Travel restrictions

Thailand removes most Covid travel restrictions

Say “sawadee (hello) Thailand!” — from July 1, 2022, you will only need either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test to travel to the land of smiles. Wearing a mask outside is also no longer mandatory.

Removal of Thailand Pass registration and health insurance requirements

Announced on June 17, 2022 and effective July 1, Thailand is removing nearly all of its Covid border measures.

This includes the previous requirement for foreign visitors to have US$10,000 travel health insurance and registration for the Thailand Pass. The Thailand Pass required uploading vaccine and test certifications as well as proof of insurance in order to obtain a QR code.

Thailand is closely monitoring its Covid situation and changing its travel requirements accordingly. For example, effective May 1, 2022, Thailand removed pre-arrival and on-arrival PCR testing requirements for vaccinated travellers.

Covid requirements to visit Thailand from July 1, 2022

As of July 1, 2022, international visitors to Thailand can either show proof that they are fully vaccinated or certification of a negative Covid test. This Covid test must be performed within 72 hours of travel and can be either an RT-PCR test or a rapid antigen test certified by a medical professional. The certification can be digital or paper.

Most airlines will ask for this certification when you check in for your flight. Upon arrival in Thailand (both at airports and land borders) there will be random checks. A Covid test will be required at the point of entry if the traveler is unable to provide the necessary certification.

Lifting of mask rules and restricted opening hours

Due to the drop in Covid cases, Thailand’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has classified all 77 provinces as “green” and reduced the national Covid alert from level three to level two. It comes after the number of Covid cases in Thailand fell from nearly 30,000 daily cases in April to around 2,000, despite the reopening of entertainment venues.

On June 17, 2022, Thailand also announced the removal of the requirement to wear masks in outdoor public places as of July 1. Masks – especially the most effective N95 and KN95 type respirators – are always recommended, especially in high traffic areas.

Thailand will also increase the opening hours of karaoke rooms, bars and pubs beyond the current rule to close at midnight.