Thai Immigration

Thailand Visa on Arrival

If you are visiting Thailand then you might be in for a surprise as many of the immigration rules have changed. If you arrive in Thailand by air then you will receive 30 days visa on arrival, however arriving via land that has changed.

For the past 2 years the Thai Immigration services have changed many of the visa rules. The one important rule that has been changed was that if you arrived in Thailand without a visa and arrived via an international flight that they will allow you a visa on arrival for 30 days stay. If you however are crossing a land border you are now only allowed a 15 day stay. The reason why they have done this is to clamp down on what they saw a visa abuse by expats.

If you are looking at visiting Thailand be it as a backpacker or on a holiday it is always best to obtain and apply for a tourist visa for Thailand. This visa is the easiest to obtain and will allow you to stay in Thailand for 60 days no matter if you arrived via land or airport. Speak to any of our attorneys today about obtain a tourist visa. The visa on arrival is also limited to certain nationals. Not all nationals may arrive in Thailand and obtain a 15 or 30 day stay. The following countries nationals are allowed to stay in Thailand for 30 days if they arrived via an international flight. Again, speak to us online on our main website or via out toll-free US or UK telephone numbers.

The Visa on arrival, even though you are not asked to show it. They do expect that you have at least 20,000 baht per family arriving or 10,000  Baht for an individual.

Here are the countries that do receive 30 days on arrival at the airport:

1. Australia : Commonwealth of Australia
2. Austria : Republic of Austria
3. Belgium : Kingdom of Belgium
4. Brazil : Federative Republic of Brazil
5. Bahrain : State of Bahrain
6. Brunei Darussalam : Negara Brunei Darussalam
7. Canada
8. Denmark : Kingdom of Denmark
9. Finland : Republic of Finland
10. France : French Republic
11. Germany : Federal Republic of Germany
12. Greece : Hellenic Republic
13. Hong Kong : Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
14. Iceland : Republic of Iceland
15. Indonesia : Republic of Indonesia
16. Ireland : Republic of Ireland
17. Israel : State of Israel
18. Italy : Republic of Italy
19. Japan
20. Korea : Republic of Korea
21. Kuwait : State of Kuwait
22. Luxembourg : Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
23. Malaysia
24. Monaco : Principality of Monaco
25. Netherlands : Kingdom of the Netherlands
26. New Zealand
27. Norway : Kingdom of Norway
28. Oman : Sultanate of Oman
29. Peru : Republic of Peru
30. Philippines : Republic of the Philippines
31. Portugal : Republic of Portugal
32. Qatar : State of Qatar
33. Singapore : Republic of Singapore
34. Spain : Kingdom of Spain
35. South Africa : Republic of South Africa
36. Sweden : Kingdom of Sweden
37. Switzerland : Swiss Confederation
38. Turkey : Republic of Turkey
39. United Arab Emirates
40. United Kingdom : United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
41. United States of America
42. Vietnam : Socialist Republic of Vietnam