COVID-19-Free Health Certificate, also called a COVID-19 lab test result is a medical certificate that confirms that you have no symptoms of COVID-19 and can travel to Thailand. This document is mandatory for non-Thai travelers who wish to enter the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting from 1 April 2022, a RT-PCR test is not required for entering Thailand. However, some airlines might still need it depending on their own policy, so please also check requirements with your airline.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, COVID-19-Free Health Certificate issued by a doctor is required to all non-Thai nationals wishing to enter Thailand. Thai passengers are not required to have the COVID-19-Free Health Certificate.
The Royal Thai Embassies and Consulates indicate that you need to present a "Medical certificate or COVID-19 test result with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, using RT-PCR test" so at present, only the negative report of COVID-19 test made using RT-PCR is accepted.
The results of antibody test, serology test or antigen test are NOT accepted.
The COVID-19 lab test result certificate needs to be issued by eligible medical or testing institution.
The COVID-19 negative certificate has to be issued within the last 72 hours before departure. If you travel with the flight on 22 September 2021, your COVID-19-Free Health Certificate must be “issued” or “reported” on 19, 20 or 21 September 2021.
You will also need health insurance covering COVID-19 for no less than 20,000 USD. AXA Sawasdee Thailand is an inbound travel insurance that meets all these requirements set by Thai government and was successfully used by thousands of travelers to enter Thailand. You can conveniently buy COVID-19 insurance online and get your insurance policy with COVID-19 certificate instantly.
COVID-19-Free Health Certificate Form
There is no official form for this certificate. However, you can find the sample form of COVID-19-Free Health Certificate below.
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COVID-19 Test in Bangkok
There's a high chance that a negative COVID-19 test result will also be needed when traveling home from Thailand. You can conveniently book a COVID-19 test in Bangkok online and even get a discounted price for the service.
Those preferring first class healthcare providers, can choose one of the top private hospitals in Bangkok - BNH Hospital, which is conveniently located in central Bangkok nearby BTS Chongnonsi Station. The hospital is offering a package including the testing, Fit-To-Fly Certificate, test reports and consultant fees with results within just 24 hours (Next Day) for 7,000 THB. Discount to 6,500 THB is offered when booking this package online here: COVID-19 Test at BNH Hospital.
If you are looking for an affordable COVID-19 RT-PCR test in Bangkok, in an easy to access in Ratchada Area (nearby MRT Ratchadaphisek station) you can find an officially accredited medical testing laboratory that is offering a hassle-free process and test results within just 24 hours (Next Day) for only 2,100 THB when booking online here: COVID-19 RT-PCR Test.
Other Requirements for Travelers
Having a "COVID-19-Free Health Certificate" is not enough for foreigners flying to Thailand as depending on the type of their purpose of traveling, they need to submit several other documents to Thai Embassy or Thai Consulate before traveling to Thailand.
The COVID-19 negative certificate needs to be presented at the departure airport and upon entry to Thailand together with other supporting documents that are the following:
1. Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulates-General.
2. Medical insurance covering all expenditures of medical treatment, including COVID-19, while traveling to Thailand in an amount of at least 50,000 USD. The insurance must cover the whole duration of stay in Thailand (you can easily buy online the special insurance package AXA Sawasdee Thailand that meets all requirements).
3. Completed Declaration Form.
Another important thing you should be aware of when planning to travel to Thailand during COVID-19 is that foreigners must stay at one of Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) or Alternative Local Quarantine (ALQ) for the set period after entering the country.
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COVID-19-Free Certificate vs. Fit-to-Fly Certificate
COVID-19-Free Certificate is the test result with a laboratory output indicating that COVID-19 is not detected. While Fit to Fly Health Certificate is a statement by a doctor that you are free from symptoms and fit to fly. Both documents must be issued within 72 hours before departure.
Update 1 April 2021! Starting from 1 April 2021 Fit to Fly Health Certificate is no longer needed!
The COVID-19 test result and fit-to-fly health certificate must be two separate documents. It is your responsibility to present these two documents upon check-in with the airline and on your arrival in Thailand.