Thailand Visa Types


Thailand Visa

Types of Thailand Visas

Thai Elite Visa

Thailand Elite Visa is a long-term visa categorized under Privilege Entry Visa allowing residency in Thailand along with benefits for a period between 5 and 20 years depending of the chosen package in exchange of a membership fee. The Elite Visa is a 5-year renewable multiple entry visa with an extendable 1-year length of stay per each entry.

This visa is appropriate for anyone who lives or regularly comes to Thailand but doesn’t want to deal with Thailand’s bureaucratic visa system. This includes digital nomads that don’t want to do visa runs, retirees who don’t want to be stressed with the new complicated regulations that have been regularly introduced, or investors or business people who need to fly in and out of Thailand several times a year.

Tourist Visa

This is a 60-day Tourist Visa to Thailand that can either be a multiple or single entry and can be extended for up to another 30 days by means of a visa run. Well if you want to extend longer than 30 days, you can convert the visa to a Non-Immigrant Visa which will require you to go to the nearby city or country such as Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Non-Immigrant Visa

This is normally a single entry visa to Thailand valid for 90 days. Like the tourist visa, you can extend your stay by doing a visa run going to the border or nearby city/country. Obtaining a work permit and opening a bank account is possible.

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One Year Non-Immigrant Visa

This visa is often a Multiple Entry Visa to Thailand valid for use for a period of 1 year. You are allowed to stay 90 days per entry which means, every 90 days, you will have to go to border and have your visa stamped at the immigration (visa run).

Marriage Visa and Retirement Visa

There is no direct application for this 2 visa types. But don’t worry it’s not going to be a complicated process, as long as you will meet the special financial requirements for the application. How to obtain a Marriage Visa in Thailand? You must simply be married to a Thai National. Otherwise, if you want a Retirement Visa in Thailand, you need to be 50 years old or above.

The process is as easy as 1 2 3. The first step, you obtain a non-immigrant visa. Next, convert the non-immigrant visa to either Marriage Visa or Retirement Visa. These are the visa types that will allow you to stay in Thailand for the whole 1 year (renewable) without going to the border or not leaving the kingdom anymore at all.

Business Visa

This visa is specially designed for people who want to do business legally in Thailand. It is also known as Non-Immigrant Business Visa. You can get a work permit, open a bank account however you still need to do a visa run every 90 days.

Permanent Resident Visa

To qualify for this visa, you must have stayed in Thailand for 3 consecutive with the one-year-visa extensions. If you are married to a Thai for 5 years, you must be earning 30,000 Baht/month. If you are single, at least your monthly income should be 80,000 Baht. You just simply present your three years of personal tax statements proving the above-stated income requirements to qualify for a Permanent Resident Visa in Thailand.

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How to Enter Thailand during COVID 19

  • Anyone eligible to enter must obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) from their local Thai embassy or consulate. Your application should be submitted at least 5-15 working days prior to the intended date of travel. Travelers who have received the COE must download the ThailandPlus contact tracing app and register.
  • Foreigners must also provide proof of COVID travel health insurance that covers COVID-19 medical examination and treatment up to US $100,000 minimum.
  • Foreigners must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test no more than 72 hours before departure, in order to enter Thailand.
  • Most travelers to Thailand are now required to complete 14 days (14 nights) quarantine at ASQ Hotel accredited by the Thai government.
  • If you hold a valid vaccine certificate and are entering Thailand from a low or medium risk countries,  you may be eligible to enter Phuket without quarantine. This condition will only apply if your vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand and you received it at least 14 days before the date of travel. When you arrive you must present your certificate (original or a print out of an online version) to International Port Health Control.

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194 Comments

  1. John
    May 27, 2021
    Reply

    Hello, I arrived to Thailand on the 10th of March under visa exemption and now, I’m currently under covid visa. May I ask if I can change it to non-b visa (working as a teacher) if a school hires me?

    Thank you!

    • May 27, 2021

      Dear John,
      Good day.
      Some immigration office they would allow it as long as you have more than 21 days remaining in your permit to stay. I suggest for you to ask your school to contact your local immigration office if they would allow the change of visa.
      Thank you.

  2. March 24, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    Hope you see my message 🙂
    I’m going to marry a Thai citizen as a foreign woman do I have to present a 400,000 baht 2 months in advance before I apply for spouse visa?

    Thanks, 🙂

    • March 25, 2021

      Dear Sues,
      This financial requirement is applicable to the male party. In that case, it will be your Thai spouse who will show the income or the bank account savings.
      Thank you.

  3. Dave
    December 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    Apologies if this has been asked before.

    My wife is a teacher (she is NOT a thai national). She will be getting her work permit within the next couple of days.
    I entered Thailand with a non-immigrant-O (dependent) visa (as a dependent to my wife with a job and a work permit).

    What is the max amount that my visa can be extended, granted that my wife always has a job and work permit?

    Thanks in advance!
    Dave

    • December 15, 2020

      Dear Dave,
      Good day.
      If the initial visa was 90 days, the extension will be 1 year.
      Thank you.

  4. November 8, 2020
    Reply

    Hello. I was an international student in Thaliand and I just left the university. I was planning to leave Thailand but entry to Myabmar is denied till December 1st. I will get the “letter for temporary stay (aka) certify letter” in Myanmar embassy in bangkok. According from the immigration, I will need to apply for special case visa or temporary stay visa, “certify letter for temporary stay is for that visa”. So, what kind of documents will I gonna need ,aside from letter, for getting a visa?

    • November 9, 2020

      Dear Patrick,
      Good day.
      I do not understand. If you are Myanmar national, why are you now allowed to return to Myanmar?
      Thank you.

  5. Mikial
    October 31, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I live din Thailand for four years, just came back to the US in December and I’m trying to get back for a visit. Is there any type of VIsa that will allow this, I understand they are not doing any tourist Visas/ very restrictive. Any info would help. Thank you

  6. Dave
    October 29, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    First, I would like to thank you for this resource and all the advice you have been giving. It has very much helped us formulate a plan of action for our circumstances. I am sure I speak for many people in showing appreciation for the time you have put in here.

    My question is on behalf of my girlfriend; she is currently in Thailand on an ED visa. She desperately would like return to her home country (Norway) to pick up her 11 year old son whom she has not seen since before covid and is currently staying with relatives. Her son would be going to an acredited international school here. The school are able and willing to produce the necessary paperwork for his ED visa to be issued in Norway.

    So the plan is for my girlfriend was to get a re-entry permit, organise her son’s ED visa, fly to Oslo, prepare everything for a CoE, book an ASQ and fly back to Thailand.

    My question is: Can you see any reason why this plan might not work?

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Dave,
      Good day.
      The plan looks good. However, my only concern is the ED visa that she has right now. Is it an ED visa based on formal education or non-formal education? If this is a non-formal education, she will not be able to get a COE.
      In this case, her son can get the ED visa (formal education) and she can get a new non immigrant O visa as guardian. However in extending their visas in Thailand, the child can easily get 1 year extension but she needs to have 500,000 THB in a Thai bank to get her extension.
      If her current ED visa is under a formal education, then both of them can return with their respective ED visas.
      Thank you.

