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. We are doing our best to stay informed on this developing situation and advise our students accordingly.

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 using an online training App. Training and Teaching Practices are conducted via the internet; trainees are observed and receive feedback from their observer via an online teaching App. Trainees receive their certificates on the last day of training. All trainees are also offered the option of repeating all, or some, of their 6 observed teaching practices at formal schools for no additional charge when this situation returns to normal. Update: Since June 1st our courses are being delivered face-to-face in our school and via a live internet feed from our training room

During this period, our courses will be delivered according to the following scenarios:

1. If schools are open

The program runs as normal at our school. Training is delivered face-to-face in our school for trainees who can attend or via a live feed from our training room if they cannot join face-to-face training in our school

2. If schools are closed and you are in Chiang Mai/Thailand

We will run the program via an online platform. There will be a live internet feed from the training room; trainees will attend training online but in real-time. Trainees can be located in their room. They can see and hear the trainer working through the materials at the whiteboard. They can ask questions. Handouts will be sent to them.

Observed teaching practices will take place via the internet. Classes will be prepared as normal under the supervision of a trainer via the internet. The teaching practices will take place at a remote location. Classes will be observed and trainees will receive feedback by a trainer/observer via the internet. You'll teach your student/students via a laptop.

You can, if you wish, join any future course to repeat the observed teaching practices at local schools.

3. You cannot leave your home country

We will deliver the program as described in 2.

However, as you may be in a different time zone and attending training in real time isn't possible; we'll record all the training inputs and forward to you on a daily basis.

Teaching practices will be delivered via your laptop. They will be recorded and forwarded to our observers for feedback.

You can, if you wish, join any future course to repeat the observed teaching practices at local schools.

Monitoring the situation:

The Thai Ministry of Public Health is the source for information regarding foreigners entering Thailand at this current time. Link here:

Normal (non-covid period) Visa Options:
If you arrive 14 days before the training starts, you may be worried about your visa or visa exemption expiring before you complete training and find employment. If you 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 neighbouring 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. Myanmar and Laos are currently not on any list so there are no restrictions travelling to and from these countries.

Keeping up with Current Visa and Travel news:

  • Thai Visa Advice
  • This Facebook Page is a good source for 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]‘.