Entry To Thailand Requirements for January
The Thailand authorities have issued these new travel rules for COVID-19-related restrictions as of the 9th January 2023, amid rising international disease activity and the opening up of China for international travel.
The new entry rules for Thailand start today (9th January 2023) amid a lot of confusion. All we have is the NOTAM sent out by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) to airlines around the world.
Here are the UPDATED Guidelines on the New Thailand Travel Restrictions starting January 9, 2023 – Please note that these are correct as of 10am Monday the 9th January and there may be changes over the next few days or weeks.
- Airline passengers 18 years old or older must provide proof of full vaccination or proof of Covid-19 recovery not more than 6 months (180 days). Passengers who have not been vaccinated must have a letter from a doctor providing a reason.
- Passengers from countries that have requirements which may prevent passengers from going back due to Covid-19 shall be required to have health insurance covering at least USD $10,000 of treatment of Covid-19 for the itineraries in Thailand plus 7 days.
- Holder of official and diplomatic passports, United Nations Laissez-passer are exempted from health insurance requirements.
- Holders of Thai passport and transit/transfer passengers are exempted from vaccination check and health insurance requirements.
- The airlines must check the documents as required. If a passenger fails to produce documents proving these requirements are met, the passenger is subjected to being tested at the port of arrival.
- The airlines must adhere to related regulations and comply with the guidance as appropriate, such as asking passengers to wear masks at all times except during meals or emergency situations.
- Any passenger having symptoms of Covid-19 during travel shall be recommended to have a test at the time of arrival.
Source: Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand
Passengers who are unvaccinated
Unvaccinated tourists can fly to Thailand without being refused boarding due to a last-minute update to the latest Notice to Airmen (Notam). Point 5 above says:
- The airlines must check the documents as required. If passenger fails to produce document proving these requirements are met, the passenger is subjected to be tested at the port of arrival.
Highlights of New Thailand Travel Restrictions starting January 9, 2023 at 1:00AM
Airline passengers the age of 18 year or older must provide the following:
- Proof of VaccinationOR a letter from a doctor stating you have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days.
- Proof of Insurance (if traveling onward to another country whereupon a RT-PCR or ATK is required for entry).
- Thai Nationals
- Children below the age of 18 years
- Passengers who are transiting at the airport
We highly recommend that you check with your airline before you travel as these restrictions are changing daily.