COVID-19

Ambassador Helene Budliger Artieda and her team try to communicate as regularly as possible on developments related to the COVID-19 situation in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. We invite you to participate in the monthly virtual Town Halls #AskTheEmbassy and follow us on our social networks:

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AstraZeneca vaccination opportunities for Swiss citizens in Thailand

In the context of Thailand’s national vaccination campaign, the Embassy of Switzerland is doing its best to support the Swiss community. The Embassy is in daily contact with various private hospitals in the country to facilitate the vaccination process for the Swiss citizens.

Vaccination opportunities in Bangkok

If you wish to register for a vaccination appointment in Bangkok (200 spots, vaccination opportunity #15) through our latest vaccination opportunity, you must:

  1. Be a Swiss citizen.
  2. Be at least 40 years old or with underlying health conditions (chronic lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes or obesity)
  3. Be in possession of a valid visa or residence permit, but not a tourist visa.
  4. Fill in the form here
  5. Read the conditions here-under

Vaccination opportunities outside of Bangkok

No vaccination opportunity is currently open to registration outside of Bangkok.

Conditions for all opportunities

Appointments will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The vaccination will be free of charge.

You do not need to live in Bangkok to register to a vaccination opportunity. However, you must be able to get to the appointment from your province by your own means. If you have to cross a provincial border to reach the vaccination site, the embassy can provide you with a " laissez-passer " to facilitate your travel (kindly tick this option on the form).

After completing your registration on the form, you will receive an automatic confirmation email. You will receive the appointment confirmation by e-mail within the next 2 weeks. We will get back to you as soon as possible and recommend that you check your email or mobile phone regularly. This may take a week or more, please be patient. 

AstraZeneca vaccines are provided as part of Thailand's national vaccination programme. They are not imported from Switzerland. You will therefore be listed in the Thai national registry and enjoy the same benefits as anyone else vaccinated in Thailand.

For medical advice, please consult your doctor.

Registration form for vaccination opportunities

To register for a vaccination opportunity, please use the following link: Vaccination opportunities

COVID vaccination for Swiss citizens: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What vaccine will I get, do I have options?

You will receive an AstraZeneca vaccine, provided in the framework ofThailand’s national vaccination program.

Can I register my Thai spouse/partner, who is not Swiss, for vaccination?

Appointments can only be given to Swiss citizens.

I am staying in Thailand on a tourist visa, can I register for vaccination through the Swiss Embassy?

No, only Swiss citizens with a valid visa or stay permit in Thailand can register for vaccination (no tourist visa).

Registrations of unauthorized people might be cancelled without notice. It is also possible that they will be refused at the vaccination appointment.

When will I receive the second vaccination?

There is an interval of 12 weeks between the two vaccinations with AstraZeneca. You will be given an appropriate appointment by the hospital at the time of the first vaccination.

I live in a province with travel restrictions, where do I get permission to cross the provincial border for the vaccination appointment?

Please consult your municipal administration for its authorisation. In principle, travel for COVID vaccination should be allowed by the authorities.

Am I subject to quarantine measures after the vaccination appointment?

Please check this question with your local municipality.

Will I receive a vaccination certificate?

You will receive a vaccination certificate after the second vaccination, issued by the relevant hospital.

I have a WHO vaccination booklet, will the proof that I have been vaccinated be noted in the WHO booklet?

Please ask the hospital once your appointment has been confirmed.

Are the Swiss and Thai vaccination certificates mutually recognised?

The Swiss Embassy will actively seek mutual recognition of the certificates. Currently only the vaccination certificate from the EU is recognised in Switzerland.

Will I receive a vaccination certificate from the Swiss authorities if I have been vaccinated in Thailand?

Switzerland only issues Covid vaccination-certificates to people vaccinated in Switzerland.

Is a COVID-vaccination with Astra Zeneca recognised in Switzerland?

Vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency for the EU and the WHO are “valid” for entry into Switzerland.

I prefer a vaccination with an mRNA vaccine, can the Swiss Embassy help me to get one?

The Swiss government is currently not able to offer mRNA vaccination to its Swiss citizens abroad. Since August 25th, Swiss citizens and their family members living abroad can be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Switzerland even without a Swiss health insurance.

I would like the second vaccination with an mRNA vaccine, can the Swiss Embassy recommend this?

The Swiss Embassy has no medical mandate and cannot give you any recommendation whether a second vaccination with a different vaccine is advisable or not, please consult your physician for this question.

My first vaccination was done with Astra Zeneca in Thailand, can I travel to Switzerland for a second vaccination with an mRNA vaccine?

