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Thailand is open to international tourism

International travelers may freely enter Thailand if they can provide proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative PCR test up to 72 hours before departure. There is no Covid test on arrival or during the stay in Thailand. Health insurance is not compulsory but recommended.

64 nationalities under the Visa Exemption Program can enter Thailand without a visa and stay for up to 30 days. Foreigners may also apply for a Tourist Visa from the Thai embassy or consulate.

Transit through Thai airports is allowed as long as you remain in the transit area in the airport. Ensure that your connecting flight is booked on the same itinerary and ticket.

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Things to know before flying to Thailand
Airlines flying to ThailandAir Astana, Air Canada, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air India, Air New Zealand, American Airlines, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, Cambodia Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, El Al Israel Airlines, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Delta Air Lines, EVA Air, Finnair, FlexFlight, Garuda Indonesia, Go First, Gulf Air, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Iberia, IndiGO, Japan Airlines, Jetstar, KLM, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, Lanmei Airlines, Lao Airlines, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Myanmar Airways, Oman Air, Pacific Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Sky Angkor Airlines, SpiceJet, SriLankan Airlines, SWISS, Thai AirAsia, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways, Thai Smile, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, Vistara, and Zipair
Thai airlinesThai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia, Thai AirAsia X, Thai Lion Air, Nok Air, Thai Smile, Thai VietAir
Main airports in ThailandSuvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) — Bangkok
Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) — Bangkok
Phuket International Airport (HKT) — Phuket
Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) — Chiang Mai
Hat Yai International Airport (HDY) — Songkhla
Krabi International Airport (KBV) — Krabi
Samui International Airport (USM) — Ko Samui
Udon Thani International Airport (UTH) — Udon Thani
Best stopoversBali, Hong Kong, Manila, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney (from US)
Colombo, Delhi, Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai or Singapore (from Europe)
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €800 – €1200 (from Europe)
✈ $700 – $1100 (from USA)
ATC price✈ 40% — 80% off regular price
Official websitesAmazing Thailand (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
TATNEWS (updates on travel to Thailand)
Thai E-Visa (apply online for Thai e-visa)
Thailand Travel Advice (UK citizens)
Thailand Travel Advisory (Australian citizens)
Thai Airways (national airline of Thailand)

Tips, tricks & hacks
for flying to Thailand

Use the Thai Post Office to send your bag ahead

You can walk into a post office in any Thai town and send a suitcase ahead to your next destination in Thailand. Just contact your next hotel or Airbnb to notify them of the upcoming package delivery. Even a large, heavy suitcase should cost you no more than 300 Bahts (less than $10).

Duty-free rules

Thailand is serious about the duty-free concession. There is a limit for bringing in certain items. Alcoholic drinks such as wine, spirits or beer cannot exceed one liter per person, and you can carry only 200 cigarettes (or 250g of tobacco). In addition to personal items, you may also carry items in reasonable quantity up to a value of 20,000 baht (~USD 550 /  AUD 810).

Anything above those limits must be declared – at the airport, head to the Red Lane to declare your goods.

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Airports in Thailand

Thailand has 38 airports, out of which 6 are the key international airports – Suvarnabhumi Airport BKK and Don Mueang International Airport DMK in Bangkok, Phuket International Airport HKT, Chiang Mai International Airport CNX, Krabi International Airport KBV, and Samui International Airport USM.

As in any country, airports with the largest volume of flights are located near major cities – about 10 to 20 kilometers from the city center – with public transport and airport shuttle service available. These are hubs for major Thai airlines, with large passenger terminals, first class lounges, shops, and restaurants.

Bangkok (BKK) from

Phuket (HKT) from

Krabi (KBV) from

Best airports for populartourist destinations

Thailand offers world-class tropical beaches, an abundance of adventure activities, stunning landscapes, and vibrant nightlife - with plenty of affordable options for budget travelers. Whether planning a trip or just exploring possibilities, here’s a list of the best places to visit in Thailand and the nearest (or most convenient) airports to fly into.

Destination in ThailandBest airport
Trang (South Thailand)Trang Airport TST
Railay Beach (South Thailand)Krabi International Airport KBV
Ayutthaya (Central Thailand)Don Mueang International Airport DMK
Phang Nga (South Thailand)Krabi International Airport KBV or Phuket International Airport HKT
Koh Phi Phi (South Thailand)Krabi International Airport KBV
Pattaya City (East Thailand)U-Tapao Airport UTP
Kanchanaburi (West Thailand)Don Mueang International Airport DMK
Khao Yai National Park (Central Thailand)Don Mueang International Airport DMK
Khao Sok National Park (South Thailand)Surat Thani URT

Flights from Russia to Thailand (airports nearby Moscow)

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Avoid currency exchange kiosks at airports

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Thai airports are no exception. Airport kiosks usually charge higher fees which are sometimes hidden within the poorer exchange rates they offer – their business is based on charging extra for being a convenient, last-minute option.