    • Wayne
      May 12, 2021

      Hi Rex, can you please tell me if I qualify to apply for A STV. Australian Citizen,58 years old, single, financially stable, current passport. I understand that the stv is valid for 90 days and can be renewed 2 times each for another 90 days. Making a total stay of 270 days is that correct please?. I saw the application form on the thai embassy website, but the application form does not have the stv option to choose, only non immigrant and tourist options.which option do I choose for the stv. Regards Wayne

    • May 12, 2021

      Dear Wayne,
      Good day.
      For the application of the STV, please contact or call the Thai Embassy in Canberra directly. You must use the STV and enter Thailand before July 1, 2021.
      Thank you.

  7. Robert M Bartis
    October 28, 2020
    Reply

    Hello – I applied for an STV visa 17-days ago.
    to: stvvisa@thailongstay.co.th
    date: Oct 11, 2020, 9:43 PM
    To date I have not recived a response. What is the typoical time I should expect a response? Is there a way to check on the progress of the application? Will I received a confirmation if I am rejected and a reson for the rejection?

    • October 28, 2020

      Dear Robert,
      Good day.
      I regret to inform you that our firm is not connected with Thai Longstay Co Ltd. The company may be an accredited agency for the STV but our firm does not work with them so we cannot get information about your request.
      Thank you.

  8. John
    October 28, 2020
    Reply

    Can I apply Non-B visa without exiting Thailand, currently I have tourist visa.

    • October 28, 2020

      Dear John,
      Good day.
      If the applicant has more than 15 days on the current permit to stay or entry stamp, yes, it is possible to apply for the Non Immigrant B visa. Please also note that the issuance of this visa may depend on your local immigration office. In Bangkok, the immigration will take the application on a case-to-case basis.
      Thank you.

  9. Neethu
    October 27, 2020
    Reply

    I’m currently in Bangkok with a Non O visa. I had been offered a job here and want to convert to Non B. Is there any possibility of doing that without exiting the country, as travel is very difficult at this time.

    • October 28, 2020

      Dear Neethu,
      Good day.
      It is not possible but you can still check with your local immigration office if they would allow it due to travel restrictions abroad.
      Thank you.

  10. Cin
    October 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I have a non O visa which I’m trying to extend to a 1 year guardian visa, my son is studying in Thailand. I was told I have to get an affidavit declaring that my son’s birth certificate is the original and translated from English to Thai. Could you please shed some light on this.

    Thanks!

    • October 28, 2020

      Dear Cin,
      Yes that is correct. You need to have 500,000 THB in a Thai bank account and a proof of relationship. The birth certificate must undergo these 3 steps:
      1. Birth certificate certified by the foreign embassy of the country where it was originated. For example, if it was issued in Australia, you must visit Australian Embassy in Bangkok.
      2. The document must be translated into Thai.
      3. The document and its translation must be legalised at MFA Bangkok.
      Thank you.

  11. K.C.NATHAN
    October 24, 2020
    Reply

    hi Rex,
    i am Nathan,
    indian nationality,& singapore permenent resident holder,
    i would like to stay in thai on 270 days visa,
    what is the requirements?
    i want to enjoy my retirement days in thailand,
    pls advice,how to buy house there?
    thanks,

  12. Ian thomas
    October 23, 2020
    Reply

    I left Thailand on 3rd March to come back to England for business for a couple of months but had been on a retirement Visa for the last 18months. I did get a re-entry visa when I left but this has expired and my retirement visa expired on 25th July. Is it possible to come back to Thailand,. I was hoping to rent another condo for a year. Do i come into the embassy? or I cannot come

    Best regards, Ian

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Ian,
      Good day.
      There are 2 options for you:
      1. Thai Elite Visa (1-3 months application process)
      2. Non Immigrant OA visa (you can apply now)
      If you need assistance for the Non Immigrant OA visa, please contact us at: https://www.siam-legal.com/contactus.php
      Thank you.

  13. Charles
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I’m from Singapore and currently holding Non-O (Volunteer) VISA. Am I able to enter Thailand at this moment?

  14. Daniel Estevez
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I’m trying to find the best way for me to go to Thailand right now despite the COVID situation. I don’t have a job there. I’m just a regular guy, so I’m trying to find Visas that would accept me.

    I’m considering my options. I’m aware of 2 right now
    – STV (Special Turist Visa)
    – Elite Easy Access Visa (Which is the cheapest elite visa)

    I have 2 questions:
    – About STV…Where can I find the list of countries that Thailand consider low risk? I’m European and I need to speak with t a Thai embassy of a country that is not considered high risk in order to be able to start the application process.

    – Do you know other options apart the STV and the Elite Easy Access Visa?
    The problem is I’m not sure I’ll be able to get the STV any time soon and the Elite Easy Access Visa is very expensive.

    Are you aware of other options that could work for me?

    Regards,
    Dani

  15. Barend
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I’m moving to Bangkok, Thailand for work in the next 2 months. The hiring company is sorting out my work permit so I won’t have any issues entering and leaving Thailand.

    However, I have a girlfriend who needs to come with me as I am her accommodation provider, making her my dependant.

    I’m not sure which type of Visa we should be getting her, could you please advise?

    We are willing to do “visa runs” if required or study if that is an option.

    Thanks in advance.

    • October 31, 2020

      Dear Barend,
      Good day.
      The only way you can have her as your dependant is through marriage. You can get married so she can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa. Other option for her is to get her a Thai Elite Visa. Please check this page for more information:https://www.siam-legal.com/thailand-visa/thai-elite-visa.php
      Thank you.

  16. Sean
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hey Rex,

    I am the son (21 year old non Thai-national) of an official from an international organisation that lives in Thailand. I don’t currently have a visa to go back to Thailand. I am looking to get a non-immigrant O visa as a dependent, do you know if the Thai embassy in London is still offering this for me to go back to see my family?

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Sean,
      Good day.
      We can try to apply. The application is done online so maybe this will be considered. What is the visa of your parents in Thailand? Are you are UK national in the UK?
      Thank you.

  17. JL
    October 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,

    We are an HK franchisee and would like to go to Bangkok to visit our partner’s factory, can you let us know what type of visa should we apply? We are planning to stay 45-60 days. Thank you very much!

  18. Walter P23
    October 10, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I actually own the ED visa from Stamford international university and I just finish university but my Visa will expire on 9 November and the university won’t renew my Visa as I’m done with school and I need to stay in Thailand at least until December to participate to the graduation ceremony. What can be my opinion?

    • November 4, 2020

      Dear Walter,
      Good day.
      You may visit the immigration office and request for an extension until December so that you can attend your graduation. They may give you 30 to 60 days extension due to COVID-19.
      Thank you.

  19. Tony
    October 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex
    You replied to me concerning me getting a Non B Visa from the London Embassy.

    How can I get a Non B from the London Embassy when there Website never works and I can’t apply for any Visa at all?
    I’ve tried going to thaievisa.go.th over 20 Times and I’ve never been able to apply for any Visa at all!!

