Thailand is open and looking forward to welcoming you. We have put together this list of resources to help you plan your trip to Amazing Thailand.
Information updated: 30 June 2022
Easy entry rules for Thailand
Visitors to Thailand are no longer required to apply in advance for a Thailand Pass. On arrival in Thailand, visitors will only need to have either:
- Proof of a certificate of Covid-19 vaccination or
- A negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test result within 72 hours of travel
The vaccination certificate or test result can be in print or digital format. Two jabs (one for Johnson & Johnson) is regarded as fully vaccinated. Booster jabs are not required for entry to Thailand. The simplified entry rules mean:
- No Thailand Pass
- No pre-departure Covid test required for vaccinated travellers
- No Covid test on arrival or during stay
- No compulsory insurance (but all visitors are still advised to have travel insurance)
- On arrival in Thailand visitors are free to travel anywhere in the country
Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers who do not have proof of a pre-arrival negative test are required to follow the public health instructions and guidelines as deemed appropriate by the Health Control officer at the point of arrival. All expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the traveller.
If you are not flying directly to Thailand and transiting via another country, you should check the Covid policies of your airline and the regulations of the country you are transiting in.
Under 18 years old
Unvaccinated children travelling with parents/guardians can enter Thailand under the same scheme as their parents/guardians. However, children travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least one dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.
Covid regulations for domestic travel in Thailand
As a tourist arriving in Thailand, once you’ve completed the required entry formalities listed above, the same rules for domestic travel will apply to you as they do for Thai travellers and those who live in Thailand.
Since 23 June 2022, wearing face masks has been endorsed as voluntary. However, it’s advisable to carry a mask with you because there are still some situations where the public may be asked to wear one e.g. public transport.
Permitted to stay in Thailand for: 30 days
The visa exemption scheme allows passport holders from certain countries, including the UK and Ireland, to stay for 30 days without applying in advance for a visa.
Permitted to stay in Thailand for: 60 days
Tourists from the UK and Ireland who wish to stay in Thailand for up to 60 days can apply for a Tourist Visa. Apply for the Tourist Visa at least four weeks in advance of the travel date via the official Thai E-Visa website.
Special Tourist Visa
Permitted to stay in Thailand for: 90-270 days
The Special Tourist Visa was introduced in September 2020 as an option for long-stay tourists. This visa category was due to be withdrawn in September 2021. However, the Thai government agreed to extend the scheme until September 2022. The Special Tourist Visa allows for a stay of 90 days which can be extended twice at 90 days each when in Thailand.
Flying back from Thailand
Do I need a Covid test before flying back to the UK?
Thailand does not require you to undergo any Covid tests before departing. If you are flying to England you do not need to complete a UK passenger locator form before you travel, take any Covid-19 tests or quarantine when you arrive in England. However, you should also check with your airline for any specific requirements they may have especially if you are transiting via another country.
Check the UK government rules for travel to England (and guidance notes for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) from abroad.
Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA)
To aid the recovery of Thailand’s tourism sector and restore confidence following the worldwide crisis of Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a new safety initiative. In association with public and private sector partners, the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certification has been introduced. To be granted a certificate under the SHA scheme, hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and other facilities need to meet the strict Covid-19 control guidelines issued by the Ministry of Public Health.
- Updates: Royal Thai Embassy, London
- If you are travelling from Ireland, please note the Royal Thai Consulate in Dublin stopped issuing visas in May 2021. Visa applications can now be processed online or via the Royal Thai Embassy, London.
- Please note the current UK government rules for travel to England (plus guidance notes for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) from abroad.
- Health – Thailand travel advice
- British Embassy in Bangkok
- Irish Embassy in Bangkok
- Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health
- Latest updates from TAT newsroom
- Thai Airways Covid-19 information page
Tourism Thailand (UK & Ireland)
The Tourism Thailand (UK & Ireland) office continues to operate in line with the latest advice from the UK government and the authorities in Thailand. For any enquiries please email:
This information is subject to change so we recommend revisiting this page regularly for updates.
Tourism Thailand (UK & Ireland)
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