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Kingdom of Thailand

According to the Interior Ministerial Announcements in 2005:

passport holders from 40 countries and 1 special administrative region (Hong Kong SAR)  are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes.

If you carry a passport from any of these places you will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period.

How long?  The period can not exceed 30 days on each visit.

A Note You Must Be Aware Of

12-15-2008 Thai Immigration announced visa regulation change.

This new regulation is regarding overland entries. Foreigners entering Thailand without a visa via overland border checkpoints from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar will only be granted 15 days on arrival.

The exception to the new visa regulation is Malaysian passport holders who will continue to receive 30 days without obtaining a visa prior to entering the Kingdom of Thailand. Visa holders to Thailand visiting Thailand via overland border checkpoints will not be affected and will continue receiving 60 or 90 days depending on the visa.

A Visa on arrival is not a visa. It is a visa exemption.  Find out more about the Thailand visa requirements before you arrive.

Foreigners who enter the Kingdom under the Tourist Visa Exemption category may re-enter and stay in Thailand for a cumulative duration of stay of not exceeding 90 days within any 6-month period from the date of first entry.

Please note that Tourist Visa Exemption does not apply to foreigners holding Travel Document for Aliens issued by these 40 countries.

Foreigners entering Thailand under the Tourist Visa Exemption category must possess adequate finances for the duration of stay in Thailand -cash 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family.

Which Countries Apply

  1. Australia : Commonwealth of Australia
  2. Austria : Republic of Austria
  3. Belgium : Kingdom of Belgium
  4. Brazil : Federative Republic of Brazil *
  5. Bahrain : State of Bahrain
  6. Brunei Darussalam : Negara Brunei Darussalam
  7. Canada
  8. Denmark : Kingdom of Denmark
  9. Finland : Republic of Finland
  10. France : French Republic
  11. Germany : Federal Republic of Germany
  12. Greece : Hellenic Republic
  13. Hong Kong : Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  14. Iceland : Republic of Iceland
  15. Indonesia : Republic of Indonesia
  16. Ireland : Republic of Ireland
  17. Israel : State of Israel
  18. Italy : Republic of Italy
  19. Japan
  20. Korea : Republic of Korea *
  21. Kuwait : State of Kuwait
  22. Luxembourg : Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
  23. Malaysia
  24. Monaco : Principality of Monaco
  25. Netherlands : Kingdom of the Netherlands
  26. New Zealand
  27. Norway : Kingdom of Norway
  28. Oman : Sultanate of Oman
  29. Peru : Republic of Peru *
  30. Philippines : Republic of the Philippines
  31. Portugal : Republic of Portugal
  32. Qatar : State of Qatar
  33. Singapore : Republic of Singapore
  34. Spain : Kingdom of Spain
  35. South Africa : Republic of South Africa
  36. Sweden : Kingdom of Sweden
  37. Switzerland : Swiss Confederation
  38. Turkey : Republic of Turkey
  39. United Arab Emirates
  40. United Kingdom : United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  41. United States of America
  42. Vietnam : Socialist Republic of Vietnam

* Thailand holds bilateral agreements on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, official and ordinary passports for a visit of not exceeding 90 days with Brazil, the Republic of Korea and Peru.

Therefore, nationals of these 3 countries are exempted from visa requirements and are permitted to enter and stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 90 days.

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Thailand Visa Requirements
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Thailand Practical Travel Information
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