Can you enter Thailand now during the COVID-19 Crisis?


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Thailand has closed all its borders in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 since March this year under the invocation of the Emergency Decree dated March 25, 2020.

UPDATE:

On November 18, 2020 the Thai Embassy in the USA and UK announced that Non Immigrant O retirement visa holders may now apply for Certificate of Entry and permitted to enter Thailand.

On November 18, 2020 the Thai Embassy has announced  that a Tourist Visa (60 days) is available in the USA, UK and some countries. The financial requirement of 500,000 THB bank savings has been removed.

On September 28, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved reopening the country’s borders to welcome foreign visitors, both short and long term such as the following:

-Holders of non-immigrant B visa, who are businesspeople (without a work permit or WP3) and are willing to enter Thailand for business purposes.

-Holders of Special Tourist Visa (STV) and Tourist Visa (TRV) in selected countries

-Holders of Non-Immigrant OA and OX Visa

-Holders of APEC Business Travel Cardholders from low-risk countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, and Hong Kong.

Who are qualified?

Applicants should be any of the following:

  • Thai nationals.
  • Foreigners who are holding a valid non-immigrant B visa (with Work Permit) and those with the extension of stay of Non-immigrant B visa (with Work Permit), including their spouses and children.
  • Foreigners who are granted permission (WP3) from the Ministry of Labour to work in Thailand and their families.
  • Foreigners who are holding non-immigrant D and F visas as part of the diplomatic corps and their families.
  • Foreigners who are holding non-immigrant O visas who are spouses, parents or children of Thai nationals.
  • Foreigners who hold Certificate Permanent Residence including their spouses and children.
  • Foreigners who are students of formal educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students.
  • Foreigners who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID–19.
  • Foreigners who are invited by the government and those who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement including Thailand Elite Visa.
  • Foreign migrant workers with official documents.

Where to apply for permission to enter Thailand?

The foreigner must apply for the certificate or permission of entry to Thailand from the local Thai Embassy or consulate. All requests will be forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and together with the Ministry of Labour and Board of Investment Thailand, all applications or requests will be assessed on a case to case basis, taking into account the urgency, economic importance while balancing these with health security consideration among others.

What do you have to prepare prior to traveling to Thailand?

The foreigner or non-Thai nationals must carry the necessary documents as follows:

  1. Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Thai embassy or consulate in your current location.
  2. Fit to Fly Certificate issued by relevant authority and the COVID-19 medical test result. This must be issued no longer than 72 hours before the date of travel. This certificate is also necessary at the airline’s check-in counter for a boarding pass to be issued.
  3. Health Insurance Policy covering treatment and medical expenses related to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD.

How to obtain a Certificate of Entry?

The foreigner must apply for the certificate of entry from the local Thai Embassy or consulate at least 10 working days prior to the intended date of travel and must submit the following documents to the consular section of the Thai embassy or consulate:

  • Passport
  • Original or copy of the valid work permit or Letter issued by the relevant authorities of Thailand indicating permission for entry into Thailand for work purposes (if applicable).
  • Copy of the valid non-immigrant visa or extension of stay based on the Non-immigrant visa.
  • Copy of the Health Insurance Policy covering treatment and medical expenses related to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD.
  • Copy of flight details of the intended date of travel. The Thai Embassy or Consulate may also refer you to the available repatriation flights.

NOTE: Some embassies will reject your COE application if you do not have the correct format for the Health Insurance. In order to have the correct insurance for the COE. You may check HERE.

In case the foreign national does not have a valid visa or has an expired non-immigrant visa, he or she can submit all the required documents and a filled-in visa application requesting for the Non-immigrant visa and the Thai embassy or consulate will issue the certificate of Entry and the visa altogether.

What to do upon entry to Thailand?

When entering Thailand, the foreigner or non-Thai national is requested to follow the Thai authority’s guidelines for preventing the COVID-19 pandemic as follows:

  • Present the Certificate of Entry to the Thai authorities at the airport of arrival
  • Present the Fit to Fly certificate and the COVID-19 PCR test results
  • Present the completed and signed Declaration Form
  • Present the health insurance policy
  • Present the valid non-immigrant  visa and work permit (if applicable)
  • The foreign national will be subjected to a 14-day mandatory state quarantine at a government-designated facility or other facilities under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health at his or her own expense.

When will it start?

On July 3, 2020 the Civil Aviation Authority has  partially lifted the travel ban to Thailand.  The qualified foreigners may apply for the certificate of entry from their local Thai Embassy and they may now start to travel to Thailand. For other concerns about the visa and certificate of entry application, it is best to contact the local Thai Embassy or consulate in your city or country.

You may check this page regularly about the latest updates on how and when foreigners can enter Thailand.

 

1,197 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Kim Mccullough
    February 18, 2021
    Reply

    Can Canadians get a visa to travel to Thailand?
    Thanks Kim

    • Rex
      February 18, 2021

      Dear Kim,
      Yes, you can get tourist visa and non-immigrant visas from the Thai Embassy in your current location. You may also avail the 45-day visa exemption for Canadians and you only need to apply for the COE from the Thai Embassy.
      Thank you.

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    Nan Nay Yee Kyaw
    February 11, 2021
    Reply

    Hi, we are a group of doctors from Myanmar planning to sit for exam in Bangkok. Are we able to enter Thailand as a short-term visitor?

    • Rex
      February 11, 2021

      Dear Nan,
      I am not sure if that is possible. I believe all flights in Myanmar are suspended, therefore the Thai Embassy will not issue COE.
      Thank you.

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    kalpesh katariya
    January 24, 2021
    Reply

    hello
    are Indians currently allowed to enter Thailand on a non b visa???

    • Rex
      January 26, 2021

      Dear Kalpesh,
      Indians with Non B visa can enter Thailand as long as you can get COE from the Thai Embassy in India.
      Thank you.

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    Richard
    January 21, 2021
    Reply

    Hello. What commercial airlines from the United States are allowed into Thailand? Thank you.

    • Rex
      January 21, 2021

      Dear Richard,
      Good day.
      You may book with Qatar, Emirates, Asiana, Eva, Korean Air, Lufthansa.
      Thank you.

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    Nadine
    January 12, 2021
    Reply

    Dear,

    If I book and pay for a ASQ hotel room in advance, but then the mandatory quarantine rule is lifted before I arrive in Thailand, can I get a full refund of the hotel room?

    Thank you a lot.

    Best,

    Nadine

    • Rex
      January 13, 2021

      Dear Nadine,
      That would depend to the ASQ Hotel that you book. Some of them will offer a full refund or partial refund. I recommend for you to check their terms and conditions.
      Thank you.

  6. Avatar
    January 12, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    First and foremost, I am sure i speak for everyone who has visited this site and say thank you for the tremendous effort in providing valuable information and guidance, It is amazing to see how many scenarios are out there and how different they are.

    Like everybody else i am looking at returning to Thailand to reunite with my wife, however my situation i feel is quite different and from what i read going through all the posts, may be a challenge from where i am situated.
    I am quite familiar with the entry procedure as i managed to get a repatriation flight home to my wife in August 2020, at that stage i was in Australia on business and therefore it was quite straight forward and was issued a single-entry non-immigrant type O visa by the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra.

    I am now currently situated in Tahiti, French Polynesia again due to work
    and have noted the closest Thai Embassy to me now is the Royal Thai Embassy, Wellington New Zealand.
    I am a South African Passport Holder and fortunately hold a New Zealand permanent residence, however in the hope to avoid the more than likely inevitable situation of having to fly to New Zealand, do the required 14 day quarantine there, then apply for my COE and non-immigrant O visa, and if approved flight to Thailand for yet another 14 day quarantine, i would like to pose the question as to whether or not i have any other options available to me?

