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Can I travel to Thailand? Entry requirements from the UK explained

By Abigail Malbon

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Travel to Thailand from the UK is allowed, but what are the Covid rules when flying to the destination? Here’s what you need to know about holidays to Thailand.

What are the entry requirements for Thailand?

In January 2023, the Thai government reintroduced some requirements for international travellers after China reopened its borders for the first time since 2020. These include all airline passengers over 18 providing proof of full vaccination or proof of Covid-19 recovery in the past six months (180 days). Those who are exempt from vaccination must provide proof from a doctor. 

Additionally, any travellers who are visiting from a country that may prohibit them returning home in the case of a positive Coronavirus test occurring while in Thailand must have insurance covering at least $10,000 of health care while in the country. 

Thai passport holders and those transiting through Thailand en-route to another country are exempt from these checks. 

For more information and updated rules, visit the UK government website before travelling. We also recommend ensuring you have valid travel insurance with Covid cover before taking any trips.

Can I travel to Thailand from the UK, and back again?

Yes. Since 18 March 2022, there are no Covid travel rules in the UK, which means that those returning from Thailand do not need to test, quarantine or fill in a passenger locator form , regardless of their vaccination status. The UK government also stopped managing any quarantine hotels at the end of March. 

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Monday October 3 2022, 10:00am

Thailand, the Southeast Asian holiday hotspot, has long been known for hazy island-hopping days and even hazier nights spent in bombastic capital Bangkok . This is a country that delivers in spades: from budget beach breaks to world-class spas set amid jungly forest.

After months of horror stories of tourists ending up in mandatory Thai quarantine, the country has loosened its entry requirements, meaning the cities and Thai islands are back on the travel agenda again. Here’s what you need to know.

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  • Other vaccines to consider: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Rabies; Tetanus; Typhoid.
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Risk is higher for long stays, frequent travel and for children (exposed through cuts and scratches), those who may require medical treatment during travel.

  • Japanese Encephalitis :  spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. This mosquito breeds in rice paddies and mainly bites between dusk and dawn. Risk is highest for long stay travellers to rural areas, particularly if unable to avoid mosquito bites.
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  • Malaria risk exists in the forested and hilly areas mainly towards the international borders, all year round. There is also a risk in inland areas of Surat Thani province and parts of the southern border with Malaysia. There is low to no risk in the cities of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Sot, Pattay and Phuket, the islands of Ko Samui and Ko Chang and the River Quai bridge area.
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  • High risk areas:   atovaquone/proguanil OR doxycycline is advised throughout the year.
  • Low to no risk areas: antimalarials are not usually advised.
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  • If travelling to an area remote from medical facilities, carrying standby emergency treatment for malaria may be considered.

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This country has been categorised as having a risk of Zika (ZIKV) virus transmission.

ZIKV is mainly spread through mosquito bites. The mosquito responsible most commonly bites during daylight hours and is common in towns and cities. There is a low risk of sexual transmission.

The illness is usually mild but infection during pregnancy may lead to babies being born with birth defects. There is no vaccine currently available against ZIKV.

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As of 11 October, Thailand is no longer on the UK’s red list for international travel.

This means that travellers coming into Britain from Thailand no longer have to quarantine for 11 nights in a government-mandated hotel, at a cost of thousands per person - making a holiday there a much more appealing prospect, just in time for winter.

But is Thailand letting UK travellers in?

Here’s what we know so far.

Can UK arrivals enter Thailand?

Yes - but there are strings attached.

If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform .

Most travellers to Thailand, including British nationals travelling from the UK, are required to complete 14 days’ quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. While in ASQ, you will normally not be allowed to leave your room except for medical treatment or Covid-19 tests, according to the Foreign Office advice.

However, in some areas of Thailand it is possible to complete some or all of the quarantine period without being restricted to an ASQ facility. Schemes include the Phuket Sandbox , which enables fully vaccinated Brits to swerve quarantine when staying Phuket. They must stay on the island for at least seven nights and will then be allowed to visit other destinations in Thailand.

Restrictions will further ease next month; Thailand will end quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated tourists from at least 10 low-risk destinations from 1 November , officials have said.

The list of nations allowed in includes the UK , as well as China, Singapore, Germany and the US.

When tourists from the countries are permitted to arrive, “they should present a [negative] Covid test... and test once again upon arrival”, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said.

If the second test is also negative, any visitor from those countries will be able to “travel freely like Thais”.

