On this page we will sort out the different kinds of visa and also how they work so you will know what you need and how to arrange your trip the best way.
First off, people from 42 countries do not need to have any visa to enter Thailand for tourist purpose and will get 30 day to spend in the country when entering.
If you enter Thailand by air you will get a stamp in your passport that gives you the right to stay in Thailand for 30 days. This visa can be extended for 7 days at an immigration office inside Thailand for a smaller amount. If you want to stay longer you will have to leave the country and then return again. This is what is called a border-run. If you do this and enter via a border you will get 15 days, not the 30 days which you get when you enter by air.
The rules has changed rapidly and what rule is applied at the border no one can assure you. I have heard that the 15 day rule at the border can only be used 3 times than you have to fly one time and then you can do the border run 3 times again and get 15 days each time.
Do you want to stay longer with less hassle you can apply for a tourist visa this is done at a Thai embassy in your country. Some embassies accept that you send your application other only accept personal visit, therefor I recommend you to first contact you local Thai embassy and ask how to apply the easiest way.
When your visa is issued you normally have 90 days to activate it, in other words you have 90 days to enter Thailand. If you do not activate it it will be useless which mean you have to apply for the visa within a 3 month period before you plan to enter Thailand.
Other Visa Options
Other visa available are the ones below. For further information on these visa please contact your local Thai embassy.
Non-Immigrant “O” – This is for visiting family or for people who are married with a Thai person. This is also a visa that are used for volunteers.
Non-Immigrant “O-A” – This is a long-stay visa that might suit if you are a pensioner, age over 50.
Non-Immigrant “B” – This is a business visa.
Non-Immigrant “ED” – If you plan on studying in Thailand this education visa is what you should look into.
Transit Visa – If you belong to any of the countries not included on the Visa Exemption List you will have to use this for transit.
Tourist Visa For Special Countries – People from these countries, do have to apply for a special tourist visa that can be no longer than 60 days with no extension.
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