    I noted in your replies above that Visas on arrival have been suspended for the time being, is that still in place now?

    If so would there be a possibility for me to post all required documents to the Royal Thai Embassy in Wellington? instead of flying and doing it in person (probably a question to pose to them directly but i am trying to exhaust all other options first)

    If i have any other options available to me i would be eternally grateful if you were able to share them with me.

    Thank you in advance for your time and assistance and look forward to hearing back from you soon

    • Rex
      January 12, 2021

      Dear Clinton,
      Thank you for your email. Yes, you can qualify for the 45 days visa exemption which is in effect until September 30, 2021.
      My only concern is to where you will apply for the COE. What will be your flight to Thailand look like? What will be the itinerary so that I know where to apply for the COE and the application is done online and the COE will be issued to you by email.
      Have a good day.

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      January 13, 2021

      Hello Rex,
      Thank you for your prompt reply and information therein.
      My only option to fly any where in the world from French Polynesia would be through LAX(USA) first and then onto Bangkok via Doha more than likely, as this is the same route i took when flying from Bangkok to Tahiti.
      My only real concern with going the route of the 45 day exemption visa on arrival is that i would only get 31 days in Thailand after my 14 day quarantine, my intentions would be to stay in Thailand with my wife for 90 days before having to return to work.
      Is it possible to apply for the Non-immigrant type O spouse visa once i am in Thailand if i arrived on the 45 day exemption Visa?

      Thank you again for your assistance and advise.

    • Rex
      January 13, 2021

      Dear Clinton,
      Good day.
      The 45 days that you will get can be extended within Thailand. It can be extended for 30 days or 60 days (if you have Thai spouse). Yes, it is possible to change to Non O visa within the country especially in Bangkok.
      Thank you.

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    Nadine
    January 12, 2021
    Reply

    Hello,

    Do state quarantine in hotel/hospital also applies to Thai nationals coming back to Thailand after vacation abroad? Or can they go to their house?

    Thanks,

    Nadine

    • Rex
      January 12, 2021

      Dear Nadine,
      Good day.
      Thai nationals coming from abroad are required to have a mandatory quarantine. They can go to the state quarantine provided by the government or they cal go to the ASQ hotel. They cannot quarantine in their own house.
      Thank you.

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    John Todora
    January 11, 2021
    Reply

    HI Rex
    I am trying to get my wife here to Thailand from the Philippines. Can you tell me the best way to get her here? It looks like the STV visa is available for the Philippines but the Thai embassy there is not offering it.

    Can she just come on a Visa on arrival?

    • Rex
      January 11, 2021

      Dear John,
      Good day.
      Yes, your wife can come under the visa exemption scheme. This will allow her to stay for 45 days. The problem that you will encounter is that you need to provide a return flight and unfortunately the return flight in February is not available yet except for the Thai Airways flights.
      Thank you.

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    Rob
    January 11, 2021
    Reply

    Hello, I keep finding references to a required “Fit To Fly” certificate, but can’t find that form. If there’s no form, who should be the author/signatory of a free form certificate? Thanks.

    • Rex
      January 11, 2021

      Dear Rob,
      Good day.
      The Fit to Fly certificate is a common certificate that you can obtain from any GP doctor even before COVID 19. It must state that you are healthy and you are fit to fly or fit for air travel.
      You may check this page: https://thaiembdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/F2F-Form-2.pdf
      Thank you.

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    Youssouf
    December 25, 2020
    Reply

    Dear REX,
    I’m From eastern African Red sea Djibouti, I want to visit Thailand? What kind of Visa will i need? Wi the Covid-19 insurance apply me too?

    • Rex
      December 28, 2020

      Dear Youssouf,
      Good day.
      Yes, you need a Thai visa and Certificate of Entry to Thailand. You can apply for tourist visa and the COE from the Thai Embassy in Cairo Egypt. Please contact the Thai Embassy at: +202-3760-3553
      Thank you.

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    Robby Daniel Umboh
    December 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    1. Is there a commercial flight from Indonesia to Thailand in January 2021?
    2. Do I need to provide COE certificate like before?

    Thanks

    • Rex
      December 23, 2020

      Dear Robby,
      Good day.
      Yes, COE is definitely required for all foreigners entering Thailand.
      No, I do not have information about flights from Indonesia to Thailand. Please call Thai Airways, Air Asia or Garuda.
      Thank you.

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    Eunice Yim
    December 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I am a Malaysian and would like to know if visa exemption still apply to Malaysian during pandemic? Would need to travel to Thailand in January 2021.

    • Rex
      December 12, 2020

      Dear Eunice,
      Good day.
      The visa exemption and visa on arrival have been suspended until further notice, it might be reinstated middle of 2021.
      Right now, all foreigners entering Thailand must have a visa and COE issued by the embassy,
      Thank you.

    • Avatar
      Eunice Yim
      December 19, 2020

      Dear Rex,

      Good day.
      Is the commercial flight allowed to enter Thailand from Malaysia in January 2021?

      Thank you.
      Best regards
      Eunice Yim

    • Rex
      December 21, 2020

      Dear Eunice,
      There is a flight from Malaysia to Bangkok. Please check this page:
      https://kualalumpur.thaiembassy.org/en/page/99059-visa?menu=5d75510d15e39c1e60004883
      Thank you.

    • Avatar
      Eunice Yim
      December 21, 2020

      Dear Rex,

      Will there be any repatriation flight for 10th January 2021? Just in case my booking flight unable to enter Thailand in January due I have booked my asq and airasia flight for 10th January 2021 to Thailand without knowing that they are not in the semi commercial flight list.

    • Rex
      December 23, 2020

      Dear Eunice,
      At the moment the Thai embassy in KL only publishes the flight for January 5th. I suggest for you to call the Thai Embassy in KL directly.
      Thank you.

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    Bernard Wildmann
    December 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,
    I read in “thaivisa The Nation” dated Dec 6th (link below) that : property owners and retiree visa holders are eligible to enter Thailand.
    Can you confirm the information ?

    • Rex
      December 6, 2020

      Dear Bernard,
      Good day.
      Yes, this has been confirmed since the beginning of November. Even the normal tourist visas are now being issued by the Thai embassies. May I ask which country are you located right now?
      Thank you.

  14. Avatar
    Gregg W
    December 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I am from the U.S.
    Any information on when I can travel to Thailand ?
    Please advise.
    Thank you,

    Gregg

    • Rex
      December 5, 2020

      Dear Gregg,
      Good day.
      The US citizens and residents can apply for the normal 60-day tourist visa since November 12th.
      Thank you.

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    Hadas
    December 3, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,
    For the 14-day quarantine period after landing in Thailand, where can I find a list of the approved hotels from which I need to choose and book?
    Thank you in advance.

  16. Avatar
    Max C
    November 17, 2020
    Reply

    Good Day!

    Is there any possibility of granting student visas in the next few months? I am planning to study in Bangkok next year and I’m looking for options on how I can be granted an Education visa. I’m from the Philippines, by the way. I’d appreciate any help.

    • Rex
      November 17, 2020

      Dear Max,
      Good day.
      If you will be attending a university, it will be easy to apply for the education visa from the Thai Embassy in Manila as well as the Certificate of Entry.
      Thank you.

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    Sergey
    November 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hello.
    I am a citizen of the Russian Federation, live in Thailand and have a work permit.
    To get COE for my wife-do she have to do insurance?

    or I can make a letter from the employer guaranteeing that the employer will cover a minimum of us $ 100,000 (or the equivalent in other currencies) of medical expenses incurred by the applicant in Thailand, including medical expenses in the event that the applicant enters into a covid-19 contract

    • Rex
      November 13, 2020

      Dear Sergey,
      Good day.
      She needs to contact an Insurance company. Your letter is not an insurance policy. If you need recommendation, you may check Pacific Cross Insurance Company in Bangkok.
      Thank you.

