it will depend on your visa. They want to see coverage for the whole initial period of your visa. If you get a standard Non-B visa that gets you an initial 90 days, then you should only need insurance for 90 days. With that said, every embassy and consulate interprets the rules differently, so you should definitely check with them about all the requirements.

  • christian paul a walckiers

    12 months ago

    i want to have insurance for covid 19
    from Belgium date 28 december till 28 march 90 days

    • It’s better in Thailand

      12 months ago

      Hi Christian. We recommend people use the site SquareMouth to search. You can filter for policies that cover Covid, and that meet all the minimum coverage requirements. There are some well-priced options on there. Please do confirm with the Thai embassy in your country that any plan will meet their requirements as this can change from country to country. Good luck!

  • Emma

    12 months ago

    Does a Thai national who resides in UK but wants to return to Thailand for 3 months, have to take out Covid Insurance?

    • It’s better in Thailand

      12 months ago

      If entering on a Thai passport, we can’t see any reason why they would need to. Please do double-check that with the Thai embassy or consulate in the UK when you are applying for the certificate of entry.

  • Johnny Pequin

    1 year ago

    I have an O retirement visa that does not require me to have insurance that expires Feb 14. I also have a partner there and am registered at her house for 10 years. Based on that her and her daughter have multiple entry visas to Canada which I have copies of in Canada. My lawyer in Canada and Thailand holds my will listing her as beneficiary. I can verify that I support her with a letter from the bank. I am 74 and have a heart failure condition. I can pay for any treatment I may need at a Thai hospital but to get medical insurance for a tourist hospital would be extremely expensive. Would I be able to return with my o visa with Coronavirus insurance only before my retirement expires

    • It’s better in Thailand

      12 months ago

      Hi Johnny, you’ll have to ask your local Thai embassy or consulate.

  • William

    1 year ago

    Hi im in the process of getting my insurance for the stv visa. im 32 yo male from new Zealand (low risk country) do you know what would be the cheapest/most affordable insurance for the stv visa for my country?
    Thankyou

    • It’s better in Thailand

      1 year ago

      Hi William, You should try a search on SquareMouth Keep in mind the requirements, $100,000 USD minimum for primary medical coverage, no exclusion for Covid-19, and coverage for outpatient treatment of no less than 40,000 baht and inpatient treatment of no less than 400,000 baht. Because the rules change often and are open to interpretation from each embassy, you should verify all of the requirements with your local Thai embassy or consulate before purchasing.

  • Karstein Hansen

    1 year ago

    I am 77 years old and have stayed 2 years in Thailand before with my Thai wife. Now we want to go back to Thailand. We live in Norway now. What insurance do I need for 1 year. I see that there are 3 different to choose between

    • It’s better in Thailand

      1 year ago

      Hi Karstein, You should try a search on SquareMouth. Keep in mind the requirements, $100,000 USD minimum for primary medical coverage, no exclusion for Covid-19, and coverage for outpatient treatment of no less than 40,000 baht and inpatient treatment of no less than 400,000 baht. SquareMouth lets you filter for policies that meet all these requirements.

      Because the rules change often and are open to interpretation from each embassy, you should verify all of the requirements with the Norwegian – Thai embassy or consulate before purchasing.

  • Stephen Soul

    1 year ago

    Retirement visa holders A-O and A-X are now allowed to return according to the Thai Embassy website so you need to update here. The problem is the insurance is absurdly expensive and virtually impossible to obtain. In fact two policies are now required. This is also absurd. Generals may be good at running army’s where all are required to give or follow orders or to carry out coups at the point of a gun. It’s always going to be difficult for a General to be a Prime Minister if a population is unlikely to follow orders

  • Nigel Ancill

    1 year ago

    Hi All , I am in Vietnam but soon will leave to go home to my home and wife in thailand. im finding it really difficult to find a insurance broker for the covid 19 insurance for entry into Thailand.i see so many online ,but i fear that most of these are just normal life or travel insurance. Can anybody give any information for True Insurance companies offering this service. Thanks

    • It’s better in Thailand

      1 year ago

      Try the company we recommend above, SquareMouth. They only sell travel insurance, not life insurance. They have plans from 20 different providers, and their search functions allow you to tick the box to search only for plans that cover Covid-19, and to set a minimum threshold to only see plans that have the minimum cover of $100,000.

  • Adele

    1 year ago

    I really acquired a lot from this thanks
    I actually have a question I wish to travel to my country for 2 weeks this November and to be back by the 3 week of November is that possible

    • It’s better in Thailand

      1 year ago

      It depends on what your visa situation is in Thailand. It may be possible if you are on a work permit, or a retirement or family visa. If the situation stays the same as now at that time, getting back in will be difficult as outlined above. Finding a flight could be difficult and expensive, you’d need insurance, you would have to do the 14 day quarantine.

