Before traveling to Thailand, visitors should familiarize themselves with the current entry restrictions.
Thailand visa and passport requirements must be met in order to be granted access to the country. Foreigners should ensure they have all the necessary documentation for their trip as explained in this article.
When packing luggage, travelers should check that they are not carrying any prohibited items and obtain the relevant permit for any of the restricted goods. Duty-free allowances should also be taken into account.
In addition to general entry criteria, the Thai government has introduced additional restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information about the latest visa suspensions and entry bans due to coronavirus can be found below.
Traveling to Thailand During COVID-19
Most foreigners are not allowed to enter or transit Thailand until at least November 30th, with some exceptions.
Travelers who believe they may be exempt from Thailand’s COVID-19 restrictions should contact their nearest Thai embassy or consulate to obtain permission to enter.
All passengers must have:
- A medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure
- A Fit to Fly health certificate issued no longer than 72 prior to departure
- A Certificate of Entry issued by the Royal Thai Embassy
Anyone arriving in Thailand from overseas must carry out a 14-day quarantine in designated facilities. Costs are covered by the traveler.
Passport and Visa Requirements for Entering Thailand
Foreigners must have a passport with a minimum of 6 months’ validity remaining to enter Thailand. The passport should also be in good condition, access may be refused if the document is damaged or has missing pages.
Foreigners who are not from one of the visa-exempt countries need to obtain the relevant visitor visa for Thailand. Citizens of 18 countries can apply for the eVisa on arrival. Online visa applications are usually processed within 3 working days.
Passengers are encouraged to apply in advance online in order to avoid long queues at the border. Travelers with a preapproved eVOA can use the dedicated fast lane at the airport.
Foreigners who are not eligible for the Thailand visa on arrival must obtain a permit at their nearest Thai embassy or consulate. The embassy visa application process should be started well in advance to allow time for processing.
Other documents required to enter Thailand
In addition to the valid passport and, if required, Thailand visa, visitors may be asked to present proof of onward travel when entering the country. Tourists should book their onward or return journey in advance and show the tickets to immigration officials.
Tourists should have adequate finances for the duration of their stay in the country and be able to provide evidence should they be asked to do so by the Thai authorities.
Prohibited and Restricted Good When Traveling to Thailand
All travelers must comply with Thai customs regulations. The following items are prohibited and cannot be taken into Thailand:
- Pornographic material
- Fake currency
- Counterfeit goods
- Wildlife listed by CITES
A permit is required to enter Thailand with the following restricted items:
- Artifacts/objects/images depicting Buddha
- Firearms, bullets, and explosives
- Plants and plant products
- Animals, live or carcass
- Vehicle parts
- Radio and telecommunications equipment
The permit should be requested from the relevant government agency and presented when passing through Thai customs.
Can I travel to Thailand with food?
Travelers should not face any issues if carrying a small amount of packaged food for personal consumption.
Restrictions on carrying plant and plant products such as fruit, vegetables, and animal products into Thailand are updated regularly. Travelers are advised to contact the Plant Quarantine Office or Animal Quarantine Office before departure to find out about current regulations.
Can I bring prescription drugs to Thailand?
Individuals who have recently had an operation or received medical treatment, or who are suffering from an illness and need to take prescription drugs must check Thailand permitted medication regulations.
Thirty days’ worth of medication that falls under the Drug Act B.E. 2510 may be carried into Thailand in its original packaging with an ingredients list.
A permit from Thailand Food and Drug Administration Department is required for category 2 drugs under The Narcotics Act B.E. 2522 (1979). Codeine, fentanyl methadone, morphine, and pethidine are some of the medications that fall into this category.
Drugs considered to have no medicinal purpose are prohibited.
Travelers are advised to contact the Food and Drug Administration Department for further guidance.
Thailand Duty-free Allowances
Travelers can take goods worth up to 20,000 Thai baht into the country without paying import fees provided that:
- They are for personal or professional use only
- The amount of each good is considered reasonable
- The goods are not prohibited or restricted
Can I take duty-free alcohol and cigarettes to Thailand?
These are the maximum amounts of alcohol and tobacco products that can be imported duty-free:
- 250 grams of cigars or tobacco, or 200 cigarettes
- 1 liter of wine or liquor
Excess tobacco or alcohol products should be dropped into the box provided at Customs.
How much cash can I take to Thailand?
The amount of Thai currency that an individual can take to Thailand is limited to 50,000 baht.
An unlimited amount of foreign currency may be imported however amounts exceeding the equivalent of $20,000 USD must be declared at customs on arrival.