    Also how do I get a Letter of Approval from the DBD or BOI and what exactly is the Letter of Approval?

    Thx for your help, Rex
    By far the best help I’ve had in months…

    • October 10, 2020

      Dear Tony,
      According to their website, these are the required documents :
      -Your passport copy
      -A copy of invitation letter to attend business meeting in Thailand from a Thai government agency or a Thai company which must have registered capital (fully paid) at least 2 million baht (with registration document as proof).
      -A copy of letter from your employer (or yourself if you own a company) to confirm your employment and that you need to attend business meetings in Thailand
      -Declaration form, duly completed and signed
      -Copy of health insurance policy which covers COVID-19 related medical expenses in Thailand no less than 100,000 USD for the whole period of your stay in Thailand

      But I had someone call me today and said that the Embassy also required a formal letter from a Thai government agency. They do not know which one should issue it. This is absurd but both DBD, BOI, MFA or even MOE will not issue this letter.
      I recommend that you use Google Chrome when access this online page: https://thaievisa.go.th/Home/Business
      Scroll that page until the bottom part.
      Thank you.

  20. Loic Umba
    October 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Dear Rex,

    I hope this comments finds you well.

    I just finish university, and my Visa will expire on 9 th of November, which is next month but my university won’t renew my Visa and I need to stay in Thailand until December in order to participate to the graduation ceremony of my university. What can be my opinion to stay until December?

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Loic,
      Good day.
      You have an option to extend for 7 days only or you can visit the immigration and check if you can get a COVID-19 extension which is 30 days or 60 days.
      Thank you.

  21. Raven
    October 9, 2020
    Reply

    If I apply for a special tourist visa for a total stay of 270 days can I return to Nz reapply for a stv and then return to Thailand for an additional 270 days or is there a waiting period for reapplications

    Can I apply for an education visa from an informal educational institute such as a language school or is the visa still only open to those from formal institutions

    • October 9, 2020

      Dear Raven,
      Good day.
      The STV program is until September 30, 2021 only. So you stayed in Thailand for 9 months already, it would be impossible to return to NZ after 9 months and get a new STV. Also, once you have STV and you entered Thailand, it is not allowed for you to changed to another visa, you need to return to NZ and apply for the new visa which could be ED visa. I cannot predict if the non-formal school or education visa can enter Thailand or not in 2021.
      Thank you.

    • John Baker
      October 15, 2020

      Still closed for non-formal institutions.

    • October 15, 2020

      Dear John,
      Yes, that is correct:
      Currently, the following types of visas are NOT permitted to enter Thailand: Tourists visa holders (TR), Transit passengers (TS), Sports visa holders (S), Monks and other religious visa holders (R) and their spouses or children, Volunteers (O), and non-formal students visa holders (such as language schools, diving schools, boxing schools). Due to a high number of infection rate in the US, the APEC card holders and the applicants who are currently in the USA and wish to obtain Special Tourist Visa (STV) do not fall under the categories that could enter Thailand at the moment, please check back regularly for any updates.
      Have a good day.

  22. Jeremy
    October 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I would like to stay in Thailand for one year but the special tourist visa only offers a total of 270 days in Thailand after this period could I return to my country reapply for another special tourist visa and return to Thailand straight away for an additional 270 days?

    My other option is education visa as I applied for a language school in august but was denied entry as it was deemed informal education does the education visa still only apply to those from formal education or have rules changed

  23. Tony
    October 8, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex
    I have a GF in Thailand and a House in Phuket but am Having a lot of trouble trying to get to Thailand at the moment.

    I can’t get a STV Visa because UK is not on the list currently so firstly do you have any idea when UK will be on the list to get the STV Visa??

    Secondly if I’m trying to buy a business in Phuket either a Gym or a Travel/Tour Shop what are my options in the month of November for Getting a Non-B Visa As a Potential Investor? Is it possible for me to get a Non B Visa from the UK?

    The Embassy in London are very hard to deal with and don’t have the right answers. They DON’T know themselves what is really going on, and I can’t book an appointment to see them so they won’t even see me!! So it’s very frustrating! In fact it’s an almost impossible situation without the help of the London Embassy, I would expect a lot more help in the UK from the Thai Embassy.

    Thx for your help and advice Rex.

    • October 9, 2020

      Dear Tony,
      Dear Tony,
      Good day.
      The Thai Embassy in London is now issuing the Non Immigrant B visa under the purpose of conducting business. You need the following documents:
      -Sponsorship Letter from your Thai business partner
      -Company registration documents of your Thai business partner
      -Letter of Approval from the DBD or BOI confirming that you have a legitimate business meeting with your Thai business partner (this requirement is absurd).
      Thank you.

  24. MARCO BONELLI
    October 6, 2020
    Reply

    I am a US citizen with a retirement non immigrant visa. I am planning to leave Thailand to the US at the beginning of December, for a period of a couple of months. I was wondering if COVID-19 persists, will I be allowed to re-enter Thailand? As of now would I be subject to a mandatory quarantine? How long eventually?

    • November 9, 2020

      Dear Marco,
      Good day.
      Unfortunately we cannot predict what would be the government’s rules and regulations for entering Thailand in 2021. Please check back with us 1 or 2 months before you return to Thailand from the US.
      Thank you.

  25. Dave Warren
    October 5, 2020
    Reply

    I am on a Non Imm O (spouse) visa multi entry. My stamp to exit is Nov 7 ’20. I usually leave the country for work before the 90day period is up so i have not converted the visa to a marriage visa at Thai immigration.

    I am wondering what will happen on Nov 7 due to the current state of flight bans etc. Can i go to immigration and report this time, due to not being able to fly out of the country easily, or, must i change to a marriage visa before the date of exit on Nov 7th?

    • October 9, 2020

      Dear Dave,
      Good day.
      Can you firm that you have have arrived in Thailand on the first week of August?
      If that is correct, you have 2 options:
      1. You can extend for 2 months at your local immigration office.
      2. You can extend for 12 months at your local immigration office. This is what you call Thai Marriage Visa.
      In my opinion, the Non Immigrant O visa multiple entries issued by the Thai Embassy is useless this time due to the closure of the borders.
      Thank you.

    • Dave Warren
      October 10, 2020

      Yes i can confirm i arrved in Thailand on Aug 10th.

      As i understand it, i now cannot extend for 12 months based on the marriage visa option, due to the fact that there is less than 30 days left before the date of Nov 7. This is the date when i am supposed to technically leave the county (90 days)

      My understnding is that the marrigae coversion must be done 30 days before the date of proposed exit ie Nov 7th. Is this the case?

    • November 6, 2020

      Dear Dave,
      You can ask for temporary 60 days extension if you are not ready to apply for the 1 year marriage visa.
      Thank you.

  26. October 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hi is the Thai embassy still offering the Non immigrant “O” Visa? I hope to do voluntary work or is that presently not allowed?

    • October 5, 2020

      Dear DF,
      Good day.
      At the moment it is only the Non Immigrant O for spouses of Thai nationals or those foreigners with Thai child.
      Thank you.

