Foreign Office updates Thai advice for Brits as country eases Covid travel rules

The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for Thailand as Covid travel rules are eased for UK travelers going on holiday, including pre-travel Covid testing

A view of the ornate golden roofs of the Grand Palace, Bangkok
Thailand is relaxing its Covid travel rules for Brits

British go further Thailand Holidays will soon no longer need to do pre-travel Covid tests as the country relaxes its Covid travel rules for travellers.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has confirmed that both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers will no longer need to undergo PCR testing to enter Thailand as the new rules come into force on May 1st. However, she is not included in the list Countries scrapping Covid rules entirely just yet, with other entry requirements still in place.

The Federal Foreign Office has subsequently updated its travel advice for Thailand to reflect the change, but notes that there are still entry requirements that differ depending on vaccination status.

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If you are vaccinated, you still need to register for a Thailand passport that allows you to visit as part of the test-and-go or sandbox programs. (Essentially these allow you to travel to certain parts of Thailand and explore without restrictions if you are vaccinated, or take a PCR test to explore other regions).

The rules apply to anyone over the age of 18 and you must be able to show proof of your full vaccination with the last dose given at least 14 days before travel.

Other requirements include insurance equivalent to at least US$10,000 (approximately £7,000).

According to the TAT, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors must register through the Thailand Pass and provide proof of a 5-day hotel booking and meeting insurance requirements.

Upon arrival in Thailand, you must self-quarantine for these five days and take a PCR test on day 5.

The entry requirements still apply and differ depending on the vaccination status


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A statement from the TAT said: “An exception applies to unvaccinated travelers who can upload evidence of a negative RT-PCR test via the Thailand passport system within 72 hours before travel, they may – like fully vaccinated people – enter and are also free to go anywhere in the kingdom.”

While Thailand is a firm favorite for winter sun vacationthe country’s monsoon season typically lasts between July and October – something to keep in mind when planning a trip.

Of course, relaxing the rules means there’s going to be plenty of holiday planning to do if you’re hoping to finally get ticking Thailand’s best places from the bucket list, from these beautiful beaches to the incredible islands.

Oh, and Leonardo DiCaprio fans should also note that the The iconic cove of The Beach has reopened first time since 2018…

  • Travel rules can change rapidly due to the nature of the pandemic. Always find out about the current information from the Federal Foreign Office before you book or start a trip abroad. Foreign Office updates Thai advice for Brits as country eases Covid travel rules

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