If you are planning to fly to Thailand, you will need to obtain a Thailand Pass before you go. The process is all completed online and is a required for entry to Thailand.
What is the Thailand Pass?
Thailand Pass is an online registration system set up by the Thai government in response to the Covid pandemic. The system acts as a pre-departure check to ensure smoother entry when arriving in Thailand. Everybody (Thais and non-Thais, vaccinated and unvaccinated) must obtain a Thailand Pass before flying to Thailand. Once you’ve completed the online process, the details will be checked and if everything is in order you will receive a Thailand Pass QR Code. When you check-in for your flight to Thailand you will be asked to show this QR code and you will need to show it again to screening officers at the immigration checkpoint when you arrive in Thailand.
Although the Thailand Pass will be issued as a QR code, it is advisable to print out at least two hard copies to keep with your other travel documents. Some airlines may ask for a hard copy of the Thailand Pass when you check-in and it may also be requested when you arrive in Thailand.
Where do I apply for the Thailand Pass?
Thailand Pass is free. You can apply at the official Thai government website here:
When should I apply?
You can apply up to 60 days in advance of your travel date. With the easing of entry rules for Thailand (from May 2022 onwards), the processing time for Thailand Pass in now quicker and once you apply you should receive your Thailand Pass within 48 hours.
What documents do I need?
Before starting the online process, have all copies of your documents in one place ready to upload. You will also need them in an image format (.jpeg or .jpg or .png) because PDF files will be rejected. Make sure too that the images are OK in terms of size; they must be under 5MB. Paperwork you will need:
- Scanned copy of your passport
- Flight details
- Vaccination certificate (if applicable)
- Vaccination QR code (copy it as a picture file)
- Health insurance including cover for Covid-19
- Confirmation of approved hotel booking
- Copy of Thailand visa (if required)*
*A visa is not required for UK or Irish passport holders visiting Thailand on holiday and staying for less than 30 days. Find out more here:
Do I need a visa for Thailand?
For fully vaccinated travellers a confirmed hotel booking is no longer required (from 1 May 2022 onwards).
Unvaccinated travellers must book and prepay for a 5-day hotel booking at an approved hotel and upload details when applying for Thailand Pass.
Flying to Thailand
In addition to carrying digital copies on your smartphone, it’s also recommended to print out at least two hard copies of your:
- Thailand Pass
- Vaccine certificate
- Proof of pre-departure negative RT-PCR test
Thailand Pass FAQs
For a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) check the official advice from Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs here:
Good to know
When the Thailand Pass system was first set up there were some minor bugs. These should have all been ironed out, but some travellers have reported issues when applying using a Hotmail/Outlook email address. Using a Gmail address is no problem.
There have been reports of scam emails and bogus websites related to Thailand Pass. Travellers are advised that the Thailand Pass is free and can be obtained via the official website:
If you need to check the status of your application, access the site using the access code you were given after you applied.
Thailand Pass applications streamlined from 1 June
With effect from 1 June 2022, the application process for the Thailand Pass will become easier and quicker. Vaccinated overseas visitors will only need to provide:
- Passport details
- Proof of vaccination
- Health insurance policy (minimum coverage equivalent to US$10,000)
Once these details are uploaded, the Thailand Pass system will automatically issue a QR code.
Thai nationals are no longer required to apply for Thailand Pass from 1 June.
- Apply for Thailand Pass
- Thailand Pass FAQs from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Advice for travellers from the UK and Ireland from the Royal Thai Embassy, London
- Test & Go FAQs
- Covid regulations for domestic travel in Thailand
- Covid-19 Thailand travel advice
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