The Thai government has extended its COVID-19 state of emergency until Jan. 31, 2022, and modified its entry requirements.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals who are stranded in Thailand and cannot leave because of COVID-19 restrictions can apply for a 60-day visa extension until Jan. 25, 2022.
    • The extension is not automatically granted and will be approved at the discretion of the adjudicating officer.
  • Beginning Dec. 16, individuals arriving in Thailand via the Test & Go and Sandbox schemes can take an antigen test upon arrival instead of a PCR test.
    • Individuals using the Test & Go scheme only need to book transport to a quarantine hotel and an antigen test. A room booking is not required before entering the country.
    • Individuals arriving through the Sandbox scheme only have to book a quarantine hotel room for five days.

Additional Information: To enter the country on or after Nov. 1, travelers must have a valid visa or re-entry permit, a Thailand Pass, proof of vaccination (if applicable), COVID-19 health insurance, confirmation of an Alternative State Quarantine hotel booking (if applicable) and a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of departure.

BAL Analysis: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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