Bangkok, Updated on 1 December, 2021.
Thailand currently approves 8 COVID19 vaccines, and everyone 18 years of age and older should get fully vaccinated for COVID19 before travelling to the Kingdom, while rules differ for those under 18 years. Here’s an update to our guide to COVID19 vaccines for international travellers to Thailand.
International travellers, including returning Thais and foreign residents, who are above 18 years of age should get fully vaccinated for COVID19 with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) or the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before their travel date.
For travellers under 18 years, the following new rules will apply from 16 December, 2021, pending official announcement in the Royal Thai Government Gazette.
Travellers 1217 years of age, travelling with parents under the TEST & GO entry scheme and Sandbox Programme, are not required to be vaccinated but must have a negative RTPCR test result within 72 hours before travelling. Those unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least one dose of an approved vaccine and must have a negative RTPCR test result.
Travellers 611 years of age, travelling with parents under the TEST & GO entry scheme and Sandbox Programme, must have a negative RTPCR test result within 72 hours before travelling.
Travellers under 6 years of age, travelling with parents with a negative RTPCR test result within 72 hours before travelling, are not required to have a prearrival negative RTPCR test result and can have saliva test when entering to the Kingdom.
Travellers previously infected within 3 months before travelling must have a medical certificate of recovery or get vaccinated with at least one dose of an approved vaccine for an unspecified period of times before travelling.
List of approved COVID19 vaccines
Currently, the MoPH has approved the following manufacturers and vaccines:
- CoronaVac by Sinovac Biotech Ltd 2 doses needed / 24week interval;
- AstraZeneca or Covishield by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, SK Bioscience (South Korea), Siam Bioscience, and Serum Institute of India (Covishield) 2 doses needed / 412week interval;
- PfizerBioNTech or Comirnaty by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech 2 doses needed / 3week interval;
- Janssen or Janssen/Ad26.COV2.S by Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. 1 dose needed;
- Moderna by Moderna Inc. 2 doses needed / 4week interval);
- Sinopharm or COVILO by Sinopharm Co., Ltd. 2 doses needed / 34week interval);
- Sputnik V by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology 2 doses needed 3week interval);
- Covaxin by Bharat Biotech International Limited 2 doses needed / 4week interval.
Meanwhile, the WHO’s guidance on the COVID19 vaccines is available here.
Have you been fully vaccinated?
According to the MoPH, travellers are considered fully vaccinated if:
- They get their second dose of a 2dose vaccine; such as, the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines, no less than 14 days before their travel date to Thailand.
- They get a singledose vaccine; such as, Janssen vaccine, no less than 14 days before their travel date to Thailand.
- In case of mixandmatch vaccines, travellers should get their second dose of a different vaccine within the recommended interval of the first vaccine no less than 14 days before their travel date to Thailand. For example, if the first vaccine is CoronaVac from Sinovac Biotech and the second vaccine is AstraZeneca, the time between the two doses is 24 weeks.
Travellers who do not meet these criteria may be denied entry into Thailand.
Requirements for the ‘Certificate of COVID19 Vaccination’
The travellers’ Certificate of COVID19 Vaccination should contain the following details:
- Given name and last name;
- Date of Birth;
- Passport or Identification No.;
- Name of the COVID19 vaccine;
- Vaccination dates;
- Vaccine manufacturer and lot/batch number;
- Authorised organisation in the country of origin.
In addition to being fully vaccinated, international travellers should have all of their advance arrangements in good order for arrival and entry. For more information on Thailand’s reopening programmes, see: https://www.tatnews.org/thailandreopening/.
Kindly note that this information, which was first published on 29 August, 2021, is to serve as reference only, and it is especially important to check in regularly on this page or www.tatnews.org to stay current on what remains a very fluid and fast changing situation.
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Source: Thailand Business News