Plan ahead and exchange some money for the Thai bahts at home.

Use Grab to get around town

Uber is no longer available in Thailand - it ceased business in April 2018 and has been replaced by its Asia alternative - Grab. It’s a good way for a cross-city journey: the cars are safe, secure and usually air-conditioned. Similarly to Uber, it has fixed distance-based fees, so drivers can’t overcharge you for journeys.

Some busier cities such as Bangkok also have GrabBike, where you can hail a ride on the back of a scooter to get to your destination cheaper and faster in congested traffic.

If you don’t have Grab Taxi yet, download it for your Thailand vacation and set up your account, payment options, etc before arriving.

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Stopover options for traveling to Thailand

Direct flights to Thailand can be expensive. So if you’re looking at a long-haul trip with at least one connection, rather than simply transiting an airport, why not take an opportunity and plan a longer stopover? It won’t only break up your journey but will become a legitimate part of your vacation.

When booking flight tickets, many airlines include a stopover en route to your final destination. Those flights are usually cheaper than non-stop flights, and they can be a great way of seeing more than one place on your trip. You can often add it at no additional cost, just by looking for multi-city flights with longer layovers.

Check flight prices and other details for these great stopover options when traveling to Thailand:

Flights to Thailand fromUnited States and Canada

  • Most flying routes from North America to Thailand are over the Pacific, even if the departure airport is on the east coast. Travel times for these routes vary between 11 to 24 hours depending on the point of departure, length of layover, etc.
  • For long-haul flights choosing a reputable airline is crucial. Comfortable seats, inflight entertainment, food and drinks, and just the general atmosphere of the flight can make a big difference to the trip. For flights from the United States or Canada to Thailand, we recommend legacy carriers such as Air Canada, Air China, ANA, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Emirates, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines. Air China tends to be the cheapest on routes from the US to Thailand, and the quickest (only one short layover), while Emirates economy class is the most comfortable (a seat legroom of 33-34 inches and a width of 18 inches, plus a large library of free entertainment).
  • There are no direct flights from the United States or Canada to Thailand. However, most main hubs in SE Asia have direct flights to Thailand, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop.There are no direct flights from the US to Thailand. The only nonstop connection between North America and Thailand is from Vancouver YVR in Canada to Bangkok BKK with Air Canada. It is an ultra long-haul flight, as it covers a distance of 11,800 km (7,330 miles) and the flight time is nearly 16 hours. The Vancouver - Bangkok route is set to be part of a seasonal service, running from December through to April, four times a week. Air Canada is operating this route using the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
  • When flying to Thailand you have plenty of convenient layover or stopover options. Flights with one or more stops depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada. Your chosen airline will most likely dictate which airport you transit through – among the best stopovers are Bali, Hong Kong, Manila, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney.
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Don’t wait for the last-minute

Booking last-minute flights almost always never work out. You should never wait until the last minute unless you have to. If you want to find a great deal, be quite flexible with your travel dates and book well in advance – the best fares for international routes can be spotted around 2-3 months before the departure date.

Try to plan far in advance and you will pay at least a few hundred dollars less for the trip.

"Hot seats" on long-haul flights

Those days seat selection is considered an optional, extra paid service - seats with extra legroom (front and exit rows) are usually priced higher. However, if you’re about to take a long-haul flight, those “hot seats” are worth considering - expect to pay $50-$100, which is much less than upgrading to Premium Economy.

If you want to choose your seats, do this early (ideally during the booking) for a more extensive selection of available options.

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Airlines of Thailand

Airlines in Thailand range from high-end boutique carriers to no-frills budget airlines:

Thai Airways is a full-service airline and the only airline in Thailand that offers in-flight entertainment, free meals, and a generous luggage allowance of 30 kg. Seats in economy class have plenty of legroom, and there’s also a business and first class for more demanding travelers. Its Royal Orchid Plus loyalty program offers flight and hotel packages to popular destinations such as Krabi and Phuket.

Thai Smile is a low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways, with a free allowance of 20 kg and free snacks and drinks instead of full meals onboard. It has a good reputation for taking off on time.

Bangkok Airways, also known as Asia’s Boutique Airline, focuses on offering an unforgettable experience. This certified 4-Star airline may be more expensive than other carriers, but the seats are comfortable with generous legroom, provided in-flight meal is of top quality, and there’s free baggage allowance of 20 kg. The airline covers many domestic destinations, and popular regional routes including Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Laos, Maldives, Singapore and Vietnam.

