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Who Needs a Visa

Foreigners entering Thailand under the Tourist Visa Exemption category must show the documents below at the port of entry: 

  • Proof of adequate finances for the duration of stay in Thailand i.e. traveller’s cheque or cash equivalent to 20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family.
  • Proof of onward travel (confirmed air, train, bus or boat tickets) to leave Thailand within 30 days of the arrival date (**otherwise a tourist visa must be obtained).

 

Tourist Visa Exemption only applies to foreigners holding passports issued by the countries listed hereTravel documents for aliens issued by these countries are not acceptable. If you are not in the list, you will need to apply for visa.
 

    • Passport holders of any nationalities who are planning to stay in Thailand as tourists for longer than permitted periods given below must obtain a tourist visa before entering Thailand.
    • Travellers entering Thailand for purposes other than tourism need a visa of specific type such as Non-Immigrant Visa.
    • If you are holders of passports of countries in the list of Visa Exemption, you need to show a proof of ticket leaving Thailand within 30 days at the immigration before being permitted to enter Thailand. If you do not have ready the return ticket before 30 days as proof upon arrival at the immigration, you are required to apply for the tourist visa (which will allow you to stay in Thailand for up to 60 days) before you travel. Please see how to apply for a Tourist Visa.
    • For any other purposes than tourism, you are required to obtain the appropriate visa, please see Types of Visa.

 

Thai Visa for Certain Nationals from the Middle East, South Asia and East Asia

Holders of passports, or holders of UK travel documents who are nationals, of countries listed below are requested to apply for Thai visa in person at the Royal Thai Embassy in London :
Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Central African Republic, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen 

The Royal Thai Embassy in London can issue visa to the passport holders of the above-mentioned countries, provided that the applicant obtains a residence status in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Required Documents for tourist visa :

  • Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months.

  • Three (3) Visa application forms completely filled out (4 applications for Iranian).

  • Three (3) recent photos of the applicant (4 photos for Iranian).

  • A confirmed return air ticket / flight information (These can be flight details shown departure date, flight number from UK to Thailand and Thailand to UK.) You must show all routes if there are stops in between. We will not consider your application if you do not have a return flight details back to the UK.

  • For Nigerian passport holders, we need Clearance Certificate by NDLEA (National Drug Law Enforcement Agency) in Nigeria, certified by the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and legalised by the Royal Thai Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, or Police Clearance Certificate obtained in the UK or Ireland.
  • Address in Thailand or hotel reservation should be completed on the application forms. 

  • Letter from school / employer / self-assessment

         - If you are working, you are required to submit a letter from your employer. The letter should have the headed paper of the company, stating your current position, and addressed to the Royal Thai Embassy in London, to certify your working status.

         - If you are self-employed, you should submit a copy of your self-assessment paper, a copy of the company registration document, or any other type of document confirming your working status. 

         - If you are a student, you should submit a letter from your school or university, addressed to the Royal Thai Embassy in London, confirming your status. 

  • Bank statement in UK current account, showing transactions for the past 3 months, with your name and address, or printed out with the authorisation by the bank.

  • A photocopy of current passport / travel document.

  • A photocopy of UK visa (validity over 3 months) or Indefinite Leave to Remain (to be proved with the original).

Required documents for other types of visa :

In addition, the applicant needs to provide the following:

  • For working or business purposes: Letter from your employer or company in Thailand.

  • For studying or educational purposes: Letter of acceptance from educational institute in Thailand.

  • Further information for Non Immigrant Visa, please kindly see more


Please note: We will keep all supporting documents. If you wish to have your documents back, please make photocopy before submitting your visa application. 

  

Iraq and North Korea

You can submit your application along with supporting documents listed below. After submission, your application will be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok for consideration. This will take at least 4 weeks. You will be requested to come in person again if your visa has been approved. Then the visa will be granted and ready to be collected the next working day.  Due to the long process, please allow at least 2 months for the visa application before travelling. 

  • Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months.
  • Three (3) Visa application forms completely filled out 
  • Three (3) recent photos of the applicant
  • A confirmed return air ticket, or flight information, showing departure date, flight numbers from the UK to Thailand and Thailand to the UK. You must show all routes if there are stops in between. We will not consider your application if you do not have return flight details. 
  • Address in Thailand or hotel reservation should be completed on the application forms. 
  • Letter from school/employer/self assessment
        - If you are working, you are required to submit a letter from your employer. The letter should have the headed paper of the Company, stating your current position and addressed to the Royal Thai Embassy in London to certify your working status.
        - If you are self-employed, you should submit a copy of your self-assessment paper, a copy of company registration, or any other type of document, confirming your working status.

        - If you are a student, you should submit the letter from the school or university, addressed to the Royal Thai Embassy, confirming your status.
  • Bank statement in UK current account, showing transactions for the past 3 months, with your name and address, or printed out with the authorisation by the bank.
  • A photocopy of current passport / travel document.
  • A photocopy of UK visa or Indefinite Leave to Remain (to be proved with the original)