Thailand Visa


Types of Thailand Visas

Thailand visa is required for most foreign nationalities to travel and stay in Thailand for purpose of tourism, business, investment, study, medical treatment, mass media, religion, employment, visiting family and other activities. The foreigner is required to apply for the appropriate visa from a Thai embassy or consulate.

There are 57 countries that have bilateral treaties with Thailand and their nationalities are granted visa exemption. Under the Visa Exemption Program and Bilateral Agreements, there are 5 countries that are granted 90-day permit to stay and 50 countries are granted 30 days and 2 countries are granted 14 days stay in Thailand.

Here are the types of visas available depending on the purpose of travel that you can obtain from the Thai embassy or consulate:

  1. Transit Visa
  2. Tourist Visa
  3. Non-immigrant Visa (B, O, ED, OA etc.)
  4. Thai Elite Visa
  5. Diplomatic/Official Visa
  6. Courtesy Visa

 

Here are the most common types of visas foreigners obtain for Thailand:

  1. TOURIST (TR)
    • Tourism in Thailand
    • Not for Business or Employment purposes
    • Allowed to stay up to 60 days
    • Extension allowed for another 30 days
  2. BUSINESS (B)
    • Business in Thailand
    • Employed or Sponsored by Thai Company
    • Allowed to stay up to 90 days for single or 1 year for multiple entries
  3. EDUCATION (ED)
    • Study in Thailand
    • Allowed to stay up to 90 days for single or 1 year for multiple entries
  4. RETIREMENT OR MARRIAGE (O)
    • Retirement or Marriage
    • Retiree must be 50 years or older
    • Marriage must be to a Thai National
    • Allowed to stay up to 90 days for single or 1 year for multiple entries
  5. THAI ELITE VISA (PE)
    • Five-year renewable multiple entry visa with an extendable 1-year length of stay per each entry
    • Uninterrupted stay in Thailand without the usual need to leave the country every 90 days as with the other visa types
    • Represented by the Thai Elite staff on the 90-day reporting
    • Expedited immigration formalities and passport control processing when arriving in Thailand

Special Note

You may request for more time for your stay from Thai Immigration. This is called an “extension of stay.” Typically, a short term extension of stay is granted up to 30 days for Tourist Visa or Non-Immigrant Visa. Most people who come to Thailand want to extend stay. They may apply for an extension of stay for one year, but it must be for one of the following purposes: Business, Education, Marriage or Retirement. If you hold a tourist visa, you must first convert to a non-immigrant status before the long term extension of stay.

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82 Comments

  1. Boev
    November 12, 2020
    Reply

    I’m from Bulgaria, can I apply for STV visa?

    • November 12, 2020

      Dear Boev,
      Good day.
      I regret to inform you that we do not have any information of the visa application and issuance of the Special Tourist Visa in Bulgaria.
      Thank you.

  2. john cassel
    November 11, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    I want to teach english in Thailand but the common practice is to enter with a tourist visa, then get a work permit, then a non immigrant visa. How can potential english teachers enter Thailand from the United states to teach.
    any help will be appreciated.

    • November 15, 2020

      Dear John,
      Good day.
      You have an option to apply for a tourist visa right now and then come to Thailand and change into a non Immigrant B visa. Right now, the best course of action is to find a job online and apply for the Non immigrant B visa prior to coming to Thailand to process the work permit.
      Thank you.

  3. Bijan Noroozi
    November 11, 2020
    Reply

    Hello. I am an American citizen but I’m living in Korea. Can I enter Thailand? Do I need to quarantine for 14 days? Where can I apply? Thanks for your consideration.

    • November 19, 2020

      Dear Bijan,
      Good day.
      No one can enter Thailand without a visa and certificate of entry. The Thai embassy in Seoul is now issuing a tourist visa. You can apply directly from them them. After getting the visa, you can apply for the COE. The COE application requires mandatory quarantine.
      Thank you.

