Everything you need to know about Thailand re-opening
Here are all the latest updates on Thailand reopening for tourism and everything you need to know on how to visit one of the most popular countries in the world.
Travelers Allowed To Visit Thailand
Long Stay Tourists: STV Visa (Special Tourist Visa)
Thailand announced a 90-day visa for long-stay tourists on September 15th, 2020. The visa is called the ‘Special Tourist Visa’ (STV).
Proof of payment for 90 day accommodation booking
14 day ‘state quarantine’ upon arrival
Preference given to low-risk countries according to the Public Health Ministry regulations (countries are not defined)
Proof of travel and medical insurance that covers COVID-19 with at least $100,000 USD in coverage for the entire duration of your stay How to Apply:
Travelers must apply at a Thai Consulate/Embassy in your home country.
Once approved, the traveler must pay the 2,000 baht, provide proof of paid accommodation, provide proof of travel insurance and flight information.
Length of Stay and Renewals
The Special Tourist Visa will allow approved travelers to stay in Thailand for 90 days. It can be renewed twice, for 90 days each time.
Other Travelers Permitted To Enter Thailand
All travelers in the below categories will face a mandatory 14 day quarantine upon arrival in Thailand.
Medical Tourists: Travelers seeking medical and wellness services may enter Thailand upon receiving a ‘International Flight Permit’ from the Thai Embassy/Consulate in their home country. A letter from a Thai doctor must be presented when applying.
Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national
Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of residence, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom
Foreign workers from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar for food and construction industries
Foreigners participating in trade fairs in Thailand
Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid work permit and their spouse or children
Travelers that fall into the above categories must also follow Thailand’s health protocols including:
Travel health insurance that also covers covid
A pre-screening health declaration card filled out before departure
The wearing of masks mandatory on in-bound flights and in the airport
Thermal scans and temperature checks upon arrival
Phuket Reopening For Tourism Plans
Phuket was originally scheduled to open for international tourism on October 1st, 2020 but the reopening has been delayed after Thailand confirmed its first case in 30 months of COVID-19 at the end of September.
The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Yuthasak Supasorn originally announced that Phuket reopening for international tourists would act as a pilot program for the rest of the country.
The purpose was to test if Thailand could successfully reopen without a resurgence in cases. Unfortunately due to a confirmed case within its own borders and a second wave of the virus happening worldwide, the Thai government delayed the decision.
Once Phuket does reopen for international tourists, it will have strict entry requirements and protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
While many travelers are excited about the prospect of Phuket reopening, the process of getting in will not be easy.
Entry Requirements For Phuket When Pilot Project Begins:
A new date has not been set for the reopening of Phuket.
Tourists will be required to stay a minimum of 30 days
14 day quarantine at hotel including common areas of the hotel’s property, and in some cases beach access.
2 Negative PCR tests will be required to be released from quarantine
After 3 weeks in Phuket, travelers may take a third PCR test and if the result is still negative they may leave to explore other parts of Thailand.
Last year, Thailand recorded the highest number of tourists entering the country, nearly smashing the 40 million mark. The government is hopeful the Phuket pilot project will safety allow them to restart claiming some of those foreign arrivals.
To date, Thailand has been one of the most successful countries in the world at containing the virus with strict lockdown measures.
However, Thailand’s economy is extremely dependent on tourism, and they’ve experienced a devastating 12.2% shrink in the 2nd quarter, the worst hit in the last 22 years.
Thailand has confirmed 3759 cases of COVID-19 and 59 deaths since the pandemic began.