COVID-19

Ambassador Helene Budliger Artieda and her team try to communicate as regularly as possible on developments related to the COVID-19 situation in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. We invite you to participate in the monthly virtual Town Halls #AskTheEmbassy and follow us on our social networks:

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Vaccination opportunities for Swiss citizens in Thailand

In the context of Thailand’s national vaccination campaign, the Embassy of Switzerland is doing its best to support the Swiss community. The Embassy is in regular contact with various private hospitals in the country to facilitate the vaccination process for the Swiss citizens.

Vaccination opportunities in Bangkok

You can receive AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines, provided by the Thai government and subject to availability in Thailand (see below). If you wish to register for a vaccination appointment in Bangkok through our latest vaccination opportunity (#16), you must:

  1. Be a Swiss citizen.
  2. Be at least 12 years old or with underlying health conditions (chronic lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes or obesity)
  3. Be in possession of a valid visa or residence permit, but not a tourist visa.
  4. Fill in the form here
  5. Read the conditions here-under

Vaccination opportunities outside of Bangkok

The Embassy does not currently facilitate any vaccination opportunity is outside of Bangkok.

Conditions for all opportunities

Appointments will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The vaccination will be free of charge.

When registering on our website, you will automatically be registered for a Pfizer vaccine. If you would like to instead receive an AstraZeneca vaccine, please inform us by email at bangkok.event@eda.admin.ch.

You do not need to live in Bangkok to register to a vaccination opportunity. However, you must be able to get to the appointment from your province by your own means. 

After completing your registration on the form, you will receive an automatic confirmation email. You will receive the appointment confirmation by e-mail within the next 2 weeks. We will get back to you as soon as possible and recommend that you check your email or mobile phone regularly. This may take a week or more, please be patient. 

The vaccines are provided as part of Thailand's national vaccination programme. They are not imported from Switzerland. You will therefore be listed in the Thai national registry and enjoy the same benefits as anyone else vaccinated in Thailand.

For medical advice, please consult your doctor.

Booster shots

If you would like to receive a booster dose against COVID-19, we recommend that you contact your reference hospital directly. According to our information, many public hospitals holding vaccines are now administering Pfizer booster doses nationwide. The vaccine stock also appears to be sufficiently high to meet demand. Some private hospitals also offer Moderna booster doses for a fee.

In Bangkok, Bang Sue railway station has been re-designated a vaccination center and now administers booster shots. You can make an appointment online via your phone provider's mobile app (instructions here).

Bangrak Hosptial, in Bangkok, also offer booster shots. You can register using the QR code below. 

If despite everything you are unable to get a booster shot through a public or private hospital, please inform us. The embassy will then take the necessary steps to help you.

Please note that depending on the vaccine you were previously administered, the required waiting time to receive a booster dose may vary. (You can find a table from the Thai authorities here).

If you have been vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm before 31.07.2021, you are eligible to receive receive a Pfizer Booster shot through the Embassy's vaccination opportunities [at the moment, booster shots are not available for those who have been vaccinated with other vaccine brands]. 

QR Code for booster shot registration at Bangrak Hospital
QR Code for booster shot registration at Bangrak Hospital in Bangkok

 

Registration form for vaccination opportunities

To register for a vaccination opportunity, please use the following link: Vaccination opportunities

COVID vaccination for Swiss citizens: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What vaccine will I get, do I have options?

You will receive an AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine, provided in the framework of Thailand’s national vaccination program.

Can I register my Thai spouse/partner, who is not Swiss, for vaccination?

Appointments can only be given to Swiss citizens.

I am staying in Thailand on a tourist visa, can I register for vaccination through the Swiss Embassy?

No, only Swiss citizens with a valid visa or stay permit in Thailand can register for vaccination (no tourist visa).

Registrations of unauthorized people might be cancelled without notice. It is also possible that they will be refused at the vaccination appointment.

When will I receive the second vaccination?

You will be given an appropriate appointment by the hospital at the time of the first vaccination and depending on the vaccine type.

Will I receive a vaccination certificate?

You will receive a vaccination certificate after the second vaccination, issued by the relevant hospital.

I have a WHO vaccination booklet, will the proof that I have been vaccinated be noted in the WHO booklet?

Please ask the hospital once your appointment has been confirmed.

Are the Swiss and Thai vaccination certificates mutually recognised?

The Swiss Embassy actively seeks mutual recognition of the certificates. Currently only the vaccination certificate from the EU and related certificates are recognised in Switzerland.

Will I receive a vaccination certificate from the Swiss authorities if I have been vaccinated in Thailand?

Kindly consult the following link.

Is a COVID-vaccination with Astra Zeneca recognised in Switzerland?

AstraZeneca vaccines are recognised in Switzerland, kindly consult the following link for more information on how to receive a Swiss Certificate after being vaccinated with AstraZeneca.

I would like the second vaccination with an mRNA vaccine, can the Swiss Embassy recommend this?