Are flights and holidays operating to Thailand?

Yes - flights and holidays are still operating, though at a reduced rate.

For example, British Airways is selling flight and hotel packages departing this month. Seven nights in Phuket staying at the Amari will currently set you back £941, including return flights from London Heathrow, departing 23 October.

Thai Airways is offering direct flights from London to Phuket; KLM, Swiss and Singapore Airlines all have connecting flights to Bangkok.

As of 11 October, the Foreign Office has also removed its advice against all but essential travel to the country, so British travellers should have no problem getting a valid travel insurance policy to cover their trips.

What’s are the Covid restrictions like on the ground?

You will be required to wear a face mask and follow other public health measures when using public transport, including planes, trains, buses and taxis. In some provinces, public transport may stop earlier than normal or have less capacity than normal.

Domestic flights in and out of provinces categorised as dark red, including Bangkok, are currently prohibited.

Until further notice you must wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Thailand and in vehicles if you are with others. If you do not wear a mask you may have to pay a fine.

The Thai government also advises that you should avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places, and scan the ‘Thai Chana’ QR code where available.

A number of disease control measures at national and local levels are also in place. These include a colour rating for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces based on the number of Covid-19 cases. Restrictions in each province and for movement between provinces depend on the colour rating and any additional local rules, and they may change at any time.

Thailand will not open entertainment venues or serve alcohol until 1 December - and several provinces including the capital Bangkok still have a 9pm-4am curfew.

What about coming back to the UK?

Since Thailand is now off the red list, and on the symbolic ROW (“rest of world”) list, fully vaccinated UK travellers only need to book a day two PCR test for their return, taking it and sending it off for results within the two days after landing.

Unvaccinated travellers or those who have only had one jab will need to self-isolate for 10 days on return, plus take an additional PCR test on day eight of quarantine.

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Required Documents for Travel to Thailand

Please have the following documents ready.

  • Passport with at least six month validity
  • Visa or visa exemption qualification
  • Buy Thailand Travel Insurance
  • Boarding pass to be presented at Passport Control
  • Hotel booking confirmation if asked by Immigration Officer
  • Note: Vaccination record no longer required

Incorrect documents will delay the entry screening by rules from the Thai immigration bureau and its Thai immigration officials.

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No travel is risk-free in times like these, where COVID-19 is still present. Over the last two years, countries imposed travel restrictions and entry requirements to help monitor and reduce the spread of Covid around the world.

Each country was different, and many travelers found the quickly shifting rules and regulations confusing. Thailand was no exception. Though slow to reduce its strict entry requirements, Thailand has made big changes since the start of 2022. Its largest change has been implemented at the of July and travel is now almost as easy as it was pre-covid.

These are the major changes that will affect travelers from July 1:

  • Foreigners do not need to show proof of Covid Insurance.
  • All mandatory hotel quarantine has been removed.
  • Thailand Pass is no longer required for foreign travelers entering Thailand.
  • Vaccinated travelers do not need to provide proof of vaccination before arriving.
  • Unvaccinated travelers (including children traveling with unvaccinated parents) will need to complete an RT-PCR or Professional Antigen Test (Pro-ATK) test 72 hours before departing for Thailand. Proof does not need to be uploaded before traveling.
  • Airlines and Thai Immigration will do random checks to confirm travelers meet Covid prevention requirements (vaccination certificate or Covid test).
  • Wearing masks is no longer compulsory.
  • The TM6 arrival card has been temporarily removed when entering Thailand.

This is great news for British citizens once again looking to visit the beautiful tropics of Thailand. July 1 welcomes Brits back at the height of summer, and Thailand locals are preparing to once again welcome travelers.

Covid has not disappeared, so people still need to be responsible when traveling. If you are British and looking to escape after so long in isolation, there are still a few things you need to know to help create a worry-free holiday.

Thailand Visas for UK Citizens

Visa exemption for uk citizens.

UK passport holders may travel to Thailand without a visa as long as it is for the purpose of tourism. They may stay for a maximum of 30 days through the Visa Exemption Program . You may extend your permit to stay for a further 30 days at any local immigration office.

If you need to stay in Thailand longer than the Visa Exemption or are traveling for a purpose other than tourism, Siam Legal International law firm offers various Thailand Visa services for travelers from the UK. You may check our services through our website at: https://uk.siam-legal.com/thailand-visa/

Long Term Visas for Brits

Tourist visa and special tourist visa (stv).

