Last updated: September 8, 2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the Royal Thai Government has implemented new measures to decrease the spread. For the latest information please visit the Royal Thai Government’s English Language Dashboard from the Department of Disease Control and the Tourism Authority of Thailand site (in English) for the latest travel guidance.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Thailand? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- Please see the infographic below for available testing sites:
- WAIVERS: Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact U.S. Embassy Bangkok or Consulate General Chiang Mai, and provide the information below. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate General will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
- The following information must be provided for each passenger:
- Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
- Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
- Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
- U.S. destination address
– Is U.S. destination home address?
- Departure date
- Flight itinerary
- Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
- Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
- Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
- Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
- CDC will consider individual waivers of this requirement in exigent circumstances where emergency travel is required to preserve health and safety (e.g., emergency medical evacuations) and where pre-departure testing cannot be accessed or completed before travel. Although requests for a waiver that meet all the criteria will be given due consideration, the CDC expects that waivers will be rare. CDC and the Department of State recommend U.S. citizens reconsider non-essential travel abroad. Citizens may experience difficulty obtaining a test abroad, test COVID positive and be subject to country quarantine requirements, and/or have difficulty financing medical treatment while traveling.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Many provinces have begun distributing Pfizer and other COVID-19 vaccines to U.S. citizens and other non-Thai citizens. The Thai Government has opened two websites for U.S. citizens to register for the COVID-19 vaccine: https://expatvac.consular.go.th/ and https://thailandintervac.com/. In some provinces the Provincial Public Health officials have also announced other local registration systems. See below for more specific provincial information.
Please Note: By registering with these websites, your information is going directly to the Thai Government and hospital coordinating officials, not the U.S. Embassy. The U.S. Embassy will not have access to information on the form.
Please find their frequently asked questions below.
- Are there two vaccine registration websites? Which of these should I register to get the Pfizer vaccine?
Answer: Both sites target different groups. Expatvac.consular.go.th targets foreign nationals of all ages in Thailand. Vaccine options are not clearly identified on the site, but one can safely assume that the donated Pfizer vaccines will be one of the vaccine options. Thailandintervac.com caters to foreign nationals aged 60 and above, those with chronic diseases, and pregnant women. Three vaccine options (Sinovac, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer) will be available for local inoculation.
- When will I be notified of my vaccination appointment from the Thai government?
Answer: You will receive an email notification from the MFA in due course. The Ministry of Public Health is currently working towards getting all the participating hospitals trained in administering Pfizer shots. Please see below a confirmation page that will pop up after you succeed in registering for the vaccine on Expatvac.consular.go.th.
- AGE 75 AND OVER:
- Foreigners aged 75 and above can visit Bang Sue Grand Station without an appointment to get vaccinated
- Opening hours 9:00-16:00, use entrance 2, 3 or 4. Please bring Passport and visa
- AGE 60-74:
- Foreign residents aged 60 to 74 living in Bangkok and neighboring provinces (Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, and Nakorn Pathom): pre-register with the Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs here: https://forms.gle/ULAqvx8eiDoX3v5Q9 or go to https://thailandintervac.com/ for more information.
- The Central Vaccination Center notifies registered persons of the vaccination appointment via sms/email.
- Residents with one of the seven underlying medical conditions and pregnant women:
- Pre-register with the Ministry of Public Health designated hospitals listed below.
- UNDERLYING CONDITIONS
i. Chronic respiratory diseases
ii. Cardiovascular diseases
iii. Chronic kidney diseases
iv. Cerebrovascular diseases
v. All types of cancer during chemotherapy, radiotherapy and autoimmune therapy
vii. Obesity (weighing more than 100 kilograms or BMI more than 35 kilograms per square meter)
- UNDERLYING CONDITIONS
- DESIGNATED HOSPITALS
i. Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital, Bangkok
ii. MedPark Hospital, Bangkok
iii. Vimut Hospital, Bangkok
iv. Phyathai 2 Hospital, Bangkok
v. BNH Hospital, Bangkok
vi. Bumrungrad Hospital, Bangkok
vii. Bangkok Khon Kaen Hospital, Khon Kaen
viii. Bangkok Phuket Hospital, Phuket
ix. Samitivej Sriracha Hospital, Chonburi
x. Bangrak Vaccination & Health Center, Bangkok
- Foreign executives, expat, technician and family members aged 18 and above granted visa under the BOI or Smart Visa Scheme can register for COVID-19 vaccination with Thailand Board of Investment (BOI). The registration is open until July 23, 2021. Vaccination will start on July 26, 2021.
The Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office is organizing walk-in Pfizer vaccinations for U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals. Vaccination events are restricted to certain age groups. U.S. citizens should register with step.state.gov to receive email alerts from the Consulate General about vaccination events and follow the COVID International Community Support Chiang Mai page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/covid.int.cm/.
