COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Foreign nationals who are permitted to enter Thailand at this time will need to obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) prior to entry. This should be applied for at the relevant Thai Consulate in their country of residence at least 15 days prior to their scheduled departure.
• Foreign nationals who are permitted to enter Thailand should carry the following documents with them:
- Certificate of Entry (COE);
- A completed and signed “Declaration Form” obtained from the Thai Embassy/Consulate.
- A medical certificate obtained within 72 hours prior to departure showing negative results from a RT-PCR COVID-19 test.
- A copy of a Health Insurance Policy with at least USD 100,000 coverage for COVID-19.
- A COVID-19 assessment upon arrival.
• Note that the various Thai Consular posts have been interpreting the new rules and restrictions inconsistently. There remains some confusion between the official policy in Thailand and the interpretations of the consular posts.
• POST-ARRIVAL: All travelers must present a completed T8 (“Airport of Thailand Application”) Form to the communicable disease control official upon entry.
• All travelers must observe a quarantine period as follows:
- 14-day quarantine for travelers who obtain a COE after May 1 and any travelers who enter Thailand from May 6, 2021 onwards.
- Those arriving in Thailand between May 1-5 may be subject to a shorter quarantine period (depending on their vaccination record).
- The quarantine period must be completed at an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel/site, at the traveler’s own expense. Travelers who are subject to quarantine should contact the Ministry of Public Health for further information.
• All travelers should also follow any post-arrival COVID-19 precautions and requirements (such as downloading any contact-tracing apps on their phones, health monitoring, etc.).
• THAI NATIONALS: Returning Thai nationals are no longer required to provide a “Fit to Fly” health certificate. Airlines and airport authorities may require passengers to present a COVID-19 test result and should therefore check with their airline before departure. However, the Certificate of Entry (COE) is still required. Those who plan to quarantine at an ASQ need to submit an ASQ reservation during the COE application.
• PHUKET SANDBOX SCHEME: The Phuket Sandbox Scheme allows Thais and foreign nationals who have resided in designated countries for at least 21 days to travel and stay in Phuket for at least 14 nights. All travelers must comply with all the conditions under this scheme.
- Under the scheme, travelers are subject to COVID-19 screening including a RT-PCR test upon arrival, and once they test negative, the traveler can go anywhere within Phuket island but will still be required to return to the their Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus certified accommodation in Phuket every night.
- All travelers must stay in Phuket for 14 days before they can travel to other parts of Thailand. Travelers staying less than 14 days must depart Thailand by direct international flight to other countries. For travelers from Phuket to other destinations in Thailand, vaccinated international travelers must show a vaccine certificate, a medical certificate stating that they have tested negative for COVID-19 during their stay in Phuket, and a valid visa at the Phuket Airport. Note: During the current lockdown in Bangkok, domestic flights to and from Bangkok (and 12 other provinces) are suspended from July 21 to August 3, 2021 (with some limited exceptions). This domestic flight restriction is likely to impact onward travel from Phuket.
- The Phuket Sandbox Scheme is subject to a reduction in the number of travelers to the city or could be revoked at any time if the number of COVID-19 cases in Phuket reaches more than 90 cases within a week or there are more than 3 clusters or a spike of COVID-19 cases in multiple areas.
• Tighter restrictions and lockdown until August 2, 2021 in Bangkok and surrounding provinces is resulting in tighter measures from government agencies such as the OSSC, BOI, Immigration Bureau and the Employment Department including reduction in staff. Delays in government processing are expected during this period.
• Board of Investment (BOI):
- Pre-Position Approval applications: The BOI is accepting Pre-Position Approval applications at this time.
- Pre-Visa Approval applications: The BOI is accepting Pre-Visa Approval applications at this time. Non-management positions will require special pre-visa approval.
- New Candidate Nomination (CN) applications: Applicants can now submit the Candidate Nomination application online with the BOI after arrival in Thailand or during quarantine. However, applicants must complete the relevant quarantine before they can receive their Digital Work Permit and Long-term Visa in person. Applicants must also appear at the One Stop Service Center (OSSC) within 30 days from the approval date granted by the BOI.
- Renewal applications: The renewal application can be submitted in the BOI system during a period of 15 to 90 days prior to the expiration date. However, applicants must appear at the One Stop Service Center (OSSC) within 60 days from the approval date granted by the BOI, but not beyond the expiration date of the current work permit and visa.
- The BOI now accepts clear passport copies from applicants without needing their signature on the documents. This applies to all applications, including new and renewal applications.
• Non-BOI (OSSC and Non-OSSC):
- Pre-Work Permit Approval (PWPA) applications: The Employment Department is accepting PWPA applications.
- New Work Permit applications (at the Employment Department): All foreign nationals must complete the relevant quarantine period after arrival, before they can submit a work permit application to the Employment Department. Therefore, applicants will need to wait several weeks after entering Thailand to receive their Work Permit booklet (as the application can now only be filed on the next day after the quarantine period at the earliest, assuming the applicant can obtain a medical certificate right after the quarantine). The Employment Department will accept applications if they are made by a POA-holding authorized representative of the foreign national.
- Renewal applications: All foreign nationals with existing work permits (who returned to Thailand from abroad) must also complete their quarantine before they can file renewal applications.