Please consult your doctor in Switzerland for this question.

Where else can I register for vaccination?

Foreigners residing in Thailand can register for a vaccination directly via www.expatvac.consular.go.th. It is also possible for foreigners over the age of 60 to register for a vaccination at Medpark or Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok (these options are not linked to the Swiss Embassy).

How much does the vaccination cost?

The vaccination organised by the Swiss Embassy is free of charge.

I need to change my appointment for the second vaccination, can the Swiss Embassy do this for me?

No, you have to contact the hospital, the Swiss Embassy does not have access to the hospital's database.

I have health problems, can I still get vaccinated?

Please consult your physician for any medical questions.

Past vaccination opportunities

So far, a total of 600+ Swiss citizens have been vaccinated through the Embassy’s opportunities. Many more received their vaccine directly through Thailand’s national program and local hospitals.

Other AstraZeneca vaccination opportunities for Swiss citizens have been offered in the past:

  • Opportunity #1 (09.06.2021): Phone campaign to the most elderly Swiss citizens. 20 citizens could be registered for an AstraZeneca vaccination end of July in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #2 (16.06.2021): Phone campaign to the most elderly Swiss citizens. 6 citizens could be registered and have received their first dose of AstraZeneca on 22.06.2021 in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #3 (25.06.2021): Social media campaign for 60+ citizens. 20 citizens could be registered for an AstraZeneca vaccination end of July in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #4 (29.06.2021): Social media campaign for 60+ citizens. 10 citizens could be registered for an AstraZeneca vaccination end of July in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #5 (02.07.2021): Social media campaign for 60+ citizens or citizens with underlying health conditions. 20 citizens could be registered for an AstraZeneca vaccination mid-July in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #6 (05.07.2021): Social media and email campaign for 180 citizens, aged 55+ or with underlying health conditions. 180 citizens could be registered for an AstraZeneca vaccination in July in Bangkok. 
  • Opportunity #7 (15.07.2021): Social media and email campaign for 200 citizens, aged 55+ or with underlying health conditions citizens. 200 citizens could be registered for an Astrazeneca vaccination in July and August in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #8 (20.07.2021): Social media and email campaign for 150 citizens, aged 60+ or with underlying health conditions citizens. The vaccination took place in August in Chiang Mai.
  • Opportunity #9 (27.07.2021): Social media and email campaign for 100 citizens, aged 50+ or with underlying health conditions citizens. The vaccination took place in August in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #10 (11.08.2021): Social media and email campaign for 100 citizens, aged 50+ or with underlying health conditions citizens. The vaccination took place in August in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #11 (20.08.2021): Social media and email campaign for 300 citizens, aged 18+ or with underlying health conditions citizens. The vaccination will take place in Surat Thani.
  • Opportunity #12 (20.08.2021): Social media and email campaign for 300 citizens, aged 18+ or with underlying health conditions citizens. The vaccination will take place in Udon Thani.
  • Opportunity #13 (20.08.2021): Social media and email campaign for 300 citizens, aged 18+ or with underlying health conditions citizens. The vaccination will take place in Khon Kaen.
  • Opportunity #14 (20.08.2021): Social media and email campaign for 300 citizens, aged 18+ or with underlying health conditions citizens. The vaccination will take place in Chiang Mai.

Vaccination details

Thailand started rolling out its COVID-19 inoculation program on 28 February 2021 for priority groups including healthcare personnel and frontline workers. Thailand aims at vaccinating about 70% of the population by the end of 2021. Details of the second phase of the vaccination program are as follow:

The second phase of mass vaccination rollout began on 7 June 2021 for all public including foreign nationals. Since August 1st, foreign residents in Thailand can register for a COVID-19 vaccination through the country’s new platform. Foreign residents of all age and from any Thai province can register to obtain their first dose of AstraZeneca of Pfizer. Priority is still given to individuals over 60 years old or with underlying health conditions (chronic lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes or obesity). 

Some provinces (outside of Bangkok) created complementary online registration platforms. Some local hospitals accept registrations for vaccinations (MedPark Hospital and Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok).

Swiss nationals in Thailand are part of the country's resident population. It will therefore be primarily the task of the Thai authorities to procure vaccines for the foreign population residing here. Furthermore, foreigners should also be able to receive a vaccine through a private hospital, but it is not clear yet when this will be possible.

The Swiss Embassy is in daily contact with the relevant Thai authorities and hospitals to obtain the latest update. We will post more information on the vaccination plan as soon as it becomes available.

COVID-19: information on the situation in Thailand

Overview

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the current outbreak can be described as a pandemic. There is a risk of infection with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in all regions of the world.

