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Visa Guide

07/12/2023
Antoine Martin

The different types of visa for Thailand


Thailand offers various types of visas depending on the duration of your stay in the Kingdom. Here are the visas you can apply for, along with the conditions for obtaining them.

 

Information may change frequently, so check information with Thai consulates or official websites.

 

Attention !!

  

You must be sure before your trip that your passport will not expire during your stay abroad: it must remain valid for at least 6 months before entering Thailand, or you risk being banned from entering Thailand. 


Entering Thailand as a tourist for less than 30 days


If you plan to visit Thailand for a period of less than 30 days, you do not need to obtain a visa in advance with a French passport. You will have a visa stamp upon arrival at the airport in Thailand.

 

Maximum length of stay:

 

England/France/Belgium/Switzerland/Canada: 30 days

 

Possibility of making an extension of 1 week or 30 days!

To do this, you must go to Mae Nam immigration (Soi 1) before the end of your 30 days, with 1900 baths and 2 identity photos, the address of your hotel as well as a photocopy of your passport and the arrival stamp.

 

Each day exceeded will require you to pay a fine at the airport upon return (500 baht per day exceeded) and this is generally not advisable!!

 

Attention !! it is strongly recommended to have proof of exit from the territory before 30 days (plane tickets, bus tickets)

Your departure airline may refuse you boarding!


Tourist visa (60 days)


This visa is valid for 3 months from the date of obtaining.

 

It allows its holder to stay for 60 days from the date of arrival in Thailand. This may benefit from a one-month extension. To do this, you must go to the Immigration services and provide 1900 bahts (around €50) for application fees. The beneficiary must not have left the country.

  

Once the tourist visa holder has left Thai territory, their visa is automatically canceled, even if the applicant only spends one day in Thailand!

 

To obtain it, you must apply to the Thai embassy in your country or apply at Thai embassies in border countries (Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, etc.)

 

In high season, there are more requests, deadlines are longer, be prepared!

 

Please note that to make the request you must have a return plane ticket less than 90 days away!

 

The documents below are to be presented only in A4 paper format and in the following order:

 

1. Passport (original and a copy of the passport). The passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of departure.

2. Duly filled form (signed and dated only by the applicant).

3. Color passport photo.

4. Copy of residence permit (only for holders of travel documents and foreigners who have residence in France) or proof of address for European passports (EDF or telecom bill).

5. Copy of the airplane ticket reservation with details (entry and exit ticket to Thai territory within a period of less than 90 days).

6. Copy of financial proof (in euros): recent bank statement (less than 30 days from the date of submission) with a minimum amount of €1000 per applicant (Printed internet bank statements are not acceptable; alternatively, the statement must be signed and stamped by the bank). A copy of the family book is required if the bank statement is not in the name of the applicant, who is under 20 years old.

7. Reservation for accommodation for the first 7 nights if your stay is equal to or longer than 7 nights. **In case you stay in Thailand for less than 7 nights, the entire accommodation reservation is required for your stay.** **In case you are hosted by individuals with residence in Thailand:** The invitation letter with a copy of their signed ID, as well as the residence register, lease agreement, rent receipt, or utility bill (gas or electricity).

8. Fee of €30.

9. Appointment confirmation.


The 6-month tourist visa (METV):


The multiple entry tourist visa is available to tourists of all nationalities residing and working in England. Visa validity is 6 months and length of stay is 60 days per visit.

 

The documents below are to be presented only in A4 paper format and in the following order:

 

1. Passport (original and a copy of the passport). The passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of departure.

2. Proof of residence.

3. Color passport photo for each form.

4. For non-EU foreigners: a copy of the residence permit.

5. Employment certificate for a permanent position from your employer or K-Bis extract if you are self-employed.

6. Copy of the airplane ticket reservation with details for the first stay, mentioning the departure and arrival airports in Thailand. Each stay on-site must not exceed 60 days.

7. Hotel reservation for at least 7 nights if your stay is equal to or longer than 7 nights. **In case you stay in Thailand for less than 7 nights, the entire hotel reservation is required for your stay.*** **In case you are hosted by individuals with residence in Thailand:** The invitation letter with a copy of their signed ID, as well as the residence register, lease agreement, rent receipt, or utility bill (gas or electricity).

8. Bank statements for the last 6 months with a minimum credit balance of 5000 euros for each month (Printed internet bank statements are not acceptable. Alternatively, this statement must be signed and stamped by the bank) or the original of a bank certificate justifying the required credit balance for a period of six months, signed and stamped by the bank.

