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Thailand Visa Information

Thailand Visa Information

1. General Information
1. Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter the Kingdom of Thailand is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General.  However, nationals of certain countries do not require a visa if they meet visa exemption requirements as follows:

(1) they are nationals of countries which are exempted from visa requirements when entering Thailand for tourism purposes.  Such nationals will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days. Please see the list below.
(2) they are nationals of countries which hold bilateral agreements with Thailand on the exemption of visa requirements. Please see the list below.

2. Nationals of certain countries may apply for visa upon arrival in Thailand.  Travellers with this type of visa are permitted to enter and stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 15 days. Please see the list below

3. Travellers travellling from/through countries which have been declared Yellow Fever Infected Areas must acquire an International Health Certificate verifying the receiving of a Yellow Fever vaccination. For more information, please see List of Countries which are Declared Yellow Fever Infected Areas.

4. Nationals of certain countries are required to apply for a visa only at the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General in the applicant’s country of residence, or at the Royal Thai Embassy which has jurisdiction over his or her country of residence.  Travellers are advised to enquire about authorised office for visa issuance at any Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General before departure.  Contact details and locations of Royal Thai Embassies and Royal Thai Consulates-General are available at www.mfa.go.th/web/10.php.

5. To apply for a visa, a foreigner must possess a valid passport or travel document that is recognised by the Royal Thai Government and comply with the conditions set forth in the Immigration Act of Thailand B.E.2522 (1979) and its relevant regulations.  In addition, the visa applicant must be outside of Thailand at the time of application.  The applicant will be issued with a type of visa in accordance to his or her purpose of visit. 

6. In general, applicants are required to apply for a visa in person.  However, Royal Thai Embassies and Royal Thai Consulates-General in some countries and in some cases may also accept applications sent through representatives, authorised travel agencies or by post.  Please enquire at the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General where you intend to submit your application of acceptable ways of application.

7. Please note that the period of visa validity is different from the period of stayVisa validity is the period during which a visa can be used to enter Thailand.  In general, the validity of a visa is 3 months, but in some cases, visas may be issued to be valid for 6 months, 1 year or 3 years.  The validity of a visa is granted with discretion by the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General and is displayed on the visa sticker. 

8. On the other hand, the period of stay is granted by an immigration officer upon arrival at the port of entry and in accordance with the type of visa.  For example, the period of stay for a transit visa is not exceeding 30 days, for a tourist visa is not exceeding 60 days and for a non-immigrant visa is not exceeding 90 days from the arrival date.  The period of stay granted by the immigration officer is displayed on the arrival stamp.  Travellers who wish to stay longer than such period may apply for extension of stay at offices of the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok, located at Government Center B, Chaengwattana Soi 7, Laksi, Bangkok 10210, Tel 0-2141-9889 or at an Immigration office located in the provinces.  For information on application for extension of stay, see the Immigration Bureau website at www.immigration.go.th

9. Foreigners entering Thailand are not permitted to work, regardless of their types of visa, unless they are granted a work permit.  Those who intend to work in Thailand must hold the correct type of visa to be eligible to apply for a work permit.  Information on Work Permit applications could be obtained from the website of the Office of Foreign Workers Administration, Department of Employment, Ministry of Labour at www.doe.go.th/workpermit/index.html

10.  Royal Thai Embassies and Royal Thai Consulates-General have the authority to issue visas to foreigners for travel to Thailand.  The authority to permit entry and stay in Thailand, however, is with the immigration officers.  In some cases, the immigration officer may not permit foreigner holding a valid visa entry into Thailand should the immigration officer find reason to believe that he or she falls into the category of aliens prohibited from entering Thailand under the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979).

