Thailand Travel Information
Thailand introduced a state of emergency throughout
the country from March 26, and now lasts through May 31.
There are stricter requirements for entry into the
country. As a rule, foreign nationals will not be
allowed to enter Thailand, and transit via Thailand is
not allowed. For more information about coronavirus, see
the entry Entry and Health.
Terrorism and violence occur frequently in the four
southernmost provinces of Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and
Narathiwat, where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has
since 2004 advised against travel or stay that is not
Although the conflict has traditionally taken place
in these areas, several experts believe that a number of
coordinated and, in some cases, deadly bombing and arson
attacks against tourist destinations in southern
Thailand 11-12. August 2016 (Trang, Hua Hin, Phuket,
Surat Thani, Phang Nga, Krabi and Nakhon Si Thammarat)
have a connection to the conflict.
In 2013 and 2015, bomb attacks also occurred both. in
Phuket and Koh Samui. These, as well as bomb explosions
in Bangkok in 2005, 2006 and 2019, many believe can also
be linked to the conflict in the four southern
Further attacks cannot be ruled out in the future.
In Thailand, there has been occasional political
unrest with major demonstrations in Bangkok (most
recently in 2014). For security reasons, general public
gatherings and areas where demonstrations are ongoing or
have been announced, both during daytime and after dark,
should be avoided. This also applies to demonstration
The border with Cambodia: There have
been occasional meetings between Thai and Cambodian
military forces both in the Sisaket province around the
Khao Phra Viharn Temple (Preah Vihear), ca. 600 km east
of Bangkok and in Surin Province around Ta Kwai Temple
approx. 450 km east of Bangkok.
The border with Myanmar: On the
Myanmar side of the border, there have previously been
meetings between government soldiers and armed
The embassy recommends Norwegians who are in Thailand
to follow the local media, follow the instructions of
the authorities and to exercise vigilance. Provision of
packages/bags should be kept in mind and reports of
suspicious behavior to local police (emergency telephone
- Countryaah: Bangkok is the capital
of Thailand. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The English-language newspapers The Nation and
Bangkok Post are sources of information.
There is left-hand traffic in Thailand, and it is
relatively easy to get there by plane, train, bus or
taxi. There are, however, a high number of road
accidents in particular on roadways. Many are
alcohol-related and motorcyclists without a helmet are a
major risk group. For longer trips, you should stick to
larger, reputable bus companies and "see" their driver
if you rent a taxi. In Bangkok there are good and
affordable taxis with taximeter. It has happened that
taxi drivers at night have assaulted single passengers,
often female, especially outside the city center.
Most trips abroad go safely and without special
problems. However, travelers may be subjected to
violence and other crime. Crime targeting foreign
tourists in Thailand is not very widespread, but
valuables should be carefully watched. The safe in the
hotel should be used. Handbag and theft of cell phones
on the open street occurs.
The level of punishment in Thailand is relatively
high - even for minor wrongdoing. One can be sentenced
to several months in prison for conditions that in
Norway can be regarded as trivial (for example,
shoplifting, disruption of public order, defamation of
public officials). The prison conditions are
considerably below the Norwegian standard.
All narcotic use is banned in Thailand and
prosecuted. Thailand has the death penalty for serious
drug and violence crimes.
Thailand has severe penalties for majesty insult (15
years). The term goes far and criminal prosecution has
occurred more frequently in recent years. All reported
cases are being prosecuted. Anyone can report for
majesty insult. For example, it has appeared that taxi
drivers have reported passengers for insult to majesty.
There is therefore reason to show great care.
During the rainy season (normally May/June - October,
but with local variations) the whole country may be
affected by local floods. Information on local weather
conditions can be found at the Thailand Meteorological
Institute. Thailand was severely hit by the tsunami on
December 26, 2004, but is located some distance from the
most active earthquake zones.
