If you are unvaccinated and wish to travel to Thailand, it is possible, but you will need to quarantine for 10 days. This guide explains the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) program in Thailand. Thailand Pass Guide can help you through this process.
Thailand Alternative Quarantine (AQ) Guide
Citizens of any nation can enter Thailand under the AQ program.
Step One: Obtain Insurance
Insurance is necessary to enter Thailand. You must be covered for at least 50,000USD. While some U.S. insurance plans include worldwide coverage, I booked my insurance via AXA Insurance. The Sawasdee Thailand insurance package cost 470THB (about 15USD) for my three-day trip (I added an extra day, just in case). Your AQ package will cost more. The policy was delivered instantly in a .pdf document and seemed a lot easier than trying to even pick up the phone and call Blue Shield to see if my policy was valid overseas for at least $50K.
Step Two: Book AQ Package
Second, you’ll book your AQ package with the hotel of your choice in Thailand. A list of eligible hotels in Bangkok is here. While some third-party services offer to book AQ packages for you, your best bet is to contact the hotel directly to arrange your package.
I chose to spend my 1-night quarantine at the Hyatt Place in Bangkok. While the hotel’s website showed sold out, I emailed the hotel and was easily able to make a reservation online.
Once your AQ package is booked, you will be given a form that you will need when applying for your Thailand Pass.
The package includes:
- airport transportation to your hotel
- three meals daily
- COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at your hotel
- self-administered antigen test
- nurse on call
You will not be allowed to leave your room for 10 days: come prepared. You’ll be escorted upstairs to your room and escorted down when it is time to leave. No key will be provided.
Step Three: Fill Out Thailand Pass
Once your insurance and AQ confirmation are complete, apply for a Thailand Pass here.
First, choose non-Thai.
Next, you’ll choose which package you are applying for. Choose Alternative Quarantine on the right side.
Fill in your arrival date and where you will be departing from.
Agree to the terms.
Next, you’ll fill in your personal information and upload your passport.
You’ll then enter your AQ hotel information and upload the confirmation booking.
Finally, you’ll upload your proof of healthcare insurance.
Click submit and you’ll receive a “success” box. Monitor your email for the QR code.
I filled out the form the first time and waited three days for the QR code to arrive. It never did. From the lounge in London, I filled it out again and it arrived instantly. The earlier QR did arrive a few hours after. It looks like this:
Note: No negative COVID-19 test is required to enter Thailand under the AQ program.
Thailand’s AQ package allows unvaccinated travelers to visit the Kingdom. Although the process is a bit cumbersome, hopefully this guide helps you to quickly gather the information you need to obtain your Thailand Pass QR code.
Tomorrow, I’ll share what arrival at Bangkok was like.