How safe is Thailand for tourists
Corona Virus in Thailand
In this post you will learn the most important things about Corona situation in Thailand and the current ones Entry possibilities for tourists. Although Covid-19 has long since arrived in Thailand, the country has rather low corona numbers in an international comparison. Therefore, Thailand is not on the list of corona risk areas of the RKI.
According to the WHO Covid-19 dashboards (Accessed on May 14, 2021) the following corona numbers are available for Thailand:
- Confirmed Corona cases: 93,794
- Dead: 518
- Population of Thailand: Approx. 69.6 million
(Source: WHO Covid-19 Dashboard)
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Entry to Thailand and visa in Corona times
It is also possible for foreigners to enter Thailand again for tourist reasons. Between December 22, 2020 and September 30, 2021, travelers from Germany, Austria or Switzerland can up to 45 days without a visa stay in Thailand.
You also have the option of a 60 day visa to apply at a Thai embassy or consulate. In Germany, this is possible in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and Stuttgart. The 60-day visa can be extended by 30 days on site in Thailand (a total of 90 days). The necessary documents can be viewed at this link. The visa costs 35 euros per person.
As a third option, you can also use a Long term visa (Special Tourist Visa / STV) apply. It applies first of all for 90 days and can then be extended twice by 90 days each on site in Thailand (a total of 270 days). The long-term visa can be applied for at the Thai embassy in Berlin or at the consulates in Frankfurt or Munich. You can see what you need for the visa application here. The special corona visa for long-term tourists costs 2,000 baht (approx. 55 euros, as of January 2021).
Conditions for entering Thailand in Corona times
However, the following conditions apply to entry, which are rather unattractive for a classic holiday of 2 to 3 weeks:
- 14-day hotel quarantine at your own expense (since May 1, 2021, previously it was only 10 days for a transitional period). During the quarantine period in the hotel, you also have to undergo at least two further corona tests. You can see the quarantine hotels (ASQ / Alternative State Quarantine) here in the overview. You have to book the quarantine hotel before your trip and present the booking confirmation for entry. For a quarantine hotel in the Bangkok area, you should expect at least 70 euros per person per night. You will receive three meals a day brought to your room.
- If you have already been vaccinated against Corona, the quarantine time is reduced to 7 days. The day of arrival and departure are not included in the calculation.
- Submission of a corona test result (RT-PCR) up to 72 hours old, which certifies that you are not infected with Covid-19. The 72 hours apply from the time of departure. The test result must be in English. If you are looking for a suitable Corona test site in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, our overview will help you (we created it for the Canary Islands, but it also applies to Thailand). Thai citizens no longer need a PCR test for entry since April 1, 2021.
- Submission of a foreign health insurancethat covers a Covid-19 treatment of at least $ 100,000. A special corona health insurance for Thailand is offered for foreigners entering Thailand. It can be concluded for a period of 30 days to a year.
- Application for the Certificate of Entry (COE)through this website
- Fever measurement at the airport after the arrival. If you are measured above 37.5 degrees Celsius, a corona quick test will be carried out at the airport. If you test positive for Corona, you will be transferred to the hospital.
- Registration before your trip to Thailand in the Covid tracking app "Thailand Plus"
(Sources: Royal Thai Embassy Berlin and update from April 1, 2021 and Federal Foreign Office)
The following applies in the aircraft and in the airport building Mask requirement. You can also see what the entry to Thailand looks like in Corona times in the following video (in English). The Fit-to-Fly certificate is no longer required since April 1, 2021.
Restrictions and travel within Thailand
Due to Corona, everyday life in Thailand is also affected. Which measures apply on site is determined by the thai corona traffic light. The more corona infections occur in a region, the stricter the rules. You can find an overview of what is currently valid in the individual provinces here.
Everywhere in Thailand there is one Mask requirement in public buildings and public transport. In addition, all people are asked to generally wear a mask in public spaces. There are also provinces in Thailand where it is generally mandatory to wear a mask in public.
(Source: Federal Foreign Office)
Conditions for the (return) journey from Thailand to Germany
If you are flying from Thailand (back) to Germany, you are in Germany no quarantine required. This applies to all federal states since May 13, 2021 and is regulated in the coronavirus entry regulation. However, you will need one of the following three things for the flight from Thailand to Germany:
- either a negative Corona test result (Antigen test max. 48 hours old or PCR, LAMP or TMA test max. 72 hours old) or
- one Vaccination certificatewho certifies a Covid vaccination that has been completely completed for at least 14 days (the first vaccination is sufficient for those who have recovered) or
- one Proof of recovery (The PCR test carried out for this must be at least 28 days ago and may be a maximum of 6 months old)
The possibly necessary corona test must already be carried out in Thailand (or before entering Germany) and is required for children from 6 years of age. The 48 or 72 hour period applies from the time of the smear test to the time of entry (arrival) in Germany.
You should also check the travel conditions of your selected airline and, if applicable, the transit country. It is possible that a PCR test may be required here.
Health care during Corona in Thailand
According to the German embassy in Bangkok, medical care in Thailand is put to the test when a pandemic outbreak occurs. It is particularly important now that you have a have valid international health insurance (It is best to always have the insurance cover printed out with you).
Incidentally, HanseMerkur's international health insurance is also a good option for health insurance abroad. In the event of an infection with the coronavirus, you are generally insured here. There are different options for doing this, depending on the length of the holiday or travel:
After our serious scooter accident at the end of 2017, we ourselves spent several weeks in a hospital in Thailand (international private clinic). We were operated on several times there. Our experience with medical care in Thailand has been very good without exception. You can read our experience report here.
History: Visa for stranded tourists and return program due to Corona in Thailand
Tourists who were stranded in Thailand because of Corona have already been able to extend their visas several times. The Thai government recently approved a fourth visa extension. Foreigners who have been stranded in Thailand due to Corona and are currently unable to leave the country had the opportunity to contact you To extend your visa until October 31, 2020. (Source: TAT, Tourism Authority of Thailand)
If you exceed the duration of your visa due to Corona, you have to send a "Over-stay fee" numbers. It is 500 baht per day and person (approx. 14.08 euros). The maximum penalty for the over-stay is 20,000 baht per person (approx. 543 euros, as of September 2020).
Tour operators and the Federal Foreign Office have also carried out return campaigns for stranded holidaymakers and backpackers in Thailand. The flights were carried out in cooperation with Condor. The following flights took place for this purpose:
- Monday April 6, 2020 at 10:10 a.m. local time from Phuket to Frankfurt (flight no .: DE8759)
- Tuesday April 7th 2020 at 11:30 a.m. local time from Bangkok to Frankfurt (flight no .: DE8763)
- Wednesday April 8, 2020 at 10:10 a.m. local time from Phuket to Frankfurt (flight no .: DE8759)
- Wednesday April 8, 2020 of Bangkok to Frankfurt (flight no .: DE8763)
- Thursday April 9, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. local time from Bangkok to Frankfurt (flight no .: DE8763)
- Thursday April 9, 2020 of Bangkok to Frankfurt (flight no .: DE8765)
- Friday April 10th 2020 of Bangkok to Frankfurt (flight no .: DE8693)
After April 10, 2020, according to the German Embassy no further return flights from Thailand planned. Phuket Airport has been temporarily closed since April 10, 2020.
(Source: German Embassy Bangkok)
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