Visa Information Thailand


All the latest visa information for Thailand.


Normal visa arrangements are currently suspended in Thailand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The information listed here is the current visa information and is subject to change without notice.

As of 18th December entry without visa has been announced for citizens of 56 countries including Australia, France and the United States. we do not yet know the full list.

CURRENT VISA Types

Visa on Arrival

Short-stay tourists with an initial 30 day visa extended to 45 days following successful 14 day quarantine.

Tourist Visa

Short-stay tourists up to 60 days with an extension available for a further 45 days

Work Permit Holders

Available for permit holders and their spouse and children (under 20)

Students Studying at a Thai School or University

Available to non-Thai nationals who are students of educational establishments in Thailand approved by Thai authorities, including their parents or guardians.

Elite Card Holders

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

Diplomats or Officials of International Organisations

Available to people on diplomatic or consular missions, representatives of foreign governments, agencies performing their duties in Thailand or international agencies.

Special Tourist Visa

Long stay tourists for an initial 90 days, with extensions up to 270 days

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

Available to non-Thai nationals who are the spouse, parent, or child of a Thai national.

Non-Thai National With a Valid Certificate of Residence

Available for non-Thai nationals who have a certificate of residence, or have been permitted to take up residency in the Kingdom of Thailand, including spouses and children.


Visa on Arrival


Details are still being confirmed following confirmation on 20th December.

Everyone will need to have a certificate showing that they are Covid-19 free, dated within 72 hours of departure, a booking at a registered quarantine hotel for the first 14 days of their stay and undertake a further 3 Covid-19 tests on days 0/1, 9/10 and 13/14 of their quarantine.

As long as the Covid-19 tests are negative, travellers will then be allowed to move freely throughout Thailand.

Only citizens from the following 56 countries are eligible:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Republic of Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vietnam.


Tourist Visa (TV)


The Tourist Visa (TV) allows stays for an initial 60, which can be extended for up to an additional 45 days. The extension is only available to the 55 countries who were part of the pre-pandemic “visa exempt” agreement, which included Australia, UK, USA and mush of mainland Europe and Asia. It is also available to Russians but not those from China or India.

The first 14 days would need to be spent in quarantine in a registered Thai hotel.

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 Certificate of Entry (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.

Special Tourist Visa (STV)


The Special Tourist Visa (STV) is designed for long stay travellers to visit Thailand. The requirement for visitors to be from low-risk countries has now been removed and the visa is available at all Thai embassies.

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.

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.


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

Elite Card Holders


The Elite Card is designed for higher value, regular visitors to Thailand which 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.


Diplomats and Officers of International Organisations


Available to people on diplomatic or consular missions, representatives of foreign governments, agencies performing their duties in Thailand or international agencies. Must receive permission to visit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travel may also include spouse, parents, or children.

Application Process

A Thai visa must be obtained from the local Embassy or Consulates-General.

Documents required include a copy of the passport for all travellers and an official note issued by the countries foreign ministry or the international organisation confirming the requirement to travel and that they are responsible for healthcare or medical treatment expenses including for Covid-19.

Required Documents for Issue of COE

Confirmation of flight and arrangements for quarantine on arrival in Thailand.


Family Members of Thai Nationals


Available to non-Thai nationals who are the spouse, parent, or child of a Thai national.

Process

  1. Copy of passport
  2. Copy of valid Thai visa or re-entry permit (If the visa/re-entry permit has already expired a new one must be applied for).
  3. Copy of spouse’s / parent’s Thai passport or Thai Identification card.
  4. Proof of relationship with Thai nationals, such as a copy of marriage certificate or birth certificate.
  5. Medical insurance or guarantee of insurance that covers a minimum of US$100,000 of medical costs incurred in Thailand, including Covid-19 medical costs (The insurance must cover the total duration of stay in Thailand).
  6. Confirmation of flight and arrangements for quarantine on arrival in Thailand.

Non-Thai National With a Valid Certificate of Residence


Available for non-Thai nationals who have a certificate of residence, or have been permitted to take up residency in the Kingdom of Thailand, including spouses and children.

Process

  1. Copy of passport
  2. Copy of valid Thai visa or re-entry permit (If the visa/re-entry permit has already expired a new one must be applied for).
  3. Copy of Certificate of Residence
  4. Medical insurance or guarantee of insurance that covers a minimum of US$100,000 of medical costs incurred in Thailand, including Covid-19 medical costs (The insurance must cover the total duration of stay in Thailand).
  5. Confirmation of flight and arrangements for quarantine on arrival in Thailand.

Work Permit Holder


Available to non-Thai nationals who have a work permit or have been granted permission to work in Thailand. includes spouse and children.

Process – Work Permit Holder

  1. Copy of passport
  2. Copy of valid Thai visa or re-entry permit (If the visa/re-entry permit has already expired a new one must be applied for).
  3. Copy of a valid work permit or letter from relevant Thai authority confirming permission to work in Thailand (letter confirming approval of WP.3, approval letter from BOI, or approval letter from IEAT)
  4. If spouse or children will accompany a work permit holder
    4.1 Copy of passport of your spouses or children
    4.2 Copy of official documents as proof of relationship, such as marriage certificate, or birth certificate.
  5. Medical insurance or letter from employer guaranteeing that the insurance company or employer will cover a minimum of US$100,000 of medical costs incurred in Thailand, including Covid-19 medical costs (The insurance must cover the total duration of stay in Thailand).
  6. Confirmation of flight and arrangements for quarantine on arrival in Thailand.

Process – Family Member

  1. Copy of passport
  2. Copy of valid Thai visa or re-entry permit (If the visa/re-entry permit has already expired a new one must be applied for).
  3. Copy of passport of work permit holder
  4. Copy of a valid work permit of work permit holder or letter from relevant Thai authority confirming permission to work in Thailand (letter confirming approval of WP.3, approval letter from BOI, or approval letter from IEAT)
  5. Copy of official documents as proof of relationship, such as marriage certificate, or birth certificate.
  6. Medical insurance or letter from employer guaranteeing that the insurance company or employer will cover a minimum of US$100,000 of medical costs incurred in Thailand, including Covid-19 medical costs (The insurance must cover the total duration of stay in Thailand).
  7. Confirmation of flight and arrangements for quarantine on arrival in Thailand.

Students


Available to non-Thai nationals who are students of educational establishments in Thailand approved by Thai authorities, including their parents or guardians.

Process – for Students

  1. Copy of passport
  2. Copy of valid Thai visa or re-entry permit (If the visa/re-entry permit has already expired a new one must be applied for).
  3. Copy of letter confirming enrollment or admission
  4. If parents or guardians will accompany a student
    4.1 Copy of passport of your parents or guardians
    4.2 Copy of official documents as proof of relationship, such as birth certificate
  5. Medical insurance or letter confirming a minimum of US$100,000 of medical costs incurred in Thailand, including Covid-19 medical costs (The insurance must cover the total duration of stay in Thailand).
  6. Confirmation of flight and arrangements for quarantine on arrival in Thailand.

Process – for Parents or Guardians of Students

  1. Copy of passport
  2. Copy of valid Thai visa or re-entry permit (If the visa/re-entry permit has already expired a new one must be applied for).
  3. Copy of passport of the student
  4. Copy of letter confirming the student’s status or admission of the student.
  5. Copy of official documents as proof of relationship, such as birth certificate
  6. Medical insurance or letter confirming a minimum of US$100,000 of medical costs incurred in Thailand, including Covid-19 medical costs (The insurance must cover the total duration of stay in Thailand).
  7. Confirmation of flight and arrangements for quarantine on arrival in Thailand.

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