Getting Your Visa

At Island Travel we pride ourselves on going the extra mile to make sure we are as up to date as possible on visa rules and embassy and consulate information. However, do be aware that Thailand Tourist Visa information is subject to change without prior notice, so we do still recommend you thoroughly research your options well in advance of travelling. If you have any questions you can email us at info@islandtravelkohtao.com

There are a few different types of Thailand Tourist Visa, all of which have different criteria, rules, and regulations.

Visa Exempt

In plain English, this simply means that you do not need to apply for a Thailand tourist visa in advance. You enter the kingdom without a visa and get a stamp in your passport when you arrive. The stamp will clearly indicate the length of stay you are allowed, and the date by which you must exit the country. This method of entering Thailand is free of charge, however, you must have all of the following prepared in advance before arriving at the border in case you are asked to show them:

  1. 20,000THB in cash to prove to the immigration officer that you can financially support your stay.
  2. A flight ticket home (any onward flight reservation should be ok, but home is better).
  3. An accommodation booking for your arrival in Thailand.

Visa exempt stamps are granted to passport holders from the following countries:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Brunei (no limit), Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia (no limit), Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia (no limit), Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore (no limit), South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, U.A.E, United Kingdom & U.S.A

Any 30 day visa exempt stamp can be extended at an immigration office for 1900THB. From Koh Tao, the nearest immigration office is a ferry ride away on Koh Samui, so many tourists find the easiest way to get their next 30 day stamp is to use our Andaman Club Visa Run service. 

The maximum number of entries and/or extensions you can have using the Visa Exempt method is three per calendar year (1st January – 31st December.) Each entry should get a 30-day stay. Your first entry should be by air, but you are permitted 2 subsequent land border crossings. 

**Please note that for each border crossing or stamp extension, you must be able to the evidence listed in points a, b, and c above. 

Bilateral Agreements

Residents of some countries are covered for free stays of various lengths without needing a visa, under the terms of bilateral agreements between the governments of Thailand and their home nation:

14 days: Myanmar (arrival by air only, you must have a visa to arrive by land) and Cambodia (no limit of land and air entries, but stamps cannot be extended at the immigration office)

30 days: Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Russia & Vietnam. Immigration offices normally only permit a 7 day extension to any of these.  

90 days: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru & South Korea. No 90 day visa exempt stamps can be extended at an immigration office.

15 day Visa on Arrival – 2000THB

Passport holders from the following countries can get a 15 day visa on arrival for a fee of 2000THB without needing to apply for a Thailand tourist visa in advance. This visa on arrival is only available at airports, and will not be granted at any land borders. 

Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Sadia Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu.

Anyone from the countries listed above can border bounce using the Andaman Club Visa Run service, but this only applies if they are on a Non Immigrant Visa or Multi-Entry Tourist Visa (METV). The 15 day visa on arrival itself cannot be extended by crossing a land border. 

60 day Single Entry Tourist Visa – 1300THB

To get a 60 day single entry Thailand Tourist Visa, you must apply at a Thai consulate or embassy before arriving at the border. You can arrive by air or land crossing. Once granted, the visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. You must enter Thailand within this time and you can only enter once.  On arrival, you will get a 60 day stamp in your passport.

Any 60 day single entry Thailand Tourist Visa can be extended for a further 30 days at an immigration office for 1900THB, allowing you a 3 month stay in total. From Koh Tao, the nearest immigration office is a ferry ride away on Koh Samui. 

Required Documentation for Single Entry Thailand Tourist Visas

  1. Visa Application Form with 2 passport photos attached (photos should have a white background and be 3.5cm x 4.5cm in dimension).
  2. Passport (valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry).
  3. A copy of your passport.
  4. Flight tickets out of Thailand.
  5. A bank statement showing at least 20,000THB or equivalent in another currency.
  6. An accommodation booking for arrival at your first destination in Thailand. 

**Please note that embassy and consular requirements can differ from country to country, so sometimes more documentation may be required.

6 Month Multiple Entry Tourist Visa – 6500THB

To get a multiple entry Thailand Tourist Visa, you must apply at a Thai consulate or embassy before arriving at the border. You can arrive by air or land crossing. Once granted, the visa is valid for 6 months from the date of issue, so you must enter Thailand within this time. You will get a 60 day stamp on arrival, which you can extend for a further 30 days at an immigration office for 1900THB. From Koh Tao, the nearest immigration office is a ferry ride away on Koh Samui.

You may leave Thailand at any time and re-enter as long as you are still within the original “enter before” stamp in your passport. This means you may enter once for 60 days and apply for the 30 day extension, then cross a border, return and repeat this process, allowing you to stay for up to a maximum of 6 months in total. 

Required Documentation for Multiple Entry Thailand Tourist Visas

  1. Visa Application Form with 2 passport photos attached (photos should have a white background and be 3.5cm x 4.5cm in dimension).
  2. Passport (valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry).
  3. A copy of your passport.
  4. Flight tickets out of Thailand.
  5. A bank statement showing at least 20,000THB or equivalent in another currency.
  6. An accommodation booking for arrival at your first destination in Thailand. 
  7. A letter from your employer, or self-assessment form and company registration documents if you are self-employed. 

**Please note that embassy and consular requirements can differ from country to country, so sometimes more documentation may be required.