For both foreigners and Thai travelers arriving to Thailand the mandatory quarantine period has been increased from 7 days or 10 days to 14 days starting from 1 May 2021 in order to reduce the risk of local transmission of new COVID-19 variants in Thailand.
Important Note! The changes were announced by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) after the meeting on 29 April 2021.
The 14-day quarantine period was recommended after the World Health Organization and some experts estimated the incubation period for COVID-19. That's why since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, all travelers coming to Thailand are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-approved facility. The actual stay at Alternative State Quarantine hotel will be 14 nights or 15 nights, depending on the time of your landing in Thailand (14 nights if your flight arrival time 00:01-18:00, 15 nights if your flight arrival time after 18:00).
No more Quarantine for 10 days or 7 days
Several countries including Thailand have reviewed their mandatory quarantine periods and reduced them from the original 14 days. Thailand has made it easier for international travelers to enter the country starting from 1 April 2021 after the starting of a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus. Travelers were able to shorten their mandatory quarantine period from two weeks to 10 or even 7 days, subject to a certificate of vaccination or so called "vaccine passport".
However, the quarantine measure has been again tightened and 7-day and 10-day quarantine have been revoked to prevent the spread of COVID-19 after Thailand started to register the highest new daily rates of COVID-19 cases during April 2021.
The increasing of quarantine from 7 days or 10 days to 14 days has been introduced, so ASQ and ALQ hotels will again be offering only 14-day quarantine packages.
The increasing of quarantine period in Thailand will be applied as follows:
✔️ All arrivals who hold Certificate of Entry (COE) issued on or later than 1 May 2021 will be required to undergo quarantine for the period of 14 days, regardless of their nationality or vaccination status
✔️ All arrivals who hold Certificates of Entry (COE) issued before May 1 and arriving in Thailand before May 6 will be quarantined for 7 or 10 days, depending on their vaccination status.
The increasing of quarantine period to 14 days will be effective from 1 May 2021 as starting from this day COE will be issued with a 14-day quarantine condition. All travelers arriving to Thailand from 6 May 2021 will be a subject to the two-week quarantine.
Other measures for a stay in Thailand ASQ / ALQ
The government also announced further restrictions for the stay in quarantine facility:
☑️ Not allowed to leave the room, except for the COVID-19 test and medical treatment
☑️ 3 tests for COVID-19
Quarantine Hotel Packages
Foreigners traveling to Thailand must stay at quarantine hotels at their own expense. Quarantine packages include not only accommodation but also full board meals, transportation to the hotel, stand-by nurses and COVID-19 tests that are conducted by the partner hospital during the quarantine. Detailed information about the quarantine process and constantly updated lists of approved Thailand quarantine hotels can be found here:
Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) Hotels (in Bangkok)
Alternative Local Quarantine (ALQ) Hotels (out of Bangkok)
What's the situation in Thailand?
The number of infections has increased massively in Thailand for more than two weeks. On 29 April 2021, 1,871 new infections were recorded within 24 hours, a total more than 63,500. The Thailand Government just decided to extend the quarantine period for returnees from oversea to 14 days again.
The new COVID-19 zoning areas in Thailand has been divided with difference restrictions .
- 6 Provinces including Bangkok, Chonburi, Chiang Mai, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakarn were categorized to Maximum and Strict Controlled Area (dark red zone),
- 45 Provinces were specified as Maximum Controlled Area (red zone)
- Other 26 provinces are Controlled Area (orange zone).
Details of the new zoning areas and disease control measures can be found below.
Regarding the vaccination situation, the Thai Ministry of Health show that since the beginning of the vaccination campaign, 1,344,646 injections were given. The plan to inoculate 70% of all people residing in Thailand which approximate 100 million doses before the end of this year.
Other Required documents
Whatever the duration of the quarantine, you will be required to present the following documents to the airline check-in staff and concerned authorities upon arrival in Thailand:
Booking confirmation of the Quarantine Hotel (ASQ or ALQ)
Completed Declaration Form
Valid visa or re-entry permit
Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by Thai Embassy
COVID-19-Free Health Certificate, using RT-PCR method, which has been certified or issued no more than 72 hours before departure
Health insurance Policy with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD for medical treatment expenses of COVID-19 during stay in Thailand. You are advised to purchase the health insurance which meets Thailand's entry criteria.
Further updates on arrival to Thailand
As requirements regarding arrival to Thailand might slightly vary depending on the country and passenger profile, we would recommend contacting your local Thai embassy before making any plans or reservations.
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