If you’re planning to visit Thailand soon you may be wondering what is the situation for domestic travel. Are you required to do anything extra before you board a flight? Are trains running normally? The good news is that getting around Thailand is still as convenient as it was before Covid and most services are running normally. But there are a few things to be aware of, most notably the legal requirement to wear a mask on public transport.
As a tourist arriving in Thailand, once you’ve cleared Test & Go or Sandbox or Alternative Quarantine, you will be issued with a ‘release form’ which confirms you have completed the mandatory requirements. Keep this form with you when travelling domestically in Thailand. Apart from that additional piece of paperwork, the same travel rules for domestic travel will apply to you as they do for Thai travellers and those who live in Thailand.
- Wear a face mask
- Use alcohol gel to clean hands
- Keep your proof of vaccination with you
- Carry proof of ID with you
- Be a responsible tourist and respect the Thai people and local regulations
The advice here (published December 2021) applies to travellers who are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated, domestic airlines and other transport operators may require a negative Covid test before allowing you to travel.
When checking in for domestic flights in Thailand, you may be asked to show your proof of vaccination. Have your certificate ready on your smartphone/digital device. A hard copy of your certificate is also acceptable.
Since October 2021, flights have been able to operate at full capacity and are running at near normal levels. Under the government’s ‘Rao Tiew Duay Kan‘ (‘We Travel together’) scheme, Thai travellers are able to take advantage of subsidised flights and hotels. The popularity of the scheme has been a boost for domestic tourism especially at weekends and on public holidays.
At the moment, not all airlines are offering on-board food and drink services. But there are outlets open at all airports where you can buy food and drink.
Trains, buses, boats
As was the case before Covid, you will need to show your passport when booking seats on Thai trains. You may or may not be asked to show proof of vaccination, but you should keep it to hand if you are travelling by train, bus, boat/ferry in Thailand.
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