If you are traveling to Thailand, you first want to determine if you need a visa based on the duration of your visit, nationality, and purpose of your stay.
You may qualify for a visa exemption if you fit the following criteria.
Meet one of these conditions:
- Arriving through an international airport AND your stay does not exceed 30 days
- Entering by land checkpoints AND your stay does not exceed 15 days
And meet all of these conditions:
- A valid passport from one of the 48 countries listed in the purple columns found here
- Tourism purposes only
- Passport must not expire within 6 months
- A verified return airline ticket that does not exceed your 15- or 30-day stay (Land transportation does not qualify)
- Possible verification of financial support (20,000 baht per individual or 40,000 baht per family unit)
Visa on Arrival
For some nationalities, you can apply for a 15-day visa at your port of entry.
You must meet the following criteria:
- A valid passport from one of the countries listed in the green column here
- Passport must not expire within 30 days
- Tourism purposes only
- A verified return airline ticket that does not exceed 15 days (Land transportation does not qualify)
- Possible verification of your financial support (10,000 baht per individual or 20,000 baht per family unit)
- Payment of 2,000 baht
Other Types of Visas
If you do not qualify for a visa exemption or visa on arrival, then you must apply for the appropriate visa before you arrive in Thailand. Visas can be obtained from the Thai Embassy or Consultant. Visa procedures depend on your country of origin and type of visa. Be sure to visit your country’s embassy web site to get the most up-to-date visa protocol. Here is a list of the types of visas available and general conditions that must be met.
The visa can be used for visitors traveling through Thailand temporarily while on their way to another country, as part of a sports team or a transportation crewmember. This visa is valid for 3 months and up to a 30-day stay.
For an extended stay as a tourist, this visa allows you to stay in Thailand for up to 60 days. It is valid for up to 6 months. An extension or change in visa type may be granted once in Thailand by the Office of Immigration Bureau located in Bangkok. Tourism visa documentation and fees are based on the country of origin. Please visit the Thai Embassy in your country for specifications.
The non-immigrant visa grants entry for business, family member’s visitations, or for retirement. The duration cannot exceed 90 days in a single trip. Multiple entries can be allowed for up to one year. Extensions are permitted under the discretion of the Office of Immigration Bureau in Bangkok.
By official request only, these visas are issued by the Thai Embassy or Consulate to individuals who are asked to conduct official business or other desired activities in the country.