Passports and Visa to Thailand
Passport valid for six months beyond intended length of stay required by all except the following:
(a) holders of a Hong Kong (SAR) certificate of identity bearing a Thai visa issued in Hong Kong;
(b) holders of a Singapore certificate of identity with a visa;
(c) holders of South African temporary passports;
(d) holders of a UN laissez-passer and Macau (SAR) China Travel Permits.
Required by all except the following nationals for touristic stays, provided they hold valid passports, sufficient funds and confirmed tickets to leave Thailand within 30 days:
(a) nationals of the countries referred to in the chart above, except 1. nationals of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia, who do need a visa;
(b) nationals of Bahrain, Brazil, Brunei, Hong Kong (SAR), Indonesia, Israel, Korea (Rep), Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, The Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam;
(c) transit passengers continuing their journey within 12 hours, provided holding confirmed tickets and other documents for an onward journey and they do not leave the transit lounge.
Note: (a) 2. The following nationals can obtain an entry visa on arrival at 23 designated immigration checkpoints throughout Thailand (consult nearest Embassy/Consulate for further information), provided holding a confirmed ticket to leave within 15 days, proof of sufficient funds, application form with recent photo, a valid passport and that their visit is for tourist purposes only: Bhutan, China (PR), Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Mauritius, Oman, Poland, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. The fee for this service is approximately 300 Baht; note that this is subject to frequent change. Travellers should also note that there are normally long queues at the immigration checkpoints. (b) Anyone intending to stay longer than 15 days must obtain a visa prior to arrival.
Types of visa: Tourist; Non-immigrant; Transit.
Validity: Tourist: 60 days. Non-immigrant: 90 days. Transit: 30 days. All visas must be used within three months of date of issue, except multiple-entry non-immigration visas which are valid for up to one year. Extensions are available from the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok.
Application to: Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy);
Application requirements: (a) Valid passport. (b) One completed application form. (c) Recent passport-size photo (4 x 6cm). (d) Fee (cash or postal order only). (e) Proof of sufficient funds to cover stay (Bt20,000 per person, Bt40,000 per family). (f) Confirmed onward or return ticket. (g) Registered, stamped, self-addressed envelope for postal enquiries. Non-immigrant: (a)-(g) and, (h) Copy of passport and extra passport photograph. (i) For a business visit, a letter from the employer in country of origin and from the business partner in Thailand explaining the purpose of the visit is required. Other documents may also be required, depending on purpose of visit. Transit: (a)-(h) and, (i) Visa for next destination in passport or travel document.
Working days required: Two days if submitted in person, approximately one week plus mailing time if applying by post.