The Federal Office of Public Health FOPH is recommending that unnecessary travel abroad be avoided for the time being except for a few countries: Details here (French, German and Italian)

There are commercial flight possibilities from Thailand to Europe and Switzerland. SWISS Airlines is flying from Bangkok to Zurich three times a week. We recommend you to get in touch with the relevant airlines to secure a return flight.

Travel Admin App: Sign up! If you are currently travelling in Thailand as a tourist or on business (not for permanent residents), please register on the Swiss Travel Admin App so that the relevant Swiss Embassy can contact you if necessary. Please make sure that the dates of your trip are up to date and, once you have returned to Switzerland, please delete your trip from the application.

If despite all your efforts, you were unable to return to Switzerland, please contact our Embassy: bangkok.cc@eda.admin.ch. Although our capacity to assist you is limited, it is important for us to know where you are in order to provide you with all the necessary information.

State of emergency in Thailand since 26 March 2020

In order to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the Thai government declared a state of emergency on 26 March 2020 and severe restrictions on entry into the country.

Since the beginning of April 2021, there has been an increase in COVID-19 transmission in Thailand, and especially in Bangkok. Different restrictive measures which might differ from one province to another have been taken to contain the spread of the virus. Follow carefully the local news for updates. We recommend to follow regularly these websites:

Please comply strictly with the instructions of the Thai authorities. Any violation of these rules is punishable.

Important Thai hotline numbers for emergency medical services 

Department of Medical Services: 1668

Department of Disease Control: 1422

National Institute for Emergency Medicine: 1669 (Notification of infection and ambulance pick-up)

National Health Security Office: 1330

Mental Health Service: 1323

General Enquiries (in English): +66 (0) 96 847 8209 or +66 (0) 92 726 0474

We invite you to read about any new developments in Thailand in the media and on the following websites:

Other relevant sources of information for Thailand 

List of Alternative State Quarantine in Thailand (ASQ)

List of 11 groups of foreign nationals allowed to enter Thailand

Royal Thai Embassy in Bern

World Health Organization WHO

International Air Transport Association, IATA

Entry into Thailand

If you are in Switzerland and wish to enter Thailand, please visit the website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Bern for respective documents required (especially the specific requirements for health insurance).

Tourist Visa

For entry options as tourist, refer to this page from the Royal Thai Embassy in Bern for more details.

Under the re-activated "Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme", Swiss nationals no longer need to obtain a visa before entering Thailand for tourism purposes. The exemption period is 45 days (previously 30 days) inclusive of quarantine period (14 days) until September 2021.

In addition, the "Special Tourist Visa (STV)" can be applied for by Swiss nationals since December 14, 2020.

Please note that you still need a "Certificate of Entry" (COE) to enter Thailand and quarantine on arrival is still mandatory in paying hotels designated by the Thai Government (Alternative State Quarantine).

New regulation about quarantine period effective 1 May 2021

As of May 1st, all travelers arriving in Thailand must quarantine for a period of 14 days, even for individuals that have been vaccinated. See more details on the website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Bern (here). 

Phuket & Koh Samui Sandbox

Please visit the website of the Tourism Authority of Thailand for more details of the Phuket and Koh Samui Sandbox entry criteria and the website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Bern for application requirements .  

International transit through Thailand is again allowed as of 1 March 2021

See details here.

Entry into Switzerland

For travelers from Thailand the general entry conditions for Switzerland apply.

Information on COVID-19 situation in Switzerland and travel advice

Messages from the Ambassador to the Swiss citizens residing or traveling in the region

Find all the videos of the Swiss Ambassador on YouTube.

Communication #13 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 16.08.2021 (PDF, 696.6 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #12 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 29.06.2021 (PDF, 394.0 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #11 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 04.06.2021 (PDF, 462.2 kB, multilingual: French, Italian, English, German)

Communication #10 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 19.04.2021 (PDF, 819.5 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #9 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 08.01.2021 (PDF, 327.9 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #8 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 11.05.2020 (PDF, 624.8 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #7 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens traveling and residing in Thailand of 29.04.2020 (PDF, 382.6 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #6 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens traveling and residing in Thailand of 09.04.2020 (PDF, 489.4 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #5 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 25.03.2020 (PDF, 733.3 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German).

Communication #4 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 20.03.2020 (PDF, 855.7 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German).

Communication #3 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 18.03.2020.

Communication #2 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 16.03.2020 (PDF, 144.7 kB, English).

Communication #1 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 10.03.2020 (PDF, 146.3 kB, English)