Thailand visa is required for most foreign nationalities to travel and stay in Thailand for purpose of tourism, business, investment, study, medical treatment, mass media, religion, employment, visiting family and other activities. The foreigner is required to apply for the appropriate visa from a Thai embassy or consulate.
There are 57 countries that have bilateral treaties with Thailand and their nationalities are granted visa exemption. Under the Visa Exemption Program and Bilateral Agreements, there are 5 countries that are granted 90-day permit to stay and 50 countries are granted 30 days and 2 countries are granted 14 days stay in Thailand.
Here are the types of visas available depending on the purpose of travel that you can obtain from the Thai embassy or consulate:
Here are the most common types of visas foreigners obtain for Thailand:
You may request for more time for your stay from Thai Immigration. This is called an “extension of stay.” Typically, a short term extension of stay is granted up to 30 days for Tourist Visa or Non-Immigrant Visa. Most people who come to Thailand want to extend stay. They may apply for an extension of stay for one year, but it must be for one of the following purposes: Business, Education, Marriage or Retirement. If you hold a tourist visa, you must first convert to a non-immigrant status before the long term extension of stay.