TYPE OF VISA
Tourist visa: For pleasure or tourism only. Require copy airline ticket or itinerary. Period of stay is 15 – 60 day. Extension of stay may be applied in Thailand.
Transit visa: TRANSIT (requires copy airline ticket or itinerary), SPORTS or CREW (requires business letter and invitation from Thailand) Period of stay is 30 days for playing sport, 15 days for vehicle conductors, 7 days for connecting flights. Extension of stay may be applied in Thailand.
-May required the approval from the Ministry Concerns from Thailand on a case by case basis as well as an invitation letter from Thailand.
BUSINESS and CONFERENCE – requires the business invitation letter explaining the purpose of visit, name of company, organization or mission and address in Thailand.
RESEARCH, TEACHING - In some case, requires the Police certificate verifying that applicant has no criminal record or equivalents or letter issued by authorized agencies in applicant’s country.
MASS MEDIA or MISSIONARY - requires the formal letter from company, agency or organization sending you on your mission, and also the letter from your counterpart in Thailand.
TEACHING AND EDUCATION - requires the formal invitation letter with the letter-head from educational institution in Thailand.
FAMILY REUNION - requires marriage or birth certificates.
SETTLEMENT AFTER RETIREMENT - requires proof of retirement and financial support.
MEDICAL TREATMENT - requires letter from licensed doctor. Period of stay is 90 days. Extension of stay may be applied in Thailand.
1. 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 as follows:
(1) they are nationals of countries which are exempted from visa requirements when entering Thailand for tourism purposes. Such nationals will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days. For more information, please see Tourist Visa Exemption;
(2) they are nationals of countries which hold bilateral agreements with Thailand on the exemption of visa requirements. For more information, please see List of Countries which have Concluded Agreements with Thailand on the Exemption of Visa Requirements.
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2. Nationals of certain countries may apply for visa upon arrival in Thailand. Travellers with this type of visa are permitted to enter and stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 15 days. For more information, please see Visa on Arrival.
3. Travellers travellling from/through countries which have been declared Yellow Fever Infected Areas must acquire an International Health Certificate verifying the receiving of a Yellow Fever vaccination. For more information, please see List of Countries which are Declared Yellow Fever Infected Areas.
4. Nationals of certain countries are required to apply for a visa only at the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General in the applicant’s country of residence, or at the Royal Thai Embassy which has jurisdiction over his or her country of residence. Travellers are advised to enquire about authorised office for visa issuance at any Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General before departure. Contact details and locations of Royal Thai Embassies and Royal Thai Consulates-General are available at www.mfa.go.th/web/10.php.
5. To apply for a visa, a foreigner must possess a valid passport or travel document that is recognised by the Royal Thai Government and comply with the conditions set forth in the Immigration Act of Thailand B.E.2522 (1979) and its relevant regulations. In addition, the visa applicant must be outside of Thailand at the time of application. The applicant will be issued with a type of visa in accordance to his or her purpose of visit. For more information on types of visas and general requirements for each type of visa, please see Types of Visa and Issuance of Visa.
6. In general, applicants are required to apply for a visa in person. However, Royal Thai Embassies and Royal Thai Consulates-General in some countries and in some cases may also accept applications sent through representatives, authorised travel agencies or by post. Please enquire at the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General where you intend to submit your application of acceptable ways of application.
7. Please note that the period of visa validity is different from the period of stay. Visa validity is the period during which a visa can be used to enter Thailand. In general, the validity of a visa is 3 months, but in some cases, visas may be issued to be valid for 6 months, 1 year or 3 years. The validity of a visa is granted with discretion by the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General and is displayed on the visa sticker.
8. On the other hand, the period of stay is granted by an immigration officer upon arrival at the port of entry and in accordance with the type of visa. For example, the period of stay for a transit visa is not exceeding 30 days, for a tourist visa is not exceeding 60 days and for a non-immigrant visa is not exceeding 90 days from the arrival date. The period of stay granted by the immigration officer is displayed on the arrival stamp. Travellers who wish to stay longer than such period may apply for extension of stay at offices of the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok, located at Soi Suan Plu, South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120, Tel 02-2873101-10 or at an Immigration office located in the provinces. For information on application for extension of stay, see the Immigration Bureau website at www.immigration.go.th
9. Foreigners entering Thailand are not permitted to work, regardless of their types of visa, unless they are granted a work permit. Those who intend to work in Thailand must hold the correct type of visa to be eligible to apply for a work permit. Information on Work Permit applications could be obtained from the website of the Office of Foreign Workers Administration, Department of Employment, Ministry of Labour at www.doe.go.th/workpermit/index.html
10. Royal Thai Embassies and Royal Thai Consulates-General have the authority to issue visas to foreigners for travel to Thailand. The authority to permit entry and stay in Thailand, however, is with the immigration officers. In some cases, the immigration officer may not permit foreigner holding a valid visa entry into Thailand should the immigration officer find reason to believe that he or she falls into the category of aliens prohibited from entering Thailand under the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979).
