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Travel Restrictions and visa requirements

Important note about connecting flights: If any of your flights transits through another country please check all entry requirements for each flight segment. Select "one way" and enter each flight segment separately to view all relevant entry and transit travel requirements for your trip.

 

 

COVID-19 TRAVEL INFORMATION

THAILAND  

(Updated May 04, 2021) 

TRAVEL AND IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS

Several countries have imposed travel and immigration restrictions due to COVID-19. This is a dynamic situation and it is the responsibility of the customer to check all relevant travel advisories to and from the countries they are visiting and transiting through. Always check travel restrictions for each part of your trip; this includes layovers for connecting flights, as well as entry requirements for your return back to the US. Please note that the information provided in this addendum is based on the time of print/publication and a country’s requirements can change at any time. It is the responsibility of the traveler to check all updates and obtain all necessary documents and tests prior to departure, as well as entry back into the US. Affordable World is not responsible if you are denied entrance for any reason in any country, even if you hold a valid passport and entry visa. Non U.S Passport holders - please check with your local embassy or consulate for detailed visa and travel document/entry requirements. If you need clarification on whether you may enter Thailand, contact the closest Thai Embassy or consulate, as well as your airline prior to travel.

All travelers to Thailand departing on or after March 01, 2022 must ensure they are eligible to enter Thailand and produce all required entry documentation for this vacation. Requirements and restrictions may depend on different factors including but not limited to: your country of residence, passport nationality, transit points, as well as previous travel history. Full proof of Covid-19 vaccination or recovery is required for our Thailand tours and must be completed at least 14 days prior to the tour start date. *Exceptions apply to children under 5 years of age (at the time of travel), who do not qualify for vaccination, however they will be required to comply with all other entry conditions and must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian on the reservation. The new ‘Fully Vaccinated (No Quarantine)’ program requirements will take effect for all Thailand packages departing on or after May 01, 2022 and are subject to change at any time.
  

PRE-ARRIVAL MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS
All travelers must have the following documents for entering Thailand:
1. Thailand Pass:

All travelers entering Thailand by air or land must register online for a Thailand Pass a minimum of 7 business days before departure. Travelers may apply for a Thailand Pass a maximum of 60 days prior to departure. Once approved, travelers must be ready to present the accompanying QR code on their mobile device or as a printed copy.

a. Travelers aged 18 years and older must submit an individual registration.
b. Travelers unders the age of 18 may be added to the registration of the parents they are traveling with.


2. Insurance Policy: All travelers are required to provide proof of medical insurance with a minimum coverage of USD $10,000.00 covering Covid-19 treatment in Thailand. The policy should cover the cost of treatment and other medical expenses associated with a Covid-19 infection, including but not limited to: in-patient hospitalization, hospital isolation, hotel isolation or related quarantine. The insurance policy should also cover the whole duration that travelers are planning to stay in Thailand, and a suggested coverage of at least 10 extra days as a precautionary measure in the event a traveler’s second swab test result returns as positive. 


3. Certificate of Covid-19 Vaccination or Recovery: Fully vaccinated travelers arriving under the ‘Fully Vaccinated (No Quarantine)’ program must present proof of having receiving all doses required of a Covid-19 vaccine approved by Thailand's Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) or the World Health Organization (WHO). The full course of vaccination must have been completed no less than 14 days before travel to Thailand.

a. All travelers 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travel to Thailand. 
b. Unaccompanied travelers aged 5-17 years old under the ‘Fully Vaccinated (No Quarantine)’’ programme must be vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travel to Thailand. 5-17 year olds traveling with parents are exempt from this 1 dose of an approved vaccine requirement.
c. Travelers with a history of Covid-19 infection who have recovered by medical treatment and travelers who have received at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine post-infection must have a certificate of Covid-19 recovery.
d. All travelers must undergo ‘exit screening’ at the point of departure (i.e - at the airline check-in counter) and present the required documents to the counter agent. 
e. The following vaccines are currently approved in Thailand: CoronaVac (Sinovac Biotech), AstraZeneca (Covishield), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Janssen or Janssen, Moderna, Sinopharm, Sputnik V, and Covaxin. Travelers that have received a combination of two different vaccines may still be considered fully vaccinated. 

4. MorChana App: All travelers must download and install the MorChana application and set the application on at all times for the duration of their stay in Thailand. Travelers will need to use the app to report their Covid-19 test results during their time in Thailand.
 

ON-ARRIVAL REQUIREMENTS DURING YOUR STAY IN THAILAND

1. Entry screening upon arrival: All travelers must undergo entry screening including a body temperature check and presenting the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks.

2. Fully Vaccinated Travelers::  The vaccinated travelers will then be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom. *For arrivals by land using a border pass, they will be allowed a stay of no longer than 3 days within the specified areas only.

