How to Travel to Thailand during COVID-19

Written 9th October 2020

Amid covid-19 restrictions the Thailand authorities placed a strict control on the flow of people into the country. The country has some of the best results for covid-19 restrictions on the planet – for reasons people can’t quite seem to explain at the moment.

For those living in Thailand it is exceptionally normal here. The restrictions are very mild. All that is requested of you is that you wear a mask indoors, unless eating and drinking. Also in addition to that you must check temperature at regular intervals such as entering into a premises .

Restrictions for Entering The Country.

The restrictions for entering into the country are much more difficult and demanding. Some airlines are offering to help people meet these requirements and it’s worth checking out with a tour operator. The authorities here have split people into different levels of importance of being able to enter it’s boarders. The first is citizens and those who need to return to the country for health reasons, then every other reason afterwards, family, marriage, business, education…etc.

A lot of the rehabs have closed down during Covid-19, some has dismissed all their staff and are unlikely to reopen any time soon.


As expected you have to have a quarantine upon arrival and you must also quarantine for 14 days through self-isolation before leaving your country. Once you enter into quarantine in Thailand for 14 days you cannot leave your hotel room. The quarantines are currently being held in Bangkok and the price is about $1000 for the 14 days (prices may vary). During this quarantine you are to be tested twice for Covid-19 to see if your results are positive or negative. If you do test positive you must be treated for symptoms and your quarantine time may be extended.

Track and Trace

Of course, as has been the theme since the outbreak, tracking all your movements is of the utmost importance so they can see where you have been and if by some chance their attempts to detect it have failed they can quickly see you’re a potential risk.


You will need insurance for COVID-19, this makes sure that you are covered medically specifically for covid. You should never travel to Thailand without medical insurance, even if you are due to come here for rehab, no rehab will cover your individual medical issues. Despite what you hear about Thailand being cheap, medical issues can be very expensive. I would never recommend visiting this part of the world without comprehensive medical insurance for the duration of your stay.

Open / not open

Technically the boarders are open to some but these are assessed on a case by case basis.

All the above information is subject to change and cannot be taken for factual up-to-date-information. For more up to date information about how to travel into Thailand please refer to Thailand’s official website of tourism:

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Published by Dylan Kerr BA ACAT FDAP DipHE MBABCP

Mr Dylan Kerr Addictions Counselor Bachelors in Clinical Counseling (Hons) Advanced Certified Addictions Therapist Member of the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapist Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners HeDip Health-care HeDip Psychology of Addiction Dip Counselling Diploma in Arts Therapy Diploma in Transactional Analysis CSAT III Dylan Kerr is a Certified Substance Abuse Therapist who is qualified in Counseling, Psychology of addiction from Leeds University and Healthcare from Birmingham City University. Dylan Kerr has been a senior Therapist at the River Rehab, Lead Therapist at Lanna Rehab in Chiang Mai and Head Counselor of Hope Rehab in Siracha. As well as working in Thailand for 7 years, Dylan has also been the on-tour counsellor for the the Rock band ‘The Libertines’. Dylan is now resident counsellor at an Asian rehab. Dylan has experience of working within the music industry supporting acts in therapeutic needs. As well as working around the world Dylan has over 13 years experience delivering substance use disorder treatment at various agencies around the UK. He is skilled in motivational interviewing, CBT, RET and guidance around 12 step philosophies. Dylan has worked with a broad client base and establish the rapport needed to effect change and sustainable progression. Dylan wishes to start this blog to help educate people on his observations within this field and debate the nature of work in the addictions field.

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