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YSK: What to prepare before entering Thailand?

2 January 2021
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Are you interested in visiting Thailand but absolutely have no clue on what to prepare? Worry not! The following guide will show you what documents are needed. Thailand, similar to other countries, requires some necessary documents in addition to the usual travel documents before entering the country. It is officially announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), the Royal Thai Immigration Police Bureau, and other Embassies abroad, that tourists must prepare four new documents if they wish to enter Thailand.

1. Certificate of Entry (CoE)

All non-Thai nationals who wish to enter Thailand must submit this certificate. Each application’s reasons and urgency will be inspected case-by-case before granting permission. To obtain the certificate, visit https://coethailand.mfa.go.th and follow the instructions. The application process should be done 7 to 14 days before the date of travel.  Don’t confuse the Certificate of Entry with visa as they are a different document.

* It is advised that tourists own a Thai visa before submitting the CoE application as you may have to provide it on the CoE platform.

* Other necessary documents that tourists have to provide for issuing CoE are booking confirmation from your chosen ASQ hotel and travel insurance that covers COVID-19.

2. Fit-to-Fly Certificate

As its name suggested, Fit-to-Fly Certificate is a medical document certifying that you are fit to travel because you don’t have any symptoms.  Before entering Thailand, be sure to obtain the certificate signed by a doctor and issued no more than 72 hours before departure.

3. COVID-Free Certificate

Unlike the Fit-to-Fly Certificate, this is a laboratory result that specifically certifies that you test negative for coronavirus and that you are free of COVID-19 symptoms. The test uses the RT-PCR method and must be done by eligible medical or testing institutions no more than 72 hours before departure.

4. Insurance

All foreigners who wish to enter Thailand must obtain insurance, preferably one with coverage of 100,000 USD or more for COVID-19 related health issues. Be careful when choosing the insurance plan, because most travel insurance doesn’t cover pandemics. So, make sure that yours covers COVID-19 before buying.

The added documents may require more time and money for preparation, yet they are mandatory for ensuring a safe trip and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Beyond these requirements, amazing Thailand waits for you.