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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
General advice is to avoid non-essential travel, other than to countries on the ‘Green List’ where the advice is to take normal precautions:
In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas (including to Great Britain but not to Northern Ireland), other than to countries on the ‘green list’ where the ‘normal precautions’ security status rating will apply. The request to restrict their movements does not apply to individuals arriving into Ireland from countries on the ‘green list.’
On 15 September, the Government agreed that, for the period ahead, this ‘green list’ will be updated on a weekly basis, to include EU / EEA countries with a 14 day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of 25 or less, based on the latest data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Updates will be made on the basis of data each Thursday, with changes taking effect from the following Monday.
The updated ‘green’ (normal precautions) list outlined below is based on ECDC data on Thursday 17 September, and will take effect from Monday 21 September. Until then, the earlier list continues to apply.
‘Green’ (Normal Precautions) List to take effect from Monday 21 September
‘Green’ (Normal Precautions) List below remains in effect until midnight on Sunday 20 September
- Hungary *
*Citizens considering travel to these locations should note the information below regarding restrictions on entry. These jurisdictions currently have quarantine requirements or other restrictions for arrivals from other jurisdictions, including Ireland.
Potential for restrictions on entering these locations:
Inclusion on the list does not imply the absence of any restrictions on arrivals in those locations. Citizens should be aware that countries continue to announce new restrictions on arrivals from abroad, including the requirement to quarantine on entry. This can include restrictions on arrivals from Ireland. The situation will continue to evolve quickly. Citizens who are considering travel to particular locations are advised to monitor news and information from the public authorities in their destination.
The latest updates will always be uploaded first to this General COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Country-specific tabs will be updated subsequently, and as quickly as possible, but this advisory is the primary source of information for the latest version of the list.
If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:
Irish citizens travelling to locations with a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc. Citizens who are considering travel to these locations are also advised to monitor news and information from the public authorities in their chosen destination. This includes information regarding possible restrictions on arrival from abroad, including from Ireland. The security rating for all other locations remains unchanged at either to ‘avoid non-essential travel’ (“orange”) or to ‘do not travel’ (“red”).
The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves. The COVID19 pandemic continues to accelerate internationally, and there are significant risks associated with international travel. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad are advised to monitor closely our travel advice, and to download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. Citizens travelling abroad should also register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Should you need to travel, you should inform yourself about any requirements in place in the destination to which you are travelling. Flight restrictions and route cancellations continue to occur worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will operate as scheduled. Testing and restrictions may be imposed or may already be in place in other countries. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time.
What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
The Irish Authorities advise anyone entering Ireland, other than those arriving from Northern Ireland or locations with a security rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days. This includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.
All passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before arriving in Ireland. This is now an online form. Paper versions of the form are also available at points of entry into Ireland, if required. Failure to complete the form is an offence. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Exemptions are also in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff.
Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements and further advice on returning from abroad.
Where to go for more information:
We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Avoid non-essential travel.
Security Status Last Updated: 16 March 2020
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COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus
Emergency responses to the Covid-19 crisis in many countries across the Asia Pacific region have included restrictions of flights from Europe; imposition of new mandatory quarantine arrangements in some countries and new restrictions affecting the admission of Irish people travelling to and within the region.
Flight options are becoming more limited as more countries in Europe and in the Asia Pacific region impose travel restrictions.
In view of the increasing restrictions and uncertainty around travel options to Ireland, we strongly recommend that Irish citizens intending to return to Ireland make early arrangements to do so.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade strongly advises against any further non–essential travel to the region until the Covid-19 crisis has been contained.
For more information, please see the latest update on our webpage.
We also advise you to look at the Additional Information tab for further details.
The political situation in Thailand can be unpredictable. Activists are expected to hold rallies across Thailand in the coming weeks, including in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Lampang, Nakhon Pathom and Phitsanulok. In Bangkok, potential rally locations include the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the Ratchaphrasong Shopping District Skywalk near the MBK building and Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, and university campuses. Rallies may disrupt traffic and commercial activity, and there may be a heightened security presence. We strongly advise citizens to avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations.
