Thailand Tourist Visa - Everything You Need To Know Before Applying

Tourism plays a significant role in Thailand as millions of tourists from around the world visit this country for its fascinating mix of history and culture. The Thai Government is already attracting more and more travelers every year with its interesting tourism campaigns. The country has also recently made several changes in their visa policies and has become flexible in terms of travelers. With a number of countries eligible for visa-free entry and visa on arrival, there are many things you need to know about visa requirements for Thailand. So, here is the short guide that will tell you about Thailand tourist visa -

1. Which countries do not require a visa to enter Thailand?

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There are 50+ countries exempted from visa when visiting Thailand for tourism purpose. Out of this list, there are some with whom the Thai Government has maintained bilateral agreements on visa waivers. Nationals of such countries may explore Thailand for up to 90 days without a visa. In the case of other countries, this time period may vary from 14 days to 30 days. 

Here are 55 countries that come under Thailand visa exemption rule - 

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Monaco, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam

2. Who else can enter Thailand without a visa?

Citizens of Cambodia and Myanmar are allowed to stay in Thailand as a tourist for up to 14 days. But, citizens of Myanmar have to enter the country via air to be applicable for this rule. 

3. Which countries are offered visa-on-arrival in Thailand?

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21 countries are eligible for Thailand visa on arrival. There are 48 different check-points in Thailand that can issue visa on arrival. These countries are - 

Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. 

4. Which countries require a visa to enter Thailand?

If your country is not mentioned in any of the above-listed countries, you will have to apply for a visa in advance at the Royal Thai Embassy prior to your visit. 

The cabinet of Thailand has also approved visa on arrival for the nationals of Mexico, Vanuatu, Nauru, Georgia in November 2018. But, the implementation date is yet to be announced. So, until then, citizens of these countries will also require a visa to visit Thailand. 

5. How to apply for a Thailand tourist visa?

It is a hassle-free procedure when you are looking for a Thailand visa application online. You can also get the form at the Embassy of Thailand in your country. When you are filling up the form online, a barcode sheet will be generated after you have completed the form. You will need to take a print of your visa application form along with a barcode sheet upon procedure completion. 

If you are from one of the countries eligible for visa on arrival, then a Thailand visa on arrival form can be collected at all international airports as well as most of the border crossings.

6. What are the requirements for a Thailand visa?

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  • When you are applying for a Thailand visa online or at the Embassy, you will need the following documents -
  • A passport with a minimum validity of 6 months.
  • Completely filled out and signed a visa application form. 
  • 2 recent passport-sized photographs of the applicant of 4 cm x 6 cm on a white background. 
  • The valid address of accommodation booked in advance. 
  • Fully-paid round-trip air ticket/e-ticket. 
  • Proof of funds to cover your stay in Thailand which are minimum of 10,000 baht per person and 20,000 baht per family. 
  • If you are submitting your visa application form at the Embassy of Thailand, you will need to carry original copies as well as photocopies of attached supporting documents. Also, you may be asked to present other documents by the officials. So be prepared for that. 
  • Countries that require a mandatory yellow fever vaccination while visiting Thailand - 
  • Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and Venezuela. 

7. How much is the Thailand visa Fee?

Thailand visa fee may vary depending upon your country, but it is usually around 1,000 baht or 30 USD per person. This visa fee may change without any notice. So, it is advisable to confirm the current official fee before while planning your visit. 

With these Thai tourist visa details ready, you just have to pack your bags for a perfect vacation and head to Thailand!

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