Foreigners may also apply for a Tourist Visa from the Thai embassy or consulate. There is the normal 60-day tourist visa that can be extended for additional 30 days, and the 90-day Special Tourist Visa (STV), which can be extended for two 90-day visa extensions at the local immigration office. There are certain requirements needed for the STV, but it allows a visitor to stay in Thailand for a potential 9 months. The STV will be available until September 2022.

Thai Elite Visa

If you wish to make Thailand easily accessible for many years to come or are perhaps thinking of relocating permanently, it is worth having a look at the Thai Elite Visa.

The Thai Elite Visa allows British citizens to live in Thailand for 5, 10, or even 20 years. Thai Elite members do not need to worry about some of the eligibility criteria that are needed when applying for other long-term visas.

The Thai Elite visa is exclusive and offers a host of benefits to holders. If you want to enjoy “Thai life” for the long term, you can read more about the Thai Elite Visa.

Non-Immigrant Visa

Foreigners may also apply for a wide range of non-immigrant visas:

  • Non-immigrant B Visa – for conducting business or employment
  • Non-immigrant O visa – for visiting Thai spouse and family
  • Non-immigrant ED visa – for students of recognized institutions in Thailand and their Parents or Legal guardian
  • Non-immigrant O retirement visa – for those who wish to retire in Thailand
  • Non-immigrant OA and OX visa – for those who wish to obtain a Thailand retirement visa for long stay (it differs from type O visa)

The above visas can be organized with a local Thai Embassy or Consulate in Britain. The paperwork can be quite involved, but there are companies that can help.

As mentioned above, Siam Legal International is a professional company who have helped world travelers apply for Thai long-term visas over the years. They are well versed in Thai Immigration policies and procedures. If you would like to simplify your long-term stay in Thailand, you can contact one of their visa experts.

Entering Thailand from Britain after July 1

As noted above, Thailand Pass is no longer required from July 1. British travelers do not need to register, provide documents, or seek approval before traveling to Thailand. How British visitor enters Thailand will still depend on their vaccination status, so there are a few things to do.

Vaccinated Travellers – Vaccinated travelers from Britain do not need to complete any Covid tests before leaving their country. They will need to have a copy of their vaccination certificate on hand. Children under 18 who are traveling with vaccinated parents do not need to complete any RT-PCR or Pro-ATK test before departing.

Unvaccinated Travellers – Before coming to Thailand, unvaccinated travelers will need to complete an RT-PCR or Professional Antigen (Pro-ATK) test through a clinic or medical professional. The test result must be issued within 72 hours before departing the UK.

An ATK (RAT) home test is not acceptable. Children under 18 who are traveling with unvaccinated parents also need to complete a test.

Airlines and Immigration will conduct random checks of passengers to confirm Covid requirements are met. It is best to have your Vaccination or Covid test Certificate available to show.

Flights to Thailand from the UK

The most popular direct trip from the United Kingdom to Thailand is from London to Bangkok, which takes roughly 12 hours and 15 minutes and lands at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport or Phuket International Airport if the flight is a direct flight.

Airlines that fly directly to Thailand include:

  • British Airways
  • Thai Airways

For indirect flights:

  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates Airline
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines

Previously, if you landed in Bangkok and wanted to transit domestically you were required to complete Test & Go at your point of entry, or board a “sealed flight”. This is no longer the case. With the removal of Test & Go, Sandbox, and mandatory quarantine, UK citizens can land at any international airport in Thailand and transit domestically right away.

Most international airlines follow the rules of the arrival country. If you are transiting through another country, it is best to check with the airline if you need to complete any tests for that country. When landing in Thailand, you can purchase an ATK self-test at airports, pharmacies, and most convenient stores.

Accommodation in Thailand

Everyone needs somewhere to stay after a long flight. After July 1st, all visitors are welcome to book any accommodation. British holiday-makers do not need SHA+ hotels or quarantine packages. There is no need to provide any proof of accommodation, and most hotels have removed their “Quarantine Packages” from their websites.

To find and compare the best hotels available in Thailand, visit Agoda . They allow free booking and cancellation, confirm bookings with hotels, and have their web page is easy to navigate and compare hotels.

Organize some Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is always a hot topic. It has become synonymous with “Covid”. The fact is that from July 1, Thailand does not require foreign visitors to have insurance with Covid cover. Travelers do not need to provide any proof of insurance in order to enter Thailand.