Terrorist attacks can happen in Thailand. On 2 August 2019, there were three small explosions at locations in central Bangkok. Please follow the advice of Thai Authorities, avoid any large gatherings and be aware of your personal safety at all times.
We strongly advise against all travel to or through the southern Provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Southern Songkhla. On 10 March 2019, a number of small explosions occurred in Satun City and in Patthalung Province in the South of Thailand. In December 2018 there was a number of small explosions on Samila beach in Songkhla City.
There were explosions in Bangkok in April and May 2017. In August 2016, there were multiple explosions in tourist areas across Thailand and in July 2015, there was a large explosion at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, which is a major tourist attraction.
Most Irish tourists enjoy their visits to Thailand safely and happily. That is why many return. However, a number, including Irish citizens, are subject to theft, scams and fraud of various kinds, and a small number to assault and violence. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Keep credit cards secure, use alcohol moderately, avoid drugs at all times, do not carry large amounts of cash, keep valuables safely at your hotel and take common sense precautions.
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A number of major air carriers have resumed services from Thailand to major European hubs and beyond. Irish tourists, short-term visitors, and all other Irish nationals in Thailand wishing to return to Ireland are strongly encouraged to arrange to return urgently. You are advised to contact your airline or travel agent urgently.
At present, you are only permitted to enter Thailand if they meet one of the following criteria:
- You are on a diplomatic or consular mission, belong to an International Organisation, a representative of governments performing their duties in Thailand, or have permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This includes families. You must have a Fit-to-Fly Health Certificate, a medical certificate indicating that you have tested negative for COVID-19 (RT-PCR test) within 72 hours before your departure, either (a) a certificate from your parent agency/authority confirming that it will cover all medical expenses OR (b) proof of health insurance covering all medical expenditure, including for COVID-19, and a Certificate of Entry issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If suspected of carrying COVID-19, you may be denied entry into the country.
- You a) hold a work permit or have already been granted permission from the Thai government to work in Thailand or b) if you have the Certificate of Residence and valid re-entry permit. This includes families. If you fall into one of these two categories and have an urgent need to travel, you should contact the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate in your country of departure to explain your circumstances at least 10 working days before your proposed date of travel. You will need a Certificate of Entry issued by the Royal Thai Embassy in/accredited to your country of departure, a Fit-to-Fly Health Certificate, a medical certificate indicating that you have tested negative for COVID-19 (RT-PCR test) within 72 hours of travelling, proof of health insurance covering all medical expenditure, including for COVID-19, up to USD 100,000 minimum while in Thailand, copy of your confirmed booking at an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel, and either a copy of your work permit (if it is already expired, your employer should contact the Ministry of Labour to issue a WP3), a copy of letter of permission to work in Thailand from a Thai government agency (such as the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Education, BOI) or a copy of the Certificate of Residence. When you get to Thailand, you will be subject to a 14-day state quarantine at a Thai government-designated facility at your own expense. If suspected of carrying COVID-19, you may be denied entry into the country
- If you have been exempted by the Prime Minister or Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under certain conditions and for a prescribed time period
- If you are a pilot-in-command and crew members – with a fixed travel schedule
- If you are a carrier of necessary cargoes. You must leave the country immediately after your mission is completed
- If you are the spouse, child or parent of a Thai national. You will need a Certificate of Entry issued by the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General in your country of departure, a Fit-to-Fly Health Certificate, a medical certificate indicating that you have tested negative for COVID-19 (RT-PCR test) within 72 hours before your departure, proof of health insurance covering all medical expenditure, including for COVID-19, up to USD 100,000 minimum while in Thailand, a copy of your confirmed booking at an ASQ hotel, a copy of your Thai visa, and either a copy of marriage certificate or birth certificate. When you get to Thailand, you will be subject to a 14-day quarantine in hospital at your own expense. If suspected of carrying COVID-19, you may be denied entry into the country