9. Fee of €150.

10. Appointment confirmation.


Non-immigrant visa O


This does not allow you to work in Thailand, but it allows you to stay there for 90 days (with only one entry into the territory). Indeed, any exit from Thai territory results in the cancellation of the visa, the holder will have to make a new request for issuance to re-enter Thai territory).

 

The Non-Immigrant Visa O is intended for the following people:

 

Husband/wife (union through marriage). It should be noted that Thailand does not recognize union through a Civil Solidarity Pact or marriage between people of the same sex.

 

Mother of a Thai minor child (under 20 years old according to Thai law)

 

Accompanying a person holding an OA or B visa (The husband/wife (union through marriage)

 

Minor children (under 20 years old under Thai law)

 

Participant in a humanitarian/volunteer mission

 

People over 50 years old wishing to stay in Thailand for a long time

 

The non-immigrant Visa O is intended for people:

 

1. Participant in a humanitarian/volunteering mission

 

Parts to provide

The documents below must be presented only in A4 paper form and in the following order:

 

The passport (original and a photocopy of the passport). The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure

1. A duly completed form (signed and dated only by applicant)

2. A color ID photo

3. A professional letter or a letter of invitation from the host organization in original.

4. A photocopy of the identity document of the person authorized to sign the document required in point 4 (see above) with the words “copy true to the original” or “สำเนาถูกต้อง” written by the authorized person dated and signed

5. A photocopy of the host organization’s license

6. A recent bank statement (less than 30 days from the date of deposit), in the applicant's name, with a minimum credit balance of 800,000 bath (€22,000) (the bank statement copy printed on the internet no is not admissible, failing which, this copy must be signed and stamped by the bank) or the original of a bank certificate justifying the credit balance requested, signed and stamped by the bank

7. You must also prove an amount of minimum 400,000 bath (€11,000) in your account for the rest of the year.

8. A photocopy of the plane ticket reservation with details (ticket entering Thai territory)

9. The sum of €60

10. Appointment confirmation.

 

2. Having a Thai family

 

Parts to provide

The documents below must be presented only in A4 paper form and in the following order:

 

1. The passport (original and a photocopy of the passport). The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure

2. A duly completed form (signed and dated only by applicant)

3. A color ID photo

4. A photocopy of the family record book (husband-wife page and/or child page) and the marriage certificate

5. A photocopy of the passport or identity document (valid) of a Thai family member with the words “สำเนาถูกต้อง” written by the Thai person, dated and signed

6. A recent bank statement (less than 30 days from the date of deposit) with a minimum credit balance of 5,000 euros (the bank statement copy printed on the internet is not admissible, otherwise, this copy must be signed and stamped by the bank) or the original of a bank 7. certificate justifying the credit balance requested, signed and stamped by the bank

8. A photocopy of the plane ticket reservation with details (ticket entering Thai territory)

9. The sum of €60

10. Appointment confirmation.

 

3. Accompanying a person holding an OA or B visa

 

Parts to provide

The documents below must be presented only in A4 paper form and in the following order:

 

1. The passport (original and a photocopy of the passport). The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure

2. A duly completed form (signed and dated only by applicant)

3. A color ID photo

4. A photocopy of the family record book (husband-wife page and/or child page) and the marriage certificate

5. A photocopy of the passport or identity document of a family member holding an OA or B Visa with the words “true copy of the original” written by the holder of the OA or B visa, dated and signed

6. A photocopy of the OA or B Visa of a family member holding an OA or B Visa

7. A photocopy of the plane ticket reservation with details (ticket entering Thai territory)

8. The sum of 60€

9. Appointment confirmation.

 

4. Being over 50

 

Parts to provide

The documents below must be presented only in A4 paper form and in the following order:

 

1. The passport (original and a photocopy of the passport). The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure

2. A duly completed form (signed and dated only by applicant)

3. A color ID photo

4. Three bank statements from the last 3 months with a minimum credit balance of 5,000 euros for each month (the bank statement copy printed on the internet is not admissible, otherwise, this copy must be signed and stamped by the bank) or the original of a bank certificate justifying the credit balance requested for a period of three months, signed and stamped by the bank

5. A photocopy of the plane ticket reservation with details (ticket entering Thai territory)

6. Certificate of work or proof of retirement or sworn declaration that you have no professional activity

7. The sum of €60

 8.Appointment.


Non-immigrant visa B


It is this Business Type visa that will be issued to you in order to be able to apply for a work permit. Mandatory for all foreigners from the first day of salaried work.

