Thailand Visa

1. Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter the Kingdom of Thailand is required to obtain a visa from Royal Thai Embassy or apply visa on arrival. However, nationals of certain countries do not require a Thailand visa if they meet visa exemption requirements as follows:
(a) 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.
(b) they are nationals of countries which hold bilateral agreements with Thailand on the exemption of visa requirements.

2. For more information, please see Summary of Countries and Territories entitled for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival to Thailand in the table as below:
15 = Can enter 15 days as tourists (Visa on arrival)
30 = Can enter 30 days as tourists
0  = Must apply for visa before travelling to Thailand.

Albania : People’s Republic of Albania0Lithuania : Republic of Lithuania15
Andorra : Principality of Andorra15Luxembourg : Grand Duchy of Luxembourg30
Antigua and Barbuda0Macau SAR30
Argentina : Argentina Republic90Malawi : Republic of Malawi0
Armenia : Republic of Armenia0Malaysia30
Australia : Commonwealth of Australia30Maldives : Republic of Maldives15
Austria : Republic of Austria30Mali : Republic of Mali0
Azerbaijan : Republic of Azerbaijan0Malta : Republic of Malta15
Bahamas : Commonwealth of the Bahamas0Mauritania : Islamic Republic of Mauritania0
Bahrain : State of Bahrain30Mauritius15
Barbados0Mexico : United Mexican States0
Belarus : Republic of Belarus0Moldova : Republic of Moldova0
Belgium : Kingdom of Belgium30Monaco : Principality of Monaco30
Bhutan : Kingdom of Bhutan15Morocco : Kingdom of Morocco0
Bolivia : Republic of Bolivia0Myanmar : The Union of Myanmar0
Botswana : Republic of Botswana0Nauru : Republic of Nauru0
Brazil : Federative Republic of Brazil30Netherlands : Kingdom of the Netherlands30
Brunei : Brunei Darussalam30New Zealand30
Bulgaria : Republic of Bulgaria15Niger0
Burkina Faso : Republic of Burkina Faso0Norway : Kingdom of Norway30
Burundi : Republic of Burundi0Oman : Sultanate of Oman30
Cameroon : Federal Republic of Cameroon0Pakistan0
Canada30Panama : Republic of Panama0
Cape Verde : Republic of Cape Verde0Papua New Guinea : Indep. State of15
Central African Republic0Paraguay : Republic of Paraguay0
Chad : Republic of Chad0Peru : Republic of Peru30
Chile : Republic of Chile30Philippines : Republic of the Philippines30
China : People?s Republic of China15Poland30
Colombia : Republic of Colombia0Portugal : Republic of Portugal30
Congo : Democratic Republic of the Congo0Qatar : State of Qatar30
Costa Rica : Republic of Costa Rica0Romania15
Cote d’Ivoire : Republic of Cote d’Ivorie0Russian Federation30
Croatia : Republic of Croatia0Rwanda : Republic of Rwanda0
Cyprus : Republic of Cyprus15S.Christopher and Nevis0
Czech : Czech Republic30Saint Lucia0
Denmark : Kingdom of Denmark30Saint Vincent and the Grenadines0
Djibouti : Republic of Djibouti0San Marino : Republic of San Marino15
Dominica : Commonwealth of Dominica0Saudi Arabia : Kingdom of Saudi Arabia15
Dominican Republic0Senegal : Republic of Senegal0
Ecuador : Republic of Ecuador0Seychelles : Republic of Seychelles0
Egypt : Arab Republic of Egypt0Sao Tome and Principe : Dem. Rep. of0
Equatorial Guinea : Rep. of Equatorial Guinea0Sierra Leone : Republic of Sierra Leone0
Estonia : Republic of Estonia30Singapore : Republic of Singapore30
Ethiopia : The Federal Dem. Rep. of Ethiopia15Slovak Republic30
Fiji : Republic of Fiji15Slovenia : Republic of Slovenia30
Finland : Republic of Finland30Solomon Islands0
France : French Republic30Somalia : Somali Democratic Republic0
Gabon : Gabonese Republic0South Africa : Republic of South Africa30
Gambia : Republic of Gambia0Spain : Kingdom of Spain30
Georgia0Suriname : Republic of Suriname0
Germany : Federal Republic of Germany30Swaziland : Kingdom of Swaziland0
Greece : Hellenic Republic30Sweden : Kingdom of Sweden30
Grenada : State of Grenada0Switzerland : Swiss Confederation30
Guatemala : Republic of Guatemala0Taiwan15
Guinea : Republic of Guinea0Tajikistan : Republic of Tajikistan0
Guinea-Bissau : Republic of Guinea Bissau0Tanzania : United Republic of Tanzania0
Haiti : Republic of Haiti0Togo : Republic of Togo0
Honduras : Republic of Honduras0Tonga : Kingdom of Tonga0
Hong Kong SAR30Republic of Trinidad and Tobago0
Hungary : Republic of Hungary30Tunisia : Republic of Tunisia0
Iceland : Republic of Iceland30Turkey : Republic of Turkey30
India : Republic of India15Turkmenistan0
Indonesia : Republic of Indonesia30Tuvalu0
Ireland : Republic of Ireland30Uganda : Republic of Uganda0
Israel : State of Israel30Ukraine15
Italy : Republic of Italy30United Arab Emirates30
Jamaica0UK of Great Britain and N. Ireland30
Japan30United States of America30
Kazakhstan : Republic of Kazakhstan15Uruguay : Oriental Republic of Uruguay0
Kenya : Republic of Kenya0Uzbekistan : Republic of Uzbekistan15
Kiribati : Republic of Kiribati0Vanuatu : Republic of Vanuatu0
Korea (South) : Republic of Korea30Vatican City State0
Kuwait : State of Kuwait30Venezuela : Republic of Venezuela0
Kyrgyz : Kyrgyz Republic0Western Samoa : Independent State of0
Latvia : Republic of Latvia15Vietnam30
Laos30Yemen : Republic of Yemen0
Lesotho : Kingdom of Lesotho0Zambia : Republic of Zambia0
Liberia : Republic of Liberia0Zimbabwe0
Liechtenstein : Principality of Liechtenstein30

