A foreign national who is interested in entering Thailand whether to study, work, marry or retire is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General. There are nationals of certain countries that do not require a visa if they meet Visa Exemption requirements which are as follows:
- Nationals of countries which are exempted from visa requirements when entering Thailand for tourism purposes. Such nationals will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 30 days.
- Nationals of countries which hold bilateral agreements with Thailand on the exemption of visa requirements.
More than 40 countries including US and UK are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period of not more than 30 days on each visit. Foreigners who enter Thailand under the Tourist Visa Exemption category may re-enter and stay in the country for an additional duration of stay of not exceeding 90 days within any 6-month period from the date of first entry.
Nationals of the following countries may apply for Visa on Arrival:
Period of Stay: 15 days
Andora, Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine
Nationals of the following countries may enter Thailand without a Visa (Both Tourism and Bilateral Agreement) :
Period of Stay: 14 days
Period of Stay: 30 days
Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Monaco, Mongolia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, USA, Vietnam, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, UK, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, Vietnam
Period of Stay: 90 days
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Korea, Peru
- Tourist Visa Exemption does not apply to foreigners holding Travel Document for Foreigners issued by the countries listed above.
- Foreigners entering Thailand under the Tourist Visa Exemption category must possess adequate finances for the duration of stay in Thailand.