This section is up to date as of 17 February 2020
Thailand Visa and Certificate of Entry (COE)
( The following regulations applied during COVID-19 situation until further notice )
Please kindly check Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) for more information
NEW **** From 18 February 2021, visa applicants in the United States are required to apply online through the website https://www.thaievisa.go.th/ . For instructions on the Thailand e-visa, please check the User Manual or watch the Video User Manual.
***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)
As one of the Countries listed for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival, 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. However please note that with the visa exemption scheme, travelers still need to obtain the Certificate of Entry (COE) in order to enter Thailand (By choosing a type of permitted person as Visa exemption scheme). Please check here for more information. Update
By virtue of Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005) and Section 11 of the State Administration Act B.E. 2534 (1991), entry to Thailand is permitted for particular persons in the exempted list.
(1) Exempted persons or persons who are specified, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister or Chief official responsible for remedying the emergency situation to enter into the Kingdom pertaining to necessity, whereby conditions and time frames may also be prescribed;
(2) Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under International organizations, or representatives of foreign governments or agencies performing their duties in Thailand, or any other persons in international agencies, that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives permission pertaining to necessity, including their spouse, parents, or children; (click here for more information)
(3) Non-Thai nationals who are spouses, parents, or children of Thai nationals (click here for more information)
(4) Non-Thai nationals who have a certificate of residence, or have been permitted to take up residency in the Kingdom, including their spouses or children; (click here for more information)
(5) Non-Thai nationals who have a work permit or have been granted permission to work in the Kingdom in accordance with Thai laws, including their spouses or children (click here for more information); or Migrant workers, who have been granted permission, to work in Thailand (For Migrant workers, the applicants may contact their employers directly for more information);
(6) Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational establishments in Thailand approved by Thai authorities, including their parents or guardians, except for students of non-formal schools in accordance with laws on private schools or of any other similar private educational establishments; (click here for more information)
(7) Non-Thai nationals who need to receive medical treatment in Thailand, including their accompanying persons, except for treatment for COVID-19 (click here for more information)
(8) Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country or have been granted permission by the Prime Minister – all of whom must strictly adhere to the Kingdom’s communicable disease prevention and control.
>> For Media production or Filming (click here for more information)
>> For Thailand Privilege Cardholders, please contact Thailand Privilege Card Co., Ltd. (Thailand Elite) directly to request for authorization. At this stage, without authorization from Thailand, the Royal Thai Embassy can’t issue COE for Elite cardholders. (click here for more information)
>> For Thailand long stay/retirement visa (O, O-A, and O-X) or who is currently holding re-entry permit for such visas (click here for more information)
>> For Conducting business/Meeting or Investing/Saving in Thailand with no less than $100,000 (or 3 million baht) (click here for more information)
>> For Tourism purposes (Visa exemption scheme, Tourist visa TR – single entry only and Special Tourist visa -STV) (click here for more information)
>> For Work permit holders – Religious / Missionary works (R) and their spouses or children (O) (click here for more information) Update on January 25th
>> For Work permit holders – Volunteers or NGO workers (O) (click here for more information) Update on January 14th
Persons under 2 – 8 must apply for a Certificate of Entry (COE) at the Royal Thai Embassy/Royal Thai Consulates-General and obtain a visa (if they do not already have one) at least 15 working days before the intended date of travel.
Regarding flights to Thailand, please be advised that normal commercial passenger flights into Thailand have been suspended until further notice. Nevertheless, the Thai Government organizes repatriation flights for Thai nationals to return to Thailand on a regular basis and the semi-commercial flights that are permitted to enter Thailand. For the semi-commercial flights, please contact the airlines directly.