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    David Turner
    November 12, 2020
    Reply

    I am a British citizen currently with a non immigrant Retirement Visa, if I return to the UK with a re entry permit will I need anything else for entry? My age is 75 .

    • Rex
      November 13, 2020

      Dear David,
      Good day.
      When you fly out of Thailand, it might take awhile before you can return to Thailand. Please note that Non-RE Retirement visa is not on the list of groups allowed to enter Thailand. As you can see, there are still people who have retirement visas (not the OA visas) who cannot return to Thailand. It might happen to you also.
      Thank you.

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    Jobie
    November 12, 2020
    Reply

    Really excited to see your update-On November 6, 2020 the Thai Embassy has announced that a Tourist Visa (60 days) is available in the USA and the UK.
    I am in the US and have used a 60 day TV in the past. I have not seen your statement allowing UK and USA visitors on any other sites. Can you link to this please? Thank you for your content.

  20. Avatar
    Kandy
    November 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    Would you please let me know flight itinerary schedule from Hanoi Vietnam to BKK Thailand on 21st Dec 2020 or around?

    • Rex
      November 9, 2020

      Dear Kandy,
      Good day.
      I regret to inform you that we are not a travel agent or airline so we do not have the list. To know the approved flights to fly to Thailand, please email: thaiembassy.HAN@mfa.mail.go.th
      Thank you.

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    Gabi
    November 9, 2020
    Reply

    Can I travel to Thailand if I am a Filipino citizen? Is the STV available or another kind of visa?

    • Rex
      November 14, 2020

      Dear Gabi,
      Good day.
      The visa exemption and STV are not available to travellers coming from the Philippines. It is not being issued by the Thai Embassy in Manila.
      The visas being issued are non immigrant B visa for employment and Non Immigrant O visa for those with Thai spouse.
      Thank you.

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    Lisa Frenette
    November 9, 2020
    Reply

    HI,
    I am from Australia, and we are required to attend a business meeting in Bangkok in Jan 2021, I understand we have to apply for a Non-immigrant B visa & certificate of entry, do we also have to apply for a WP 3?

    • Rex
      November 20, 2020

      Dear Lisa,
      Good day.
      No you do not need WP3 for the non immigrant B visa application if the purpose of travel is business meeting. Please note that for your meeting, you can also use the single entry tourist visa and COE.
      Thank you.

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    Christoph
    November 8, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I am a German staying in Taiwan. And I am thinking about visiting Thailand at the beginning of next year. Are there any visas available? I would be entering Thailand from Taiwan.

    Thank you

    • Rex
      November 9, 2020

      Dear Christoph,
      Good day.
      I regret to inform you that we do not have any information regarding tourist visa (TRV), special tourist visa (STV) or COE application in Taiwan. Please contact directly the Visa Office at visa.TPE@mfa.mail.go.th or visa@tteo.tw

      Thank you.

  24. Avatar
    Igor
    November 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    Thank you for answering so many questions. There is so much information around from many sources and some of it is confusing and contradicting.

    I am Russian national living and working in Malaysia and my partner is Myanmar national living and working in Singapore.

    We’ve been separated for 8 months and are looking at Thailand as a place where we can both go to reunite.
    Can you please advise if STV or TR is a possible option for our situation?

    If it is, do we need to apply via travel agencies (some of them are not very responsive and are asking for passport scan before they even start talking to us which does not sound very secure) or can this be done directly via Thailand embassies?

    Thanks in advance and best regards.

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    November 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    Is it possible to get a link that shows what countries are approved for the STV? I have a copy of the original list of approved countries but had heard that it will be updated twice a month. Thank you for your time!

    • Rex
      November 5, 2020

      Dear Helen,
      Good day.
      The original list is still the same and no new information regarding STV or Special Tourist Visa.
      Thank you.

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      November 6, 2020

      Where can I find the list of approved countries?

    • Rex
      November 9, 2020

      Dear Lauren,
      Good day.
      You may contact the CCSA in Thailand for that information. If you are in the UK, US, Australia or Canada, please know that you can apply for the normal 60-day tourist visa already.
      Thank you.

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    Rosh
    November 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I’m wondering is it possible to come to thailand with a tourism visa for a year.
    i’m 30 years old from Sweden(uppsala)
    I’m going if it possible around janury-mars for 1 year(if possible)
    I know Janury/mars is a couple of months away, however i’d rather have a better picture of what i can presume as a possibility.

    Best regards.

    • Rex
      November 4, 2020

      Dear Rosh,
      Good day.
      There is no tourist visa for 1 year. There is a normal tourist visa for 2 months or 6 months. There is also the Special Tourist visa valid for 3 months and it can be extended up to 9 months stay.
      For application for a long term tourist visa such as 5-year visa, please check Thai Elite Visa, please visit: https://www.siam-legal.com/thailand-visa/thai-elite-visa.php
      Thank you.

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    November 3, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    First I would like to thank you for the tremendous effort in providing valuable information and guidance.

    I’m U.A.E. national I have a Real Estate company registered in Pattaya and I own a condo also in Pattaya.

    What type of visa would you recommend and what is required.

    Look forward to your swift response and greatly appreciate your guidance.

    Regards
    Al

    • Rex
      November 4, 2020

      Dear Al,
      Good day.
      You can apply for the following Thailand visas:
      -Non Immigrant B visa for having a Thai company. It means your staff in Thailand applies for the WP3 from the Labour Office.
      -Non Immigrant B or O visa for having a property such as condominium worth more than 3 million baht.
      -Non Immigrant B visa for having saving in a Thai bank for more than 3 million baht
      You may apply for the visa at the Thai embassy in Abu Dhabi or consulate in Dubai. After having the visa, you may also apply for the COE. Please check this page for more information on the COE:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/certificate-of-entry-to-thailand.php
      Thank you.

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    Arin Tongterd
    November 3, 2020
    Reply

    Hola, soy tailandesa y me encuentro en España con visado de turismo hasta el 4diciembre.
    Quiero saber si necesito el Certificado de entrada (COE) y el Certificado apto para volar emitido por la autoridad competente y el resultado de la prueba médica COVID-19.
    Tengo billete de regreso con Luftansa, ¿tendré que hacer cuarentena a la llegada en uno de los hoteles concertados, o la podré hacer en mi domicilio?

    • Rex
      November 4, 2020

      Dear Arin,
      Good day.
      If you are Thai, you need to do the COE and Fit to Fly Certificate. Please check this page: https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/
      Thank you.

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    Eleonore Mouly
    November 3, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I am french and i have a work permit in thailand. I would like to get my mom who is actually living in France to come to thailand and stay with me. However, i do not know what kind of visa should i ask for her ?

    Are applications for Non-Immigrant OA or non-immigrant O accepted ?

    The french ambassy told me, that at the moment, no visa are being granted…

    Thank you for your help !

    • Rex
      November 3, 2020

      Dear Eleonore,
      Good day.
      Your mother has 2 options:
      1. Application for Non Immigrant O visa for having a family in Thailand with work permit.
      2. Application for the Non Immigrant OA visa for retirement.
      The Thai Embassy in Paris should be the office that you need to call.
      Thank you.

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    celina brook
    November 2, 2020
    Reply

    I am from Canada, can I apply for STV for long term tourism?

    • Rex
      November 3, 2020

      Dear Celina,
      Good day.
      The Special Tourist Visa or STV is currently not available in Canada. Please check with the Thai Embassy Ottawa for the updates when will it be available. Perhaps when the COVID 19 situation in Canada improves.
      Thank you.

