What is Thailand Pass and How to Get It Yourself?

What is Thailand Pass and How to Get It Yourself?

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Thailand Pass is a new system to enter Thailand introduced by the Thai Government. 

Starting Novermber 1, 2021, everyone coming to Thailand, including expats and Thai nationals, need to have the Thailand Pass. 

It is expected that the Thailand Pass will completely replace the Certificate of Entry for anyone coming to Thailand either by air, land, or sea. And Thailand will most likely use this system for a while.

In this article, let’s take a look at all options available for the Thailand Pass, what the requirements are, and how to get one for yourself. 

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Options

There are three available options for the Thailand Pass:

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Starting November 1, 2021, everyone coming to Thailand by air now needs to get a Thailand Pass
  • Quarantine Exemption
  • Sandbox Programme
  • Alternative Quarantine

Each option has different regulations and requirements. Let’s take a look.

Quarantine Exemption 

The Quarantine Exemption option is known as a test and go option. 

As the name suggests, you don’t need to stay in quarantine and can fully explore Thailand without restrictions.

With this scheme, you need to stay in a SHA+ hotel for at least a night while waiting for your COVID-19 test. If it’s negative, you can go anywhere in Thailand without restriction. 

The main requirements of these scheme are:

  • Health insurance or travel insurance with a minimum of $50,000 USD health coverage
  • Fully vaccinated at least 14 days before coming to Thailand
  • You need to come from approved countries/territories and have stayed there for at least 21 consecutive days before traveling to Thailand

A list of approved countries and territories include the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, China, Germany, Singapore, Spain, and other 60+ countries. 

Since the list is updated all the time, you should check the latest list from the Thailand Pass website

Sandbox Programme

The Sandbox Programme is for a traveler from any country that has already received a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least fourteen days before coming to Thailand. 

With this program, you need to stay in a specific sandbox area such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phuket, or Surat Thani for seven days before being able to fully travel in Thailand. 

During these seven days, you are free to go anywhere in your sandbox area as long as you had a negative RT-PCR test on your first day of arrival. 

With the sandbox programme, you will also be tested for COVID-19 twice in Thailand, during your first day of arrival and before leaving the sandbox. 

Alternative Quarantine

If you don’t have a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you are still able to travel in Thailand through the alternative quarantine option. 

With this program, you need to stay in an alternative quarantine for a full ten days and got two negative RT-PCR tests before being able to travel elsewhere in Thailand. 

Requirements 

Let’s take a look at all of the key requirements for all of the Thailand Pass options. 

Nationalities

When it comes to getting a Thailand Pass, nationalities don’t matter much. It depends more on the country you are living in at the moment. 

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As of now, there are over 60+ countries that can come to Thailand with the Thailand Pass quarantine exemption option. 

You should check the full list from the Thailand Plus website directly since it keeps updating all the time. 

If you are not from those countries, you can still apply for the Thailand Pass. If you are fully vaccinated, you can come with the sandbox programme. If not, choose the alternative quarantine option. 

Vaccination

To apply  for the Thailand Pass under the quarantine exemption or sandbox programme, you need to be fully vaccinated at least fourteen days before coming to Thailand. 

Here’s a list of the approved vaccines: 

  • CoronaVac (Sinovac)
  • AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • COVILO (Sinopharm)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Sputnik V

Mixed vaccines are also accepted in Thailand. 

You can see a full list of approved vaccines from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website

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You need to be fully vaccinated if you want to get the Thailand Pass under the quarantine exemption option.

If you had COVID-19 before, you are also considered fully vaccinated if you got at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within 90 days after your recovery. 

Please note that vaccination is not required for those who come to Thailand with the alternative quarantine option. 

Health Insurance

To get a Thailand Pass, you need to have health insurance or travel insurance that has health coverage of at least $50,000 USD.

It can be from both local insurance companies and international insurance companies. 

You can get it from ACS Globe Traveller or read our travel insurance article to find out more information. 

In case you are employed by a Thai employer, you can use your Thailand Social Security card as proof of insurance as well. 

Hotel Reservation 

You need to have a paid confirmation from the SHA+ hotel.