  • Anthony Stanwell

    1 year ago

    Excellent article…well done.
    I do have a question concerning medical insurance to cover Covid and up to $100.000 USD. We are Swiss and live in Switzerland. By law we all have medical insurance which covers us both in Switzerland and abroad. Coverage abroad is up to twice the amount payable in our home country. The only hic is that no insurance company here will put a value on a certificate. They will only certify that we are insured (I suppose they are afraid of being billed $100.000 USD for 1 bandaid or 1 injection). Any ideas on what to do ? The Swiss consulate in Bangkok has been of no help. Lastly where can the official insurance form be download please ? Keep up the good work

    • It’s better in Thailand

      1 year ago

      Hey Anthony, Hmmm that’s a tough question, I’m not really sure what the right answer is. Does your policy have a maximum coverage limit? It seems like if it has that, and also says that coverage abroad is up to 2x the amount at home, that might work. I think you should try contacting the Thai embassy in Switzerland to see what they say. This must be a common question if all Swiss are in the same boat. For the form, I think you should also ask the embassy in Switzerland about that, but there is a form you can download from the Los Angeles consulate website here https://thaiconsulatela.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Declaration-form-for-Non-Thai-nationals.pdf

    • Anthony Stanwell

      1 year ago

      Thanks ! I had already found this form on the net but it is only for Type O-A visas.
      The Thai Embassy in Switzerland was of no help either ! So I am going to go back to our Swiss insurance company. Going over the form downloaded from the LA site they request “a sum insured of not less than xxxxx/year”. To me (and I suppose the insurance companies here) this seems somewhat strange…does it mean that nothing costs less than $100,000 ? I believe that this is where we will have a problem…sill try anyway…our other option is to officially leave Switzerland and therefore not pay Swiss insurance during our absence and take out in insurance in Thailand but wow is it ever expensive…more than in Switzerland. We will only require it for 6 months but apparently they only sell 12 month policies ! Any ideas would be much appreciated 🙂

    • It’s better in Thailand

      1 year ago

      I think “sum insured” is just an awkward way of saying insurance with a minimum coverage of $100,000 USD and no covid exclusions. It seems like it shouldn’t be too hard to get a policy statement from your insurance company showing that your coverage meets that criteria. If you really do need to buy supplemental insurance, you don’t need to buy a full year of it. You can buy travel insurance for the dates of your travel only, just make sure it covers Covid. The link in the article above is a pretty good broker website where you can search for plans that cover covid and meet the $100k minimum. https://www.squaremouth.com/22460 …But again, you should be fine with your regular insurance as long as you can get a clear policy statement.

    • Anthony Stanwell

      1 year ago

      Thanks so much…in the meantime anyone requiring Covid coverage with a $100,000 minimum can contact: http://www.covid19.tgia.org who will issue it…beware if you come from a high risk country the premium is double the normal…approx 12,000 bht for 180 days…high risk 24,000 bht. It can be purchased on line.

    • It’s better in Thailand

      1 year ago

      Thanks for that, that’s a good resource as they will cover people up to 99 years old, which most other plans will not do. Note though that it seems to be Coronavirus coverage only, so anyone buying this plan will need to buy additional coverage for normal illnesses and accidents, unless like you they already have that from their home country. Thanks Anthony and best of luck getting back into Thailand!

    • Anthony Edward Stanwell

      1 year ago

      Yes you are correct…it is coverage for COVID only…however I was given this broker who sells Luma/Tune packages with COVID and health insurance for 30, 60, 90, 180 and 1 year periods…its double http://www.covid19.tgia.org quoted me but it is a complete COVID/health package. The broker’s email: [email protected]
      He was highly recommended by the managing director of AXA insurance who I know personally.

    • Jacobus van Schalkwijk

      1 year ago

      Okay, minimum coverage of $100,000 is easy. If it says a maximum of 250,000 you have surpassed the 100,000 requirement. Mine was 400,000 thus accepted as all good.

  • KLAUS HOLGER KUNERT

    1 year ago

    HELLO
    I HAVE A FLIGTH ON DECEMBER 11 TO BANGKOK.
    I WANT VISIT MY WIFE.
    IS IT POSSIBLE TO FLY??
    OR WHAT I HAVE TO DO THATS I CAN FLY??PLEASE
    I WAIT FOR AN ANSWER
    THANK YOU
    BEST REGARDS MR.KUNERT

    • It’s better in Thailand

      1 year ago

      Hi, It might be possible. You need to contact the Thai Embassy in your country to ask them. Good luck!

    • JSThomas

      1 year ago

      Do you have a Non-O “marriage visa? Otherwise I think you’re out of luck

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