U.S. citizens in northern Thailand can use the following list of Facebook pages to follow updates and announcements about opportunities to register for and/or receive a Pfizer vaccine. According to the Royal Thai Government the Ministry of Public Health will assign vaccination sites to areas outside of Bangkok and neighboring provinces (Nakorn Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon). You may only have a short amount of advance notice regarding registration or appointment opportunities.
- Chiang Rai: https://www.facebook.com/CRIANTICOVID19
- Kamphaengphet: https://www.facebook.com/PRDKPP
- Lamphun: https://www.facebook.com/COVID19LAMPHUN
- Lampang: https://www.facebook.com/sasooklampang
- Mae Hong Son: https://www.facebook.com/MHSO.MOPH
- Nan: https://www.facebook.com/nanprovince
- Phayao: http://phayao.go.th/covid/
- Phetchabun: https://www.facebook.com/phetchabunhealth
- Phichit: https://www.facebook.com/people/สาธารณสุข-จังหวัดพิจิตร/100012692175894
- Phitsanulok: https://www.facebook.com/plkhealth
- Phrae: https://www.facebook.com/pho00041
- Sukhothai: https://www.facebook.com/prdsukhothainews
- Tak: https://www.facebook.com/takmoph
- Uttaradit: https://www.facebook.com/PR.NEWS.NCD
We have been advised by the Provincial Public Health Office that foreigners are able to register for vaccine at any public hospital in Kamphaengphet Province.
If you are employed in Kamphaengphet Province your employer may be able to register on your behalf. You should therefore speak directly with your employer.
For more information, you can contact the Khampangphet provincial public health office vaccine hotline on 093 111 8593.
- Beginning May 11, foreigners in Phuket with legal work permits can register to receive the state COVID vaccine through the “Phuket Must Win” web portal (www.ภูเก็ตต้องชนะ.com). According to the Phuket Tourist Association, expats must be registered under the name of the company where they work and have their HR staff register them. Expats that do not meet these initial criteria can register in subsequent phases.
- Phuket provincial health office (062-243-5116) is now accepting registration from foreigners with no work permits who reside in Phuket. Foreign citizens aged 18 or above are eligible to receive Covid-19 vaccine. Must be able to present proof of Phuket residency (immigration stamps or records showing you live in Phuket). You can register at www.ภูเก็ตต้องชนะ.com.
- Registration for vaccines temporarily suspended. Continue to monitor Hua Hin Hospital’s Facebook page for further announcements. If already registered monitor the Facebook page for updates.
- For Prachub Khiri Khan province, they are now using the Mor Prachub Prom application for vaccine registration. The registration is now open for all Prachub Khiri Khan residents aged 18 and above. However, all the information on Mor Prachub Prom is in Thai and also requires a 13-digit number on Thai ID cards for registration. Therefore, foreigners are advised to visit public hospitals in their districts to obtain the 13-digit number for registration. Local hospitals can also help with registration.
- For Hua Hin residents, you can contact Hua Hin hospital to obtain the 13-digit number and register at the hospital. An infographic in Thai is attached herewith.
Koh Samui / Koh Phangan / Koh Tao
- Foreigners who live in Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao can register for a vaccine at Koh Samui hospital from July 15 to August 3, 2021 between 9:00 am -15:00 pm. To register, please bring the following documents:
- A copy of your passport
- House rental agreement with house owners ID, signed by the owner/ the house register book, signed by the owner.
- Non-Thai ID card (Koh Samui only)
- Work permit
- Bank book
- Certificate from your employer or local hospital
- Bangkok Hospital Pattaya is conducting a survey to gauge the interest of existing patients in the Moderna vaccine. Please visit https://www.bangkokpattayahospital.com/en/
- Foreigners can register for a vaccine via their main district public hospital or at Srinagarind Khon Kaen hospital, Regional health Promotion Centre 7 and Khon Kaen hospital.Please bring passport, work permit and proof of Khon Kaen residency.
- For Buriram province, there are three channels to register for Covid vaccine.
- Buriram residents can visit the website Buriram IC (Buriram Immunization center) for a risk assessment survey and register to receive Covid vaccine.
- Registration can also be done at local hospitals. You will need to bring a copy of your passport, proof of Buriram residency and contact details.
- Village health volunteers can assist with registration.
