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Steps required to enter Thailand

By The Nation

 

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The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has issued the following guidelines on entering Thailand for non-Thai residents and travellers:

 

Before departure

Travellers are required to contact the Royal Thai Embassy or consulate to get an entry visa and a certificate of entry, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the urgency, need and reasons provided in the application form. 

 

Applications must include travel details, health insurance with a coverage of at least US$100,000, booking at an alternative state quarantine site and any other documents that the CCSA may require.

 

The approval process will take approximately seven working days, and the applicant will be contacted when approved. 

 

Day of travel

Travellers are required to carry a certificate of entry, health insurance, certificate of a Covid-19 test taken within a 72-hour period with a negative result and a fit-to-fly certificate. 

 

Upon arrival

Travellers will undergo tests at the airport and then be transferred to an alternative state quarantine site that should have been booked in advance. 

 

Required documents for Non-Thai Nationals

 

Spouses, parents or children of Thai nationals

1. Certificate or evidence of family ties with the Thai national

 

Non-Thais who have been permitted to reside in Thailand

1. Proof of residency in Thailand

 

Non-Thais who hold a work permit or have been granted permission to work in Thailand, along with their spouse and children. 

1. Work permit or letter of employment 

2. Evidence of family ties (in the case of spouse and children)

 

Non-Thais who are students at educational establishments in Thailand that have been approved by Thai authorities, including their parents or guardians.

1. Proof of student status or letter of acceptance from the educational institution 

2. Proof of relationship with parents or guardians

 

Non-Thais in need of medical treatment in Thailand, except for treatment of Covid-19, including people accompanying them (not exceeding three persons). These tourists are only allowed to arrive by air.

1. Evidence showing financial ability to bear medical expenses or equivalent documents

2. Health insurance or other forms of insurance

3. Letter from referring hospital in the country of origin stating reasons for medical treatment in Thailand

4. Letter from the receiving hospital in Thailand accepting the applicant for treatment and confirmation of quarantine arrangements for the applicant and accompanying persons. 

 

For more information

Covid-19 Information Centre hotline 1111

Department of Consular Affairs, Foreign Ministry Tel: (+662) 572 8442

Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand Tel: (+66) 2568 8800.

Department of Disease Control, Public Health Ministry at 1422, (+669) 6847 8209, (+669) 2726 0474

Immigration Bureau hotline 1178 or (+662) 287 3101

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30391878

 

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According to the above "non-Thais who have been permitted to reside in Thailand" are given a shot at getting into the country.

 

I'm guessing that the definition they will use for residence is more onerous than the ThaiRev (thai tax authority) test of residence - "an individual is regarded as a tax resident if he/she resides in Thailand at one or more times for an aggregate period of 180 days or more in any tax year" (PwC Thailand Tax Booklet)

 

Were tax residence to be acceptable I don't doubt there are many falang out there 'stranded abroad' who normally live here full-time (indeed I have two mates in that situation) some of whom would be prepared to meet the financial and time burdens of returning and reoccupying the houses they have kept financed for the last 4 months.

 

I'm guessing the true acceptable test of residence is more akin to Permanent Residence. Anyone know?

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1 minute ago, SantiSuk said:

I'm guessing the true acceptable test of residence is more akin to Permanent Residence. Anyone know?

I think they mean PR. There's no other category they'd fit to. As usual, it's not clear and concise. 

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9 minutes ago, Bhawana said:

If im travelling with my son for his admission in school to we have to do medical insurance plus covid 19 insurance equal to 100000 usd$ still or just medical insurance will do?

Foreigners need a certificate of Insurance stating Covid-19 Cover up to at least US$100,000 

 

This is one of the documents required to obtain the Certificate of Entry issued by your local Thai Embassy. 

 

Note: The Medical Insurance which covers Covid-19 is a single policy.

But, I suppose you could hold your regular health insurance and also obtain travel insurance (if you can find one) which would provide you with a Certificate of Cover stating Cover for Covid-19 up to US$100,000

 

If you or your Son are Thai this insurance is not required. 

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Applications must include travel details, health insurance with a coverage of at least US$100,000, booking at an alternative state quarantine site and any other documents that the CCSA may require.

 

This only says Health insurance coverage of US$100,000 it is not COVID specific. ( But the wind can change ) or it may not have been proof read correctly.