SHA+ stands for Safety and Health Administration Plus. It is a new standard for hotels in Thailand to ensure that they have good health and safety regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

For example, over 70% of the hotel staff need to be fully vaccinated, sanitizers need to be provided throughout the hotel, and so on. 

Right now, several hundred (and increasing) hotels in Thailand already have this SHA+ certificate. You can find them easily on hotel booking websites such as booking.com and agoda

The number of days that you need to book a hotel depends on your Thailand Pass option.

It’s one day for the quarantine exemption program and seven days for the sandbox programme. 

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If you come to Thailand with the alternative quarantine program, then you need to book an alternative quarantine instead for ten days.

COVID-19 Test

Although you do not need to provide a result of the COVID-19 test during the Thailand Pass application, you need to get a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of boarding your flight to Thailand. 

The test result needs to be a hard copy either in Thai or English. 

Once you are in Thailand, you need to do another RT-PCR on your first day here. If you get a negative result, you are free to book a domestic flight and travel anywhere in Thailand on the quarantine exemption program or within the sandbox area for the sandbox programme. 

Visa

Depending on your nationality, you may need to get a Thailand visa in order to get the Thailand Pass. 

You can check our Thailand Visa article for more information or your local Thailand embassy or consulate website. 

How to Apply

You can apply for the Thailand Pass online at https://tp.consular.go.th/. The process is quite straightforward. 

  1. You need to first choose a plan and accept the policy
  2. Enter travel information such as departure country, port of entry, date of arrival, and length of stay
  3. Enter your personal information 
  4. Upload vaccination certificate
  5. Upload passport, booking confirmation, and proof of insurance

If you have all the documents ready, you should be able to complete the application in less than 30 minutes. 

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Once your Thailand Pass is approved, you can now fly to Thailand.

Then, you should get a confirmation message by email saying that your application is being reviewed. 

Once it’s approved, you should get the Thailand Pass in the form of a QR code. Save it to your phone or print it out to use when flying to Thailand.  

How Long Does It Take?

It normally takes a few days for your application to be approved. In some cases, you might get it within a few hours.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand recommends you apply for the Thailand Pass at least seven days before your departure. 

Cost

The Thailand Pass is completely free of charge. You don’t need to pay anything. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Let’s take a look at the frequently asked questions that are related to the Thailand Pass. 

Do I Need to Get a Thailand Pass?

If you come to Thailand by air, you need to get the Thailand Pass no matter what visa you have. The only exception is if you already have a Certificate of Entry. 

It’s required for everyone, including Thai nationals. 

Can I Apply for It Myself?

You can apply for the Thailand Pass yourself. The process is straightforward. 

If you need some help, you can ask questions in the Farang Stranded Abroad Due to Lockdown in Thailand Facebook group

Or you can also hire someone to apply for the Thailand Pass on your behalf there. 

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Do You Still Need to Show an Onward travel? 

Always remember that the Thailand Pass is not a visa. 

If you come to Thailand under the visa exemption, visa on arrival, or tourist visa, then you should have proof of onward travel, such as a flight out of Thailand. 

If you don’t have it, you might be denied boarding at the airline counter or Thailand Immigration might not allow you to enter Thailand.

Why Was My Application Rejected?

The Thailand Pass system is still in development. We have heard of many people getting their application rejected automatically with the below message:

“Thailand Pass system has rejected your registration due to your vaccine type is not follow with the requirement. If you would like to make adjustments or attach additional documents, please re-register via the following link…”

There are a few ways to solve this:

  • If you get AstraZeneca, you might need to choose “Vaxzevria” instead
  • You may need to get a new vaccination certificate to make sure the expiry date is within your flight time
  • Your vaccination should have a QR code. Please note that you may need to add the QR code from your vaccination certificate to the QR code field directly. 

If you got Johnson and Johnson, then it’s bad news. You now need to wait until Thailand Pass updates their system in order to accept it, since right now it automatically rejects vaccines that only have 1 dose.

Hopefully, this should be fixed soon.

What Should I Do When My Vaccination Certificate Does Not Have QR Code?

As of now, it seems like your vaccination certificate should have a QR code. Otherwise, your Thailand Pass application will be rejected.

