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Thailand is open for tourism but requires special VISA, test and quarantine

Thailand is open to tourists from all countries from November 2020. PCR test and mandatory 14-day quarantine are required on arrival and all visitors must apply for a travel VISA.

Additionally, all non-Thai arrivals will need to prove they are covered by private health insurance in case they get sick when in the country.

Thailand Reopening – Latest Updates

February 12

Thailand is welcoming travelers from all countries as long as they obtain a Special Tourist Visa. Australia, US, UK, and Canada citizens can visit the country without acquiring a visa, they will still need to apply for a certificate of entry and agree to quarantine upon arrival. (Source)

Vaccination campaigns are to start on February 14. The country has had some difficulties stocking and approving the use of certain vaccines. (Source)

December 19

From December 17, the entry restrictions to Thailand are eased for visitors from 56 countries including the US, France and Australia. Nationals of those countries don’t need to apply for VISA but they still need a PCR test and undergo 2 weeks quarantine at the hotel or resort.

In the near future, this decision might follow up with additional testing and shortening the quarantine. (Source:

December 5 – How safe is it to visit Thailand now?

The CDC has classified Thailand as one the safest destinations to travel to as of now. With only 4,008 confirmed cases and 60 deaths, the country managed to flatten the curve back in May and now the level of community transmission is very much under control.

November 20 – Thailand open for tourism from all countries

The government has lifted all travel bans. Travelers must now apply for a 60-day travel VISA and undergo a 14-days quarantine on arrival. (Apply for VISA here)

If you are looking to stay longer, you can apply for a special tourist visa that will allow you to stay up to 90 days and can be extended twice (maximum 9 months).

New Travel VISA for Entering Thailand During COVID

November 12 – Flights to Phuket Start Resuming

Qatar airlines announced the reopening of 2 flights per week between Phuket and Doha starting on December 4th. (Source:

November 3 – Phuket Ready to Open for Tourists

Phuket International Airport (Oct 31). Photo: PR Phuket
Phuket International Airport (Oct 31). Photo: PR Phuket

The Tourism Authority of Thailand announced a plan to reopen for tourism with the Phuket region. Visitors must observe the following rules

  • Visitors must fly directly to the Phuket region.
  • PCR test on arrival is required.
  • Visitors must stay in Phuket at least 30 days and they must stay in the quarantine for the first 14 days.
  • During the quarantine, they have to stay within the hotel’s premises ONLY. In order to leave a second PCR test will be required.
  • Phuket will be only opened to limited countries. It’s unclear which ones at the moment.

COVID-19 test requirements

Visitors are required to take a COVID-19 test before and after their quarantine. If they get negative results, they will be allowed to resume their trip.

Entry requirements

Phuket, Thailand

In order to be granted access to the country travelers must,

  • Obtain a Special Tourist Visa
  • Purchase health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment up until USD 100.000
  • Show proof of a negative PCR test result
  • Undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Impact of COVID-19 in Thailand


While Thailand is a success story when it comes to battling the virus, its economy has greatly suffered due to the pandemic.

Prior to Covid-19, Bangkok was the world’s top tourist destination among cities. In April, all incoming flights were banned. With tourism halted, it is estimated that up to 60% of hospitality-related businesses would close by year-end.

The IMF estimated that the economy as a whole will shrink by about 8.5% and over 8 million Thais would lose their livelihood.

Why visit Thailand?


For those not into crowds, Thailand offers beautiful natural spaces. With 1,500 miles of coastline, there are beautiful beaches and great diving to be found here.

For those who come for its history and culture. There are ruins dating to the ancient Siamese kingdom, and over 40,000 temples to explore.

One main attraction is the nightlife in places like Bangkok, Phuket, and Pattaya, ranked as the best places for LGBTQ tourists. 

Be sure to check some luxury resorts for reopening deals!

Thailand is a top tourist destination. The country offers so much, from a bustling nightlife to serene beaches and flavorful foods rich with spices.

Disclaimer: Travel restrictions and governmental regulations can change rapidly and the information below might be outdated within a few hours. Therefore, double-check all information with your embassy or on official websites. Traveling Lifestyle does not take any responsibility for your decision to travel.

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