The best way to travel to Thailand during this time would be through the Test and Go scheme; however, this entry scheme is applicable for fully-vaccinated travelers only.

For unvaccinated travelers, you only have one option to travel to Thailand through the Happy Quarantine (formally called Alternative Quarantine) scheme and undergo quarantine.

From January 11th, 2022, international travelers from any country around the world, regardless of their vaccination status, can enter Thailand under the Happy Quarantine Entry Scheme.

[UPDATED ON APRIL 1ST, 2022] Pretravel testing is no longer required, while the quarantine period has been reduced to 5 days with one RT-PCR on Day 5.

Check the below article for everything you need to know about this entry scheme.

Who is eligible?

That said, it is eligible for travelers from all around the world, regardless of  their vaccination status.

  • Eligible travelers
    • Thai citizens.
    • Foreign travelers, including but not limited to diplomats, guests of the government, Thai work permit holders, students and their family, and patients seeking medical treatment.
  • Eligible countries: All countries/territories.
  • Points of entry: All points of entry (air/land/water).

Requirements for applicants

Traveling to Thailand in Happy Quarantine (Alternative Quarantine), like the 2 other schemes, still require entry requirements. Here are the requirements to present to authorities before departure and upon arrival that a traveler should have:

Thailand Pass QR Code

To apply for the Thailand Pass QR code, visit the website To get the Thailand Pass QR Code, you will need to fill in the needed information and upload the required documents, then wait for the approval.

Thailand Pass is the replacement for the Certificate of Entry (COE).

To know more about the new system, visit the Thailand Pass page.

Medical Insurance Policy or COVID-19 Insurance

Medical insurance or COVID-19 insurance with a minimum coverage of $20,000 is required. If you test positive for COVID-19 during your stay in Thailand, the insurance will cover all COVID-19-related incidents.

Thai nationals traveling back to Thailand will not need this requirement at all.

You may get your COVID-19 Insurance here:

Payment Confirmation for Alternative Quarantine (AQ) Hotel Reservation

Unvaccinated travelers traveling to Thailand are required to book an Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotel for at least 10 days or 14 days that will cover their required days of stay in a secured area.

The hotel reservation shall include:

  • RT-PCR COVID-19 Test
  • Pre-arranged airport transfer
  • Accommodation for at least 5 nights

Applying steps for travelers

First, you can check the below inforgraphic for general idea of what to do to apply for Thailand's Happy Quarantine.

Here are the detailed steps to follow when you apply for Happy Quarantine Scheme including Pre-Arrival & On-arrival requirements, and guidelines for domestic and/or international departure

Pre-Arrival Requirements

All travelers must have the following documents for entering to Thailand:

  1. A Thailand Pass, which can be applied via Kindly apply for the Thailand Pass at least 7 days before travelling, and allow 3-7 working days to complete the process. Applicants will be notified of the application result if you have provided a valid email when you register or check the registration status on the system.
  2. An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$20,000.
    • Sonasia Holiday recommends that travelers make sure to check the small print of any COVID-19 insurance policy before purchasing. Ultimately, the policy should cover the cost of treatment and other medical expenses associated with being infected with COVID-19, including in-patient hospitalisation, hospital isolation, hotel isolation, or related quarantine. The insurance policy should also cover the whole duration that travelers are planning to stay in Thailand, plus at least 10 extra days as a precautionary measure in the event that the traveller’s second swab test result returns as positive.
  3. A confirmed payment for an Alternative Quarantine (AQ) accommodation or similar government-approved facility.

Kindly note that foreign nationals must also have proof of payment for a required RT-PCR test on Day 5.