  27. Kurt
    October 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hi

    I am confused regarding the rules to enter Thailand. Thailand let tourist(STV) in, but abroad stranded Thai residents with NON-O-Retirement visa are not allowed to go home?

    Do you have any possible ideas why?

    Remark: Holders of Non-Immigrant O (Retirement) who have received annual stay permit from Thai Immigration are NOT entitled to enter Thailand

    Thanks Kurt

    • October 5, 2020

      Dear Kurt,
      Good day.
      They let the tourists because they will help boost the economy. They also let the non-immigrant OA and OX visa holders because they are retirees with Health Insurance as per requirement by their visa.
      Unfortunately for the Retirement Visa based on Non Immigrant O, I would recommend for you to check with your local immigration office if you will be considered for the Certificate of Entry.
      Thank you.

  28. Josh Eustace
    October 2, 2020
    Reply

    I am looking to apply for the STV Visa to travel around Thailand for 90 days, do you know if it is possible to apply for from the UK?
    Also, would it make a difference if we went somewhere for 14 days before travelling to Thailand which might be a more COVID safe country? As we would be happy to do this.

    Thanks
    Josh

  29. charles
    September 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hey Rex,

    I am citizen of SIERRA LEONE, i would love to apply visa on thailand.
    Do you know which of the visa is applicable now.
    I want to know thai embassy allowed to issue which type of VISA.

  30. Riccardo
    September 29, 2020
    Reply

    I am in Italy for a short visit but I live in thailand with a non immigrant o Retirement visa and property. I need to Return as soon as possibile. Please give me good news Thanks

    • Riccardo
      September 29, 2020

      I am in Italy for a short visit, but I live in Thailand with a Non Imm –Retirement Visa and have a property. I need to return saspo. My reentry permit is valid.

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Riccardo,
      May I ask until when is the validity of your retirement visa and re-entry permit?

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Riccardo,
      As of today, it is not clear if the Retirement Visa holders are allowed to enter Thailand or eligible to apply for the certificate of entry. I recommend for you to call the Thai Embassy in Rome.
      Thank you.

  31. John Smith
    September 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hi
    I’m on a tourist visa looking to change to a Non-B but the deadline for changing was 11th September in my immigration area (Kantang. Trang).

    Can I change in another immigration office/province (e.g. Sadao/Bangkok?) instead?

    Thanks,

    John.

    • September 28, 2020

      Dear John,
      Since the deadline was last September 11th, did you manage to get an extension of 30 days so that you have at least 15 days in the stamp and then you can try to apply for the change of visa. The requirements for Bangkok is also 15 days, but you need to show Bangkok rental agreement as well. So in your case, you must do it in Trang.
      Thank you.

  32. Steve Amey
    September 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,
    Thanks so much for your reply.

    From my previous message below (September 23, 2020 at 9:05 pm)..

    Just got a 30 day tourist visa extension (which for me required i went to my ‘local’ consulate in Phuket because Russian consulate won’t give me an extension letter via email).

    My problem is that if Non-B’s have been stopped from 11th September, and i now have more time to change to Non-B, how can I do that if Non-B’s have been stopped?

    Trang Immigration messed up notifying local schools on the 11th Sept deadline to change from tourist to Non-B visa’s leaving schools only 24 hours to comply. My school wasn’t able to finalise the paperwork in time leaving my visa ‘stranded’ as a tourist visa. Trang Immigration now say it’s too late to change.
    I’m worried sick.

    Is it possible I could maybe go to Bangkok immigration and get a Non-B from there or some other province?

    Do you know what my options are (if any)?

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Steve,
      The visa amnesty has been extended until October 31, so perhaps the new deadline is now October 16. I recommend that you call them or check with Trang Immigration Office.
      Thank you.

  33. Pierre
    September 25, 2020
    Reply

    hi, i’m currently overseas but looking for work in Thailand, from my search some companies require applicants to already possess non B visa.

    can I actually obtain non B visa before i am offered a job (without visa sponsorship)? if so what are the procedures and requirements?

    thanks!

    • September 25, 2020

      Dear Pierre,
      The answer is no. If a Thai company require you to get a Non Immigrant B visa on your own, then that is a bad company or employer. The good company or employer will send you the copy of company documents, sponsorship letter and WP3. They will send it to you in order for you to get a Non Immigrant B visa and Certificate of Entry from Thai embassy abroad.
      Thank you.

  34. Ilam
    September 25, 2020
    Reply

    With regards the long term visa, HK Thai Embassy said its not available to apply it yet. Could you please let me know the latest as in your messages above seems we can apply it by now?

    • September 25, 2020

      Dear Ilam,
      If you are referring to the special tourist visa, please check this page: http://www.thailongstay.co.th/stv_visa.html
      If you would like another long term visa, you can only apply right now for the Non Immigrant O visa for having Thai spouse or child. You can also apply for Non Immigrant B visa for having work permit.
      Thank you.

  35. Yash
    September 24, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    Can my parents apply dependent visa and enter to thailand next month. I am working in thailand since 7yrs
    If yes, what will be the procedure.

    • September 25, 2020

      Dear Yash,
      How old are your parents?
      Thank you.

    • Yash
      September 26, 2020

      They are 65 & 60 , with Indian passport holder.

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Yash,
      Normally the Thai embassy will issue a non Immigrant O visa for retirement but you may call the Thai Embassy in India and try to apply for the Non Immigrant O visa as dependants.
      Thank you.

  36. marx hu
    September 24, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there, I’m from Malaysia and currently in Bangkok since March with tourist visa, I want to extend my visa due to registering and setting up company in Thailand. I was told to go embassy of Malaysia to get a letter for Thai immigration for visa extension, but embassy of Malaysia refused to give any letter and force me to go back on 25th Sept 2020, I can’t even get air ticket if I want to go back, all the registration and company setup in Bangkok will be ruined if I go back now. What should I do?

    • September 25, 2020

      Dear Marx,
      You can definitely get the letter from the embassy. I have seen one commenter here few days ago stating that the Malaysian consulate provided the letter to him.
      Thank you.

  37. Daniel
    September 24, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, presently I’m Malaysian and working in Songkhla, Thailand with non-B visa and work permit. My wife and my son are Malaysian are staying in Thailand since lockdown.
    1) What kind of visa can I apply in order for them to stay longer in Thailand?
    2) What are the documents needed for apply your recommended visa?
    3) Where to apply?

  38. Jiahui Yin
    September 24, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex, I’m currently holding an ed visa, can I convert it to Non-B without leaving Thailand if the company give me all the documents that I need ?

    • September 25, 2020

      Dear Jiahui,
      It depends which immigration office issued the ED visa and which immigration office has the jurisdiction of the company location of your employer. If ED visa was issued in Bangkok and new company or employer is located in Bangkok, yes, it is possible to change the visa. You need to have at least 15 days left in your visa. If you are on visa amnesty, there is no chance to change the visa.
      Thank you.

