The current travel restrictions in the UK and Thailand have left many usual residents of Thailand struggling to get home. It has left many foreigners concerned that they can’t get back to the families in Thailand. Of course, the same is also applicable for Thai nationals in the UK who may be wishing to visit family or are nearing the end of their visa. Fortunately, the Royal Thai Embassy in London is helping to organise repatriation flights.
Repatriation for Thai Nationals
Thai Nationals looking to “return” home can register with the Thai Embassy for a repatriation flight with Thai Airways. The flights run weekly and are for Thai nationals and holders of long-term visas only and are regarded as “semi-commercial”. Flights are allocated by the embassy, which significantly restricts choice, but it is the most convenient and affordable way for most to return to the Kingdom. Thai nationals do not need to take a COVID-19 test before departure on these repatriation flights and are eligible for free 15-night state quarantine rather than pay for an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ). Foreigners must take a COVID-19 test and pay for an ASQ.
Repatriation of Foreigners
Foreigners can re-enter Thailand if they have a valid long-term visa such as a Marriage Visa or a Work Visa. They must have a negative result for COVID-19 not more than 72 hours before departure, a separate Fit to Fly certificate, have a Certificate of Entry (issued by the Thai Embassy) and health insurance with a minimum of $100,000 cover, which states explicitly that it covers COVID-19.
Expats will be required to quarantine for 15 nights on arrival in Thailand in either an ASQ or ASL hotel which is at their own expense. Flights are currently available with Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Ethiopian Airways and EVA. Flights with KLM and Lufthansa are also available, but entry to the Netherlands and Germany from the UK is restricted.
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