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5 minutes ago, Bhawana said:

One more question. If we have to go to phuket via Bangkok from nepal. Where do we stay for quarantine..bkk or Phuket

That depends if there are any repatriation flights into Phuket from Nepal. 

 

(just a guess) I imagine any repatriation flights are only travelling into Bangkok, which would involved carrying out your 15 day Alternative State Quarantine in Bangkok before travelling back to the Airport and taking a domestic flight to Phuket. 

 

 

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5 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

Foreigners need a certificate of Insurance stating Covid-19 Cover up to at least US$100,000 

 

This is one of the documents required to obtain the Certificate of Entry issued by your local Thai Embassy. 

 

Note: The Medical Insurance which covers Covid-19 is a single policy.

But, I suppose you could hold your regular health insurance and also obtain travel insurance (if you can find one) which would provide you with a Certificate of Cover stating Cover for Covid-19 up to US$100,000

 

If you or your Son are Thai this insurance is not required. 

 

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3 hours ago, Anna Rak said:

Applications must include travel details, health insurance with a coverage of at least US$100,000, booking at an alternative state quarantine site and any other documents that the CCSA may require.

 

This only says Health insurance coverage of US$100,000 it is not COVID specific. ( But the wind can change ) or it may not have been proof read correctly.

 

"Health Insurance covering Covid19 at least 100,000 us dollars"

 

This is exactly the quote from an e-mail from the Thai Embassy UK - they were very clear that the Health Insurance must cover treatment for Covid-19 up to (or greater) than US$100,000.

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

That depends if there are any repatriation flights into Phuket from Nepal. 

 

(just a guess) I imagine any repatriation flights are only travelling into Bangkok, which would involved carrying out your 15 day Alternative State Quarantine in Bangkok before travelling back to the Airport and taking a domestic flight to Phuket. 

 

 

I hope we dont have to stay again in phuket for quarantine. This is so mind boggling.

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18 minutes ago, Bhawana said:
24 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

That depends if there are any repatriation flights into Phuket from Nepal. 

 

(just a guess) I imagine any repatriation flights are only travelling into Bangkok, which would involved carrying out your 15 day Alternative State Quarantine in Bangkok before travelling back to the Airport and taking a domestic flight to Phuket. 

 

 

I hope we dont have to stay again in phuket for quarantine. This is so mind boggling.

 

There is no quarantine requirement for domestic passengers. 

 

The best thing you can do is e-mail the Thai Embassy in Kathmandu and ask them if they are processing Certificate of Entry applications for repatriation to Thailand and if there are any repatriation flights. 

 

https://www.thaiembnepal.org.np/?do=services&index=visa

 

If so, what are the requirements and can you meet them?

(e.g.. Non-Immigrant Type B Visa (or extension) and Work permit holder, Spouse of a Thai with a Marriage Certificate, or parent of a Thai Child and you are listed on the Birth Certificate: Note).

 

 

 

 

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so I wonder..If I and my Thai wife and our daughter (she has Thai citizenship)..all want to come back...can we self quaranteine at our home or must we all stay at this special site?

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14 hours ago, DrTuner said:

Anybody who's dealed with immigration knows what this means. A mountain of paperwork or a brown letter lubricant.

Yep, but if you read better it stands that it´s The Royal Thai Embassy that work it on a case by case basis.

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13 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

Foreigners need a certificate of Insurance stating Covid-19 Cover up to at least US$100,000 

 

This is one of the documents required to obtain the Certificate of Entry issued by your local Thai Embassy. 

 

Note: The Medical Insurance which covers Covid-19 is a single policy.

But, I suppose you could hold your regular health insurance and also obtain travel insurance (if you can find one) which would provide you with a Certificate of Cover stating Cover for Covid-19 up to US$100,000

 

If you or your Son are Thai this insurance is not required. 

If you have regular health insurance, I would have thought that the insurers would be able to provide confirmation that you are covered for COVID-19 up to the policy limit. The same with travel insurance, if it's covered of course.

 

If not, where do you find COVID-specific insurance?

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13 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

Foreigners need a certificate of Insurance stating Covid-19 Cover up to at least US$100,000 

 

This is one of the documents required to obtain the Certificate of Entry issued by your local Thai Embassy. 

 

Note: The Medical Insurance which covers Covid-19 is a single policy.

But, I suppose you could hold your regular health insurance and also obtain travel insurance (if you can find one) which would provide you with a Certificate of Cover stating Cover for Covid-19 up to US$100,000

 

If you or your Son are Thai this insurance is not required. 

