After the terror of the past two years, we could all use a sunny adventure. Many of us can now travel to paradise islands.
Fully-jabbed travellers can now enter Thailand without the need to be quarantined as of February. Visitors who have not been vaccinated are required to either undergo a PCR test, which comes back negative, within 72 hours of entering the country or book a five-day stay in an approved hotel. It’s a simple choice, we think.
Can I Travel To Thailand And Return To The Uk?
Yes. No. Since 18 March 2022, there have been no Covid travel regulations in the UK. This means that anyone returning from Thailand does not need to be tested, quarantined, or fill out a passenger locator form regardless of whether they are vaccinated. At the end of March, the UK government stopped running quarantine hotels.
What Are The Entry Requirements To Thailand?
The rules for entering Thailand have been simplified since May 2022. However, UK citizens still need to apply to Thailand for permission. Before, only those who had been fully vaccinated could apply for entry to Thailand under the test and Go or sandbox schemes. Guests were required to be isolated in a hotel while they waited for the results of the arrivals’ health tests.
Travellers aged 18 and over can now enter via Thailand Pass. They must also have a valid vaccination certificate and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to travel. You are now encouraged to perform antigen self-tests throughout your stay.
Anyone below 18 years old can enter Thailand under the same program as their parents or legal guardians. They will not need to present proof of vaccination.
Travellers who are not vaccinated are allowed to enter Thailand; however, they will need to be quarantined. You may be allowed to enter Thailand if you are not fully vaccinated, but you have been treated for Covid-19 and received at least one dose.
Visit the UK government webpage for more information and current rules. Before you travel, we recommend that you have valid travel coverage with Covid.
Before You Travel, Make Sure To Check Your Passport And Other Travel Documents.
At least six months must remain on your passport from the date you entered Thailand. If your passport pages are missing or damaged, you may not be allowed to enter Thailand.
Dual nationals must travel to Thailand with the same passport they used to enter. You may have problems passing through immigration if you don’t.
To stay in Thailand, you must have a valid visa. Overstay penalties will be applied if you don’t have a valid visa. Contact your local Immigration Office, or visit the Thai Immigration Website.
A valid passport is legally required in Thailand. Your visa will be invalidated if your passport expires. For information on how to renew your British passport or apply for one, please see British passport applications.
Contact the British Embassy in Bangkok if you are unable to renew or modify your visa and cannot travel to the UK (for example, because the border is closed).
For questions about entry requirements or visas, contact the Royal Thai Embassy, Thai Immigration Authority, and Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Thai authorities could take further steps in response to COVID-19. The latest updates can be viewed on Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health Website.
Normal circumstances allow British passport holders to enter Thailand by air or sea for 30 days without the need for a visa (a “visa exemption”). You can extend your stay for as long as 30 days if you are required to stay. The extension must be requested before the visa exemption period expires.
Thailand’s land border can be used to enter the country with the 30-day visa exemption up to two times per year. You will need a visa to travel to Thailand if you plan to visit more than one time by land. Contact the Thai consulate or embassy nearest you for more information.
You will need a visa if you intend to stay in Thailand for longer than 30 days. Before you travel, you need to obtain a visa.
A Thai Embassy or Consulate can issue a visa or permit to enter Thailand. Visas obtained from travel agents, visa shops or any other source are likely to be illegal and could lead to criminal proceedings.
You’ll be fined 500baht per day if you exceed the validity of your visa (or ‘overstay’). You could also be detained, fined, deported, and prohibited from entering Thailand again. Overstaying can result in severe penalties and detention conditions. The Thai authorities may take a long time to deport you, and you could be barred from entering Thailand for up to 10 years.
Immigration rules for long-term visa holders in Thailand can be complicated and subject to change. You are responsible for ensuring that you comply with the requirements of your visa. Keep informed. Contact your local immigration office to get more information.
For questions about entry requirements or visas, please contact the Royal Thai Embassy.
Documentation proving proof of funds and onward travel
Thailand’s immigration officials may request proof of your onward travel (e.g. a return ticket or an onward flight ticket). Before you travel to Thailand, make sure that all your reservations are made. Some airlines refuse to take passengers without proof of onward travel.
Also, immigration officials might ask for proof of sufficient finances. If they do not have this, they may refuse entry. This isn’t a legal requirement and can be taken in many different ways.
You will need either a business visa or a work permit to work in Thailand. This rule is mandatory and can result in deportation or arrest.
The Best Places to Go in Thailand
Thailand is a collection of animated scenes. It includes bustling cities, tuk-tuks and motorbikes, Buddhist temples attended by orange-robed monks, hill tribes selling handicrafts, and lush landscapes filled with traditional farming villages and ancient ruins.
If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy a few days on tropical islands, the Thai Islands are the ideal destination. Bangkok is a great choice if you prefer the energy and excitement of a capital. The city of Chiang Mai is a great starting point for exploring the mountains of northern Thailand. Our list of top places in Thailand will help you plan your trip to Southeast Asia’s most popular tourist destination.
Ko Phi Phi
The idyllic Phi Phi Island archipelago is located off the coast of Phuket, Krabi Province. The largest island is Ko Phi Phi Don. This popular destination is known for its sun-soaked beach, stunning limestone cliffs, and laid-back vibe.
