New Thailand Travel Restrictions Update Based on 09 Jan

As we reported earlier that the Thai Govt considering imposing travel restrictions on international travellers, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced new guidelines for international arrivals and requiring all travellers to present a full vaccination certificate upon arrival in Thailand starting January 09, 2023.

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The Aviation Authority in a circular issued to all airlines worldwide informed that all passengers over the age of 18 must provide evidence of full vaccination for flights arriving in Thailand on or after Monday, January 9th.

UPDATED Guidelines on the New Thailand Travel Restrictions starting January 9, 2023 

  1. Airline passengers 18 years old or older must provide proof of full vaccination or proof of Covid-19 recovery not more than 6 months (180 days). Passengers who have not been vaccinated must have a letter from a doctor providing a reason.
  2. Passengers from countries that have requirements which may prevent passengers from going back due to Covid-19 shall be required to have health insurance covering at least USD $10,000 of treatment of Covid-19 for the itineraries in Thailand plus 7 days.
  3. Holder of official and diplomatic passports, United Nations Laissez-passer are exempted from health insurance requirements.
  4. Holders of Thai passport and transit/transfer passengers are exempted from vaccination check and health insurance requirements.
  5. The airlines must check the documents as required. If a passenger fails to produce documents proving these requirements are met, the passenger is subjected to being tested at the port of arrival.
  6. The airlines must adhere to related regulations and comply with the guidance as appropriate, such as asking passengers to wear masks at all times except during meals or emergency situations.
  7. Any passenger having symptoms of Covid-19 during travel shall be recommended to have a test at the time of arrival.

Source: Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand

Highlights of New Thailand Travel Restrictions starting January 9, 2023 at 1:00AM

Airline passengers the age of 18 year or older must provide the following:

  1. Proof of Vaccination OR a letter from a doctor stating you have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days.
  2. Proof of Insurance  (if traveling onward to another country whereupon a RT-PCR or ATK is required for entry). 

Passengers who are unvaccinated must prepare a letter from a doctor specifying as to why they are not vaccinated.

Exempted persons:

  1. Thai Nationals
  2. Children below the age of 18 years
  3. Passengers who are transiting at the airport

More details about the new Thailand Travel Restrictions:


> Proof of vaccination required (Thai Ministry of Health Approved vaccine list) or obtain the letter from the doctor i.e. recovery from COVID-19 or medical reason for not receiving a COVID vaccine.

> Recommended: Health Insurance which covers medical expenses while in Thailand.  However, health insurance is mandatory for passengers traveling on to another country where PCR or ATK is required.

> Recommended to take an ATK test prior to your departure and also during your stay if you feel unwell.  Book your hotel stays at SHA+ hotels in Thailand.


> Self protection such as wearing masks in crowded areas, frequent hand washing, and the practice of social distancing.

> If you feel unwell, please visit a hospital.

Last updated: January 8, 2023 at 3:15 PM

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