TRAVEL TO THAILAND

Travel Information

‘Thailand Pass’ registration scheme to be lifted from 1 July 2022

At the point of entry into Thailand, travellers will only need to show proof of either a certificate of vaccination or a negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test result within 72 hours of travel.

‘Thailand Pass’ registration scheme to be lifted from 1 July 2022

Upon arriving in Thailand

Vaccinated Travellers

From 1 July, 2022, foreign nationals are only required to show proof of either a certificate of vaccination or a negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test result within 72 hours of travel. These can be in a print or digital format. Random checks will be made on arrivals at Thailand’s international airports or land border checkpoints (in 22 provinces).

Unvaccinated / Not Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers who are random checked and who are unable to show proof of a pre-arrival negative test will be required to undergo a professional ATK test at the point of entry.

Meanwhile, the CCSA also approved the designation of Bangkok and 76 provinces as the Surveillance or green zone, thus allowing resumption of new normal businesses and activities nationwide. And while maintaining the safety and health measures under the universal prevention, the Royal Thai Government is preparing to announce a new set of guidelines as the nation is stepping into post-pandemic.

 

TAT Newsroom will be providing updates in detail via www.tatnews.org once the official directives have been announced in the Royal Thai Government Gazette.

Thailand Information

Language

Thailand's primary language is spoken and written Thai, although English is widely understood, with Thai-English road and street signs found nationwide.

Electricity

Thailand's electrical current is 220 volt AC and utilises different plugs and sockets, therefore travellers should carry a plug adapter kit.

Currency

The Thai unit of currency is the baht with 1 USD = approx 36 baht.

Major currency bills and travellers cheques (passport required) can be cashed at hotels, banks, tourist shops, shopping centres and money changers, with banks or authorized money changers usually offering the best conversion rates.

Tipping is not required, but seen as a complimentary gesture in Thailand. Some hotels and restaurants add 10% service charges to bills.

Time

Thailand is seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+7 hours GMT).

Thailand Climate

As a tropical climate, November to January offers cooler temperatures, ranging from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius with lower humidity.

General Business / Trading Hours

Standard commercial business hours are Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

Banks are open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 3.30pm (except public holidays).

General Government Departments hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm (12–1pm lunch break).

Many of Bangkok stores are 7 days a week 10am to 10pm.

Telephone Services

All local calls within Thailand begin with a 0, include the regions prefix, and have nine digits in total.

Local directory assistance: 1133

To dial Thailand the international dialling code is +66.

To dial internationally from Thailand, dial 001 + country code + number.

International directory assistance: 100.

Thai Etiquette

The King, the Queen and the Royal family are highly respected by Thai people.

“Wai” is a prayer-like gesture with palms pressed together and it is how Thai people greet. Generally a younger person wais an elder, who returns it.

Affection is not displayed between men and women in public in Thailand.

The head is the highest part of the body with Thai culture. Touching people on their head is considered rude in Thailand.

Please do not use feet to point to something or someone. It is also considered rude.

Buddhist monks can not be touched directly by a female or offered something directly by a woman. A woman should place the object onto the provided plate or via a man for offering.

Visiting Wats, temples and other religious shrines requires adherence to cultural dress standards and Buddhist traditions. These include removing shoes in temples, not stepping on temple doorsills, and refraining from climbing onto temple Buddahs.

Requiring Assistance

Visitors needing assistance relating to safety, unethical practices, or other matters, should contact their local embassy where appropriate or:

Tourist Assistance Centre – Tel: 02 36 0650, 02 356 0655

Tourist Police – Tel: 678-6800-9 or 1699 or 1155 (English, French & German spoken)

Central Emergency – Tel: 191 (Police, Ambulance, Fire)

Penalties for drug offenses are very severe in Thailand.

Departing Bangkok & VAT Refunds

Goods purchased in Thailand include VAT. Visitors to Thailand can receive a 7% VAT refund on certain goods purchased from those shops participating in the ‘VAT Refund For Tourists’ scheme. Conditions apply.

For more information please contact your travel agent.

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