11. According to the Immigration Act of Thailand B.E. 2522 (1979), foreigners who fall into any of the following categories are prohibited to enter Thailand:
(1) Having no genuine valid passport or document used in lieu of passport; or having a genuine valid passport or document used in lieu of passport without valid visa issuance by the Royal Thai Embassies, the Royal Thai Consulates-General or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with exception of those who meet visa exemption requirements. The terms and conditions of visa issuance and visa exemption are prescribed by the Ministerial Regulations.
(2) Having no appropriate means of living following entry into the Kingdom.
(3) Having entered the Kingdom to be employed as an unskilled or untrained labourer, or to work in violation of the Alien Work Permit Law.
(4) Being mentally unstable or having any of the diseases stated in the Ministerial Regulations.
(5) Having not yet been vaccinated against smallpox; or inoculated, or undergone any other medical treatment for protection against disease; and having refused to have such vaccinations administered by the Immigration Doctor.
(6) Having been imprisoned by judgment of the Thai Court; or by lawful injunction or judgment of the Court of a foreign country, except for when the penalty is for a petty offence, or negligence, or is provided for as an exception by the Ministerial Regulations.
(7) Having behaviour which could cause possible danger to the public; or having the likelihood of being a nuisance or constituting any violence to the peace, safety and security of the public or to the security of the nation; or being under warrant of arrest by competent officials of foreign governments. .
(8) Reason to believe that entry into Kingdom is for the purpose of being involved in prostitution, the trafficking of women or children, drug smuggling, or other types of smuggling which are against public morality.
(9) Having no MONEY or bond as prescribed by the Minister under Section 14 of the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979).
(10) Being a person prohibited by the Minister under Section 16 of the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979).
(11) Being deported by either the Government of Thailand or that of other foreign countries; or having been revoked the right of stay in the Kingdom or in foreign countries; or having been expelled from the Kingdom by competent officials at the expense of the Government of Thailand unless exemption is provided by the Minister on an individual basis.
Starting from 13 November 2015, there will no longer be tourist visa with two or three entries. There will only be two types of tourist visa as follows:
- TOURIST VISA WITH ONE ENTRY
Price: 35 USD
Validity of Visa: 3 months from the date of issue
Period of Stay:
- TOURIST VISA WITH MULTIPLE ENTRIES
Price: 170 USD
Validity of Visa: 6 months from the date of issue
Period of Stay: Not exceeding 60 days per entry
- RE-ENTRY PERMIT
Tourists who plan to enter Thailand two or three times but do not wish to apply for tourist visa with multiple entries, can follow these steps:
Online Application for Visa On Arrival
The Royal Thai Government has launched the online application service for Visa on Arrival (VoA) to facilitate foreign nationals who want to go to Thailand on tourism purposes at the immigration arrival checkpoints via Suvarnabhumi International Airport only. The online application can be accessed through www.immigration.go.th > Online Application for Visa on Arrival. Citizens of the following countries or territories are eligible to apply for VoA:
- The Republic of Uzbekistans
- The Republic of Bulgaria
- The Republic of Malta
- Federal Democratic Republic Ethiopia
- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- The People's Republic of China
- The Republic of Cyprus
- The Republic of India
- The Principality of Andorra
- The Republic of Maldives
- The Republic of Mauritius
- The Republic of Kazakhstan
- The Kingdom of Bhutan
- The Republic of Latvia
- The Republic of San Marino
- The Republic of Lithuania
Please note that:
1) Certify genuine signatures and/or seals. Certify official signatures: The record of the official signatures at the Embassy is provided by the Peruvian authorities.
2) Certify a copy of the Thai official documents.
3) Certify true translation of the official documents. Certify true translation from Thai to English (It has to be official documents issued by Thai authorities).
1) Document issued by the Thai authority.
A = Get a Thai official document
B = is required to certify it in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
C = is required to certify it in the Embassy of Peru in Bangkok
D = is required to certify it in the Thai Embassy in Peru
E = is required to certify it in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru
F = take it to the desired destination
One of the processes could be one of the following:
-A-> B-> C-> F
-A-> D-> E-> F
-A-> B-> C-> E-> F
-A-> B-> D-> E-> F
2) Document issued by the Peruvian authorities
A = Get a Peruvian official document
B = is required to certify it in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru
C = is required to certify it in the Thai Embassy in Peru
D = is required to certify it in the Embassy of Peru in Thailand
E = is required to certify it in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
F = Take it to the desired destination
One of these might be the case:
-A-> B-> C-> F
-A-> D-> E-> F
-A-> B-> C-> E-> F
- A-> B-> D-> E-> F
* Remarks: important documents may require more steps