 

It allows you to stay 90 days in the kingdom.

 

It entitles him to a single entry into Thai territory. Any exit from the territory results in the cancellation of the visa. You will need to apply for a new Non-Immigrant B visa to re-enter Thailand. This visa is extendable, to do this, contact the immigration service.

 

Visa non-immigrant B is intended for individuals:

 

1. **Wishing to work:**

   - Required documents:

     - Passport (original and a copy of the passport). The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure.

     - Duly filled form (signed and dated only by the applicant).

     - Color passport photo.

     - Original or a copy of a professional letter or an invitation letter from the hosting company.

     - Copy of the identity document of the person authorized to sign the document required in point 4 (as above) with the mention "true copy of the original" or "สำเนาถูกต้อง" written by the authorized person, dated, and signed.

     - Original WP3 form (ตท 3) submitted to the Department of Employment by the employer or acceptance letter from BOI according to articles 24 and/or 25.

     - Full trade register of the hosting organization.

     - Copy of the airplane ticket reservation with details (entry ticket to Thai territory).

     - Fee of 60 €.

     - Appointment confirmation.

 

2. **Teaching:**

   - Required documents:

     - Passport (original and a copy of the passport). The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure.

     - Duly filled form (signed and dated only by the applicant).

     - Color passport photo.

     - Original or a copy of a professional letter or an invitation letter from the school or university of the host.

     - Copy of the identity document of the person authorized to sign the document required in point 4 (as above) with the mention "true copy of the original" or "สำเนาถูกต้อง" written by the authorized person, dated, and signed.

     - Certificate deposited with the Department of Education.

     - License of the hosting school or university.

     - Copy of the airplane ticket reservation with details (entry ticket to Thai territory).

     - Criminal record extract (less than 3 months old).

     - Latest diplomas obtained in France or abroad.

     - Fee of 60 €.

     - Appointment confirmation.

 

3. **Engaged in a professional mission:**

   - Required documents:

     - Passport (original and a copy of the passport). The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure.

     - Duly filled form (signed and dated only by the applicant).

     - Color passport photo.

     - Original or a copy of the invitation letter from the company in Thailand.

     - Copy of the identity document of the person authorized to sign the document required in point 4 (as above) with the mention "true copy of the original" or "สำเนาถูกต้อง" written by the authorized person, dated, and signed.

     - Full trade register of the hosting organization in Thailand.

     - Work certificate from the employer in France indicating the position of the applicant, the nature and duration of the mission, and the name of the hosting company in Thailand.

     - Copy of the airplane ticket reservation with details (entry and exit ticket to Thai territory).

     - Fee of 60 €.

      - Appointment confirmation.


The non-immigrant ED (Student) visa


The Non-Immigrant ED visa allows you to stay in Thailand for 90 days to 1 year. However, it does not give the right to work. This visa is extensible and its type can be modified.

 

The ED non-immigrant visa is reserved for:

 

Internships

 

to learn Thai in a specialized school

 

School/university exchanges or schooling in an international school.

 

  Koh Samui has many international schools as well as specialized schools for learning Thai

 

The non-immigrant ED Visa is intended for the following purposes:

 

1. **Internship:**

   - **Required documents:**

     - Passport (original and a copy of the passport). The passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of departure.

     - Duly filled form (signed and dated only by the applicant).

     - Color passport photo.

     - Original or a copy of a professional letter or an invitation letter from the hosting organization.

     - Copy of the identity document of the person authorized to sign the document required in point 4 (as above) with the mention "true copy of the original" or "สำเนาถูกต้อง" written by the authorized person, dated, and signed.

     - Full trade register of the hosting organization.

     - Original or a copy of the letter from the French educational institution indicating the internship details.

     - Internship agreement.

     - Copy of the airplane ticket reservation with details (entry ticket to Thai territory).

     - Fee of 60 €.

     - Appointment confirmation.

     - *If the duration of your internship is longer than 3 months, you must be able to provide a WP3 form at the Thai immigration office to extend your visa.*

 

2. **Learning Thai:**

   - **Required documents:**

     - Passport (original and a copy of the passport). The passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of departure.

     - Duly filled form (signed and dated only by the applicant).

     - Color passport photo.

     - Original letter of acceptance from the school.

     - Copy of the identity document of the person authorized to sign the document required in point 4 (as above) with the mention "true copy of the original" or "สำเนาถูกต้อง" written by the authorized person, dated, and signed.

