Thailand Visa Information

Thailand has now started to open up to foreign visitors including tourists. Visas currently available include:

  • Tourist Visa – short-stay tourists up to 60 days with an extension available for a further 30 days
  • Special Tourist Visa – long stay tourists from low-risk countries, initial 90 days, with extensions up to 270 days
  • Diplomats and Officials of International Organisations
  • Work permit holders and their spouse and children (under 20)
  • Medical Tourists – travellers seeking medical and wellness services may enter Thailand upon receiving a ‘International Flight Permit’ from the Thai Embassy/Consulate in their home country together with a letter from a Thai doctor. 
  • Family members of a Thai national
  • Students studying at a Thai school or university
  • Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of residence, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom
  • Foreigners participating in trade fairs in Thailand
  • Foreign film crews coming for filming in Thailand
  • Elite Card Holders

Tourist Visa

There is some debate over who can apply for a Tourist Visa (TV). Initially it looked as if it was available to residents of most countries.

The option to apply for the TV has been removed from a number of Thai Embassy websites, although if you investigate further it can still sometimes be found. The option to apply for a Certificate of Entry (COE) is still available for all nationalities though.

Application Process

The first stage in getting a TV is by applying for a visa in advance at your local Thai Embassy. You can then apply for a COE through a Thai Government website, all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Bank statement providing proof of income of 500,000 THB (£12,448 or US$16,396) in the last 6 months – Update although this requirement is still officially in place some Thai Embassies including the those in the US and UK have lowered the amount required or dropped it entirely.
  • Medical insurance that covers COVID-19 with at least US$100,000 USD (£75,250 3,049,400 THB) plus US$400,000 (£300,998) for other medical and accident expenses for the duration of your stay
  • Proof of Alternative State Quarantine reservation (ASQ)
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR swab test taken within 72 hours prior to flight – a second COVID-19 test must be taken on arrival and positive cases will be sent to a hospital facility.
Krabi, Thailand

Special Tourist Visa

The Special Tourist Visa (STV) is designed for long stay travellers from low-risk countries to visit Thailand.

The STV allows tourists to stay for up to 90 days although it can be extended up to a maximum of 270 days.

To apply for an STV tourists must have proof of accommodation after the initial quarantine period which could include a booking at a hotel or a rental property, or rental or ownership of a condominium or house.

They must also have proof of a minimum US$100,000 (£75,250) medical coverage for COVID-19 medical treatment plus US$400,000 (£300,998) for other medical and accident expenses. The insurance must be valid for at least the full 90 day validity of the initial visa.

Applicants must also be able to provide proof of income in the last 6 months of 500,000 THB (£12,450, US$16,518). Update although this requirement is still officially in place some Thai Embassies including the those in the US and UK have lowered the amount required or dropped it entirely.

Only visitors from low-risk countries can apply for the STV, which could change at any time, currently are:

  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Cuba
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Hong Kong
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kazakhstan
  • Macao
  • Mongolia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Qatar
  • Korea
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam

Application Process

The STV process starts by contacting your local Thai Embassy or Consulate or local office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, or an accredited travel agency. An initial application will be submitted to the Bureau of Immigration for a background check.

Once the Immigration Bureau has approved the application , the applicant or the agency will need to submit the visa application form, pay the visa fee of 2,000THB (£49.90, US$66), provide proof of Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) accommodation, the proposed chartered flight to Thailand and a copy of the health insurance policy. This is submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

Once the visa application has been approved by the MFA, the applicant will collect the STV visa and the Certificate of Entry (COE) which will be issued by the Thai Embassy or Consulate in his/her current location. The applicant will also be required to provide a Fit to Fly Medical Certificate issued within 72 hours of departure which confirms that the applicant does not have COVID-19.

On Arrival

Visitors must undergo health screening from the Ministry of Public Health on arrival, including a COVID-19 test. Once these have been passed a permit to stay for 90 days will be issued and they can proceed to their ASQ.

At the end of the quarantine period they will need to take another COVID-19 yesy and as long as they test negative will have the freedom to travel. They must download and use a mobile application that will track their movements.

More details are available on the Thai Embassy website.

Khai Lak, Thailand

Medical Tourists

Application Process

Required documents :   

  1. Your passport copy and that of your family members (if you will be accompanied)
  2. A copy of your visa (otherwise you have to apply for medical tourist visa MT or non-immigrant O)
  3. Letter from a hospital in the UK that you have a life-threatening conditions and cannot be treated here, and require medical treatment in Thailand, as well as medical record for referral
  4. Letter from the hospital in Thailand that they would accept you to be an in-patient, and the arrangement for transfer from the airport to the hospital
  5. Permission letter from the Ministry of Public Health for you and your family members (click to see example here)
  6. Copy of health insurance policy which covers US$100,000 (£75,250) medical coverage for COVID-19 medical treatment plus US$400,000 (£300,998) for other medical and accident expenses, for the whole period of your stay in Thailand
  7. Declaration form
  8. A copy of flight confirmation

Work Permit Holders

Application Process

  1. Your passport copy
  2. A copy of your Thai visa (if already expired, you have to apply for a new one)
  3. A copy of your work permit, or WP3 (if your WP is already expired), or a copy of letter of permission to work in Thailand from a Thai government agency
  4. A copy of letter from your employer (or yourself if you own a company) that you need to return to work in Thailand
  5. Proof of relationship (marriage certificate / birth certificate)
  6. Declaration form, duly completed and signed
  7. Copy of health insurance policy which covers US$100,000 (£75,250) medical coverage for COVID-19 medical treatment plus US$400,000 (£300,998) for other medical and accident expenses, for the whole period of your stay in Thailand
  8.  A copy of flight confirmation
  9. A copy of ASQ booking confirmation

Students

Application Process

  1. Your passport copy and your parent’s passport copy
  2. Copy of enrolment letter 
  3. Copy of birth certificate (if accompanied by parents)
  4. Copy of health insurance policy which covers US$100,000 (£75,250) medical coverage for COVID-19 medical treatment plus US$400,000 (£300,998) for other medical and accident expenses, for the whole period of your stay in Thailand
  5. Declaration form
  6. A copy of flight confirmation
  7. A copy of ASQ booking confirmation

Elite Card Holders

The Elite Card is designed for higher value, regular visitors to Thailand whcih includes an upfront cost.

The Thailand Elite stated objective is to “attract affluent guests, businessmen, entrepreneurs, investors and long-stay groups by offering enhanced benefits, privileges, rights and services.”

Foreign nationals who are Elite Card holders can apply for the COE to go to Thailand. Applications must go through the Thailand Privilege Card.

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