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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COVID-19: information on the situation in Thailand and possibilities for returning to Europe/Switzerland

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.

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). 

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

See details here.

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.

Vaccine

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 begins on 7 June 2021 for all public including foreign nationals. However, 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). Registration for foreigners is primarily done through www.ThailandIntervac.com or via respective provinces’ online platforms (outside of 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.

Testing

Nowadays, more and more people are getting tested because of potential exposure to COVID-19. If you would like to be tested, please see this link of the Ministry of Public Health which is listing the hospitals with accredited medical laboratories for COVID-19 testing across the country. 

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