Thailand Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
EU Yes Yes No
USA Yes Yes No

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Passports

A passport valid for six months beyond the date of entry is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. When applying for a visa on arrival, passports must be valid for more than 60 days.

Passport note

Due to issues with 'bagpackers', Thailand now requires travellers to provide proof of sufficient funds (cash or traveller’s cheque equal to 20,000 Baht per person or 40,000 Baht per family) and a confirmed ticket to leave Thailand within the time of their entry stamp when entering the country. Please see the 'visa' section for more information.

Visas

Nationals from the following countries can enter Thailand without a visa for tourism and business / work related purposes for up to 60 days (may be extended by 30 days):

Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, the Maledives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

Nationals of Argentina, Chile and Myanmar may enter Thailand without a visa for tourism purposes at international airports. The length of stay depends on the respective bilateral agreement.

To qualify for 60-day visa exemption, you must show the followings:

• Funds of at least 20,000 THB per person or 40,000 THB per family

• Passport with validity not less than 6 months

• Proof of onward travel (confirmed air, bus, train or boat tickets) to leave Thailand within 60 days of the arrival date (otherwise a tourist visa must be obtained)

• Foreigners who enter Thailand under this Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme may only do so for 60 days at one time with a maximum of two times in a year by flight and overland crossing

 

Please note: Nationals of the visa exempt countries listed above need to apply for an e-visa (thaievisa.go.th/) for stays with a duration longer than 60 days.

Visa on arrival in Thailand

Nationals from 31 countries can secure a visa on arrival in Thailand for tourism purposes and single entry only for up to 15 days. These countries are Armenia, Belarus, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malta, Mexico, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Taiwan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Venezuela. To qualify for a visa on arrival in Thailand, visitors must have the following:

• A passport valid for at least 30 days with at least two blank pages

• A confirmed onward ticket (open tickets do not qualify, travelling out of Thailand by bus or train to neighbour countries also do not qualify) usable within 15 days from the entry date

• Funds of at least 10,000 THB per person or 20,000 THB per family during your stay in Thailand

• A fee of 2,000 THB. This must be paid in cash and in Thai currency only. The amount is subject to change without notice

Nationals not referred to in the chart or above are advised to contact the Thai embassy to check visa requirements.

Types and cost

There are several types of tourist visas depending on the purpose of visit (e.g. tourism, medical treatment, family visit etc.).

On arrival: tourist visas cost TH฿2,000 (this may change without prior notice). In advance: single-entry tourist visa: GB£30 (US$40); multiple-entry tourist visa: GB£150 (US$200).

Non-Immigrant single-entry visa: GB£60 or US$80; Non-Immigrant multi-entry visa: GB£150 or US$200.

 

Validity

In advance: single-entry tourist visa is three months; multiple-entry tourist visa is six months. Non-immigrant single-entry visa: three months; non-immigrant multiple-entry visa: up to one year.

Transit

Some nationals require a transit visa; check with the embassy. Transit visas are valid for three months, allowing holders who are travelling via Thailand to other destinations to stay for a maximum of 30 days. This visa can be obtained in person at the Thai embassy for GB£25 or US$35. Nationals of some countries can obtain a transit visa via post, check with the embassy for more information. You can check with your nearest embassy via the Thai Embassy website: london.thaiembassy.org/en/index.

Application to

The Royal Thai embassies in London and in Washington, D.C. do not accept visa applications in person. Visa applications must be made online (thaievisa.go.th/). Check with the embassy to find out the requirements.

Temporary residence

Visitors to Thailand who wish to conduct business, work or study in the country can apply for a non-immigrant visa. The single-entry and multi-entry visas allow holders a stay for up to 90 days and one year respectively. In addition, to be able to work, visitors must hold a work permit issued by the Ministry of Labour.
Please see the information under ‘Types & Cost’ and ‘Validity’.

Working days

Visas usually take at least ten working today to process at the Royal Thai embassy in London. However, it varies depending on where and how you apply for your visa. The Thai embassy in the US issues visas within five working days (if applying in person), but the Thai embassy in Cambodia takes at least three working days.

Sufficient funds

Due to issues with 'bagpackers', proof of adequate finances for the duration of your stay in Thailand is required at the point of entry into the country (please see the information under 'Visas').

Compulsory registration

The arrival card TM6 needs to be filled in during the flight and shown to border officials on arrival and on departure. 

Extension of stay

If you wish to extend your stay, contact the Immigration Bureau (www.immigration.go.th). There is a TH฿1,900 fee for visa extensions.

Be wary of visa-run or visa extension services offering to renew your visa - these are illegal and each year a number of tourists are jailed, having turned up to border crossings with a fake Thailand visa or entry stamp in their passport.

Thailand visa extensions must be made before the current visa runs out. A lengthy overstay can incur a maximum penalty of time in jail before being deported and banned from returning to the country. If you wish to extend your stay, contact the Immigration Bureau (www.immigration.go.th).

Entry with children

Children travelling with one parent or alone must have a notarised letter of consent from one or both parents.

Entry with pets

Pets must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784 pet microchip. Pets must also be vaccinated against rabies (between 21 days and 12 months) before entering the country if they are from a country that has had any rabies incidents in the last 12 months.

An import permit from the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) is required for all pets.

All Pit Bull breeds must be spayed or neutered before entry to Thailand.

Embassies and tourist offices

Royal Thai Embassy in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 944 3600 Website: http://www.thaiembdc.org Opening times: Mon-Fri: 0900-1230 and 1400-1700 (except holidays) Consular section:Walk in service Mon-Fri 0900-1200; Phone service Mon-Fri 1330-1700
Royal Thai Embassy in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7589 2944; +44 20 7225 5500 (for visa matters) Website: http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/home Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1230 and 1400-1700; Mon-Fri 0900-1200 (consular section); Mon- Fri 1100-1200 (visa collection)
British Embassy in Thailand
Telephone: +66 2 305 8333 Website: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-bangkok Opening times: Office hours Mon-Thu 0800-1630; Fri 0800-1300

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.