  4. Daniel J Klein
    November 10, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex! Thank you so much for your help here. I am a US national. I have been in Thailand for almost two years on Non-immigrant O Spouse Visa, Multiple Entry. I am on my second year-long visa.

    My current visa expires on December 18. I have an September 23 Amnesty extension from the BKK IO that is stamped November 23 (60 days) in my book, AND at the same time, the IO officer stapled a 90 Day in Kingdom Notice that’s dated from September 23 as well, but has an expiration of Dec 23.

    On top of that, according to the Amnesty last minute extensions for people who missed the original Sept 27 date, all extensions before October 31, are automatically extended either 30 or 60 days from then, whichever extension they were granted.

    SO! You see why I have questions.

    1. Can I extend for another 60 days if I get the extension before either A, my Visa Expires, or B, the December 23 (or 31 date)?

    2. Would it be better to apply for a new non-O Spous Mulitiple Visa and start over?

    3. Or better to apply for a long term Spousal Visa. If so, by the time I apply, I will have had two months where I’ve transferred over 40k THB into my wife’s account from my account in the US, two months in a row. Does that replace the need for 400k THB in the bank for two months?

    I certainly hope you’ve been able to follow this. I barely can. Thanks in advance. I can’t seem to find this info anywhere.

    • November 15, 2020

      Dear Daniel,
      Good day.
      If you would prefer to extend your stay inside Thailand you have 2 options:
      1. You extend for 1 year as a marriage visa. You do it before November 23. You need to have 400,000 THB in a Thai bank account prior to the extension. You will not be able to use income because you need to have 12 months banking history into your own Thai bank account in order to use that.
      2. You may apply for the 60-day extension based on Thai wife.
      Thank you.

  5. Knud Erik Kristensen
    November 10, 2020
    Reply

    Hi.

    I am from Denmark. can i travel to Thailand to visit my girlfriend, for 2 month

    • November 10, 2020

      Dear Knud,
      Good day.
      I regret to inform you that Thai Embassy in Denmark is not issuing the special tourist visa (STV) or the normal tourist visa (TRV) at this time.
      Thank you.

  6. Roynier Garcia Perez
    November 10, 2020
    Reply

    Hi for the trv visa for usa north Carolina ….the requirements of 17000 usd in bank, can it be a combination of credit card plus savings I have 10k usd in checking account plus 16k usd on credit card available…you think this can help pls? Thanks.

    • November 10, 2020

      Dear Roy,
      Good day.
      For this particular question, it is best for you to call Thai Embassy in Washington DC or NYC. The post of the embassy only stated savings account. It did not mention credit card, so we can assume that credit card is not acceptable.
      Thank you.

  7. Roynier Garcia Perez
    November 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hi how are you I want to visit Thailand in march 2021 iam from usa Charlotte nc from my understanding I can apply for the 60 days tourist visa…what are the requirements.. are them the same as the spv…thanks swasdee krap

  8. Grant Harvey
    November 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Yajnik

    I have a 6 year old son who lives near Kabinburi with his mother and I am planning on going over to Thailand in December to spend a few months with my son and girlfriend , are my chances of this happening now that it is November still good , and will I obtain a visa easily as I have a son in Thailand .

    • November 3, 2020

      Dear Grant,
      Good day.
      May I ask where are you located and your nationality? So that we can advise you if you can qualify for the Non O visa and COE.
      Thank you.

  9. Marvin
    October 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I just got admission to start a 2-year business full-time program starting April 1st, 2021 and it seems the 14-day quarantine will be in place for a while. How soon before my program start date can I apply for the Visa at the Thai embassy and how soon can I use it to enter Thailand?

    For example, since my program start date is April 1st, 2021, can I apply as early as January 15, 2021?

    Thanks
    Marvin

    • October 31, 2020

      Dear Marvin,
      Good day.
      The visa application can take place or start it 1 to 2 months before your flight. Once the visa is issued you must travel or use it within 3 months. And when you arrive in Thailand, you will be given 3 months permit to stay.
      Thank you.

