Visa and Certificate of Entry (COE) arrangement
The following regulations applied during COVID-19 situation until further notice.
Visa and COE processing time is 15 business days
** UPDATE ** – As one of the Countries listed for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival (Click here),
U.S. Passport Holders are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes
and will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period not exceeding 30 days on each visit
(In process of being extended to 45 days by the government of Thailand) or 15-day stays if arriving
by land-crossing and the period of stay may not be extended after that. Further information – Click here –
By virtue of Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005)
and Section 11 of the State Administration Act B.E. 2534 (1991), the entry to Thailand is permitted for particular persons
in the exempted list. The list for non-Thai nationals includes the following:
1. Exempted persons or persons who are specified, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister or
Chief official responsible for remedying the emergency situation to enter into the Kingdom pertaining
to necessity, whereby conditions and time frames may also be prescribed;
2. Diplomats and Officials ( D / F ) (click here for more information and online registration)
Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under International organizations, or representatives of
foreign governments or agencies performing their duties in Thailand, or any other persons in
international agencies, that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives permission pertaining to necessity,
including their spouse, parents, or children.
3. Thai Family (NON – O) (click here for more information and online registration )
Non-Thai nationals who are spouses, parents, or children of Thai nationals.
4. Holders of Thai Certificate of Residence. (NON – O) (click here for more information and online registration)
Non-Thai nationals who have a certificate of residence, or have been permitted to take up residency
in the Kingdom;
5. Holders of Work Permit. (NON – B / IB / SMART VISA) (click here for more information and online registration)
Non-Thai nationals who have a work permit or have been granted permission to work in the Kingdom
in accordance with Thai laws, including their spouses or children;
6. Students (NON-ED) (click here for more information and online registration)
Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational establishments in Thailand approved by Thai authorities,
including their parents or guardians, except for students of non-formal schools in accordance with laws
on private schools or of any other similar private educational establishments;
7. Medical Treatment (TR-MT) (click here for more information and online registration)
Non-Thai nationals who need to receive medical treatment in Thailand, including their accompanying persons,
except for treatment for COVID-19;
8. Others (NON-O)
Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country
or have been granted permission by the Prime Minister – all of whom must strictly adhere to the Kingdom’s
communicable disease prevention and control.
8.1 Media – For Media production or Filming (click here for more information and registration)
8.2 Elite – For Thailand Privilege Cardholders, (click here for more information and registration)
Please contact Thailand Privilege Card Co., Ltd. (Thailand Elite) directly to request for authorization.
At this stage, without authorization from Thailand, the Royal Thai Embassy can’t issue COE for Elite cardholders.
1. NON – O (Retirement)
2. NON – O-A (Long stay retirement – 1 year)
3. NON – O-X (Long stay retirement – 10 years)
(click here for more information and registration)
8.4 NON-B – For Conducting business/ Meeting or Investing/
Saving in Thailand with no less than $100,000 (or 3 million baht)
(click here for more information and registration)
8.6 Religious / Missionary works (R) and their spouses or children (O) – Click here
8.7 Volunteers or NGO workers – Click here
Currently, the following types of visas are NOT permitted to enter Thailand:
– Transit passengers (TS),
– Sports visa holders (S),
– Monks and other religious visa holders (R),
– Volunteers (O), and non-formal students visa holders
(such as language schools, diving schools, boxing schools).
Due to a high number of infection rate:
– the APEC card holders do not fall under the categories that could enter Thailand at the moment,
please check back regularly for any updates.
Regarding flights to Thailand, please be advised that normal commercial passenger flights into Thailand
have been suspended until further notice.
1. Semi-Commercial Flight
(For the availability and flights information, please contact the airlines directly)
At present, certain air operators are permitted to operate semi-commercial flights to Thailand, Cilck here
Before booking flights to Thailand with the above-mentioned air operators, travelers should ensure that
they study the different categories of visas granted to foreign nationals at this time to determine
the possibility of travel.
Please note that having plane tickets does not guarantee entry to Thailand,
non-Thai travelers must have all the required documents to enter Thailand.
2. Repatriation Flight
The Thai Government organizes repatriation flights for Thai nationals to return to Thailand
on a regular basis. For the coming month, repatriation flights on various airlines have been
scheduled for the following days:
Arriving in Thailand on 28 January 2020 – Korean Air
Arriving in Thailand on 28 January 2020 – Cathay Pacific
Arriving in Thailand on 5 February 2021 – Qatar Airways
Arriving in Thailand on 11 February 2021 – Cathay Pacific
Arriving in Thailand on 13 February 2021 – Japan Airlines
Arriving in Thailand on 18 February 2021 – Asiana Airlines
Arriving in Thailand on 19 February 2021 – All Nippon Airways
Arriving in Thailand on 25 February 2021 – Cathay Pacific
Arriving in Thailand on 27 February 2021 – Korean Air
If you wish to travel to Thailand on one of the above flights, please contact the travel agents authorized by
the airlines directly to see if they can accommodate you.
|FAQ for Non-Thais wishing to enter Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic|