Tourist Visa to Thailand

Thailand Visa

Thailand is a beautiful country. Its tropical weather and rich culture act as natural magnets for those who dwell on the far side of the world. A big chunk of Thailand’s revenues is obtained from the tourism industry, making her the tourism hub of the far-east. What if you live in a different country and would want to have a vacation in Thailand? For sure, it won’t be as easy as going for a walk in a park, roam around, and get off the place after. There are guidelines to be followed and documents to be prepared before you board the plane bound for the “land of smiles”.

Thai Tourist Visa

Visiting Thailand as Tourist

When you visit Thailand for the purpose of leisure, sightseeing, and personal enlightenment, you are a tourist. A tourist is not allowed to work or conduct business in Thailand. A tourist needs a tourist visa so he/she can stay in Thailand for a period of more than 30 days while doing his/her own explorations and excursions in the kingdom. Due to COVID 19 pandemic, most foreigners are now required to obtain a tourist visa from the Thai Embassy or Consulate.

What is a Thailand Tourist Visa?

A Thailand tourist visa is a stamp or document needed so you can stay in Thailand for a specific period of time, for the purpose of tourism. It is issued by a Thai embassy or consulate in your country and stamped on your passport upon arrival at the airport in Thailand. The tourist visa can also be extended if necessary. The tourist visa should not be confused with the visa exemption stamp issued at the airport.

There are certain countries that made agreements with the government of Thailand so their citizens can benefit from the visa exemption when entering Thailand as tourists. These tourists are allowed to stay in Thailand for 45 days to 90 days without the need to apply for a tourist visa from the Thai Embassy.

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Requirements of a Tourist Visa to Thailand

When applying for a tourist visa, certain documents and fees are needed to obtain one. The documents and the fee are subject to change anytime and without prior notice, so it would be a good idea for an aspiring Thai tourist to inquire for the right information before flying off to Thailand.

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Documents required:

  • Passport or travel document with a validity not less than 6 months
  • Visa application form (filled out)
  • One(1) recent 4x6cm. photograph of the applicant
  • Round-trip air ticket or e-ticket (paid in full)
  • Proof of financial means (20,000 baht per person/40,000 baht per family)
  • Proof of Hotel or private accommodation

Don’t forget that consular officers reserve the right to request additional documents when they deemed it necessary, so it is advisable that you present yourself when you are in good shape and state, together with your papers and documents.

Visa Fee:

  • US $ 30.00 per entry or equivalent. The tourist visa fee is subject to change without prior notice, so it is a good idea to be updated by visiting the nearest Thai Embassy or consulate in your area.

Update: Due to the COVID 19 pandemic the issuance of the tourist visa can be made online, by mail, or in-person depending on the current regulation of the Thai Embassy in your country.

Application for COE

Aside from the Tourist Visa, a traveler must apply for a COE or certificate of entry from the local Thai Embassy or Consulate. To apply for the COE, please register online by filling in your personal details, and upload supporting documents such as a copy of your passport, a copy of the valid visa, and COVID-19 travel insurance. The Embassy will screen and pre-approve the applicants who meet the requirements. The second step of the COE application involves uploading the flight information and the quarantine hotel reservation. You must apply for the COE at least 5 to 15 days prior to your flight to Thailand.


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Checklist for Tourist Visiting Thailand

After receiving your Thailand tourist visa and certificate of entry from the Thai Embassy or consulate, the traveler must prepare the following documents before traveling to Thailand:

  • Certificate of Entry (COE)
  • Valid visa in your passport
  • Declaration Form
  • Medical Certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected. The COVID test must be by the RT-PCR method, within 72 hours before departure. Some airlines do not accept home kit tests so please check specific requirements with the airlines you are traveling with.
  • Printed COVID 19 travel insurance certificate and all pages of the terms and conditions on the COVID-19 coverage and medical benefits. You may be refused to board the flight if you could not show that the insurance meets this requirement.
  • Copy of confirmed ASQ Hotel booking
  • Copy of confirmed flight reservation
  • T8 Health Form
  • You must download the “Thailand Plus” Application on your mobile phone

Validity of the Tourist Visa and Permit to Stay

The validity of a tourist visa ranges from 3 months to 6 months, depending on the number of entries you make across the land border, or from the airport. If you arrived in Thailand through an international airport, you will be stamped with 60-day permission to stay.

