You will need Thailand visa if you want to enter this country. For a purpose of relaxing and sight-seeing, you just need a tourist visa that allow you to stay in Thailand for a period of 15 or 30 days.
A tourist is stamped on your passport upon arrival at the airport in Thailand, or it can be obtained in your home country through the Thai embassy or consular office that is located there. The tourist visa can also be extended if necessary. There are certain countries who made agreements with the government of Thailand so their citizens can benefit from the visa exemption when entering Thailand as tourists.
Period of stay
If you arrive in Thailand through an international airport, you will be stamped 1 month to 3 month permission of stay depending whether your country made a bilateral agreement on visa exemption with Thailand. If you want to stay longer than such period, you 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. Below is the summary of countries entitled for visa exemption and visa on arrival to Thailand:
Tourist visa exemption countries with period of 30 days by air or land:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Monaco, Mongolia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Orman, The Philipines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA and Vietnam.
List of countries that made a bilateral agreement on visa exemption with period of 90 days by air or land: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Korea and Peru.
List of countries may apply for visa on arrival with period of 15 days by air or land:
Andora, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyrups, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudia Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Notice if you enter Thailand via land border:
You will be stamped a 15-day permission of stay as a tourist in the immigration post, after which you will have to exit the country again on or before the expiration of your permission of stay. However, the tourist visa can also be extended if you wish or need to stay longer in Thailand. You will have to file an application for an extension of stay at the Office of Immigration Bureau located at Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120 , Tel (662) 287-3101-10.
What if you enter Thailand via Myanmar border:
There are 4 land-crossing between Myanmar and Thailand but only 3 of them can be accessible with tourist visa, which are Mae Sai/Kawthaung Land Crossing, Myawaddy/Mae Sot Land Crossing and Kawthaung/Ranong Land Crossing.
Requirements at the border:
– Passport with Thailand visa.
– Myanmar tourist exit card.
– Thailand entry tourist card.
– Thailand vehicle permit and insurance.
In detail, after arriving the border, you will need to fill out tourist exit card and provide the passport. The officer will review all the documents before stamping you out of Myanmar.
Procedures of applying for Thailand visa:
a. Visa on arrival
Thailand Visa on Arrival (VOA) which enables you to apply online. All you need to do is to complete the online application form via www.immigration.go.th.
Requirements for visa on arrival:
– Must be the citizens of nationalities accordance with Ministry of Interior’s announcement
– Passport must be genuine and over a month validity.
– Purpose of touring not more than 15 days.
– Confirmed return ticket within 15 days.
– Must notify the address in Thailand that can be verified.
– Not under section 12 Immigration Act B.E.2522 (A.D.1979).
– Visa fee in Thai currency only (Cash)/Non-refundable.
– Proof of financial means (10,000 Baht/person, 20,000 Baht/family).
After completing an application form, the applicant will get Transaction Reference Number.
Print out the form and bring along when you enter Thailand to get visa on arrival stamped on your passport.
b. Apply for visa at Royal Thai Embassy or Thai Consulates
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 authority over his or her country of residence.
– Passport or travel document with a validity not less than 6 months.
– Visa application form (filled out).
– Recent 4x6cm of applicant portrait.
– Confirmed round-trip air ticket or e-ticket (including applicant’s name, email booking with ticket number)
– Accomodation: A copy of confirmed hotel reservation. If the applicant stays with friends or family members, provide a copy of his/her Thai identity card and copy of Thai house registration. If the person staying with is foreigner living in Thailand, provide a copy of passport, copy of Thai work permit, copy of accomodation ownership documents.
– Proof of financial means (20,000 baht per person/40,000 baht per family).
– Visa fee.
The processing time will be 02 working days.
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