    • Marvin
      November 4, 2020

      Thanks for the response. As I have been looking at the Visa application, there is a question about applicant’s occupation and employer. I have a full time IT job in my home country (USA) and I will be working remote while doing my MBA in Thailand. I will need to travel back to the USA couple times, though. I am wondering if having full time job while studying might create any issue, i.e., the consulate officer questing if I will be able to complete the entire program of study while having full time job.

    • November 4, 2020

      Dear Marvin,
      Good day.
      That is just a standard question. You can leave it blank if you are not employed right now or fill it out if you are currently employed or you have your own business in the US. You answer to that question will not have a negative effect in your student visa application.
      Thank you.

  10. Megan
    October 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, do you have to apply for the new 90 Tourist Visa in your home country or can this be done on arrival in Thailand or from another country through which you are travelling? Thank you!

    • October 28, 2020

      Dear Megan,
      Good day.
      Thailand has a travel ban therefore only limited group of foreigners and visa holder can enter. Please check this page for more information:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/can-you-enter-thailand-now-during-the-covid-19-crisis.php
      Thank you.

    • Grant Harvey
      November 5, 2020

      Hello again Yajnik

      I forgot to mention that I am located in Scotland and have a British passport.

    • November 5, 2020

      Dear Grant,
      Yes, you will be able to apply for a non immigrant O visa and COE at the Thai embassy in London. We have sent you an email about this. Please check your inbox or spam box.
      Thank you.

  11. Shin
    October 24, 2020
    Reply

    I am planning to enter into thai land in next month. The university is located in bangkok, and i am able to study the class through online. So i wish to study online class in south island of thailand. Is it caused problem when i renew my ED VISA?

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Shin,
      Good day.
      I do not see a problem for the visa, usually the visa is valid for 90 days and the visa extension is given for 1 year. The only issue will be the 90-day reporting. I suggest that you check with your university about your visa situation.
      Thank you.

  12. YAJNIK GHOSH
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I am Yajnik from India. Can I go to thailand for shorttime visa on arrival on january,2021 without quarentine?

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Yajnik,
      Good day.
      Yes, that will be possible only on the last quarter of 2021. That is around 365 days from now. If there will be a COVID-19 vaccine already.
      Thank you.

  13. ashok kumar
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hello My name is Ashok kumar , I am living in India and I am planning to come to Thailand for work Visa , i am getting work permit from my employee in Thailand.
    So could you please help me for that when Royal Thai Embassy in India will open and start taking application for Non Immigrant B visa .
    VFS Thailand in India is also not opening .
    please help me .

    Thanks and regards,
    Ashok kumar

    • October 31, 2020

      Dear Ashok,
      Good day.
      To get information about issuance of the visa in India and application for COE, please email consular.del@gmail.com if you are in Delhi area.
      Thank you.

  14. Danté
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    Just wondering when we can start applying for 60 day tourist visas?

    Currently living in Ireland and looking to move to Thailand for a short period. Any help is appreciated.

    Thank you!

    • October 31, 2020

      Dear Dante,
      Good day.
      I would say that Special Tourist Visa (STV) and Normal Tourist Visa (TRV) will be back to normal processing in the beginning or middle of 2021.
      Thank you.

  15. Midori Mendoza
    October 19, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I would like to start an internship in Thailand in December, am I able to apply for an education/internship visa or a tourist visa so that I can start the internship on the intended start date?

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear Midori,
      Good day.
      At the moment, the non-immigrant ED or B visa under internship is not bring issued due to the travel ban. You may have to wait until next year. You may also ask the school in Thailand where you will do an internship if they can assist you as well.
      Thank you.

  16. Amanulia sadikin
    October 17, 2020
    Reply

    Dear sir/madam

    I would like to ask is that possible to have the 30 days extension of stay if we are students that already graduated from thai and our student visa is expired ? And I also heard that if we would like to apply for business visa we shall apply it in Thai embassy outside Thailand, Can I apply it inside Thailand because of the pandemic Thai border is closed and it is difficult for me to go back and forth from my country, Indonesia ?