11. According to the Immigration Act of Thailand B.E. 2522 (1979), foreigners who fall into any of the following categories are prohibited to enter Thailand:

(1)  Having no genuine valid passport or document used in lieu of passport; or having a genuine valid passport or document used in lieu of passport without valid visa issuance by the Royal Thai Embassies, the Royal Thai Consulates-General or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with exception of those who meet visa exemption requirements.  The terms and conditions of visa issuance and visa exemption are prescribed by the Ministerial Regulations.
(2)  Having no appropriate means of living following entry into the Kingdom.
(3)  Having entered the Kingdom to be employed as an unskilled or untrained labourer, or to work in violation of the Alien Work Permit Law.
(4)  Being mentally unstable or having any of the diseases stated in the Ministerial Regulations.
(5)  Having not yet been vaccinated against smallpox; or inoculated, or undergone any other medical treatment for protection against disease; and having refused to have such vaccinations administered by the Immigration Doctor.
(6)  Having been imprisoned by judgment of the Thai Court; or by lawful injunction or judgment of the Court of a foreign country, except for when the penalty is for a petty offence, or negligence, or is provided for as an exception by the Ministerial Regulations.
(7)  Having behaviour which could cause possible danger to the public; or having the likelihood of being a nuisance or constituting any violence to the peace, safety and security of the public or to the security of the nation; or being under warrant of arrest by competent officials of foreign governments.
(8)  Reason to believe that entry into Kingdom is for the purpose of being involved in prostitution, the trafficking of women or children, drug smuggling, or other types of smuggling which are against public morality.
(9)  Having no money or bond as prescribed by the Minister under Section 14 of the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979).
(10)  Being a person prohibited by the Minister under Section 16 of the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979).
(11)  Being deported by either the Government of Thailand or that of other foreign countries; or having been revoked the right of stay in the Kingdom or in foreign countries; or having been expelled from the Kingdom by competent officials at the expense of the Government of Thailand unless exemption is provided by the Minister on an individual basis.

 

2. Type of Visa
Royal Thai Embassies and Royal Thai Consulates-General may issue the following types of visas:

- Transit Visa
- Tourist Visa
- Non-Immigrant Visa
- Diplomatic Visa
- Official Visa
- Courtesy Visa

 

TOURIST VISA INFORMATION

1. REQUIREMENT
          This type of visa is issued to applicants who wish to enter the Kingdom for tourism purposes

2. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
          – Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months
          – Visa application form completely filled out
          – One recent( 4 x 6 cm.) photograph of the applicant
          – Evidence of travel from Thailand (air ticket paid in full)
          – Evidence of adequate finance (10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family)
          – Consular officers reserve the rights to request for additional documents as deemed necessary

3. VISA FEE
          1,000 Baht per entry
          (Visa fee may be changed without prior notice)

4. VALIDITY OF A VISA
          The validity of a visa is 3 months or 6 months.

5. PERIOD OF A STAY
          Upon arrival, travellers with this type of visa will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 30 days or 60 days.
Nationals of countries which are on Thailand’s Tourist Visa Exemption list or have bilateral agreements on visa exemption with Thailand will be permitted to stay for a period of not exceeding 60 days. Nationals from other countries who hold a tourist visa will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 30 days.

6. EXTENSION OF STAY
          Those who wish to stay longer or may wish to change their type of visa must file an application for permission at the Office of Immigration Bureau located on Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120 , Tel 02 287-3101-10 (or at http://www.immigration.go.th ). The extension of stay as well as the change of certain type of visa is solely at the discretion of the Immigration officer…

7.EXTENSION OF STAY
          Nationals of certain countries are required to apply for a visa only at the Thai Embassy or Consulate-General in their home/residence country or at the designated Thai Embassy. Therefor, travellers are adivised to contact the nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate-General to find out where they may apply for a visa to Thailand before departure. (Applicants who are nationals of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Sudan, Algeria, Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Palestinian State)

 

TOURIST VISA EXEMPTION

          – According to the Interior Ministerial Announcements dated 1 October B.E. 2545 (2002), 20 December B.E. 2545 (2002), 18 October B.E. 2547 (2004) and 6 May B.E. 2548 (2005), passport holders from 42 countries and 1 special administrative region – Hong Kong SAR – are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days on each visit. Foreigners who enter the Kingdom under the Tourist Visa Exemption category may re-enter and stay in Thailand for a cumulative duration of stay of not exceeding 90 days within any 6-month period from the date of first entry.

          – Please note that Tourist Visa Exemption does not apply to foreigners holding Travel Document for Aliens issued by these 40 countries.

