Traveling to Thailand during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

Editor’s note – Cases of the coronavirus are spreading around the world. Health officials warn that staying at home is the best way to prevent transmission until you get vaccinated. Below is information you need to know if you plan to travel, last updated on September 19, 2022.

(CNN) – If you’re planning to travel to Thailand, here’s what to know and expect if you plan to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

the basics

Thailand has recorded over 32,000 deaths and over 4.67 million Covid-19 cases as of September 19, 2022.

On average, around 700 Covid-19 cases are reported per day.

On July 1, the government removed the requirement for visitors to apply for a Thailand Pass online before travel.

Incoming passengers, regardless of their country of origin, are no longer tested for Covid-19 upon arrival.

Travelers entering the country must prove that they are fully vaccinated. No Covid test required before departure.

Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated travelers must show proof of a negative RT-PCR test or professional ATK result within 72 hours of travel to Thailand.

What is offered

Picture-perfect islands. The golden beach is swaying with palm trees. Ornate temples and lush forests. Thailand has long been the go-to destination for a no-nonsense, easy-on-the-eyes tropical break.

Who can go

Holders of US, Canadian, UK and Australian passports are among those who do not need to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and must stay in Thailand for no more than 45 days on each visit.
Tourists from countries not on the visa exemption list can apply for a Special Tourist Visa (STV), which allows stays of up to 90 days and can be renewed twice. You must apply for an STV through the Thai consulate or embassy in your country.

What are the entry restrictions?

Travelers entering the country must prove that they are fully vaccinated. No Covid test is required before departure.

Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated travelers must show proof of a negative RT-PCR test or professional ATK result within 72 hours of travel to Thailand.

What is the Covid situation?

At the moment, the country is reporting an average of around 700 new cases a day and is easing Covid restrictions.

Face masks are no longer necessary.

What can visitors expect?

The restrictions have eased in recent months.

Restaurants, museums, art galleries, historical sites, ancient monuments, spas, cinemas, swimming pools, tattoo studios and sports facilities are open throughout the country.

Bars and other entertainment venues, including nightclubs, are allowed to reopen and resume normal business hours.

The nationwide mask mandate has been lifted, however most people in urban areas continue to wear it in public spaces including outdoor markets and shopping malls. Some businesses and public places still require people to wear masks.

Useful Links

Our latest coverage

Thai officials have reopened one of the country’s most famous attractions, Maya Bay, a beautiful bay made famous by the 2000 movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Read about the reopening here.
The economic impact of Covid-19 on Chiang Mai in northern Thailand has been devastating, with many travel-related businesses closing and thousands losing their jobs. CNN talks to some of the affected business owners.
As Thailand continues to battle the third and worst wave of Covid-19 since the pandemic began, the popular island of Phuket has reopened to vaccinated travelers without quarantine restrictions. With the pilot project underway, several other tourist islands in the region are paying attention.
Most travelers who have backpacked through Asia have spent at least a few days on Bangkok’s Khao San Road. We will take a closer look at how the busy road has evolved from a rice market to the world’s most famous travel destination.

Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley and Karla Cripps contributed to this report