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    Helen Reynolds
    November 1, 2020
    Reply

    Hello again,
    Am I able to apply for an O visa to visit my son (13 years old) who lives there? He lives there with his father (expats)
    Thank you,

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Helen,
      Good day.
      Yes, you may qualify for the Non Immigrant O visa for having a Thai child. You may also apply for the COE to enter Thailand. May I ask for you nationality and location so that I know how we can assist your give you advice on this matter.
      Thank you.

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      Helen Reynolds
      November 1, 2020

      Hi Rex/Georgia,
      My son is not Thai (British passport) on a visa with his father (who is also not Thai) and goes to school in Phuket.
      I have a British passport. Was hoping to somehow get back to Phuket to see my son as stay for as long as I can.
      The STV is not yet available from South Africa, where I am at the moment, even though travel is permitted between the two countries? So I was hoping for another way.
      Thank you for any further advice,
      Helen

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Helen,
      Good day.
      If your husband has a work permit in Thailand or your child has an ED visa, you can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa to visit them. If your son us under the Non O visa based on the father but you are not married to him, unfortunately you cannot get a Non O visa.
      Please call Thai embassy in Pretoria for more information.
      Thank you.

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    Tatiana
    October 31, 2020
    Reply

    hello! I am Tatiana, Ukraine citizen. Could I come to Thailand now with STV?

    • Rex
      October 31, 2020

      Dear Tatiana,
      Good day. The Visa on Arrival has been suspended and the Thai Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in Europe. The Thai government is tapping the tourists from Asia Pacific first. I recommend for you to keep checking with the Thai Embassy or Consulate in Ukraine for updates.
      Thank you.

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    Terence Penney
    October 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I am in the UKliving in a very low Covid19 area. I am 67 years old. Is it possible to apply and obtain an OA non-immigrant visa now for retirement to Thailand please?

    • Rex
      October 31, 2020

      Dear Terence,
      Good day.
      Yes, the application for the Non Immigrant OA visa is now open. May I refer you to check this page for more information:
      https://thaievisa.go.th/Home/LongStay
      If you ever need of assistance with the application, please do not hesitate to let us know.
      Thank you very much.

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      Terence Penney
      November 1, 2020

      Thank you for your reply.

      I have tried to start an OA visa application on thaievisa.go.th but at Step 2 only a Tourist visa is being offered in the ‘select purpose’ menu. So how do I apply please?

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Terrence,
      You need to log out and then you need to log in using this link: https://thaievisa.go.th/Home/LongStay
      At the bottom of the page you can answer the questions and it will lead you to apply now.
      If it does not work, you may create a new profile or you can let us help you. Please send your request on this page:
      https://www.siam-legal.com/contactus.php
      Thank you.

    • Avatar
      Terence Penney
      November 10, 2020

      Hello,

      I am in the UK and applying for an OA visa to hopefully enter Thailand in December. I cannot/dont want to stay for 1 year so will book a return flight to return in 5 or 6 months time. I want to know if, when shown my return flight date, Thai immigration at Suvarnabhumi will accept travel insurance with the required Covid cover for the 5/6 months or will they insist on insurance with 1 year’s cover and refuse entry?

    • Rex
      November 10, 2020

      Dear Terence,
      Good day.
      The 60-day tourist visa is now being issued in the UK. You can extend this for 30 days which will give you a total of 90 days. You only need insurance for 60 days for this visa.
      It is easier tog et than the Non Immigrant OA visa.
      Thank you.

  34. Avatar
    Sinea
    October 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there,

    Would you mind clarifying re the Ed visa entry. “ Foreigners who are students of formal educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students.”

    Does this mean only those that already hold an ED VISA. Or does it mean that if one of able to get an Ed Visa from outside (eg U.K.) they can (apply) for entry?

    Many thanks
    Sinead

    • Rex
      October 30, 2020

      Dear Sinea,
      Good day.
      It means that students in grade school, high school and university both old and new can enter Thailand.
      Thank you.

  35. Avatar
    JK
    October 29, 2020
    Reply

    Hi
    I’m a UK citizen living in the UK. Can i able to apply for STV?
    Thanks

  36. Avatar
    Alexandria
    October 29, 2020
    Reply

    Hello.

    Thank you so much for taking time to answer all of our, questions!

    Can an STV be applied for from Germany or Greece at this time?

    Where do you best recommend to look for updates on countries allowed STV? I understand this is ever changing.

  37. Avatar
    Collin
    October 29, 2020
    Reply

    Rex, I was told I needed a letter from the ministry of labor and/or WP3? I am opening a new business there. It’s already established in their system and on paper, but I need to go materialize it I.e. find a location, get equipment and supplies, and actually get it up and running. So I’m assuming any of those two pieces of documents will do?

    • Rex
      October 31, 2020

      Dear Collin,
      Good day.
      The WP3 letter is issued by MOL only if the company is already operating. If you are coming to buy the company, WP3 should not be required. However, another letter may be required but it is not clear which government office (not MOL) will this letter be issued or obtained.
      Has the embassy give you something? Like the sample letter aside from the WP3.
      Thank you.

  38. Avatar
    Abhinav
    October 28, 2020
    Reply

    Where I have to submit copy of work permit? Mumbai Thai embassy do not pick calls. It’s very difficult to contact them. I want to know why my visa was denied.

    • Rex
      October 28, 2020

      Dear Abhinav,
      Good day.
      All queries regarding Certificate of Entry (COE) and Visa will be answered via email only. Please send email indicating full name and passport number to thaiconsularmumbai@gmail.com
      Thank you.

  39. Avatar
    Abhinav
    October 28, 2020
    Reply

    I have non B immigrant visa. I have a work permit & it is for employment basis. Yes I have uploaded my visa as well as my work permit copy while applying for COE. I have uploaded initial pages of work permit where all my details are mentioned. If anything else you need to mention please let me know. Thankyou.

    • Rex
      October 28, 2020

      Dear Abhinav,
      Good day.
      I recommend for you to check this message from the consulate:
      All queries regarding Certificate of Entry (COE) and Visa will be answered via email only. Please send email indicating full name and passport number to thaiconsularmumbai@gmail.com
      Thank you.

  40. Avatar
    Jesse
    October 28, 2020
    Reply

    Are South Africans allowed to travel to Thailand at all? For leisure…

    • Rex
      October 28, 2020

      Dear Jesse,
      Good day.
      Thailand has a travel ban for all nationalities. only selected visa holders are allowed to enter the country as you can see on this page or this article. At the moment the most-talked about visa is the STV or Thailand Special Tourist Visa. But it is being issued for now by Thai Embassies in Asia Pacific.
      Thank you.

  41. Avatar
    Sangeeta
    October 27, 2020
    Reply

    Yes I have Non B immigrant visa. I am applying COE for employment basis. In this procedure I have uploaded my work permit copy & my visa too.

    • Rex
      October 28, 2020

      Dear Sangeeta,
      Good day.
      All queries regarding Certificate of Entry (COE) and Visa will be answered via email only. Please send email indicating full name and passport number to thaiconsularmumbai@gmail.com
      Thank you.

  42. Avatar
    Bella
    October 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    I live in Europe while my parents live in Thailand with work permits. They are not that nationals. Will I be able to get into Thailand now on the basis that my parents work there even though they are not from Thailand? Am I able to apply for an STV? Thanks

    • Rex
      October 28, 2020

      Dear Bella,
      Good day. May I ask for your age, nationality and location? If you are below 20 years of age, you may still qualify for the non immigrant O dependant visa. At the moment the STV is not available in Europe.
      Thank you.

    • Avatar
      Bella
      October 28, 2020

      Hi, I am 19 from France. I grew up in Thailand however don’t have a residence permit anymore as I study in the Netherlands now. Thank you.