3. Safety Protocols:: While in Thailand, all travelers are advised to strictly follow the health and safety standards. Travelers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If testing positive, they must get the appropriate medical treatment. 

 


ENTRY BACK TO THE US

  • Effective December 6, 2021 at 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT), the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers (regardless of the vaccination status) entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) - 2 years or older - to present a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day prior to the return date, or present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true.​ Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test, vaccination proof or recovery. Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test, vaccination proof or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States. *Important note: If you test positive for Covid-19 and are denied boarding for your return flight to the US, you will be responsible for any expenses you may incur (ie. flight expenses, hotel accommodation, transportation, meals, sundry expenses and more). Please note, Affordable World cannot be held responsible if you are denied boarding for this or any other reason, and will not be responsible for any related expenses.

Before Travelling to the United States

Type of Air Passenger
(2 years or older)
Number of Days to get a COVID-19 Viral Test Before a Flight’s Departure to the US
Fully vaccinated No more than 1 day
Not fully vaccinated No more than 1 day
  • Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test, vaccination proof or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.
 


GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

We’d like to remind all guests to check their local state travel guidelines regarding travel restrictions when arriving from international destinations or other US States, as this may vary state by state.
US State Department
CDC Travel Resources
WHO
Royal Thai Embassy
US Embassy & Consulate in Thailand 

THAILAND EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS

+ 66-86-5471888
+ 66-81-8347804
+ 66-26-798501

 

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO THAILAND

(Updated November 2021) 

PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP

As you prepare to embark on your upcoming Affordable World journey, please log on to your My Affordable account and click on your trip confirmation ID to review the most up to date trip details including hotel information, flight schedules, and ticket number(s). Please make sure you have all travel documents*, passports, and necessary visas ready before you depart for your trip.

*Additional travel documents, PCR tests, proof of full vaccination and other items may be required due to Covid-19. It is the responsibility of the traveler to check relevant travel advisories, requirements and/or restrictions for each part of the trip; this includes airline specific policies, layovers for all connecting flights, entry requirements to Thailand and entry requirements for your return back to the US; travelers must obtain all required documents, tests and vaccinations prior to departure. Affordable World is not responsible if you are denied entrance for any reason in any country, even if you hold a valid passport and entry visa.   

CHECKING IN AT THE AIRPORT

Be sure to bring your passport and all required travel documents* as you will need to present them when checking in at the airport. Please be advised that not all airlines assign seats in advance. Some airlines assign seats at the airport during check-in. We recommend all travelers arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to the flight departure time. You will receive boarding passes at the airline counter when you check in for your flight.   

UPON ARRIVAL IN THAILAND

Please go through Customs and Immigrations on your own. After you pick up your luggage, exit the baggage claim area from exit A - Gate 4 and look for the Affordable World representative* holding an Affordable World flag or sign. Please wear your Affordable badge (enclosed) for easy identification.
*Depending on your arrival date, you will be met by a hotel representative or the local tour guide.

Airport Transfers upon Arrival
Affordable World tour guides/airport assistants will wait for arriving tour members outside the airport baggage claim area for up to 90 minutes* after the landing time of the tour member's flight before departing from the airport with transportation to the hotel. If for any reason a tour member does not meet the Affordable World representative within 90 minutes after the landing time of the tour member's flight, the tour member will be responsible for his or her own transportation from the airport to the hotel, along with all associated expenses.

Land Only & Extended Stay Travelers
Land only packages do not include airport transfers. Please arrange your own airport transfer to the hotel as listed in your travel documents. The tour guide will leave information for you at the hotel regarding the time of the meeting the next day. Airport transfers out are not included for those who have chosen to extend their stay at the end of the tour. If you have purchased an airport transfer service from us, please be sure to provide all flight information to Affordable World prior to your trip departure date.    
 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

● Passports must be valid for 6 months from the return date of your trip
US Passport holders – No visa is required for your stay up to 30 days
Non-US Passport holders – please check with your local Thailand consulate for Visa requirements
● It is the responsibility of the traveler to obtain a visa in a timely manner
● For detailed passport and visa requirements, all travelers are advised to check with the related embassy or consulate

Please refer to Covid Addendum document for more information regarding entry and travel requirements for your trip.    

BAGGAGE

● Baggage allowance for international flights varies by airlines and is subject to change at any time. For up-to-date baggage allowance restrictions, please check with the appropriate airline for their latest regulations. Additional baggage charges may apply.
● Please keep in mind that within China and Asia, the baggage limitation on all regional flights may vary from baggage allowance on your international flights. Please check with the appropriate airline for their regulations.

