Our Thailand Visa Guide will teach you everything you need to know about Thailand’s visa policy for people from all over the world, including different types of visas, particular requirements, visa sponsorships, visa fees, and more. It is critical to have a scheduled flight ticket in hand before applying for a visa to Thailand.
Those who wish to visit Thailand but are not eligible for Visa-Free Travel must apply for a Visa in advance at the Thai Embassy in their home country. Thai embassies abroad will only accept applications from citizens of these countries if they have a resident permit in the country from which they wish to apply. Tourists from 18 Countries can obtain a Visa on Arrival in Thailand. A multi-entry visa allows visitors to stay in Thailand for up to 60 days per visit and they are allowed leave the country and return without needing another visa.
Entry into Thailand
All passengers must fill out their personal information on the Passenger Arrival Document No. 6 which is issued by the Immigration Bureau upon arrival in Thailand for the Immigration Bureau to contact them while they are in Thailand. The airline staff will give the aforementioned document to passengers so that they can fill it out before the plane lands.
You will need the following:
From the time the embassy/consulate receives your complete application, you should expect to wait 5 -15 working days for your Thai visa to be processed.
Under normal circumstances, appointment wait times range from two to three weeks.
Who can visit Thailand without a visa
Tourists from 64 countries can enter Thailand without a visa under the Visa Exemption rule. Visitors who enter Thailand through an international airport or land border from another country can stay for up to 30 days. The provisions of the VISA EXEMPTION RULE and BILATERAL AGREEMENT allow passport holders from 64 countries to enter Thailand if they meet the following criteria:
- Be a citizen of an approved country.
- Visit Thailand solely for tourism purposes.
- Have a valid passport that is more than six months old.
- Can provide a valid address in Thailand that can be verified upon entry. This address could refer to a hotel or an apartment.
- A confirmed return ticket leaving Thailand within 30 days is required. Open tickets are not eligible.
During your stay in Thailand, you must show proof of funds for at least 10,000 THB for single travellers and 20,000 THB for families.
For detailed information on specific parts of the general visa process, you can refer to the links below to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
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- Special Tourist Visa
The Tourism Authority of Thailand brought in the special tourist visa as a cost-cutting measure to help the local tourism industry recover from the effects of Covid-19.
Duration of stay
Tourists with a Special Tourist visa can stay in Thailand for 90 days.
An extension of stay can be requested at the Immigration Bureau twice for a total of 90 days.
- Visa for Business (non-immigrant B visa)
The non-immigrant B visa is also known as the business visa in Thailand. The non-immigrant B visa is divided into two categories:
- Non-immigrant B visa (conducting business) granted to foreigners wishing to establish or conduct business in Thailand.
- Foreigners intending to work in Thailand are granted a non-immigrant B visa (employment).
Foreigners can apply for a single-entry visa (non-immigrant Visa valid for 90 days) or a multiple-entry visa (one-year non-immigrant Visa).
- Visa for Investment
The investment visa (non-immigrant IM visa) is granted to foreigners who bring THB 10 million into Thailand through a single investment, purchasing a condominium or property, purchasing government bonds, or depositing it in a Thai bank.
Investment visa holders are not permitted to earn a salary but are permitted to stay in Thailand indefinitely as long as the Visa is renewed annually.
The investment visa is valid for 90 days and must be used within three months of being issued.
- Visa for Education (non-immigrant ED visa)
Students who wish to enter Thailand for a full-time education course, internship, or other training program are granted an education visa, also known as an ED non-immigrant visa.
Duration of stay
The student visa lasts 90 days. You can extend it for one year at the Immigration Bureau before the first 90 days expire. All non-immigrant visa holders must report to the Immigration Office after 90 days.
- Visa for Marriage (non-immigrant O visa)
The non-immigrant O visa, also known as the marriage visa, is a long-term visa granted to foreign nationals who are married to Thai nationals.
Duration of stay
You must first obtain a 90-day non-immigrant O visa from a Thai embassy or consulate located outside of Thailand. After receiving the non-immigrant Visa, you must travel to Thailand to activate the non-immigrant O visa.
The visa holder can apply for a one-year extension within 90 days of entering Thailand. You can apply to extend the extension for another year before it expires. After three years of residence in Thailand, you can apply for Thai permanent residency.
- Visa for retirement.
For foreign nationals over 50 who plan to retire in Thailand, the retirement visa, however, does not allow you to work in Thailand.
Duration of stay
The O-A visa is valid for one year in Thailand and can be renewed yearly.
The O-X visa is valid for five years and can be renewed for ten years.
- The SMART visa.
The SMART visa is a new Visa designed to attract highly skilled workers, investors, executives, and start-up entrepreneurs looking to work or invest in Thailand’s targeted industries.
SMART visa holders have a four-year maximum stay, work permit exemption, and other benefits.
What To Do If Your Visa to Thailand is Refused
You get the opportunity to dispute this verdict. The embassy of the Member State that opted to deny the visa distributes a standard form to notify the applicant of the decision to deny a Thailand visa and the reasons for the cancellation. Contact the Thai embassy and appeal the decision.
Current Bank Solvency and Bank Statement from the last six months with good transactions (at least 20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family OR 60,000 Taka per person and 120,000 Taka per family).
The currency is not need to be in Thai Baht, but if questioned, you will be required to present the equal amount in cash or travellers checks. Current regulations stipulate that you must be prepared to present this cash to an immigration official.
3.5 x 4.5 centimetre ID photo with a white background.