I just got back to BKK from the US July 27th and it was a bunch of hurdles. The process has changed since I applied, and was approved, but needed items are the same.
I went to the Los Angeles Thai embassy website once foreigners with Thai wives were approved to reenter.
There was a link and numerous questions were asked, and documents requested to upload. From memory
My passport, her passports (she is duel US/Thai), marriage license (we were married in US not Thailand), her ID, my visa, bank statement (I believe no longer needed), and a flight confirmation.
The flight confirmation was a typical Thai requirement. Only repatriation flights are allowed in, but you can't book a repat flight without permission, but to get permission you need a confirmed flight.
Luckily I had booked a flight using miles and AA was happy to cancel and return all miles.
After a week I received an email showing what repat flights were available but when I contacted them they said I could not book without permission from Thai consulate.
Another week later I received an email saying I had permission to book the flight, but that this permission was not the needed certificate of entry. I booked anyway and could not use points. Economy $1,000, Premium economy $1,800, business $2,500 all, of course, one way. The flights also had to be booked through Bangkok so I had to call them (which is always a joy).
Also they wanted me to book a quarantine hotel. All foreigners returning, except diplomats, must book into a approved ASQ hotel for 14 days (It's really 15 days by Thai counting). Prices range from 30,000 baht to 165,000 baht. I had problems booking, the first 6 hotels I called were booked, eventually I got Grand Center Pointe Sukhumvit.
Another week, or so, passed and I got an email asking me to upload the flight, and ASQ hotel, bookings and proof of payment, which I did. Oh somewhere along the line I had to show proof of insurance specifically covering Covid for $100,000
About 1-2 weeks later I received the official Certificate of Entry.
Now, to actually go I had to
1) Get a covid RT-PCR test (this is not the antigen, antibody rapid test) with the results timed within 72 hours of takeoff
2) Get a fit to fly certificate signed by a doctor also within the 72 hours.
I called many, many covid testing places and they all said results 3-5 days from test, maybe! Crap that doesn't work! I finally found a doctor in Beverly hills that guaranteed a 24-48 hour turn around. It was a few bucks more, but worth it. Armed with the test I got a local urgent care to give me a fit to fly.
So, again from memory and things may change, you need
1) Your passport
2) Your visa (if not valid(mine was) you can apply through this process)
3) Marriage certificate
4) Wife's ID, passport (Thai)
5) Insurance covering covid for $100,000 (USD)
6) ASQ hotel reservation and proof of payment
7) Confirmed e-ticket for flight and proof of payment
😎 Declaration form (you fill out as part of application. It's listed as a required doc but I was never asked for it)
9) Certificate of entry from Thai government
10) form T8
OK the flight
I arrived at LAX 3 hours before and there were only two active flights in the international terminal. Three Thais with a desk and chairs were set up by the Japan Air gate with a Thai flag. I went there, they checked my passport off to a list they had, checked my certificate of entry (CoE), insurance form, eticket, covid test and fit to fly.
I then got in line for checkin as they were opening and was the first. The JAL lady obviously was not sure (I believe this is the first repat flight from LAX) and had to check the paperwork with a supervisor. This done I proceeded through the almost empty airport to my gate. I would guess maybe 10 falang and 50 Thai on the plane.
We changed planes in Narita and were led by someone directly from our plane to the new one.
When we landed in Bangkok there were a lot of hazmat covered people, immigration officers, and cops all spaced along the way, no chance to escape!!
1st sit in a chair and have paperwork checked
2nd be led to a counter have paperwork checked along with temperature
3rd led to a chair and waited 10 minutes until about 20 got through the first steps. Given a tag to wear showing my ASQ hotel
4th led to a line to the standard immigration booths, one for Thai, one for falang and paperwork checked again
5) Immigration checkin with additional paperwork. Imm officer unsure so older officer had to help.
Once through Imm my bags were up, I grabbed them and was waved to the front. Customs was closed. They checked my hotel tag and waved me to gate 9 where a jeep cherokee from my hotel loaded me up
NOTE: At all times upon arriving to being loaded in the hotel car you are escorted by a ton of people.
At the hotel there was a paperwork check and temp check and standard checkin
Quarantine: All hotels different but same same. Grande Centerpoint is a nice hotel. Due to my penchant for cigars I got a smoking room but can't open windows and no balcony.
1) Must stay in room at all times. Cleaning starts day 4 and continues every other day, during this time I can go to a restricted area outside. No pool/gym
2) There is a set menu. In fairness there is a decent variety and so far food is good, but not big helpings
3) I can order from room service for a additional charge (20% discount)
4) No grab, food panda, etc
5) relatives can come in but can only bring snacks and dry food, all packages inspected
6) No alcohol (well they never checked my luggage so the joke is on them)
7) covid testing 3 times during stay
It says 14 days but the first full day is day 0 so really 15 days.
Covid test $225 usd
Insurance - I had bought some already so no additional costs
Flight $2,500 usd, I treated myself to business class, other prices above
Hotel 62,000 baht.
OK haven't typed this much in a long time. Hope it makes sense, I'm happy to answer any questions