Special Visa to Enter Thailand
The Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV) is a special visa introduced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand for long-stay tourists who would like to travel to Thailand. It is one of the economic measures by the Thai government to restore the local tourism industry that has been affected heavily by COVID-19.
Update: The Thai Embassies and Consulates are currently issuing the normal 60-day tourist visa (SETV) and the special tourist visa (STV). Kindly contact your local Thai embassy for more information.
Thailand Special Tourist Visa Qualifications
Foreigners applying for a Special Tourist Visa must be:
- Foreigner from a low-risk country according to the Public Health Ministry regulations.
- Accept compliance of preventive measures as prescribed by the government, including submitting to alternative state quarantine (ASQ) in accredited hospitals/hotels for not less than 14 days upon arrival.
- Provide evidence of a place to stay or accommodation during the long stay visit.
- Show proof of payment for hotel accommodation or admittance to hospitals chosen as alternative state quarantine (ASQ) facilities.
At this stage, the definition of ‘low risk’ country remains open for interpretation and will change over time. It is highly recommended for those who are wishing to apply for the STV they must enquire at the Royal Thai Embassy or a consulate in their home country before making any bookings or paying money for agents or other services.
Requirements for Thailand STV
Foreigners applying for the STV will need to provide the following:
- Proof of accommodation after the 14-day quarantine, which could be any of the following:
- Proof of payment for hotel or accommodation to be used after discharge from quarantine.
- Copy of a condominium title deed owned by the visitor or a family member.
- Evidence of renting accommodation – condominium or house.
- Evidence of payment for the purchase or lease of a condominium-type residence that foreigners can legally buy or lease.
- Proof of medical and travel insurance policy
Medical and Travel Insurance with a minimum 100,000 USD coverage for COVID-19 medical treatment and a minimum coverage of 400,000 THB for other medical and accident expenses. The insurance must cover for at least 90 days which is the initial validity of the visa.
NOTE: Some embassies will reject your COE application if you do not have the correct format for Health Insurance.
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Foreigners with the evidence needed above will be eligible to apply for an STV from Thai embassies or consulates in selected countries.
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STV Application Process
The interested applicant must get in touch with the Thai Embassy or Consulate or local office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in their country or an accredited travel agency. An initial application will be submitted to the Bureau of Immigration for a background check.
After receiving the approval from the Immigration Bureau, the applicant or the agency will be requested to submit the visa application form, pay the visa fee, provide proof of ASQ accommodation, proposed chartered flight to Thailand, and copy of the health insurance policy. The application will be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
After the visa application has been approved by the MFA, the applicant will collect the STV visa and the Certificate of Entry (COE) which will be issued by the Thai Embassy or Consulate in his/her current location. The applicant will also provide the Fit to Fly Medical Certificate which must state that the applicant does not have COVID-19 and this certificate must be issued within 72 hours before the flight departure.
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Visa Fee and Validity
Eligible applicants will have to pay a visa fee of 2,000 baht and the visa holder will be allowed to stay in the country for 90 days. After this period expires, immigration officers will be able to renew the holder’s visa twice, each for another 90 days at a time. Foreigners must submit an application and pay a fee in accordance with the rules.
Upon Arrival in Thailand
Upon arriving in Thailand, visitors must undergo health screening from the Ministry of Public Health. The STV holder will be issued a permit to stay for 90 days in Thailand if the tourists pass all screening measures. They will immediately depart the airport to begin the strict state quarantine at their paid ASQ/ALSQ.
Once they are tested negative for Covid-19 after the 14-day quarantine, long-stay tourists will have the freedom to travel as they please around the country with a mobile application that will track their destination.
The Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV) holders can enter Thailand starting on October 1, 2020 until September 30, 2021.
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The Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV cannot be changed or converted into any other type of visa in the duration of your stay in Thailand. If the STV holder is found to be in breach of the conditions for entry into Thailand, the stay permit will be revoked immediately and the visa holder will be banned from returning to Thailand in the future. The STV project is only valid until September 30, 2021.
Is it still possible to apply for STV visa?