          – Foreigners entering Thailand under the Tourist Visa Exemption category must possess adequate finances for the duration of stay in Thailand (i.e., cash 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family)

• List of 42 countries are as follow:

     1. Australia : Commonwealth of Australia
     2. Austria : Republic of Austria
     3. Belgium : Kingdom of Belgium
     4. Brazil : Federative Republic of Brazil (****)
     5. Bahrain : State of Bahrain
     6. Brunei Darussalam : Negara Brunei Darussalam
     7. Canada
     8. Denmark : Kingdom of Denmark
     9. Finland : Republic of Finland
     10. France : French Republic
     11. Germany : Federal Republic of Germany
     12. Greece : Hellenic Republic
     13. Hong Kong : Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
     14. Iceland : Republic of Iceland
     15. Indonesia : Republic of Indonesia
     16. Ireland : Republic of Ireland
     17. Israel : State of Israel
     18. Italy : Republic of Italy
     19. Japan
     20. Korea : Republic of Korea (****)
     21. Kuwait : State of Kuwait
     22. Luxembourg : Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
     23. Malaysia
     24. Monaco : Principality of Monaco
     25. Netherlands : Kingdom of the Netherlands
     26. New Zealand
     27. Norway : Kingdom of Norway
     28. Oman : Sultanate of Oman
     29. Peru : Republic of Peru (****)
     30. Philippines : Republic of the Philippines
     31. Portugal : Republic of Portugal
     32. Qatar : State of Qatar
     33. Singapore : Republic of Singapore
     34. Spain : Kingdom of Spain
     35. South Africa : Republic of South Africa
     36. Sweden : Kingdom of Sweden
     37. Switzerland : Swiss Confederation
     38. Turkey : Republic of Turkey
     39. United Arab Emirates
     40. United Kingdom : United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
     41. United States of America
     42. Vietnam : Socialist Republic of Vietnam

(****)Thailand holds bilateral agreements on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, official and ordinary passports for a visit of not exceeding 90 days with Brazil, the Republic of Korea and Peru. Therefore, nationals of these 3 countries are exempted from visa requirements and are permitted to enter and stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 90 days.

 

TEMPORARY TOURIST VISA : VISA ON ARRIVAL

     – According to the Interior Ministerial Announcements, passport holders from 21 countries may apply for visas at the immigration checkpoints for the purpose of tourism for the period of not exceeding 15 days.
     – The applicant must possess means of living expenses at the amount of 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family accordingly
     – The applicant must possess a passport with at least six-month validity and must present full paid ticket which is usable within 15 days since the date of entry
     – Visa on arrival is provided at 32 designated international checkpoints and applicants should submit the application form duly filled out and to which his/her recent photograph (4 x 6 cm) is attached. The application fee is 1,000 Baht..
     – Visitors who enter the Kingdom with Visa on Arrival generally cannot file an application for extension of stay except in special cases such as illness which prevents them from travelling, etc. They can submit an application at the Office of Immigration Bureau , Immigration Division 1, Soi Suan Plu, South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120. Tel. 02 287-3127 or 02 287-3101-10 ext. 2264-5 or at website http://www.immigration.go.th

• List of 21 countries are as follow :

     1. Bhutan : Kingdom of Bhutan
     2. China : People’s Republic of China
     3. Cyprus : Republic of Cyprus
     4. Czech : Czech Republic
     5. Estonia : Republic of Estonia
     6. Hungary : Republic of Hungary
     7. India : Republic of India
     8. Kazakhstan : Republic of Kazakhstan
     9. Latvia : Republic of Latvia
     10. Liechtenstein : Principality of Liechtenstein
     11. Lithuania : Republic of Lithuania
     12. Maldives : Republic of Maldives
     13. Mauritius : Republic of Mauritius
     14. Oman : Sultanate of Oman
     15. Poland : Republic of Poland
     16. Russian Federation
     17. Saudi Arabia : Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
     18. Slovakia : Slovak Republic
     19. Slovenia : Republic of Slovenia
     20. Taiwan
     21. Ukraine

• List of Thailand’s Immigration Checkpoints which provides facilities for issuance of visa on arrival are as follow :

