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Traveling to Thailand


To visit Thailand, a tourist visa is required. Find information on the steps to follow for a short stay in Thailand.

If you want to visit Thailand as tourist or leisure traveler, you will need a tourist visa. The duration of the visa is 60 days for eligible countries including: South Africa, Germany, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand , Norway, Oman, the Netherlands, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Vietnam.

Visitors whose country has not been listed above are entitled to a tourist visa which is limited to 30 days.

Since a few years, the number of entries in the country by land transport, granting 15 days of residence in Thailand is limited to 4, representing 60 days in total. Entry into Thailand will be refused unless you are coming by air and you hold a visa which is properly issued by a Royal Thailand Embassy abroad.

Visa on arrival

Citizens of 19 countries are eligible to visa on arrival in Thailand. These are:

Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Maldives, Mauritius, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Ukraine

How to apply?

To obtain a tourist visa for Thailand, you have to fill an application form downloadable from the website of the Embassy of Thailand of your country. During your application, you will need a recent passport-size photograph, the tickets for entry and exit, proof of sufficient financial resources for the duration of the stay. Fees apply.

  Useful links:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Thailand

Thai Airways

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2 years ago

As citizen of Uganda, staying in Singapore on a visitor's visa, can I obtain a Thailand visitor's visa at the Thai embassy in Singapore (which is not the nearest to my home country)? Regarding funds, is a current bank statement with enough funds sufficient for the application, or is a bank history over several months required?

3 years ago

British passport holders arriving by air or land can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa - this is known as a visa exemption. It?s not possible to extend your stay beyond the 30 days granted by the visa exemption. If you plan to stay in Thailand for longer than 30 days, or you intend to work, you must get a visa before you travel. If you have entered Thailand on a visa, it?s possible to apply for an extension of stay but you must do this before your permission to stay expires. If you overstay, you?ll be fined 500 baht per day up to a maximum of 20,000 baht. You also risk being held in detention, fined, deported at your own expense and black-listed from re-entering Thailand. The Thai authorities have stated that they will always enforce detention for overstays of more than 42 days.

3 years ago

Land entries are now 30 days for citizens of G7 member states.


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