Tonsai Bay, Long Beach and Phak Nam Bay are the most popular destinations for tourists. Meanwhile, tranquil beaches such as Phak Nam Bay provide a peaceful escape from the crowds. You can also hike to Phi Phi Viewpoint for spectacular 360-degree views of the entire island.
The lively village Tonsai is located in the middle of the island. This charming town is considered the heart of Ko Phi Phi. It’s home to many delicious restaurants and vibrant bars.
One mile from Phi Phi Don lies Koh Phi Phi Leh. This sparkling oasis of limestone rocks and crystal clear water is a stunning oasis. The stunning backdrop to The Beach was Maya Bay at the centre of the island.
The tiny island of Tao, located off the southeast coast of Thailand, is 21 km (13 miles) in size. It was largely uninhabited up until the late 1900s. Only recently has it been made a tourist destination. It’s easy to see why its beautiful white sandy beaches, lush green forests, and magnificent granite rock formations make it a popular destination for luxury resorts.
Koh Tao is a popular spot for snorkelling and scuba diving. Many visitors to Koh Tao come to enjoy the shallow bays, gentle currents, and beautiful coral reefs. Mae Hat is the main town of the island. There are also many diving schools all over the island. The coral reefs of Koh Tao are home to many marine species, including bull sharks, whale Sharks, and butterfly fish.
Thai for turtle, “Tao” means “Tao”, and some believe the island’s name is derived from its turtle-like appearance. Although their habitat is being threatened by the increasing popularity of Koh Tao as a tourist spot, there are many places where green turtles and hawksbill can breed each year. Divers from Koh Tao have teamed up to preserve turtle breeding areas in recent years.
Rock climbing, mountain biking, and game fishing are just a few of the many popular activities that can be found on the island. Mae Hat has many schools offering Thai cooking and yoga classes. Sairee Village, the island’s most popular spot, has a variety of bars, restaurants and clubs.
Bangkok is Thailand’s capital and the largest city. Although Bangkok is often described as a concrete jungle with lots of traffic and pollution, it is home to some natural beauty, such as its canals, green spaces, and tropical flowers.
Bangkok, located in Central Thailand, is a large city that offers something for everyone. With its many attractions, cheap shopping, and vibrant nightlife, Khao San Road is a great place to start. It is known for its many temples, including the holy Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the Emerald Buddha. There are many family-friendly attractions such as zoos, water parks, and amusement parks. Bangkok has many shopping malls and markets. Don’t miss the floating markets! Sporting venues host Thai boxing matches.
Bangkok has a wide variety of dining options, from street vendors to market stalls to a range of restaurants that cater for all budgets. Bangkok is also known for its wild nightlife.
Because of Bangkok’s congestion, the Skytrain, metro, and tuk-tuks are the best options for transport around the city. You can experience Bangkok by taking a boat ride along the canals.
The city of Ayutthaya, also known as Ayutthaya, was founded in 1350. It is located in Central Thailand’s Chao Phraya River Valley. It is situated on an island that is surrounded by three rivers, which connect it to the Gulf of Siam. It was declared the capital of King U Thong’s kingdom. The ruins of Ayutthaya, once the most beautiful city on Earth, are now a main attraction for tourists to Thailand.
Ayuthaya, the capital of the Thai Kingdom, was an impressive place with more than 400 temples and three palaces. The city prospered from the 14th century to the 18th century. Nearly 1,000,000 people lived in the city by the year 1700. Ayutthaya was a hub for trade and a link between the East and West.
The Burmese invaded and conquered Ayuthaya in 1767. The invasion destroyed most of the magnificent reliquary towers and monasteries, temples, temples, and palaces that were once so impressive. Nevertheless, there are still some structures that tourists can visit.
While many of the oldest remains of Ayutthaya are located in the west section of the island’s territory, others are spread out more widely. Wat Phra Mahathat is one of the most visited sites. One can find a sandstone Buddha’s head interwoven with the roots of a Bodhi Tree. Viharn Phra Mongkhon Bophit is home to one of the most significant images of the seated Buddha. It is a popular spot for Buddhists and others who visit the site. Wat Phananchoeng is home to the largest gilded Buddha in Thailand, Phra Buddha Triratna Nayok. It is nearly 20 feet (6 metres) tall and one of the most revered Buddhas in Thailand.
It is located just 80km (50 miles) north of Bangkok and can be reached easily by bus, train and van. Many visitors opt for a one-day trip from Bangkok. However, they may wish to extend that time to take in the many ruins and the excellent food in Ayutthaya.
Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park is surrounded by lush tropical forests and limestone mountains. It boasts some of Thailand’s most stunning landscapes. Khao Sok National Park dates back 160 million years. This makes it more ancient than the Amazon rainforest.
The park’s heart is Cheow Lan. This sparkling turquoise lake is dotted with colourful long-tail boats and floating raft houses. The largest remaining virgin rainforest in Southern Thailand is located within the park. The forest is home to hidden caves and cascading waterfalls. There are also groves full of wild fruit trees. You can also zipline, kayak and tub on the Sok River.
Khao Sok is known for its beautiful scenery and diverse wildlife. The park is home to more than five per cent of all the species found on Earth. Although it is common to see smaller animals such as Malaysian tapirs and wild boars, and pig-tailed Macaques, sightings of larger animals, like Asian elephants or tigers, are uncommon.
Returning to the UK
It is not necessary to fill out a UK passenger locator before you travel. You also don’t need to take COVID-19 tests or quarantine upon arrival in England.