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    Visa Requirements for Citizens of Thailand

    Visa requirements for Thai nationals are entry restrictions placed on citizens of Thailand by the authorities of other countries across the world. The Thai passport is considered the 66th most powerful passport in terms of travel freedom, according to the Henley passport Index. Nationals of Thailand are able to travel to over 30 countries without a visa or by obtaining a visa on arrival. Visa requirements for citizens of Thailand can differ depending on the country of destination, the period of expected stay, and the aim of the visit.

    The main visa-free countries for Thai citizens, which include a number of Caribbean islands, allow travelers to spend short periods of stay, between 14 and 180 days, depending on the destination. Visa-exempt travel is usually permitted for purposes of tourism, business, or transit. Some visa-exempt countries may request that travelers from Thailand pre-register for an electronic travel visa authorization before departure. For other purposes, or for longer periods of stay than those permitted visa-free, individuals from Thailand need to obtain a visa to travel to these same territories. Those who wish to a country not listed in the visa-exempt country list for Thailand citizens are also required to obtain a visa no matter the purpose of the stay. , This may be either a visa on arrival, an electronic visa, or an embassy visa from the nearest government diplomatic office before departure.

    List of Visa Countries for Thai Passport Holders in 2021
    Although visitors from Thailand can visit a number of countries without the need to obtain a visa, to travel to others they are required to obtain the correct type of travel authorization. Thai passport holders currently need to obtain a visa to travel to around 210 countries across the globe. The visa must be the correct type according to the aim of the visit, whether a tourist visa, business visa, work visa, study visa, transit visa, or other visa option. Before departure from Thailand, applicants need to obtain an eVisa through an online application form for around 30 countries, or an embassy visa through a consulate of their destination country for over 150 territories. Around 30 countries also have a visa on arrival option for Thai citizens. Obtaining this visa type usually involves waiting in a queue at a border checkpoint to submit an application. However, a number of these territories also offer travelers from Thailand anonline form for an eVisa, which can be used to expedite the application process.

    Electronic Travel Visa Authorization
    AnElectronic Travel Visa Authorization system allows citizens of Thailand to apply for an electronic visa waiver or an eVisa for their destination, eliminating the need to travel to an embassy or consulate in person. Some visa-exempt countries for Thai passport holders require travelers to pre-register an electronic visa waiver applicationand receive approved travel authorization before departure. Other visa-required territories have implemented an online eVisa program to expedite the visa application process. Electronic travel visa authorizations are approved as single or multiple entry permitsand allow holders to stay between 30 up to 90 days per entry, depending on the country of destination. Many are valid for multiple years, meaning that the traveler does not need to apply again before each trip. Once an electronic travel visa authorization is approved, it is often electronically linked to the holder’s passport. A copy of the document is often also sent to the applicant by email. Thai citizens are then able to travel to their destination by either presenting the passport they used to apply for the authorization or a printed paper copy.

    Visa on Arrival
    A visa on arrival for nationals of Thailand is a type of travel document that visitors from Thailand can obtain once they arrive at an immigration entry checkpoint in their country of destination. To obtain a visa on arrival for citizens of Thailand, it is necessary to go directly to a border checkpoint. Once there, the applicant is usually required to wait in line until a border official gives them a visa on arrival application form to complete. After filling in the form, applicants are usually required to pay a visa on arrival fee, which is often only accepted in cash in local currency. That type of visa can be issued for purposes such as tourism, transit or business, and allows holders a stay from 7 days up to 3 months, depending on the country of destination.Several countries that offer visas on arrival for Thai citizens allow have an electronic visa application available. An eVisa system allow travelers from Thailand to apply for and receive travel authorization before departure, saving visitors the need to wait in long queues at the border.

    Embassy Visa Required
    Embassy visas for citizens of Thailand are another type of travel document that Thai nationals need to apply for in advance from a government diplomatic office of their country of destination. At the moment, there are over 150 countries for which travelers from Thailand need to obtain this kind of visa, regardless of the purpose of the trip, or how much time the individual wishes to spend in the territory. Requirements for an embassy visa for Thai passport holders usually state that the applicant must first make a visa appointment at the nearest embassy or consulate of their country of destination. Once the appointment is arranged, it is usually necessary to fill in an embassy visa application form to bring to the consular interview. Some additional supporting documentation will also be required, depending on the purpose of the intended stay. Applicants are recommended to make an appointment well in advance, as it can often take up to 2 weeks or more for an embassy visa to be processed and approved. Once approved, a consular visa can be granted for different purposes, whether as as a tourist visa, work visa, study visa, business visa, or transit visa. The amount of time the holder can spend in the issuing country differs depending on the individual visa policy. For example, if a Thai national wants to travel to a country in the European Union (such as Germany, Italy, or France), they will need to apply for a visa at the appropriate consulate or embassy.

    Visa Not Required
    Below you will find a list for the maincountries where nationals of Thailand can travel without obtaining a visa, as stated in each country’s visa policy. Currently there are approximately 30 territories across the world, including a number of islands in the Caribbean, which are visa-free countries for Thai passport holders. These territories usually permit travelers from Thailand to cross their borders for short periods of time, which can vary between 14 and 180 days, depending on the destination. Citizens of Thailand are able to gain visa-free entry to any of these countries for tourism, business, or transit purposes, simply by presenting a valid Thai passport upon arrival. If travelers from Thailand are planning to spend a longer period of time in these same visa-exempt countries, or want to travel for purposes such as to study or work, they will be required to obtain an embassy visa in advance. Last but not least, those who want to stay local can visit any of their neighbors without the need to get a visa! Indeed, the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and its 10 members have a special visa-free policy for other members of the association. That means Thailand nationals are free to visit Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, and vice-versa.

    Below you can find further information about the territories for which citizens of Thailand require a visa.


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    Pattaya opens new Thai Passport Office at beach shopping mall

    Central Pattaya Shopping Center on the beach road will offer services of making or renewing passports and obtaining legal document starting on February 6, 2023. Beginning on February 6, 2023, people can get services of making or renewing passports and obtaining legal documents at Central Pattaya Shopping Center. (Formerly known as Central Festival Pattaya Beach) The first place in the east with more comfortable variety of services! Temporary Passport Office, Pattaya City (Passport Pattaya Office) situated on the 4th floor and is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.