Flying to Thailand or Malaysia? Here are the Travel Rules You Should Know

Are you planning a trip to the far east this summer? Then, look no further than Thailand and Malaysia. Here are the updated travel rules for these two countries that are in effect from 1st May, 2022. 

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Thailand

All travellers, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, need to carry a valid passport and a Thailand Pass to enter the country. They must also hold an insurance policy with coverage of no less than USD 10,000.

Vaccinated Travellers

  • All travellers aged 18 and above must be fully-vaccinated with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before departure.
  • Travellers aged 5–17 years, and travelling unaccompanied, must be vaccinated with at least one dose of an approved vaccine no less than 14 days before departure. This requirement does not apply to those accompanied by their parents.
  • Travellers with a history of COVID-19 infection who have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine post-infection must have a COVID-19 recovery certificate.

After mandatory screenings and document verification, these people will be allowed to go anywhere in the kingdom. 

Unvaccinated/Non-fully-vaccinated Travellers

They need to carry a proof of prepayment for a five-night quarantine at a government-approved hotel, such as an SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) hotel or an AQ accommodation, as well as a proof of prepayment for one RT-PCR COVID-19 test.

These travellers will be exempted from quarantine if they can upload a negative RT-PCR test report within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system. The exemption also applies to children under the age of six who are travelling with their parents.

Once done, these travellers will also be allowed to go anywhere in the kingdom. 

Also Read: Latest Travel Rules for Switzerland and Singapore

Malaysia

Starting 1st May, fully-vaccinated travellers inbound to Malaysia are no longer required to take pre-departure and on-arrival COVID-19 tests. This includes children who are below the age of 12 years and travellers who have been infected with COVID-19 in the past 60 days before departure. 

Unvaccinated and non-fully-vaccinated travellers, however, still need to present a negative RT-PCR report of a test taken within two days of departure. They also need to take a professionally-administered RTK-Ag test within 24 hours upon arrival in the country. 

A five-day quarantine period is mandatory for these passengers. Only those aged 17 and under are exempt from this requirement.

Want to know the travel rules for various countries? Refer to our COVID Guidelines tracker here

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