How Do Travelers Get a Visa for Thailand?

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.

Visa Exemption

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:

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:

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.

Transit Visa

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.

Tourist Visa

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.

Non-immigrant Visa

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.

Diplomatic/Official/Courtesy Visas

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.