Thailand visa

Thailand visa

Traveling to Thailand

Thailand is a popular travel destination that boasts over 40 million visitors per year. Unless exempt or eligible to obtain a visa-on-arrival, foreign nationals wishing to enter Thailand are required to apply, before traveling, for the appropriate Thailand visa, based on the intended purpose for traveling to Thailand. 

Foreign nationals from 64 countries are exempt from a Thailand visa and can enter Thailand visa free for a maximum of 30 days, while some countries can enter and obtain a visa-on-arrival and stay for a maximum of 15 days. All other foreign nationals need a Thailand visa to enter Thailand and must apply for a Thailand sticker visa prior to traveling to Thailand, or, if eligible, can apply online for a Thailand e-Visa.

The Thailand single entry visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue, permitting a stay of 60 days, while some single-entry visas allow for 14, 30, or 90 days, depending on your nationality. Multiple entry visas are valid for 6 months from the date of issue, permitting a stay of 60 days, while some multiple entry visas are valid for 1 year and allow for a stay of up to 1 year. It is important to note that the Thailand visa validity date differs from the number of days you are permitted to stay in Thailand, and visitors exceeding their permitted duration of stay may be subject to a fine and/or ban. 

Thailand visa types

If you are a foreign national who is required to obtain a Thailand sticker visa or Thailand e-Visa prior to traveling to Thailand, you must apply for the appropriate Thailand visa based on your purpose for traveling to Thailand. The Thailand visa types are: 

  1. Tourist visa
  2. Transit visa
  3. Non-immigrant visa
  4. Diplomatic visa
  5. Official visa
  6. Courtesy visa

Thailand visa requirements

The following is required to apply for all Thailand visas:

Passport

A passport valid for at least 6 months, with at least 2 blank pages for official use

Ticket

A round trip or onward ticket

Personal photo

One digital passport photo, no more than 6 months old, size 4x6cm

Application form 

A completed Thailand visa application form

Financial proof

Proof of financial means during the stay in Thailand

Some types of Thailand visas have additional requirements than those listed above. Accordingly, you are advised to check the information requirements for the specific Thailand visa type you are applying for.

Thailand visa application

Thailand Sticker Visa

Unless exempt or eligible for a Thailand e-Visa or visa-on-arrival, all foreign nationals need a Thailand visa and must apply for a Thailand sticker visa prior to travel. Foreign nationals required to apply for a Thailand sticker visa must follow these steps:

  1. Prepare Thailand visa application

    • Gather required documents listed above
    • Fill out Thailand visa application form

  2. Set an appointment at your nearest Thailand embassy or representation office abroad

    Schedule appointment online or contact the Thailand embassy or representation office

  3. Attend your visa appointment at Thailand embassy or representation office

    • Submit application and required documents
    • Pay the Thailand visa fees

  4. Wait for Thailand visa decision

    • If approved, pick up Thailand visa from the Thailand embassy or representation office where you applied
    • Verify that all information is correct and matches your passport

Thailand e-Visa

Foreign nationals eligible to apply online for the Thailand e-Visa must follow these steps:

  1. Apply online for Thailand e-Visa

    • Fill out the application form online
    • Upload required documents
    • Submit completed application

  2. Pay Thailand e-Visa fee

    Receive approval confirmation to email inbox

  3. Wait for Thailand e-Visa decision

    • If approved, receive Thailand visa to the email you provided
    • Verify information is correct
    • Download or print approved Thailand visa

Where to apply for Thailand visa

Thailand Sticker Visa

Foreign nationals required to apply for a Thailand sticker visa should apply at their nearest Turkish embassy, representation office, or VAC abroad. Thailand visas cannot be applied for from within Thailand.

Thailand e-Visa

Certain foreign nationals are eligible to apply online for a Thailand e-Visa.

Thailand visa processing time

Thailand visas are usually processed between 3 to 5 business days, excluding delivery time for applications sent by mail. For these reasons, it is recommended to start the application process early, in case of delays or unforeseen circumstances.

Thailand visa FAQ

How many types of Thailand visas are there?

There are 6 types of Thailand visas, which are:
1. TRANSIT VISA
2. TOURIST VISA
3 NON-IMMIGRANT VISA
4 DIPLOMATIC VISA
5 OFFICIAL VISA
6 COURTESY VISA

What type of visa is needed for travel to Thailand?

The 6 Thailand visa types define the traveler's intended purpose for travel to Thailand. Depending whether the travel is for tourism, official duty, or another specific purpose, the Thailand visa applicant will apply for the appropriate Thailand visa type.

Do I need a visa to travel to Thailand as a tourist?

Depending on your nationality, certain foreign nationals are exempt from a visa or can travel to Thailand and obtain a visa-on-arrival. All others must apply for a Thailand sticker visa, or, if eligible, a Thailand e-Visa. 

How do I get a visa to travel to Thailand?

Depending on your nationality and the intended purpose of your trip, certain foreign nationals may be eligible to apply for a Thailand e-Visa online, while others must apply for a Thailand sticker visa at a Thailand embassy, representation office, or VAC abroad. 

Can I apply for a Thailand visa online?

Some foreign nationals are eligible to apply online for a Thailand e-Visa. Click here to check whether you are eligible for a Thailand e-Visa.

What are the documents required for a Thailand visa?

The documents required for Thailand visas include: a valid passport, a recent passport photo, a completed and signed Thailand visa application form, a Return/onward airline ticket, and proof of financial means during stay in Thailand. 
The documents required for a Thailand e-Visa include: a valid passport, a valid email address, and a credit/debit card to pay the Thailand visa fee. Please note that some nationals are required to present additional documents while applying for a Thailand e-Visa online.

How long does a Thailand visa take to process?

Thailand visas take between 3 to 5 days to process.  In all cases, it is recommended to start the application process early, in case of unforeseen circumstances.

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