The Swiss Embassy has no medical mandate and cannot give you any recommendation whether a second vaccination with a different vaccine is advisable or not, please consult your physician for this question.

My first vaccination was done with Astra Zeneca in Thailand, can I travel to Switzerland for a second vaccination with an mRNA vaccine?

Please consult your doctor in Switzerland for this question.

Where else can I register for vaccination?

Foreigners residing in Thailand can register for a vaccination directly via www.expatvac.consular.go.th or in private hospitals

How much does the vaccination cost?

The vaccination organised by the Swiss Embassy is free of charge.

I need to change my appointment for the second vaccination, can the Swiss Embassy do this for me?

No, you have to contact the hospital, the Swiss Embassy does not have access to the hospital's database.

I have health problems, can I still get vaccinated?

Please consult your physician for any medical questions.

Past vaccination opportunities

So far, a total of 1100+ Swiss citizens have been vaccinated through the Embassy’s opportunities. Many more received their vaccine directly through Thailand’s national program and local hospitals.

Other vaccination opportunities for Swiss citizens have been offered in the past:

  • Opportunity #1 (09.06.2021): Phone campaign to the most elderly Swiss citizens. 20 citizens could be registered for an AstraZeneca vaccination end of July in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #2 (16.06.2021): Phone campaign to the most elderly Swiss citizens. 6 citizens could be registered.
  • Opportunity #3 (25.06.2021): Social media campaign for 60+ citizens. 20 citizens could be registered for an AstraZeneca vaccination end of July in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #4 (29.06.2021): Social media campaign for 60+ citizens. 10 citizens could be registered for an AstraZeneca vaccination end of July in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #5 (02.07.2021): Social media campaign for 60+ citizens or citizens with underlying health conditions. 20 citizens could be registered for an AstraZeneca vaccination mid-July in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #6 (05.07.2021): Social media and email campaign for 180 citizens, aged 55+ or with underlying health conditions. 180 citizens could be registered for an AstraZeneca vaccination in July in Bangkok. 
  • Opportunity #7 (15.07.2021): Social media and email campaign for 200 citizens, aged 55+ or with underlying health conditions conditions. 200 citizens could be registered for an Astrazeneca vaccination in July and August in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #8 (20.07.2021): Social media and email campaign for 150 citizens, aged 60+ or with underlying health conditions. The vaccination took place in August in Chiang Mai.
  • Opportunity #9 (27.07.2021): Social media and email campaign for 100 citizens, aged 50+ or with underlying health conditions. The vaccination took place in August in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #10 (11.08.2021): Social media and email campaign for 100 citizens, aged 50+ or with underlying health conditions. The vaccination took place in August in Bangkok.
  • Opportunity #11 (20.08.2021): Social media and email campaign for 300 citizens, aged 18+ or with underlying health conditions. The vaccination will take place in Surat Thani.
  • Opportunity #12 (20.08.2021): Social media and email campaign for 300 citizens, aged 18+ or with underlying health conditions. The vaccination took place in Udon Thani.
  • Opportunity #13 (20.08.2021): Social media and email campaign for 300 citizens, aged 18+ or with underlying health conditions. The vaccination took place in Khon Kaen.
  • Opportunity #14 (20.08.2021): Social media and email campaign for 300 citizens, aged 18+ or with underlying health conditions. The vaccination took place in Chiang Mai.
  • Opportunity #15 (02.09.2021): Social media and email campaign for Swiss citizens aged 40+ or with underlying health conditions . The vaccination took place in Bangkok.

Vaccination details

Thailand started rolling out its COVID-19 inoculation program on 28 February 2021 for priority groups including healthcare personnel and frontline workers. Thailand aims at vaccinating about 70% of the population by the end of 2021. Details of the second phase of the vaccination program are as follow:

The second phase of mass vaccination rollout began on 7 June 2021 for all public including foreign nationals. Since August 1st, foreign residents in Thailand can register for a COVID-19 vaccination through the country’s new platform. Foreign residents of all age and from any Thai province can register to obtain their first dose of AstraZeneca of Pfizer. 

Some provinces (outside of Bangkok) created complementary online registration platforms. 

Swiss nationals in Thailand are part of the country's resident population. It is therefore be primarily the task of the Thai authorities to procure vaccines for the foreign population residing here. 

The Swiss Embassy is in daily contact with the relevant Thai authorities and hospitals to obtain the latest update. We will post more information on the vaccination plan as soon as it becomes available.

Entry into Thailand

If you are in Switzerland and wish to enter Thailand, please visit the website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Bern for respective documents required (especially the specific requirements for health insurance).

Tourist Visa

For entry options as tourist, refer to this page from the Royal Thai Embassy in Bern for more details.

Under the re-activated "Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme", Swiss nationals no longer need to obtain a visa before entering Thailand for tourism purposes. The exemption period is 45 days (previously 30 days) inclusive of quarantine period (14 days) until September 2021.

