Thailand has reopened its borders for tourists. International visitors can once again visit Thailand as long as they meet specific requirements under the Thailand Pass System.
The Thailand Pass system is a free online system meant to document tourists travelling to Thailand more efficiently. The Thailand Pass is intended to be more efficient than the Certificate of Entry (COE) application.
The Thailand Pass system collects both your health and travel information from the required entry forms. This information can include information from your vaccine certificates.
The main goal of the Thailand Pass system is to assist with the country’s “Ease of Travel” system after the government reopened its borders. The system is also meant to fill out the information and upload your travel information faster.
Both foreigners or Thai nationals have to apply for the Thailand Pass system based on the following travel requirements:
At this time, partially vaccinated or even non-vaccinated travellers are still permitted to travel to Thailand. However, they are required to undergo a mandatory ten-night quarantine.The quarantine needs to occur in an approved ASQ or AQ quarantine hotel. After the quarantine, travellers will be allowed to travel all over Thailand.
Vaccinated under Sandbox Program
Any fully vaccinated tourist will be allowed to enter the country with no quarantine or sandbox stay. However, as tourists under the Sandbox Programs, they will need to stay in Samui Sandbox, Phuket, Hua Hin, and Pattaya.
However, travellers will need to spend seven nights in an approved SHA+ Hotel in these areas. After they’ve paid a minimum of seven days in quarantine in an approved Thailand Pass Hotel, tourists will be allowed to different parts of Thailand.
Fully Vaccinated for the Test and Go Program
Tourists that are fully vaccinated can travel to and enter Thailand without going through a sandbox stay or a mandatory quarantine. However, they will need to spend one night in a Thailand Pass hotel or ASQ while waiting for their COVID 19 RT-PCR test result. This test will need to be taken on their arrival and then again on day five.
Thailand Pass requirements
There are various ways that you can apply for the Thailand Pass. You can use the Thailand Pass system yourself or pay for Thailand Pass assistance.
The Thailand Pass system generates a QR code that tourists can get. To get a QR code or a Thailand Pass ID, tourists will need to do the following:
When your application has been approved, the system will send you an email with your QR entry code or your Thailand Pass ID, which you will need to enter Thailand.
Apply for Thailand Pass by Yourself
You can apply for the Thailand Pass on the MFA website with this link: https://tp.consular.go.th/.
If you want to check your status, you can use the following link: https://tp.consular.go.th/en/check-status.
Thai Legal Visa and Thailand Pass Application Assistance
Applying for the Thailand Pass is entirely free when you don’t use any professional assistance to apply. But in some cases, you can choose to pay for a law firm to assist you with the application.
These service providers can prepare your documents and even submit them on your behalf. Using these services can help prevent struggling with your papers that haven’t been uploaded correctly or submitting inappropriate information.
These reasons mentioned above mean that it will be handy to use a service provider to assist with the application. Service providers such as Siam Legal will often have service packages to help with the application.
Package 1: 200 USD (Visa + Thailand Pass)
Package 2: 100 USD (Thailand Pass)
On the Thailand Pass portal, you will be able to see a list of approved acceptable medical insurance providers that you can use for your Thailand Pass insurance. But keep in mind that you’ll need a minimum coverage of 100 000 USD. This coverage could mean that your Thailand Pass insurance could be more expensive than typical travel insurance policies.
It can be exciting to travel to Thailand. Still, many questions can pop up, especially with the new travel laws and restrictions, including the Thailand Pass, that the Thai government enacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How long does the Thailand Pass approval process take?
The process can take at least three to seven business for your application to be approved. It’s recommended that tourists submit their application seven business days before they intend to depart for Thailand.
Is a Thailand Pass registration required for all three schemes travelling into Thailand?
Anybody travelling by air to Thailand under the three schemes must register for the Thailand Pass to be allowed to enter the country. The three schemes are the following:
If I plan to travel to Thailand by land or sea, do I need to register with Thailand Pass?
No, if you’re travelling by sea or land won’t need the Thailand Pass. This pass is just for visitors who are travelling to Thailand by air. However, you will need a COE to enter Thailand. It’s recommended that you contact the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulates in your country to apply for a COE.