Please do not be confused with the validity of the visa and the permit to stay. The validity of the visa as stated in your visa sticker is the time you have to use the visa or to enter Thailand. The permit to stay is the actual number of days you are allowed to stay in Thailand legally. You will receive the permit to stay when you arrive at the airport or border.

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Tourist Visa Extension in Thailand

If you enter Thailand via airport or land border, you will be stamped a 60-day permission of stay as a tourist in the immigration post, after which you will have to exit the country again on or before the expiration of your permission of stay. However, the tourist visa permit-to-stay can also be extended if you wish or need to stay longer in Thailand. You will have to file an application for an extension of stay at the Office of Immigration Bureau located at Government Complex Chaengwattana Road, Bangkok with contact center number 1178. Bear in mind that the success of an extension of stay is solely at the discretion of the immigration officer attending to your application.

Update: Foreigners who are currently in Thailand may apply for a 60-day COVID 19 extension at any local immigration office for a fee of 1,900 Thai baht. You may visit your local immigration office on or before May 29, 2021.

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  1. Jean
    June 24, 2022

    Since the requirement for a Thai Pass is being lifted from July 1, is the requirement for a Certificate of entry (CoE) resuming?

    • June 24, 2022

      Dear Jean,

      Thailand and COE are both cancelled starting July 1. If you want to travel to Thailand, you only need your passport and your vaccination certificate. If you have no vaccination certificate, you can take a COVID test and print the test result to take with you to Thailand.
      Thank you.

  2. Adam Clementz
    June 23, 2022


    I’ll travel as a tourist for 2 weeks in Thailand. I’m from Sweden, traveling from Maldives through India. Fully vaccinated. Can I come and stay without visa?

    • June 24, 2022

      Dear Adam,

      Yes, you can get visa exemption stamp which is valid for 30 days. If you will in June, you need to register for Thailand Pass. If you arrive in July, you only need passport and proof of vaccination/COVID test result.
      Thank you.

  3. Adrian Parrilla Levario
    June 23, 2022

    Hi! My name is Adrián Parrilla from Mexico. I’m planning on traveling to Thailand, during mid-July. What documents do I need to present to apply for a tourist visa?

    • June 24, 2022

      Dear Adrian,

      If you will stay for less than 2 weeks, you can get visa on arrival. You only need to pay for 2000 THB. If you will stay longer than 2 weeks, please apply for a tourist visa from Thai Embassy in CDMX.
      Thank you.

  4. Sam Horner
    June 10, 2022

    Hi I’m staying for 31 days annoyingly because of flights I assume I need to get a visa

    • June 10, 2022

      Dear Sam,

      If you get the 30 days visa exemption, you can also apply for 30 days extension.
      Thank you.

  5. Shonu
    April 19, 2022

    Is Certificate of Entry (COE) replaced by Thailand Pass?


    • April 19, 2022

      Dear Shonu,

      For Air and Land Travel yes, Thailand Pass is the new COE.

  6. Rob
    February 18, 2022

    Hello! Canadian here. Has the Visa Exemption period been converted back to 30 days or is it still 45 days? This page says 45 however on this page it says it has been reduced back to 30. Could you confirm if it is 30 or 45?

    Also, if I am entering via the Test and Go program, do I still apply for a COE?

    Thank you!

    • February 18, 2022

      Dear Rob,

      Yes, the visa exemption has been changed back to 30 days. Yes, you need to apply for Thailand Pass.
      Thank you.

  7. jin choi
    February 4, 2022

    I apply the Test and Go Feb 1, 2022
    plans to travel Bangkok Feb. 6, 2022 from Los Angeles
    but I still did not get the QR Code from Thailand what can I do?