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Please note that the period of visa validity is different from the period of stay. Visa 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.

6. 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.

7. Requirements for Tourist Visa On Arrival to Thailand:
(a) Hold the citizenship of a country on the list issued by the minister under the consent of the Council of Ministers of Thailand.
(b) Aim to enter Thailand for tourism for the period of not exceeding 15 days.
(c) Submit one headshot photo taken no longer than 6 months.
(d) Does not fall into the category of aliens prohibited from entering Thailand under the Immigration law.
(e) Possess the return ticket (flight) within 15 days. Open tickets do not qualify. Travelling overland out of Thailand by train, bus, etc to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia (including en route to Singapore), Myanmar, etc is not accepted as proof of exiting Thailand.
(f) Truthfully notify the verifiable places to stay in Thailand.
(g) Present evidence of adequate finance, not less than 10,000 Baht (250US$) per person and 20,000 Baht (500US$) per family.
(h) Possess a passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months.
(i) A fee of 2,000 THB is payable upon entry and is subject to change without notice. It must be paid in cash and Thai currency only.

8. List of Thailand’s Immigration Checkpoints which provide facilities for issuance of visa on arrival:
• Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
• Don Muang International Airport, Bangkok
• Chiangmai International Airport, Chiangmai
• Phuket International Airport, Phuket
• Hatyai International Airport, Songkhla
• U Tapao Airport, Rayong
• Mae Sai Immigration Checkpoint, Chiengrai
• Chieng Saen Immigration Checkpoint, Chiengrai
• Chieng Khong Immigration Checkpoint, Chiengrai
• Betong Immigration Checkpoint, Yala
• Sadoa Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
• Samui Airport, Surat Thani
• Sukhothai International Airport, Tak Immigration Checkpoint
• Bangkok Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Bangkok
• Sri Racha Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi
• Mabtaput Immigration Checkpoint, Rayong
• Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai
• Samui Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani
• Phuket Immigration Checkpoint, Phuket
• Satun Immigration Checkpoint, Satun
• Krabi Immigration Checkpoint, Krabi
• Songkhla Harbour Immigraion Checkpoint, Songkhla
• Chiangrai Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
• Surat Thani Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani
• Sattahip Habour Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi
• Khlong Yai Immigration Checkpoint, Trat
• Pong Nam Ron Immigration Checkpoint, Chanthaburi
• Aranyaprathet Immigration Checkpoint, Sakaeo
• Mukdahan Immigration Checkpoint, Mukdahan
• Tak Immigration Checkpoint, Tak
• Padang Besar Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
• Su-ngai Kolok Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
• Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai
• Bueng Kan Immigration Checkpoint, Bueng Kan
• Phibun Mangsahan Immigration Checkpoint, Ubon Ratchathani
• Tha Li Immigration Checkpoint, Loei
• Nakhon Phanom Immigration Checkpoint, Nakhon Phanom
• Nan Immigration Checkpoint, Nan
• Ban Prakob Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
• Khuan Don Immigration Checkpoint, Satun
• Tak Bai Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
• Bukit Tal Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
• Samut Prakan Checkpoint, Samut Prakan
• Kanchanaburi Land Border Checkpoint, Kanchanaburi
• Prachup Khiri Khan Checkpoint at Hua Hin Airport, Prachup Khiri Khan
• Phusing Land Border Checkpoint, Sisaket
• Satun Checkpoint at Koh Lipe Marine Port, Satun
• Trang Airport, Trang

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