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Thailand Travel Pass

Thailand no longer uses Thailand Travel Pass, an online platform that contained required travel documents. Travelers uploaded their COVID vaccine records, proof of mandatory insurance, and other documents. Authorities in Thailand could review the documents by scanning a QR code provided by the app.

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Are you trying to figure out the latest travel requirements for Thailand? Perhaps you heard about the Thailand Travel Pass and want to know the current status. 

Keep reading to learn what you need to know about the Thailand Travel Pass and current travel requirements for Thailand. By the end of this article, you’ll have a better understanding of what the Thailand Travel Pass was and what’s required now.

If you have a lot of questions about insurance in Thailand, check out our article on What Insurance Do I Need in Thailand. You’ll get a great overview of our available content on insurance in Thailand and receive directions for more resources.

What Was The Thailand Travel Pass?

The Thailand Travel Pass was an online platform and phone application that allowed travelers headed to Thailand to apply for a pass. Documents could be uploaded directly to the platform and then accessed with a QR code. Requirements depended on vaccination status.

Phi Phi Don Island, Thailand

  • For vaccinated travelers to Thailand, documents included COVID-19 vaccine records, proof of approved travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage, and your passport profile information. No quarantine was required.

For unvaccinated travelers, there were two travel options: the quarantine option and the no-quarantine option.

  • For no quarantine for unvaccinated travelers, you had to provide proof of negative RT-PCR testing within 72 hours of travel, your passport profile, and proof of travel insurance with medical coverage for COVID-19. 
  • An alternative option for unvaccinated travelers allowed them to book an approved hotel in Thailand for five days. Thailand Pass required proof of the hotel booking and a PCR test scheduled upon arrival, as well as COVID-19 travel insurance and passport profile.

All travel insurance policies had to provide a minimum of USD $10,000 for COVID-19 treatment in Thailand.

Current Thailand Travel Requirements

Thailand no longer uses the Thailand Pass system. Proof of vaccination and COVID-19 coverage is no longer required for most travelers. If your home country requires a negative RT-PCR test to return home, then you must provide proof of travel insurance with medical coverage for COVID-19.

Although COVID-19 medical coverage is not required for all travelers, insurance is still recommended. Find the best COVID-19 Travel Insurance to meet your needs.

The following are the current requirements for entering Thailand:

  1. Passport and/or Visa 

Your Passport must be good for at least six months beyond your intended departure date. We’ll cover tourist visa information below.

  1. Travel insurance with at least USD $10,000 in medical coverage for COVID-19 infection if your country requires a negative ATK or RT-PCR test to return home.
  2. Address or Proof of Hotel Booking – you must provide the address of the location where you will be staying in Thailand. It may be a private residence if you are staying with family or friends. Otherwise, you will need to show proof that you have booked a hotel during your stay in Thailand.

Who Needs A Tourist Visa To Visit Thailand?

Thailand’s Visa requirements depend on your home country– the country that issued your passport. Many travelers staying less than thirty days do not need a tourist visa to vacation in Thailand. If you are visiting Thailand for reasons other than leisure or vacation, you will need a visa.

Many travelers who want to vacation in Thailand may be visa-exempt. These travelers can enter Thailand and stay for up to the maximum time allotment with only their passport (Proof of exit ticket required). Their passport must be valid for at least six months.

Floating Hotel, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

Visa-exemptions also require funds of at least 10,000 THB for a single traveler or 20,000 THB for a family.

64 countries have visa exemptions for tourists in Thailand. Visa exemptions may be for stays from 14 days to 90 days, depending on your home country. Most countries on Thailand’s visa exemption list are exempt for up to 30 days.

Tourists from these countries are visa-exempt for stays of up to 30 days.

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brunel
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France 
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • United States of America (USA)
  • Vietnam

Tourists from these countries are visa-exempt for up to 14 days.

  • Cambodia
  • Myanmar

Tourists from these countries are visa-exempt for 30 days but may also obtain exemptions for stays as long as 90 days.

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Korea
  • Peru

You may not need a visa if you are eligible for a visa upon arrival. Here are the originating countries that will be granted a visa upon arrival if staying less than 15 days (return ticket needed.)

