Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter the Kingdom of Thailand is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General. However, nationals of certain countries do not require a visa if they meet visa exemption requirements.
Tourist Visa Exemption
According to the Interior Ministerial Announcements dated 1 October B.E. 2545 (2002), 20 December B.E. 2545 (2002), 18 October B.E. 2547 (2004) and 6 May B.E. 2548 (2005), passport holders from 41 countries and 1 special administrative region - Hong Kong SAR - are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days on each visit. If such foreigners enter the Kingdom at the immigration checkpoints which border neighboring countries, they will be allowed to stay for 15 days each time, except Malaysian nationals who cross the borderline from Malaysia whose granted period of stay will not exceed 30 days each time.
Please note that Tourist Visa Exemption does not apply to foreigners holding Travel Document for Aliens issued by these countries.
Foreigners entering Thailand under the Tourist Visa Exemption category must possess adequate finances for the duration of stay in Thailand (i.e., cash 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family).
(****) Thailand holds bilateral agreements on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, official and ordinary passports for a visit of not exceeding 90 days with Brazil, the Republic of Korea and Peru. Therefore, nationals of these 3 countries are exempted from visa requirements and are permitted to enter and stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 90 days.
For more information on countries that have bilateral agreements on visa exemption with Thailand, please see: List of countries which have concluded agreements on the exemption of visa requirements with Thailand.
Temporary Tourist Visa: Visa On Arrival
According to the Interior Ministerial Announcements, passport holders from 21 countries may apply for visas at the immigration checkpoints for the purpose of tourism for the period of not exceeding 15 days.
The applicant must possess means of living expenses at the amount of 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family accordingly
The applicant must possess a passport with at least six-month validity and must present full paid ticket which is usable within 15 days since the date of entry
Visa on arrival is provided at 32 designated international checkpoints and applicants should submit the application form duly filled out and to which his/her recent photograph (4 x 6 cm) is attached. The application fee is 1,000 Baht.
Please see the latest information on countries that have signed a treaty with Thailand to apply for visa upon arrival, please see: List of countries.
Visitors who enter the Kingdom with Visa on Arrival generally cannot file an application for extension of stay except in special cases such as illness which prevents them from travelling, etc. They can submit an application at the Office of Immigration Bureau , Immigration Division 1, Soi Suan Plu, South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120. Tel. 02 287-3127 or 02 287-3101-10 ext. 2264-5 or at website http://www.immigration.go.th
The above information was correct at the time of publishing. We will not be held responsible for any changes herein after as the visa regulation may have changed. For up to date information, we recommend that you contact the nearest Thai Embassy in your country of residence. A list of Thai embassies worldwide can be found here: Thai Embassy
There have been instances of tourists refused entry to the Kingdom of Thailand, and sent on the next flight out, because they were not in possession of a tourist visa. Beware, even though the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs website may state that you are eligible for a visa upon arrival, we would suggest you check with the Thai Immigration website to confirm, keep in mind that immigration officers have full authority to permit or reject.