- If you are seeking medical treatment in Thailand (except treatment for COVID-19), or are caring for someone seeking medical treatment in Thailand. You will need a Certificate of Entry issued by the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General in your country of departure, a Fit-to-Fly Health Certificate, a medical certificate indicating that you have tested negative for COVID-19 (RT-PCR test) within 72 hours before your departure, proof of health insurance covering all medical expenditure, including for COVID-19, up to USD 100,000 minimum while in Thailand, written confirmation from your hospital in your country of departure stating the need for your medical treatment, and written confirmation that your destination hospital will admit you for quarantine and treatment, and that their quarantine facilities comply with official rules. When you get to Thailand, you will be subject to a 14-day quarantine in hospital at your own expense. If suspected of carrying COVID-19, you may be denied entry into the country
- If you are an international student or the parent/guardian of an international student. You will need a Certificate of Entry issued by the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General in your country of departure, a Fit-to-Fly Health Certificate, a medical certificate indicating that you have tested negative for COVID-19 (RT-PCR test) within 72 hours before your departure, proof of health insurance covering all medical expenditure, including for COVID-19, up to USD 100,000 minimum while in Thailand, a copy of your confirmed booking at an ASQ hotel, a letter confirming enrollment details from school or university signed by authorised person together with a copy of ID card or passport of the signer, and an approval letter from concerned authority under the Ministry of Education. When you get to Thailand, you will be subject to 14-day quarantine at your own expense, and you will be tested twice for COVID-19 during this time. If suspected of carrying COVID-19, you may be denied entry into the country
If you hold a Foreigners Work Permit (WP3) and/or BOI certificate, you should contact your local Royal Thai Embassy for a permit to travel to Thailand. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) will arrange seats aboard repatriation flights for eligible passengers.
As the Covid-19 outbreak continues to be an evolving situation with many developments we recommend that all travellers or residents of Thailand follow the Embassy of Ireland social media channels as we can post updates there more frequently than on this page.
There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 and instances of community transfer of the virus in Thailand. Community transfer means people have been infected with the virus, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. The Kingdom of Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health Department of Disease Control continues to monitor the outbreak and provide guidance to Thai citizens and visitors.
Air pollution can be an issue in Thailand, particularly in the major cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Exposure to high levels of PM2.5 can lead to various health issues, such as eye and skin irritation and headaches, and can aggravate underlying health conditions such as cardiac and respiratory conditions.
Irish Citizens with respiratory conditions or other underlying health conditions, which may be affected by the air pollution, should take caution being outdoors during periods of high air pollution. You can check air quality levels for Thailand in real time on the World Air Quality Index website.
The Embassy has experienced an increasing amount of Irish citizens who have been refused entry to/exit from Thailand because their passports are damaged. We very strongly advise you to make sure that your passport is in excellent condition before you travel to Thailand and that you look after it very carefully while you are in Thailand.
Thailand is going through a period of political transition. We advise Irish travellers to be wary of making political statements in public and avoid any protests, political gatherings, and demonstrations. Be aware of what is happening locally. In the event of any disturbances listen to the advice of the local authorities on locations to avoid.
Any Irish citizens caught up in disturbances, or acts of violence anywhere should follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media. Anyone who needs consular assistance or who is concerned for an Irish citizen in the area can contact the Embassy in Bangkok on +66 201 61360. Please leave a message if out of hours.
Thailand faces an ongoing threat of terrorism. Any Irish citizens in Thailand should maintain a strong level of security awareness, monitor the local media closely and follow the instructions of the Thai authorities.
In Thailand, the rainy (or monsoon) season extends from May to October. Severe rainstorms can cause flash flooding, which can result in delayed travelling and interruption to essential services. The Thai Meteorological Department issues weather warnings when necessary for heavy rain, high seas and hazardous conditions, across Thailand and Irish citizens are urged to follow the advice of local authorities and monitor weather forecasts.
