What to know about travelling to Thailand from Australia during COVID-19

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for Australians travelling to Thailand.

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Borders are starting to re-open across Asia, and that includes Thailand, but travel into the country for Australians isn't as it once was.

Before you try to leave Australia, use our guide to skill up on what you need to do to ensure your journey is possible and, if it is, goes as smoothly as it can.

Can I travel from Australia to Thailand?

Yes, from December 2020 Thailand is accepting Australian travellers for tourism purposes. Phuket is now open to fully-vaccinated travellers from Australia. This does not mean that Aussies can travel quarantine-free to other parts of Thailand. Keep in mind that travel back to Australia may be difficult as returning flights are few and far between.

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Which entry points in Thailand are open to travellers from Australia?

Thailand has multiple points of entry, and the following are accepting international travellers from Australia:
  • Open Borders: All land borders are open, though before you cross be aware that many are dangerous to cross. For example, the Thailand-Cambodia border often closes with little notice due to border disputes and the Thailand-Myanmar and Thailand-Malaysia borders are renowned for high levels of violence and attacks.

As a traveller from Australia, can I travel anywhere once I'm in Thailand?

Yes, once in Thailand, Australians are free to travel anywhere.

What's open in Thailand?

National parks, beaches, shopping centres and other attractions have reopened but some rules apply as safety measures.

Major tourist attractions that are open:

  • The Grand Palace, Bangkok
  • Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan, Bangkok
  • Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok
  • Railay Beach, Railay
  • Khaosan Road, Bangkok
  • Similan Islands (closed from May-October annually for regeneration only)
  • Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai
  • Walking trails, parks and beaches: Most national parks and their walking trails have reopened for public access. Some may still be closed due to lack of control measures. Before you head out, check the official websites to ensure that your specific park or walking track is open. Beaches throughout Thailand are allowed to reopen. Note that some may be closed due to seasonality or for rejuvenation purposes.
  • Shopping centres and stores: All shops and stores are permitted to reopen. This is not limited to essential stores such as supermarkets and pharmacies, but includes large shopping malls and indoor and outdoor markets. Depending on the province you are visiting there may be strict controls in shopping centres. This can include the policing of physical distancing and reduced opening hours.
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars: Food establishments across the nation are permitted to reopen. However, depending on what control zone they are in, there may be some restrictions involved.

Can I cruise to or around Thailand?

Luxury cruise lines, including those that travel from Australia to Thailand, have suspended operations until at least mid-2021. These dates are subject to change.

What are the entry requirements for Thailand coming from Australia?

Do I need a permit to enter Thailand?

No, Australian citizens and permanent residents do not need a permit or visa to enter Thailand. Until September 2021 people travelling from Australia may stay in Thailand for up to 45 days. To enter Thailand, Aussies do need a Certificate of Entry.

Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?

For the moment, Australians do not need proof of a vaccine to travel to Thailand.

However, as of 1 July 2021, Phuket is open to the world and will require Australians to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter without the need to quarantine.

Australian travellers entering Phuket after 1 July are not able to travel quarantine-free to other areas of Thailand.

Once vaccines become more prevalent they could replace the need for Aussies to enter quarantine when they arrive in Thailand.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing Thailand?

Yes, if you're travelling from Australia to Thailand you'll need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

This must be taken no later than 72 hours prior to your departure from Australia.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Thailand?

All Australian travellers, unless exempt, must complete 10 days of quarantine. Aussie visitors only have to do seven days if they have been vaccinated. For non-Thai Australian nationals this is at your own expense and is allowed at permitted hotels only.

Fully-vaccinated travellers from Australia do not need to quarantine if they are visiting Phuket - this does not include the rest of Thailand.

Aussies arriving from the following countries still need to do the full 14-days even if they've been vaccinated.

  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Mozambique
  • Botswana
  • Zambia
  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Cameroon
  • Congo
  • Ghana
  • Tanzania

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