Open with restrictions

Thailand Travel Restrictions

52,50% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 48,88% last week
Most visitors from South Africa need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Thailand.

Thailand entry details and exceptions

Thailand is now open to travelers from any country and territory around the world. There are currently two entry options:

1. Alternative Quarantine (AQ) System

2.Sandbox Pilot Reopening Program

More information on the entry requirements available on the Tourism Authority of Thailand website TAT


Outgoing travel to ThailandTravelling from South Africa to Thailand

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Thailand.

Details and exceptions

Aside from the pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test result to be presented upon entry, AQ and Sandbox travelers are required to undergo at least 2 RT-PCR tests – first upon arrival on Day 0-1, and the second before finishing the quarantine/stay period.

More information on the testing requirements available on the Tourism Authority of Thailand website TAT

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from South Africa will need to quarantine for 10 days upon entering Thailand.

Details and exceptions

Entry via the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) system International air travelers will be subject to a 7-night (for fully vaccinated) to 10-night (for unvaccinated) quarantine at their own expense at one of the approved Alternative Quarantine (AQ) facilities in Bangkok and 12 other provinces – Buri Ram, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chon Buri, Krabi, Mukdahan, Nakhon Nayok, Phang-Nga, Phuket, Prachin Buri, Surat Thani, and Tak. Quarantine length could vary for vaccinated travelers. Children under the age of 18 travelling with fully vaccinated parents are all subject to a 7-night quarantine.

Entry via the Sandbox Program Fully vaccinated international air travellers, 18 years of age and older, can enter Thailand with no need to quarantine, but they are required to stay for 7 nights at SHA Plus-certified hotel/s within the approved destinations, which are Phuket and the designated areas in Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao), Phang-Nga (Khao Lak and Ko Yao), and Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai and Railay Beach).

More information on quarantine rules and exceptions available in the Tourism Authority of Thailand website. TAT


Return travelReturning to South Africa from Thailand

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from Thailand must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to South Africa.

Details and exceptions

traveler with no proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and if positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate at their own cost, for a period of 10 days.

Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from Thailand are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.

Documents
Health Declaration Form

Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for Thailand

Masks:Required in public spaces.
Restaurants:Open with restrictions
Bars:Open with restrictions

FAQs

  • Most visitors from South Africa need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Thailand.

  • Vaccinated visitors from South Africa need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Thailand.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Thailand.

  • Travelers coming from South Africa will need a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure.

  • Travellers from South Africa are required to isolate for 10 days. Please read the details under the "Quarantine Requirements" section.

  • Mask usage in Thailand is required in public spaces.

  • Restaurants in Thailand are open with restrictions. Bars in Thailand are open with restrictions.