Before Covid, seasoned travelers understood the benefits of comprehensive travel insurance. Covid has not changed this. Though travel restrictions have eased, Covid is still a problem and the last thing British travelers wants is to have their holiday cut short, or be forced to quarantine while they recover from Covid.

The most important thing to know about insurance is that foreign travelers are not eligible for any form of free medical care in Thailand. No matter the circumstance, if a UK citizen needs medical attention, they will need to pay for it. Depending on the severity, this could amount to thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses.

Insurance is one of those things that is better to have and not need than need and not have. Your travel insurance doesn’t just cover Covid. Comprehensive travel insurance will also cover:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Personal injury & accidents
  • Missed or delayed flights
  • Damage to belongings
  • Loss of luggage

There are multiple reasons to protect yourself when traveling. Many visitors to Thailand choose AXA Insurance Thailand. It is a trusted company that offers comprehensive insurance to travelers from around the world. Their policies are straightforward with good coverage.

Some advantages to AXA Insurance are:

  • Recognized and trusted by Thai authorities and medical facilities.
  • Easy to apply online and approved in minutes.
  • Competitive pricing and cover.
  • Has no 14-day waiting period and covers Covid-related incidents, including asymptomatic cases.
  • Provides customers with a convenient 1-Page Certificate of insurance. This certificate contains all relevant information needed by medical professionals or if making a claim.

To see the cover offered and organize your insurance to Thailand in minutes. Visit AXA Thailand.

Arriving in Thailand – Best Practices

So what can you expect when landing in Thailand? Besides beautiful weather, delicious food, white beaches, and mountains with elephants, British travelers can expect a friendly welcome.

There are things to know while in Thailand. Though many of these things are not mandatory, you find that many of the locals are still aware that Covid can occur if not careful.

Wearing Masks

From July 1st, masks are no longer compulsory but still recommended when in public places. You see many Thai people (and visitors) still wear masks when out and about. It is recommended to wear a mask when visiting restaurants or public venues. You will not get in trouble if you don’t wear a mask, but it is a case of “do as the locals do”. It is about respect and consideration.

TM6 Arrival Cards

The Thai government has temporarily removed the need for visitors to complete the blue arrival card known as TM6. Their aim is to ease congestion at airports and remove another form that holidaymakers need to complete. This initiative is in a testing phase, but it is hoped that the removal of TM6 will be successful and the change will become permanent.

Paperwork to Prepare

Though Thailand Pass is removed, and travelers do not need to provide a proof before entry, it is best to prepare a few documents before arriving.

  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Vaccination certificate (vaccinated travelers)
  • 72-hour RT-PCR or Pro-ATK test result (unvaccinated)
  • Covid-19 recovery certificate (if previously tested positive)

This will speed up your processing time before leaving your country, or if asked to provide vaccination or testing proof in a random check. These documents can be presented in digital form, but airlines, Immigration, and Health Officers will appreciate the extra effort if you print them.

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If you’re planning travel to Thailand, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the  Coronavirus section .

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s  guidance on foreign travel insurance .

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the  Coronavirus page .

The Thai authorities have introduced a number of new disease control measures at national and local levels. The situation is likely to continue to change with measures being introduced or lifted at any time. You should follow the advice of the Thai authorities. See  Coronavirus .

A nationwide rollout of vaccines for all residents of Thailand, including foreigners, is now in progress. In many areas there are limited supplies of vaccines and registration and vaccination programmes have been temporarily suspended.

In the areas most affected by COVID-19 there is increasing pressure on medical services. You may find it difficult to access COVID-19 testing and medical care.

Activists may continue to hold rallies across Thailand in the coming weeks. In Bangkok, potential rally locations include the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the Ratchaphrasong Shopping District, Skywalk near the MBK building and Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Din Daeng intersection, Phloen Chit Road, Asok intersection, Wat Phra Kaew, the Grand Palace, Victory Monument and university campuses.

Marching routes and rally points can change at short notice and without warning. Rallies may disrupt traffic and public transport, commercial activity and there may be a heightened security presence.

At recent protests, some groups have thrown objects such as stones, bricks, water bottles, sticks, fireworks, and small homemade explosive devices. Police have used water cannon, tear gas, and rubber bullets. There have been incidents of shootings with live ammunition at recent protests.

