Visa on arrival by air and land different?

Thai Visa Stamps

A question regarding tourist visas: If I go into Thailand by air and get a 30-day visa and then go out the next day to Cambodia, does the 30-day visa I got expire because I left Thailand? I am asking because I will return to Thailand from Cambodia by train a week later and would like to stay for 3 weeks will this be a problem? If the first visa of 30 days is still valid then no problem?

A 30-day stamp under visa exemption scheme shall expire once you exit the country. Should you re-enter by land, you will only get a 15-day stamp. Unless, if you will travel back by air, then you will be able to get another 30-day stamp in Thailand. However, since November 1, 2013, seven countries namely: USA, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Japan can re-enter Thailand by land or air and will automatically receive 30-day stamp.


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  1. Srethan V P
    January 16, 2024

    I am an Indian Passport Holder. I will be travelling to Thailand via road from Malaysia and return to Malaysia in three days. I have return flight ticket from Malaysia. Also, India has now been exempted from Visa. Can I enter Thailand through land.

    • February 13, 2024

      Hello, Srethan V P.

      You can enter Thailand through land, but you will be limited to doing it only twice a year.

  2. Val
    November 26, 2019

    My husband and I will arrive in Bangkok from the UK by air, stay for three nights and then travel to Cambodia by bus.

    We will be returning to Bangkok for our return flight more than 30 days later, again arriving by air from Hanoi. We plan to stay another few nights in Bangkok before our return flight to the UK.

    What visas do we need to obtain? Do we need to get visas before we arrive?

    Many thanks.

    • November 28, 2019

      If you are both holding UK passports, you may use visa exemption on both trips. You will be given 30 days entry stamp when you arrive in Bangkok from the UK and you will be given a new 30-day entry stamp when you enter Thailand from Hanoi.

  3. Kalingugan Moksin Binang
    November 19, 2018

    Hi i’m from Philippine and now staying in North Malaysia, Perlis which are close to Padang Besar Boarder, i’m Married to local and also from Perlis and i got an independent malaysian visa for marrying a local, my question is, is there any possibilitie or way for me to enter Thailand (by land) for more than two times a year?

    • November 20, 2018

      If you have a Philippine passport, you can enter Thailand via land border or through airport ( 30days per entry)

  4. debbie brown
    August 16, 2018

    going to Thailand for 22 days from USA, Kindly advise if i need visa before i arrive. Will be in Hong Kong for 5 days prior to arrival into Thailand.

    I appricate your help in this urgent matter. Thanks

    • August 16, 2018

      American passport holder does not need a visa to enter Thailand if you will only stay for 22days.
      You will get 30days visa when you enter Thailand free of charge.
      Bring your passport and return ticket. Regards- John

  5. Nana
    August 15, 2018

    Hi…i have been living in Seychelles but have my Canadian passport…can i use the Canadian passport to enter Thailand or would i need to apply for visa?

    • August 16, 2018

      Canadian passport holder does not need a visa to enter Thailand.
      You will get 30days visa when you enter Thailand free of charge.
      Bring your passport and return ticket. Regards- John

  6. Juliana Malasikoto
    July 18, 2018


    I am from Vanuatu and traveling to Bangkok via Sydney. Just wondering where can I access the application forms for tourist visa since my country (Vanuatu) is not eligible for the Visa on Arrival. Thanks.

    • July 18, 2018

      Vanuatu passport holder must obtain a visa before entering Thailand. You can go to the nearest Thai embassy or consulate in your country or in Australia or New Zealand.
      Vanuatu passport holder can not obtain a visa on arrival in Thailand.

  7. Dipti A
    July 15, 2018

    Hi.. i have an indian passport and i am going to phuket via bangkok with a layover of 2 hours at bangkok airport. The PNR nos does not change.. can i complete my visa on arrival formalities once i reach Phuket?

    • July 16, 2018

      Indian passport holder can enter Thailand under visa on arrival (Upon Arrival). This means that the visa will be processed at any International airports in Bangkok.

  8. Sau Saumalu
    July 11, 2018

    I am a samoan, from australia, I am permanent residence here in Australia, I want to travel for holidays to Thailand for 15 days, do I need a visa? , or can I get a visa on arrival?