In addition, the "Special Tourist Visa (STV)" can be applied for by Swiss nationals since December 14, 2020.

Entry and quarantine regulation 

New rules for entry into Thailand apply, please consult the website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Bern (here and here).

What to do in case of a positive COVID-19 test?

According to Thai emergency regulations, people who test positive for Covid-19 are required to contact the health authorities immediately. Those who fail to report positive results face a fine of up to 20,000 baht.

The following contact options are available:

1) Telephone: contact the National Health Security Office at 1330.

2) Line Messenger: Contact the official line account with a written message: @nhso or scan the QR code below:

If you do not have a Line app, you can download the app here: IOS and Android

3) Phone or Line messenger in urgent or severe cases: Please contact Hotline 1668 or Line @1668.reg to book a hospital bed.

Quarantine regulations

Anyone travelling to or in Thailand who tests positive for COVID-19 may be quarantined at their own expense in an approved hotel (ASQ).

Covid-19 infected persons who refuse to quarantine or seek treatment may be punished by up to 2 years in prison and a fine of up to 40,000 baht.

Patients with severe symptoms will be hospitalised. The decision on who, if anyone, will be sent to a field hospital or community isolation centre is up to the Thai authorities and medical professionals.

Patients with no or only mild symptoms may be admitted for home isolation. To be eligible for home isolation, patients must be younger than 65 years old and have no health problems that put them at risk of severe infection. They must also be asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms and have a living space where they can isolate themselves from others.

If you have any questions about home isolation, please call the Department of Disease Control hotline at 1422.

COVID-19: information on the situation in Thailand

Overview

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the current outbreak can be described as a pandemic. There is a risk of infection with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in all regions of the world.

The Federal Office of Public Health FOPH is recommending that unnecessary travel abroad be avoided for the time being except for a few countries: Details here (French, German and Italian)

There are commercial flight possibilities from Thailand to Europe and Switzerland. SWISS Airlines is flying from Bangkok to Zurich three times a week. We recommend you to get in touch with the relevant airlines to secure a return flight.

Travel Admin App: Sign up! If you are currently travelling in Thailand as a tourist or on business (not for permanent residents), please register on the Swiss Travel Admin App so that the relevant Swiss Embassy can contact you if necessary. Please make sure that the dates of your trip are up to date and, once you have returned to Switzerland, please delete your trip from the application.

State of emergency in Thailand since 26 March 2020

In order to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the Thai government declared a state of emergency on 26 March 2020 and severe restrictions on entry into the country.

Since the beginning of April 2021, there has been an increase in COVID-19 transmission in Thailand, and especially in Bangkok. Different restrictive measures which might differ from one province to another have been taken to contain the spread of the virus. Follow carefully the local news for updates. We recommend to follow regularly these websites:

Please comply strictly with the instructions of the Thai authorities. Any violation of these rules is punishable.

Important Thai hotline numbers for emergency medical services 

Department of Medical Services: 1668

Department of Disease Control: 1422

National Institute for Emergency Medicine: 1669 (Notification of infection and ambulance pick-up)

National Health Security Office: 1330

Mental Health Service: 1323

General Enquiries (in English): +66 (0) 96 847 8209 or +66 (0) 92 726 0474

We invite you to read about any new developments in Thailand in the media and on the following websites:

Other relevant sources of information for Thailand 

List of Alternative State Quarantine in Thailand (ASQ)

Royal Thai Embassy in Bern

World Health Organization WHO

International Air Transport Association, IATA

Entry into Switzerland

For travelers from Thailand the general entry conditions> for Switzerland apply. Kindly consult the COVID entry conditions> and the conditions to obtain a Swiss COVID Certificate. The Travelcheck tool has been developped to offer useful information in a user-friendly way.  

Information on COVID-19 situation in Switzerland and travel advice

Messages from the Ambassador to the Swiss citizens residing or traveling in the region

Find all the videos of the Swiss Ambassador on YouTube.

Communication #15 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 23.12.2021 (PDF, 405.6 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #14 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 02.11.2021 (PDF, 525.3 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #13 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 16.08.2021 (PDF, 696.6 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #12 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 29.06.2021 (PDF, 394.0 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #11 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 04.06.2021 (PDF, 462.2 kB, multilingual: French, Italian, English, German)

Communication #10 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 19.04.2021 (PDF, 819.5 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #9 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 08.01.2021 (PDF, 327.9 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #8 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 11.05.2020 (PDF, 624.8 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #7 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens traveling and residing in Thailand of 29.04.2020 (PDF, 382.6 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #6 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens traveling and residing in Thailand of 09.04.2020 (PDF, 489.4 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #5 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 25.03.2020 (PDF, 733.3 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German).

Communication #4 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 20.03.2020 (PDF, 855.7 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German).

Communication #3 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 18.03.2020.

Communication #2 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 16.03.2020 (PDF, 144.7 kB, English).

Communication #1 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 10.03.2020 (PDF, 146.3 kB, English)