Visa Information


 

General Information Visa Issuing Authority Visa Exemption

Visa on Arrival

Types of Visa

 

General Information

As a general rule, any foreigner seeking entry into the Kingdom of Thailand for business, investment, study, medical treatment, mass media, religion, employment and other purposes is required to apply for a visa from a Thai Embassy or Consulate-General. To do so, a foreigner must possess a valid passport or travel document that is recognized by the Royal Thai Government and comply with the conditions set forth in the Immigration Act B.E.2522 (1979) and its related provisions.

Information on location and contact number of the Thai Embassy and Consulate-General abroad could be obtained from:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 
Department of Consular Affairs, Visas and Travel Documents Division, 
123 Chaengwattana Road, Bangkok 10210,  Thailand.
Tel.(662) 981-7171 ext. 3201-2, 3204-5 or Direct line 575-1062-4.
Fax.(662) 575-1066 , E-mail : div1303@mfa.go.th

 

 

Visa Issuing Authorities

Official Agencies in charge of issuing visas are:

    1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    2. The Royal Thai Embassies and Consulates abroad
    3. The Office of Immigration Bureau

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Tourist Visa Exemption

-  According to the Interior Ministerial Announcements dated 6 February B.E.2538 (1995) and 8 December B.E. 2541 (1998), passport holders from 57 countries do not require a visa when entering Thailand for tourist purposes if their stay in the Kingdom does not exceed 30 days.

-  The applicant must possess instrument of means of living expenses 10,000 per person and 20,000 Baht per family accordingly.

List of 57 countries are as follow :

1. Argentina : Argentina Republic
2. Australia : Commonwealth of Australia
3. Austria : Republic of Austria
4. Belgium :  Kingdom of Belgium
5. Brazil :  Federative Republic of Brazil
6. Bahrain : State of Bahrain
7. Brunei :  Brunei Darussalam
8. Canada
9. Chile :  Republic of Chile
10. Cyprus : Republic of Cyprus
11. Denmark : Kingdom of Denmark
12. Djibouti :  Republic of Djibouti
13. Egypt : Arab Republic of Egypt
14. Fiji :  Dominion of Fiji
15. Finland :  Republic of Finland
16. France :  French Republic
17. Germany :  Federal Republic of Germany
18. Greece :  Hellenic Republic
19. Iceland : Republic of Iceland
20. Indonesia : Republic of Indonesia
21. Ireland : Republic of Ireland
22. Israel : State of Israel
23. Italy :  Republic of Italy
24. Japan
25. Kenya : Republic of Kenya
26. Korea :  Republic of Korea
27. Kuwait : State of Kuwait
28. Luxembourg :  Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
29. Malaysia
30. Mauritania : Islamic Republic of Mauritania
31. Mexico :  United Mexican States
32. Morocco : 

Kingdom of Morocco

33. Myanmar : 

The Union of Myanmar

34. Netherlands : 

Kingdom of the Netherlands

35. New Zealand

36. Norway :  Kingdom of Norway
37. Oman :  Sultanate of Oman
38. Papua New Guinea :  Independent State of Papau New Guinea
39. Philippines :  Republic of the Philippines
40. Portugal : Republic of Portugal
41. Qatar : State of Qatar
42. Saudi Arabia : Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
43. Senegal :  Republic of Senegal
44. Singapore :  Republic of Singapore
45. Slovenia :  Republic of Slovenia
46. Spain : Kingdom of Spain
47. South Africa : Republic of South Africa
48. Sweden : Kingdom of Sweden
49. Switzerland : Swiss Confederation
50. Tunisia : 

Republic of Tunisia

51. Turkey : Republic of Turkey
52. United Arab Emirates
53. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
54. United States of America
55. Vanuatu : Republic of Vanuatu
56. Western Samoa : Independent State of Western Samoa
57. Yemen :  Republic of Yemen

N.B. For those who hold travel documents for aliens, namely; alien passport or C.I. , have to apply for visa even such documents are issued by the above 57 listed countries.