  39. K
    September 24, 2020
    Reply

    I am a US Citizen, age 61 having lived in and presently living in Thailand for 6 years now with a Thai child 3 years old. I am not married. I have had a Thai Retirement Visa for the last 4 years now but I am told by Immigration in Jomtien, that I need a Non O / A Visa now and Upgraded Insurance. Current Visa Expires Oct 1st, 2020 and I can show 800,000 Bhat + for the last 3 months. Is this the correct way and my best option to Proceed? If so, my upgraded policy will take effect Oct 19th and I will try to use a Letter of Certification on Oct 1 from Insurance for proof on Insurance. Will that work to avoid 500 Bhat per day fine? Krup pun Krup.

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear John,
      If your original visa was under Non Immigrant Category OA visa, yes, you need health insurance aside from the 800,000 THB savings in your Thai account. You may check with Pacific Cross Insurance to know if they can assist you.
      Thank you.

  40. September 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi i am a uk citzen currently in turke but want to get a visa for thailand, how do i get a visa?

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear Greg,
      -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. 
      -Applicant must also 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.

  41. Andy P
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, Is the non-immigrant O visa available for issuing in Bangkok? I normally go to Penang annually for it but this has not been possible this year. I only have a tourist stamp at the moment. Thank you.

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear Andy,
      If you have at least 15 days in your current stamp, yes, you may be able to change your visa into Non O visa. Is it based on Marriage or Retirement?
      Thank you.

    • Andy P
      September 24, 2020

      It’s marriage. Thanks Rex.

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear Andy,
      If you have at least 15 days remaining in your current stamp, you may be able to submit an application for the Non Immigrant O visa based on Thailand. The requirements are proof of marriage, proof of required funds, proof of address and cohabitation. The fee is 2000 THB.
      Thank you.

  42. Steve Amey
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Im Russian on a tourist visa looking to change to a Non-B to be able to teach. I was told Non-B applications from a tourist visa ended 11th September at least in my area (Trang). Unfortunately i couldn’t get all the paperwork together before the deadline and my local immigration are saying it’s now too late to change. My only option is to keep renewing my tourist visa every 30 days via my nearest Russian embassy in person which is in Phuket. So that’s going to be expensive (1900bt for the extension plus travel and over night stay to Phuket once a month).
    Does anyone now if i can apply for a Non-B maybe in Bangkok or maybe a number/email i can use to talk to someone from immigration who has English?

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear Steve,
      You can ask the embassy to send the letter to you by email and you apply for the 30-day extension in Trang.
      Yes, it is correct that the last day was September 11th. BUT if you can get 30-day extension, then it will give you more time and you can apply for the change of visa to Non B visa.
      Thank you.

  43. Leanne
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    With the special tourist visa, do you need to stay in Thailand the entire time or can travel out of the country?

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear Leanne,
      Good day.
      Preferably, you have to stay in country. But you are free to travel out of Thailand, but I am not sure which country can you go to aside from your home country. Should the STV visa holder leaves Thailand, that will cancel the visa and if you wish to re-enter Thailand, you must get a new visa and you have to undergo the same process as the first time.
      Thank you.

  44. James
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    What documents do I need to provide for a volunteer visa, also dose a volunteer visa come under the non- o visa?

    Thank you for any support you can give.

    Kind regards,

    James

    • September 25, 2020

      Dear James,
      I regret to inform you that we do not have any information about the Non Immigrant O volunteer. All we know is that Non Immigrant O volunteer visa must be issued by a Thai embassy abroad. However, 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.

  45. Martin
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi
    I have non imm O visa by my thai child and it’s expired in March and until now I’m here by covid time , but now I want renew this visa , how can I extend it and renew it and at least we only have time till 26 ?
    Also for put money 400,000 in bank need time 2 or 3 months ,it’s working for me ?I mean I can extend time till 2 months and renew my visa here without go back my country ?

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Martin,
      If the Non O visa expired in March, then I suggest that you update your stamp first by having a 60-day extension or a 1 year year extension. Please get in touch with the Thai immigration office in your province. You need to have 400,000 THB and certificate of fathership to get the 1 year extension.
      Thank you.

  46. Lau
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    I’m currently based in Singapore working for a Singaporean company with office in Bangkok. My boss wishes to send me to our Bangkok office for work purposes for maybe 6 months as it’s very important that I’m based there to lead an important project. Which Visa and Requirements would I need in this case?
    Are they issuing Non-Immigrant B Visa multiple-entry for that? Would I need a Work Permit?
    I’m supposed to come back to Singapore after that and do not wish to lose my work permit here.

    Please let me know. Thanks a lot in advance!

  47. David Fernandez
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi.
    My wife is Malaysian and she is working in Bangkok and has a valid work permit. I wish to join her to live in Bangkok during the period of her employment. What category visa do I apply for (O seems logical) and what are the supporting documents needed? I am a Malaysia living in Kuala Lumpur

    • September 25, 2020

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

  48. Sophie
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there,

    I am hoping to come out to Thailand in November to start teaching English in Chanthaburi. Can I still apply for non-immigration B visa or is that still suspended?

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear Sophie,
      Good day.
      You can now apply for this Non Immigrant B visa but you must contact the school in Chanthaburi to provide you the WP3 which is needed for the visa application.
      Thank you.

  49. Patrick Wahle
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    I know you are just a messenger in this situation but when I am looking at your answer dated Sept.20/2020 at 10:23 pm with the conditions involved in the visa application, I am totally flabbergasted.
    As we have a house in Hua Hin with 3 full time Thai employees, we have to close the house, lay-off the people, stop all our subscriptions TV, Internet, Electricity, etc..cancel our program with the local food bank and the Wanbot local school funding. This visa becomes a lottery and we are not used for this type of welcome. Thank you.

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear Patrick,
      I am sorry to hear that. If you are a property owner in Thailand, you may qualify for the non immigrant O visa and be able to apply for the Certificate of Entry, but that might happen in November. We are still waiting for the new announcement from CAAT.
      Thank you.

  50. Kenneth
    September 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I am interested in the new Thai 90day visa for myself and son. Can you help me to know which website I need to apply for it and the costing?

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Kenneth,
      Good day.
      -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. 
      -Applicant must also 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.

  51. marc bonner
    September 22, 2020
    Reply

    Can someone tell me what visa I need to get into Thailand soon as my girlfriend just had my daughter yesterday and the embassy in London have now said I can apply but they didn’t tell me how to do it

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Marc,
      Yes, you can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa for having a Thai baby. You need to submit a copy of the birth certificate and copy of ID card of your girlfriend. The application for the visa and the certificate is done online. I recommend that you email: csinfo@thaiembassyuk.org.uk
      Thank you.

  52. Matheus
    September 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hello! If I got the elite easy acess visa, can I work in thailand just with this visa or I still need to aply to the work permit visa?

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Matheus,
      Good day.
      Unfortunately, you cannot obtain a work permit if your membership is only the Easy Access. If you have the higher membership, there is a possibility of getting a work permit.
      Thank you.

