May 22, 2022

Thailand opens to Indians, here are the rules

A long waiting period has come to an end as Thailand opens up to foreign travelers from 63 countries including India. The administration has also eased most travel restrictions and COVID-related travel rules across much of Thailand. Now, under the framework established for the reopening of Thailand, fully vaccinated travelers from those countries can enter the country by air. They must have stayed at least 21 days in one of the approved countries. Returning Thais and foreign residents, who have traveled from Thailand before, are exempt from this requirement.

A list of documents has been published by Thailand Tourism to facilitate the process. Here is a checklist for the required documents:

  • A vaccination certificate (fully vaccinated) with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travel.
  • People previously infected within 3 months must have received 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travel.
  • Travelers under 12, traveling with parents or guardians, are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
  • A medical certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued
    no more than 72 hours before travel (all travelers).
  • A confirmed payment for a one night stay in SHA +, AQ, OQ or AHQ accommodation and 1 RT-PCR test.
  • An insurance policy with coverage of at least US $ 50,000.
Thailand opens up to Indians, everything you need to know to plan a trip

Travelers can choose from a list of 17 destinations, called
sandbox destinations. Visitors will need to stay seven nights at one of these destinations; thereafter, they are free to move to any other part of Thailand. If you’re wondering about these 17 sandbox destinations, here’s the list:




Chiang Mai

Buri ram


Prachuap Khiri Khan







Samut Prakan

Surat Thani

Udon thani

All shops, cinemas and theaters have also opened in Bangkok, Krabi, Phang-Nga and Phuket. A number of major attractions have also opened up to travelers, including Bang Pa-In Palace, Chang Hua Man Royal Project, Bhubing Palace, Queen Sirikit Textile Museum in the Grand Palace Complex, Theater royal Sala Chalermkrung and more.

It should be noted that most entertainment venues, including pubs and bars, will remain closed until further notice.

Readers are advised to visit the official Thailand Tourism website for detailed guidelines and requirements before making travel plans, reservations.