It is no longer possible to apply for STV at any Thai Embassy.
Is Police Clearance required for SVT ?
If you are applying for the STV in the USA, the police clearance is not required.
Where can I apply for an STV Visa, would look to stay in Thailand for 7 months – can someone help me?
At this time, you cannot apply for the STV anymore. You can only apply for the 60-day TR tourist visa at the Thai Embassy in London and apply for the COE after that.
Hi Rex, we have a plan for 7 day vacation in Thailand, and are fully vaccinated do we need to undergo into quarantine of 14 days, however we’ll carry our RTPCR report too.
If you are a Visa Exemption nationality and you are traveling from the Sandbox eligible countries, you can enter Thailand through Phuket Sandbox and you can stay for 7 nights. After 7 nights, you can exit Thailand through Phuket airport to another country or home country. To learn more about the Phuket Sandbox, please check this page:
I am currently in Thailand, but will resign from my job in the next month. Is there a way to apply for the STV from within the country so that I can legally remain in the country?
The STV or Special Tourist Visa is only issued by a Thai Embassy. Unfortunately there is no Thai Embassy or Consulate inside Thailand. Therefore, you must leave Thailand in order to get that and you must enter Thailand before July 3 to use the STV.
The visa you can get inside Thailand after you end your employment is the COVID 19 extension which allows you to stay for 60 days.
My Filipino GF wants to come over from the Phillipines. Is it too late to apply? If not, when is the latest I can apply?
For the STV, it is not too late to apply as long as she enters Thailand before July 3 which I do doubt that she can get into a flight to BKK from Manila since there is only one flight in June right?
Good morning, Could you please advise from 1st July foreigner can visit Thailand without quarantine if you are vaccinated, How about kids who do not got vaccine, do they still need to quarantine?
There is NO OFFICIAL guideline just yet. I believe, tourists booked with SHA-accredited tour operators in Phuket will be given priority instead of individual travellers. Again, there is no official guideline so I recommend to wait for a couple of weeks.
once i arrive in thailand with the stv, if i need to leave in the first 90 days, can I do so?
Yes, you can definitely leave Thailand. However, when you leave Thailand, the STV will be cancelled automatically. It means you cannot return on the same STV or visa. You need to get a new visa or different visa to return to Thailand.
Hi, why do you say that the SVT cannot be converted into another Visa while in Thailand.
Do you have any official source for that? Thank you
Yes, the STV cannot be changed into a Non immigrant visa inside Thailand. You may contact the Thai Embassy in your current location to get the official publication.
Hi my inquiry is this is the stv visa single or multiple entry,
The STV is valid for single entry only and you must use it or enter Thailand before July 1, 2021.
Written above: “The STV project is only valid until April 30, 2021.”
What happens after April 30? Are we still going to be able to apply for STV ?
I want to go to Thailand 1st of July for 90days but I haven’t applied yet for the visa. Also what is the duration of the application? How long will it takes to get the visa?
Is there an e-mail address where I can get more information about STV?
The STV or Special Tourist Visa is valid until September 30, 2021. Therefore the visa holder must enter Thailand on or before July 3, 20021 so that you can stay for 90 days and still be eligible to get another 90 days extension. After that, this project will be expired and you can just apply for the normal 60-day SETV or single entry tourist visa.
Is it possible to apply for the STV whilst being overseas? (Not in your home country)
I’m an Australian citizen currently overseas…
You can apply for the STV at the Thai Embassy or Consulate in the country of permanent residence or country of nationality.
Hi Rex, I’m an Australian resident and my nationality is Australian. If I were to return to Australia, I would not be allowed to travel overseas as those are the current government rules.
That is the downside of traveling from Australia to Thailand, your country has some restrictions. Wherever you are right now, perhaps you can apply or use 45-day visa exemption to enter Thailand and once you are in Thailand, you can do extensions and you can also change into another visa such as Thai Elite Visa. For the Visa exemption and COE application, you need to book ASQ Hotel, Return flight (that you can cancel later on), COVID 19 insurance and COVID test.
