COVID-19 Information

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand – April 1, 2020 Frequently Asked Questions – March 30, 2020 Travel Advisory: Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel – March 20, 2020 Update 4/1/2020: Transit Airline Passengers Now Barred From Entering Thailand Effective April 1, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) expanded the ban on foreign nationals entering Thailand to include transiting passengers at international airports. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand confirmed the previous exemption for most transit passengers expired on March 31 and would not be extended.  Very limited …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 1, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 1, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  No Transit Through Thailand; Possible Automatic Extension of Thai Visas; Phuket Airport Closure; Mae Hong Son Border Closure; Hotel Closures; Foreign Nationals Must Pay for COVID-19 Treatment Transit Airline Passengers Now Barred From Entering Thailand Effective April 1, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) expanded the ban on foreign nationals entering Thailand to include transiting …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 30, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 30, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Border Closures Throughout Southern Thailand; Transit Temporary Health Certificate Exemption Ending on March 31; Flights Out of Thailand Further Reduced Border Closures in Southern Thailand Several provincial governments in southern Thailand announced the closure of their borders –prohibiting entry by land and sea …

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can the U.S. Embassy help me extend my Thai visa? Thai Immigration requires foreign travelers to request an extension letter from their respective embassies when applying for tourist visa extensions related to the COVID-19 virus.  In order to facilitate the preparation of this letter, please send your request to acsbkk@state.gov with the following information: your full …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 29, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 29, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Phuket Closures and Curfew, CDC Issues Global Level 3 Travel Warning, Flights Out of Thailand Phuket Closures The Tourism Authority of Thailand announced that Phuket Province is requesting all residents and tourists remain in their residence from 8:00 pm to 3:00 am and has announced closures of beaches, zoo and …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 27, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand – March 27,2020 Location:  Bangkok, Thailand Event: U.S. Embassy Messages, Bus Ticket Sales, The Emergency Decree Legislation, Checkpoints, Flights Out of Thailand  Why Am I Receiving This Message? As part of the effort to get as much information as possible to U.S. citizens, the State Department is extending departure …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 26, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 26, 2020) Location:  Bangkok, Thailand Event:  Information on the State of Emergency, a Message from U.S. Ambassador Michael DeSombre, Thai Travel Ban, Available Flights Out of Thailand, and U.S. Embassy Consular Operations State of Emergency: On March 25, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared a state of emergency, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 21, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 21, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: The Royal Thai Government (RTG) has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to …

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Travel Advisory: Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

Travel Advisory: Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 15, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 15, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 145,000 reported cases worldwide. The government of the Kingdom of Thailand has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (January 31, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (January 31, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  On January 31, 2020 the Thailand Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced 19 confirmed cases of novel Coronavirus in Thailand. There is an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Additionally, the MoPH confirmed the …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok: Heightened Middle East Tensions

There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive travel alerts. Actions to Take: Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert in locations frequented …

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Health Alert – U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand: Dengue (October 3, 2019)

U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand Health Alert: Dengue Location: Countrywide Event: Dengue is endemic throughout Southeast Asia, including Thailand, and is a leading cause of febrile illness among travelers.  The risk of dengue in Thailand is present nationally and year-round.  Peak transmission occurs during warmer and wetter months, usually from May to October.  The …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Direct Deposit of Federal Benefit Payments

The United States Department of the Treasury now offers direct deposit of federal benefit payments, including Social Security Administration (SSA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Office of Personnel Management (OPM), to banks in Thailand.  The payments are automatically converted to Thai Baht (THB) at the international exchange rate before they are deposited in the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Kingdom of Thailand Elections To Be Held on Sunday, March 24

Location: Thailand (various locations throughout the country) Event: Elections, Sunday, March 24, 2019. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok advises U.S. citizens that on Sunday, March 24 Thai voters will participate in the first elections since 2011. Travelers may encounter a heightened police and military presence throughout the country, particularly near polling stations. Actions to Take: …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Tropical Storm Pabuk

Tropical Storm Pabuk continues to move through the southern region of Thailand and is forecasted to last until January 5, 2019.  Heavy rains, flooding, and strong winds will affect both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea and the following areas: Chumphon, Phetchaburi, Prachuap, Khiri Khan, Surat Thani (inc. Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan, and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Pabuk

Tropical Storm Pabuk is forecasted to affect southern Thailand from January 3-5, 2019.  Heavy rains and strong winds will affect both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea and the following areas: Chumphon, Phetchaburi, Prachuap, Khiri Khan, Surat Thani (inc. Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan, and Koh Tao), Nakhon Si Thammarart, Phatthalung, Ranong, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, …

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