Thai AirAsia is probably the cheapest option when flying around Thailand, especially if you are traveling light. Airfares are low, but there is no free luggage allowance, in-flight meals and add-ons may add up if you want to upgrade your experience. Thai Lion Air and Nok Air (famous for its bird theme) price their services similarly to AirAsia but offer up to 15 kg of luggage for free. Thai VietAir, the newest addition to commercial aviation in Thailand, is also aiming at budget travelers, however, there’s a fee for every kg of checked baggage. Those three airlines only serve snack boxes onboard, instead of full meals.

Flights to Thailand from Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Thailand. Direct flights from Europe to Thailand are about 10-12 hours long. Only some of the largest European hubs have a nonstop connection to Thailand - among them are Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Helsinki, London, Munich, Paris, Stockholm, and Zurich. Those flights arrive at either Bangkok or Phuket, and are operated by Thai Airways, Air France, EVA Air, Finnair, KLM, Lufthansa, SWISS, and Turkish Airlines.
  • To break the trip and stretch your legs, consider transit through popular Asian airport hubs, extending your total journey time by 1–3 hours. A 1-day stopover in Colombo, Delhi, Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai or Singapore will be a great option to reduce your jet lag at the final destination and do some extra sightseeing.
  • The best chance for a cheaper flight is when you are flexible about the departure point. Especially look for larger cities with airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom; Frankfurt FRA, Munich MUC and Berlin BER in Germany; Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France; Munich MUC and Berlin BER in Germany; Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands; Madrid MAD in Spain; Stockholm ARN in Sweden; Zurich ZRH in Switzerland; Brussels BRU in Belgium; Oslo OSL in Norway; Warsaw WAW in Poland; and Dublin DUB in Ireland.
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Two+ flights on a single ticket

Fly on a single ticket if your itinerary involves two or more flights with the same airline. Typically, any connecting itinerary booked as a single ticket conforms with whatever connecting times apply. At big hub airports, the airlines try to ensure that their flight gates are close to each other. Also, a single ticket usually allows for checking baggage from origin to destination, including transfers.

Fly early in the morning

Early morning flights (6 am or earlier) are usually cheaper than other day schedules. It's because of lower demand – most people are not willing to go to the airport so early. Use it to your advantage.

Moreover, airports are also less crowded, and there tend to be fewer delays if you fly early in the morning. Due to increasing air traffic, delays get worse throughout the day - starting around 8-10 am and reaching a peak at 4-6 pm.

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Flights from Asia

  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many short-haul flights: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380.
  • When flying within Asia, you’ll often use regional airlines. The budget carriers offer tens of weekly flights to Thailand with relatively comfortable flight experience and the cheapest fares – check the prices from Bangkok Airways, Cebu Pacific, Go First, IndiGO, Jetstar, Oman Air, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Scoot, Sky Angkor Airlines, SpiceJet, Thai AirAsia, VietJet Air, and Zipair.
  • For more comfort and top-notch customer service, consider flying with recognized full-service airlines such as ANA, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines.
  • Mentioned airlines operate direct or 1-stop flights from primary Asian hubs such as Bangkok BKK in Thailand, Singapore SIN, Bali DPS in Indonesia, Hong Kong HKG, Seoul ICN in South Korea, Tokyo HND in Japan, Dubai DXB in UAE, Kuala Lumpur KUL in Malaysia, Hanoi HAN and Ho Chi Minh City SGN in Vietnam, Phnom Penh PNH in Cambodia, Delhi DEL in India, Beijing PEK in China, Taipei TPE in Taiwan, Manila MNL in the Philippines), Doha DOH in Qatar, Istanbul IST in Turkey, and others.

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Best times to contact airline’s call center

Call center wait times may be frustratingly long. And only a handful of airlines offer a call-back service. To decrease lengthy periods on hold, try to call the airline during off-peak times in the middle of the week – Tuesday to Thursday. Savvy travelers suggest that the best time to call is early in the morning: from 4 am to 7 am (call center time zone) for 24/7 hotlines or right after the call center opens. Also, late hours on weekends can increase the chance for your call to be answered promptly.

Tight airport connection?

Always check the airport terminals if you have a connecting flight with a different airline or separate point-to-point tickets. Make sure you have enough time to transfer between these terminals so you don’t miss your next flight.

If your airport connection is tight (1-hour layover or less), pick a set near the front of the plane. It can shave 5–10 minutes off your deplaning time, especially on larger planes. Some airlines place their "hot seats" there and charge extra fees, but it still may be worth it.

When flying domestically, try not to book the last flight out of your connecting airport. In case of a cancellation, the airline will put you on its next flight, but it will require an overnight stay and arrival a day later.

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