Visa and Certificate of Entry procedures for Non-Thai nationals wishing to enter Thailand for Tourism purposes

Visa and Certificate of Entry procedures for Non-Thai nationals wishing to enter Thailand for Tourism purposes

1) Tourist visa exemption scheme

Eligible travelers

U.S. Passport Holders are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period not exceeding 45 days** on each visit (**Previous permitted period of stay was 30 days; the extension to 45 days will be in effect until 30 September 2021) or 15-day stays if arriving by land-crossing. (For more information regarding the Visa Exemption Scheme and the list of countries that may eligible, please check here). By choosing a type of permitted person as Visa exemption

Visa Exemption conditions

• Entering the Kingdom through land/sea border checkpoints under Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme is permitted only twice in a calendar year, except nationals of Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, and Singapore who may enter Thailand through such checkpoints more than twice in a calendar year.

• Travelers entering Thailand under the Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme must possess adequate cash of or equivalent to 20,000 Baht per person or 40,000 Baht per family.

• Even with the visa exemption scheme, travelers still need to obtain the Certificate of Entry (COE) in order to enter Thailand. 

From 14 January 2021, all travelers who have received COEs are required to download and register via the ThailandPlus Application. They are required to show a QR code generated from the registration via the Application to be scanned by the Thai authority upon arrival in Thailand. To download, CLICK HERE*** (For more information, please check ThailandPlus Eng or watch the video here)

At the departure airport and upon entry to Thailand, the approved applicant is required to present

1. A “Certificate of Entry” issued by The Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulates-General;

2. Medical insurance guaranteeing that the insurance company will cover a minimum of 100,000 USD (or equivalent in other currencies) of medical costs incurred by the applicant in Thailand, including medical costs in the event that the applicant contracts COVID-19 (The insurance must cover the whole duration of stay in Thailand); and

3. A Medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected, issued no more than 72 hours before departure

4. ThailandPlus Application

In order to obtain the COE for visa exemption scheme, Please fill information online here and upload the required documents listed below:

– Copy of passport
– Confirmed Air Ticket with proof of payment (Repatriation Flight or Semi commercial flight
– A confirmation of booking of Alternative State Quarantine (or Alternative Hospital Quarantine-AHQ for Medical Treatment and accompanying person)
– A copy of the recent bank statement. (700 USD per person / 1,500 USD per family)
– Medical insurance guaranteeing that the insurance company will cover a minimum of 100,000 USD (or equivalent in other currencies) of medical costs incurred by the applicant in Thailand, including medical costs in the event that the applicant contracts COVID-19 (The insurance must cover the whole duration of stay in Thailand)

as of May 2019 1

 2) Tourist visa (single entry only)

The following conditions are for applicants who wish to apply for a Tourist visa TR (Single Entry only)

  • TR Visa is valid for a single entry into Thailand for tourism purposes only.
  • TR Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issuance. Travelers must enter Thailand within the said 3-month period. They will be allowed to stay in Thailand for a period of up to 60 days, counting from the date of entry. The extension is possible for another 30 days, with a maximum period of stay of 90 days, counting from the date of entry.
  • If the TR Visa holders breach the entry conditions (for example, if he/she engages in work-related activities), the stay permit will be revoked and he/she will be prohibited from entering Thailand in the future.

For more information regarding Tourist visa please  click here

 3) Special Tourist Visa (STV)

Please click here for the Special Tourist Visa (STV) announcement.

The following conditions are for applicants who wish to apply for a Special Tourist Visa (STV)

  • STV is valid for a single entry into Thailand for long-term tourism purposes only.
  • STV is valid for 3 months from the date of issuance. Travelers must enter Thailand within the said 3-month period. They will be allowed to stay in Thailand for a period of up to 90 days, counting from the date of entry. STV may be extended twice while the visitor is in Thailand for a period of up to 90 days per each extension.
  • STV cannot be changed to any other type of visa during the duration of stay in Thailand.
  • If the STV holder breaches the entry conditions (for example, if he/she engages in work-related activities), the stay permit will be revoked and he/she will be prohibited from entering Thailand in the future.

For more information regarding Special Tourist Visa (STV) please click here