Visa forms an important part of your travel documents while visiting any foreign country. Whether you are an overseas student, government official or a tourist, you need to have a visa to enter the Kingdom of Thailand. In fact, your visa for the country acts as your entry ticket to Bangkok as well. Thus, visitors willing to travel to Bangkok must ensure that they fulfill all the visa requirements of Thailand. Generally, a person can enter Bangkok with the help of any of the following visas, as issued by the Royal Thai Embassies or Royal Thai Consulates - Transit Visa, Tourist Visa, Non-Immigrant Visa, Diplomatic Visa, Official Visa and Courtesy Visa.
This type of visa is valid for three months and issued to applicants
who wish to enter Thailand to travel, in transit, through the Kingdom,
in order to proceed to the country of destination or to re-enter their
native country. It is also issued to a sportsperson who needs to
participate in sports activities or to a person in charge or crew of a
conveyance visiting any port, station or province in the Kingdom.
Visitors with a transit visa are allowed to stay in Thailand for a
period of not more than 30 days.
A tourist visa is issued to applicants who wish to visit Thailand for
tourism purposes. Such a person should, under no circumstance, should
engage in any kind of work or business activities in the country. A
tourist visa is valid either for 3 months or 6 months. Nationals of
certain countries enjoy tourist visa exemption with Thailand and may
enter the country without visa and stay for a period of not exceeding 60
a visa is issued for official or business purposes. It is issued to
applicants whose purpose of visit is to invest with the concurrence of
the Thai Ministries and Government Departments concerned, to invest or
undergo related activities and for study and other research activities.
Besides, people who are to work as a film-producer, reporter or perform
religious works are also issued such a visa. Other cases include -
people who come to stay with family, to be a sport coach or receive
medical treatment. The holders of such visa are granted a stay for a
period of not more than 90 days, unless otherwise officially instructed.
Diplomatic or Official Visa
A diplomatic visa is issued to diplomatic or official passport-holders,
under official request, who wish to visit Thailand to assume duties at a
foreign Diplomatic Mission or Consulate or International Organization in
the country. Such a visa is also granted to their family members.
A courtesy visa is granted to diplomatic/official/ordinary
passport-holders who wish to enter Thailand on official duty and/or
other purposes. The Thai Embassies and Consulates-General grant such
visas under special official request.
Certain countries enjoy visa exemption in Thailand. Therefore, passport
holders of these countries are allowed to enter the Kingdom for tourism
purposes without a visa and are permitted to stay for a period of not
more than 30 days. Besides, foreigners who visit Thailand under the
Tourist Visa Exemption category may re-enter and stay in the country for
a total duration of not more than 90 days within a period of 6 months.
They must also own finances amounting to 10,000 Baht (per person) and
20,000 Baht (per family), in cash, for the duration of their stay in the
The following places fall under the category of Visa Exemption in