    • Rex
      October 28, 2020

      Dear Bella,
      Good day.
      Please contact the Thai Embassy in The Hague and inquire about the Non Immigrant O visa based on having parents who are work permit holders in Thailand.
      Thank you.

  43. Avatar
    Chen XM
    October 27, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    may I know what does semi-commercial flight mean?

    Thanks & regards

    • Rex
      October 28, 2020

      Dear Chen,
      Good day.
      Semi-commercial flight are flights that are sold by the airline, however, they must be approved to land in Thailand. The embassy will tell you which semi commercial flights are allowed into Thailand and most likely not to be cancelled.
      Thank you.

  44. Avatar
    Rune Andersen
    October 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hi…I am Norwegian citizen living in Thailand with retirement visa. I need to travel out of Thailand and return after 14 days. Where do I get COE here in Thailand? The country I am traveling to, do not have a Thai embassy or consulate. And where do I get certificate of permanent residence?…….Thank you

    • Rex
      October 28, 2020

      Dear Rune,
      Good day.
      Firstly, you cannot get certificate of permanent residence because retirement visa is not permanent residency.
      The application for the COE is done at a Thai embassy. If there is no Thai embassy in the country where you will go, you may either cancel the trip or you get the COE at the Thai Embassy near the country where you will be staying.
      The main issue here now, is your current visa qualified to re-enter Thailand? It is not OA or OX visa.
      Thank you.

  45. Avatar
    Abhinav
    October 27, 2020
    Reply

    I have applied twice for COE in Mumbai Embassy. I have provided
    passport copy & visa (in pdf form)
    Bank statement of last 6 months with minimum balance of 600 usd.
    PND50.
    DBD papers.
    Insurance for 100000 usd covering covid for 1 year.
    Letter from the insurance company stating covid claim & coverage.
    Invitation letter.
    Declaration letter. They are not granting me COE.
    Mumbai Embassy saying your docs. are inappropriate. They are not even specifying. Please help.

    • Rex
      October 27, 2020

      Dear Abhinav,
      Good day.
      May I ask what visa do you have and what is the basis of you applying for the COE? Is it for employment? I do not see you included WP3 or work permit booklet.
      Thank you.

  46. Avatar
    Esther Low
    October 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, my boss is a Japanese and needs to travel to Bangkok to renew his work permit and visa.

    Is there any agent in Japan that can help him to process the below so that he can travel from Japan to Bangkok?

    1. Obtain COE from Thai Embassy.
    2. Obtain Fit to Fly certificate and COVID-19 PCR test
    3. COVID-19 Health Insurance
    4. Book a repatriation or chartered flight
    5. Book an ASQ Hotel: See the list here https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/alternative-state-quarantine-asq-in-thailand.php
    6. Mandatory Quarantine for 14 days

    Thank you.

    • Rex
      October 27, 2020

      Dear Esther,
      Good day.
      Our firm is based in Bangkok and at this tie we do not have any agent or staff in Japan who could assist your boss who is currently in Japan. I would recommend to contact a travel agent in japan in case they may be able to help you.
      Thank you.

  47. Avatar
    Abhinav
    October 26, 2020
    Reply

    I have submitted passport & visa copies, travel insurance worth $100000 & seperate letter covering covid 19, pnd50, dbd, invitation letter, declaration to Mumbai Thai Embassy for COE. But they are still telling my docs. are inappropriate. Can anybody help me out.

    • Rex
      October 27, 2020

      Dear Abhinav,
      Good day.
      I assume you submitted copy of your work permit or WP3?
      Please call the Thai consulate in Mumbai to know why your visa has been denied.
      Thank you.

  48. Avatar
    Theo H
    October 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, im looking at applying for the Special Tourist Visa (STV) If i was to get this can i take a Reparation flight into Thailand or what would be the process due to the ban on inbound flights. Im concerned it may end up being quite expensive. Thanks

    • Rex
      October 26, 2020

      Dear Theo,
      Good day.
      May I ask for your nationality and where are you located right now?
      Thank you.

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      Theo H
      October 26, 2020

      Hi Rex

      I am a New Zealand Citizen and am currently living in Auckland, New Zealand. Thanks

    • Rex
      October 27, 2020

      Dear Theo,
      Good day.
      You may apply for the STV or Thailand Special Tourist Visa in Wellington. Please check this page carefully:
      https://wellington.thaiembassy.org/th/publicservice/special-tourist-visa?page=5d75fe3d15e39c06b800679f&menu=5d75fe3d15e39c06b80067a0
      Thank you.

    • Avatar
      Sangeeta
      October 27, 2020

      I have applied twice for COE in Mumbai Embassy. I have provided
      passport copy & visa (in pdf form)
      Bank statement of last 6 months with minimum balance of 600 usd.
      PND50.
      DBD papers.
      Insurance for 100000 usd covering covid for 1 year.
      Letter from the insurance company stating covid claim & coverage.
      Invitation letter.
      Declaration letter.
      Then why they are not granting me COE ? Is anything else is required?

    • Rex
      October 27, 2020

      Dear Sangeeta,
      Good day.
      May I ask what visa do you have and what is the basis of you applying for the COE? Is it for employment? I do not see you included WP3 or work permit booklet.
      Thank you.

  49. Avatar
    Izah Abdullah
    October 25, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    My husband now living in Bangkok and working there, He has a work permit. Could you please advise me, I want to fly to Thailand to stay with my husband should I need to apply ivisa to stay in Thailand for 3 months? Now I am living in Malaysia.

    • Rex
      October 28, 2020

      Dear Izah,
      Good day.
      Yes, you can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa and the certificate of Entry from Thai Embassy in KL. Please check here for more information:
      https://bit.ly/35FtbAl
      Thank you.

  50. Avatar
    Giulia
    October 24, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I have a question. What if I’m living in Thailand since January 2020, and I’m studying with an Ed visa, so I’m italian but I’m living in thai since before the pandemic crisis and I want to continue studying in 2021? According to law I have to move from thailand after 365 days of permanance, what do I have to do if I want to continuing study here? I’m 24 and I’m a student! Thank you early for the answer ☺️🙏🏻

    • Rex
      October 29, 2020

      Dear Giulia,
      Good day.
      Before the expiry of your visa, you need to contact your school to prepare the documents for another visa extension.
      Thank you.

  51. Avatar
    S
    October 24, 2020
    Reply

    Hey,
    Is it possible to apply for a course and then apply for an education visa and enter Thailand during the current restrictions? IE: are they granting these visas at the moment? (Provided i follow all the other guidelines in regards to health certificates/state quarantine.

    Many thanks.

    • Rex
      October 31, 2020

      Dear Sam,
      Good day.
      Yes, the non immigrant ED visa still being issued as long as you are attending formal education like university or college programs. At the moment, non-formal education visa for language schools or muay Thai school are suspended until next year.
      Thank you.

  52. Avatar
    COLLIN MCKOY
    October 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, Rex,

    I applied for a Business visa the 2nd of this month and was called by the Thai embassy in Washington DC only to be told they cannot give the visa for my already established business on paper in Bangkok. Reason being I do not have a letter from the ministry of labor or WP3/Work permit. I am curious as to why this occurred because on September 28th as you know, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved reopening the country’s borders to welcome foreign visitors, both short and long term such as the following:

    -Holders of non-immigrant B visa, who are businesspeople (without a work permit or WP3) and are willing to enter Thailand for business purposes.

    This has been a major setback for me with my business plans. Any advice or suggestions?

  53. Avatar
    Chng
    October 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I am Malaysian citizen, I would like to enter Thailand through Malaysia-Thai boarder at Kayu Hitam.

