Thailand Travel & Entry Restrictions in 2022 (Updated on May 11, 2022)
Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. However, strict travel restrictions have prevented millions of tourists from visiting. Traveling to Thailand would feel completely different without the testing requirement. What’s the latest What is Thailand's latest inbound tourism policy in 2022?
From May 1, fully vaccinated tourists can enter Thailand without any further testing or quarantine, as required by Thailand's Center for COVID-19 Situation Management (CCSA). However, tourists are required to purchase health insurance for the amount of medical expenses of USD 10,000 during their stay in Thailand. At present, many countries have significantly adjusted their easing measures, and Thailand's economy is heavily dependent on tourism, so it is necessary to promote the development of tourism in order to revitalize the economy. Thailand will be exempt from inspection in May, "delete the pass" in June, and open to the world in July.
The Test & Go entry measure has been cancelled since May 1. Passengers who have been fully vaccinated against the new crown will not be required to undergo virus testing when they arrive in Thailand, but they must complete the Thailand Pass registration before entering Thailand, and then present the vaccination certificate, and it is recommended to continue during their stay in Thailand. Use the Antigen Rapid Screening Kit for autonomous testing. Unvaccinated passengers must provide a negative RT-PCR nucleic acid test certificate within 72 hours before departure, and also complete the Thailand passport registration. If allowed to enter, there is also no need to undergo any coronavirus screening upon arrival in Thailand.
How to enter Thailand after being vaccinated after the new policy?
The new deal no longer requires fully vaccinated tourists to book a one-night hotel stay to process a visa. Travelers still need to bring proof of vaccinations to apply for a Thai pass. A list of all vaccines approved by the Thai Ministry of Public Health can be found here:
- No need to book a hotel on the first night
- Self-testing on arrival is only required if you have symptoms
- Travel health insurance coverage drops to $10,000
How do you enter Thailand if you have not been vaccinated and have not uploaded a PCR test certificate 72 hours before travel?
Currently, unvaccinated travelers must book a 5-night hotel stay at an "AQ" accredited agency and pre-book a PCR test on the 4th or 5th day of stay.
- No pre-departure or pre-arrival testing
- Hotel reservations are required for the first 5 nights after entering Thailand
- PCR test required on day 5
The COVID-19 situation in Thailand
Thailand has kept the virus out of the country throughout 2020 due to strict COVID-19 regulations. However, the emergence of more transmissible variants, such as the Delta variant, has breached Thailand's strict border measures, triggering a massive wave of COVID-19 throughout 2021. The current 7-day average number of cases is 19,249. Thailand has recorded 4.13 million cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with 27,520 deaths unfortunately.
Internal COVID-19 Restrictions in Thailand
Although Thailand eases entry requirements next month, there is still an emergency decree across the country.
The emergency decree states that all travelers must not:
- Stock up on essentials
- Attend public gatherings
- Spread false information
- Enter high risk areas
All travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to wear masks in all indoor and outdoor public places in Thailand. Thai authorities may fine you if you don't wear a mask.
Thailand is still implementing various disease control measures at the national and local levels, including color grading each of Thailand's 76 provinces based on the number of COVID-19 cases. Therefore, restrictions may vary from province to province.
Restrictions may include:
- Store closed
- Restrictions on dining in restaurants
- Restrictions on large gatherings
While hotels and private accommodation are open nationwide, most hotels will ask for your temperature and ask about your recent travel history upon arrival. For many European and American tourists, travel to Thailand will be more restricted than in Western countries, which have largely decided to live with COVID-19.