What is a Thailand Tourist Visa?
A Thailand tourist visa is a stamp or document needed so you can stay in Thailand for a specific period of time, for the purpose of tourism. It is issued by a Thai embassy or consulate in your country and stamped on your passport upon arrival at the airport in Thailand. In addition to applying for your tourist visa in your home country, you also have the option of applying at any Thai embassy or consulate outside of Thailand.
The tourist visa can also be extended if necessary. The tourist visa should not be confused with the visa exemption stamp issued at the airport.
There are certain countries that made agreements with the government of Thailand so their citizens can benefit from the visa exemption when entering Thailand as tourists. These tourists are allowed to stay in Thailand for 45 days to 90 days without the need to apply for a tourist visa from the Thai Embassy.
Validity of the Tourist Visa and Permit to Stay
The validity of a tourist visa ranges from 3 months to 6 months, depending on the number of entries you make across the land border, or from the airport. If you arrived in Thailand through an international airport, you will be stamped with 60-day permission to stay.
Please do not be confused with the validity of the visa and the permit to stay. The validity of the visa as stated in your visa sticker is the time you have to use the visa or to enter Thailand. The permit to stay is the actual number of days you are allowed to stay in Thailand legally. You will receive the permit to stay when you arrive at the airport or border.
Requirements of a Tourist Visa to Thailand
When applying for a tourist visa, certain documents and fees are needed to obtain one. The documents and the fee are subject to change anytime and without prior notice, so it would be a good idea for an aspiring Thai tourist to inquire for the right information before flying off to Thailand.
Documents required for Tourist Visa:
Passport or travel document with a validity not less than 6 months
Visa application form (filled out)
A recent 4x6cm. photograph of the applicant
Round-trip air ticket or e-ticket (paid in full)
Proof of financial 20,000 baht per person/40,000 baht per family
Proof of Hotel or private accommodation
Application for COE
Aside from the Tourist Visa, a traveler must apply for a COE or certificate of entry from the local Thai Embassy or Consulate. To apply for the COE, please register online by filling in your personal details, and upload supporting documents such as a copy of your passport, a copy of the valid visa, and COVID-19 travel insurance. The Embassy will screen and pre-approve the applicants who meet the requirements. The second step of the COE application involves uploading the flight information and the quarantine hotel reservation. You must apply for the COE at least 5 to 15 days prior to your flight to Thailand.
Checklist for Tourists Visiting Thailand
After receiving your Thailand tourist visa and certificate of entry from the Thai Embassy or consulate, the traveler must prepare the following documents before traveling to Thailand:
Certificate of Entry (COE)
Valid visa in your passport
Medical Certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected. The COVID test must be by the RT-PCR method, within 72 hours before departure. Some airlines do not accept home kit tests so please check specific requirements with the airlines you are traveling with.
Printed COVID 19 travel insurance certificate and all pages of the terms and conditions on the COVID-19 coverage and medical benefits. You may be refused to board the flight if you could not show that the insurance meets this requirement.
Copy of confirmed ASQ Hotel booking.
Copy of confirmed flight reservation.
You must download the “Thailand Plus” Application on your mobile phone.
Update: Due to the COVID 19 pandemic the issuance of the tourist visa can be made online, by mail, or in-person depending on the current regulation of the Thai Embassy in your country.
Caution: If you wish to stay in Thailand for an extended amount of time, we kindly advise against attempting to secure and use multiple tourist visas in a row. This can lead to being “Blacklisted” in Thailand in some cases and is at the discretion of the embassy or consular officer. Instead of attempting consecutive Tourist visas please consult with our experienced staff about how to safely stay in Thailand for an extended time period.
For more information please contact :
Tel: 063-779-9111 (English)
Line ID: ILSCM