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Temporary Tourist Visa : Visa on Arrival

-  According to the Interior Ministerial Announcements ,passport holders from 96 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 instrument of means of living expenses 10,000 per person and 20,000 Baht per family accordingly.
-  The applicant must produce instrument of means of transport (full paid ticket) which is usable within 15 days since the date of entry.
-  Visa on arrival is provided at 12 designated international checkpoints and applicants should produce the application form to which his/her recent  photograph (2 ˝ inches) is attached. The application fee is 300 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. (662) 287-3127 or 287-3101-10 ext. 2264-5 or website at
http://www.police.go.th/thaiimb/frames2.htm

List of 96 countries are as follow :

1. Albania : People’s Republic of Albania
2. Andorra :  Principality of Andorra
3. Antigua and Barbuda
4. Armenia : Republic of Armenia
5. Azerbaijan : Republic of Azerbaijan
6. Bahamas :  Commonwealth of the Bahamas
7. Barbados
8. Belarus : Republic of Belarus
9. Belize
10. Bhutan : Kingdom of Bhutan
11. Bolivia : Republic of Bolivia
12. Botswana : Republic of Botswana
13. Bulgaria : Republic of Bulgaria
14. Burkina Faso : Republic of Burkina Faso
15. Burundi :  Republic of Burundi
16. Cameroon : Federal Republic of Cameroon
17. Cape Verde : Republic of Cape Verde
18. Central African Republic
19. Chad :  Republic of Chad
20. China : 

People’s Republic of China 
(including Taiwan)

21. Colombia : Republic of Colombia
22. Comoros : Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros
23. Congo : Democratic Republic of the Congo
24. Costa Rica :  Republic of Costa Rica
25. Cote d’Ivoire : Republic of Cote d’Ivorie
26. Croatia :  Republic of Croatia
27. Czech :  Czech Republic
28. Dominica : Commonwealth of Dominica
29. Dominican Republic
30. Ecuador :  Republic of Ecuador
31. Equatorial Guinea :  Republic of Equatorial Guinea
32. Estonia : Republic of Estonia
33. Ethiopia :

The Federal Democratic Republic of  Ethiopia

34. Gabon : Gabonese Republic
35. Gambia : Republic of Gambia
36. Georgia
37. Grenada : State of Grenada
38. Guatemala : Republic of Guatemala
39. Guinea : Republic of Guinea
40. Guinea-Bissau :  Republic of Guinea Bissau
41. Haiti :  Republic of Haiti
42. Honduras : Republic of Honduras
43. Hungary : Republic of Hungary
44. India :  Republic of India
45. Jamaica
46. Kazakhstan : Republic of Kazakhstan
47. Kiribati : Republic of Kiribati
48. Kyrgyz : Kyrgyz Republic
49. Latvia : Republic of Latvia
50. Lesotho :  Kingdom of Lesotho
51. Liberia :  Republic of Liberia
52. Liechtenstein :  Principality of Liechtenstein
53. Lithuania :  Republic of Lithuania
54. Malawi :  Republic of Malawi
55. Maldives :  Republic of Maldives
56. Mali : Republic of Mali
57. Malta : Republic of Malta
58. Mauritius
59. Moldova :  Republic of Moldova
60. Monaco :  Principality of Monaco
61. Nauru :  Republic of Nauru
62. Niger
63. Panama : Republic of Panama
64. Paraguay :  Republic of Paraguay
65. Peru : Republic of Peru
66. Poland :  Republic of Poland
67. Romania
68. Russian Federation
69. Rwanda : Republic of Rwanda
70. S.Christopher and Nevis
71. Saint Lucia
72. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
73. San Marino :  Republic of San Marino
74. Seychelles :  Republic of Seychelles
75. Sao Tome and Principe : 

Democratic Republic of Sao Tome 
|and Principe

76. Sierra Leone : Republic of Sierra Leone
77. Slovak Republic
78. Solomon Islands
79. Somalia :  Somali Democratic Republic
80. Suriname : Republic of Suriname
81. Swaziland : Kingdom of Swaziland
82. Tajikistan : Republic of Tajikistan
83. Tansania : United Republic of Tansania
84. Togo : Republic of Togo
85. Tonga :  Kingdom of Tonga
86. Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
87. Turkmenistan
88. Tuvalu
89. Uganda :  Republic of Uganda
90. Ukraine
91. Uruguay :  Oriental Republic of Uruguay
92. Uzbekistan :  Republic of Uzbekistan
93. Vatican City State
94. Venezuela :  Republic of Venezuela
95. Zambia :  Republic of Zambia
96. Zimbabwe

N.B. For those who hold travel documents for aliens, namely; alien passport or C.I., could not apply for this temporary tourist visa at the immigration checkpoints. They have to apply for visa at the Thai Embassy or Consulate-General overseas even such documents are issued by the above 96 listed countries.