Thailand can experience outbreaks of Zika Virus (a dengue-like mosquito-borne disease) in locations including Thailand. Infection with Zika virus has been increasingly linked with a serious birth condition called microcephaly where the baby is born with an abnormally small head and/or brain damage. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, and plan to travel to areas affected by the Zika Virus, you are advised to discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider and to consider postponing your travel to affected areas. Irish Citizens are advised to follow the guidance of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
Punishment for drug-related offences such as possession, distribution or manufacture are severe. We cannot overemphasise our message: do not become involved in using or distributing drugs in Thailand. The consequences (as a number of Irish citizens are aware) can be severe.
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management. In the event of an emergency, your first call should be to the Thai Tourist Police at 1155. You can contact the Embassy of Ireland at +66 (0) 2 0161360. Outside of working hours in the event of a genuine emergency, you can leave a message.
Our tips for safe travels
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities. We cannot over emphasise the importance of having good insurance.
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise and @irlembbangkok for the latest travel updates
- Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Southern border provinces
We advise against all travel to or through the Southern Thai Provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Southern Songkhla due to ongoing instability and terrorist activity in this region. On 10 March 2019, a number of small explosions occurred in Satun City and in Patthalung Province in the South of Thailand and in December 2018; there was a number of small explosions on Samila beach in Songkhla City.
Martial law still applies in these Provinces. There are frequent incidences of violence and there have been reports that extremists may be planning to target westerners in the southern border Provinces.
There have been occasional clashes between Cambodia and Thailand over the 'Preah Vihear' issue for several years. Hostilities broke on a number of occasions in 2011 and there were civilian and military deaths on both sides. We recommend that you should take care travelling through Thailand-Cambodia border.
We recommend that you exercise caution when traveling to rural areas of the Northern region and particularly near the Thai-Myanmar border. There are occasional clashes between the Thai security forces and armed drug traffickers. Military checkpoints are active and travellers are often asked to produce their ID. If you are considering traveling into Myanmar from Thailand, you should only cross into that country at an official border checkpoint and follow instructions of the Burmese/Myanmar and Thai authorities.
Terrorist attacks may occur in Thailand. The last major terrorist incident in Bangkok was in August 2015 when 20 civilians lost their lives. There have been a number of smaller explosions since then. On 2 August 2019, there were three small explosions at locations in central Bangkok. A number of foreign tourists were also injured in a bombing in August 2016.
Be aware of the risk of petty crime, including from pickpockets, bag snatchers and those organising scams targeting tourists. Always take sensible precautions:
- Do not carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place. You should also keep an eye on your credit card during transactions to prevent fraud.
- The theft of passports and credit cards is a problem in Thailand. Leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Be aware of pickpockets and bag snatchers. Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as train and bus stations. Many visitors have had their mobile phones and purses snatched by thieves on motorbikes when walking along busy streets or travelling in Tuk-Tuks. Stay vigilant!
Tourist scams are, unfortunately, a fairly common occurrence in Thailand, despite the best efforts of the authorities. Using common sense and exercising caution is essential to avoiding such scams. Do not accept offers to bring you to a jewellery shop or factory for a "special promotion". Avoid all offers from strangers approaching you in the streets with offers of inexpensive gems, travel, clothing, tours etc. If you feel you have been scammed contact the Thai Tourist Police on 1155. They will be as helpful as possible. However, the best way to avoid being scammed is to avoid the scammers in the first instance.
Tourists have been scammed when hiring motorcycles and jet skis (especially on the islands) so get local advice on the reputation of any rental firm before approaching it. Avoid hiring jet skis and quad bikes. Never hand over your passport as security when renting these vehicles. Be aware also that there are enormous amounts of motorcycle accidents in Thailand. Irish citizens in the past have been injured or lost their lives. Always wear a helmet (it is illegal not to) and drive carefully.
If you are going to be passing through Suvarnabhumi Airport, make sure that you have paid for, and have receipts for, all items in your possession before you move away from the vendor.
Ownership of property in Thailand is very complicated. There have been many reported cases of property scams. Make sure you seek a proper legal advice. Foreigners are not permitted to own land in Thailand. Many foreigners, including Irish citizens have found themselves in very difficult situations as a result of dealing in property. Be aware of the pitfalls. Avoid them.
