A number of foreign citizens are able to stay in Thailand without a visa for varying periods of time depending on their nationality. All those not visa-exempt for Thailand will be able to obtain a visa from either a Thai embassy or consulate or through a simple online application to travel to Thailand for tourism.
All travelers should check the Thailand visa requirements before their trip to see if they require a travel document for the country.
Can you go to Thailand without a visa?
There are many citizens of various countries who can go to Thailand without a visa. However, there is usually a limit for how long you can stay without a visa. If travelers wish to exceed the maximum visa-free stay, they can request a Thailand visa online prior to traveling.
There are two types of schemes and agreements between Thailand and other countries: tourist visa exemption scheme and bilateral agreement.
Depending on the agreement that Thailand has with a particular country will depend on whether natives of the particular country will be able to visit Thailand without a visa. The period of visa-free travel also depends on the particular agreement.
How long can I stay in Thailand visa-free?
Nationals from the following countries are able to stay in Thailand for up to 30 days without a Thailand visa:
- Czech Republic*
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
The following nationalities can also can stay in Thailand without a visa for certain travel periods under bilateral agreements:
- Myanmar (air arrivals only)
- Hong Kong
Citizens of countries not eligible for a visa-exempt stay in Thailand can apply for a Thailand eVisa on arrival (eVOA) by completing the Thailand visa application form online. The form is straightforward and doesn’t require the applicant to visit an embassy or consulate.
The Thai eVOA is the same as the Thailand visa on arrival that can be requested at border entry checkpoints to the country. Both are available to the same eligible nationalities and both permit the holder to spend up to a total of 15 days in Thailand.
However, those who apply for the Thai online tourist visa before departure are able to avoid the long queues that can form for a visa on arrival at the Thai border. There is usually a an average wait time of around 2 hours to obtain a visa on arrival upon entry.
Conversely, applicants for the Thau eVOA can apply from the comfort of their own home to receive an approved Thai tourist visa via email. The traveler can then print a copy of the approved visa to present upon arrival in Thailand and gain expedited entry to the country.
Individuals planning to visit Thailand for long periods of time or other purposes should check the various Thailand visa types to ensure that they apply for the correct visa.