Want to travel to Thailand? Get the Thai Health Certificate!

With everyone out there anxious about if and when we’ll be able to travel internationally again, it’s not an easy topic to talk about. But there is a positive example of how governments act towards making tourism and traveling possible again, without jeopardizing the health of their citizens and visitors. We recently learned about the Thai Health Certificate, a new measure that all travelers are required to follow at Thailand’s international airports in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

As Thailand is on our bucket list for a long time, we feel more encouraged to start drafting travel plans to the country. It’s inspiring that they’re working towards taking care of their visitors and citizens in times of pandemic. If you dream or plan to travel to Thailand any time soon or later, read below to learn about Thailand Health Certificate and how you can get one and use it in your travels to the country.

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Photo credit: Georgi Valchev

What is the Thai Health Certificate (T8 form)?

This certificate serves as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand. By submitting the T8 form, health officials can verify whether the traveler is fit to enter the country. In addition, if any traveler is infected with coronavirus or has symptoms, the information provided in the certificate registry will enable the relevant organizations to communicate with those affected and follow a series of protocols.

Info on Thailand Health Certificate

The Thailand Health Certificate (T.8 form) is currently aimed at all nationalities, including Thai citizens who have visited other countries and are returning to Thailand.

One can apply for the Thailand Health Certificate (T.8 form) up to 72 hours in advance of their arrival in Thailand. You can use the Thailand Health Certificate at all four international airports in
Thailand.

Travelers must have a passport with at least 6 months of validity from the planned date of entry.

The Thailand Health Certificate (T.8 form) has the purpose of facilitating entry to Thailand but it doesn’t replace a visa. If your country requires it, the immigration officers at the airport will ask for your Visa. Bear in mind that some nationalities require a paper visa. Upon arrival, you need to present the QR Code of your Thailand Health Certificate (T.8 form) along with your visa (in case your nationality needs one) and passport.

How to obtain a Thailand Health Certificate?

Thailand Health Certificate (T.8 form) can be obtained through an application, known as AOT Airports, which has to be downloaded from your phone before entering Thailand. Here is the link to the app on the App Store and on Google Play. After you download the app, you have to fill out a form and provide it to the immigration officials when arriving in the country.

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In case you don’t want to navigate around the app, or you have problems with the download, filling out the form, etc., you might want to take advantage of the iVisa service for Thai Health Certificate. The process of the application for this document is very simple and quick to complete. Once your application is submitted and accepted, you will be given a QR Code which you must show to one of the Immigration Officers at the Airport in Thailand. It’s very simple.

They offer three options for processing: standard (72 hours for 20 USD), rush (48 hours for 30 USD), and super rush (24 hours for 55 USD). You need to submit an image scan of your passport with at least 6-month validity. The image format of your passport scan must be in PNG, JPG, or JPEG.

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Kuang Im Chapel temple in Thailand. Photo credit: Georgi Valchev

How to obtain a Thailand visa?

Citizens of many countries are exempt from visas for Thailand. Here’s a list of the visa-exempt countries. In 2015, the Thai Government established a system that allows citizens of certain countries to obtain a visa more quickly – the process is obtaining a visa on arrival. The following is a list of countries eligible for the Visa on Arrival (VOA): Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico,
Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, or Vanuatu.

In case you want to speed up the process of getting your VOA, iVisa provides a visa on arrival service of sending you the pre-arrival registration that will help expedite the collection of your Visa On Arrival at checkpoints in Thailand.

What do I need to present upon arrival in Thailand?

Here are the documents you must present upon arrival at the airport in Thailand depending on whether you are a foreigner or a Thai citizen:

For foreigners: You must have a Health certificate stating that you have no evidence of Coronavirus Disease (it must be issued within 72 hours before the arrival date). You must also have a health insurance/health insurance policy that shows a minimum medical coverage of 100 000 USD in Thailand and covers the COVID-19 disease. Present the QR code of the Thai Health Certificate (T.8 Form) and the approval visa, in case your nationality requires one.

For Thai citizens: You must have a Health certificate indicating that you’re fit to travel and a letter issued by the Royal Thai Embassy, Royal Thai Consulate-General or Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand certifying that you are a Thai national returning to Thailand. Present the QR Code of the Thai Health Certificate (T.8 Form).

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Khao Phing Kan, Thailand. Photo credit: Georgi Valchev

We wish you safe and happy travels to Thailand and anywhere on Earth! Do let us know in the comments below if you have any questions!

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2 Responses

  1. Very useful information. thanks a lot.

  2. Wow I did not know that we needed this now… Oh man! Good to know.