Last updated: April 9, 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
- Has the government of Thailand approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- Are vaccines available in Thailand for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes. According to a statement by the Deputy Spokesperson of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on February 18, 2021, the Thai government intends to offer vaccines to expatriates in Thailand.
- Which vaccines are available in Thailand? AstraZeneca, Sinovac Biotech and Johnson and Johnson are approved.
- Tourism Authority of Thailand
- Royal Thai Embassy in DC
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. 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 April 1, 2021:
Quarantine period will be reduced from 14 days (15 nights) to 10 days (11 nights). Travelers from countries with COVID-19 variants, will still be required to undergo the quarantine period of 14 days (15 nights). The list of countries with COVID-19 variants will be published and updated by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand every 15 days. While being at quarantine facilities, travelers must take two RT-PCR tests: between day three and five and between day nine and ten.
While undergoing quarantine, travelers will be allowed to engage in leisure activities subject to time and conditions granted by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand namely exercising in the fitness room, outdoor exercising, swimming, bicycling within a controlled area, and ordering goods and food from outside,.
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.