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.

Tourists were allowed to return to Thailand since October, 2020. This allows trainees to enter Thailand as tourists - albeit with strict travel requirements, train at SEE TEFL's school and then start employment anywhere in Thailand.

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.

Covid 19 period Visa Options:
Currently Thai embassies and consulates are not issuing the traditional 60-day tourist visa. Instead, they have introduced a special long-stay visa which allows a stay of up to 270 days. The first tourists arrived in Thailand under this new scheme in October. This visa allows trainees to enter Thailand, complete training and look for work. It's possible for schools to obtain non-immigrant B visas and work permits for their teachers within Thailand. The STV Visa.

Normal (non-covid 19 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.

Keeping up with Current Visa and Travel news:

  • Thai Visa Advice
  • This Facebook Page is a good source of current visa options.

  • Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • This Facebook Page is a good source for current travel news.

  • Thai Government Public Relations
  • This Facebook Page is a good source for Thai Government News.

    If you have questions, please fill in the form on our Contact page or send an email to ‘[email protected]‘.