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Everything you need to know about the Thailand visa and entry

Are you planning a trip to Thailand and are wondering how it is actually with the visa and entry? In the following article you will find out everything you need to know about Thailand visa. On the one hand, we entered the country several times without a visa, but then in Malaysia we also obtained a tourist visa for 60 days. After spending almost 4 months in Thailand, we can give you our tips and experiences with you.

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Entering Thailand without a visa

For your Entry to Thailand you need first no visaif you don't want to stay in the country longer than 30 days. The prerequisite is that your passport is still valid for at least 6 months. You must also be able to show a valid return or onward flight ticket. More on that later. If you are entering the country by land, you are only allowed to do so without a visa maximum 30 days in the country stay. It is also important that children need their own passport. The note in the passport of the parents or the child ID are not recognized in Thailand.

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You get a on the plane Entry form (arrival and departure card)which you have to fill in correctly. Do not go to the “Visa on Arrival” counter at the airport, but go straight to the immigration hall. There your papers will be checked, a photo will be taken of you and that's it. You can then receive your luggage.

You can do yours once Extend visa-free stay for a further max. 30 days. You have to apply for this extension at the responsible Immigration Office before the end of your stay. Many have also done so-called “Visa runs” in the past. At the end of the 30 days you traveled to a neighboring country and entered Thailand again straight away. Don't do such runs too often in a row. However, since 2014 the government has been cracking down on these visa runs and doesn't really like to see these visa runs. The officer can deny you entry to Thailand.

Return and onward travel tickets

You do not need a visa to enter Thailand, but you do need a valid return or onward flight ticket. Hardly anyone is asked about it, but in an emergency, you're pretty much in the shit. You can be refused entry. So you should be able to prove your departure, be it with a bus, train or plane ticket. A booking confirmation for the accommodation in the next country should also be possible.

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Thailand visa and requirements

If you know in advance that you want to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days, you should get a visa. For example, you could do this Tourist visa for 60 days get with a single entry or that Tourist Visa M for 60 days with multiple entries.

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Certain groups of people can do that too Non-immigrant visas for 90 days (single entry € 60 / multiple entry € 150). These groups of people include retirees, former Thai nationals or spouses, and children of Thai nationals. There is also the business visa for 90 days, which could be interesting for business travelers and paid interns.

Apply for a Thailand visa

So if you want to apply for a Thailand visa (only in person or by mail), you will need some Documents and evidence for the relevant embassy. The processing time at the Thai embassy or consulate usually takes around 3 to 7 working days. In addition, there is the time for the post. If you send your documents by post, remember to include a stamped return envelope (at least € 3.95). So the embassy can return your visa and passport.

  • fully completed visa application
  • 1 current passport photo, not older than 6 months
  • Original passport
  • Accommodation address
  • Copy of the first page of the passport
  • Copy of the flight confirmation / ticket
  • Confirmation of departure or onward journey
  • Visa fee € 30 (multiple entry: € 150)

With these documents you will get your Thailand visa for one Stay up to 60 days. However, you are only allowed to enter the country once. If you leave the country in between, your residence permit will expire. With the tourist visa M, however, you can enter the country multiple times. In addition to the evidence listed above, you also need a copy of the booking confirmation from at least one hotel and proof of assets of at least € 5000 (bank statement).

Extend tourist visa

You can also get your tourist visa on site extend for another 30 days. To do this, you have to go to an official immigration office. So you can stay in the country for up to 90 days. For the extension you need your passport, a copy of the first page of your passport, a passport photo, a copy of your departure card and a copy of your tourist visa. In the office itself you will then receive a TM form that you have to fill out. You then submit all of this together with the fee of 1900 Baht (approx. 53 €). Sometimes it takes a couple of hours to process.

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Thailand visa & length of stay exceeding

What you should never do: prolong your stay. With the Thai authorities and officials is "Not good cherry eating". You can be lucky and only have to pay a small fine. Or you're unlucky and need one heavy fine pay and receive an additional one Entry ban for up to 10 years.

And this only happens if you face the authorities. If you are caught just like that without a visa or residence permit, in the worst case you can expect even jail time. You shouldn't take it down on it. Follow the law and leave on time. You can use many border crossings.

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Important customs regulations

Thailand does not actually have any strict entry requirements. If you have more than $ 20,000 import or export, you have to declare that. There is also unlimited import and export of the local currency, the Baht. If you want to do very special antiques (e.g. Buddha statues or pictures), you need the approval of the Fine Arts Department. Also note that leather souvenirs of elephants, snakes and crocodiles are forbidden for export.

You can get 200 per person Cigarettes bring to Thailand. If you have more than 200 with you, expect a fine. The import of e-cigarettes (including IQOS), e-baracus and accessories is prohibited. Also the import of Drones is not that easy. In general, you can bring drones with you for private use, but you need to register the drones with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) or the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). If you do not register your drone, you face high penalties.

Health regulations

For your trip to Thailand are no specific vaccinations required. However, it is recommended to take a look at the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute. Before you travel, you should have certain vaccinations boosted (at least 2 months before departure):

  • tetanus
  • measles
  • diphtheria
  • mumps
  • polio
  • rubella
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)

Hepatitis A is also recommended as a travel vaccination for Thailand and, depending on the type of travel, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, typhoid, cholera and menningococci. Especially if you are planning a trip around the world and will be in Asian countries for a longer period of time, you should discuss this topic with your family doctor or the tropical institute. If you are only planning a vacation in Thailand, you probably don't need any of these vaccinations.

Foreign health insurance

A International insurance when traveling is the be-all and end-all. Something can always happen and in countries outside the EU it can quickly turn into money. To avoid the financial risk, you should get a foreign health insurance. There are numerous providers here, which are usually concluded for a period of 1 year and a travel period of 6-8 weeks per trip. The services are important, so you should compare them and check them out carefully. International health insurance is available from € 8 per year (the best international health insurance *).

The best travel guides

Do you want to find out more about Thailand so that you are well prepared for backpacking in Thailand? Then get the really good Thailand travel guide from Stefan Loose. Here you really get all the information you need on almost 900 pages. The book by Ferndurst: 105 Reasons to Love Thailand is also recommended. This is a travel sensor with palpitations and insider tips. We also contributed a chapter. Therefore, we are all the more pleased if you get this book (e-book and printed) for your trip to Thailand.

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We hope that we were able to help you with this post. On our Thailand country page you will find many more articles, such as the best travel time for Thailand, our Thailand backpacking guide, our 4-island tour in Krabi, our top highlights in Chiang Mai or our best tips for Phuket.

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