Thanks for the information Rex.
Could you please confirm whether I can extend the 45 day Visa on arrival currently and if so for how long?
I can confirm that your 45-day Visa Exemption can be extended inside Thailand. You have an option to extend it for 30 days which is the normal extension or 60 days which is the COVID extension.
For the STV, if a person arrives to Thailand right before July 1st…would they still qualify for two STV extensions or would it only be one STV Extension?
You will only be able to extend for one time if you arrive on July 1. You can request for the extension before September 30 and that will be your last application for extension.
After someone picks STA visa up at the embassy, how long is it valid for? in other words, what is the “window for entry”
It is usually valid for 90 days and you must enter Thailand Thailand within this period.
Thank you very much for your speedy response, it is very helpful. On my application it just says post passport and e-appointment, so I was wondering whether I needed anymore documents to post? Thank you
Based on experience, I recommend for you to include physical copy of the documents that you have submitted online to the passport and the e-appointment letter when you post these to the embassy.
Just a question about the ASQ hotel, how do we know what are the ASQ hotels? Do you have a website we could check for the accredited quarantine hotels?
For the list of accredited ASQ Hotel and the recommended hotels, please check this page:
I have submitted my visa application via the official website https://thaievisa.go.th/. However, having completed the online submission and payment, I was only given the option to choose an appointment to give my passport and supporting documents to the embassy at a time that had already passed (9.30-10.30 20th March), when I submitted the application at 19.00 on the 20th March. As well as this, it is unclear whether the embassy in London is open, as I went on Friday at the given opening times and a note on the door said it was closed and everything must be done online. In this way, I was wondering if I could be given a different appointment time, as well as be told to what address I must send my passport and supporting documents? Can the London embassy do that? Thank you very much.
The submission of your passport and other documents to the embassy in done by post. It does not matter if the date of your e-appointment had past already since you are not going to the embassy in person. For application by post, you do not get to choose the appointment date and time. The date and time indicated in your e-appointment is the same date and time when you made the online payment.
I have just purchased flights for a tourist trip by myself to Thailand BKK from uk 17th August and returning 17th February (6months).
I am planning to apply for STV.
1) is this my best option
2) as the visa is initially only 90 days will my return flight work against me.
3) after my quarantine how long will I need to pre book accommodation for?
I was planning on moving around Thailand and not stay in one place.
Thank you for your message. The STV has limited validity. For STV visa holders, you must ENTER Thailand before July 1, 2021.
Have a good day.
Hi I’m in Thailand at the moment quarantining just wondering if I can reapply for stv visa for my family me my husband and 3 daughters as I didn’t realise when applying I could do this thankyou Chantel
The STV can only be issued by a Thai Embassy abroad, so it is not not possible to apply for it inside Thailand. Also, I do not think it is a good idea for you to return to your home country after you are done with quarantine just to apply for the STV.
Hello. Concerning the SETV 60 day special tourist visa – does this include the quarantine period or is it 60 days plus the quarantine period?
The STV is for 90 days and the TRV is for 60 days. Unfortunately, the 15-day quarantine is included in that 60 days. It is not the same with the visa exemption where it is 30 days + 15 days.
I’m an Australian citizen, currently in Sri Lanka on a tourist visa, trying to get to Thailand.
The Thai embassy in Colombo started issuing STVs recently. The problem is, they said the STV is available only to Sri Lankan citizens and residents, as a tourist here I’m not able to apply for it.
Is this correct? It doesn’t make much sense my lack of Sri Lankan residency to disqualify me for a visa to Thailand? What can I do? Can I apply to another embassy?
Yes, that is correct. The STV is available to citizens or in other countries, it is also available to permanent residents of that country. Your best option is to apply in Canberra.
Hi. I am from Uzbekistan. Can I get a STV now? I am in Vietnam now. If the STV visa open for my country also, should I take it from Uzbekistan or can I apply it In Vietnam also? Thank you for responding
Please contact the Thai Embassy in Hanoi if they issue STV to non-Vietnamese.