    1) What is the travel document need to be prepare and ready for enter the Thailand from boarder?
    2) Do I need to secure any kind of visa since Malaysian citizen is allow to enter Thailand with 30 days stay.

    Thank you.

    • Rex
      October 29, 2020

      Dear Chng,
      Good day.
      You can only enter Thailand by AIR. For the visa types, please check this link: https://bit.ly/35KJSdJ
      Thank you.

  54. Avatar
    Dolly Bo
    October 22, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    Can someone works in Thailand while holding non-immigrant O visa?
    Her husband(not thai national) is holding non immigrant B.So she applied O visa to accompany her husband. but at the same time she would like to find a job in Bangkok. Is it ok?

    • Rex
      October 22, 2020

      Dear Dolly,
      Good day.
      If the applicant is holding a non immigrant O visa based on having Thai spouse, he or she can apply for work permit. If the applicant is holding a Non immigrant O visa with a foreign spouse, he or she cannot get a work permit.
      If the applicant has no work permit, it is illegal to work in Thailand without it.
      Thank you.

  55. Avatar
    Chen XM
    October 22, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    thanks for your reply. It provides really valuable information.

    I think it’s better to enter Thailand using APEC, that removes the hassle of applying for visa. As per your advice, apply for Work Permit & Non Immigrant B visa after entering Thailand.

    Using APEC card to enter Thailand, how long can I stay in Thailand? Is quarantine in ASQ still required?

    Thanks again

    • Rex
      October 22, 2020

      Dear Chen,
      The APEC card will allow you to stay for 90 days. You still have to apply for the COE from the Thai Embassy. You still have to provide travel insurance and you need to do 14-day quarantine.
      Thank you.

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      Steve
      October 26, 2020

      Hi I hear phuket is open for tourist now is this true?, can me (UK) and my vietnamese wife enter thailand to stay in phuket for 30days tourism?.

      If so how do we apply for visas, as UK and Vietnam are normally ok to get 30days tourist visas on arrival

    • Rex
      October 26, 2020

      Dear Steve,
      Good day.
      Thailand is still have a travel ban. As you can see on this page , we have listed the group of foreigners that are allowed to enter the country. Right now, coming to Thailand as a tourist is only through the Special Tourist Visa program and unfortunately it is not available at the Thai Embassy in London due to the COVID-19 cases in the UK.
      Thank you.

  56. Avatar
    COLLIN MCKOY
    October 22, 2020
    Reply

    Interesting that this information (Holders of non-immigrant B visa, who are business people {without a work permit or WP3} and are willing to enter Thailand for business purposes) has been out since September 28 from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approving additional foreign visitors, both short and long term to enter the country and yet the Thai embassy in Washington DC returned my packet two days ago (October 19th) because I don’t have a work permit yet. I’ve already invested a few thousand dollars through a company there (SERVCORP) to register my business which did happen and all else are in place, yet here i am back at square one with nothing to show but the thousands of dollars i spent.

    • Rex
      October 29, 2020

      Dear Collin,
      Good day.
      Perhaps there is a discrepancy in the invitation letter or sponsorship letter. if the purpose of visa application is employment, you need to have WP3 from the Labour Office in Thailand.
      If the purpose of visit that was stated is business meeting, you need also another letter from a government office in Thailand.
      Thank you.

  57. Avatar
    Lyn Corral
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, my boyfriend needs to go to Thailand for an interview regarding his application for residency in Sweden. We have a son together. My son have been apart from his father for a year now. We got an email from the Swdish embassy that we can now book an appointment for an intereview in Thailand. Is it possible for my boyfriend to go to Thailand soon and do his interview at the embassy? We would be very thankful for the help. Thank you!

    • Rex
      October 29, 2020

      Dear Lyn,
      Good day.
      You need to contact the Thai Embassy in Manila and show them the embassy letter from Swedish Embassy. Maybe the Thai embassy can issue the visa and certificate of entry to enter Thailand.
      Thank you.

    • Avatar
      Steve
      November 5, 2020

      I’m a us citizen and have been living in Mexico for 2 plus years. Would I be able to obtain a long term tourist visa?

    • Rex
      November 5, 2020

      Dear Steve,
      Good day.
      The STV or special tourist visa is not available in Mexico. Please check with the Thai Embassy in Mexico City should there be any update or changes every 2 to 4 weeks.
      Thank you.

  58. Avatar
    CandyJordan
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    I will be getting married to a guy who works in Thailand in a non inm B visa(with a valid work permit).i want to get a dependent visa under him and stay n Thailand. please tell me how ad where can i apply for the same and how many days will it take to process it. i am from India. is the Visa office open in Kolkata and are they accepting visa applications now ?

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Candy,
      Good day.
      You cannot get a visa just yet. You must get married first in India and after you are married, you can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa and COE at the Thai Consulate in Kolkata.Please check: https://www.vfs-thailand.co.in/Kolkata/index.html
      Thank you.

    • Avatar
      Candy
      November 2, 2020

      Hello Rex. I shall apply for the dependent visa only after I get married. I wanted to ask how many days will it take to process the visa application in the visa office so that I can get the dependent visa(under my husband who holds non IBM B visa) from Kolkata (India) so that I can move to Thailand?

    • Rex
      November 4, 2020

      Dear Candy,
      Good day.
      For the visa application information in Kolkata, please check the VFS website in Kolkata for Thailand visa:
      https://www.vfs-thailand.co.in/Kolkata/Online_Visa_Application_Form.html
      Thank you.

  59. Avatar
    Jonathan
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I have a client (UK passport holder) who has a non-immigrant O visa
    His girlfriend is in the UK with him. She is a Thai national
    They want to travel to Thailand ASAP – I understand that he will need to apply for a COE
    Does the Thai national need a COE as well?
    How do they contact you to make this application?

    • Rex
      October 20, 2020

      Dear Jonathan,
      Good day.
      For the application for the COE, please check this page: https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/
      Thank you.

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      Tara
      October 24, 2020

      Hi. My mother is a Thai National trying to return back to Bangkok. I scheduled her a flight back with Qatar for arrival Nov. 14, 2020. What does she need to have to return home? Does she have to quarantine for 14 days at a facility or can she return to her house? Thank you for your assistance.

    • Rex
      October 29, 2020

      Dear Tara,
      Good day.
      She needs to have Fit to fly certificate and she needs to register for the state quarantine and book a repatriation flight or semi-commercial flight.
      Thank you.

  60. Avatar
    Candy
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    Hello i shall be getting married to a guy who holds a non immigrant type B visa. i am from India(west bengal). please tell me the procedure how can i get a dependent visa for entry in to thailand, also please inform how many days does the procedure take for me to get the dependent visa. Is the thai embassy operational in Calcutta and are they accepting visa applications ?

    • Rex
      October 31, 2020

      Dear Candy,
      Good day. Once you are legally married in India, please apply for the Non Immigrant O visa at the Thai Consulate. Please email thaiconsulate.ccu@mfa.mail.go.th for more information.
      Thank you.

  61. Avatar
    Benjamin Chen
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there!

    I’m currently in Sichuan province of China, I hold APEC card and singapore passport.

    Together with 2 Thai friends, we are in the midst of registering company in Bangkok. My fiancee hold Myanmar passport and Thai Work Permit, and is currently in Bangkok. We intend to register marriage in May 2020, but due to the lock-down, we are unable to meet, not to mention register marriage anywhere.

    May I know what visa can I apply to enter Thailand? I see some commercial flights available from China to Bangkok. Can I book and travel on commercial flight, instead of charter flight?

    Thanks

    • Rex
      November 5, 2020

      Dear Benjamin,
      Good day.
      The APEC card holder can apply for the certificate of entry from the Thai Embassy. You do not need to apply for the visa. As for the flights, you need to coordinate with the embassy to learn which flights have been permitted to land in Thailand/
      Thank you.