     1. Suvarnabhumi Airport
     2. Don Muang International Airport , Bangkok
     3. Chiangmai International Airport , Chiangmai
     4. Phuket International Airport , Phuket
     5. Hatyai International Airport , Songkhla
     6. U Tapao Airport , Rayong
     7. Mae Sai Immigration Checkpoint , Chiengrai
     8. Chieng Saen Immigration Checkpoint , Chiengrai
     9. Chieng Khong Immigration Checkpoint , Chiengrai
     10. Betong Immigration Checkpoint , Yala
     11. Sadoa Immigration Checkpoint , Songkhla
     12. Samui Airport , Surat Thani
     13. Sukhothai International Airport, Tak Immigration Checkpoint
     14. Bangkok Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Bangkok
     15. Sri Racha Immigration Checkpoint , Chonburi
     16. Mabtaput Immigration Checkpoint , Rayong
     17. Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai
     18. Samui Immigration Checkpoint , Surat Thani
     19. Phuket Immigration Checkpoint , Phuket
     20. Satun Immigration Checkpoint , Satun
     21. Krabi Immigration Checkpoint , Krabi
     22. Songkhla Harbour Immigraion Checkpoint , Songkhla
     23. Chiangrai Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
     24. Surat Thani Airport Immigration Checkpoint , Surat Thani

 

Summary of Countries and Territories entitled for Visa Exemption and visa on Arrival
Ordinary Passport
Diplocatic/Official Passport
Nationals of the following countries may apply for Visa on Arrival
National of the following countries may enter Thailand without a visa
Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme
Bilateral Agreement
National of the following countries may enter Thailand without a visa
Bilateral Agreement
Period of stay
15 days
Period of stay
** 30 days
90 daus
Period of stay
30 days
90 days
Period of stay
30 days
90 days
Bhutan
China
Cyprus
Czech Replublic
Estonia
Hungary
India
Kazakhstan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Maldives
Mauritius
Oman
Poland
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Uzbelostan
Ukraine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Asutralia
Austria
Belgium
Bahrain
Brunei
Canada
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Iceland
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Kuwait
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Monaco
The Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
The Philippines
Portugal
Qatar
Singapore
Spain
South Africa
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
UAE
UK
USA
Vietnam
 
* Brazil
* Korea (ROK)
* Peru
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hong Kong
Laos
Macau
Mongolia
Russia
Vietnam
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Korea(ROK)
Peru
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cambodia
China
Hong Kong
Laos
Macau
Mongolia
Myanmar
Oman
Vietnam
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina
Austria
Belgium
Bhutan
Brazil
Chile
Costa Rica
Croatia
Czech Republic
Gernamy
Hungary
India
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea(ROK)
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Mexico
The Netherlands
Nepal
Panama
Peru
The Philipppines
Poland
Romania
Russia
Singapore
Slovakia
South Africa
Switzerland
Liechtenstein
Tunisia
Turkey
Ukraine
Uruguay
 
 
 
 
Information from Department of Consular Affairs, 16 December 2008
Remark
* Nationals of Brazil, Republic of Korea are entitled for tourist visa exemtion scheme. Meanwhile Thailand also holds bilateral agreements on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, official and ordinary passports for a visit of not exceeding 90 days with Brazil, Republic of Korea and Peru

** If such national enter the Kingdom at the immigration checkpoints which border neighboring countries, they will be allowed to stay for 15 days each time, except Malaysian nationals who cross the borderline from Malaysia whose granted period of stay will not exceed 30 days each time.

In addition, such national who hold diplomatic and official passport are also practically exempted from visa for tourism.

 

For the following types of visa, please visit  http://www.mfa.go.th/web/2482.php?id=2489 
– Transit Visa
– Non-Immigrant Visa
– Diplomatic Visa
– Official Visa
– Immigrant Visa
– Non-Quota Immigrant Visa
– Courtesy Visa

LAST UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2009

The above information was correct at the time of publishing. We will not be hold responsible
for any changes herein after as the visa regulation may have changed.
For up to date information, we recommend that you contact the Thai Embassy in your country or check the official website for Thailand visa at http://www.mfa.go.th/web/2482.php?id=2489



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