Covid-19 Travel Advisory

SEE TEFL is committed to the health and safety of every one of our trainees, trainers and auxiliary staff. We fully understand why our current and prospective trainees are concerned about the current Covid-19 situation.

The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) announced that the Thai formal 2020/2021 school year will run from July 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021. The new academic year for 2021 will start on May 15th.

Domestic air travel resumed on May 1st.

Our school reopened for face-to-face training on June 1st

Inter-provincial travel restrictions eased on June 1st

International flights to and from Thailand, albeit with strict restrictions, resumed on July 1st.

SEE TEFL is licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education (MoE) as a non-formal school. All our 4-week TEFL and Internship programs are currently running as scheduled according to the directives of the MoE.

Our courses are currently running both onsite and via a live internet stream from our training room using Zoom. For the live feed version training is conducted live from our training school in Chiang Mai. Observed teaching practices are conducted at local schools with observers, either onsite or by using a large monitor, speakers and a classroom assistant for live-stream trainees. All trainees receive the same SEE TEFL certificate on the last day of training. Visit our 4-week TEFL course description page for more information.

Normal (non-covid period) Visa Options:
You can obtain a 30-day visa exemption on arrival, you can extend this for a further 30 days in Chiang Mai. If you obtain a 60-day tourist visa from a Thai embassy or consulate (personal and postal applications are usually available) before you depart for Thailand, you can also extend this for a further 30 days in Chiang Mai. We will guide you.

If you need more days, you can cross the border with Myanmar at Mae Sai, return an hour later after visiting the market on the other side of the border and you’ll receive a first or second 30-day visa exemption. You don’t need to apply for a visa for Myanmar to do this. You can extend this exemption for 30 days as well. The trip to Mae Sai from Chiang Mai takes 4-5 hours by bus. Most people complete the round trip in one day.

Alternatively, you can obtain a first or second 60-day tourist visa by visiting a Thai embassy or consulate in a neighboring country. This tourist visa can also be extended for a further 30 days in Chiang Mai. The Thai embassy in Vientiane, Laos is most people’s preferred choice from Chiang Mai. You can travel overland or fly there.

You can now travel to Thailand

It is now possible to enter Thailand without a visa; you'll receive 30 days visa exempt permission to travel. This can be extended for a further 30 days in Chiang Mai

In addition, Thai embassies and consulates started issuing 60-day Tourist Visas again late November, 2020. A few of our trainees, who obtained 60-day Tourist Visas and have met all the other requirements for entry to Thailand at the current time, are now on their way to the Land of Smiles.

The process is still onerous and relatively expensive at the current time, but it is possible to come to Thailand now. Countries have started vaccinating people. Hence, it's likely quarantine periods will be reduced or removed by March, 2021.

Although Thai Embassies and Consulates are issuing Tourist visas and visa exemptions are available again, there are a few extra steps that need to be taken before you can fly.

You will need (Thai embassy and consulate websites will explain the following steps in greater detail):

  • 1. A Certificate of Entry (CoE)
  • 2. Fit to fly medical certificate issued no less than 72 hours before flying.
  • 3. Laboratory test result issued less than 72 hours before flying to Thailand showing you are covid free using the RT-PCR test.
  • 4. Medical insurance cover of at least 100,000 USD which includes covid cover.
  • On arrival in Thailand, you'll need to quarantine for 14 days at a designated hotel. It will be on a full-board basis and packages can be found for as little as 27,000 THB (approx. US$900) for the full quarantine period.

    Alternative State Quarantine ASQ locations: ASQ.locanation.com and Agoda

    You are then free to enter Thailand as a normal tourist. After training and once you start employment, your school will convert the Tourist Visa to a Non-immigrant B visa. Your school can then obtain a work permit for you.

    All training dates are flexible, so you can postpone or bring forward your training date just by sending us an email.

    Please contact us for specific details regarding current requirements

    Visit our 4-week TEFL course description page for more information.