  53. christopher cole
    September 19, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I’ve been searching the Thai embassy website and calling the Thai embassy in the U.K. for days but always on hold, I’m trying to apply for a ovisa to visit my this national daughter. Can you please advise as I can only go on the 3 of October.
    Thanks for any help you can give me

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Chris,
      Yes, you can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa for having a Thai baby. You need to submit a copy of the birth certificate and copy of ID card of the mother. The application for the visa and the certificate of entry is done online. I recommend that you email: csinfo@thaiembassyuk.org.uk
      Thank you.

  54. Patrick Wahle
    September 19, 2020
    Reply

    Good morning, is the 180 days multiple entrIes tourist visa still available?
    If yes, what are the requirements? What happen with the 60 day exit requirement if the borders are closed? In case the “visa run is possible, would you have to be in quarantine for each re-entry?

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Patrick,
      -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. 
      -Applicant must also 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.

  55. Dali
    September 18, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I’m currently living as a monk in Thailand and have a 90-day Non-Imm R Visa which expires on Nov 26. My plan is to disrobe mid-October after the rains retreat is over. Will I have a chance to do a 30-day extension? Or will it be possible to get a job and switch to a Non B without leaving the country? Any other ideas for extending my stay in Thailand before November 26? Thank you!

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Dali,
      With the type of visa that you have, you may only extend for 7 days normally or you can extend for 30 days with an embassy letter. At this time, you will not be able to change from Non R visa into Non B visa within Thailand.
      Thank you.

  56. Martin Holmes
    September 16, 2020
    Reply

    Hello I have an ED visa that will expire in December. (total 9 months study)

    My plan is to enrol again and continue to study.

    Is it still possible to do so or has this been effected by Covid-19?

    thank you

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Martin,
      The answer to this really depend on your school. They may inform you that it is possible to extend if you will study the higher program or if not, you need to leave Thailand and re-enter when the borders are open again.
      Thank you.

  57. neeraj
    September 16, 2020
    Reply

    I have a child in Thailand but have not married. Is there a visa that does not require to get married and I get a dependent visa or otherwise to stay in Thailand please tell me

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Neeraj,
      Yes, you can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa for having a Thai child. You need to submit a copy of the birth certificate and copy of ID card of the mother. The application for the visa and the certificate of entry is done online or in person. I recommend that you contact the Thai Embassy in your country.
      Thank you.

  58. Armando
    September 15, 2020
    Reply

    Any details on how to get the new 9 month long stay visa? Thank you

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Armando,
      Yes, you may contact the Thai Embassy in your country or current location to know if your nationality or country of departure is eligible for this special tourist visa.
      Thank you.

  59. September 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, Need to understand about the Thai Visa for 55 yrs old male , planning to come there for Business or Job purpose. or which is best options and criteria to get multi entry visa . Need to understand process and how to apply. Do we need some agent in between or can apply directtly

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Anil,
      Good day.
      The visa you can get for retirement purpose is the non immigrant OA visa. However, if you want to travel to Thailand for business purpose, you must apply for the non-immigrant B visa from the Thai Embassy in Delhi.
      Thank you.

  60. Rachel
    September 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hi I am asking if it is possible to extend a business visa by another month before it expires. I will be getting married and going to a o visa. However I have less than a month to complete the process before my visa expires.

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Rachel,
      Good day.
      You can ask for a 30-day extension from your local immigration office. You may need to present an embassy letter for this visa extension application.
      The fee is 1900 THB.
      Thank you.

  61. FN
    September 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hello

    Is Thailand still allowing people to get a visa for work purposes from overseas? What my question means is can I still be hired for work in Thailand from an overseas country or are there restrictions due to covid-19?

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear FN,
      Good day.
      Yes, Thai Embassies around the world are still able to issue the non immigrant B visa as long as the Thai employer will provide you the WP3 letter. You will use this letter to apply for the visa and certificate of entry to Thailand. I recommend that you check this page:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/can-you-enter-thailand-now-during-the-covid-19-crisis.php
      Thank you.

    • Gloria
      September 19, 2020

      Hello is Thailand allowing U.K. and Italian citizens to spend an year in Thailand? My boyfriend and I would like to travel for a year there in 2021

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Gloria,
      -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. 
      -Applicant must also 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.

  62. Jenipher Lubamba
    September 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I’m Jenipher, representing a Chinese Company and one of our colleagues wants to visit Thailand for Business Purposes. Kindly assist us on requirements/conditions for entering Thailand with that case.
    Thank you.

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Jenipher,
      Good day.
      At this time, application for a non immigrant B visa for business is currently suspended. The Thai Embassy can only issue a Non immigrant B visa for employment purpose.
      You may check with the Thai Embassy in China about the Special Tourist Visa which they might start issuing in October.
      Thank you.

  63. ACLE
    September 14, 2020
    Reply

    I would like to ask a quick question and see if anyone knows how to go about this. My partner and I, both EU citizens are living here in, Koh Samui, Thailand. I am on a NON Imm working visa and she is on a student visa. Her ED visa is about to expire after 9 months on November 1st. and we have contacted her school which says only way to extend is through an embassy letter, which our embassy says they only give in special cases and not in this one, I have heard you can extend ED visas for an additional 6 months at least as you can study thai up to 15 months or something like this. What should we do in order to extend her visa, any tips ?

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Alex,
      Good day.
      I regret to inform you that we cannot give advice on Non Immigrant ED visa under non-formal education. I recommend that you get in touch with her school or contact another school to bridge the 2 visas. Are you married to your partner?
      Thank you.

  64. Yan
    September 11, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    Currently, I’m working in Thailand and holding WP. Which kind of visa can I bring my wife to Thailand?

    • September 11, 2020

      Dear Yan,
      Good day.
      Your wife may apply for the non-immigrant O visa as your dependant. You need to provide her the copy of your marriage documents, your passport, your visa and work permit and a sponsorship letter signed by yourself. After getting the non-immigrant O visa, she can apply for the certificate of entry, arrange the travel insurance, COVID-19 test, quarantine hotel and the repatriation flight provided by the Thai Embassy.
      Thank you.

    • Van
      September 15, 2020

      Hi,
      I’m on Non-Imm B 3 month visa and it’s going to expire end of October and I’m working in Thailand now, I have work permit. My company said they cannot extend my visa here in Thailand which means I have to go back to my country to apply. Is there any possible way they can change my visa it to 1 year business visa within Thailand? Thank you!

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Van,
      Good day.
      The application of the 1 year extension inside Thailand will totally depend on the profile of the company or the employer. If the company is not qualified to apply for an extension, you have no choice but to get another 3 months visa or to get 1 year non immigrant B from the Thai Embassy abroad. Since the nearby countries of Thailand are currently closed to foreigners, you need to apply for the visa at Thai Embassy in your country. If you do not wish to return home for the visa application, please urge your employer to fix the company paperwork.
      Thank you.

  65. Chakra Bajracharya
    September 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    I had Non o visas on marriage ground. Few days ago it expired, Currently, I am in overseas and my wife in Thailand. I am coming to Thaiand when possible. I far as I know Thai embassy can issue entery permit . Does that mean I can apply for Non -O Visa? or I will have to start over again?

    Thank you. And hoping for your reply.

