Thailand Reopening to Canadian Travellers: What You Need to Know

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After a brief pause in reopening through January, Thailand will be fully reopening once again on February 1, 2022 through a Test & Go scheme.

Along with Singapore reopening Vaccinated Travel Lanes, South East Asia as a whole is beginning to open up, and could make for a very worthwhile trip in 2022.

Thailand Travel Restrictions

As of February 1, 2022, fully vaccinated tourists from any country can apply for a Thailand Pass up to 60 days in advance of their trip.

Keemala, Hyatt Small Luxury Hotels of the World in Phuket, Thailand

How Can Canadians Enter Thailand?

All Canadians are allowed to enter Thailand by air, as long as they are fully vaccinated. As of October 2021, when departing Canada by air, travellers are required to present proof of vaccination.

Travellers must fulfill all of the following criteria prior to boarding for entry without quarantine:

Thailand has removed all testing pre-entry testing requirements as of May 1, 2022.

Conrad Koh Samui

Testing & Quarantine Upon Arrival

As of May 1, 2022, there are no tests or quarantine to be carried out upon arrival.

Testing & Quarantine Upon Return

As of April 1, 2022, a negative test is no longer required prior to travelling back to Canada.

If you need to find a test in Thailand, tests do appear to be readily throughout Thailand, with all major hospitals offering testing.

There are also private third parties who arrange a test on your behalf, with prices falling in the US$90 ($115) range. I assume these tests will be cheaper if acquired directly from the lab; however, ease of access and your language skills may make a difference here.

Of course, it’s also worth inquiring with your hotel or resort directly to arrange testing, as they may offer more convenient options for taking the mandatory on-arrival and Day 8/9. 

Alternatively, consider purchasing a Switch Health RT-LAMP or antigen test kit for an easy remote testing option via telehealth video link.

Current Health Requirements in Thailand

Like most of Asia, health and safety requirements are abundant in Thailand, including mandatory masks in all public spaces, the beach, the pool, and inside vehicles.

Restrictions in Thailand are separated by colour-code regions, and all major destinations are in the least-restrictive “blue zone”.

This means attractions like museums, art galleries, spas, pools, are all open, subject to public health measures such as mask-wearing and have a 75% capacity limit imposed.

In Bangkok, restaurants have opened normally and can serve alcohol until 11pm. All entertainments venues, including nightclubs, remain closed throughout the country.

Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand
Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand

How to Get to Thailand

There’s no shortage of ways to travel to Thailand in greater comfort using your travel rewards points.

Using Aeroplan, flights from Canada will cost 85,000 Aeroplan points one-way in business class, regardless of your routing.

The most convenient one-stop options from Canada include Turkish Airlines, Etihad Airways, Swiss, or any combination of a European layover followed by a flight on Thai Airways.

If you’re interested in travelling in greater luxury flying First Class, consider the following routings:

Certain Thai islands such as Koh Samui have very few options for direct flights. In these cases, travellers can simply book an award ticket to Bangkok, and then use either Etihad Guest miles or cash to book the Bangkok Airways flight separately.

Conclusion

After a brief pause due to the Omicron variant, Thailand’s Test & Go scheme will restart on Feburary 1, 2022, alongside the existing Sandbox schemes for certain regions. Make sure to read carefully as the rules differ slightly depending on which region you’re visiting.

Thailand does have very strict COVID-19 protocols on paper, such as a limitation on alcohol sales at restaurants. These are subject to change and varying degrees of enforcement, so be aware of all the current restrictions in place prior to arrival.

As always, you can refer to our Travel During COVID-19 Resource for Canadians for the most up-to-date information on travelling in the pandemic era.

 

 

14 Comments
  1. Helen

    Major error regarding flights. To enter a “sandbox” in Koh Samui or Phuket you can only transit through BKK on a sealed route booked on one ticket. If you arrive in BKK not on one of the specific flights you will not be able to continue and will have to quarantine in BKK. This has always been the case for Samui. Phuket only allows transit through BKK starting February 1.

    This is wrong and will cause major problem for people trying to arrive for sandbox in Samui or Phuket.

    “In these cases, travellers can simply book an award ticket to Bangkok, and then use either Etihad Guest miles or cash to book the Bangkok Airways flight separately.”.

  2. DenB® YTO

    All these details assume the traveller has not recovered from a COVID-19 infection. For those who have, this is not how it works.

  3. Brad

    Hey Ricky, I have been in Phuket for the past 2 months and think there has never been a better time to come here. I was able to get in on the slightly easier Test and Go program from November. The best news is thanks to your great PoT advice along the way, I had the points and know how to book business class from Canada, including a month-long stopover in Europe. Thanks man!

  4. Robert Gilbert

    Thanks Ricky. Much appreciated. Could you please clarify the following though? “.. SHA++ accommodation establishments for the first and fifth nights ..” Is the 5th night required for a second test i.e. If negative after the first test, we can leave hotel, but need to go back for a 2nd test 5 days later so need to have a 2nd night booked at that same hotel just in case? Thanks!

  5. Emily

    Hi! This article is great. We have booked our flights from Vancouver to Koh Samui but realized we didn’t get the 2 required flights for the last leg from Bangkok to Koh Samui. Wondering if we could still travel Vancouver to Bangkok (Japan Airlines), cancel the last leg of the flight and book a separate ticket Bangkok to Koh Samui with the required flights (either PG 5125 or PG 5171). Do you know if this would be acceptable?

  6. Ron

    Hey Ricky, with the rules requiring you to quarantine while you await your Day 0 PCR test, is that on entry? I.e. you CANNOT fly to CNX via BKK because you’ll be required to complete the testing/mini-quarantine?

  7. Josh

    I could not book JAL First Class for 75K. I had to do it in 2 segments, NYC or ORD to Tokyo First Class is 70K and then Tokyo to BKK for 25K. Then call JAL to merge the tickets. You can book in one ticket business class though.

  8. Brendan McCullough

    I notice that Taiwan is not on the list of approved countries which limits the routes that west coast travellers can take to Thailand.

    1. Jerry

      You can’t transit thru Taipei anyways. Transit is currently prohibited in Taiwan for foreign passengers. Tokyo and Seoul are your two main options.

  9. Jerry

    Thanks Ricky for this informative post. Do you know how to obtain the Thailand visa these days? Can I apply online and get something like a electronic visa? Or else I need to go through a consulate or embassy in person or mail in? That would be much helpful. Thanks.

    1. Paul

      Thailand is, right at this moment, transitioning to an e-visa stickerless system. Before you had to send your passport to the embassy/consulate to get your visa. Now you apply electronically via thaievisa.go.th and you don’t have to send in your passport anymore. http://www.thaiconsulatevancouver.ca/evisa-stickerless/

      1. Jerry

        Thanks a lot for your input Paul. Much appreciated.

  10. Paul

    There is a lot of discussion going on regarding Thailand dropping ASQ/Sandbox requirements for fully vaccinated tourists. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2186579/shorter-quarantine-for-some-visitors
    Nobody knows when/what will happen but unless you need to go real soon it might be worthwhile waiting to see what happens with these changes in the next month or so. Just curious Ricky, how far out did you have to go to find that YYZ-IST-HKT in TK J? I’m not seeing anything in the next month or so using cowtool and beyond that there is a good chance that things in Thailand will have changed.
    Also, be careful out there. https://www.thephuketnews.com/costs-of-forced-repeated-tests-threaten-canadian-sandbox-holiday-81464.php

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