Thailand Visa Requirements
Do you require a Thailand Visa?
This depends entirely upon your intentions to stay in Thailand.
Above all else, any visitor to Thailand must hold a current Thailand visa issued from their respective countries before departure. Visas can be issued upon arrival but these have limited lengths of stay and holding a return travel ticket will also show you expect to leave the country at the end of your visit.
On the other hand you should note that if you arrive in Thailand via land, through a border crossing you will be given a stay of just 15 days. This recent change to the Immigration’s rules is expected to stop visitors from staying in the Kingdom without the right Thailand visa.
As most tourists to Thailand are here for a short time and arrive via plane, the standard 30 day Thailand visa on landing is generally more than sufficient.
In the event that you do wish to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days you will need to visit your local Thai Embassy to acquire a Thailand visa. Most Thai Embassy’s permit postal applications, making acquiring a tourist visa a straightforward procedure.
Should you wish to stay longer than 90 days you should acquire an Non Worker “O” visa from your local Thai Embassy.
To check on the criteria required for such a visa you can simply contact the Pattaya Immigration Office for more information.
Non-worker Visa for Thailand
A non-worker “O” Thailand visa is issued if the reason behind your visit is to stay with family or friends for an extended period of time. In the event that you are going to Thailand for business or work reasons then a Non-Immigrant “B” visa is required. You should also note that in addition to this visa, you will need a work permit before you can start any kind of work in Thailand. Work permits are obtainable through the labour department in Thailand and must be accompanied with a company letter.
Both of the above Non-Immigrant visas are valid for 1 year. You are still required to do a 90 day report to immigration for proof of address.
Immigration Stamp in Passport on Entering Thailand
Regardless of the type of visa you hold Thai Immigration will stamp your passport with a passage stamp. This stamp will let you know the date by which you are legally permitted to stay in Thailand.
Don’t stay in Thailand past this date!
Overstays in Thailand are a serious matter, best case scenario when you attempt to leave the nation you will be fined 500 baht per day for every day you have overstayed your visa with a maximum penalty of 20,000 baht. In the case that you are found overstaying your visa before going to the airport by the police or immigration you will spend a period of time in a Thai prison, be fined and expelled all at your own expense. You might also find in years to come that in the event that you apply for a Thailand visa, or try to visit Thailand again you wont be granted entry.