Thailand is fully open and looking forward to welcoming you. We have put together this list of resources to help you plan your trip to Amazing Thailand.
Thailand is fully open to visitors with no entry restrictions.
- No need to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination
- No Covid tests
- On arrival in Thailand visitors are free to travel anywhere in the country
If you are not flying directly to or from Thailand and transiting via another country, you should check the policies of your airline and the regulations of the country you are transiting in.
- Booking domestic travel in Thailand
- Exploring Thailand by train
- Booking boat and ferry trips in Thailand
Whether you need a visa to travel to Thailand depends on a number of factors including how long you are planning to stay in Thailand and your nationality. If you hold a UK or Irish passport and are flying to Thailand for a 2-3 week holiday, you do not require a visa. You can enter under the visa exemption scheme.
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. Please read the information here for full details.
*Between October 2022 and March 2023 this was temporarily extended to 45 days. From 1 April 2023 it reverts to the usual 30 days.
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.
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.
Health, safety and insurance
Thailand is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world and the vast majority of tourists have no problems during their time here. However, there are some important points that visitors should be aware of when travelling in Thailand. If you require medical treatment in Thailand, you will be required to pay for it. You should take out appropriate travel insurance before travelling to Thailand.
- What vaccinations do I need for Thailand?
- NHS fit for travel (advice for Thailand)
- Bringing prescribed drugs into Thailand
- Get the right travel insurance for Thailand
- Thailand road safety advice
- Thailand beach safety
- Thailand travel advisories (from UK government)
- Travel Aware (from UK government)
Do’s and don’ts
Thailand is a laid-back and welcoming country, but there are some important things to be aware of to avoid causing any offence.
- Thailand do’s and don’ts
- Useful Thai words and phrases to know
- Etiquette advice for visiting Thai temples
- Cannabis laws
- Flying a drone
Please note that vaping and e-cigarettes are illegal in Thailand. Smoking is also prohibited on a number of beaches with signs in place advising visitors.
- 21 ways to be a responsible tourist in Thailand
- How to choose an ethical elephant sanctuary in Thailand
- Read more about responsible tourism
- Delve into the delights of Thai food
- Eat your way around Thailand
- 19 favourite Thai dishes
- Advice for vegans and vegetarians travelling in Thailand
The Thai currency is baht. Changing a small amount of money into baht before you travel can be handy so you’ve got some with you on arrival for transport or food, but in most cases you will get a better exchange rate when you arrive in Thailand compared to changing money in the UK or Ireland.
Itineraries and advice
Although we can’t organise an individual itinerary for you, we have put together some useful information below to help you plan your Thailand holiday. Check out our destination guides for ideas and our travel features section for more inspiration.
- Advice for first-time visitors to Thailand
- 2-week Thailand itinerary (for first-time visitors)
- 3-week Thailand itinerary
- 2 days in Bangkok: What to see and do in 48 hours
- All-inclusive holidays in Thailand
- How to choose your ideal Thai beach holiday
- Disabled travellers
- Female travellers
- LGBT+ travellers
- Mature and older visitors
- Solo travellers
Any month can be a good time to visit Thailand. Take a look at our information here:
And for more detailed advice, check our month-by-month guides below:
- Royal Thai Embassy, London
- British Embassy, Bangkok
- Irish Embassy, Bangkok
- Thai Airways
- Tourism Authority of Thailand newsroom