COVID-19: Thailand Travel Updates

Lady wearing a face mask in a Thai market.

Also see:


  • 1st July 2022 – Thailand drops its Thai Pass scheme and removes its minimum health insurance requirement as of 1st July 2022. Source.

Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South East Asia’s Backpacker’s understanding of the current rules for entry. While we update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as it can be, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Thailand Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to Thailand right now?

From 1st July 2022 travellers are no longer required to apply for special permission to enter Thailand. Normal visa exemptions and tourist visas are being administered.

Vaccinated Travellers:

Yes. Fully vaccinated tourists are currently eligible to travel to Thailand. The full dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel to Thailand.

See here for Thailand’s list of recognised vaccines. 

Unvaccinated Travellers:

Unvaccinated travellers who can present a negative test result taken within 72 hours of arriving in the country no longer have to quarantine and can enter the country with no other restrictions.

Entry Requirements

Before you enter Thailand, you will need:

Required Entry Documents

  1. Hold a valid passport with at least 12 months validity and two blank pages.
  2. Have proof of onward travel out of Thailand within the expiry date of your visa.
  3. Certificate of COVID-19 vaccination if vaccinated.
  4. If unvaccinated you will need to show a negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Thailand.
  5. Travel insurance is no longer required by law, but is highly recommended.
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COVID-19 Tests Required 

If you are unvaccinated, you will need to take an RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.

Quarantine Period

If you contract COVID-19 whilst travelling in Thailand, Thai authorities recommend that you isolate yourself at home / at your accommodation.

Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and is subject to change. For more information on local rules and restrictions visit the Thailand Authority of Tourism Newsroom.

  • FACE COVERINGS – Face coverings are no longer required by law and are now voluntary. They are still recommended in crowded places and on aeroplanes and you will see many locals still wearing them. Some local airlines may enforce a face-mask rule. Also see: Best face masks for travel. 
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING – Social distancing laws have been removed.
  • CURFEWS – All curfews have been removed.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Masks are not compulsory but are recommended on public transport.
  • MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – There are no local restrictions on movement between provinces
  • VENUES AND GATHERINGS – There are no restrictions on gatherings and bars and nightclubs are fully open. The Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan has resumed.

Land Borders 

The land borders between Thailand-Cambodia, Thailand-Laos and Thailand-Malaysia have reopened.


Nikki Scott - Founder South East Asia Backpacker
Nikki Scott | Founder & Editor

Nikki is the founding editor of South East Asia Backpacker and The Backpacker Network. In her early twenties, she left her home in the North of England on a solo backpacking adventure and never returned! After six months on the road, she founded a print magazine that became legendary on the Banana Pancake Trail. The rest is history.

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3 thoughts on “COVID-19: Thailand Travel Updates”

  1. Javier Ballester

    Hi Nikki,
    Thought I’d feed you some info about entry requirements for Thailand.
    I will be heading out there in July.
    Travellers 5-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.

    1. Hi Javier, thanks for pointing this rule out. It’s rather a strange one, but it does exist!
      Have a wonderful time in Thailand.

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