    • July 11, 2018

      Somoan passport holder must secure a visa before flying to Thailand. Kindly contact the Thai embassy or consulate in Australia to apply for Tourist visa.

  9. Holly
    June 27, 2018

    Hi! I will be doing a course/internship in Thailand for 30 days and plan on entering by land from Malaysia. I’m Canadian, will I receive a 30-day visa on arrival? And if I wish to continue traveling Thailand afterwards, can I apply for an extension or leave and return by land again for another 30 days?

    • June 27, 2018

      Canadian passport holder can enter Thailand under visa exemption for 30days.
      If you will cross the land border, you will get 30 days and this is allows you to enter twice in a calendar year.
      If you wish to extend your 30-day entry, you can go to the Thai immigration office and apply for extension. You have to pay 1900THB for 30days extension.

  10. Hnin Mar Win
    June 12, 2018

    If I come into Thailand by air from Myanmar and then exit the same day to Cambodia by land.And will enter from Cambodia by air, will stay 1day at Bankok,and will come back to Myanmar.
    In that situation, Do I need to re-entery stamp at the Thailand Cambodia Border?

    • June 13, 2018

      Myanmar passport holder can enter Thailand under visa exemption for 14days only via International Airports only.
      If you exit the country by land, it will be fine.
      If you comeback by International Airports, the same rules applies. You will get 14days entry visa exemption.
      However, if you will enter Thailand via land border, you need a Tourist visa.

      For Show money, you can bring 10,000THB per person or 20,000THB per family.
      Bring also your return ticket and hotel accommodation.

  11. Sally
    June 4, 2018

    I am going to Thailand to do a yoga course which lasts for 35 days. I leave on the 8 June. I was under the impression that I would get a visa at the airport and have just found out that Iwill only get a visa for 30 days. WOuld I still be allowed to enter Thailand and then leave and go across the border and then reenter?

    • June 5, 2018

      If you are going to stay longer than 30days in Thailand, you can either apply for an extension at the Thai immigration office and you will get another 30days stay. The extension fee is 1900THB. You can also cross the nearest land border or fly out and comeback and get another 30days upon entry.

  12. Arnas
    April 23, 2018

    Hello! My name is Arnas and I’m citizen of Republic of Lithuania. I want to go Thailand and was wondering if I need a visa if I’ll stay in Thailand for less than 30 days? I’m planning to go to Thailand by land from Malaysia. And if I do need a on arrival visa, how should I get it if I’m traveling to Thailand by land?

  13. Prav sure
    April 18, 2018

    I’m 15,Indian citizen and travelling to Thailand for 5 days with my school.Am I eligible for Visa on Arrival and if yes what are the requirements at the airport any particular documents?

  14. Mujib H Kapadi
    August 3, 2017

    I’am Indian working in Vietnam. can i get a tourist visa on arrival for 02 to 03 days or have to get visa before i travel. My Indian passport is valid until 2020

    • August 10, 2017

      Dear Mujib H Kapadi

      For Indian National holding Indian passport, you can enter Thailand under visa on arrival ( 15days) at any International airport in Thailand.


  15. Sandra Watson
    November 1, 2016


    I will be flying to Thailand from either Bali or Vietnam this March for my Honeymoon. We have never traveled to South East Asia before and are Canadian citizens.

    Will we be able to get a Visa Upon Entry in Thailand? Or are we required to get a Visa prior to departing Canada?

    • November 3, 2016

      Depending on how long you will stay in Thailand, you can either enter without a visa or apply for a visa before traveling.

      Based on your passport, you can enter Thailand for a maximum of 30 days without a visa. However, if you are staying in Thailand for more than 30 days, you can apply for the 60-day tourist visa from the Thai embassy or consulate near your location in Canada.

  16. aqeel afzal
    October 17, 2016

    I am Pakistani national and staying in United Arab Emirates with resident permit. Am I eligible to visa on arrival at Thailand airport?

    • October 18, 2016

      You are not eligible to apply for a visa on arrival. Kindly contact the Thai embassy in Abu Dhabi for information and assistance.

      Royal Thai Embassy, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

      Mobile numbers (temporarily numbers): +971 56 112 1350, +971 52 591 2942 , +971 52 591 2943
      E-mail: [email protected]

  17. Jay Chawda
    October 12, 2016

    My passport expires in Feb 2017. I plan to travel to Thailand in October 2016. I have Indian Passport. Can I get Visa on Arrival?

