FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long can I stay in Thailand on my Visa?

TOURIST VISA EXEMPTION: A visa is not required for tourists who are visiting Thailand for less than 15 or 30 days, hold confirmed onward travel documents out of Thailand within this period and  have sufficient funds. Passport holders from 48 countries ( full list available at The Royal Thai Embassy London website ) are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand, provided conditions can be satisfied; please see Visa Exemption on Types of Visa page.

30 days granted if arriving by air

15 days granted if arriving by land at immigration checkpoints which border neighbouring countries (overland crossing)

Travellers not authorised for Tourist Visa Exemption  will require a Tourist Visa.

There are 2 Types of Tourist Visas available from the Consulate

The Single Entry Tourist Visa and the Multiple Entry Tourist Visa

A Tourist Visa allows a stay of  up to 60 or 30 days depending on the passport held.

An extension of up to 30 days may be added by applying to the immigration authorities in Thailand.

A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA: Travellers visiting Thailand for purposes other than tourism must obtain a Non-Immigrant Visas which allows stays of 90 days (single entry).

Do I need to send my passport to the Consulate when applying for a visa?
Yes – the visa must be stamped into your passport.
What is meant by ‘passports must be valid for at least 6 months’?

Your passport must not expire within 6 months from the date you enter Thailand.

When should I apply for my visa?

A Single Entry Tourist Visa and Single Entry Non Immigrant Visas will expire 3 months from date of issue
A Multiple Entry Tourist Visa will Expire 6 months from date of issue

You must enter Thailand within this period

Therefore, do not apply too early. We suggest you submit your application 3-4 weeks before travelling.
Please allow at least 5 working days for a Single Entry Tourist Visa to be processed.
Applications for Multiple Entry Tourist Visas and all Non-Immigrant Visas must be approved by the Royal Thai Embassy in London before they can be issued. Please allow at least 2 weeks for processing.

How can I extend my visa while in Thailand?
You should apply to the Thai Immigration Office before your visa expires. Whether or not your visa will be extended is strictly up to the Thai Immigration Officer.
I plan to visit other countries around Thailand and I plan to be in Thailand for less than 30 days. However my airline ticket shows more than 30 days in Thailand. Do I need to apply for a visa?

Yes. If your airline ticket does not show you leaving Thailand within 30 days you must apply for a visa before entering the country, even if you plan to obtain an airline or rail ticket to a third country upon arrival in Thailand.

I will be in Thailand on business for less than 30 days. Do I need a visa?

Yes. All business trips require a Non Immigrant Type B Visa

I would like to seek employment while in Thailand. The requirements for applying for a Non Immigrant Visa state that I must have a letter from the company or institution I will be working with. If I don't have this letter can you issue a Non Immigrant Visa so I can still look for work?

No. We cannot issue a Non-Immigrant Visa to those seeking employment. You would need to apply for a Tourist Visa and if you are hired by a company in Thailand, you may be required to leave the country to obtain the appropriate visa. Your prospective employer in Thailand should advise you of the requirements.

My spouse is a Thai National and we are planning to visit his/her family for more than 60 days. Can I obtain a Non-Immigrant Visa?

Yes. You need to submit a copy of your marriage certificate along and a copy of your spouse’s current passport with your application for a Non-Immigrant Type O Visa.

When paying for the visa can I use personal or company cheque?

No. We accept payment in the form of Cash or Postal order only. Please also ensure it is in euros.

Can I send more than one application and passport in the same envelope?

Yes. Ensure that there is enough postage on the self addressed envelope for us to return them to you by registered post.

When paying for the visa can I use sterling, cash or postal order?

No. We only accept payment in euro currency. We cannot accept cash or postal orders in sterling.