Tour operators, hotels or local authorities should be
asked about variations in local bathing conditions, such
as current conditions and/or the presence of poisonous
jellyfish - especially the box jellyfish. Being burned
by such a jellyfish can be deadly, and the incidence
seems to be increasing.
Norwegian travelers to Thailand are encouraged to
have valid travel insurance and to register on
Under Thai law, foreign citizens must always carry
their passport or a copy of it.
In crisis and emergencies, you are encouraged to
contact the Embassy in Bangkok:
UBC II Building, 18th floor
591 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 33
Tel. from Norway: 23 95 74 00
Tel: +66 (0) 2204 6500
Fax: +66 (0) 2262 0218
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09.00-12.00 and
Outside the embassy's opening hours, telephone
inquiries to the embassy's central desk are
automatically transferred to the UD's 24-hour operating
center. You can also contact us directly on +47 23 95 00
00 or e-mail UDops@mfa.no.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
For information on Thai entry and exit regulations,
refer first to the Thai authorities, such as the Thai
Embassy in Oslo, the Thai Foreign Ministry or the
Immigration Authority in Thailand, the Immigration
To prevent the spread of coronavirus (covid-19), Thai
authorities have announced stricter requirements for
entry into the country. See further information under
the section Health.
Thailand accepts the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) recommendation that the passport
should be valid for at least six months upon entry.
Passport holders with shorter validity are sometimes
allowed to enter the country, but travelers should also
have been denied entry for the same reason. The passport
should therefore be valid for at least six months upon
entry into Thailand.
Holders of Norwegian diplomatic and service passports
need a visa to Thailand.
Holders of foreigners passports (green travel
document for refugees and blue travel document for
people staying on humanitarian grounds) also need a visa
Holders of ordinary Norwegian passports and emergency
passports traveling to Thailand on tourist visits can
stay without a visa in Thailand for up to 30 days if
arriving by plane. Such a stay can be extended once for
30 new days with local immigration authorities. Thai
immigration authorities can request confirmation of
further travel (eg return ticket or return flight).
If a Thai border crossing arrives ashore, you will
normally be allowed to stay in the country for 15 days
(but up to 30 days depending on the border police's
assessment) without a visa. Only two such entries are
allowed per calendar year.
If you want to be able to make multiple entries or
stay in Thailand for 60 days without having to apply for
an extension, you can apply for a visa at the Thai
Embassy before arrival. More information can be found on
the embassy's website.
If the duration of the entry stamp or visa is
overlooked, you are liable to be imprisoned, fined and
deported out of the country at your own expense. The
overstay fine is THB 500 per day. per day, up to a
maximum amount of THB 20,000. According to Thai
authorities, stays in excess of 42 days of visa or entry
time will always result in arrest. In addition, you risk
being denied access to Thailand in the future. It is the
traveler's own responsibility to ensure that travel
documents and visas are valid.
It is warned against using travel agencies or other
forms of agents to renew residence permits in Thailand.
Never leave the passport to others. You run the risk of
jail, fine and sometimes high bail if you have false
stamps in the passport. In addition, prison, fine and
deportation are at risk if the legal residence permit
It should be ensured that both the exit stamp and the
entry stamp are inserted in the passport of Thai
immigration authorities at the border crossing. If an
exit stamp is not found in the passport, you will have
problems with a new entry, even at the same border
station. Use common sense and be vigilant when crossing
The introduction of e-cigarettes into Thailand is
Anyone who imports prohibited goods into Thailand can
be sentenced to imprisonment for a maximum of ten years
or to fines equal to five times the value of the
Updated information on Thai entry regulations is
available from the Thai Embassy:
Royal Thai Embassy
Eilert Sundts gt 4
Phone: +47 22 12 86 60
Fax: +47 22 04 99 69
E-mail: thaioslo @ online.no
Visa Section: +47 22 12 86 69 - 70
Coronavirus (covid-19): The virus
disease was detected in Thailand in January 2020.