    • February 4, 2022

      Dear Jin,

      If you like to check the status or follow up the status of your Thailand Pass application, you may call 02-572-8442 or email the following information:
      Subject: Thailand Pass Check Status
      Full Name
      Passport No.
      E-mail Address
      Access Code
      Date of Travel
      Date of Arrival

      You may send the above information to the Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at [email protected] and [email protected]
      Thank you.

  8. Daniel Wirth
    January 13, 2022

    I do not know which hotels are approved for your quarantine in Bangkok. I checked the only one I knew and that was full for February 8, to the 16, 2022. Can you tell me what hotels are approved ?

  9. John Pippin
    January 13, 2022

    Hello, I have an approved Thailand Pass however, I had to cancel my scheduled trip as my passport that was approved was stolen. I have acquired a new passport with a new passport number. Is my approved Thailand Pass for test and go still valid and can I update my information of it is still valid?

    • January 13, 2022

      Dear John,

      Good day.
      If you will apply for the new Thailand Pass, it will be either Sandbox or Quarantine. I believe you can still use your old Test and Go and new passport to travel as long as the details on your vaccination and arrival date remain the same. If your new arrival date has been changed more than 3 days from the original date of arrival, you must get a new Thailand Pass.
      Thank you.

  10. Andrew Bailey
    October 12, 2021

    Dear sir
    Is there a six month spouse visa available from November 1st 2021

    • October 12, 2021

      Dear Andrew,

      Good day.
      The Thai Non Immigrant O visa for marriage is valid for 3 months in which you are able to extend for another 12 months at the local immigration office in Thailand. You can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa and COE from the Thai Embassy in order to travel to Thailand. If you need help for the visa and COE, please visit

      Thank you.

  11. Osobu jacob
    June 1, 2021

    Dear sir ,am osobu Jacob from Nigeria can I come to Thailand as a Nigeria if I have someone to accommodate me ?

    • June 1, 2021

      Dear Osobu,
      Good day.
      You need to apply for Tourist Visa and COE to enter Thailand. Please contact the Thai Embassy in Lagos.
      Thank you.

  12. Mona Maier
    May 10, 2021

    Hello Visa team,
    I am a professional life coach from Germany doing surgery companion trips for a living. I am currently in Hyderabad, India, and my next client wants for me to travel to Bangkok with her for surgery.
    How do I go about that now?
    Procedures are not fully clear for me at this time .

    • May 10, 2021

      Dear Mona,
      Good day.
      The COE application and issuance in India has been suspended, therefore no one at this time can travel from India to Thailand.
      Thank you.

  13. Sandi
    May 10, 2021


    I’m from Myanmar and currently living in Dubai. Me and my son going to travel Thailand. Do we need visa? What documents we need to prepare?

    Thank you.

    • May 10, 2021

      Dear Sandi,
      Good day.
      Yes, you definitely need to apply for the visa and COE prior to coming to Thailand. You must apply for the Tourist Visa which will allow you to stay in Thailand for up to 60 days from date of arrival. You need to secure your flight itinerary, COVID 19 insurance, ASQ Hotel for 14 days and other documents required by the Thai Consulate in Dubai. Kindly call the consulate for more information.
      Thank you.

  14. Michelle Dequito
    May 5, 2021

    Good day,
    my name is Michelle I’m from Philippines planning to travel in your country. do i need a visa or COE to enter Thailand?

    Thank you
    Michelle Dequito

    • May 5, 2021

      Dear Michelle,
      Good day.
      Yes, you need to have a COE or certificate of entry to travel to Thailand. You may get a COE based on Visa Exemption of 45 days or you can get a COE under a Tourist visa or even a Non Immigrant visa as long as you apply for this visa from the Thai Embassy in Manila.
      For the application of COE under Visa Exemption, you do not need to contact the Thai Embassy. The application will be processed online. You only need to make sure that you have booked the ASQ Hotel and you have purchased COVID 19 insurance.
      Thank you.