In general, Thailand is a fairly safe country in which to travel once some basic precautions are taken. However, there have been incidents where foreign nationals have been attacked. Female travellers, in particular, should be careful of their personal safety. There have also been incidents where tourists have had their drinks drugged (tourist areas and 'red light' districts). You should be very careful about taking drinks from strangers and be very wary at parties such as the Full Moon party on Koh Phangan Island. Avoid all drugs, consume alcohol in moderation and exercise caution at large social gatherings. Do not swim at night.
If you are a victim of a crime while in Thailand, report it to the local police immediately. You can contact us at Embassy in Bangkok for information and advice (+66 (0) 2 0161360). Please note that the Embassy cannot report a crime on your behalf.
If you are planning to drive any kind of vehicle in Thailand, you should be extremely careful. Road conditions are poor and Thailand has one of the highest accident rates in the world. Irish citizens have been involved in very serious accidents. Please note:
- You need an international or Thai driving licence to drive in Thailand
- Make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
Hiring a vehicle
If you are hiring any kind of vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you are allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times. Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
We strongly recommend that you do not rent a scooter or motorcycle while in Thailand. Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous. The majority of road accidents in Thailand involve motorcycles. A number of Irish citizens have been killed or seriously injured in accidents. If you do decide to hire a scooter or motorcycle, we advise you to exercise extreme caution and always wear a helmet: it is illegal not to. We have also noted a number of motorcycle and scooter hire scams whereby those hiring have left their passports for security and are then presented with a bill for damage (real or not) to the hired vehicle. Do not hand over your passport as security for vehicle hire. The same advice is also applicable to the hire of jet-skis.
If you are arriving by air, use licensed taxis from official taxi stands. Unlicensed vehicles (black and white number plates) are not properly insured to carry passengers.
Take proper care when swimming – Follow the instructions of beach lifeguards and the signage on beaches. There are many fatalities in the waters of Thailand, including Irish citizens. There have been reports of poisonous jellyfish in the waters off Koh Phangan, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi. Please bear in mind that jellyfish can swim close to the shore and be most careful during rainy season. If stung, you should not rinse the wound with fresh water instead seek immediate medical attention.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
You must have a valid passport to enter Thailand, with at least six months validity. Be aware that a number of Irish citizens have been refused entry to Thailand for trying to enter the country on a damaged passport. It's advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. By law you must carry your passport with you at all times. Tourists have been detained because they were unable to produce their passport.
The Thai authorities have clamped down somewhat on 'visa runs'. This is the practice whereby foreigners use the visa exemption scheme aimed at tourists to illegally live or work in Thailand. The Thai authorities have announced that they will prevent 'visa runners' from entering Thailand. If you wish to enter Thailand for reasons other than tourism, we advise you to obtain the appropriate visa prior to your arrival.
The Thai authorities have also announced new penalties for those who overstay their visas. If you overstay your visa you may be banned from entering Thailand for a number of years. This has already affected a number of Irish citizens, some of whom have been arrested and detained. If you intend to stay in Thailand for longer than a month (which you can) please obtain the correct visa.
Alcohol and tobacco
There are strict limits on the amount of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, cigars and smoking tobacco which you may bring into Thailand. Tourists have been detained and fined heavily for attempting to bring cigarettes into Thailand in excess of the official limit. Please be aware of the importation limits.
E-cigarettes and refills are illegal in Thailand. These items may be confiscated by the Royal Thai Police and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted. The sale or supply of these items is also banned and you could face a heavy fine or up to 5 years imprisonment if found guilty.
Penalties for the possession, distribution and consumption of drugs in Thailand are severe. The possession of even what some may regard as small quantities often leads to imprisonment. The Thai authorities have increased their surveillance of those involved in illicit drugs activity and undercover police carry out spot checks in and around bars, restaurants and discos in tourist areas. These checks may include searches of bags, purses, and pockets. A number of tourists have suffered psychiatric problems as a result of drug use in Thailand. A number of Irish citizens have been imprisoned as a result of drug possession. Do not possess or use drugs in Thailand. We can't emphasise this strongly enough.
