Thailand Visa Types, Requirements, and Application

Did you know Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is the most visited city in the world?ย  So what are Thailand Visa types? How to apply for Thailand visa? This article will help you get a good grasp of the topic.

Who needs a visa to enter Thailand?

Visa exemption

Nationals from the following countries do not need a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period of stay not exceeding 30 days on each visit:

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Argentina ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Andorra ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ Bahrain ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ผ Kuwait ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Qatar
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Laos ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ Brunei ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Liechtenstein ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ Luxembourg ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ด Macau ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป Maldives ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ Mauritius ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จ Monaco ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณ Mongolia ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Myanmar ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช United Arab Emirates
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ Oman ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Vietnam
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia

Visa on arrival

Additionally, nationals from the following countries and territories can apply for a visa on arrival to stay in this country up to 15 days:

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡น Bhutan ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฌ Papua New Guinea
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Arabia
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Taiwan
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น Ethiopia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Uzbekistan
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Fiji ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ท Nauru ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡บ Vanuatu

Thailand visa types

There are some popular types of Thailand visa as follows:

Tourist visa

This type of visa is issued for foreigners who want to visit Thailand for tourism and leisure purposes. You are required to show your travel insurance covering at least 50,000 US dollars.

Marriage visa

This type of visa is applied to the following categories of eligible applicants:

  • Spouses of Thai citizens.
  • Children (aged under 20) of Thai citizens.
  • Volunteers who work for NGOs.
  • Foreigners who want medical treatment in hospitals in Thailand.

SMART visa

This type of visa is applied to attract expert workers and investors to Thailand as long as they work in the following fields:

  • Next-Generation Automotive
  • Smart Electronics
  • Advanced Tourism
  • Agriculture and Biotechnology
  • Sustainable Food Research
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Aviation and Logistics
  • Biofuels and Biochemicals
  • Digital Management
  • Medical Hub
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Science and Technology
  • Environment and Renewable Energy

Non-immigrant visa

This visa is issued for foreigners who want to visit Thailand for purposes of the stay except for tourism purposes.

Thailand non-immigrant visa
Thailand non-immigrant visa

Work visa

The required additional document to submit when you apply for visa on this matter. The list consists of:

  • A letter of approval issued by the Ministry of Labour in Thailand.
  • Proofs of sufficient mean covering at least 20,000 Thai baht individually.
  • Police clearance certificate.

Student visa

This visa is granted for international students wishing to pursue further education in Thailand.

Business visa

You will need to lodge an application when you visit Thailand for business-related purposes such as conducting a business meeting or negotiating trade deals.

Retirement visa

This visa is divided into two categories which are O-A visa and O-X visa.

  • O-A visa allows the foreigners to stay in Thailand for a year without intending to work.
  • O-X visa allows the foreigners to stay in Thailand for 10 years without intending to work.

Nationals from the following countries are eligible for O-X Visa:

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Switzerland
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway

Thailand visa requirements

General visa requirements

These are some general documents you are required to submit when you apply for Thailand visa.ย 

  • A duly completed visa application form.
  • Two recently taken photos on the white background.
  • Biographic documents including birth certificate.
  • A valid passport which does not exceed 10 years.
  • A return ticket or flights booking proof.
  • Documents showing your sufficient finance such as bank statements, payroll or bank balance.
  • Confirmed accommodation documents.
  • Civil status proofs to justify.

Asides from the given indispensable documents, there are some additional papers you need to submit based on the purpose of the visit.

How to apply for the Thailand visa?

Phuket Island - Thailand
Phuket Island – Thailand

You need to follow these following steps one by one for the Thailand visa application.

Step#1. Be prepared

You need to pick a reasonable time to apply for Thailand visa. You will prepare your visa application, including but not limited to: your duration of visa, your purpose of the stay, your type of visa and choose the nearest destination of the Embassy or Consulate to apply.

Step#2. Fill out visa application form

You will complete the application form with the aforementioned details and gather the necessary documents which are tailored for your type of visa.

Step#3. Pay Thailand visa fee

The fee of visa hinges on the type of visa:

  • The fee for a transit visa is 800 baht per entry
  • The fee for a tourist visa is 1,000 baht per entry
  • The fee for a non-immigrant visa is:
    โ€“ Single entry 2,000 baht
    โ€“ Multiple entry 5,000 baht every year
    โ€“ Multiple entry 5,000 baht every 3 years (applies to nationals of APEC members)
  • The fee for an immigrant visa is 1,900 baht
  • The fee for a non-quota immigrant visa is:
    โ€“ Single entry 1,900 baht
    โ€“ Multiple entry 3,800 baht every year

Step#4. Book an appointment

You need to book a visa appointment with your applied Embassy or Consulate.

Step#5. Attend the visa interview

You will hand in your required and supplement documents to your application destination. This will be the step to confirm your purpose and decide whether you will be granted or rejected.

Step#6. Obtain the visa

After processing time, you will be notified by the Embassy and a Thailand visa will be stamped over your passport.