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Thailand Visas & Entry Requirements

How to Enter Thailand 👉 Quick Answers

  • Do I need special permission to enter Thailand? – Since 1st July 2022, travellers do not need to apply for special permission (e.g. the Thai Pass) to enter Thailand.
  • Do I need a visa to enter Thailand? – Citizens of most countries do not need to arrange a visa in advance for Thailand as they will receive a 30-day visa exemption upon arrival in Thailand by air, sea or land.
  • Do I need proof of onward travel? – All travellers must have proof of onward travel.
  • Do I need proof of vaccination? – A COVID-19 vaccination certificate OR negative ATK/RT-PCR test result is required to fly and will be checked by airline staff before you can board the plane and upon arrival in Thailand.
  • Do I need travel insurance? – The $10,000 US travel insurance requirement for travel to Thailand was dropped by authorities in July 2022. However, travel insurance is still highly recommended for travel to Thailand. See our recommendations here.

Thailand: COVID-19 Requirements


COVID-19 Vaccination Status

  • Vaccinated travellers: If you are a fully vaccinated tourist over the age of 18 you are currently eligible to travel to Thailand. You will be required to show your COVID-19 vaccination certification before you board the flight to Thailand and once again when you arrive in Thailand. (COVID-19 booster vaccine is not required, only what is considered a “full dose” of the vaccine that you have been administered. For example, Pfizer requires two doses to be considered fully vaccinated, whereas with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, one vaccine is considered a full dose.) The last dose of any vaccine must have been administered 14 days before departure. See the list of recognised COVID-19 vaccines and their doses here.
  • Non-vaccinated travellers: Must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arriving in the country. No quarantine required. If you are unvaccinated and cannot get a test, you will be required to complete a 5-day quarantine on the AQ (Alternative Quarantine) scheme.
  • Travellers under the age of 18: Travellers under the age of 18 do not need to show proof of vaccination as long as they are travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians. If they are travelling with unvaccinated parents, they must show a RT-PCR or ATK COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.
  • Travellers under the age of 5 travelling without parents: If unvaccinated, they will need to show either an RT-PCR or ATK COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure OR show a certificate which proves that they have had at least one dose of any approved vaccine within 14 days of travelling.

Entry Requirements and Documents

  1. Hold a valid passport with at least 12 months validity and two blank pages.
  2. Have proof of onward travel out of Thailand within the expiry date of your visa.
  3. Show a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result (see above).

Travel Insurance Requirements

  • Thailand no longer requires a minimum amount of travel insurance to cover COVID-19, however, it is highly recommended that you take out a policy that covers treatment to avoid excessive medical charges.
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Thailand: Visa Exemption


Thailand Visa Exemption Summary

Most nationalities receive a free visa exemption upon arrival in Thailand by air or land. Visa exemption means you do not have to arrange a visa in advance. Depending on your nationality (see below), you will be granted a certain number of days of visa-free travel upon arrival into the country.


Duration of Thai Visa Exemption

  • 90 days: Citizens of five nations (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and South Korea) receive a 90-day visa-free entry into Thailand. 
  • 30 days: Citizens of 51 nations (including the USA, UK and most EU nations) receive 30-day visa-free entry into Thailand. (See all nations here.)
  • 14 days: Citizens of Cambodia and Myanmar receive 14 days.

30-day visa waiver: Citizens of Hong Kong, Macau, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia and Russia are allowed to stay up to 30 days due to a bilateral visa waiver agreement between the countries.

NEW! VISA EXEMPTION EXTENSION: For 6 months starting October 1st 2022 (until March 31st 2022), Thailand will extend the 30-day visa exemption to 45 days to cover Thailand’s high season. This will apply to all those nationalities who were previously eligible to receive 30 days. See this article for more info.


Thailand: Types of Visa


Tourist Visa – 60 Days (Single Entry)

  • What is it? The 60-day Tourist Visa (also known as TR60) is the best option for travellers wanting to stay longer than 30 days in Thailand. The visa must be arranged in advance. 
  • How to apply: You should apply for the TR60 in person at a Thai Embassy before you travel to Thailand. The Thai Embassy must be located in any major town or city that is not in Thailand, for example, a neighbouring country or your home country. (See locations of Thai embassies here.)
  • What do you need to apply? 
  • Current passport with at least 6 months validity and two blank pages
  • Photocopy of the photo page of your passport
  • Completed Thai Visa Application Form 
  • 2 X passport size photographs (3.5cm X 4.5cm)
  • Proof of onward travel
  • Proof of accommodation in Thailand. (A booking confirmation at a hotel or guesthouse for your first few nights’ stay in Thailand will usually suffice.)
  • Proof of funds to support yourself during your stay (e.g. recent copy of your bank statement – this can be digital).
  • Cost: Approx $40USD (the cost can vary between $30-50USD depending on which Thai Embassy you apply to.

