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Are Certificates of Entry (COE) a Permanent Fixture of Thai Immigration?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing Certificates of Entry to Thailand. 

For those of you who are unaware of what this is, it is also sometimes referred to by the acronym COE, so Certificate of Entry. It is basically a document that is issued simultaneously with a Visa that provides one day of validity to enter the Kingdom of Thailand and be processed through Immigration. 

Now this was created back in March. It was created in response to COVID-19. We have kept up with this topic pretty thoroughly as time has progressed but some folks have asked me:  "Is this permanent? Are we stuck with Certificates of Entry for all visas from here on?" Well, difficult to say and I hesitate, especially after predicting aspects associated with financial requirements for Tourist Visas, but I would say at least for the foreseeable future, it does not look like Certificates of Entry are going away. What that means is everybody who is trying to come to Thailand if you are abroad and even if you have a Visa you are still going to have to go back through the Certificate of Entry process in order to ultimately gain admission to the Kingdom. 

Now this does appear to me to be a COVID-19 response specifically so hopefully when the Emergency Decree is lifted and the "era of normalization" for lack of better term comes upon us, we will not have to be dealing with these Certificates of Entry but I think for at least the foreseeable months, Yes Certificates of Entry are going to be required for anyone who is looking to travel to the Kingdom of Thailand.