Is it safe to visit Pattaya? And what are the current Thailand visa rules and regulations? To answer both those questions here are some commonsense safety tips for visitors to Pattaya, and links to resources where you can find all the latest Thailand travel warnings and visa requirements, including the latest information on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic situation in Thailand.
Coronavirus in Pattaya
So far, as of March 15 there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Pattaya. As with most tourist destinations though, the coronavirus has had a devastating effect, with visitor numbers reported to be down by as much as 40 percent. Much of that initial decline in visitor numbers occurred soon after China imposed travel bans and the lockdowns in Hubei and other regions in China in late January 2020.
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It’s quiet around Pattaya, but life goes on. Tour operators, boat services, and hotels are all suffering badly, especially those which relied heavily on Chinese tourists.
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All major events including the official Songkran holiday (April 13-15) have been postponed until further notice.
Pattaya entertainment and nightlife venues temporarily closed: beginning March 18, 2020, entertainment venues including bars, agogo clubs, nightclubs, discos, massage parlors, cinemas and sports venues were closed until March 31
Similar closures will also come into effect in Bangkok and possibly other areas, and schools and universities will be closed nationwide.
Thailand state of emergency from March 26 to April 30: The state of emergency effectively means the closure of nightlife and entertainment venues will now remain in place until at least April 30.
Additional measures introduced with the state of emergency include the closure of shopping malls, parks and amusement parks, internet cafes, beauty salons, and all unnecessary services and outlets. Supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies etc will remain open, some restaurants will remain open, and others will be open for delivery only.
For more information about closures and restrictions in Pattaya, refer to https://www.facebook.com/pattayacovid19/
For more information about the state of emergency in Thailand, refer to the government public relations website.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic. The growing number of COVID-19 cases globally, and measures taken by governments to curb the risk of infected travelers entering the country means travel is becoming increasingly difficult – and risky.
Currently, if you plan to visit Pattaya, the risk is that you contract coronavirus en route, or you face a period of quarantine upon arrival in Thailand or when you arrive back in your home country.
Thailand Visa and Travel Restrictions Due to Coronavirus
Requirements for travelers arriving in Thailand from disease infected zones and countries with ongoing local coronavirus (COVID-19) transmissions?. You may be required to quarantine yourself, or self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival in Thailand.
Is your country on the list of disease-infected zones or countries with ongoing local transmission? Check the list of infected zones and countries with ongoing transmissions on the Ministry of Public Health website.
Important Update: It has been announced on the TAT News website that all foreign visitors require a health certificate and health insurance, as from March 22.
How does self-quarantine and self-monitoring work? Read more about self-quarantine and control measures on the TAT news website.
Thailand Visa On Arrival and Visa Exempt
Under normal circumstances nationals or certain countries may enter Thailand without a visa (visa-exempt) or are required to obtain a visa on arrival at the airport, or online prior to arrival.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you may find either the visa exemption or the visa on arrival in Thailand is no longer available, I mean this might change quite literally overnight.
The International Air Transport Association Travel Center website has a handy passport, visa and health checker tool. Simply enter your details and it tells you if you need a visa and other requirements including COVID-19 health checks. What it does not tell you is whether or not you must self-quarantine or self-monitor, so it’s important that you also refer to the Ministry of Public Health, and TAT websites using the links above.
In most cases, if you are no longer eligible for visa exemption, or the visa on arrival has been withdrawn you must apply for a visa at a Thai consulate/embassy in your own country.
If your country has a Thai consulate/embassy you might find it on Thaiembassy.com, or by doing a Google search.
The best advice for travelers planning a trip to Thailand during the COVID-190 coronavirus pandemic is to refer to your own government’s Thailand travel information and to check current Thailand visa requirements and status at a Thai consulate/embassy within your country.
Can You Fly To and From Thailand During the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
If flights are available you can find them on Skyscanner.
Regarding cancellation of flights to and from Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a useful link at the top of the Skyscanner page. Like anything else though, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a case reading the small print – very carefully.
Tracking Coronavirus COVID-19 Cases in Thailand
This Covid Tracker shows locations and status of COVID-19 cases in Thailand, including recovered cases and incidences of fake news.