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Nationals of most countries are exempt from needing a tourist visa to enter the Kingdom of Thailand.
For others, there remain two ways of obtaining a Thai visa: Applying for a Visa on Arrival (VOA), which is limited to citizens of certain countries, or applying for a Thai visa in your country of residence.
Passport holders from 57 countries, including the citizens of most European countries, Australia, and the U.S., can enter Thailand for up to 30 days without acquiring a visa beforehand.
Passport holders of the following countries/administrative regions may enter Thailand without a visa:
Key Features and Procedure:
Those eligible receive an exemption each time they enter Thailand. If you make a trip outside the country within your 30-day period, your initial exemption is canceled and you receive a new 15 or 30-day exemption when you return.
This means you will receive a new visa-exemption each time you enter Thailand. The exemption is granted at most twice in a calendar year when entering overland or via a sea border, but there is no limit when entering by air.
Passport holders from countries that are not eligible for the visa-exemption scheme may apply for a Thai visa by either obtaining a Visa on Arrival (VOA), or by applying for a Thai visa from their country of residence.
Some nationalities (more information provided in the tables that follow) are eligible for a Thai Visa on Arrival, which allows a stay of up to 15 days in the country.
VOA is available at the main international airports or at land border crossings and ports. Here is a brief list of airport entry points where a VOA can be issued and processed, as most visitors choose to fly into Thailand:
Key Features and Procedure:
There are clear signs at the airport (and land and sea crossings) showing travelers where they are required to go to apply for a Visa on Arrival.
For passport holders from countries not eligible for the visa-exemption scheme or the Visa on Arrival program, or for those wishing to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days, a tourist visa application has to be filed at the Thai Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence.
One can apply for a Single Entry Tourist Visa, which is valid for a period of up to 60 days.
A Multiple Entry Tourist Visa (METV) can also be obtained from the Thai Embassy or Consulate. This allows an unrestricted number of entries within 6 months of the first entry, with a maximum of 60 days per entry.
Each applicant must complete the visa application by applying at their nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate. The following documents are required:
In addition, applicants are reminded that consular officers reserve the right to request any other documents they deem necessary. A visa fee of US $30 per entry is levied on each application.
Application forms are available on the Royal Thai Embassy website in each visitor's country.
Tourist visas, both single and multiple entry, can be extended once for each entry, for a period not exceeding 30 days. Tourists from visa-excempt countries also can get an extension. This requires a filled-in application form and a payment of the extension fee, currently 1900 Thai Baht, to be made at any Immigration Office. This can be done on or before the day the current period of stay expires.
If you exceed the number of days you’re allowed to be in Thailand and overstay, you will be fined 500 Thai Baht per day, with the maximum being 20,000 Thai Baht if you have overstayed for 40 or more days.
In addition, Thailand has introduced a ban on entering its Kingdom for foreigners that give themselves up at immigration, as follows:
Thailand is a beautiful tropical getaway all year round and you’re bound to have a good time whenever you visit. Asia Highlights takes everything, including the weather, into consideration when designing the best possible itinerary for guests.
Tours typically start and end in Bangkok, and last approximately 13 days; visiting Bangkok, Khao Yai National Park, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, and Phuket.
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