On-Arrival Requirements / During the Stay

  1. All travellers must undergo the ‘entry screening’, including body temperature check at the point of entry (air/land/water).
  2. Present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks, then proceed through the Immigration procedures.
  3. Then, proceed to undergo the quarantine for 5 days. *Travellers under 18 years of age, travelling with parents or guardians, are also required to undergo the quarantine.
  4. All travellers – both Thai and foreign nationals – are quired to undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 5.
  • Travellers whose test result returns as negative can exit the quarantine and are free to go anywhere in Thailand.
  • Travellers whose test result returns as positive will be referred for appropriate medical treatment in accordance with Thailand’s Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558 (2015). The expenses must be covered by the required insurance / own expense for foreign travellers, or national healthcare coverage for Thais and eligible foreign expatriates.
    • Pending on their conditions, they may be medically advised to receive treatment in either hospital hotel isolation or community isolation.
    • During receiving the medical treatment – at least 10 days, they must remain in their accommodation only. They should not leave their accommodation unless utmost necessary, and must notify the Communicable Disease Control officer in-charge.
    • After having recovered from COVID-19, they will receive a medical certificate of recovery.
  1. During the quarantine period, all travellers must download and install an alert application, and set it on at all times for the COVID-19 precautionary measures.

While in Thailand, travellers are advised to strictly follow standard, good personal hygiene practices; such as, wear a mask in public, maintain hand hygiene (washing with soap and water or using hand sanitiser), and keep physical distance of at least 1 metre from others. *Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If testing positive they must get an appropriate medical treatment. Those with COVID-19 testing appointment must get tested.

You may want to know what is actually happening on the ground once you have a positive Covid test result

Guidelines for Domestic/International Departure

For international departure: it is the responsibility of travelers or their organizations to make sure that the travelers meet the requirements of their specific international destination regardless of the point of departure.

For domestic departure: after having completed the required quarantine period, travelers are free to go anywhere in Thailand.

Other Thailand’s entry schemes

Test & Go

This scheme allows fully vaccinated travelers and unvaccinated children 17 or younger to enter and explore Thailand after a PCR test upon arrival and one-night stay within 5 hours of the airport they arrived in. They must also stay in a SHA++ hotel anywhere in the country on their 5th night while waiting for results for a second PCR test to be performed either at the hotel or at a designated facility.

Here is everything about Thailand’s Test & Go Scheme


With the opening of Test & Go to all nations, Sandbox is seen now more as a ‘backup plan’ in case Test & Go is paused again. This scheme allows fully vaccinated travelers from any country to enter and explore ‘Sandbox’ destinations quarantine free for a period of 5 days before being eligible to travel elsewhere in the country. They will still need to do a second PCR test on day 5, though it appears that hotel confinement will not be required. There are currently 8 Sandbox areas to choose from: Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao (Surat Thani Province), Krabi and Phang Nga, Chonburi (Pattaya) and Trat (Koh Chang, Koh Kood).

Here is everything about Thailand’s Blue Zone Sandbox Scheme

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How long to spend in Thailand may seem like a ridiculous question to address, but if you have plenty of time and aren’t sure how much to dedicate, this blog will definitely help you out. 

How long can you stay in Thailand? 

Well, as long as you like! From 10 days to a month, there are various ways you can travel across Thailand and uncover its secrets. Advising an ideal trip length for Thailand is a bit of a complex challenge, as it depends on several factors such as the places you wish to visit, the activities you plan to join, or if you want to combine Thailand with its neighbor countries. 

Stay tuned! We are going to sort all these things out including the step-by-step guide to create the best itinerary in Thailand.


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Well, Vietnam and Thailand are the most popular holiday destinations in Southeast Asia. They are similar in climate and food, though obviously different in culture, lifestyle and travel experience.

Below we list 13 major differences between the two countries, to give you a quick overview and help you decide which to visit first. These are based on our own travel experiences, investigations, and partnerships with local operators.


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Searching for tourism information about Thailand during Covid, you always see the terms of SHA and its related certificates of SHA+ or SHA++ (Extra plus) sticked to the suppliers of tourism service such as accommodations, restaurants, or tourist attractions. 

Feeling confused?

Here you come to the right place!

In this article, we will give you the explanation of What is SHA & the meaning of its certificates, and some of the frequently asked questions that you may have relating to the terms.

Check it out!


From 1 February 2022, Thai government has adjusted Thailand reopening measures by allowing travelers from all countries of the world to register in the Thailand Pass system to obtain permission to enter Thailand under the Test & Go program.

Here you will find information how to register for Test & Go and the process of getting Thailand Pass approval for traveling to Thailand on the official website of Thailand Pass system: 


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