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Traveling to Thailand from the UK

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing travel from UK to Thailand; so getting from the UK to the Kingdom of Thailand. 

Questions that have arisen from a lot of our clients especially here in recent weeks is first of all "Can UK citizens even come to Thailand?" There was some discussion that they might be blocked due to various concerns associated with COVID-19 virus. It now appears as of the time of this video that “no they are not going to be blocked. UK citizens can still travel to Thailand, at least as of the time of this video.” 

This is more of a general video though. I am making this basically to provide insight to people who are trying to get to Thailand and they may not have been here in the last year. It is not the same process that it was in January 2020 by a long shot. The process of coming to Thailand right now is far more cumbersome than it was in the past. While it is possible to utilize the Thai Visa Exemption system and enter Thailand without the need of a Visa, it is still required to get a Certificate of Entry processed. So in my opinion at least currently it is probably a good idea to go ahead and obtain a Visa. If you are going to have to process a Certificate of Entry anyway, you might as well get a Visa. It gives you more status in country. Probably just overall, a prudent idea. It gives you more time. It gives you more flexibility as opposed to an Exemption Stamp. 

The other thing to understand is it is a much more cumbersome process than it ever has been. On top of processing of Certificates of Entry, one has to lock in Alternative State Quarantine and stay quarantined for 14 days. There is also COVID documentation, COVID tests; "fit to fly" documentation. There are a lot of extra steps associated with coming into Thailand and then once you are here, going through quarantine, than there ever were previously. 

So the thing to take away from this video, it is definitely not like it was and at least for the foreseeable future, the overall process of coming to Thailand from the UK while possible, is far more cumbersome than it was in the past.