Do I Need A Visa?

If you are visiting Thailand as a tourist, you may be eligible to enter the country under the ‘Visa Exemption’ rule. If you are eligible to enter Thailand under this rule you will be granted a stay of a maximum of 30 days if you enter Thailand via an international airport (e.g. Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai etc.) or 15 days if you arrive in Thailand via a land border checkpoint from a neighbouring country (with some exceptions e.g. Malaysian passport holders permitted a 30-day stay).

Visa Exemption Rule for Thailand:

If you meet all of the following criteria, then you do not need to apply in advance for a visa if you are staying for 30 days or less:

a) You are a passport holder from one of the 48 countries listed below:

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Czech Republic Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam

b) The purpose of your visit is strictly tourism

c) You possess a passport with at least 6 months validity

d) You are in possession of a confirmed flight ticket (e-ticket acceptable) to show you will be flying out of Thailand within 30 days or 15 days of entry, as appropriate. PLEASE NOTE: Open tickets do not qualify.

Travelling overland out of Thailand by train, bus, etc to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia (including en route to Singapore), Burma etc. is not accepted as proof of exiting Thailand. You may be asked to show your flight ticket on entering Thailand. If you do not possess a flight ticket to show you will be exiting Thailand within 30 or 15 days of entry you could be refused entry and may not even be allowed to check in for your flight at your departing airport.

e) When you enter Thailand, you may be required to provide proof of adequate finances for the duration of your stay (i.e. cash or traveller’s cheques equivalent to 20,000 Baht per person or 40,000 Baht per family). Although this seems to be rarely requested by immigration officers, it does still remain as an official requirement.

If you don’t meet all of the criteria for a visa exemption, you are advised to contact your nearest Thai embassy or consulate and apply for the appropriate visa before you travel. If your country is not listed as one of the 48 countries above, check to see if you can enter Thailand under the visa on arrival scheme. Also note that some countries have slightly different local agreements in place with Thailand. For instance, Malaysian passport holders are permitted to stay for up to 30 days (not 15) if arriving via a land border checkpoint. If in doubt, check with the Thai embassy or consulate in your home country.

This information was updated on May 2012 to reflect current regulations.