Hi Nancy. I’m a UK citizen working in mauritius. I have a residency permit. Can I apply for a STV. And I would like to go to Thailand for up to six months touring
The STV is now available at Thai Embassy in London. I am not sure if the Thai embassy in Mauritius can issue the same visa.
I am a Canadian citizen, currently in Thailand on a TR visa.
Is it possible to apply for a STV while in Thailand? I would really like to stay more than 60 + 30 days.
The STV or Special Tourist Visa can only be issued by a Thai Embassy or Consulate abroad. It cannot be issued in Thailand.
I am an Albanian citizen, living in Albania. Am I eligible and how can I apply?
All nationalities are eligible to apply for the STV as long as the Thai embassy in that country is open for issuing visas.
As you mentioned, I can cancel the Non immigrant B visa in Thailand and request for 60-day COVID 19 Extension. I have some questions
a. Can I only ask for a covid 60-day Extention once?
b. Where should I issue the application?
c. What kind of material I should prepare for the application?
Thanks for your reply
The COVID 19 extension is possible until March 30, 2021. I am not sure if the government will extend this privilege. The application may be submitted at your local immigration office. Please fill out TM7 and COVID 19 extension Request forms. The fee is 1900 THB.
Can you transfer to a STV? For instance, if I leave a job in BKK, move from a work permit to STV?
The STV or Special Tourist Visa can only be issued by a Thai Embassy or Consulate. Obviously, there is no Thai embassy inside Thailand, so you must travel abroad to get the STV. One option for you is the 60-day COVID 19 extension which is available until March 30, 2021.
My name is May. I have a US passport, currently residing in the US. I would love to visit my friend and travel in Thailand for about 1 month in May 2021, including ASQ time. Is this possible?
Yes, it is possible. You can go to https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ and apply for Medium Term Visit- Visa Exemption. This COE will allow you to stay for 45 days in Thailand.
Is it true that if we’re not married yet we can’t stay in one hotel room for the first 15 days ?
Yes, that is correct. Only legally married couples are allowed to stay in one room.
Do you still have to quarantine upon arrival to Thailand if you had covid less then 3 months ago?
All foreigners and all Thais who are coming to Thailand will be required to do a quarantine. Whether you are immune or you have vaccination, you must do quarantine.
Is this really a serious question ? You must be trolling yes ?
It seems like a legitimate question.
Currently, I have a work permit in Thailand, but I consider resign from my company. as I know, I can’t stay in Thailand if my work visa is terminated. So, can I transfer my work visa to a tourist visa in Thailand after resigning from the company?
The tourist visa is issued by a Thai embassy abroad. If you are in Thailand right now, you cannot change a non-immigrant B visa into a tourist visa. But you can cancel the Non immigrant B visa and request for an extension. You can request for the 60-day COVID 19 Extension and pay 1900 THB.
I am messaging you to hopefully receive some clarity on the traveling restrictions in Thailand. I have scheduled and paid for MANY flights into Thailand and for my ASQ. However, when I tried to board my flight in January, the airline told me that passengers are not allowed into the country until January 31st.
I called the airline on January 28th to confirm that I’d be able to enter after the 31st and they said yes.
However, I called the airline yesterday (February 1st) and they told me that I cannot enter the country as a passenger and I’ll need a visa.
All of this is confusing because I’m a US citizen with an American passport, therefore, I am visa exempt. Please help me find some clarity. I’ve been trying to get in contact with the embassy by calling and emailing for over a month now and I have yet to hear back from anyone. I’m desperate and don’t want to lose all of my money.
Did you get the COE? You can go to: https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ and apply for the Medium Term Visitor- Visa Exemption. You can get a COE for this purpose of travel.
Hi good day! I am a Filipino citizen and planning to visit Thailand to meet my boyfriend he’s an EU citizen from Denmark to be exact. Do we still need to apply for a tourist visa ?
You can avail the 45-day Medium Term Visit- Visa Exemption for Filipinos and Danes. You only need to apply for the COE online. The process for the COE takes 5 to 10 days.
