Thailand is easing entry requirements for travelers and set to reopen the country to fully vaccinated travelers without quarantine. However, if you are unvaccinated, you still need to quarantine for 10 5 days. Find everything you need to know about the Happy Quarantine program for entering Thailand.
Thailand Entry Schemes
In accordance with the Thailand opening country policy, Thailand has introduced travel schemes for different kinds of international tourists entering Thailand from 1 November 2021 as follows:
Test & Go (Exemption from Quarantine) - for vaccinated travelers
Living in The Blue Zone Sandbox - for vaccinated travelers
Happy Quarantine - for unvaccinated travelers
What is Happy Quarantine?
"Happy Quarantine" is a one of the schemes to welcome travelers to Thailand. The Happy Quarantine or sometimes called "Alternative Quarantine (AQ)" is the process of quarantine at government-approved AQ hotels in Thailand at the traveler’s own expense. The unvaccinated travelers will be required to stay in quarantine hotel after entering the country as before.
Travelers who have not been vaccinated or who do not have a certificate of vaccination, have been partially vaccinated or have arrived in Thailand by land, need to use Happy Quarantine program.
Happy Quarantine Rules & Requirements
Arriving tourists are required to present some documents before traveling to Thailand and stay at the quarantine hotel during the whole period.
Learn more about the Happy Quarantine entry requirements below.
Happy Quarantine Eligible Countries
Happy Quarantine plan is available for travelers flying to Thailand from any country in the world.
Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated travelers are required to undergo quarantine.
[Update 31 March 2022] The quarantine period from 1 April 2022 is 5 days.
Arriving tourists are restricted to stay at Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotel.
AQ hotels are listed here:
AQ quarantine packages normally include accommodation in the hotel, three meals a day, airport transfers, free Wi-Fi, airport transfers, as well as 24-hour medical supervision. Some hotels also provide additional services, such as free consultations with doctors, laundry service or a free welcome minibar (no alcohol).
Quarantine packages are available here:
Foreigners need to provide medical insurance with a minimum treatment coverage of 20,000 USD or equivalent in any other currencies. The insurance must cover the total duration of stay in Thailand (Not required for Thai nationals).
The easiest way to meet this requirement is buying a special COVID-19 insurance online from Thai insurance company such as Sawasdee Thailand offered by AXA Insurance.
COVID-19 test before departure
International travelers must have a medical certificate with a laboratory result by an RT-PRC method indicating that COVID-19 is not detected. The certificate must be issued no more than 72 hours before travelling (not required from 1 April 2022).
COVID-19 test in Thailand
The number of required COVID-19 tests during the stay in quarantine at own expense is as per the following requirements:
- For travellers under a 5-day quarantine, 1 RT-PCR test on Day 4-5
- For travellers under a 7-day quarantine, 2 RT-PCR tests on Day 0-1 and Day 5-6
- For travellers under a 10-day quarantine, 2 RT-PCR tests on Day 0-1 and Day 8-9
- For travellers under a 14-day quarantine, 3 RT-PCR tests on Day 0-1, Day 5-6, and Day 12-13
From 11 November 2021 onwards, travellers wishing to enter Thailand must complete pre-travel registration via "Thailand Pass" at least 3-7 days before departure date. The travelers must fill in information and upload requirement in the system, in order to receive “Thailand Pass QR code” to enter Thailand. Proof of accommodation booking in Alternative Quarantine Hotel or SHA+ Hotel, including the cost of COVID-19 test, and airport pick up must be attached in the Thailand Pass system. Travelers need to present the QR Code to Airlines upon check-in and to Thai Border Control Officials.
Further Updates on Thailand Reopening
Keep in mind that during COVID-19 pandemics the rules and regulations are often changed, so we would recommend contacting your local Thai embassy before making any plans or reservations.
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