Thailand and the Philippines are among the most popular destinations in South East Asia. And it’s no wonder: here you can expect idyllic beaches, friendly locals, breath-taking landscapes and some of the world’s finest dishes.
It’s pretty common for overseas travelers to have more than one Southeast Asian country pinned down as part of the same holiday itinerary. And in the case of countries that are as close as the Philippines and Thailand, why should one choose?
However, some may worry about technicalities of planning the trip: will you need a different visa for Thailand? What about vaccinations and other medical necessities?
In this article, you’ll find useful information regarding moving from the Philippines to Thailand, including:
- Documents, vaccinations, and other things you need to take care of before leaving the Philippines for Thailand
- How to apply for a visa for Thailand (even if you’re already in the Philippines)
- Distance and how to travel between the two countries.
Documents Necessary to Travel from the Philippines to Thailand
Citizens of the Philippines can travel visa-free to Thailand. If they enter the country via an international airport, they can spend up to 30 days on its territory. If they choose a land border crossing point with one of Thailand’s neighboring countries they can stay for up to 15 days.
Visa exemption is determined by the country issuing your passport, not the one you depart from. This means that if your home country doesn’t have a visa waiver agreement in place with Thailand, you’ll have to apply for a visa prior to leaving the Philippines. Of course, specific exceptions apply, like in the case of holders of diplomatic passports.
Here’s a list of documents that you may be asked for as you cross the Thai border:
- A printed copy of your Thai visa or travel permit
- A valid passport that is linked to your visa. There may be further requirements (in the case of the eVisa for tourists, for example, you’ll need to have at least one blank page in the passport for the entry stamp and your document must be valid for at least 30 days from the date of arrival)
- Return flight tickets proving your plans to leave Thailand
- Accommodation reservation for your time in the country
- Proof of having access to sufficient funds to cover your travel expenses
There are no specific mandatory vaccinations required for Thailand. However, it’s always good to speak to a health practitioner before starting traveling in order to assess your specific circumstances and receive relevant health advice for Thailand.
How to Apply for a Visa for Thailand from the Philippines?
Thanks to the new electronic visa for Thailand, eligible foreigners will no longer have to wait in long queues at the airport or visit a Thai embassy in order to obtain their travel permit.
Now you can complete the eVisa application from anywhere in the world — including the Philippines. Of course, planning in advance is always a good strategy, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t follow your instinct if you’re more of an impromptu traveler.
You just need to make sure to have access to a reliable internet connection in order to fill out the online form, submit the relevant supporting documentation, and receive updates regarding your application. Complete applications that include accurate information usually only take a few business days to be processed.
Here’s what you’ll need in order to apply for a Thai visa online:
- A copy of your eligible and valid passport
- A current email address to receive your approved Thai visa
- A debit or credit card to pay for the application fee.
Travel Options from the Philippines to Thailand: Plane and Boat
The Philippines is a country made of over 7 thousand islands. This means that there are no land borders between the Philippines and other countries.
There are two transport options for those who wish to go from the Philippines to Thailand: flying and going by boat.
- Flying is likely to be the most affordable options. It will also be the quickest one: a flight from Manila to Bangkok takes about 3:30 – 3:45 minutes, meaning that you won’t even have to miss out on one day of your vacation to make the trip. Prices vary greatly depending on the season and how in advance you can book your seat
- However, some travelers may prefer traveling by boat. This could be made as part of a cruise. Both the Philippines and Thailand are also very popular sailing destination — there are high chances that you can get in touch with sailing crews to get a seat