  62. Avatar
    Chen XM
    October 19, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    I posted my question last week, it was initially under moderation, and then somehow it disappeared.

    I am currently in Sichuan province of China, I hold APEC card & singapore passport. I am in the midst of registering Thai company with Thai partners. My fiancee is holding Myanmar passport, with Work Permit in Bangkok.

    We plan to register our marriage in May 2020, but due to the lock-down, we are unable to even meet, not to mention register marriage.

    With my / our current locations & documents, may I know what type of visa should I apply to enter Bangkok?

    Assuming my visa application & COE is approved, can I book commercial flight to enter Bangkok? I see some commercial flights from China to Bangkok.

    • Rex
      October 21, 2020

      Dear Chen,
      Good day. We apologise for the delayed reply.
      First, you cannot book a commercial flight. The flight must be chartered, repatriation or semi-commercial flight with 100% approval from Thai Embassy in China only. You need to get in touch with the Thai embassy to see the list of approved flights.
      You can come to Thailand being an APEC Card member, you do not need to apply for visa but you need to apply for the COE. But you might have a hard getting it since you are not Chinese. But feel free to call Thai Embassy directly. If they do not answer calls, please check if you can visit them directly to get the information.
      At the moment, we only provide visa and COE service for UK and USA passengers to Thailand.
      Thank you,

  63. Avatar
    jeffery akins
    October 19, 2020
    Reply

    can an American enter Thailand right now on a new O-A visa and are they doing new O-A visa’s for Americans

    • Rex
      October 20, 2020

      Dear Jeffrey,
      Good day.
      Yes, if you have a valid non-immigrant OA retirement visa, you can apply for the certificate of entry to Thailand. If you no longer have a valid non-immigrant OA visa, you may also apply for a new visa. Please know that non-immigrant O retirement visa may not be qualified to apply for the certificate of entry, through this can be verified at the Thai embassy.
      Thank you.

  64. Avatar
    Ronnie
    October 19, 2020
    Reply

    I have a valid work permit till January 2021 but my non B visa expired in August

    I came back to India in September ( under the amnesty)

    Am I eligible to apply for a non B visa from Thai embassy here showing my work permit?

    • Rex
      October 20, 2020

      Dear Ronnie,
      Good day.
      Yes, you can apply for the new Non Immigrant B visa from Thai Embassy in India based on your valid work permit. You can also apply for the Certificate of Entry based on your new non immigrant B visa and current work permit.
      Thank you.

  65. Avatar
    Sherry
    October 18, 2020
    Reply

    Hello
    My friend wishes to setup company in thailand near future.
    And to enter Thailand, WP3 is required.
    Applying WP3, Does he need to hire 4 Thai staff ? or can be later?

    Please advise

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Sherry,
      Good day.
      Yes, applying for the WP3 letter requires that the sponsoring company in Thailand is already operational. It means you have filed for VAT, SS, and you have at least 4 Thai employees. I recommend for your friend to get a Non B visa for business meeting first and then change it to work permit and work visa extension.
      Thank you.

  66. Avatar
    kevin Lenagh
    October 18, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. i was in Thailand from December 2019 until July this year.. ( 8 months ) As i have my own house in east pattaya. i booked a return flight home to the UK and my return flight back is booked for the 18th December 2020. For about 2/3 months. Can you please advise me on any restrictions i may face on weather i can go back on this date. Regards Kevin.

    • Rex
      November 4, 2020

      Dear Kevin,
      Good day.
      May I ask if you have a valid visa that is eligible for entry to Thailand? Such as Marriage visa, working visa, or non immigrant OA retirement visa (not the non immigrant O retirement) or Thai Elite visa?
      Thank you.

  67. Avatar
    Edward Murphy
    October 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,I have a job offer in Thailand,what do I need to obtain a B visa to enter.
    The local Uk embassy not taking calls and not answering my message.

    • Rex
      October 21, 2020

      Dear Edward,
      Good day.
      Aside from the job offer letter and sponsorship letter, please ask your Thai employer to obtain the WP3 from Thailand Labour Office and send it to you for the application.
      1. Business license of the inviting company in Thailand with the company’s stamp and authorised person’s signature (issued by the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand)
      2. Company profile or details of business operations
      3. Letter confirming employment details from an employer in Thailand signed by authorised person
      4. Copy of ID card or passport of the signer (authorised person who signed the employment letter)
      5. WP3 (an approval letter from the Ministry of Labour of Thailand)
      Thank you

  68. Avatar
    Scotty
    October 16, 2020
    Reply

    Hi again Rex, I’m now ready to apply for my O visa and am now making my ASQ reservation.,die to arrive on 22 November. How long must the Covid-19 insurance be valid? Is it just for the 90 duration of the visa, or, would it have to go beyond that when I eventually apply for my extension? Also do you know what documents the Thai Embassy in DC will need in both printed and digital form, and which ones will only need to be uploaded? Big thanks again, Scotty

    • Rex
      October 21, 2020

      Dear Scotty,
      The requirement is minimum 90 days with start date of the insurance the same as your arrival date into Thailand. The application online is digital files and printed copies will be required when you send your passport.
      Please let us know if you wish for us to assist you. You can contact us through this page: https://www.siam-legal.com/contactus.php
      Thank you.

  69. Avatar
    ChenXM
    October 16, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    I am currently in Chengdu of Sichuan province, China. I hold singapore passport & APEC card. My fiancee holds Myanmar passport, hold Thai work permit & is currently in Bangkok. We plan to register marriage in May, but due to lock-down, I am unable to enter Thailand nor register our marriage anywhere.

    I am in the midst of registering new company with Thai partners. Not long ago, I saw somewhere that Thai Gov is considering allowing APEC card holders to enter Thailand.

    With APEC card, do I need to apply for visa to enter Thailand? When the new company registration is done, can the company apply for Work Permit for me?

    Thanks

    • Rex
      October 21, 2020

      Dear Chen,
      Yes, if the company is set up, this company can sponsor your Non B visa application and COE application.
      If you opt to use the APEC card, unfortunately you cannot get a work permit with it. You need to change your APEC entry stamp into Non Immigrant B visa inside Thailand and apply for Work Permit.
      Thank you.

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    Aniket Gawali
    October 16, 2020
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    HI I’m from India I booked my travel ticket to Thailand from India 1 nov 2020 and return ticket for 6 nov 2020 can you please guide me with visa and all other process I did a mistake I booked my flights and now I know that I can’t travel can you please help me with this.

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Aniket,
      Good day. We regret to inform you that we cannot advise you about the visa application and COE application in India. Kindly contact directly the Thai Embassy in Delhi.
      Thank you.

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    Liza
    October 15, 2020
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    Dear Sir/Madam,

    May i know whether Japanese can transit in Bangkok? main destination will be Japan.

    Any restriction/requirement to adhere? Covid 19 test etc,

    Looking forward for your reply.

    Thank you & best regards
    Liza

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Liza,
      Good day.
      Yes, you may transit through Bangkok. Please check with your airline if you need to have COVID 19 test or travel insurance before departure.
      Thank you.

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    Jurgis Kozulins
    October 14, 2020
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    Hi,

    I am from Latvia and I need to visit Bangkok for business purposes in approximately two weeks time. What are the options and requirements for visa and travel and where can I obtain the permits? Please let me know. Thanks in advance!

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      Jurgis Kozulins
      October 14, 2020

      Also, would I have to stay in alternative state quarantine (ASQ) for the 14 days after arrival and/if there are any other requirements like Covid test taken before the travel etc to be taken into account?