- Semi-commercial flights (For the availability and flights information, please contact the airlines directly)
At present, certain air operators are permitted to operate semi-commercial flights to Thailand, and the list of air operators participating in the semi-commercial flights’ program can be found here
Before booking flights to Thailand with the above-mentioned air operators, travelers should ensure that they study the different categories of visas granted to foreign nationals at this time to determine the possibility of travel. Please note that having plane tickets does not guarantee entry to Thailand, non-Thai travelers must have all the required documents to enter Thailand. (Please note that the visa processing time is around 15 business days and you should plan your flight properly to minimize your risk of not getting a visa & COE in time):
- Repatriation flights
The Thai Government organizes repatriation flights for Thai nationals to return to Thailand on a regular basis and the repatriation flights on various airlines have been scheduled for the following days (Please note that the visa processing time is around 15 business days and you should plan your flight properly to minimize your risk of not getting visa & COE in time):
Arriving in Thailand on 5 March 2021 – Qatar Airways
Arriving in Thailand on 11 March 2021 – Cathay Pacific
Arriving in Thailand on 16 March 2021 – Etihad Airways
Arriving in Thailand on 19 March 2021 – All Nippon Airways
Arriving in Thailand on 20 March 2021 – Japan Airlines
Arriving in Thailand on 25 March 2021 – Asiana Airlines
Arriving in Thailand on 26 March 2021 – Emirates
Arriving in Thailand on 30 March 2021 – Korean Air
If you wish to travel to Thailand on one of the above repatriation flights, please contact the travel agents authorized by the airlines directly to see if they can accommodate you.
***The information regarding the flight in the coming months or travel regulations in the future, and any official updates will be posted on the website as soon as it is available. Please check back regularly on the embassy’s website or closer to the travel date***
The following section is not applicable at the moment
(Please check the section above for the regulations during COVID pandemic)
|Who Needs a VISA?|
|As one of Countries listed for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival, 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 30 days on each visit. (15-day stays if arriving by land-crossing). The period of stay may not be extended.|
|Upon arrival, those entering Thailand under the Tourist Visa Exemption scheme must show the documents below at the port of entry:
• Proof of adequate finances for the duration of stay in Thailand i.e. traveler’s cheque or cash equivalent to 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family.
• Proof of onward travel (confirmed air, train, bus or boat tickets) to leave Thailand within 30 days of the arrival date.
|Passport Holders of nationalities not included in Countries listed for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival or U.S. Passport Holders who are planning to stay in Thailand as tourists for a longer period specified above must obtain a tourist visa before entering Thailand. Travelers entering Thailand for purposes other than tourism need to apply for visa of the specific type.|
|Travelers are also advised to check if He/She would need to carry International Health Certificate for Yellow Fever Vaccination to enter Thailand|
|What Type of Visa Should you Apply for?|
|Types of Visas||Purpose of visit to Thailand|
|Tourist Visa “TR” Single
Tourist Visa “TR” Boxing training, scuba diving training and yoga training
|Those who wish to enter the Kingdom for tourism purposes.
Those who wish to enter the Kingdom for boxing training, scuba diving training, and yoga training.
|Tourist Visa “TR” Multiple||This type of visa is issued to applicants who wish to enter the Kingdom for tourism purposes, with multiple entries|
|Tourist Visa Category “MT”||Those who wish to enter the Kingdom for medical treatment at hospitals / medical facilities in Thailand.|
|Transit Visa Category “S / TS / C”||To travel in transit through Thailand to proceed to the country of destination or to re-enter his/her own country: (Category “TS”)
To participate in sports activities(Category “S”)
The person in charge or crew of a conveyance coming to a port, station or area in the Kingdom: (Category “C”)
|Non-Immigrant Visa Category “B”||Those who wish to conduct business (Business)/ or work (Working)/ or work as a teacher (Teaching) in Thailand.|
|Non-Immigrant Visa Category “M”||Those who wish to work as a film-producer, journalist or reporter|
|Non-Immigrant Visa Category “ED”||Those who wish to study or do an internship in Thailand.|
|Non-Immigrant Visa Category “O”||Those who wish to stay with family in Thailand (Thai Family) or wish to do volunteering work with the state enterprises or social welfare organizations in Thailand (Volunteering)|
|Non-Immigrant Visa Category “O-A” (1 year)||Those age 50 years and over who wish to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 1 year without the intention of working. Employment of any kind is strictly prohibited.|
|How to submit your visa application:
|**Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Embassy is currently unable to provide in-person service at this time, please apply by mail only**
In person Between 9am.-12pm., no appointment needed
Royal Thai Embassy
2300 Kalorama Rd., N.W.
Washington, D.C 20008-1623
By mail Please send your completed application Visa Form, required documents and visa fee, and self-address returned envelope to:
Royal Thai Embassy
Consular Section (Attn: Visa)
2300 Kalorama Rd., N.W.
Washington, D.C 20008-1623
| Kindly note that applicants must include self-addressed return envelope using USPS (US Postal Service) Express Mail – flat rate mailing envelope with $26.35 postage stamp
(Metered stamps will not be accepted)
***The Royal Thai Embassy do not accept any responsibility for any damage or loss***