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  • Thai Visa Extensions: On July 29, the Royal Thai Government officially approved a grace period until September 26, 2020 for persons in Thailand in temporary visa status (of all visa types) to depart the country. The measure was published on that date in the Royal Thai Gazette.  The grace period effectively further extends the automatic visa extension that was first announced in late March due to Covid-related travel difficulties.   In light of this decision by the Royal Thai Government, visa extension letters from the U.S. Embassy are not required to remain in Thailand between now and September 26.  We will not issue visa extension letters for U.S. citizens who wish to stay in Thailand beyond September 26.  After that date, normal thirty-day extensions may be available for individuals who can demonstrate compelling reasons for not being able to depart Thailand.  Those decisions will be made by Royal Thai Immigration officers on a case-by-case basis. Please refer your specific visa questions directly to the Thai Immigration Bureau.

Entering Thailand: Most foreign nationals remain barred from entering Thailand.  The Royal Thai Government has also extended its ban on inbound international passenger flights until further notice. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced on June 29, 2020 flights carrying the following types of passengers will be allowed into Thailand:

  • Thai nationals.
  • 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, as necessary. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to specified conditions and time limits.
  • Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parent, or child of a Thai national.
  • Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of residence, or permission to reside in the Kingdom.
  • Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid work permit or allowed to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.
  • Carriers of necessary goods subject to immediate return after completion.
  • Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom as part of their duties and have a specified date and time for return.
  • Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students.
  • Non-Thai nationals in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID–19.
  • Individuals in diplomatic missions, consular affairs, international organizations, government representatives, foreign government agencies working in Thailand, or individual in other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including their spouse, parents, or children.
  • Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country.

The Royal Thai Government has not yet clarified how non-Thai travelers approved for entry can travel to Thailand.  Those seeking to enter Thailand must request a Certificate of Entry from the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate.  All arrivals are subject to a 14-day quarantine which can be spent at a government quarantine facility, alternative state quarantine, or self-quarantine at home depending on the traveler’s status.  The only aircraft approved to enter the Kingdom of Thailand include the following:

  • State or military aircraft
  • Emergency landing flights
  • Technical landing flights without disembarkation
  • Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights
  • Repatriation flights
  • Cargo flights

U.S. citizens seeking entry into the Kingdom of Thailand who meet the established criteria should contact the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate closest to their current location for more information on gaining entry to Thailand. Please note that more emergency measures further restricting movements and activities in Thailand may be announced at any time.

  • Suspension of Incoming Flights: The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has extended its ban on incoming international flights until further notice, unless the flight fits into the one of the categories above.
  • Chiang Mai and Phuket Airports: There are no longer international flights departing from Chiang Mai International Airport or Phuket International Airport until further notice.

General Flight Information

  • Please check the link to the most recent health alert at the top of this page for a list of airlines that are still operating flights out of Thailand.
  • The few remaining flight routes departing Thailand are subject to cancellation without notice, and many flights are heavily booked.  For verified information about the COVID-19 situation in other countries, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html.
  • U.S. citizens should consider booking flights to major points of entry into the United States and then arrange for further domestic travel upon arrival.
  • If you are having difficulty booking a flight back to the United States for any reason, including financial, please contact U.S. Embassy Bangkok at acsbkk@state.govOR U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai at acschn@state.gov.  Government loans are available for the purchase of airline tickets to the United States if needed.
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