    • October 14, 2016

      It is a rule of Thai immigration that you must have at least 6 months remaining on your passport validity to apply for a visa on arrival. In this case, you might not be granted the visa based on your passport validity.

    • Jay Chawda
      October 14, 2016

      Can I apply for Thai visa beforehand in such cases?

    • October 18, 2016

      To apply for a tourist visa beforehand, similar to a visa on arrival, you need to have a passport valid for at least 6 months during the application.

  18. Bailey
    September 7, 2016

    I am China passport holder, I will arrive in Thailand on 20/12/2016 and leave 2/01/2017. Can I apply visa on arrival?

  19. Vikrant Thapli
    July 29, 2016

    What is the duration of visa on arrival for Indian passport holders travelling to Thailand by air?

    • August 1, 2016

      For Indian passport holders, the visa on arrival is 15 days regardless of the manner of entry.

  20. Nina
    June 26, 2016

    Am an Iranian, and living in Malaysia more than 5 years and currently am MBA master student, so I need to know if I can get Thai tourist visa by air from embassy of Thailand in Kuala Lumpur?

    • June 28, 2016

      Kindly contact the Thai embassy to inquire if they will be able to issue you a tourist visa based on the passport that you hold.

      206 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
      Consular : (60-3) 2143-2107, 2143-2125, 2143-2127

  21. Hadi
    June 11, 2016

    Hi, I am from Indonesia. I would like to visit Bangkok again to meet my girlfriend. This two months I went Bangkok 3 times already. On april I stay already 25 days then in May I stayed 10 days and in June stay 10 days again. I am plannng to go back to Bangkok by the end of June again and maybe stay for 8 or 9 days then go back Jakarta. Do I need tourist visa or still can use visa exemption during arrival in airport? Thank you

    • June 15, 2016

      You may enter on visa exemption if you are able to satisfy the requirements once you enter through immigration. However, please note that your entry on visa exemption will depend on the immigration officer who will review your documents.

  22. Lai
    March 16, 2016

    Thank you for helping with my question. Does visa on arrival apply to children as well if they travel with other adults instead of parents? My 10-year-old daughter is going to visit Thailand for a 10 day school tour organised by her school. My daughter holds a Chinese passport. Thank you.

    • March 25, 2016

      All Chinese visitors regardless of the age must obtain the visa on arrival or a pre-approved visa from the Thai embassy. The fee is 1000 baht for the visa on arrival.

  23. Tanmay
    February 5, 2016

    I am from India, I am willing to visit Thailand along with friends for 8 days. They all have tourist visa as it is already planned trip for them. My query is, can I apply for visa on arrival while my Passport is expiring in next four months?

    • February 8, 2016

      The passport validity requirement is at least 6 months in order to be permitted to travel to Thailand. Therefore, we recommend that you apply for a new passport prior to your upcoming trip.

  24. María
    January 30, 2016

    Hi, I’m from Mexico and I’m currently living in Japan (I only have a Mexican passport).

    I will be traveling from Japan to Thailand with my brother (who already got his visa for Thailand) and I was planing to get my visa upon arrival at the Krabi airport. However I don’t have a return ticket because we will leave Thailand by train in direction to Cambodia.

    What can I do?

    • February 2, 2016

      You will need to apply for a visa prior to your travel to Thailand. Please contact the Thai Embassy or Thai Consulate in Japan for information on the application process and requirements.

  25. Mekomba Joseph Nanje
    November 26, 2015

    Dear sir, I can’t find out my question and answer on the list. My question is about a tourist visa with a single entry. A couple of weeks ago I travel to Thailand and arrived at the airport and immigration law officer noticed that I was not having enough fund. I was later sent back to my country the next day without letting me entry the country.

    Can I return back to Thailand with the same visa, because I will likely wants to visit that beautiful country for tourist purpose and stay for two weeks with enough fund this time.

    Raphael from Cameroon.

    • November 30, 2015

      If the immigration officer at the airport in Thailand did not put a stamp on your passport when you first traveled here, then you will still be able to travel to Thailand on the same visa. This is, of course, provided that the visa is still valid.