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Do You Need a Tourist Visa to Thailand?

Last Updated: May 26,2021

Foreigners who wish to enter Thailand for sightseeing, vacation or other leisure activities may need to obtain a Thai tourist visa, depending on their nationality. The Thai tourist visa is only for short-term purposes.

For a visit to Thailand, you must apply for a Thai tourist visa unless you are from a country that is exempt from visa requirements or you are eligible for a Thai visa on arrival.

Free Visa-Exempt Stay

If you hold a passport from any of the countries listed below and your passport is valid for at least 6 months, you are eligible for a free visa-free stay in Thailand.

The length of stay allowed varies by country and type of entry (air or land), so please check the list for your specific eligibility.

  • Canada - 30 days

  • United States - 30 days

  • France - 30 days

  • Germany - 30 days

  • Russia - 30 days

  • United Kingdom - 30 days

  • Australia - 30 days

  • New Zealand - 30 days

Due to the length, we do not list all countries, you can view the full table here or ask us.

Thai eVisa on arrival

Thailand currently offers visa-free travel to nationals of 64 countries and territories. Thai visa on arrival is only issued to citizens of certain countries for a non-extendable period of 15 days. These are the 18 countries eligible for a tourist Thai eVisa:

  • Bulgaria

  • Bhutan

  • People's Republic of China

  • Cyprus

  • Ethiopia

  • Fiji

  • Georgia

  • India

  • Kazakhstan

  • Malta

  • Mexico

  • Nauru

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Romania

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Taiwan

  • Uzbekistan

  • Vanuatu

What makes it even more convenient is that nationals from 18 countries can obtain visas on arrival online.

This means that instead of applying for a Thai tourist visa upon arrival at the airport, travelers can now apply for a visa online from the comfort of their home before they travel to Thailand.

The Thai e-Visa on Arrival allows travelers to avoid long lines at the border and pass through a dedicated express line upon arrival.

Extending your stay in Thailand

Your visa-free stay in Thailand can be extended once per entry. In most cases, it can be extended by 30 days. The visa extension due to COVID is valid for 60 days.

Visa Choices for Longer Visits

If you wish to stay in the country for a longer period of time, please know that normal 60-day tourist visas, 90-day special tourist visas, Thai Elite visas, and other non-immigrant visas are also available at Thai embassies or consulates around the world. Holders of these visas will still need to apply for a certificate of entry at the Thai Embassy in the country of departure.

Do you want to stay in Thailand for 5, 10 or 20 years? You may want to consider the Thailand Elite Visa Program. This is an easy-to-apply and hassle-free visa for your long-term stay in Thailand. 

How to Apply My Visa during COVID-19?

If you need more Visa information and assistance during COVID-19, please feel free to read this passage: 

Thailand Tourist Visa Requirements during COVID-19

Traveling to Thailand during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

Where to Go in Thailand in 2021?

Why choose Phuket for your overseas travel destination during Covid-19?

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