How to Travel to Thailand from the US?
Thailand is one of the wonderful destinations in Southeast Asia.
With a mix of modern buzz and Buddhist culture, Bangkok is a totally different Asian city from what you expect. There are beaches and islands among the world's best in Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi. Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Pai, and Mae Hong Son town sit in the mountainous northern part that is perfect for nature lovers to immerse into.
The boundless Pacific Ocean lies between Thailand and America. How to travel to Thailand from US? Keep reading to know the most convenient way, the visa issues, and more than everything, the safety problems to travel to Thailand during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Airplane is the most convenient way to travel to Thailand from US
With a long distance, a flight is the most common and convenient way to get to Thailand from the US. The followings are some frequently asked questions about flights from the United States to Thailand.
Is there a direct flight from USA to Thailand?
In 2005, Thai Airways launched nonstop flights to Bangkok from the USA. However, by May 1, 2012, they canceled the last nonstop flight from Bangkok to Los Angeles. And as of the end of 2020, there are no nonstop flights available anymore between the United States and Thailand, on Thai Airways or any other airlines.
Today, many airlines including Thai Airways, China Airlines, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines, Japan Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, etc., run to Bangkok from the west and east coast of the United States, with one stopover en route.
Thai Airways operates flights from Los Angeles to Bangkok, with a stopover in Seoul. Cathay Pacific runs flights from Los Angeles to Bangkok, with one stop in Hong Kong. Japan Airlines can fly from San Francisco, through Tokyo, and finally arrive in Bangkok. China Airlines offers flights from New York City to Bangkok, making a stopover in Taipei.
Flights operated by Thai Airways and Korean Airlines will make a stopover in Seoul.
Inside news says that you’d better stay away from the US airlines. EVA Air and Cathay Pacific are good, China Airlines is OK, and Korean Airlines and Japan Airlines are good for money-saving.
How long is the flight to Thailand from the US?
Since there is no nonstop option, you can expect to spend 18-24 hours one-way from the US to Thailand. It takes longer to fly from the east coast of the United States than to fly from the west coast.
Your journey will be shorter if your city has direct service to an Asian hub city like Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul or Tokyo, while for those who have to connect within the United States first and then again in Asia, the journey will be longer.
How to find the cheapest flight to Thailand from the USA?
Here come some tips to help you find a cheaper flight to Thailand from the United States:
Connect via Asia Hubs - Generally speaking, no matter you depart from the west coast or the east, it’s easy to find a cheaper fare on flights via Asia than via Europe.
Fly into Bangkok - Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is the cheapest airport in Thailand to fly into. It is better to make Bangkok your first stop and then get around Thailand via budget airlines like Air Asia or Nok Air.
September Is the Cheapest Month - November to February is the best time to visit Thailand and the most expensive period. The low season between June and October offers cheaper airfare and the cheapest month to fly to Thailand is September.
November to February is the best time to visit Thailand and the most expensive period.
Book a Flight Seven Weeks in Advance - Data proves that if you book a flight seven weeks in advance, you will get the lowest price, nearly 10% below the average fare.
Book a Flight on Weekdays, Instead of Weekends - Airfare is usually cheaper on weekdays. Friday and Sunday are the most expensive days to fly.
Do US citizens need a visa to go to Thailand?
Visa is not required for US citizens to visit Thailand for tourism purposes in a short term.
As long as you hold a passport issued by the United States of America which is valid for at least 6 months from the day of your arrival in Thailand, you can enjoy an amazing 30-day vacation here. However, for a longer stay, US citizens need to get Thailand Visa in advance.
Can you travel to Thailand from US during the Covid-19 outbreak?
Yes, U.S. passport holders can travel to Thailand without visas during the novel coronavirus. You need to provide negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test results issued no more than 72 hours before travel, and then take a second test once you land in Bangkok.
Upon arrival, you must stay in a quarantine hotel for two weeks. And while in quarantine, you will undergo three Covid-19 tests. The two-week quarantine period will not occupy your visa-free vacation time as you can extend the normal 30-day visa to 45 days.
Traveling to Thailand during the Covid-19 outbreak requires two weeks' quarantine.
Pay attention that even with a visa exemption, you need to get the Certificate of Entry (COE) to enter Thailand.
Required documents include a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result 72 hours before departure, a booking confirmation of your quarantine hotel, a copy of the recent bank statement with 700 USD per person or 1,500 USD per family, and medical insurance guaranteeing an insurance benefit of a minimum of 100,000 USD.
As mentioned earlier, to travel to Thailand from US, the most convenient way is by flight. Plenty of one-stop flights exist and are operated by Thai Airways, China Airlines, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines, Japan Airlines, etc.
Basically, 18-24 hours are needed for a one-way flight from the US to Bangkok. US citizens to visit Thailand for tourism purposes within 30 days don't need a visa. The high tourist season between November and February requires a more expensive airfare. You can avoid these months.
During the novel coronavirus, we hope everyone to stay home and be safe. But if you do want a break, you can travel to Thailand, with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result and two-week quarantine is required.