Important Luggage Info & Tips

● Baggage is the sole responsibility of the traveler. We recommend using a TSA approved luggage lock and Affordable World luggage tags (enclosed) showing the name and contact information of the owner. Baggage without a lock may be refused for transport
● DO NOT pack medicine, valuables, and other personal necessities in checked luggage. Keep these items in your carry-on bag
● Consider packing a change of clothing, a set of undergarments and toiletries in your carry-on bag to avoid inconvenience caused by delays or lost luggage.
● Power bank chargers over 20,000 mAh are restricted from carry on and check in luggage
● Power bank mAh capacity must be clearly labelled by the manufacturer on the charger
● Please visit www.tsa.gov for USA carry on restrictions
● No porter service will be provided throughout the tour. During the tour please always keep an eye on your personal belongings and valuables. Be aware of your surroundings when going out on your own.
Important note: Affordable World Tours’ representatives cannot enter the luggage claim area. After you collect your luggage please exit the baggage claim area from exit C. Our local Affordable World representative will be waiting for you outside with an Affordable World flag or sign.

CURRENCY

Thailand's currency is called Thailand Baht (THB). As of November 2021, the exchange rate is $1 U.S dollar to 33.12 THB. We suggest you bring a combination of cash and credit cards for your trip. Most department stores, hotels and restaurants will accept major credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and MasterCard. However, it is more convenient to use cash especially if you are planning to shop and eat in smaller shops. Please always keep your currency exchange receipts as you may need to present these when changing THB back to your own currency at the end of your trip.

TIPPING

An important note on tipping - please note gratuities are not included in your tour cost. They are customary and their purpose is to encourage and reward quality service. Our guides greatly appreciate any tips you would like to give them. Our recommended tip amount is $10 USD per person per night.

HEALTH & MEDICAL MATTERS

Medical and vaccination requirements vary between countries and it is important you check with your family doctor or a qualified medical professional for the most up to date travel health information for the region you are visiting. Due to the length of the trip, it is advised you consult your doctor for existing medical/dental conditions before departure. It is advised to pack any prescription medicine in your carry-on hand luggage. Please make sure prescription medicine is fully labelled. It may also be useful to bring aspirin, over-the-counter medicine for the flu, indigestion, motion sickness, etc. In case of illness during the trip, please immediately notify your tour guide for assistance.

ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENT

Thailand’s electrical system operates at 220 volts. The electrical outlets are either for fat round pins or flat angled blades. It is recommended travelers bring their own voltage converter and adapter

TIME DIFFERENCE

The time difference between major cities in North America and Bangkok are as below:

● Los Angeles +14 hours
● New York + 11 hours

MEALS

Certain meals are included in Thailand as per the itinerary. We regret to inform you that Affordable World is unable to confirm any special meal request as it is based on the availability of the providing restaurants, hotels, and airlines. Please contact the airlines directly to place special meal requests for your flights.

SHOPPING

Although Affordable World Tours’ national guides will be happy to assist you with any shopping requirements, Affordable World Tours does not assume responsibility for any items purchased at shops while on tour. You are never required to purchase any items while on tour and thus must be responsible for your own purchases. Any after sales correspondence must be between the passenger and the shop in question.

CLIMATE & CLOTHING

Thailand’s tropical climate is hot & humid, but there are regional and seasonal temperature variations.
Bangkok enjoys three seasons:
Mar – Mid June - Hot (80-95 F)
June – October - Rainy (75-90 F)
Nov – February - Cool (65-90 F)
Chiang Mai is in the far North and is somewhat cooler with winter temperatures ranging between 56 to 83 F. In rare instances, temperatures in the hill can drop as low as 36 F. As in Bangkok, the heaviest rains fall in September. Winter nights in the North can be chilly so it is recommended to pack a sweater if visiting the North. In the south, temperatures on the island of Phuket can warm to 92 F in the hot season but the water temperature never drops below 68F. During monsoon season (May to late Oct) the undertow can be quite strong; look for red warning flags on the beaches.
● It is suggested to bring comfortable, casual clothing and a pair of walking shoes; sunglasses are essential, light hats advisable
Sleeveless tops, shorts, skirts, and tight clothing are not allowed in temples for both men and women. It is best to wear pants or a loose, long skirt that covers your ankles and a loose fitting top that covers your shoulders, in addition we also suggest bringing a light scarf
● Shoes must be removed upon entering temples but you may leave your socks on – easy slip on shoes are suggested
● If your destination covers Phuket or Koh Samui, choose light clothes for its balmy weather – natural fabrics such as linens and cottons are highly recommended.
● Check www.weather.com for more detailed weather conditions closer to your departure date.
● It is not necessary to bring formal clothing however modest attire is always welcome

THAILAND TRAVEL INFO

For detailed Thailand travel guides & maps please visit: http://www.tourismthailand.org/home

THAILAND EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS

66-86-5471888
66-81-8347804
66-26-798501

Our experienced staff of Thailand specialists take pride in providing you with the very best in service and planning. Thank you for choosing Affordable World as your partner in travel. We are confident your trip will be happy and rewarding!

Bon Voyage!