  • Bulgaria
  • Bhutan
  • China
  • Cyprus
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Georgia
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Nauru
  • Mauritius
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Taiwan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu

Proof of travel insurance is not required for visa-exempt travelers in Thailand. However, travel insurance is still highly recommended to cover any unexpected medical expenses during your stay in Thailand.

Pacific Prime has partnered with insurance providers in Thailand, so we are able to offer a lot of resources for travelers headed to the Land of Smiles! 

Check out the following resources for Travel Insurance in Thailand.

If you have questions about insurance plans in Thailand, contact an insurance expert at Pacific Prime!

LUMA: Thailand Travel Pass

LUMA has a travel insurance plan aptly named for the previous requirement called Thailand Pass. If you would like to find travel insurance with COVID-19 medical coverage in Thailand, consider LUMA’s Thailand Pass. 

LUMA: Thailand Travel Pass has COVID-19 medical coverage policies that start at USD $10,000. You may customize the plan to meet your needs when you look at the LUMA policy options online.

White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

For more travel insurance options with COVID-19 medical coverage, read Best Covid Travel Insurance in Thailand for Travelers. You’ll find out more about travel insurance plans from LUMA Health, AXA, MSIG, GeoBlue, and MSH International.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need the Thai Pass for my vacation?

Thailand dropped the Thailand Pass requirement for travelers in 2022. Although the pass is not required, visitors from countries that require a negative COVID-19 test for re-entry must still have proof of a travel insurance policy with COVID-19 medical coverage.

Do US Citizens have to have a Thailand Travel Pass?

Thailand no longer requires Thailand Travel passes for US Citizens or visitors from any country. Travel insurance with COVID-19 medical coverage of at least USD $10,00 is required when countries require a negative PCR test for re-entry. Currently, the USA does not require this.

How much did the Thailand Pass cost?

Thailand Pass was a free-of-charge website and app for applying to enter Thailand in 2022. Visitors could get a QR code to provide documents for travel. The pass is no longer required to visit Thailand. 

How long does it take to get a Thailand Pass?

Thailand no longer requires the Thailand Pass for tourists. Thailand When the Thailand Pass was a requirement, applications would be approved in about 3 to 7 business days. 

How much money do you need to visit Thailand?

Visa exemptions for tourists in Thailand require a minimum of 10,000 THB for an individual and 20,000 THB for a family. You will also have to provide an address of where you’ll be staying or a hotel booking.

Is Life Insurance Required for an Extended Stay Visa in Thailand?

Life insurance is not a requirement of an Extended Stay Visa in Thailand. Health insurance, on the other hand, is required for some visas in Thailand. Even though you may not need a life insurance policy for your visa in Thailand, it’s still a good idea to secure coverage.

Conclusion

Vacationing in Thailand can be easy, fun, and enjoyable. Tourists in Thailand don’t need to use the Thailand Travel Pass anymore, and visa exemptions mean that you may be able to visit without applying for a tourist visa.

Are you planning a longer stay in Thailand? No problem! Pacific Prime is geared to help expats relocating abroad. We also offer many resources for expats seeking health insurance in Thailand on a longer-term basis than travel insurance.

We’ll walk you through how to buy insurance in Thailand. That way, when you’re ready for a free international health insurance quote, you’ll know how to enter your preferences and find a suitable plan.

Phi Phi Island Paradise, Krabi, Thailand

For additional inspiration, check out our other resources for expats such as guides to living abroad and the best places for expats to live. We have guides for Thailand, Asia, Europe, and more! 

Senior Copywriter at Pacific Prime
Jantra Jacobs is a Senior Copywriter at Pacific Prime with over 10 years of writing and editing experience. She writes and edits a diverse variety of online and offline copy, including sales and marketing materials ranging from articles and advertising copy to reports, guides, RFPs, and more.

Jantra curates and reports on the results of Pacific Prime’s monthly newsletters, as well as manages Pacific Prime’s Deputy Global CEO’s LinkedIn posts. Complemented by her background in business writing, Jantra’s passion for health, insurance, and employee benefits helps her create engaging content - no matter how complex the subject is.

Growing up as a third-culture kid has given her a multicultural perspective that helps her relate to expats and their families while 8 years of working remotely have given her unique insight into hybrid work arrangements and enthusiasm for employee benefits.
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