Thailand Pass: Entry window tightened to 3 days again

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Thailand Passes are now valid for 3 days after the original date of arrival, a reversal of the previous 15 day entry window.

I think it’s safe to say that by this point in time, most of us are tired of reading about the Thailand Pass. But until the authorities see fit to scrap the scheme, it’s the only way you’re getting to Bangkok, Koh Samui, Krabi, or any of your favourite Thailand holiday destinations.

A Thailand Pass is still required for entry to Thailand

If it’s any consolation, the application process is much simpler than it was at the start of the year. That’s come hand-in-hand with Thailand’s easing of entry restrictions:

  • Thai nationals no longer need a Thailand Pass
  • Foreigners no longer need to submit AQ/SHA++ hotel bookings or proof of airport transfer
  • Thailand Passes are either approved instantly or in 1-2 hours at most, compared to up to 7 days previously

Unfortunately, Thailand has now taken a step backwards by rolling back one of its recent enhancements. From June onwards, Thailand Passes are now only valid for entry up to 72 hours after the original date of arrival. 

Thailand Pass entry window tightened

Thailand Pass entry windows have been tightened

Back on 18 April 2022, the Thailand Pass entry validity window was expanded to +/- 7 days from the original date of entry.

In other words, if my Thailand Pass entry date was 8 May 2022, I would be able to enter Thailand anytime from 1-15 May 2022 without having to apply for a new pass. This gave me a 15-day window in which to enter Thailand.

From 1 June 2022, this has reverted to the previous +3 days window, as per a statement on the Thailand Pass portal.

Applicants can use their approved Thailand Pass QR Code to enter Thailand on different date of arrival if the new date of arrival is within 72 hours (3 days) after the original date of arrival as indicated on the QR Code (no need to re-apply or modify your application)

Note that the window is +3 days, not +/- 3 days. What this means is that if your approval date is 8 June 2022, you can enter Thailand anytime from 8-11 June 2022 without having to apply for a new pass.

This was basically the policy pre-18 April and is only useful to those with flight delays, as opposed to those who want to bring their trip forward, or push it back by more than 3 days.

Why the authorities would choose to do this, I have no idea. With the Thailand Pass so close to being scrapped (1 July is the new D-Day, if you believe the rumours), it makes little sense to tighten the restrictions again. 

That said, given the quick turnaround times we’re now seeing for Thailand Passes (most people report getting theirs in <15 mins), it’s not that big a deal. If you decide to bring forward your trip by a few days, you could apply for a new pass right now and get approved in less time than the wait on the Singapore Airlines hotline. 

Recap: Thailand Pass

Thailand Pass

All foreign nationals travelling to Thailand are required to submit a Thailand Pass application. 

Applications are free of charge (beware of lookalike websites that charge a fee!), and can be made up to 60 days in advance of travel. Approvals are valid for +3 days from the stated date of entry, and each Thailand Pass is valid for a single entry. 

The following documentation is required.

 Unvax.Vax.
Documents Required
  • Passport details
  • Proof of US$10,000 travel insurance policy
  • Negative ART/PCR test within 72h of departure
  • Passport details
  • Proof of vaccination
  • Proof of US$10,000 travel insurance policy
ApprovalWithin 2 hours

Travel to Thailand

Here’s a reminder of what the travel process to Thailand looks like now. 

🇹🇭 Thailand Entry Requirements
  • Fully vaccinated with approved vaccine (age 17 and below exempt, if traveling with vaccinated parents)
    • Unvaccinated travellers may enter without quarantine, provided they present a negative ART or PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure
  • Purchase travel insurance with min. US$10K COVID-19 medical coverage (foreigners only)
  • Apply for Thailand Pass
  • No isolation or testing required on arrival

No pre-departure or on-arrival testing is required for fully vaccinated travellers, which means that Singapore residents can enjoy completely test-free travel to and from Thailand.

For those having difficulty keeping up with all the changes, here’s how the process has evolved since the start of this year. 

🇹🇭 Changelog: Travel to Thailand
DateChange
1 Feb 2022
1 Mar 2022
  • Travel insurance requirement reduced from US$50K to US$20K
  • Day 5 PCR test replaced with ATK
1 Apr 2022
1 May 2022
  • On-arrival testing and Day 5 test scrapped
  • Travel insurance requirement reduced from US$20K to US$10K
  • Mandatory hotel booking scrapped
1 Jun 202
  • Thailand Pass requirement scrapped for Thai nationals
  • Thailand Pass approval within 1-2 hours

Conclusion

Thailand has rolled back a positive change to the Thailand Pass by restricting entry approvals to a +3 day window, compared to +/-7 days previously. It means that anyone who wants to bring their trip forward (or push it back by more than three days) will need to apply for a brand-new Thailand Pass.

Fortunately, that’s more likely to be an inconvenience than a deal breaker, given that most applications are now approved in a matter of minutes. 

Here’s hoping this month’s the last we see of the Thailand Pass.

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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James Quek

To get insurance company to amend commencement date may take some time.

Gary
John

Yup it also seems the MorChana app can no longer be found/downloaded from the Play Store

Klas

To many stupid rouls people have already booked travel for this year and after new year

Erik

Why is there never any mention of what is required for passengers transiting an airport ?

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