Visa for Thailand
In many countries (including most so called "western nations") you will not need a visa to stay up to 30 days in Thailand. Contact your nearest Thai embassy or consulate if you are not sure. If you are allowed to enter Thailand without a visa, you can extend your stay with up to seven days in an immigration office in Thailand.
Please note! Since the fall of 2008 a tourist was offered only 15 days "extra" stay in Thailand if he or she was passing a transit to another country. Earlier, tourists were offered 30 days.
We recommend that you apply for a visa if you intend to stay a little longer in the country!
A visa is valid until 90 days after issuance. So you'll have to arrive in Thailand within 90 days from the time the visa was issued.
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A transit visa is valid for a maximum of 30 days and can not be extended. A ticket that confirms an onward destination is also required. You are NOT allowed to work in Thailand with a transit visa. A transit visa can be issued at a Thai embassy or consulate.
A tourist visa is valid for 60 days and can be extended with a maximum of 30 days in an immigration office in Thailand. A tourist visa can be issued at a Thai embassy or consulate.
Multiple Entry Visa
In some Thai embassies and consulates, you will be able to apply for a visa with "multiple entry" (double or triple) which makes it possible to just pass the border after 60 days in Thailand two (double entry) or three (triple entry) times. (or 60+30 days if you have extended your visa at an immigration office) For further information please contact a Thai embassy or consulate.
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There are a number of categories. A few examples:
Business visa (B)
Dependent visa (O) (married to a Thai citizen)
Diplomatic visa (D)
Expert visa (EX)
Investor visa (IM)
Mass media (M)
A Non-Immigrant visa will normally be issued for 90 days at the first time. Some of the mentioned visas can then be extended up to a year if the applicant has a reference, and certificates to show that they meet the criteria. For further information about Non-Immigrant B visas, just click here or contact a Thai embassy or a Thai consulate.
Only a very limited number of people is are granted this visa each year. It can only be issued by the Ministry of Interior with permission from the Immigration Division of Thailand. Several certificates, such as health certificate, possible criminal record, statements of your finance etc. has to be submitted together with the application. You will also need to have at least three prior years with a non-immigrant visa with only one-year-status.
Going on a Visa Run
A so called visa run, to extend a present visa, or get a new one, can be made to any of Thailand's neighbor countries; Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia or Laos. Maybe you might want to fly to China (Hong Kong), Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand etc. and combine the visa trip with a holiday abroad?
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