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Amanulia,
      Good day.
      If your ED visa will expire in November or December, unfortunately you can only extend for 7 days. But you may contact the Immigration office if they can give you a longer extension such as COVID-19 extension which is 30 days or 60 days.
      Thank you.

  17. John
    October 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex, How can I get a retirement visa set up so I can travel now to Thailand? I am currently in Canada but would like to go next month to Thailand.

  18. Midori M
    October 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I live in the USA. I am hoping to start an internship in Thailand in December. Am I able to get an education/internship visa or a tourist visa so that I could start the internship on the intended start date?

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Midori,
      Good day.
      Yes, a non-immigrant ED visa for internship is possible to be obtained right now and also apply for the Certificate of Entry or COE. Please get in touch with the Thai Embassy or check this page for more information:https://thaiembdc.org/onlinevisaapplication/
      Thank you.

  19. Pauline M
    October 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    If an Irish national wants to stay for 29 days, but work remotely in a UK-based job for 8 of those days, what kind of visa is needed?

    Many thanks

  20. Evan
    October 15, 2020
    Reply

    I am in Thailand on a non immigrant type O spouse visa. I need to stay until the end of the year but my visa expires on the 11th of November. I dont think the 30 day extension will be long enough and the 1 year extension is way more than I need because I cant currently prove income because of Covid. Are there other options?

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Evan,
      Good day.
      As a foreigner married to a Thai national, you can apply for the 60-day extension. Please visit the Thai Immigration office before November 11th. You can use this 60 days extension to prepare for the 1 year extension application.
      Thank you.

  21. Paul
    October 14, 2020
    Reply

    I live in Canada and spend my winters in Thailand I would like to know how the embassy is picking dates and how much for the flights thank you for your help

  22. Paul
    October 14, 2020
    Reply

    How much is the Embassy charging for flights?

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Paul,
      Good day.
      The embassy is not charging for the flights. The embassy will inform you which airline has an approved flight on a specific date and you may book the flight directly with the airline.
      Thank you.

  23. Vanessa
    October 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hello can I get a 3 month Non O volunteer visa and travel to Thailand?

    • October 12, 2020

      Dear Vanessa,
      Good day.
      Thank you for your message. At this time, as per the website of the Thai Embassies, the non-immigrant O visa application for volunteer work is suspended. The application for the certificate of entry is also not allowed for the Non O volunteer visa.
      Have a good day.

  24. Hani Fayez
    October 3, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Sir Madam
    The Embassy of Thailand in Egypt
    Good afternoon

    1-Please Advise Can Egyptian Citizens Proceed for the STV visa or it is for others nationalities ?
    2-Please also advise will the embassy in Egypt open soon for the short stay visa or not ?

    Many thanks in Advance
    Hani Fayez

  25. Keith STALEY
    September 30, 2020
    Reply

    Good day,our question is simple but I am getting different replies from others.
    We have a flight from UK to BKK in November with Emirates via Dubai in transit for a short time (2hrs approx) could you please confirm the documentation currently required to enter BKK. Someone mentioned that the rules have changed last weekend.Our holiday is 22/29 Nov.
    regards keith and Leena Staley

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Keith,
      May I ask what type of visa do you have for Thailand? Have you managed to apply for the Certificate of Entry for Thailand?
      If you are planning to enter just as a tourist, please check this link: http://www.thailongstay.co.th/stv_visa.html
      Thank you.

  26. Ahmed tarek
    September 30, 2020
    Reply

    I’m Egyptian can I have a business visa

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Ahmed,
      Yes, you can apply for a business visa if you are a business owner in Egypt and you have a Thai business partner that you will travel to Thailand to conduct business with. Please call the Thai embassy in Cairo for more information.
      Thank you.

  27. Olga
    September 26, 2020
    Reply

    Greetings!
    Is there any possibility to apply ED visa remotely , because of covid restrictions situation ?