- Foreign national work permit applicants must be present at the OSSC for the collection and issuance of the work permit booklet. Representatives of companies can no longer collect a work permit booklet on behalf of the foreign national work permit applicant.
• Immigration Bureau: The Immigration Bureau has asked that visa extension applications to be submitted not more than 3 days in advance of the expiry date (in an effort to limit filings during the lockdown).
• Travel Restrictions: The State of Emergency (SOE) in Thailand has been extended to September 30, 2021.
• General entry ban for all foreign nationals. Despite the general entry ban, certain categories of foreign nationals may be permitted to enter the country, as follows (note that this is a nonexhaustive list):
- Those permitted by or invited by the Government of Thailand.
- Spouses, parents, or children of a Thai national.
- Members of diplomatic missions or international organizations or representatives of foreign governmental agencies.
- Permanent Residents (and their spouse or children).
- Those holding a valid work permit (and their spouse or children).
- Students of educational institutions approved by the Thai authorities, i.e., ED Visa holders (and their parents or guardians).
- Those in need of medical treatment in Thailand (but not COVID-19 patients) and their attendants.
- Former Thai citizens.
- Transit passengers
- Those permitted to enter Thailand under a special arrangement (or as granted by the Prime Minister) as follows: (1) Thailand Elite Member, (2) APEC card holder, (3) Long-stay visitor visa holders including: (a) Non-Immigrant O-A (Retirement Visa) or (b) NonImmigrant O-X (Retirement Visa) and (4) Medium-term visitor visa holders: (a) Tourist (TR Visa holder, single-entry) or (b) Business traveler and investor (Non-Immigrant B Visa holder).
- Special Tourist Visa (STV).
- Film crew member.
• Additionally, the government of Thailand is now permitting certain foreign nationals from visaexempt countries to enter the country, including nationals from: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil*, Brunei, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong**, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea*, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru*, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Sweden, UAE, UK, USA, and Vietnam**. * Ordinary passport holders of Brazil, South Korea and Peru are entitled to the visa-exemption scheme. Additionally, Thailand has bilateral agreements with these countries for visa-exempt stays of up to 90 days for diplomatic, official and ordinary passport holders of these countries. ** Ordinary passport holders of Hong Kong and Vietnam are entitled to the visa-exemption scheme. Additionally, Thailand has bilateral agreements with these countries for visa-exempt stays of up to 30 days for diplomatic, official, and ordinary passport holders of these countries.
• Passport holders from countries/territories other than those listed above are required to obtain a visa prior to entering Thailand. Upon arrival in Thailand, they will be granted a permission to stay of up to 45 days.
• Passport holders from countries/territories listed above who visit Thailand for tourism purposes only are not required to obtain a visa. If they are visiting Thailand for other purposes, then the relevant non-immigrant visa should be obtained (e.g., the non-immigrant “B” visa for business meetings, etc.).
• All foreign nationals who are permitted to enter Thailand must first obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) prior to entry and must complete the relevant quarantine period upon arrival.
• All COEs that have been issued to foreign nationals to enter Thailand from India have been canceled.No new visas and COEs will be issued for any foreign national until further notice. Only Thai nationals will be permitted on repatriation flights from India.
• All COEs that have been issued to foreign nationals to enter Thailand from May 16, 2021 from Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan will be cancelled. No new visas and COEs will be issued for any foreign national until further notice.
• All entering foreign nationals are reminded to comply with the provisions of the Immigration Act, Communicable Diseases Law, Air Navigation Law, and the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation. Foreign nationals should contact the Thai Embassy/Consulate in their home country and strictly adhere to any instructions.
Home SearchServices currently offered include:
• Virtual; multiple virtual options are possible
• Lease checks
• Check in/out for a limited number of people at property at any one time
• Timelines on a first come, first served basis
• Market availability (no restrictions, realtors operate normally)
• Classroom teaching is permitted.
• Schools must implement precautionary measures.
• Everyone onsite must also wear a mask.
• There is no restriction on group size for sports tuition and this may also be held in sports halls. the requirements concerning physical distancing and/or the wearing of masks must be observed.
• Wearing a mask in public areas is required.
• Frequently washing hands is strongly recommended.
• Social distancing measures are strictly in effect; people should stay 1m to 2m apart.
• Shopping malls, department stores and community malls are allowed to open until 9:00 p.m.; retail shops are open; restaurants are open but alcohol cannot be served; bars and nightclubs are still closed; non-contact sports are available.
• Theatres and cinemas are reopened, but the audience is limited at 200 at each place; concerts are still not allowed.
• For constant updates of Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures for travelers, please visit: https://ddcmophgoth/viralpneumonia/eng/indexphp
• Flights: All international passenger flights are suspended from entering Thailand; domestic flights are operating.
• Trains: Mass-transit trains in Bangkok and national train services are operating as normal.
• Buses: Service is operating.
• Trams: Not currerntly available.
• Restrictions/timetables: masks required on all public transportation.
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
• Yes, both
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
• Yes (curfew in place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.); some restrictions in/out
some cities but accessible with permits
• Yes, with limitations
• Yes, with limitations
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
• Yes, if client representative