Please check this page for more information: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-visa/coe-thailand
My husband and I live in Turkey, it’s on medium risk category, can we take advantage of STV scheme?
The STV application is open to all countries. Please call the Thai Embassy in Turkey if you can apply for it there.
Filipino from Philippines can get STV?
The STV is now open for all Thai Embassies around the world. Please call the Thai Embassy in Manila to learn more about it.
I’m trying to download the Special Tourist Visa form. But can not find on the various UK embassy sites . Help please
Unfortunately you will not be able to find it on UK Embassy sites. You must check the Thai Embassy London website.
i want to apply from 60 days tourist visa
we required comfirmed hotel and flights
reservation or we only need itinerary?
It is different from one country to another. I recommend for you to have the following:
-ASQ hotel reservation
Submit these when you apply for the visa and COE.
When booking hotel, can I book any hotel or are there criteria for the hotels to book?
For the first 15 days of your arrival, you must book an ASQ Hotel. After that, you may book a normal hotel room.
I would like to know if the USD 100,000 insurance for covid related illness must be exclusively purchased from a Thai Insurance company or may I also purchase it with an affiliated insurance country in my home country.
It would be better to have an insurance company that can issue the certificate and state the required information that is needed for the visa and COE. You may check the link below for an accredited company that you can use and you may choose 3, 6 or 12 months insurance policy:
I am planing to fly from Taiwan to Thailand in January
Is it possible for me to get the Tourist visa instead of Special tourist visa ?
Dear En Ci,
Yes, the normal 60-day tourist visa is now available from the Thai Embassy or consulate. You just need to contact them directly to know the process for the tourist visa and COE.
Hi i am currently in Aruba.i am from Ireland. As there are no embassies here as it is a small caribbean island and i would like to fly directly from here in a few weeks. Can i apply for 60day visa online?
It is not possible for you to travel from Aruba to Thailand if you do not have COE. I suggest that you use the the free visa exemption as your visa category and apply for the COE using this page:
I live in Canada is STV visa available for Canadians
Yes, the STV is now open to most countries. I recommend for you to contact the Thai Embassy in Ottawa for the list of requirements and to know the process on how to apply by mail.
I am an Indian national on a long term tourist visa in the UK visiting my boyfriend and his family for the holidays. Can we apply for the visa from here or do I need to go back to India to do so?
If you are applying for the STV for Thailand, you need to have an indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
Hi, I am from the Netherlands and I really want to come into Thailand. Is there any possiblity for me at the moment? And how can I apply for the visa?
Yes, you have 2 options: You can apply for the normal 60-day tourist visa or you can apply for the special tourist visa. If you wait for next week, it might be officially announced that visa exemption will be re-instated. But we are not certain about just yet.
I am from Holland(Netherlands)
Is it possible to travel to Thailand Right Now ?
Yes, you have 2 options: You can apply for the normal 60-day tourist visa or you can apply for the special tourist visa.
If you wait for next week, it might be officially announced that visa exemption will be re-instated. But we are not certain about it just yet.
I am from the UK and would like to travel to Thailand on a Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV). Is this possible for me?
Yes, the Thai Embassy in London is already issuing the normal tourist vis and the special tourist visa.
Im from Philippines. Can i get a normal 60day tourist visa ?
Yes, the Thai Embassies and consulate are issuing the normal tourist visa. Please call the Thai Embassy in Manila for more information.
Hi i am.from singapore , interested to go thailand for the 60day visa . But i am confuse about the purchase of insurance , is there any insurance package only for the 60day period . Online are only showing for 1 year period costing around 26000-30000baht.
The requirement for the COVID 19 travel insurance is for the duration of your stay. Since the tourist visa is valid for 60 to 90 days, then you need to have an insurance for 3 months.
Thank you and have a good day.
Hi How i can apply this STV online?
The application for the visa is online in UK and USA. If you are in any of these countries, you can apply online.
I am not sure where are you located right now so I can only advise you to contact the Thai Embassy wherever you are right now.
Thank you and have a good day.
Do we have to purchase the flight and hotel BEFORE we apply for the tourist visa?
If you are from the UK, you do not need to book the flight just yet. If you are in the USA, yes, you must book a flight and ASQ hotel before applying for the visa. So I guess, if you can tell me where you are now, I will be able to advise you on what to do or how to apply for the visa.
thethaiger . com today is reporting Thai govt now offering STV to all countries. The D.C. consulate is saying there’s been no official announcement.
Can you verify any of this? And how soon the details/requirements will be available?
Yes, it is correct. The proposal was approved by the Cabinet, but there has been no guideline and no official announcement. We may have to wait for a week or so.
I am from U.S.
Is it possible to travel to Thailand Right Now ?
The US citizens and residents can apply for the normal 60-day tourist visa since November 12th.
I have been trying to get a 60-day from https://thaiembdc.org/2020/11/05/trsingle_entry/
They were initially responding to it but I haven’t heard from them in 15 days.
Please post if you find something out. I will too. This is not easy to figure out.
Have you submitted an application online or did you only send them an inquiry?
Do you want to make a new or first time application?
I have been trying to get the online part finished. I have been to Thailand quite a few times and always have done Visa-on-Arrival. This is my first time trying online. The application is on the Los Angeles website but I suspect the people reviewing it are in BKK because every time they have responded it would be 6-7 in the evening in LA which is 9-10 the morning in Thailand.
Are any of the embassies in America open? If so, is any accepting people coming in to apply?
If you are still finishing and you have not completed the online application, you may email me at [email protected]
I have submitted an application online. This is a first time application. In the past I have just done a Visa on Arrival. It has been 15 days since the last response and I can’t access my application or submit a new one. Please advise.
Are any embassies open in the US? If so, do they accept in-person applications?
In-person application has been suspended. The online application is working. Perhaps some emails of the consulate has been lost. You may contact the Thai consulate in LA by emailbetween 5pm and 7pm California time, they would normally respond back to you immediately.
Visa on Arrival for Indian not yet operational
Yes, that is correct. Indians required to apply for the 60-day TR visa and COE to travel to Thailand.
I’m a Brazilian citizen, I’ve checked that Brazil is considered low risk at least as per the table above. Can I apply for the STV for me and my wife? How long it takes for the visa to be issued?
I think right now, it is recommended to just apply for the normal 60-day tourist visa.
I’m Brazilian, am I able to apply for that special tourist visa for me and my wife? If yes, how long it takes to issue the visa and is there any website of a consulate or embassy of Thailand in Brazil?
Thanks a lot.
Right now, the best option is to apply for the 60-day tourist visa and you can extend it for another 30 days in Thailand.
I will be traveling to Thailand to get married to a Philippine woman that lives and works in Phuket. I know that I must quarantine , I will contact Thailand embassy in Canada and get all appropriate documents.
I was also wondering if My wife to be can quarantine with me at the hotel in Bangkok. I get tested before I get on the airplane and after so it will be nice to quarantine with her.
Yes, you will have to get the tourist visa for 60 days and the COE from the Thai embassy in Ottawa.
No, she cannot join you in quarantine. Only married couples are allowed in 1 room.
Good day, want to visit our son who works in Thailand, during the December holidays. We are from SA. We only have 14 days to travel to and from. Quarantine @ a hotel is expensive and not possible. Any other way of entering and visiting?
The best thing to do is to wait until next year when the vaccine is available and quarantine is not required. That could happen middle or towards the end of 2021.
don’t really understand why STV visa is only available for low risk countries, if you can enter from high case country with standard tourist visa.. Should be a benefit if someone enters trough all the safety procedure and stays 6 months instead 60 days !
Yes, I understand. I believe the reason why the TR visa is being issued right now is that the STV was not a success. And that low risk countries were not really attracted to the STV scheme. Therefore the government starting issuing the normal 60 days tourist visa for all low, medium and high risk countries.
Hi is possible to get a visa for thialand 3/012/2020
Say not but special visa say yesy I’m lost thanks if you can help
If you are in the UK right now, you cannot apply for the STV but you can apply for the normal 60-day tourist visa.