How do I get to Thailand during COVID-19?
On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, to be a global pandemic. Since then, the outbreak has evolved rapidly with governments around the world taking swift action to slow the spread of COVID-19.
In response additional measures have been put in place to travel to Thailand.
1. Booking your TEFL course
If you have not already booked your TEFL course, please let us know which course and date you are interested in so that we can get you started. Otherwise, if you have already booked your TEFL course please keep in mind that you must have physically entered Thailand and completed the quartine period prior to attending your in-class or completing your in-class portion of the Virtual TEFL course.
2. Obtain an Air ticket for one of these semi-commercial flights.
Passengers are required to contact the airlines for further details on schedules of semi-commercial flights to Thailand and other regulations related to the airlines’ restrictions during the COVID-19 situation. The passengers are also required to have the COVID-19 PCR test with negative results and a Fit to Fly certificate, issued within 72 hours before the departure, otherwise, the Airlines could deny the boarding or the Thai authorities concerned could deny the entry into Thailand of the passenger.
3. Confirmation of Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ).
The ASQ is a process of quarantine at government-accredited hotels in Bangkok at the traveler’s own expense. For non-Thai nationality travelers, many hotels together with hospitals launched Alternative State Quarantine Packages for those returning from abroad. These hotels have been approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Defense.
4. Health Insurance Policy covering medical treatments, including COVID-19
All incoming foreign travelers must provide a health insurance policy with an insured amount of at least 100,000 USD, covering outpatient and inpatient treatment of the coronavirus type COVID-19 upon departure to Thailand. In the event of a COVID-19 illness in Thailand, health insurance should cover the costs of care and treatment by a general practitioner or specialist, the medicine prescribed by a doctor, necessary patient transport, and hospitalization in a local hospital. (Coverage should be the same length as your visa; for example, if are arriving on a 60-day tourist visa (TR), then your coverage should be 60 days)
5. Certificate of Entry (CoE)
The Certificate of Entry (COE) is a mandatory official document issued to Thai nationals and Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter Thailand. It confirms that you meet the entry requirements as set by the Thai government and you are accepted to enter Thailand.
6. Apply for your Single-Entry Tourist Visa (TR)
- Visa application form [ Download ]completely filled out and signed by the applicant.
- Your original Passport must valid for more than 6 months and contain at least TWO completely empty visa pages.
- A copy of Passport (The page(s) shows your photo, name, date, and place of birth and the expiration date of passport)
- Two (2) photos (3.5 x 4.5 cm, white color background, taken within 6 months)
- A copy of the airline ticket (showing flights into and out of Thailand)
- Health Insurance Policy Certificate (in English) covering all expenditures of medical treatments, including COVID-19 worth at least 100,000 USD
- Confirmed payment for hotel rooms or rented accommodation during the whole period of stay in Thailand. (We will obtain and email this to you after we receive both copy of your passport and the anticipated check-in date 'after completing your quarantine')