The Thailand Tourist Visa is one of the best ways to stay in Thailand up to 90 days. In this article you are going to learn what is the Thailand tourist visa, Who is eligible for it, the requirements, how to apply, the cost and the difference between the Visa Exempt Stamp and the Tourist Visa.
What is the Thailand Tourist Visa?
A Thailand Tourist Visa is a stamp or document placed in your passport, in order to enter Thailand as a tourist.
It is issued by a Thai embassy or Consulate in your country and stamped on your passport upon arrival at the airport in Thailand. A tourist visa can be extended for 30 more days while in Thailand, if you want to stay longer.
The tourist visa is NOT the same thing as the Visa Exemption stamp issued at the airport.
Who is eligible for a Tourist Visa?
All nationalities are eligible to apply for the Thailand Tourist Visa, as long as you are an ordinary passport holder who wishes to enter the Kingdom for the following purposes:
- Short visit to family living in Thailand.
- Medical treatment with registered hospitals.
- Participants of MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Convention & Exhibitions) supported by TCEB.
Please remember that you need to apply for the Tourist visa at the Thai embassy or Consulate in your country. They are responsible to evaluate and then approve/deny your application.
When applying for a tourist visa, there are certain documents needed, and there is also an application fee.The documents and fee can change anytime and without prior notice, so contact your local embassy before organizing your application.
What documents do you need?
- Passport or travel document with an expiry date of no less than 6 months
- Visa application form (filled out)
- One(1) recent 4 x 6cm. photograph of the applicant
- Round-trip air ticket or e-ticket (paid in full)
- Proof of financial means (20,000 baht per person/40,000 baht per family)
- Proof of Hotel or private accommodation booking
Consular Officers reserve the right to request additional documents if deemed necessary. It is advisable to allow enough time before traveling to lodge your application as there is an influx of travelers applying now that Covid is less of a priority.
Tourist Visa Fee
US $30.00 (or equivalent) per entry. The Tourist Visa fee is subject to change, so it is recommended to contact the nearest Thai Embassy or consulate in your area before lodging your paperwork.
How long can you stay in Thailand?
The Tourist Visa is for 60 days. It can also be extended for additional 30 days at a local immigration in Thailand. So in total you can stay in Thailand for 90 days without leaving the country (60 days + 30 days)
Tourist Visa or Exempt Stamp?
Many countries are eligible for the visa exempt stamp, which will give you free 45 days (starting October 1st 2022) upon your arrival in Thailand.
Please note that The tourist visa is NOT the same thing as the Visa Exemption stamp issued at the airport.
If you want to learn more about the visa Exempt stamp, click here: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-visa/thai-visa-exemption-and-bilateral-agreement
With the Visa Exempt stamp you will get free 45 days (starting October 1st 2022) upon your arrival in Thailand. You can also extend your stay at a local immigration in Thailand for 30 more days, at a cost of 1.900 baht.
So in total you can stay 75 days (45 days visa exempt stamp + 30 days extension)
You can check out if you are eligible for the Visa Exempt Stamp here: https://www.thaievisa.go.th
If you want to stay longer than 75 days (up to 90 days) or if you are not eligible for the Visa exempt stamp, then you can apply for the Thailand Tourist Visa.
Just click on “Do I need a tourist Visa?” and insert your nationality, current location and duration of your stay.
Official website for the Thai Tourist Visa: https://www.thaievisa.go.th/tourist-visa
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