Latest Requirements for Traveling to Thailand: Here’s What You Need to Prepare

After almost two years of travel restrictions, Thailand finally reopened its borders to travelers in the beginning of this year with some restrictions. From 1st July 2022, they further loosened restrictions which made it easier for tourists around the world to visit the country. 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.

Bangkok city, Thailand

Who Can Travel from Malaysia to Thailand?

Most countries around the world are already accepting travelers with minimal restrictions and that includes Thailand. Below is a list of people who qualify for entry into Thailand.

  • Vaccinated adults: If you’re vaccinated, you can now freely travel from Malaysia to Thailand as long as you have a vaccination certificate (on MySejahtera). You can print out a copy of your vaccination certificate or simply show the digital certificate on your mobile phone.
  • Unvaccinated adults: If you’re unvaccinated, you’ll need to undergo a pre-departure COVID-19 test within 72 hours before departing from Malaysia to Thailand. Both RT-PCR and professionally administered rapid ATK (Antigen Test Kit) antigen tests are accepted. Your test result must be negative or non-reactive and the test result must display your name, date and time of the test, as well as the type of test performed. If you’re unvaccinated and are bringing along unvaccinated children, you must also get them tested for COVID-19 prior to traveling.
  • Children under 18: Children aged 5 to 17 years old who are traveling to Thailand unaccompanied must be vaccinated with at least one dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before traveling. Children who are traveling from Malaysia to Thailand  with parents who are vaccinated are exempt from this requirement.

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What are the Approved Vaccines?

All the COVID-19 vaccines administered in Malaysia are also approved by Thailand, so you don’t need to worry about being turned away at the airport. Here’s a list of the COVID-19 vaccines approved in Thailand.

  1. CoronaVac (Sinovac) 
  2. AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, Covishield) 
  3. Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, Tozinameran (INN))
  4. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) 
  5. Moderna (Spikevax) 
  6. COVILO (Sinopharm, Hayat-Vax) 
  7. Sputnik V 
  8. Covaxin 
  9. Novavax (Nuvaxovid) / Covovax 
  10. Medigen
  12. Sputnik Light 
  13. 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.

  1. Passport with six months remaining validity
  2. Digital or printed vaccination certificate
  3. Negative RT-PCR or ATK (professionally administered) COVID-19 test result
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Woman at Suvarnabhumi airport, Thailand

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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Couple in Thailand in front of tuk-tuk

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