 

Do you know whether the USD100K insurance policy document needs to specifically state "Covid-19"?

 

It is a bit confusing because I have read elsewhere that insurance covering only Covid-19 is insufficient whereas the requirement is for medical insurance "including" Covid-19.

 

In my case, I have a policy from Pacific Cross with coverage of USD1M/year and nil exclusions. I have read through the Policy Document and there is no mention of Covid-19, epidemics, pandemics etc. so presumably it is covered but would an embassy/consulate accept that or would they require a separately issued Certificate specifically mentioning Covid-19?

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Just arrived in Thailand from a flight coordinated by the Thai Consulate in Vancouver.

Both the airline (ANA) and all the Thai Officials upon arrival in Bangkok went through my paper work thoroughly. They did indeed look for wording that Covid-19 was covered in the health insurance. They needed to see a hard copy of the COE, ASQ confirmed reservation, Fit to Fly document, covid19 free lab test (must be nasal swab, not throat swab and test result needs to state that)

Check in time was double normal, and my paper work must have been checked by at least 3 or 4 people even before seeing an immigration officer in Bangkok.

 

I did speak with at least three people in Vancouver who were denied boarding as they did not have a valid covid-19 test done within the 72 hours of departure.

 

There was one person who did arrive that did not have a confirmed reservation at an ASQ hotel. No fault of his own, he tried to use his credit card but the hotel said it failed. Anyway after a few minutes some of the Thai ground handlers had it all settled out and he was sent off. So as confusing as things may be, so far have found the Thai people very helpful in getting things fixed.

 

 

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16 hours ago, mark131v said:

Good luck getting all that together unless you are related to the red bull heir!!!

Will he have to go into a local flea pit of a so called hotel to do his 14 days quarantine of course not ☹️☹️☹️

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Word of warning unless it's a family emergency don't attempt to come until unrestricted international flights resume. The ASQ scheme is a disaster and grossly overpriced. The repatriation flights are grossly overpriced. The hotels that you think you have paid for will be utilized at the discretion of the authorities on arrival, they are routinely switching to sub standard hotels in other locations at their discretion. And they are extending quarantine days (sometimes up to 30 days at their discretion) guess who pays for that ? Nothing is in accordance with any protocols or current WHO or CDC guidelines. They're just fleecing us. 

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1 hour ago, thedemon said:

 

Do you know whether the USD100K insurance policy document needs to specifically state "Covid-19"?

 

It is a bit confusing because I have read elsewhere that insurance covering only Covid-19 is insufficient whereas the requirement is for medical insurance "including" Covid-19.

 

In my case, I have a policy from Pacific Cross with coverage of USD1M/year and nil exclusions. I have read through the Policy Document and there is no mention of Covid-19, epidemics, pandemics etc. so presumably it is covered but would an embassy/consulate accept that or would they require a separately issued Certificate specifically mentioning Covid-19?

I have medical coverage also with Pacific Cross and last March they sent me this email. They also issue me a letter that I am covered for Covid 19

Policyholder_RequirementForInsurance.pdf

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To be honest we have no intention of going to our Thai home for our usual 3 months this year but that aside...

 

Even if we wanted to the hurdles are too high ...for the reward

 

The three that are tough?

 

1-Most states it is not easy to get a covid test without symptoms & rightfully so

But even if you did...getting a doctor a real doctor to sign off on some kind of open guarantee within 72 hours of flight? Good Luck

 

2- Travel insurance with $100,000 USD coverage? No problem I always buy 500k coverage but....None here are covering Covid risks

So that means buying Thai which afaik is yearly only

 

3- The 14 day quarantine in some hotel in Thailand? 30-60,000 baht? Nah pass we have a beautiful home & would not want to fly so

many hours to then be in some hotel room in Thailand

 

Throw in the fact that you need to coordinate all these hurdles & reservations & hope not one hiccup occurs & causes it all to collapse

or worse get trapped in Thailand should they shut the borders again

 

My guess is most folks/yearly part time Thailand residents will think roughly the same & give it a pass this year

Good Luck Thailand hopefully it does not affect you too much

 

 

 

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15 hours ago, Bhawana said:

If im travelling with my son for his admission in school to we have to do medical insurance plus covid 19 insurance equal to 100000 usd$ still or just medical insurance will do?

Your Medical Insurance must have a Covid 19 Inclusion within the policy.

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