COVID-19 UPDATE:TRAVEL ADVICE AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
At Transgender Thailand, we recognise the need to adopt and implement a comprehensive range of procedures as a professional and conscientious travel agency, including health and safety best practices in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, the well-being of our clients, hoteliers, and team members is our main priority. As such, we have introduced some new initiatives to ensure our suppliers maintain the highest hygiene levels while guaranteeing that our guest’s experience isn’t diminished in any way.
Current information for travel to Thailand
Thailand Pass system is temporarily suspended for all new applications for the Test and Go and Sandbox Program (except Phuket Sandbox), citing the rising number of Omicron variant cases in the country. starting from 22 December 2021 until further notice.
1. Applicants who have received their Thailand Pass QR Code can enter Thailand under the program they have registered and been approved.
2. Applicants who have registered, but have not received their QR Code must wait for their Thailand Pass to be considered / approved. Once approved, they can enter Thailand under the scheme they have registered or been approved.
3. New applicants will not be able to register for Test and Go and Sandbox Programs (except Phuket Sandbox). Thailand Pass will only accept new applicants seeking to enter Thailand under Alternative Quarantine (AQ) or Phuket Sandbox only.
4. Passengers who will arrive in Thailand under Test and Go and Sandbox Program must undergo a 2nd COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique (not ATK self-test) at government-designated facilities (no additional cost).
For further essential information on travelling to Thailand, please visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand website here.
IMPORTANT NOTE : This information may be subject to change at short notice. We recommend that you confirm all requirements with the relevant authorities before proceeding with any travel arrangements.
All airlines are currently running a reduced schedule with restrictions on the number of seats available due to social distancing. Thai Airways are operating repatriation flights for Thai Nationals and those living in Thailand with long-term visas. The flights can be arranged via the Royal Thai Embassy, with departure dates decided and allocated by the embassy.
The major carriers such as KLM, Lufthansa, Emirates, Etihad and EVA, amongst others, are flying to Thailand. At present, they require ALL passengers, including Thai nationals, to produce a negative PCR COVID-19 that must have been taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Many airlines still require a Fit to Fly Certificate, something that Thai Immigration no longer requires.
Proof of having the necessary documentation is required, along with disclaimers depending upon the country of departure and if connections are needed. Documents will be checked at ALL airports en route, so please allow more time at check-in and when you go to the gate. Check-in, in most cases, now opens four hours before the scheduled departure time, extended from the previous three hours.
From 1 April, those travelling from countries without a COVID-19 variant and with a certificate proving that they have had the required doses of a recognised vaccine (see below) will be required to quarantine for no less than eight nights on arrival in Thailand. The quarantine will be at a government recognised quarantine centre such as State Quarantine (Thai nationals only), at an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) or an Alternative Local Quarantine (ALQ) hotel.
Those travelling without a valid vaccination certificate will be required to quarantine for no less than 11 nights at an ASQ or ALQ. Travellers from countries with a recognised variant will be required to quarantine for no less than 15 nights in an ASQ or ALQ.
Recognised vaccines in Thailand
(1) CoronaVac by Sinovac (approved by the FDA)
(2) AZD 1222 by AstraZeneca/Oxford (approved by the FDA)
(3) AZD 1222 by Siam Bioscience /AstraZeneca/Oxford (approved by the FDA)
(4) COV2.S by Johnson & Johnson (approved by the FDA)
(5) Tozinameran by Pfizer–BioNTech(6) Covishield by Serum Institute of India
(7) mRNA-1273 by Moderna
Holders of long-term visas such as a Thai Retirement Visa, a Thai Marriage Visa or a Thai Business Visa can enter the country under the proviso above. The following visas are available for tourists from most countries (consult with your local Royal Thai Embassy for confirmation).
Special Tourist Visa (STV): Length of stay permitted in Thailand – 90-270 days
The STV is granted for an initial 90 days, which can be extended twice, once in Thailand, making 270 days.
Tourist Visa (TR): Length of stay permitted in Thailand – 60 days
This is a new visa which began in December 2020 allowing tourist to enter the Kingdom for up to 60 days. Currently, the visa cannot be extended but this under review
Visa Exemption: Length of stay permitted in Thailand – 45 days
Also known as the Visa on Arrival, the visa was extended from 30 days to 45 days in December 2020 to allow for the quarantine period. The visa is only available to passport holders from specified countries, so consult your Royal Thai Embassy for further details.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The symptoms of COVID-19 do vary, with many being asymptomatic, meaning that they do not display any symptoms. For those that have contract the virus, common symptoms include:
• A fever (a temperature above 38 degrees)
• A new dry and persistent cough
• Shortness of breath
• Changes to, or a loss of, taste and smell are also frequently reported
Other less common symptoms include sore throat, aches and pains, headaches, nasal congestion, rashes or discolouration of the skin, conjunctivitis and diarrhoea. Many of the symptoms will be mild, although they can quickly deteriorate.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 is spread via droplets that contain the virus. These droplets can be released when an infected person exhales (breathes), coughs or sneezes. The droplets can remain on hard surfaces for several days. When these droplets enter another person’s body, whether that is via the nose, mouth or eyes, there is a high likelihood that they will contract the virus. People should, where possible, remain two metres apart and avoid enclosed spaces to reduce the chances of inhaling any droplets.
How do you protect yourself and others from COVID-19?
• All hard surfaces such as desks, phones and computers must be regularly cleaned using detergents or alcohol
• People should wash their hands up to their elbows using soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds
• Hands should NOT be dried on a fabric towel used by others; instead, paper towels or mechanical (electrical) hand dryers should be used
• Alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel should also be frequently used
• Face coverings should be worn when indoors or in other enclosed spaces
• Rooms should be well ventilated and, where possible, windows be left wide open
• Anyone displaying symptoms should be advised to stay at home, self-isolate and seek medical advice
• All employees, contractors, visitors, guests and customers should be briefed on your procedures