New Regulations on Entry to Thailand & Application for Certificate of Entry (from 1 July 2020)
NEW REGULATIONS ON ENTRY TO THAILAND
(as from 1 JULY 2020)
1. Temporary ban on commercial passenger flights to Thailand
At present, as part of the Royal Thai Government’s effort to control the spread of COVID-19, no commercial passenger flights are permitted to enter Thailand.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand issued the Notification on Conditions for Aircraft Permission to Enter Thailand (No.2) , on 2 July 2020, stipulating that aircraft carrying persons shall be banned from entering into the airport in Thailand, except:
(1) State or military aircraft;
(2) Emergency landing flights;
(3) Technical landing flights without disembarkation;
(4) Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights;
(5) Repatriation flights;
(6) Cargo flights;
(7) Passengers flights carrying certain categories of persons permitted to enter Thailand (see Point 2 below).
When will the temporary ban end?
The temporary ban has been in effect since 3 July 2020 and may extend beyond July depending on the situation in Thailand. Those wishing to enter Thailand are advised to keep abreast with official announcements from the Royal Thai Government.
2. Categories of non-Thai nationals permitted to enter Thailand
In accordance with the Regulation issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005), as amended, certain categories of non-Thai nationals that are permitted to enter Thailand include:
- Spouses, parents or children of Thai nationals
- Non-Thai nationals who have certificate of residence or have been permitted to take up residency in Thailand
- Non-Thai nationals who have work permit or have been granted permission to work in Thailand in accordance with Thai laws, including their spouses or children
- Students of educational establishments in Thailand approved by Thai authorities, including their parents or guardians, excluding students of non-formal schools in accordance with laws on private schools or of any other similar private educational establishments
- Non-Thai nationals who need to receive medical treatment in Thailand, including their accompanying persons, except for treatment for COVID-19
- Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under international organisations, or representatives of foreign governments or agencies performing their duties in Thailand, or any other persons in international agencies, that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives permission pertaining to necessity, including their spouses, parents or children
- Other non-Thai nationals, such as those who have been granted permission to enter Thailand under special arrangements with other countries; vehicle operators and crew members of vehicles, who need to enter Thailand pursuant to their mission, with a clear scheduled time of departure; and other exempted persons as stipulated in the Regulations.
**Tourists, retirees, and other persons not falling within the above categories are not permitted to enter Thailand, even if their visas have not yet expired**
3. Entry requirements for those permitted to enter Thailand
Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter Thailand must present the following documents at check-in counter in the country of origin and at immigration control in Thailand:
- Certificate of Entry issued by the Embassy (see below for application process)
- Valid visa or re-entry permit (for visa application process, please refer to https://thaiembassy.at/en/consular-services.html)
- Health insurance policy which covers treatment and medical expenses in relation to COVID-19, with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD (except for diplomats and representatives of foreign governments or international organisations)
- Medical Certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, using RT-PCR method, which has been certified or issued no more than 72 hours before departure
- Fit to Fly Health Certificate, which has been certified or issued no more than 72 hours before travelling
- Confirmation of Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel booking for a 14-day quarantine (more information below)
**The travellers should avoid crowded or high-risk places at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand and they must wear masks while travelling**
4. Quarantine measures & facilities
***All travellers who enter Thailand will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.***
- All non-Thai nationals are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. They must make reservation directly with one of the Government-approved ASQ facilities at their own expenses (if the arrival date cannot be confirmed, please make a flexible booking with the hotel)
Click HERE for the current list of ASQ facilities and related information.
5. How to travel to Thailand
Given the current ban on commercial flights to Thailand, travellers who have urgent needs to travel to Thailand must seek to travel with one of the permitted aircrafts mentioned in Point 1 above, such as a repatriation flight organised by a Royal Thai Embassy or by a foreign government.
Royal Thai Embassies in Vienna, Berlin and the Hague have in the past organised repatriation flights from Vienna (operated by EVA Air), Frankfurt (operated by Lufthansa), and Amsterdam (operated by KLM) respectively. The ticket prices for these flights are set by the air operators for a one-way route to Bangkok.
There are no fixed schedules for these repatriation flights.
If the Royal Thai Embassy in Vienna decides to organise repatriation flight(s) in the future, available seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
6. How to apply for a Certificate of Entry
Non-Thai nationals who resides in Austria, Slovakia, or Slovenia, may apply for a Certificate of Entry with the Royal Thai Embassy in Vienna. Those residing in other countries should make their applications with their respective Royal Thai Embassies.
To apply, please:
- Prepare documents in accordance with the checklist of required documents (download the checklist HERE)
- Complete an online application form via the follow link: https://forms.gle/HiHvt3aoXvCLiYtU8
- You will be informed of the outcome of the application by email.
- The Embassy will reject the application if all the required documents are not submitted in accordance with the checklist and reserves the right to request additional documents, as necessary.
- If the application is successful and a visa is required, you please make appointment to submit your visa application at the Embassy in person.
- Please specify the date and time (between 14.00-16.00 hrs.) that you would like to make an appointment.
- The appointment is confirmed only when there is a confirmation e-mail from the Embassy.
- For documents required for a visa application, please refer to https://thaiembassy.at/en/consular-services.html
- There is no fee for the application of a Certificate of Entry, but normal visa fees will apply (if visa application is submitted).
- Checklist of documents for application for Certificate of Entry
- Declaration Form
- List of Alternative State Quarantine hotels (please note that the list is regularly updated on http://hsscovid.com/)
N.B. the information provided above is subject to change without prior notice.
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4_document 4 updated checklist of documents for application for certificate of entry 20 july.pdf