- Register for vaccine via https://ระยองสู้โควิด.com between 08:00-17:00. You can receive the vaccine at one of these 9 hospitals:
- Rayong hospital
- Memorial Hospital Sirindhorn
- Banchang hospital
- Klang Hospital
- Wang Chan Hospital
- Ban Khai hospital
- Pluak Daeng Hospital
- Khao Chamao Hospital
- Nikhom Patttana Hospital
For more information please visit: https://www.thailandintervac.com/
- Ministry of Public Health (English)
- Tourism Authority of Thailand
- Thai Government Public Relations Department
- Royal Thai Embassy in DC
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The Department of State does not provide direct medical care, including vaccinations, to private U.S. citizens abroad. We are committed to providing all possible consular assistance to U.S. citizens in need overseas, including by providing information on local medical resources when appropriate. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirement
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- For information on the requirements for U.S. Citizens to enter Thailand, please visit the Royal Thai Embassy’s website in Washington D.C.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- According to verbal communication from the Royal Thai Government’s Immigration Bureau, non-Thai nationals can visit any Thai Immigration office to request a 60-day extension of stay. Thai Immigration will not require a letter from the Embassy as part of the extension request, so the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General Chiang Mai will no longer provide letters of support for Thai visa extensions. For more information about applying for Thai visa extensions, please visit www.immigration.go.th or contact the Thai Immigration Bureau.
- Please note the Royal Thai government is under no obligation to extend short-term visas and may end the practice at any time. If your request is denied or you do not wish to change to an appropriate long-term visa category, you should begin making plans to depart Thailand as soon as possible.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes. Some provinces have implemented limited curfews.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Resources: As inter-provincial travel restrictions are subject to change, all travelers are strongly encouraged to monitor travel conditions and requirements at the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website https://www.tatnews.org/2021/. General information regarding travel conditions can be found on the U.S. Embassy Consular Section website (see the section entitled “Travel in Thailand” at https://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/).
Information about restrictions across Thailand can also be found at the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control COVID-19 website at: https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes – Upon arrival.
- Effective May 1, 2021:
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced the extension of the quarantine period for all arrivals beginning May 1, 2021. Until further notice, all arrivals who hold Certificates of Entry (COE) issued on or later than May 1, 2021 will be required to undergo quarantine for 14 days regardless of their nationality or vaccination status.
While undergoing quarantine, travelers will not be allowed to engage in leisure activities. Travelers will only be allowed out of their rooms for mandated COVID-19 testing.
For non-Thai nationals, a Fit to Fly certificate will be no longer required. However, a medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, using the RT-PCR method, issued no more than 72 hours before departure, is still required. For more information please see the Royal Thai Embassy, Washington D.C. Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) page.
- Thai public health regulations require that travelers who test positive for COVID-19 while in quarantine be transferred to a hospital for follow-up treatment and testing. Such individuals are required to remain in hospital until authorized for release by the public health authorities, often for at least ten days. Travelers are responsible for all expenses related to this hospitalization.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Please adhere to all social distancing measures implemented by the Royal Thai Government
- U.S. Embassy Bangkok’s Consular Section has reduced availability for routine services until further notice. Appointments can be made through the U.S. embassy website. If you have a time-sensitive emergency need for a passport, report of birth abroad, or notary service please email email@example.com with your name and an explanation of your situation. We continue to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. We apologize for the inconvenience.
- Other links:
- Thai Government Public Relations Department
- Immigration Bureau of Thailand
- Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control COVID-19 website.
- The Ministry of Public Health provides a list of 44 laboratories approved to conduct COVID-19 testing found here.
- The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website
Other Useful Information:
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- Thailand Information and Travel Advisory page from travel.state.gov.
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Recommendations by Country.
- See the CDC’s latest recommendations about reducing your risk of contracting COVID-19.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov to review the Department of State’s Level 4 Travel Warning.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive health updates from American Citizen Services in Thailand.
- Follow the U.S. Embassy Bangkok on Facebook, Bangkok American Citizen Services on Facebook and Twitter, and the U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai on Facebook.
See Prior Updates
- Update 01/19/2021: Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Update 01/15/2021: Effective January 26, 2021, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the three calendar days before their flight to the United States departs and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This applies to all air passengers, two years of age or older, traveling into the United States, including U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. For further information, please refer to the CDC’s website of frequently asked questions regarding the order.
- Update 10/13/2020: According to verbal communication from the Royal Thai Government’s Immigration Bureau, non-Thai nationals can visit any Thai Immigration office to request a 60-day extension of stay. We have been told that there will be a charge for this. Thai Immigration will not require a letter from the Embassy as part of the extension request, so the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General Chiang Mai will no longer provide letters of support for Thai visa extensions. For more information about applying for Thai visa extensions, please visit www.immigration.go.th or contact the Thai Immigration Bureau.
- Update 10/01/2020: The Royal Thai Government officially approved a grace period until October 31, 2020 for persons in Thailand in temporary visa status (of all visa types) to depart the country. In light of this decision by the Royal Thai Government, visa extension letters from the U.S. Embassy are not required to remain in Thailand.
