Before you can even begin to apply for a visa, there is something you need to do first. Travelers need to directly check with your airline if there are any specific regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Check to See if You Really Need a Visa
If you are planning on traveling to Thailand, you may be able to take advantage of the visa exemption rule. As of now, Thailand is currently granting passport holders of various countries a way to enter the country without needing a visa. However, to qualify the visit needs to be a vacation that is 30 days or less. If this is the case and you are coming to visit for tourism purposes only, then you do not need to apply for a visa ahead of time.
The various countries that this rule applies to:
- The United States
- The United Kingdom
- New Zealand
Therefore, before you travel, it is best that you check ahead of time if your country is eligible for this rule and if your passport qualifies. If a visa is needed, continue to step two. If a visa is not needed, you can request a pass at tp.consular.go.th.
Those traveling to Thailand may request a pass without having to wait to first receive a visa. However, you are required to request it seven days prior to your travel date.
2. Visit www.thaievisa.go.th and Pay Visa Fees
If you do not have a valid visa or a re-entry permit into the country, you need to visit www.thaievisa.go.th. On this website, you will need to fill in all the necessary information and upload all the required documents. This is so you can set up an account to submit your visa application with. It is important to note that the embassy does not accept drop-offs nor does it accept walk-ins. Supporting documents need to be attached, and visa fees need to be paid, through a secure online portal.
Single entry Tourist visa (TR)
Multiple entry Tourist visa (TR)
Special Tourist Visa
Single entry non-immigrant visa (all types)
Multiple entry non-immigrant visa (all types)
3. The Embassy Will Process Your Visa
Generally, the embassy processes visas within 15 business days. When you first apply, your visa status will show “processing.” Once issued, this status will change to reflect this. You can check the status of your visa on www.thaievisa.go.th, anytime.
If you want any more information regarding the status of the visa, be sure to check out the FAQs section of the website. It is a great way to learn more about the visa application process.
4. When Your Visa Is Approved, You Will Receive an Email
Once your e-visa application is approved, the applicants will be sent a confirmation email. Alternatively, you can also choose to download the approval from your account on the thaievisa portal. Regardless of your method, it is requested that you print this confirmation out.
This is because you will need to present it to the airline and the Thai immigration officials. It is their job to carry out checks on those who are visiting Thailand.
While this is just a general outline of how to apply for a visa to travel to Thailand, it is important to familiarize yourself with the nitty-gritty details of the whole process.
With that being said, have the most amazing holiday and enjoy your luxury five-star hotel stay in Thailand. Wishing you all safe travels.