Thailand to Ban Travelers from 8 African Countries

Thailand, which recently started to allow fully vaccinated travelers from over 60 countries to enter without quarantine, has taken action to ban the entry of travelers from 8 African countries designated as high-risk for the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.


IMPORTANT UPDATE 7 Jan 2022! From 11 January 2022 travel restrictions on arrivals from African countries will be lifted.


The new COVID-19 variant, known as Omicron, was first found in mid-November in Botswana with outbreaks in 5-6 countries near South Africa and it has been designated as a "Variant of Concern (VOC)" by the World Health Organization. Since then, the new restrictions have been placed on travelers from several African countries to Thailand.

List of 8 High Risk Countries

All eight countries that the government has banned from entering Thailand are located on the southern part of the African continent with the target countries being as follows:

  1. Botswana
  2. Eswatini
  3. Lesotho
  4. Malawi
  5. Mozambique
  6. Namibia
  7. Zimbabwe
  8. South Africa

Travel Restrictions for 8 African Countries

Thailand imposed travel restrictions for passengers traveling from these 8 countries from 27 November 2021 onwards.

Those arriving from these countries can no longer benefit from the non-quarantine travel scheme for fully vaccinated tourists.

The restrictions also apply to those who have obtained prior approval for entry into Thailand.

Travel Restrictions for Other Countries in Africa

Travelers from other countries in Africa (except 8 countries in the list below that are temporarily suspended from entering Thailand from 1 December 2021 onwards) must have 14 days quarantine package (including RT-PCR test and transportation) at an Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotel only.

Situation Updates

Update 29 November 2021

Updated announcement on Thailand Pass system

Starting 27 November 2021

Due to the recent detection of the new COVID-19 variant "OMICRON" in Africa, the Center for COVID 19 Situation Administration calls for new entry regulations for travelers from the region as follows:

1. The issuance of Thailand Pass for travelers from the following 8 countries will be temporarily suspended. In case of urgency, please contact the Royal Thai Embassy in Pretoria or the Thai mission in your area of residence.

2. For travelers from countries in Africa (except 8 countries in the list below that are temporarily suspended from entering Thailand from 1 December 2021 onwards), due to the recent announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) with regards to the detection of the new COVID-19 "OMICRON" variant in Africa, travelers from countries in the said region must have 14 days quarantine package (including RT-PCR test and transportation) at an Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotel only.

3. Thai nationals traveling from the above categories please contact the Royal Thai Embassy in Pretoria or in your country of residence for assistance.

Update 28 November 2021

Measures on the Entry into Thailand for travelers from African countries

Due to recent changes of measures on the entry into Thailand for travelers travelling from African countries, in relation to a new COVID-19 variant, which have been adopted by the Royal Thai Government, the Royal Thai Embassy provides the following information:

Travellers from 8 African countries including Botswana, Swatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe

1. Thai nationals

Travelers who have received Thailand Pass:

  • must undergo 14-day quarantine at the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotels at their own expenses, if their arrival date is before 1 December 2021.
  • In case their arrival date is from 1 December 2021 onwards, Thai nationals must register for entering Thailand through the Certificate of Entry (COE) system and undergo 14-day quarantine at the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotels. The Royal Thai Embassy will provide further information in due course.

Travelers who have not received Thailand Pass:

  • must register for entering Thailand through the Certificate of Entry (COE) system and undergo 14-day quarantine at the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotels The Royal Thai Embassy will provide further information in due course. In case of urgent matters on the entry into Thailand, please contact the Royal Thai Embassy.

2 Non-Thai nationals

Travelers who have received Thailand Pass:

Travelers who have not received Thailand Pass:

  • Registration for Thailand Pass will be temporarily suspended from 27 November 2021 onwards.

Update 27 November 2021

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued a notice (NOTAM) informing airlines about measures to prevent the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant. In this regard, all airlines are urged to inspect, screen and take special precautions for passengers to comply with measures as follows:

1. If the passenger has arrived in Thailand from November 28, 2021 (00.01 a.m.) until November 30, 2021 (11:59 p.m.), a 14-day quarantine procedure is required immediately regardless of the scheme of permission to enter the country.

2. From December 1, 2021, passengers from these 8 countries are prohibited from entering Thailand. Even though permission has been obtained through the Thailand Pass system and all permissions will expire from December 1, 2021 onwards.

3. Currently, the Thailand Pass system is suspended for those traveling from these countries.


Further Updates on Thailand Reopening

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