- Update 9/10/2020:The ACS units in Bangkok and Chiang Mai are accepting mail-in DS-82 adult passport renewal applications, and are now open for in person appointments for notary services, Certificate of Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) services, and passport services for individuals who are required to submit a DS-11 passport application (minor applicants, first-time adult, first application after a lost/stolen passport).
- Update 08/27/2020: The Royal Thai Government officially approved a grace period until September 26, 2020 for persons in Thailand in temporary visa status (of all visa types) to depart the country. For updated information about this, please review the “Entry and Exit Requirements” section below.
- Update 07/06/2020: Royal Thai Government Extends State of Emergency and Incoming International Flight Ban Until July 31: On June 30, the Royal Thai Government officially extended the national state of emergency until July 31, 2020. Most foreign nationals are still banned from entering Thailand (for exceptions please see the “Country Specific Information” below). The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) also announced the extension of the ban on incoming international commercial passengers until further notice. The flight ban does not affect outbound flights; there are still daily outbound flights available with connections to the United States.
- Update 5/29/2020: Royal Thai Government Approves Entry for Non-Thai Nationals with Work Permits: On May 28, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) announced that non-Thai nationals who either possess a valid work permit or have already been granted permission from a Thai government agency to work in the Kingdom can apply for permission to enter the Kingdom.
- Update 05/26/2020: Royal Thai Government Extends Emergency Decree Until June 30, 2020: The Royal Thai Government (RTG) decided to extend the national state of emergency until June 30, 2020, to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections in Thailand. The ban on incoming international flights remains in effect also. The RTG continues to discuss the further easing of lockdown measures.
- UPDATE 5/18/2020: CAAT Extends Ban on Incoming International Flights Until June 30: On May 15, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the extension until June 30, 2020 of the ban on incoming international flights.
- UPDATE 4/30/2020: Phuket Airport to Remain Closed: The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the Phuket International Airport will remain closed until further notice.
- Update 4/28/2020: National State of Emergency/Nation-wide Curfew Officially Extended to May 31: Today, the government spokesperson announced that the Cabinet has decided to extend to May 31 the national state of emergency and related measures, which includes maintaining border closures and the present 10 pm to 4 am curfew.
- Update 4/27/2020: Automatic visa extensions are in effect through July 31 for all types of temporary stay visas. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) extended the ban on incoming international flights until May 31. The National State of Emergency will likely be extended to May 31 as well. The Cabinet is scheduled to meet and vote on the measure on April 28
- Update 4/21/2020: KLM announced today the airline will cease operations from Bangkok until after April 30. JAL plans to reduce daily flights from Bangkok to twice per week.
- Update 4/20/2020: VietJet Air announced it is halting flights between Krabi Airport and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) until May 1, 2020. There are no flights out of Krabi Airport until after April 30.
- Update 4/14/2020: The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the extension until 30 April 2020 of the ban on incoming international flights. The extension will likely mean a further reduction in outgoing international flights in the days ahead.
- Update 3/30/2020: Several provincial governments in southern Thailand announced the closure of their borders – prohibiting entry by land and sea – effective March 30, 2020 until further notice. These provinces include: Phuket, Phang Nga, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Yala. Air travel via Phuket remains available. Please visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website for updated information. Additional information about restrictions across Thailand can be found at the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control COVID-19 website.
- Update 3/29/2020: 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 walking street. Please visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website for updated information. Additional information about restrictions across Thailand can be found at the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control COVID-19 website.
- Update 3/27/2020: On March 25, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared a state of emergency, effective March 26, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand. In a televised announcement the Prime Minister announced that an initial set of emergency measures that take effect today, Thursday, March 26, 2020. Most restaurants, stores, and entertainment venues will be closed except for food delivery, supermarkets, restaurants’ delivery service providers and food markets, drug stores, convenience stores, banks, and other stores selling necessary items. Thai law controlling emergency situations gives the Prime Minister’s Office broad authorities, and more emergency measures further restricting movements and activities in Thailand may be announced at any time.
- Update 3/27/2020: Thai Airways is the latest airline to suspend flights to Europe from April 1 – May 31, 2020 and all regional flights from March 25 – May 31, 2020. If you plan to return to the United States, please make your travel arrangements as soon as possible.
- Update 3/22/2020: On March 21 the Bangkok Governor announced that malls, restaurants, food halls and similar food consumption areas, hairdressers, swimming pools, golf courses, cockfighting arenas, and arcades are among the 26 venue types closed through April 12. Supermarkets, stalls selling food and fresh produce, restaurants’ takeaway services, pharmacies and other business that “sell goods used in daily life” are exempted from the closure order. Local media also reported Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon – all provinces surrounding Bangkok – will implement similar measures for the same period.