CAAT’s recommendations for 11 exempt types of travellers planning a trip to Thailand

11 types of Thai and non-Thai nationals, currently allowed to enter the country, must comply with the conditions, time limits and rules of the authorised persons under the Thai law.

Bangkok, 08 July, 2020, at 08.00 Hrs. – The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued recommendations for the 11 exempt types of travellers planning a trip to Thailand during the current time as the nation continues its unprecedented effort to maintain zero new local cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection in the country.

The eligible travellers as listed below must seek in advance a ‘Certificate of Entry’ from their local Thai embassies or consulates abroad as required under the order of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Here are the CAAT’s recommendations:


  • Check whether they are individuals as described in the 11 exempt types issued by the CAAT.
  • Prepare the necessary relevant documents as required for the different types of individuals.
  • Contact the nearest Thai embassy or consulate to submit the documents and follow the terms and conditions for the flight bookings to obtain the ‘Certificate of Entry’

Departure date

Show the following documents and items to the airline at the check-in counter:

  • Passport.
  • Certificate of Entry.
  • Health certificate clarifying no risk of COVID-19, using a RT-PCR laboratory technique, issued no more than 72 hours before travelling (required from passengers in Types 2, 3, and 6-11).
  • Health insurance policy showing a minimum coverage for COVID-19 of not less than US$100,000 (required from passengers in Types 5-11).
  • Surgical masks and alcohol-based hand sanitiser (per the approved amount).

Onboard the aircraft

  • Wear a surgical mask during the flight.
  • Follow the airline’s infection control guidance and restrictions.

Upon arrival

1. For visitors staying no more than 14 days.

  • Undergo the COVID-19 testing using a RT-PCR laboratory technique at the airport.
  • Download the tracking mobile phone app for COVID-19 incidents.

2. For visitors staying longer than 14 days.

  • Undergo the COVID-19 screening (checking symptoms and body temperature).
  • Download the tracking mobile phone app for COVID-19 incidents.
  • Enter a 14-day local or state quarantine.

List of the 11 exempt types of travellers:

  1. Thai nationals.
  2. Persons with exemption or persons being considered, permitted, or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, pertaining to necessity. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to specific conditions and time limits.
  3. Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under international organisations, or representatives of foreign governments performing their duties in the Kingdom, or persons of other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pertaining to necessity, including their spouse, parents, or children.
  4. Carriers of necessary goods, subject to immediate return after completion.
  5. Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission and have a specified date and time for return.
  6. Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national.
  7.  Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of permanent residency in the Kingdom, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom.
  8. Non-Thai nationals who have a work permit or have been granted permission from government agencies to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.
  9. Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students, except for students of non-formal educational institutions under the law on private schools and of other similar private educational institutions.
  10. Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID-19.
  11. Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country.

For more information:

  • Royal Thai Government’s COVID-19 Information Centre, Hotline 1111.
  • Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tel: +66 (0) 572-8442.
  • Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Hotline 1422.
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, Tel: +66 (0) 568-8800.
  • Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Contact Centre, Hotline 1672 (for tourism-related matters only).

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