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Jurgis,
      Yes, there are other requirements such as COVID test and Travel insurance. Please call the nearest Thai Embassy in your region for more information.
      Thank you.

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Jurgis,
      Thank you for your message. Unfortunately, we do not have the information for visa issuance in the country of Latvia.
      Have a good day.

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    andrew cox
    October 14, 2020
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    my wife and child live in Thailand in Phechabun is there any way i can get a visa to visit them

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Andrew,
      Good day.
      You are qualified to obtain a Non Immigrant O visa and Certificate of Entry to Thailand. We have sent you an email for the visa options for you.
      Thank you.

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    Rv
    October 13, 2020
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    Hi Rex,

    Good day..

    Rex my friend ask in nepal thai embassy regarding STV visa they replied still not got any information regarding this . Can you help me out now what to do please..

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Rohit,
      Good day.
      The Thai Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in Nepal. I recommend for you to keep checking with the Thai Embassy Kathmandu for updates.
      Thank you.

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    Melissa Hill
    October 13, 2020
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    Hi there,
    I am a travel agent and am trying to book a client to travel from N.Z to Germany via Bangkok and am just wondering if he will be allowed to transit? He is travelling on a German passport and will be in transit for just over 3 hours.
    He will arrive on a Thai Airways flight and will depart on a Lufthansa flight. The two flights will be on a connecting ticket.
    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Melissa,Good day.
      Yes, it is possible to transit through Bangkok. Please check with your airline if you need to have COVID 19 test or travel insurance before departure.
      Thank you.

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    Ben Maxwell
    October 13, 2020
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    Hello! My sister is a Thai national in Canada (she also has Canadian citizenship) and is planning on returning to Thailand next month. She is not booking a repatriation flight, but is buying her own ticket. Are Thai nationals required to quarantine when they arrive in Thailand? Based on the info on this page, I think they do not. There isn’t much info available online for Thai nationals wishing to return to Thailand. Thank you!

    • Rex
      November 4, 2020

      Dear Ben,
      Good day.
      Thai nationals are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine. They can choose the state quarantine which is free or they can choose the ASQ hotel which they have to pay on their own.
      Thank you.

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    Will
    October 13, 2020
    Reply

    Im planning on traveling for business to Phuket on my APEC business card in November, Will I have to quarantine on arrival? Thanks

    • Rex
      October 13, 2020

      Dear Will,
      Good day.
      Thank you for your message. Regarding your inquiry, APEC Card Holders are permitted to enter Thailand during this global pandemic. Just like other Thai visa holders, you need to do the following:
      1. Obtain COE from Thai Embassy.
      2. Obtain Fit to Fly certificate and COVID-19 PCR test
      3. COVID-19 Health Insurance
      4. Book a repatriation or chartered flight
      5. Book an ASQ Hotel: See the list here https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/alternative-state-quarantine-asq-in-thailand.php
      6. Mandatory Quarantine for 14 days
      Thank you.

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      Mark Dagoumas
      October 15, 2020

      I own a Condo in Pattaya
      my condo fees
      electric bills
      water bills
      taxes are all over due
      any sign of New Hampshire USA American being allow to visit there condo for 90 days in the near future

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Mark,
      Good day.
      Please take a look at this page for more information about the possible visas that would allow you to enter Thailand:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/can-you-enter-thailand-now-during-the-covid-19-crisis.php
      As an owner of a condominium you are qualified to apply for this visa:
      https://thaiembdc.org/2020/09/12/typebspecial/
      Thank you.

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    FIZ
    October 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    could you help me please, im malaysia citizen, need to enter thailand bcoz business purpose but i dont have working permit, my situasion like below

    Holders of non-immigrant B visa, who are businesspeople (without a work permit or WP3) and are willing to enter Thailand for business purposes.

    which visa should i apply? kindly plaese advise

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    Karthik
    October 9, 2020
    Reply

    Rex, You’re answering all questions except mine. We’re unable to get opening date of Chennai (City in India) embassy for applying Non-B employment visa. Appreciate your valuable input please.

    • Rex
      October 9, 2020

      Dear Karthik,
      The information that you require cannot be answered by us. We are not the Thai Consulate in Chennai. India has high infection rate, I am not sure if the Thai consulate in Chennai will open or not for visa applications. All I know is that There still many Thais who are returning from India to Thailand.
      Again, we recommend that you call Thai Embassy in Chennai.
      Thank you.

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    Julie
    October 9, 2020
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    I am an American living in Thailand with my American husband and younger daughter. We did not leave Thailand during the Covid closures. We have remained here under our current and valid Non-O visa. We have another daughter attending university in the States but she was unable to come home to Thailand during the summer because of Covid and now we have been apart for too long. We would really like for our daughter to come home. Can she travel to Thailand as our child on our visa? She is still our dependent and is 19 years old.

    • Rex
      November 4, 2020

      Dear Julie,
      Good day.
      May I confirm that your visas, Non Immigrant O visa are based on your child studying in Thailand or do you have working visa? If you’re working now in Thailand, your daughter in the USA may apply for the Non Immigrant O dependant visa.
      Thank you.

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    Olisiia Medvedeva
    October 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hello. Could you help me please. I am a citizen of Russia. I have approved documents from MOPH to enter Thailand by medical visa. Can I apply for COE and visa in Thai embassy located in Turkey?

    • Rex
      October 9, 2020

      Dear Olisiia,
      Good day.
      Yes, you can apply for the medical visa and COE at the Thai embassy in your current location. We recommend that you contact the Thai Embassy in Ankara for more information.
      Thank you.

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    John Sykes
    October 8, 2020
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    I have a marriage visa and wife and children in Thailand.
    I cannot contact the Thai Consulate in London so far, as they have not answered the phone.
    Is there a direct email I can use. I have the correct visa but need to apply for the COE but cannot find where to apply.

    Thank you

    • Rex
      October 9, 2020

      Dear John,
      Good day.
      If you already have a non immigrant O visa that is still valid to enter Thailand, you can apply for the COE now. You can sign up using this page:
      https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/
      Thank you.

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      Abhinavdhabriya
      October 14, 2020

      Hi can I now when will I receive my COE from embassy. On 7th October I’ve applied for COE submitted all doc’s. to Thai Consulate in Mumbai. I want to know the status of my COE.

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Abhinav,
      Please email the consulate at thaiconsulate.mub@mfa.mail.go.th
      Thank you and have a good day.

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    Kaleigh
    October 8, 2020
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    Hi there,

    I am a Thai national returning to Thailand from the UK next week. It is unclear to me if I have to provide both a fit to fly letter and covid-19 test results. Does the fit to fly letter have to clearly state I don’t have any symptoms etc? Surely I need to do a test in order to obtain a fit to fly letter?

    • Rex
      October 9, 2020

      Dear Kaleigh,
      In the US, Fit-to-Fly certificate does not require a COVID-19 test for a Thai national. I am not sure about the UK. Please contact the Thai Embassy in London for more information.
      Thank you.

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    Regan
    October 8, 2020
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    I hold a New Zealand Passport and an APEC Business Card and am currently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Do you know if it is possible to travel by land and cross the border into Thailand instead of flying? My destination is Phuket, so the intention would be to carry on to Phuket and do any required quarantine there – is that something can be booked online?

    • Rex
      November 5, 2020

      Dear Regan,
      Good day.
      Unfortunately it is not possible to travel by land. It is possible to travel by air and in special circumstance, it is possible to travel by a private yacht.
      Thank you.

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    Jill
    October 7, 2020
    Reply

    I have tried to email and telephone the Thai embassy in London but am getting no response.
    My father is a bristish resident and needs to travel to Thailand to see his daughter who is a Thai citizen.
    We are looking for clear guidance on what we need to do please. Many thanks

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