Avoid any protests or political gatherings and be wary of making public political statements. Lèse-majesté (criticism of the monarchy in any form) is a crime which can be broadly interpreted and can carry a long jail sentence. See  Political situation

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Thailand. On 2 August 2019, a number of small explosions occurred in Bangkok. On 10 March 2019 a number of small explosions occurred in Satun City and in Patthalung Province in the south of Thailand.

The authorities have on a number of occasions warned of the possibility of attacks to coincide with symbolic dates or holidays. Take care, particularly in public places, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media reports. See  Terrorism

Urban areas across Thailand, especially in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, can experience poor air quality and high PM 2.5 counts, occasionally entering the unhealthy and hazardous levels. See  Air quality

Make sure you research local laws and customs before you travel. Laws and penalties can be different from the UK. Conviction for possession, distribution or manufacture of drugs can lead to the death penalty. See  Local laws and ustoms

There are a high number of road traffic accidents in Thailand especially involving motorcycles. See  Road travel

The rainy season in much of Thailand is from May to October. See  Rainy season

UK health authorities have classified Thailand as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the  National Travel Health Network and Centre website .

The  Tourist Authority of Thailand’s website  and call centre (1672 – press ‘9’ for English) are able to provide some general advice to tourists in English. If you need to contact local emergency services, call 1155 (tourist police) or 1669 (emergency medical services).

If you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the  nearest British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission .

If you’re living in Thailand or planning to stay for a longer period, check the  Living in Thailand guide  in addition to this travel advice.

The  Overseas Business Risk service  offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

For security reasons, the FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • Southern Songkhla province. This does not include areas north of and including the A43 road between Hat Yai and Sakom, and areas north-west of and including the train line which runs between Hat Yai and Pedang Besar.

Consular assistance is available throughout Thailand, except for the provinces noted above. See  Terrorism

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The uk has removed quarantine rules for thailand, but the south-east asian country has strict entry requirements of its own.

FILE PHOTO: Empty chairs are seen on a beach which is usually full of tourists, amid fear of coronavirus in Phuket, Thailand March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/File Photo

Thailand has been removed from the UK’s quarantine list , and granted an air bridge.

This means from 4am on Saturday 19 September, anyone entering the UK from Thailand will not have to self-isolate for 14 days.

The move comes after the south-east Asian country largely eradicated coronavirus from society.

However, while this may seem like good news for UK holidaymakers, Thailand has strict restrictions of its own.

What is the UK travel advice for Thailand?

Thailand is now exempt from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice against all but essential international travel.

And their air bridge means anyone arriving in the UK from Thailand after 4am on 19 September will not have to quarantine.

However, the FCO does advise against travel to areas within the provinces on the Thailand-Malaysia border, due to ongoing violence. These include:

  • Southern Songkhla province. This does not include areas north of and including the A43 road between Hat Yai and Sakom, and areas north-west of and including the train line which runs between Hat Yai and Pedang Besar

TOPSHOT - An aerial view taken on September 11, 2020 shows the Buddhist temple Wat Samphran (Dragon Temple) in Nakhon Pathom, some 40km west of Bangkok. - Wat Samphran is a popular tourist destination with visitors coming to see the huge dragon figure curling around a pink cylindrical building next to the Buddha statues and places of worship of the traditional Buddhist temple complex. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP) (Photo by MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP via Getty Images)

Can I go on holiday to Thailand?

Thailand has very strict entry requirements due to the pandemic. You are only allowed to enter the country if you fit one of the following groups:

  • Anyone with a Thai Certificate of Residence and valid re-entry permit
  • People on a diplomatic or consular mission
  • If you have been exempted by the Prime Minister or Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Pilots and crew members with a fixed travel schedule
  • Carriers of necessary cargoes
  • If you are the spouse, child or parent of a Thai national
  • If you are seeking medical treatment in Thailand (except treatment for Covid-19), or are caring for someone seeking medical treatment in Thailand
  • International students
  • The parents/guardians of international students

If you hold a Foreigners work permit (WP3) and/or BOI certificate you should contact your local Royal Thai Embassy or consulate for a permit to travel to Thailand.

Anyone entering must have a medical certificate indicating that they have tested negative for coronavirus within 72 hours before their flight’s departure.

Everyone who enters must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

What is the coronavirus situation in Thailand?

Thailand has largely eradicated the virus. New cases have been in the single figures – or at zero – since mid-August.

The country has seen around 3,500 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 58 deaths.

Most public places and services are now open with social distancing measures in place.

Some entertainment venues such as pubs and clubs are still temporarily closed or operating with restrictions.

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