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

    1. Don Muang International Airport , Bangkok
    2. Chiangmai International Airport , Chiangmai
    3. Phuket International Airport , Phuket
    4. Hatyai International Airport , Songkla
    5. U Tapao Airport , Rayong
    6. Mae Sai Immigration Checkpoint , Chiengrai
    7. Chieng Saen Immigration Checkpoint , Chiengrai
    8. Chieng Khong Immigration Checkpoint , Chiengrai
    9. Betong Immigration Checkpoint , Yala
    10. Sadoa Immigration Checkpoint , Songkla
    11. Samui Immigration Checkpoint , Surat Thani
    12. Sukhothai International Airport, Sukhothai

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Types of Visa

    1. Transit Visa
    2. Tourist Visa
    3. Non-Immigrant Visa
    4. Diplomatic Visa
    5. Official Visa
    6. Immigrant Visa
    7. Non Quota Immigrant Visa

 

Transit Visa

1. REQUIREMENT

This type of visa will be issued to applicants who wish to enter the Kingdom for the following purposes :
    - to travel in transit through the Kingdom in order to proceed to the country of destination or to re-enter his/her own country (category "TS")
    -to participate in sports activities (sportsmen, sportswomen, etc.) (category "S")***
   
-the person in charge or crew of a conveyance coming to a port, station or area in the Kingdom (category "C")

2. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

    - Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months
    - Visa application form completely filled out
    - One recent photograph of the applicant ( 2 1/2 inches)
    - Instrument of means of transportation (confirmed plane ticket paid in full)
    - Evidence of adequate finance (20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family)
    - Visa of a third country in a passport or travel document
    - Letter of invitation to participate in sports

3. VISA FEE

200 Baht per entry

4. VALIDITY OF A VISA

The validity of a visa is three months.

5. VALIDITY OF A STAY

Travelers coming to Thailand with this type of visa will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period not exceeding 30 days.

6. EXTENSION OF STAY

Those who wish to stay longer can submit the application form at the Office of Immigration Bureau located on Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120 , Tel (662) 287-3101-10 (or at http://www.police.go.th/thaiimb/frames2.htm). The extension of stay as well as the change of certain types of visa is at the discretion of the the Immigration officer.
    
    ***Those who are scheduled to stay in the Kingdom longer than one month, Non-Immigrant Visa category “O” can be issued to them

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Tourist Visa

1. REQUIREMENT

This type of visa will be issued to applicants wishing 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 photograph of the applicant ( 2 1/2 inches)
    - Plane ticket paid in full
    - Financial means (20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family)

3. VISA FEE

300 Baht per entry

4. VALIDITY OF A VISA

The validity of a visa is three months.

5. VALIDITY OF A STAY

Upon arrival, visitors with this type of visa will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand for a period not exceeding 60 days.

6. EXTENSION OF STAY

Extension of stay for an additional 30 days can be requested from the Office of Immigration Bureau located on Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120 , Tel (662) 287-3101-10. (or at http://www.police.go.th/thaiimb/frames2.htm) The extension of stay as well as the change of certain types of visa is at the discretion of the Immigration officer.

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Non-Immigrant Visa

1. REQUIREMENT

This type of visa is designed for applicants who wish to enter the Kingdom for the following purposes.
    - to perform official duties (Category "F")
    - to conduct business / to work (Category "B")
    - to invest with the concurrence of the Thai Ministries and Government Departments concerned (Category "IM")
    - to invest or perform other activities relating to investment, subject to the provision of the established laws on investment promotion (Category "IB")
    - to study, to come on a work study tour or observation tour , to participate in projects or seminars , to attend a conference or training course , to study as a foreign Buddhist monk (Category "ED")
    - to work as a film-producer, journalist or reporter (Category "M")
    - to perform missionary work or other religious activities with the concurrence of the Thai Ministries or Government Departments concerned (Category "R")
    - to conduct scientific research or training or teaching in a research institute (Category "RS")
    - to undertake skilled work or to work as an expert or specialist (Category "EX")
    - other activities (Category "O")

2. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED ***

The applicants must submit the following relevant documents depending on the purpose of their visit.
    - Visa application form completely filled out
    - Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months and its copy
    - Two 5 x 6 cm full-faced , bareheaded photos taken within the past six months
    - Birth Certificate ("O")
    - Certificate of Marriage or its equivalents ("O")
    - Transcript / Letter of acceptance from the concerned schools/universities or institutes ("ED") 
    - Letter from Thailand's Board of Investment. ("IB") 
    - Official Note certifying the purpose of travel from the Government Agencies / Embassies and Consulates / International Organizations / State Enterprises in Thailand. ("F" / "B" / "ED" / "M" / "R") 
    - Letter of acceptance from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (Alien Occupational Control Division, Department of Employment , Tel 662-2452745)***
    - Letter from a company stating the objective of the visit to Thailand ("B") 
    - Document showing correspondence with trading partners in Thailand. ("B")
    - Letter of invitation from companies qualified to employ foreigners. ("B") 
    - Employment contract indicating rationale for hiring the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualifications (document must be signed by authorized managing director and affixed the seal of the company) ("B") 
    - Copy of Work Permit issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (only in case the applicant has previously worked in the Kingdom ) ("B") 
    - Copy of corporate documents; namely 1) list of shareholders 2) business registration and business license 3) company profile 4) details of business operation 5) list of foreign workers stating names, nationalities and positions 6) map indicating the location of the company 7) Balance sheet, statement of Income Tax and Business Tax (Por Ngor Dor 50 and Por Ngor Dor 30) of the latest year 8) Alien income tax return (Por Ngor Dor 91) and 9) Value-added tax registration (Por Ngor Dor 20) , etc. ("B")
    - Copy of educational records of the applicant and letters of recommendation from the prior employers, identifying job description and length of service time. ("B")
    - Document indicating the number of foreign tourists (for tourism business only), or document indicating export transactions issued by banks (for export business only) ("B") 

3. VISA FEE

500 Baht for single entry and 1,000 Baht for multiple entries 

4. VALIDITY OF A VISA 

Single-entry visas are valid for three months and multiple- entry visas for one year. 

5. VALIDITY OF A STAY

The holders of this type of visa are initially granted a period of stay in the Kingdom not exceeding 90 days unless otherwise instructed by the Office of Immigration Bureau. 

6. EXTENSION OF STAY

Those qualified persons can obtain an additional one year stay permit counting from the date of entry in the Kingdom pertaining to the Office of the Immigration Bureau's regulations on extension of stay. The extension of stay is at the discretion of the Immigration officer.  

N.B. If applicants wish to stay in the Kingdom longer than 90 days, they can submit their application either at the Thai consular mission aboard or at the Office of Immigration Bureau in Bangkok located on  Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120 , Tel (662) 287-3101-10 (or website at (http://www.police.go.th/thaiimb/frames2.htm) . The consular officer must refer the case to the Office of Immigration Bureau for approval. Upon receiving approval, the consular officer may issue the visa as instructed by the Bureau.

*** 1. The document to be submitted for non-immigrant visa application is contingent upon necessities and appropriateness of purposes stated in the application form.
    2. Consular officers reserve the rights to request for additional documents as deemed necessary.
    3. Copies of company documents must be signed by Board of Directors and affixed the seal of the company.
    4. 
In the absence of a required document, a letter indicating the unavailability of such document must be provided.
    5. The applicant must sign on each page of the copy
   
6. Documents in foreign languages must be translated in Thai. If translated into English , it should be notorized by notary organs.

** For those foreigners who wish to work in Thailand, their employer in Thailand should submit Form WP3 (Application for applying a work permit on behalf of alien according to Section 3) at the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.

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Diplomatic/Official Visa

-  Thai Embassies and Consulates-General may upon official request grant visas to diplomatic or official passport-holders who wish to assume duties at a foreign Diplomatic Mission or Consulate or International Organization in the Kingdom and their family members or who desire to enter the Kingdom on official duty.

- Supporting documents are Note Verbale and/or documents issued by the foreign government or international organization, certifying the identity of the person concerned and his/her purposes while visiting the Kingdom.

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Immigrant Visa

- This type of visa is granted by Thai Embassies and Consulates to aliens who desire to take up permanent residence in the Kingdom, provided that the approval of the Immigration Commission and the Ministry of Interior’s consent have been obtained.

- Applicants who wish to engage in filing a petition must fulfill certain conditions set forth by the Office of Immigration Bureau. (Office of Immigration Bureau is located on Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120 , Tel (662) 287-3101-10 or website at http://www.police.go.th/thaiimb/frames2.htm.

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Non-Quota Immigrant Visa

- This type of visa is granted only by the Office of Immigration Bureau in Bangkok to aliens who are domiciled in Thailand having as evidence valid permits to re-enter  the Kingdom. Applicants shall submit their applications together with the Certificate  of Residence directly to the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok.

- For more information, please contact the Office of Immigration Bureau , Soi  Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120 , Tel (662) 287-3101-10 or  website at hhttp://www.police.go.th/thaiimb/frames2.htm.  

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