The Tourism Authority of Thailand has announced that the country is all set to welcome tourists, relaxing a stringent border closure that was put in place in April because of the pandemic. Eight months later, the country has been largely successful in containing the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, Thailand confirmed 4,297 infections and 60 deaths till December 18. The decision to reopen borders to tourists is a shot in the arm for Thailand’s tourism sector, a vital component of the country’s economy.
Tourists planning their Thai getaway can opt for one of two types of visas. While the Tourist Visa (TRV) category is pertaining to stays up to 60 days, the Special Tourist Visa (STV) caters to longer stays of up to 90 days. After receiving the visa, travellers must apply for a Certificate of Entry (COE) here. Once the COE is approved by the Thai Embassy/Consulate-General, travellers will have to choose a government-approved hotel for a two-week long quarantine after arrival. Details about the list of hotels available can be found here.
A fourteen-day quarantine, at a government-approved facility or hotel is mandatory for all tourists visiting Thailand. Additionally, a health insurance covering COVID-19 and two weeks of quarantine is a prerequisite for obtaining a visa.
Detailed information about the visa application procedure and the quarantine requirements can be found here.