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Chakra,
      You need to get and apply for a new Non-immigrant O visa and the Certificate of Entry from the Thai Embassy in your current location.
      Once you arrive in Thailand, you may extend this non-immigrant O visa into a Marriage Visa.
      Thank you.

  66. Ken
    September 9, 2020
    Reply

    How to apply for a Non- Migrant (O) Visa (90 Day) after arriving in Thailand using tourist 30 days Visa And what is the price ? In Bangkok. Thank You

    • Ken
      September 9, 2020

      Possible to obtain or apply for a 90 days extension of my Tourist Visa Stay. Please advise Thank You

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Ken,
      You have 2 options:
      1. You may extension for only 30 days.
      2. You may change your visa into a non-immigrant visa given that you are qualified for that particular visa.
      Thank you.

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Ken,
      May I ask what is the basis of the Non Immigrant O application? Is it Thai wife or child, retirement or volunteer work?
      The immigration fee for change of visa is 2000 THB.
      Thank you.

  67. chakra bajracharya
    September 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there,

    I had Non -O Visa ( marriage) which expired recently on 7 th Sep. I am stucked in overseas and my wife in Thailand. I cannot renew my visa here in Thai embassy.
    As my Non-O visa is already expired, can I renew it as usual when I’m in Thailand? or I have to go through all process as startover?
    Secondly, when coming to Thailand , Should I come in Toursist visa or there is other option.
    Thank you

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Chakra,
      Please know that Thailand has travel ban for tourists. Therefore, you must enter with a new Non Immigrant O visa. Why the Thai Embassy not issue a non immigrant O visa?

  68. Jp
    September 8, 2020
    Reply

    hi ,i would like to open a business ,i have a tourist visa now ,what is the first step to do ? asking for a business visa first and open a business after ?

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear JP,
      Good day.
      You will open the business or register a company first and then you apply for the Non-immigrant B visa. Because you will need a set of company documents in order to have the visa.
      Thank you.

  69. Paul
    September 8, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I’m British, am I able to get a 90 day visa for entry into Thailand from October 2020 to visit my Thai wife?

    If so will I able able to do the 14 days quarantine in our Bangkok house?

    Many thanks

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Paul,
      Good day.
      Yes, you are able to apply for the 90-day non-immigrant O visa in order to enter Thailand. You will also apply for the Certificate of Entry which is also issued by the Thai Embassy in London.
      As for the quarantine, you need to book a quarantine hotel for 14 days. Home quarantine is not possible at this time.
      Thank you.

  70. September 8, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I currently have Non-O Dependant visa since 26th July 2020 and it will expire on the 23rd October 2020.
    One of the requirement for One year marriage visa is to have 400,000 baht in bank account for 2 months. My have 400,000 baht in my bank account since 2nd September 2020 which is less than 2 months.

    With the current regulation that visa extension needs to be done before 26th September, what are my options?

    How do I extend my stay in Thailand?

    I have Thai marriage certificate, Thai child birth certificate with my name as father and tabien baan.

    Thank you

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear DS,
      Good day.
      You can apply for the 60-day extension for having a Thai family. Once the funds have seasoned for 2 months, you may apply for the 1 year extension or marriage visa.
      Thank you.

  71. Want to hide
    September 7, 2020
    Reply

    Dear All,

    I currently have Non-IMM B category visa for me and my wife also has Non Imm visa( as my wife, because I have the work permit) and the visas are valid until October 2020. There is ongoing chance my company might not renew my contract. My daughter was born two months back in Bangkok, she has the new passport but no Thai visa yet.

    Under the current condition, I can not travel to my country as my wife and daughter are not same nationality as mine unless she goes to her country and I go to mine and that would be devastation for us!

    I heard about current visa extensions and possibilities. I know my company will cancel my Non imm visa, will I be able to get some sort of visa for me and family for few months and stay inside the Kingdom?

    • September 10, 2020

      Hello.
      Unfortunately there is no solution to this problem that does not require you to leave Thailand. After your employer cancels your visa, you have an option to extend for 7 days or you extend for 30 days with an embassy letter. I hope this 1 month extension is enough for you to prepare to proceed to the next country where you intend to travel to. If you want to stay longer than 30 days, you may look for schools who may be able to assist you obtain Non Immigrant ED visa for you and your wife.
      Thank you.

    • Want to hide
      September 11, 2020

      Dear Rex,

      Thank you so much for your time to reply. Does that mean I will have to exit the country at any cost within 1 month even if I want to apply for ED visa?

    • September 11, 2020

      Normally, yes, but your school might be able to find a way to avoid you going out of Thailand.

  72. Jay
    September 5, 2020
    Reply

    Is it possible for me to currently enter Thailand on an education visa to learn thai at a language school in Bangkok?

    • September 7, 2020

      Dear Jay,
      According to the notification of the CAAT, ED visa under Thai language school will not be able to obtain a COE hence you also cannot enter Thailand at this time.

  73. Mrs Susan Bates
    September 4, 2020
    Reply

    My Retirement Visa expires in the New Year. If I cannot return to Thailand because of Covid is it possible to renew my Visa in the UK?

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Susan,
      Good day.
      If your retirement visa was issued in Thailand, it is not possible to renew it in the UK. However, you are able to get a new Non Immigrant O visa in the UK and you will convert it into a retirement visa in Thailand.
      Thank you.

  74. Marcian
    September 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, dear all! Will get my non-B visa for 90 days. Can I convert it to an education visa within these 90 days?

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Marcian,
      Good day.
      It is very unlikely that you can convert Non B to Non ED visa. However, some schools might be able to do it for you.
      Thank you.

  75. Steve Hale
    September 4, 2020
    Reply

    I had a Non-Immigrant O Visa which expired in June. I now need to get an extension from my local immigration office in Udon thani. What are the requirements (I have a Thai child, not married). Thanks

    • September 4, 2020

      Dear Steve,
      The main requirements are the following:
      -400,000 THB in a Thai account
      -certificate of fathership from the amphur
      -birth certificate
      -proof of address in Thailand
      The extension that you will be will be 2 months for short term extension or 1 year for long term extension.
      You will apply for the extension before September 26th and it is done at the immigration office in the province where you and your child resides.
      Thank you.

  76. Shahzad
    September 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hello

    My name is Shahzad and I am a Pakistani citizen working in Bangkok on Thai work permit ( non immigrant O visa). I intend to visit my home in Pakistan next year for the purpose of marriage to a Pakistani girl and return back. However I want my wife to accompany me back to Thailand and stay with me for around 2 months in Thailand, after this period she will return back to Pakistan since she has to complete her medical degree in Pakistan. My question is, if I do not intend to bring her to Thailand on non-immigrant O (spouse visa) since it takes times to process, can I bring her on tourist visa to Thailand for maximum 3 months? So on my return flight back from Pakistan to Thailand, can I be coming on my non immigrant O visa whereas my wife will be on tourist visa?

    Are there any restrictions that a foreigner working in Thailand can only bring her Pakistani wife on spouse visa? Or can she come for a visit on tourist visa as well?

