If you’re planning on traveling around Asia, Thailand is almost certainly on your itinerary somewhere. But just like pretty much everywhere in this exotic continent, you’re going to need a Thailand tourist visa if you want to check out the place for more than 30 days in one go.
How to apply for a Thailand tourist visa
As long as all you’re planning on doing in Thailand is visiting for leisure, sightseeing and just generally exploring, a tourist visa is all you’ll need. This type of visa is also valid if you’re visiting to have a medical procedure. A Thailand tourist visa grants you entry into Thailand for 3-12 months and you can stay up to a maximum of 60 days at a time.
Collect all necessary documents
To apply for a Thailand tourist visa you need:
- Passport with at least six months’ validity and one blank page
- Completed and signed visa application form
- Two recent colour photographs of the visa applicant
- Visa fee
- Travel itinerary details, if applying for a double or multiple entry visa
- Self-addressed envelope
Consular officers have the right to request additional documents if necessary, so don’t be surprised if this happens to you.
Present your documents
Depending on where you live and your nationality, you might be able to apply for a Thailand tourist visa by post, in person or both.
To apply by post for a single entry visa, place inside a large envelope your passport, the application form, both photos, a postal order for the correct visa fee and an extra £10/€12/US$12 to cover the cost of return postage, a self-addressed envelope and, if applicable, travel itinerary details. Then research the Thailand visa application address in your country, write it on the front of the envelope and post it via special delivery.
To apply in person, look up the nearest Thai embassy in your country and visit with your passport, application form, photographs, visa fee in cash and travel itinerary details, if applicable. Most embassies don’t require you to make a previous appointment, but double check just in case.
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When you apply for your Thailand tourist visa in the post, it usually takes 3-5 working days to process. When applying in person, you can normally pick up your visa the next working day.