Every country has their entry requirements and Thailand is no different! When you travel to Thailand, make sure you are fully clued up as to what you need regarding your passport and visa. There’s different kinds of visas for Thailand, so be sure you know which one you need!
Depending on which country you are from, it may not be necessary for you to have a visa for Thailand if you are not staying for more than 30 days. For example if you hold a UK or Australian passport, you are eligible for a Tourist Visa Exemption (there are other countries eligible too – check out a full list here).
If your country is not on the list, unfortunately, you do not qualify for a Tourist Visa Exemption … but this isn’t a problem! You can apply for a visa when you arrive at one of the 30+ international immigration check points (the most popular being airports at Bangkok or Phuket). It will cost you 1000 baht (the last time we checked!) and allows you entry to the country for 15 days.
If you are planning on staying for longer than the specified 30 days, and your visit is for tourism or leisure purposes, you will need to visit the Royal Thai Embassy or the Thai consulate in the country that you live in, before you start your travels. Here, you can apply for a tourist visa that will entitle you to stay in the country for up to 60 days. Again, this will cost approximately 1000 baht and you will need to provide a passport sized photo. If needs be, you can apply for an extension of this visa for up to 30 days but this is at the discretion of the Thailand immigration authority.
If you want to work in Thailand as part of your travels, you will need a non-immigrant visa, in addition to a work permit. The embassy or consulate will be able to give you all the information you need but you can find out more here.
One quick note about your passport … you will need to have 6 months left on your passport after the date of which you leave Thailand – so make sure your passport is not about to expire!
Got any questions? Give us a shout and we’ll do our best to help … or at least point you in the right direction!