     - School license (complete).

     - Class schedule (4 hours per day and 5 days per week).

     - Recent criminal record extract (less than 3 months old).

     - Proof of resources: a bank deposit of €10,000 per applicant presented in the form of a recent bank statement (original, less than 30 days from the date of submission).

     - Copy of the airplane ticket reservation with details (entry ticket to Thai territory).

     - Fee of 60 €.

     - Appointment confirmation.

 

3. **School/University Exchange:**

   - **Required documents:**

     - Passport (original and a copy of the passport). The passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of departure.

     - Duly filled form (signed and dated only by the applicant).

     - Color passport photo.

     - Original or a copy of the acceptance letter from the Thai university.

     - Copy of the identity document of the person authorized to sign the document required in point 4 (as above) with the mention "true copy of the original" or "สำเนาถูกต้อง" written by the authorized person, dated, and signed.

     - Letter from the French institution (a copy of the enrollment certificate or the school attendance certificate).

     - Recent criminal record extract (less than 3 months old).

     - Copy of the airplane ticket reservation with details (entry ticket to Thai territory).

     - Fee of 60 €.

     - Appointment confirmation.

 

4. **Enrollment in an International School:**

   - **Required documents:**

     - Passport (original and a copy of the passport). The passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of departure.

     - Duly filled form (signed and dated only by the applicant).

     - Color passport photo.

     - Original or a copy of the acceptance letter from the school in Thailand.

     - Copy of the identity document of the person authorized to sign the document required in point 4 (as above) with the mention "true copy of the original" or "สำเนาถูกต้อง" written by the authorized person, dated, and signed.

     - School license (complete).

     - Recent criminal record extract (less than 3 months old) for all individuals over 20 years old.

     - Work certificates of the parents.

     - Three bank statements of the parents for the last 3 months (printed internet bank statements are not acceptable; alternatively, this statement must be signed and stamped by the bank) or the original of a bank certificate justifying the required credit balance for a period of three months.

     - Copy of the airplane ticket reservation with details (entry ticket to Thai territory).

     - Fee of 60 €.

     - Appointment confirmation.

 

5. **Conference of an International Organization:**

   - **Required documents:**

     - Passport (original and a copy of the passport). The passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of departure.

     - Duly filled form (signed and dated only by the applicant).

     - Color passport photo.

     - Original or a copy of the acceptance letter from the international organization in Thailand.

     - Copy of the identity document of the person authorized to sign the document required in point 4 (as above) with the mention "true copy of the original" or "สำเนาถูกต้อง" written by the authorized person, dated, and signed.

     - Employment certificate from the employer in France.

     - Copy of the airplane ticket reservation with details (entry and exit ticket to Thai territory).

     - Fee of 60 €.

      Appointment confirmation.


The O-A (Long Stay) visa


Intended for people over 50 years old, the OA visa does not give the right to work in Thailand, however, it allows you to stay for 1 year, with multiple entries and exits. If during this year, each stay exceeds 3 months, the OA visa holder must report to the immigration services. This visa is also extendable.

 

From March 2019, any application for renewal of an OA visa requires a bank deposit of 800,000 baht to be shown 3 months in advance and to be made at a Thai bank. You will then need to present a certificate or an up-to-date bank book, you must present an amount of at least 400,000 baht in the bank account for the duration of your visa.

 

The documents below are to be presented only in A4 paper format and in the following order:

 

1. Passport (original and a copy of the passport). The passport must be valid for a minimum of 1 year and 6 months from the date of departure.

2. Two duly filled forms (signed and dated only by the applicant).

3. Two color passport photos.

4. Two photocopies of the passport.

5. Two copies of the medical certificate. All handwritten documents must be legible.

6. Two copies of a recent criminal record extract (less than 3 months).

7. Two copies of proof of address in France (electricity bill, telecom, etc.).

8. Two copies of proof of resources: a bank deposit of €20,000 per applicant presented in the form of a recent bank statement (original). Note: starting from the 2nd request for this type of visa at the Embassy, a bank deposit of 800,000 baht in a Thai bank is mandatory and must be presented in the form of a recent certificate or a well-updated bank passbook (less than three months). Please note that current accounts and non-blocked bank accounts are acceptable; no PEL or life insurance policies.

9. Two CVs (professions exercised during the last 10 years before retirement).

10. Copy of the airplane ticket reservation with details (entry ticket to Thai territory).

11. Fee of €150.

 

12. Appointment confirmation.

 

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