If the vaccination certificate issued by the Health Department in your country does not have a QR code, check at the website where you got your vaccine such as pharmacies, Walmart, Walgreens, and so on. You might be able to get your vaccination certificate with a QR code there. 

Or you might need to get a QR code from a third party website such as https://www.clearme.com/. Please note that you need to download their application to your phone in order to get the QR code. 

Why Didn’t I Get the Confirmation Message?

You should get the confirmation message as soon as you submit all of the information. If not, you might want to check your spam box.

However, we have heard that many people who use hotmail addresses are not getting confirmation messages. And people seem to have the most success using gmail. 

How Long Can I Stay in Thailand with the Thailand Pass?

It is important to remember that the Thailand Pass is not a visa. It is a different matter. They are also handled by different organizations. 

So the amount of days you are able to stay in Thailand depends on the type of visa you have

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With the Thailand Pass, you can travel anywhere in Thailand.

For example, if you come here on a visa exemption, you should be able to stay for 30 days in Thailand. Once you are in Thailand, you can also extend it for another 30 days.

If you are here on a marriage, business, or retirement visa, you should be able to stay in Thailand long-term.  

What is the Best Time to Apply for the Thailand Pass?

Your application for the Thailand Pass will be reviewed and approved manually by Thai Government officers. Therefore, it’s best to submit your application during their working hours, which is around 8.30 am to 3.30 pm, Thailand time. 

A lot of people who submit their application during working hours get their application approved and receive the Thailand Pass (QR Code) within a few hours. It takes longer for those who submit outside of Thai working hours. 

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What Happens If I Change My Travel Dates?

If you change your travel dates after getting the Thailand Pass, then you need to apply for a new Thailand Pass. 

Do I Need to Get a Thailand Pass for My Kids?

Yes, you need to also apply for the Thailand Pass for your kids as well. 

For the quarantine exemption option, if your children are under 12 years old, you can add their details together with your personal information during the application.

If your kids are older than 12 years old, you need to apply for the Thailand Pass for them individually. 

For the sandbox programme, you can add your children’s details together with your details if they are older than 18 years old.

Do My Kids Need to Be Vaccinated?

Yes, your kids need to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before traveling to Thailand.

However there’s some different age requirements between the quarantine exemption option and the sandbox program.

For the quarantine exemption option, children who are over 12 years old need to be fully vaccinated, while the sandbox programme only requires those who are older than 18 to be vaccinated.

Do I Still Need a COE?

The Certificate of Entry was completely replaced by the Thailand Pass on November 7, 2021 for everyone who wants to come to Thailand by air.  

So you don’t need it anymore unless you are coming to Thailand by sea or land. 

However, Thailand is also planning to completely cancel the Certificate of Entry. We should hear some updates soon.

What Happens If I Test Positive for COVID-19 in Thailand?

This can be generally separated into two cases. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 during the mandatory COVID-19 test, you will be sent directly by your hotel or alternative state quarantine to a nearby hospital.

In case you get COVID-19 while traveling in Thailand, you should contact your insurance provider and hotel for an arrangement to go to a hospital. 

Depending on the situation at that time, you may or may not be able to choose the hospital yourself. 

Now, on to You

We hope that this article should answer everything you need to know when it comes to getting the Thailand Pass.

If you have any questions or want to share your experience, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below. 

Saran Lhawpongwad is a Bangkokian by birth. He loves to read and share what he learns with others. While not at his desk, he likes to be outdoors exploring the world with his family.

6 thoughts on “What is Thailand Pass and How to Get It Yourself?”

  1. I usually fly into BKK and then bus it to Jomtiem, do I need my ‘test and go’ in BKK or Jomtiem?

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    • You can book a Sha+ hotel in Pattaya directly. They will arrange an airport pickup and do the COVID test at the hotel. If your result is negative, then you are free to go.

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  2. I have rid of many additional problems people are experiencing with the Thailand pass. For example, users of yahoo email service sometimes don’t get the confirmation email. Apparently the system will not except multiple page documents so your Health insurance proof and hotel confirmation must be a one page document, and not all providers issued one page documents. Documents must be uploaded only in the JPEG format, not in the format you may have received them in. I think your article would better serve readers if it include references to the various sorts of problems they might encounter, such as these.

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