In Thailand it is a criminal offence to make critical or defamatory comments about the King or the Royal Family under Article 112 of the Criminal Code. People have been imprisoned under this law for doing so. Be very careful of your speech in public.
Thailand is a majority Buddhist country with over 90% of their population practicing Buddhism. Thai people are very spiritual and take religion seriously. If you are visiting Buddhist temples or other sacred sites, dress and act respectfully. Be aware that is it frowned upon to use images of the Buddha as decoration, and tattoos of the Buddha are considered very disrespectful.
Natural Disasters and Climate
Natural Disasters and Climate
Natural disasters and climate
Rain and flooding
The rainy season in much of Thailand runs from May to October. Monsoon rains and storms quite often lead to heavy and dangerous flooding. The rainy season in south east of the Thai peninsula runs from November to March. You can get useful information on the weather conditions in Thailand from websites such as Phuket Weather Forecasts, the Thai Meteorological Department or Tourism Authority of Thailand News.
Thailand is in an earthquake zone and suffers from tremors from time to time. These can trigger tsunami alerts. Familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake, and take note of earthquake and tsunami-related instructions from your hotel or the local authorities.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
For entry requirements for Thailand, please contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Thailand. Irish citizens can obtain permission to stay for up to a month on arrival.
It's against the law to overstay your visa to Thailand so check the period of stay authorised by the Thai authorities when you arrive. If you 'surrender' yourself to immigration at the airport or at any other immigration bureau following a short overstay, you must pay a fine for each excess day. However, be aware that for longer periods of overstay, it is entirely at the discretion of the Thai immigration whether you pay an over-stay fine or are detained and deported at your own expense. Irish citizens have often been detained for a number of days prior to being deported for overstays. It is not a pleasant experience. And it is expensive. You may also be banned from re-entering Thailand for a set period. These determinations are made by the Royal Thai Government and the Irish Embassy cannot intervene in the application of Thai law. Please obey the laws of Thailand in relation to permission to stay in Thailand.
Private "visa extension services", even those advertising in major periodicals or located close to Immigration offices or police stations, are illegal. A number of foreign citizens, including Irish, have been arrested and detained at border crossings each year with counterfeit visas and entry stamps they have obtained through these illegal services. Please do not use private visa extension services.
Health and Health Insurance – Very Important
Due to the heat and other factors some European visitors to Thailand fall ill. Always check with your doctor well in advance of travelling for medical advice and to see if you need any vaccinations for Thailand.
If you require medical attention, public hospitals and small clinics particularly outside of Bangkok are not always up to standard. We recommend that you go to private hospitals in Thailand which are excellent but can be expensive. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance to cover the cost.
There is an ongoing outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China. Cases have been reported in other countries, including Thailand.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Please be wary of these symptoms and seek immediate medical attention should such symptoms occur.
International travellers: practice usual precautions
You can reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infections while travelling by:
- avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections;
- frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment;
- avoiding close contact with live or dead farm or wild animals;
- travellers with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need an vaccinations for Thailand.
Additional information on the Coronavirus can be found via the following links:
Dengue fever is prevalent in Thailand, particularly in the south. Before travelling, get up-to-date medical advice whether you need vaccination. When you arrive, avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by using bed nets and repellents, and wearing closed, long sleeves and trousers.
We recommend that you avoid tap water and drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay.
Air pollution can be an issue in Thailand, particularly in the major cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Exposure to high levels of PM2.5 can lead to various health issues, such as eye and skin irritation and headaches, and can aggravate underlying health conditions such as cardiac and respiratory conditions. You can check air quality levels for Thailand in real time on the World Air Quality Index website.
Out of hours Emergency Contact Details
After business hours, Irish Citizens seeking emergency consular assistance should contact the Duty Officer number at +662-016-1360
Please leave a message with your name, contact number and details of the emergency.
Please note that this is for after-hours emergency cases only that cannot wait until the Embassy re-opens.
Embassy of Ireland
12th Floor, 208 Wireless Road
Monday - Thursday 09:30-12:00 and 14:30-15:30; Friday 09:30-12:00
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.