One 28 September 2020, the Thai government has approved new 6 groups of foreigners to be allowed to enter Thailand. There were 11 groups of Thai and non-Thai nationals allowed to enter the country before. Therefore, now there are in total 17 groups of people that can travel to Thailand.
New Groups of Foreigners Allowed to Enter Thailand
The new six groups are as follows:
1. Foreign athletes who will participate in the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's Cup Tour of Thailand 2020
This cycling race tour will be held on 6-16 October 2020, starting from Samut Songkhram, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong and ending in Surat Thani. The participants will stay for 14-day quarantine at the Royal Rattanakosin Hotel in Bangkok.
2. Pilots and cabin crew of Thai Airways on repatriation flights to Thailand
There will be approximately 340 pilots and crew members using quarantine facilities in Thailand after they’ve operated flight in the United States. Thai nationals who are on duty on these special flights will be able to use State Quarantine without any charge.
3. Holders of non-immigrant types of visas who are business people
Foreigners who have non-immigrant visas, especially businesspersons who do not have a work permit and are willing to enter Thailand for business purposes, can enter Thailand with condition. For the benefit of driving the economy, they must present bank statements for the six previous months in the amount equivalent 500,000 THB and strictly implement the government's preventive measures. The majority of those in this group are from Asian countries.
4. Holders of Special Tourist Visa (STV)
The Special Tourist Visa (STV) program was launched on 1 October 2020 and will allow tourists to stay in the country for 90 days, which can be extended for another two 90-day extensions.
In general terms, you need to apply for a visa and fulfill all these requirements:
- State approved accommodation for 2-week quarantine period (ASQ or ALQ)
- Accommodation options and requirements after the 15 days’ quarantine (minimum stay of 15 days so the total minimum stay of 30 days including the 15-day quarantine)
- Options for direct private or chartered flights to Thailand
- Medical and Travel Insurance options with a minimum 100,000 USD coverage for COVID-19 medical treatment and a minimum coverage of 400,000 THB for other medical and accident expenses. The COVID-19 insurance must cover at least 90 days.
- Fit to Fly Health Certificate and COVID-19-Free Health Certificate which states that the applicant does not have COVID-19 and must be issued at least 72 hours before the flight departure.
- The visa fee is 2,000 THB paid at the Embassy/Consulate.
- Application service fee is 10,000 THB paid to agent.
More information about STV Visa can be found here: Special Tourist Visa.
The first group of 120 tourists from Guangzhou, China is planned to arrive at Phuket on October 8 under the tourism scheme, according to that the tourism and sports minister has mentioned.
5. APEC cardholders from low-risk countries
The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Cardholders will also be allowed to enter Thailand. 100,000 people are expecting to be entering from low-risk countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, and Hong Kong. APEC cardholders must also have pre-approval from their embassy and meet other requirements and must follow disease prevention and control measures.
6. Foreigners who wish to stay in Thailand for short-term and long-term
Foreigners who wish to stay in Thailand for 60 days can extend the duration of stay for an extra 30 days by presenting six-month bank statement, equivalent to at least 500,000 THB. This group of foreigners will be considered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Other Groups of Travelers Allowed to Enter Thailand
Other 11 groups of travelers that are already allowed to enter Thailand are listed here: 11 groups of people allowed to enter Thailand.
Process of Entering Thailand
Anyone who wishes to enter Thailand should contact the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in their country for more information as the process might slightly differ in each country.
General guidelines and procedures for non-Thai nationals wishing to travel to Thailand during the coronavirus pandemic are detailed here: How to Travel to Thailand during COVID-19.