COVID-19 Information

Last updated: December 4, 2021

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States 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 either PCR or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Thailand?  Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day?  Yes
  • For the most current list of COVID-19 testing locations in Thailand approved by the Ministry of Public Health please visit: https://service.dmsc.moph.go.th/labscovid19/indexen.php

The Thai government is currently distributing COVID-19 vaccines for U.S. citizens and is operating two websites for U.S. citizens to register for the COVID-19 vaccine: https://expatvac.consular.go.th/ and https://thailandintervac.com/.  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. In some provinces, the Provincial Public Health officials have also announced other local registration systems. See below for more specific provincial information.

Please Note: The U.S. Embassy is not responsible for or able to assist in the administration of vaccines in Thailand.  Local health officials under the Ministry of Public Health are the responsible authority for vaccine distribution and administration.  U.S. citizens residing in Thailand are encouraged to contact provincial public health offices in their district to request appropriate assistance. You are also advised to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive health alerts.

Please find their frequently asked questions below.

  1. 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 aged 12 and above with a valid non-immigrant visa in Thailand. Vaccine options are not clearly identified on the site, nor can individuals select which vaccine they can receive; however, the Pfizer vaccine is often one of the options used and questions on whether the Pfizer vaccine is an option should be directed to responsible public health or hospital officials.  Thailandintervac.com caters to foreign nationals aged 40 and above, those with chronic diseases, and pregnant women. Three vaccine options (Sinovac, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer) will be available for local inoculation.
  2. When will I be notified of my vaccination appointment from the Thai government?
    Answer: Emails acknowledging your registration and advising the assigned date and site of your vaccination will be sent to you after you complete your registration process. Please see below a confirmation page that will pop up after you succeed in registering for the vaccine on Expatvac.consular.go.th.

 

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. Below is information we’ve gathered from local public health officials regarding their vaccination programs. For the most accurate or current information, or additional questions related to this information below, please contact local public health offices directly.

Bangkok

  1. 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 your passport and visa.
  1. AGE 12-74:
    • Foreign residents in this age bracket should pre-register with the Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs here: http://expatvac.consular.go.th
    • The Central Vaccination Center notifies registered persons of the vaccination appointment via sms and/or email.
  1. Residents with one of the seven underlying medical conditions listed below and pregnant women:
    • Pre-register with the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health here: http://Thailandintervac.com. Intervac-participating hospitals are 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
        vi. Diabetes
        vii. Obesity (weighing more than 100 kilograms or BMI more than 35 kilograms per square meter)
      • DESIGNATED HOSPITALS
        i. Vimut Hospital, Bangkok
        ii. Samithivej Sriracha Hospital, Chonburi
        iii. Bangkok-Khon Kaen Hospital, Khon Kaen
        iv. MedPark Hospital, Bangkok
        v. Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, Chonburi

Northern Thailand

According to the Chiang Mai Provincial Government, U.S. citizens and other foreign residents in Chiang Mai who need a COVID-19 vaccination and who are included in one of the categories listed below should follow these instructions:

  • Category 1: Foreign residents of Chiang Mai over 18 years old who have never received any form of COVID-19 vaccine should complete this form: https://forms.gle/CG7qQHVpCFMJQyLW9
  • Category 2: Foreign residents of Chiang Mai who had their first vaccination dose outside Chiang Mai and would like to have their second dose in Chiang Mai should complete this form: https://forms.gle/iBAbnPAMvkmzWy1j8
  • Category 3: Foreign residents between 12 and 18 years old who do not go to school in Chiang Mai or have not or cannot receive vaccination at their school should complete this form: https://forms.gle/F6VzMQgxxBnz7uu57

According to the Chiang Mai Provincial Government foreign residents should fill in the form by the 15th of each month.

For more information please contact:

Coordinator, Chiang Mai COVID-19 Vaccination Request for Foreigners Center, Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office
Telephone: 053-211408-50 Ext. 130 or 131
email: covidcentercm@gmail.com

Coordinator, Foreign Affairs Section, Chiang Mai Governor’s Office
Telephone: 053-112704
E-mail: chiangmai.fa@gmail.com

For additional updates about COVID-19 vaccinations in Chiang Mai please 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.

Phuket

  • 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 or LINE ID: @Phuketwin) 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.

Hua Hin 

  • For Hua Hin residents, 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 district to obtain the 13-digit number for registration.  Local hospitals can also help with registration or visit Hua Hin Recharge – หัวหินร่วมใจ สู้ภัยโควิด for more information.

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 Monday through Friday 9.00-12.00am, 13.00-15.30pm. To register, please bring the following documents:
    1. A copy of your passport
    2. House rental agreement with house owners ID, signed by the owner/ the house register book, signed by the owner.
    3. Non-Thai ID card (Koh Samui only)
    4. Work permit
    5. Bank book
    6. Certificate from your employer or local hospital

Pattaya

Khon Kaen

  • 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.

Buriram

  • For Buriram province, there are three channels to register for Covid vaccine.
    1. Buriram residents can visit the website Buriram IC (Buriram Immunization center) for a risk assessment survey and register to receive Covid vaccine.
    2. 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.
    3. Village health volunteers can assist with registration.

Rayong

  • Register for vaccine via https://ระยองสู้โควิด.com between 08:00-17:00. You can receive the vaccine at one of these 9 hospitals:
    1. Rayong hospital
    2. Memorial Hospital Sirindhorn
    3. Banchang hospital
    4. Klang Hospital
    5. Wang Chan Hospital
    6. Ban Khai hospital
    7. Pluak Daeng Hospital
    8. Khao Chamao Hospital
    9. Nikhom Patttana Hospital

For more information please visit: https://www.thailandintervac.com/

Additional Information

  • 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
  • For more information about applying for Thai visa extensions, please visit 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.

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  As of November 1, previous quarantine measures have been lifted for vaccinated travelers.  For additional details and to monitor for most current quarantine requirements, please visit https://thaiembdc.org/visas.
  • 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 the hospital until authorized for release by the public health authorities, which may be for ten days or more depending on public health rules and treatment requirements.  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 acsbkk@state.gov with your name and an explanation of your situation. We continue to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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Other Useful Information:

  • 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: PhuketPhang NgaPattaniNarathiwat, 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 3/27/2020: 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.