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Work permit holders can now apply for entry into Thailand

by Maak Ditsungnern
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Work permit holders can now apply for entry into Thailand
Photo: Reuters

Following the Thai Foreign Ministry’s acknowledgment of foreign nationals being stranded abroad and unable to return to Thailand for work or to see their families, a formal letter has been sent to all Foreign Chambers of Commerce.

The letter, dated yesterday, May 28th, provides details about how foreign nationals who hold a valid work permit or who have already been granted permission from a Thai government agency to work in the country can apply for entry.

Those who wish to reenter Thailand for work may use the following procedure to apply for permission to enter the country:

  1. Contact the Royal Thai Embassy or Thai Consulate in the country of departure.
  2. Request an application for a “Certificate of Entry into the Kingdom of Thailand” at least 10 days before the planned departure date.
  3. Provide a copy of a valid work permit or letter of permission issued by a Thai government agency to work in Thailand.
  4. Provide a valid health insurance policy that covers all expenditures of medical treatment including covid-19 and is worth at least 100,000 USD.
  5. The application will then be forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok.
  6. If approved, the applicant will receive a “Certificate of Entry into the Kingdom of Thailand” and the appropriate visa.
  7. When checking in at the port of departure, the entry certificate, a “fit to fly” health certificate, a declaration form, and the health insurance certificate must be presented.
  8. Upon entry into Thailand, arrivals must enter state quarantine for 14 days.

This procedure is now open to all valid work permit holders who want to reenter Thailand.

However, other visa holders, including those on marriage visas are yet to be recognized and will need to wait for further announcements.

You can read the letter in full below:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Letter 1
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Letter 2

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs