(Last updated: August 25, 2022)
Update: Starting October 1, 2022, Thailand CCSA has announced that the Visa Exemption stay period will be extended from 30 days to 45 days. This change is currently in effect until 31st March 2023.
Who Can Enter Thailand Without a Visa
The Visa Exemption rule allows tourists from 64 countries to enter Thailand without applying for a visa. Travelers can visit Thailand for up to 30 days if they are entering Thailand through an international airport or land border checkpoint from a neighboring country.
Provisions of the VISA EXEMPTION RULE and BILATERAL AGREEMENT, effective December 31, 2016, allowing passport holders from 64 countries to enter Thailand under this rule provided they meet the following criteria:
- Be from an approved country.
- Be visiting Thailand strictly for tourism.
- Hold a genuine passport with a valid expiry of over 6 months.
- Can provide a valid address in Thailand on entry that can be verified. This address can be a hotel or an apartment.
- Must have a confirmed return ticket exiting Thailand within 30 days. Open tickets do not qualify. Traveling overland by train, bus, etc to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia (including en route to Singapore), Myanmar, etc is not accepted as proof of exiting Thailand.**
- Provide proof of funds of at least 10,000 THB for single travelers, or 20,000 THB per family during your stay in Thailand.
** You may be asked to show your flight ticket on entering Thailand. If you do not possess a flight ticket to show that you will exit Thailand within 30 days of entry, you will most likely be refused entry.
If entering Thailand by land or sea, eligible travelers holding normal passports will be granted visa-free travel to Thailand twice per calendar year. There is no limitation when entering by air.
For Malaysians entering by land border, there is no limitation in issuing the 30-day visa exemption stamp.
Travelers from Korea, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, and Chile will receive permission to stay in Thailand for up to 90 days under Visa Exemption. This applies to both airport and land border entries.
People who are not eligible to enter Thailand under the Visa Exemption rule or Visa on Arrival scheme are required to get a visa through a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate prior to their visit.
If you seek a long-term visa or are traveling for a purpose other than tourism, you can find other Thailand Visas here.
Holders of normal passports of the following countries are granted visa-free travel to Thailand for a period of up to 30 days. The exemption is granted at most twice in a calendar year when entering over land or via a sea border but there is no limitation when entering by air. For Malaysians entering by land border, there is no limitation in issuing the 30-day visa exemption stamp. Korea, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, and Chile will get 90 days in both airport and land border.
64 Countries allowed to enter Thailand under the VISA EXEMPTION RULE
|1. Andorra||23. Ireland||45. Peru (30 and 90 days)|
|2. Argentina (90 days)||24. Israel||46. Philippines|
|3. Australia||25. Italy||47. Poland|
|4. Austria||26. Japan||48. Portugal|
|5. Bahrain||27. Korea (30 and 90 days)||49. Qatar|
|6. Belgium||28. Kuwait||50. Russia|
|7. Brazil (30 and 90 days)||29. Laos||51. San Marino|
|8. Brunei||30. Latvia||52. Singapore|
|9. Cambodia (14 days only)||31. Liechtenstein||53. Slovak Republic|
|10. Canada||32. Lithuania||54. Slovenia|
|11. Chile (90 days)||33. Luxembourg||55. South Africa|
|12. Czech Republic||34. Macau||56. Spain|
|13. Denmark||35. Malaysia||57. Sweden|
|14. Estonia||36. Maldives||58. Switzerland|
|15. Finland||37. Mauritius||59. Turkey|
|16. France||38. Myanmar (14 days only)||60. Ukraine|
|17. Germany||39. Monaco||61. United Arab Emirates|
|18. Greece||40. Mongolia||62. United Kingdom|
|19. Hong Kong||41. Netherlands||63. United States|
|20. Hungary||42. New Zealand||64. Vietnam|
|21. Iceland||43. Norway|
|22. Indonesia||44. Oman|
Covid and Vaccination Requirements
As of today, travelers must be vaccinated or have completed an RT-PCR or Pro-ATK test (if unvaccinated) before entering Thailand. The test result must be no older than 72 hours before departure from a home country. ATK self-test results are not accepted.
Proof of this paperwork is not required before leaving a home country, but Airline staff and Immigration Officers are conducting random checks of passengers arriving in the country. A Visa Exemption stamp may be denied if the relevant paperwork cannot be provided.
Children under 18 will enter Thailand the same way as their parents. If a child travels with unvaccinated parents, they will need to provide proof of Covid tests.
Travel Insurance for Visa Exempt Visitors
With travel restrictions eased, Thailand removed the need for Visa Exempt travelers to provide proof of a valid Covid Insurance policy. It is important to note that foreign visitors are not eligible for free medical care while in Thailand. If a foreigner requires medical attention, they will need to cover any expenses themselves.
Travel insurance is a wise choice for people traveling abroad. It not only covers Covid-related incidents but also:
- Medical emergencies
- Personal injury & accidents
- Missed or delayed flights
- Damage to belongings
- Lost luggage
To ensure you have the best cover possible while visiting Thailand and to avoid potential exclusions or conditions, choose Travel Insurance which is designed for Thailand.
AXA Thailand: AXA Sawasdee Thailand
AXA Sawasdee Thailand is a well-known and respected insurance company in Thailand that caters to travelers from around the world. Their policies are straightforward, approved in minutes, and trusted by Thai authorities and medical institutions.
For the best Travel Insurance, a Visa Exempt traveler can have in Thailand, look to AXA Thailand.