1 Oct 2021
(update on 1 October 2021)
* From 1 October 2021, travellers to Thailand, who do not participate in the Sandbox Programme but are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 for at least 14 days before departure for Thailand, are required to take a quarantine for only 7 nights upon arrival in Thailand. They need to present a Certificate of COVID-19-Free (RT-PCR test result) taken no more than 72 hours before departure for Thailand, apart from the Certificate of Entry (CoE) (no need for the Fit-to-Fly Health Certificate since 1 April 2021).
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 are required to take a quarantine for 10 nights.
** Travellers are allowed to make a transit/transfer of flights in Thailand only for the outbound international flights within 12 hours from Suvarnabhumi airport. In such a scenario, there is no need for a visa and a CoE, but the travellers need to have the RT-PCR test result and a certificate of health insurance policy with coverage of COVID-19 in Thailand the same as other passengers (see below, under the CoE).
For the Sandbox Programme, please check https://riyadh.thaiembassy.org/en/content/sandbox
Visa Exemption, Visa on Arrival (VOA), Visa for Tourists and Certificate of Entry (CoE) to Thailand for all foreign passengers
Visa Exemption (Enter Thailand for tourism without a visa)
List of countries / territories whose nationals are exempted from visa to enter Thailand for tourism and are permitted to stay in Thailand for 30 days (Thailand’s unilateral scheme);
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malaysia, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, United Kingdom, USA, Peru, Hong Kong, Vietnam.
[All foreigners entering Thailand during this period of time who are exempted from visa still need the Certificate of Entry (CoE) for which the foreigners can apply via https://coethailand.mfa.go.th]
Visa on Arrival (VOA)
From 1 October 2021, the “Visa on Arrival” (VOA) for a 15-day stay in Thailand at international airports in Thailand is back in service for eligible nationals including holders of Saudi passports.
[Foreigners who will apply for the VOA upon arrival in Thailand also need to apply for the Certificate of Entry (CoE) before departure for Thailand via https://coethailand.mfa.go.th]
Special Tourist Visa (STV) and Tourist Visa (TR)
Saudi nationals and foreigners residing in Saudi Arabia who wish to travel to Thailand for tourism are eligible to apply for Special Tourist Visa (STV) or Tourist Visa (TR).
Lebanese nationals and foreigners residing in Lebanon who wish to travel to Thailand for tourism are eligible to apply for Tourist Visa (TR).
[All foreigners entering Thailand during this period of time who are not exempted from visa for tourism need both visa and Certificate of Entry (CoE)]
Holders of Special Tourist Visa (STV) are allowed to stay in Thailand for 90 days the first time, extendable for maximum of two 90-day periods (270 days in total) but not beyond 30 September 2021.
Holders of Tourist Visa (TR) are allowed to stay in Thailand for 60 days the first time, extendable for maximum of 30 days (90 days in total).
Requirement for Special Tourist Visa (STV) (single entry, with validity of 3 months)
(1) Passport with validity of more than 12 months
(2) Saudi iqama
(3) 2 visa application forms (must apply in person and may fill in the application forms at the Embassy)
(4) fee in cash (SAR 300.-)
(5) two passport-size photos
(6) proof of accommodation in Thailand after 14-day quarantine
(6.1) in case of staying in hotels or renting facilities
- booking or contract, and proof of payment
(6.2) in case of owning a condominium in Thailand or hire-purchasing a condominium
- ownership document or hire-purchase contract of a condominium with at least 2 installments paid
(7) Health and Accident Insurance by Thai insurers covering the whole period of stay in Thailand, with a minimum of THB 40,000.- coverage of outpatient treatment and minimum of THB 400,000.- coverage of inpatient hospital and physical services
Requirement for Tourist Visa (TR) (single entry, with validity of 2 months)
(1) Passport with validity of more than 6 months
(2) Saudi/Lebanese iqama or long-term visa (for foreigners in Saudi Arabia/Lebanon)
(3) visa application form (must apply in person and may fill in the application form at the Embassy/Consulate)
(4) fee in cash (SAR 160.- for applicants in Saudi Arabia)
(5) two passport-size photos
Additional documents may be requested.
For visa applicants in Saudi Arabia
Applicants are not allowed to enter the Embassy premise without prior appointment. Please contact the Embassy via email - email@example.com until the date of visa application submission is settled. Then the applicant can go to apply for the visa on the appointed date, in person, at the Royal Thai Embassy in Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh, and wait to receive the visa the same morning.
For visa applicants in Lebanon
Kindly note that all Thai Honorary Consulates including the one in Lebanon have not been authorized to issue any visa from 28 May 2021.
Please see the procedure for all applicants in Lebanon in this web page : https://riyadh.thaiembassy.org/en/content/lebanonvisaapplication
For other purposes of travel, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All travellers to Thailand need to apply for a Certificate of Entry (CoE) before departure for Thailand
They have to apply for the CoE online via https://coethailand.mfa.go.th with required documents;
a) copy of passport
b) copy of valid Thai visa or Re-entry permit (if not the case of visa exemption for tourism) along with other documents depending on the type of each passenger
c) valid Health Insurance Policy stating the coverage of all treatments and medical expenses in Thailand including COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of USD 100,000.-
- Getting a new policy can be done via this website - https://covid19.tgia.org
- The validity of the policy must cover the whole period that the foreigner will stay in Thailand or the policy should be valid for at least 3 months
- No travel insurance by any airlines is acceptable
d) valid certificate of vaccination against the COVID-19 (a must for participants of Sandbox Programme and the 7-night AQ travellers)
e) copy of air ticket to Bangkok or Phuket (of the flight that is allowed to enter Thailand with passengers and land in Bangkok or directly from abroad to Phuket)
f) copy of certificate of reservation (fully paid) of a quarantine package at the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) facility in Bangkok and surrounding provinces or Chonburi or Prachin Buri for flights arriving at Bangkok airports, or AQ in Phuket or Phang-Nga for flights arriving at Phuket airport directly from abroad for 7 nights (fully vaccinated) or 10 nights (not fully vaccinated) at own expense starting from the date of arrival)
Channels of booking;
(1) direct reservation with the hotel of choice (www.hsscovid.com - AQ)
(2) via https://asqthailand.com
(3) via https://asq.locanation.com
(4) via https://asq.ascendtravel.com
Choices of daily flights to Bangkok (connecting from airports in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon)
- EK384 : Dubai - Bangkok
- EY406 : Abu Dhabi - Bangkok
- QR830 and QR836 : Doha - Bangkok
When foreign passengers travel to Thailand, they should have the following documents in hard copy handy;
- Thai visa affixed or re-entry permit stamped in the passport (if not the case of exemption of visa)
- air ticket
- Health Insurance Policy Certificate
- AQ Booking Certificate (SHA+ Booking Certificate for participants of Sandbox programme)
- RT-PCR Test Result Certificate
- Vaccination Certificate against the COVID-19 (a must for participants of Sandbox Programme and the 7-night AQ travellers)