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Olga,
      May I ask if you are in Thailand or are you abroad? Which country? The Non ED visa is based on enrolment in a university?
      Thank you.

  28. Liew TH
    September 25, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, we are Malaysian and I will be posted to work in Songkhla next month. My company will apply a working visa for me, but I intend to bring my family along and will enroll my kids to the Thai schools. May I know the what kind of visas to apply for them?

    • September 25, 2020

      Dear Liew,
      You can get a non immigrant B visa and your whole family can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa as dependants. All of you can apply together at the Thai embassy in KL. All of you must also apply for the Certificate of Entry to Thailand.
      Thank you.

    • Liew TH
      September 28, 2020

      Hi Sir/Madam,

      With refer to the below advise, when can I apply non-immigrant O visa for my family? Is it upon the receipt of my working visa? how long is the processing time for the visa and lastly, how long this non-immigrant O visa last for?

      “Dear Liew,
      You can get a non immigrant B visa and your whole family can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa as dependants. All of you can apply together at the Thai embassy in KL. All of you must also apply for the Certificate of Entry to Thailand.
      Thank you.”

    • September 28, 2020

      Dear Liew,
      If you are still abroad, you can apply altogether. The Non B visa and Non O visas are valid for 90 days upon entry. For the processing time, I highly recommend that you contact Thai Embassy in KL.
      Thank you.

  29. Marilyn Morris
    September 25, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Sirs,
    My son and family live in Chiang Mai. His wife is Thai and their children were born in Thailand. We would like to visit Thailand for a long stay. We have heard that Thailand might be allowing tourist Visas for 90 days renewable for another 90 days. We would like to go for a minimum of 90 days and possibly longer. We are quite aware of the quarantine requirements. Can you please tell us how to proceed.
    Thank you very much.

  30. Pat Phan
    September 24, 2020
    Reply

    Would a person from France be allowed to apply for the new Special Tourist Visa?

  31. Abdelsalam Altarahony
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, excuse me please,
    I need to know the prices of non immigration O and volunteer visa, and how can I do anyone of these, I’m from Egypt, I’ve been in Thailand for one year and six months now, and I’m still in Thailand, I’m 35 year old if that will help.

    • September 25, 2020

      Dear Abdelsalam,
      I regret to inform you that we do not have any information about the Non Immigrant O volunteer. All we know is that some agencies are doing the visa in Kalasin, Khon Kaen and Pattaya. It sounds dodgy to me. Who volunteers in those places?
      I recommend that you contact the local immigration office where you live. If you stay in Bangkok, please call 1178 for more information.
      Thank you.

  32. Iris
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi my name is Iris and I live in Canada. My husband has the work permit and is working in Thailand now. I wonder what type of visa should I apply for going to Thailand to stay with him and what support documents should I prepare? Thanks.

    • September 25, 2020

      Dear Iris,
      You can can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa as dependant. You can apply for the visa at the Thai embassy in Ottawa. You must also apply for the Certificate of Entry to Thailand. You need proof of marriage and copy of his passport and visa in Thailand.
      Please call the Thai Embassy in Ottawa for more information.
      Thank you.

  33. JOHN HUMPLEMAN
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    I am married to a Tahi National now for 6 years. Wish to come to stay for 2 months JjAN / fEB at our Thai House in UDON TAHNI.
    can I apply for Postal Visa and what documents do I need and proof .
    thank You

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear John,
      Good day.
      Yes, you can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa for having a Thai wife. You need to submit a copy of the marriage certificate and copy of ID card of your Thai wife. The application for the visa and the certificate of entry is done online. I recommend that you contact the Thai Embassy in your country for more information about the visa application.
      Another option for you is the special tourist visa or STV, if you are qualified, you must get in touch with the local Thai Embassy or the Tourism Authority of Thailand in your current location for more information.
      Thank you.

  34. Simone
    September 22, 2020
    Reply

    Good day

    I am living and working in Thailand. My boyfriend would like to come on a long stay tourist visa from South Africa. South Africa has just opened for international travel.