Travelers are encouraged to follow the health advice
prepared by the Institute of Public Health, as well as
follow advice and directions from the Thai authorities.
From April 3, a curfew was imposed throughout the
country between 22:00 and 04:00. This will be valid
until 31 May. Some exceptions are made for selected
occupational groups, people in need of medical
assistance and travelers going to the airport. One must
be able to document the need to break the curfew and can
be fined up to THB 40,000 and/or imprisonment of up to
two years for breaking the ban.
Unnecessary journeys into Thailand are not advised,
and one is encouraged to stay home and otherwise use
Some Thai provinces have introduced stricter
restrictions in the form of an expanded curfew,
injunctions on the use of binders and closures of
hotels, etc. Changes are announced on a continuous
basis, and at short notice. The embassy therefore
recommends that the individual try to stay up to date on
the applicable regulations in the province where they
In connection with the state of emergency, it has
been decided that, as a rule, foreign citizens will not
be allowed to enter Thailand, and it is currently. no
commercial aircraft flying in with passengers.
Exceptions are made for goods transport, diplomats, and
foreign nationals with work permits in Thailand. These
must present a "fit for flight" certificate upon
check-in. If you believe that you fall within the
exceptions to the general rule, we recommend that you
clarify this with the Thai authorities before departure.
Thai citizens wishing to return to Thailand must contact
their nearest embassy for information on any
As of 1 April at 00.01, a temporary softening in the
transit rules ceased. It is now not possible for foreign
nationals to be in transit in Thailand. Exceptions apply
to the same groups as for entry (see above). These must
present a "fit for flight" certificate upon check-in.
After the embassy is familiar with it should
not be a problem for foreign citizens to travel
out of Thailand, and there is no
requirement for insurance and health certificate upon
An automatic visa extension has been granted until
July 31 for foreign nationals who stayed in the country
on temporary permits, it is recommended to contact Thai
immigration authorities if in doubt if included in the
Entry regulations are changing rapidly so we urge all
travelers to stay updated through Thai authorities.
When the entry restrictions are eased, quarantine
will probably be required before you can travel freely
in the country. The quarantine years are decided by the
Thai authorities and can vary between compulsory
quarantines in designated areas, home quarantines,
self-monitoring and self-reporting.
See the Practical Guideline for Air Operators
Performing Flights in the Kingdom of Thailand for more
Please note that your own rules apply to Thai
Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of the
development of the corona virus, and be aware that Thai
authorities can quickly introduce additional measures
and/or restrictions that are important to Norwegian
It is becoming increasingly difficult for Norwegian
citizens to return home from abroad. Borders and
airspace are closed, and state of emergency and other
restrictions have been introduced in several countries.
More and more flights are canceled. Several neighboring
countries are now closing border crossings and the
possibility of transit flights is being reduced
continuously. If you want to go home to Norway it is
recommended that you travel as soon as possible.
The level of health services in Thailand generally
holds a high standard, especially the private health
services. Thai authorities encourage anyone who develops
flu-like symptoms to seek medical attention as soon as
If the number of infected people in Thailand were to
increase rapidly, it would put a great deal of pressure
on the health care system, and would also affect the
extent to which Norwegian citizens could expect to
receive satisfactory medical treatment.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against
travel that is not strictly necessary for all countries.
The Travel Council initially applied from March 14 to
April 14, but was extended until April 3. All Norwegian
citizens who are traveling abroad are encouraged to
consider returning home as soon as possible, in a safe
and quiet manner, in consultation with their travel or
airline. Norwegian citizens who live abroad should heed
the advice and guidance of local authorities. If you
would like information on any repatriation flights set
up in European cities, please send an email to the
embassy at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact
information and information on where in the country you
Norwegian citizens traveling to/in Thailand,
including residents, are recommended to register at
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
There are many good private hospitals in Thailand.
