After almost two years of travel restrictions, Thailand finally reopened its borders to travelers in the beginning of this year with some restrictions. It recently relaxed its rules on 1 July 2022, and then, effective 1 October 2022, it further lifted restrictions for all vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, allowing for easy travels to Thailand for tourists from all over the world.
Of course, this also made it easier for us to travel from Malaysia to Thailand! If you’re excited to finally visit Thailand again, here’s a handy Thailand travel guide with the requirements to enter the country.
Latest Travel Guidelines for Traveling from Malaysia to Thailand
Most countries around the world are already accepting travelers with minimal restrictions and that includes Thailand.
Prior to 1 October 2022, only vaccinated adults, unvaccinated adults with negative COVID-19 test results, vaccinated children traveling alone, and unvaccinated children traveling with vaccinated parents were allowed unrestricted entry into Thailand.
However, with Thailand now transitioning to the endemic phase, it has removed COVID-19-related restrictions for international travelers entering the country.
Here are the latest measures announced by the Thai Center of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) that all international travelers should note:
- Travelers entering Thailand will no longer need to show their COVID-19 vaccination certificates or COVID-19 test results to enter.
- If you are found to be COVID-19 positive with mild or no symptoms and are not part of the at-risk group, you will no longer need to self-isolate. However, you are strongly encouraged to follow distancing, mask-wearing, handwashing, and temperature-checking (DMHT) measures for five days.
- If you are in the high-risk group, and are COVID-19 positive, you’ll need to self-monitor for 10 days and take a rapid antigen testing (ATK) on day five and day 10.
- You’re still encouraged to wear masks in crowded areas, though it’s no longer mandated. However, the public is still urged to follow the DMHT measures.
- Travelers from countries/territories that are entitled to visa exemption (like Malaysia), can now stay in Thailand for up to 45 days (increased from 30 days). This is effective from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023.
- Travelers who are eligible for a Visa on Arrival can stay in the country for up to 30 days (increased from 15 days).
Read More: Travel Requirements to Singapore
What are the Approved Vaccines?
While Thailand no longer has restrictions for unvaccinated travelers, it’s always good to be vaccinated for protection against the virus. Here’s a list of the COVID-19 vaccines approved in Thailand. A good thing to note – all the vaccines administered in Malaysia are approved by Thailand.
- CoronaVac (Sinovac)
- AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, Covishield)
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, Tozinameran (INN))
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
- Moderna (Spikevax)
- COVILO (Sinopharm, Hayat-Vax)
- Sputnik V
- Novavax (Nuvaxovid) / Covovax
- TURKOVAC / ERUCOV-VAC
- Sputnik Light
- CansinoBio (Ad5-nCov / Convidecia)
Things to Prepare for Travel to Thailand
Before you travel from Malaysia to Thailand, it’s important to prepare the necessary documents to be permitted entry. Here are all the documents you’ll need to enter the country.
- Passport with six months remaining validity
- Visas for travelers from countries that are not included in Thailand’s Visa Exemption List. Malaysia is on the list so you won’t need a Visa when traveling to Thailand.
- Border pass if you reside in Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan, or Hulu Perak District, and are crossing the land border into Thailand. If you have a border pass, you can enter Thailand without a passport but can only travel within Southern Thailand for three days.
- A valid Malaysian driver’s license or an International Driving Permit if you plan to drive in Thailand. Also, if you bring your vehicle across the border, you need to declare your vehicle with the Customs authority upon entry and before leaving the country.
Thailand On-Arrival Requirements
There are very minimal travel restrictions in Thailand but do expect to undergo a mandatory entry screening when you arrive which includes a body temperature check. You’ll also need to present the required documents mentioned above to the Immigration / Health Control Officer during the check.
If you’re unvaccinated and don’t have a negative COVID-19 test result with you, or if your negative test result is older than 72 hours, the Health Control Officer at the point of arrival may require you to undergo a COVID-19 test. Any expenses incurred as a result will be your responsibility so make sure you have a recent negative test result on hand.
On 15 July 2022, the Thai government stated that it’ll collect a 300-baht (roughly RM37) tourism fee from all foreigners entering Thailand via air in the near future, though it’s yet to be confirmed when. This fee will serve as insurance coverage of up to 500,000 baht per person for 30 days.
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This content was originally published on 26/08/2022. It has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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