    How do I apply for permission to enter Thailand? Is it allowed for South africans?

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Simone,
      The travel ban is still in place.
      However, Thailand will allow limited numbers of long stay foreign tourists under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) Program.  The visa is valid for 90 days which can be extended for another two 90-day extensions. This long stay visa is open to foreign nationals  travelling to Thailand with the intention to stay long term as tourist to boost the tourism industry. According to the head of Thailand Tourism Office, this is available to the countries in the Top 10 of the global COVID-19 Index or ones who haven’t had new cases for say 28 days will be allowed.
      -The applicant must agree to undergo 14-day quarantine in a quarantine hotel accredited by the Thai government and the applicant must also provide COVID-19 health insurance covering the first 3 months of stay.
      -The applicant must apply for the visa and certificate of entry prior to traveling to Thailand. The Thai Embassy will be the one to arrange the flight to Thailand so it is recommended not to book any commercial flight. 
      -Applicant must also provide a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test issued within 72 hours before the flight. 
      If he is qualified, he must get in touch with the local Thai Embassy or the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Pretoria for more information.

      Have a good day.

  35. Alan barry toon
    September 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hi my name is alan barry toon. I am looking for a 90 day non-immigration visa
    I am married to a thai and live in phetchabum province.
    I work for 5 months a year in the uk
    What support documents do you reguire for the visa?
    Do you have a application form(s) to fill in

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Alan,
      If you are in Thailand, you need to visit the Phetchabun immigration office and file for TM86 or TM87 for the non immigrant O visa. You need to provide proof of marriage and proof of funds in your Thai bank account.
      Thank you.

  36. Mark Shuert
    September 19, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I live in the United States. I would like to be considered for the new Special Tourist Visa when it becomes available. I am able to quarantine in an ASQ facility for 14 days, and have hotel reservations in Pattaya following from January 16, 2021-March 31, 2021.

    I believe I would be able to fly to Seoul, and then on to Bangkok via a Thai Air charter if necessary.

    Can you assist with visa arrangements?

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Mark,
      -Starting October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021 Thailand will allow limited numbers of long stay foreign tourists under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) Program.  The visa is valid for 90 days which can be extended for another two 90-day extensions. This long stay visa is open to foreign nationals  travelling to Thailand with the intention to stay long term as tourist to boost the tourism industry. According to the head of Thailand Tourism Office, this is available to the countries in the Top 10 of the global COVID-19 Index or ones who haven’t had new cases for say 28 days will be allowed.
      -The applicant must agree to undergo 14-day quarantine in a quarantine hotel accredited by the Thai government and the applicant must also provide COVID-19 health insurance covering the first 3 months of stay.
      -The applicant must apply for the visa and certificate of entry prior to traveling to Thailand. The Thai Embassy will be the one to arrange the flight to Thailand so it is recommended not to book any commercial flight. 
      -Provide a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test issued within 72 hours before the flight. 
      If you are qualified, you must get in touch with the local Thai Embassy or the Tourism Authority of Thailand in your current location for more information.
      Have a good day.

  37. Grace
    September 19, 2020
    Reply

    I want to know about “Elite visa”. Could you explain about “Elite visa” please?

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear Grace,
      The Thai Elite Visa is a special tourist visa valid for 5 years. This is a privilege given to the members of Thai Elite Club.
      You need to pay 500,000 THB fee to become a member of Thai Elite. Once you are a member, the club will assist you in your visa application. The processing time for the membership takes 1-2 months and another few weeks for the visa.
      Thank you.

    • mahsa
      November 12, 2020

      Hi i am medical doctor from iran ,i have australian medical exam in bangkok in feb 12 ,Can i apply for visa ?

    • November 13, 2020

      Dear Mahsa,
      Good day.
      Please contact the Thai Embassy in Tehran if you can obtain a visa and certificate of entry. At this time, your purpose of visit is not on the list for the visa and COE applications.
      Thank you.