The standard among public hospitals can vary, but there
are also hospitals of good quality. Access to regular
medicines is generally good.
To cover expenses in the event of an accident,
illness or death, it is recommended to take out private
travel and health insurance before leaving. You should
check what is included to make sure it covers the type
of activities you plan to do as well as the period you
plan to travel. Good travel insurance will cover, among
other things, expenses related to injuries, accidents,
illness, home transport and death.
The sanitary conditions at most hotels and
restaurants in Thailand are satisfactory, but you should
not drink tap water.
In some areas of Thailand, malaria occurs. Vaccine
requirements will depend on the type of travel to be
undertaken and where in the country to stay. The
Institute of Public Health has updated information on
which vaccines are needed when entering Thailand.
Rabies occur in Thailand. Rabies infects in contact
with infected mammals, with dogs being the most common
source of infection. Information on prevention and
treatment etc. can be found on the Public Health
There has been a significant increase in the number
of dengue fever cases in Thailand in recent years. These
also occur in the cities. It is therefore recommended to
be careful about mosquito repellent and other preventive
measures - even during the day. Read more about the
Thailand is an area with ongoing outbreaks or
increasing prevalence of zika fever. Norwegian health
authorities, among others, ask pregnant women to
postpone unnecessary travel to such areas. Women who
stay in such areas and who are at risk of becoming
pregnant should use safe contraception to prevent them
from becoming pregnant during their stay and for eight
weeks after leaving. For long-term stays, follow the
advice of local health authorities. Other and important
information about precautions etc. can be found on the
Public Health Institute's website.
Air pollution can be a challenge in Thailand,
especially in larger cities such as Bangkok and Chiang
Mai. During periods of particularly high levels of air
pollution, vulnerable groups should consider staying
indoors or using a mask when traveling outdoors. On the
World Air Quality Index you can check the air quality in
Thailand in real time.
The time difference to Thailand is + six hours (+
five hours when it is summer time in Norway). The area
code for calling from Norway to Thailand is +66. The
telephone network is stable and there is mobile coverage
in most places in the country. Internet speed is
consistently lower than in Norway.
Thailand has 220-40 volts and 50Hz power.
The coin unit is baht (THB). Visa, American Express
and MasterCard are widely accepted, and there are a
number of ATMs.
The usual opening hours in shops are 09.00-20.00, in
banks 08.30-15.30 and in public offices 09.00-16.00.
The official language in Thailand is Thai, but in
both business and tourist places many usable speak
Thailand's national day is December 5 (King Rama IX's
birthday) and Thai New Year (song crane) is April 13, 14
and 15. On these days, banks and government offices are
closed. Other major holidays are July 28 (King Rama X's
birthday), August 12 (Queen Sirikit's birthday), October
13 (King Rama IX's birthday), October 23 (Chulalongkorn
day), December 10 (Constitution Day) as well as New
Year's Eve and the first New Year's Day. In addition,
there are a number of moving Buddhist holidays. When
holidays and holidays fall on Saturday or Sunday, the
following Monday will be designated as day off.
The majority in Thailand are Buddhists and most
people value their religion and their royal house very
highly. There are severe penalties for majesty's insult.
Traditionally, people dress relatively
conservatively. In temples, knees and shoulders should
be covered and the shoes taken off. Lightweight clothing
is accepted in the seaside and large cities.
Norwegian travelers to Thailand are encouraged to
have valid travel insurance and to register on
Under Thai law, foreign citizens must always carry
their passport or a copy of it.
Smoking in public areas is prohibited. Smoking and
throwing of cigarette butts on Thailand's beaches are
prohibited. The penalty for violation is up to one year
in prison, or a fine of up to THB 100,000, or both.
Emergency number: Ambulance and police 191, fire 199,
tourist police 1155 (English language service)
Tourist information can be found via the Tourism
Authority of Thailand Call Center, open daily
08.00-20.00, tel: 1672.