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Shahzad,
      Good day.
      Due to the travel ban on tourists, you can only bring your wife in Thailand under a non-immigrant O visa. Please contact the Thai Embassy in Pakistan for more information on the Non Immigrant O visa and the Certificate of Entry.
      Thank you.

  77. Crystal Cawn
    September 4, 2020
    Reply

    I would like to go to Thailand to teach English. I am an American and have all the requirements to teach, degree, experience teaching, TEFL certification. To get a visa for this, is there a financial requirement? I’ve read some things some people in different situations have posted about having to show a certain amount in their bank acconut…but if someone is offered a job and going there to work, is this a requirement???

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Crystal,
      Good day.
      There is no financial requirement when you apply for the initial Non Immigrant B visa in the US. Right now, what you need is the sponsorship documents from the school and the WP3 letter in order for you to get the visa and the certificate of entry COE. If someone asked you for any fee or money, that is definitely a scam.
      Thank you.

  78. Simon Bhuiyan
    September 3, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there,

    I wish to apply for the One Year Non-Immigrant Visa. Are those with this visa type able to enter Thailand under the current COVID 19 restrictions?

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Simon,
      Yes, it is possible as long as the One Year Non-immigrant Visa is:
      -Category O based on Thai wife or Thai child.
      -Category B based on having WP3 and Thailand employer
      Thank you.

  79. September 3, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I’ve been told by an Immigration Officer that the monthly income option can no longer be used for a Marriage Visa, since my Embassy stopped issuing letters. I can provide a Thai Bank Statement, letter from the Bank, and letter/statement from my UK Pension Provider. Seems that these documents are not acceptable and I must go down the 400,000 Baht route.
    Is this standard policy throughout Thailand?

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Steven,
      You have 2 options:
      1. You need to have 400,000 THB sitting in the bank account for 2 months (first time applicant) or for 3 months (renewal) prior to the visa application.
      2. You need to show 12-month history of your Thai bank account showing a monthly transfer of 40,000 THB from abroad. It should be consistent every single month.
      Thank you.

    • Jonathan
      September 10, 2020

      My non-o visa is expiring soon on 16 sep, i decided not to extend my visa because i am going to other country for work soon, is there anyway that i can extend my stay after my non-o (thai wife) visa expires?

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Jonathan,
      If it expires on September 16th and you didn’t do anything about it, then you have until September 26th to leave Thailand. If you have any intention to stay beyond September 26th or any doubt that your flight abroad will be cancelled then it is smart to renew or extend your visa before September 16th.
      Have a good day.

  80. Anna
    September 1, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, me and my husband work in the same company, we both have non-b visas, but now the company is reducing the staff, they are ready to leave only my husband, can I now get now non-o visa as wife without leaving the country?
    Thank you very much.

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Anna,
      Yes, it is possible. You may cancel the Non Immigrant B visa and apply for the Non Immigrant O visa on the very same day. Make sure that marriage documents are translated into Thailand and legalised by Thai MFA.
      Thank you.

    • September 4, 2020

      Thank you for the reply to my question but it wasn’t answered!
      It’s my fourth Thai Marriage Visa and Immigration won’t accept any proof of my monthly income. I have a Thai Bank Account and can provide all the documents to prove my income from the UK. Since the British Embassy has stopped issuing letters guaranteeing your income, Thai Immigration won’t accept any other proof of monthly income. I’ve been told that I can only go down the 400,000 in your bank account route. Please look into it and get back to me, because this affects so many people!
      Steven.

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Steven,
      I am not sure which immigration office did you go to. In Bangkok, for foreigners whose embassy will not issue the income letter this is what they have to show:
      -A Thai bank account with a balance of 400,000 THB OR
      -12 months history of monthly transfer of at least 40,000 THB from overseas to the applicant’s Thai bank account
      Any form or proof of income will not be accepted.
      Thank you.

    • Thomas
      September 10, 2020

      Hi I’m living in koh samui with my Thai child I came to Thailand in march on a tourist visa now I have decided to live here with my child I don’t have the 400.000 or 500.000 bht in my account but I can show at least 45 to 50000 bht a month going into my girlfriends account and the last two months going into my Thai bank apparently I should of came here with a non o visa ?? But I would like now a non immigrant o visa as I have a child half Thai please answer as I’m a little concerned as if I go back to England to get the 90 day non o visa I won’t be allowed back in Thailand to be with my son until this covid goes away cheers

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Thomas,
      Good day.
      I have sent you an email about your options.
      You should visit the immigration office in Samui tomorrow and do this:
      1. Inform them that you want to change to Non Immigrant O visa for having Thai child. The fee is 2,000 THB.
      2. If they say that you can’t change to Non Immigrant O visa because there is too little time or that you must get it outside Thailand, you can ask for a 2-month extension for having Thai child. The fee is 1,900 THB
      3. Lastly, if they say you don’t qualify for the 2-month extension, you may request for the 30-day extension. The fee is 1,900 THB.
      Note: You may need to bring the birth certificate of your child and copy of ID card of the mother if possible.

      Thank you.

  81. Maredith
    August 27, 2020
    Reply

    Would you say a college degree is a requirement to qualify for a work visa/permit in Thailand? I’m working in the entertainment industry internationally for over 10 years, but no degree. I know I’d have to find a company in Thailand interested in hiring me.

    Also, aside from submitting resume, what other paperwork is necessary?

    • August 28, 2020

      Dear Maredith,
      The college degree is required for any “teaching”-related jobs in Thailand since it is a requirement by the Ministry of Education and also of Labour. For other jobs, a sufficient experience on the field will be acceptable in getting the work permit and visa.
      Thank you.

  82. Brian Aylward
    August 27, 2020
    Reply

    I have a Non-Immigrant O Visa (90 days) that expires tomorrow, August 28th. Do I have to extend my visa or has deadline been extended automatially because of COVID?

    Are any new forms needed?

    • August 27, 2020

      Dear Brian,
      Good day.
      If you have no plan to stay in Thailand after September 26, then you do not need to extend it. You can stay until September 26 only.
      If you want to stay in Thailand even after September 26, then, you must extend the Non O into a 1 year extension.
      Thank you.

    • Thomas
      September 20, 2020

      Hi Rex thanks for replying back on September 10th I have been granted a 60 day extension so that’s good news but once the 60 day extension expires what our my options then as I’m still worried about leaving Thailand is there any chance I could change my tourist visa to a non o visa 👍And if I can what is the cost of doing this

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Thomas,
      You’re welcome. To be honest I do not expect that you are able to get the Non O visa in Malaysia soon. There is no indication that you may travel to Malaysia in November for this visa. I recommend that you use the 2 months extension that you have to plan your return to the UK and obtain the new Non O visa in the UK and then return to Thailand.
      Another option, please contact the Samui Immigration if they would allow you to change your 60-day extension into a Non O visa.
      Thank you.

  83. sone
    August 26, 2020
    Reply

    my non B visa has expired and i need to do a 1 yr non O visa. how much is your total fee charge and how long is the process?

    • August 26, 2020

      May I ask if you are located in Bangkok. Your previous visa has been issued in Bangkok and the new Non O visa will be issued in Bangkok. Do you have a Thai wife or is it for retirement?