As of October 1, 2022, Thailand ends its Covid border requirements—international travelers no longer need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test. And, with new opportunities for longer stays, travelers can enjoy the Land of Smiles even more than before the pandemic.
No Covid vaccination or testing required to enter Thailand
Thailand’s Centre of Covid-19 Situation Administration and the Tourism of Authority of Thailand made the announcement lifting the border measures in late September. To enter Thailand, travelers no longer need to show a Covid vaccination certificate or proof of a recent negative Covid test. Up until September 3o, 2022, one of these was needed (at the traveler’s choice) but this requirement ends as of October 1, 2022.
Thailand first reopened to tourism in July 2021 and, as of July 2022, most of its pandemic border restrictions were lifted. Thailand has had various programs to facilitate tourism and gradually reopen the country during the pandemic, beginning with the Phuket Sandbox program which brought tourists first to Thailand’s largest island and its famous beaches.
Extended stays for tourists
In the past, most tourists to Thailand from the U.S., Europe and Canada qualified as visa exempt—meaning that, upon arrival in Thailand, they were granted a 30-day stay in the country. Announced in August 2022, these travelers are now given permission for a 45-day stay in Thailand. For travelers eligible for a visa on arrival (for example, those with passports from Mexico and China), stays are now increased from 15 days to 30 days. These changes will be in effect from October 1, 2022 until at least March 31, 2023.
More visa information for U.S. passport holders is available on the U.S. Embassy in Thailand’s website.
Thailand’s 10-year Long-Term Resident visa
After a holiday in Thailand, many people pine to live in the Land of Smiles long-term, whether they’re remote workers or want to retire there. Thailand is making that easier with a new Long-Term Resident visa which is valid for 10 years and can be extended. Upon approval, visa holders are granted multiple re-entries into Thailand, fast-track airport service, a digital work permit, and other benefits.
New Michelin Guide to Thailand
No matter the length of your stay, sampling Thailand’s famous cuisine—from its street food to restaurants recognized by Michelin—is essential. That’s made even easier with a new edition of The Michelin Guide to Thailand which will soon be released.
For the first time, Michelin’s Thailand guide will include restaurants in Thailand’s northeast—Isan. Isan food is characterized by its bright flavors and influences from neighboring Laos and Cambodia. Som tum—green papaya salad—is perhaps the most famous Isan dish, but be sure to try Isan fried chicken (gai tod) too.
The current version of the Michelin guide includes Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Phang-nga, and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya with details on Thailand’s 32 Michelin-starred restaurants and other restaurants of note. In Bangkok, for example, you could sample chef Pim Techamuanvivit’s modern Thai creations at Nahm, in the COMO Metropolitan Bangkok. Nahm has had a Michelin star for five consecutive years. In particular, look for the blue swimmer crab dishes, such as a yellow curry with betel leaves and calamansi lime or grilled with wild prawns and red grouper in banana leaf.
Returning to Thailand and sampling the country’s fantastic food is sure to make anyone cheer.