Tourist Visa – 6 Months (Multiple Entry)

  • What is it? The 6-month Tourist Visa allows the alien (yes, you are an alien!) to stay in Thailand for a maximum of 6 months. With this visa, you must leave the country every 60 days. 
  • How to apply: You should apply for the TR60 in person at a Thai Embassy before you travel to Thailand. The Thai Embassy must be located in any major town or city that is not in Thailand, for example, a neighbouring country or your home country. (See locations of Thai embassies here.)
  • What do you need to apply? 
  • Current passport with at least 6 months validity and two blank pages
  • Photocopy of the photo page of your passport
  • Completed Thai Visa Application Form 
  • 2 X passport size photographs (3.5cm X 4.5cm)
  • Proof of onward travel
  • Proof of accommodation in Thailand. (A booking confirmation at a hotel or guesthouse for your first few nights’ stay in Thailand will usually suffice.)
  • Proof of funds to support yourself during your stay (e.g. recent copy of your bank statement – this can be digital).
  • Cost: Approx $200USD (the cost can vary between $150-250USD depending on which Thai Embassy you apply to.

Education Visa (Non-Immigrant ED Visa) – 9 Months (Single Entry)

  • What is it? The ED Visa can be granted for travellers who want to stay in Thailand longer to ‘study, participate in seminars, learn Thai or study as a foreign Buddhist monk’. (This can include Muay Thai training, yoga, Thai language and other cultural activities.)
  • How to apply: You can apply for the ED Visa at any Thai Embassy (not in Thailand).
  • What do you need to apply? 
  • Current passport with at least 6 months validity and two blank pages
  • Completed Thai Visa Application Form 
  • 2 X passport size photographs (3.5cm X 4.5cm)
  • Completed TM 87 Thai Visa application form
  • Approval letter from school or academic institute
  • Registration documents and course description
  • Proof of payment of booking (you must have paid at least 50% of the course before applying for your visa)
  • Cost: 2,000 THB

Thailand: Extending your Visa


Extending your Thai Visa at an Immigration Office in Thailand

You can extend your visa once at a Thai Immigration Office, one of which can be found in every province in Thailand. Regardless of whether you have the 30-day visa exemption that you received upon arrival or you have the 60-day tourist visa, you can extend your stay in Thailand.

  • How many days can you extend for? 30 days
  • What do you need to take? 
  • Current passport with at least 6 months validity and two blank pages
  • Photocopies of your passport and visa page
  • Completed application form (you can get this at the Immigration Centre)
  • One passport photo (3.5cm X 4.5cm, white background)
  • Cost: 1900THB 

Tip: The Immigration Offices in areas where there’s a high concentration of travellers and ex-pats, like Chiang Mai, can have big queues, so go early in the morning to avoid this.


Border runs from Thailand

If you have extended your stay in Thailand once at an Immigration Centre and your time in the country is coming to an end, you may be looking into a ‘border run’ or ‘visa run’.

  • What is a border run? A border run (or visa run) is where you cross the border of Thailand into another country and then cross back into Thailand with a renewed visa. Upon re-entering the country, you will be granted a new 14, 30, or 90-day entry pass into Thailand (depending on your nationality above). 
  • How long do you need to stay in another country? You don’t have to wait any number of days or hours before crossing the border back into Thailand. If you wanted to, you could return to Thailand right away!
  • How to arrange: Many travel agencies and hostels in Thailand can arrange a ‘visa run’ for you (in a minivan) to the neighbouring countries of Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia or Malaysia. The visa runs usually take one full day depending on your location.
  • Cost: The cost depends on your current location in Thailand. 

How many times can you reenter Thailand via a border run? – The official rules state that you can make a border crossing overland into Thailand only twice in a calendar year. (This rule was brought in in late 2016 in an attempt to crack down on back-to-back visa runs.) Whether or not this rule is enforced is at the discretion of the immigration official. There is no official limit on the number of times you can fly into Thailand and renew your visa. Read more information on Thai border runs here in our article.


Thailand: Overstaying Your Visa


Penalties for overstay in Thailand

The cost of overstaying your visa in Thailand is 500THB/day, to be paid at the airport upon departure. 

The maximum fine for overstay that you can pay is 20,000THB. After this, you may face deportation at your own cost or imprisonment. We don’t recommend overstaying at all because it is legal for a police officer to ask for your passport and visa at any point during your travels to check whether your visa is still valid.

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