Monday, May 28, 2007

Phuket Visa Requirement

Thailand Passport & Visa Requirements

All tourists must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond their intended length of stay. On your arrival in Thailand, you will clear immigration either at Bangkok's Don Muang International Airport or at Phuket International Airport.

For many tourists, it is not necessary to apply for a visa beforehand, if you come from a country that is eligible for a 30-day Visa Exemption, and if are not going to be in the country for more than 30 days. Other tourists may be able to apply for a visa on arrival , which is valid for 15 days. Everyone else, and those wishing to stay longer in the country, should apply for a 60-day Tourist Visa from the Royal Thai Embassy in the country where you reside.

(If you are coming to Phuket to work or you wish to take up temporary residence in Phuket, see non-immigrant visa).

30-day Visa Exemption

Passport holders from the countries listed below do not require a visa when entering Thailand for tourist purposes if their stay does not exceed 30 days. You must have proof of a confirmed return ticket.

List of countries eligible for 30-day visa exemptions:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Brazil
  5. Bahrain
  6. Brunei
  7. Canada
  8. Denmark
  9. Finland
  10. France
  11. Germany
  12. Greece
  13. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  14. Indonesia
  15. Republic of Ireland
  16. Israel
  17. Italy
  18. Japan
  19. Republic of Korea
  20. Kuwait
  21. Luxembourg
  22. Malaysia
  23. Netherlands
  24. New Zealand
  25. Norway
  26. Peru
  27. Philippines
  28. Portugal
  29. Qatar
  30. Singapore
  31. Spain
  32. South Africa
  33. Sweden
  34. Switzerland
  35. Turkey
  36. United Arab Emirates
  37. United Kingdom
  38. United State of America
  39. Vietnam

Visa on arrival

Nationals of the following countries are able to obtain visa on arrival which is valid for 15 days. This can be obtained either at Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok, or at Phuket International Airport, depending on where you clear immigration. The fee for the visa is 800 Baht and you must have proof of a confirmed return ticket.

  1. Bhutan
  2. China (including Taiwan)
  3. Cyprus
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Hungary
  6. India
  7. Kazakhstan
  8. Maldives
  9. Mauritius
  10. Oman
  11. Poland
  12. Russian Federation
  13. Saudi Arabia
  14. Ukraine

Tourist Visa

For longer stays, you should obtain a 60-day tourist visa from the Thai embassy in your country of residence before your arrival. These can be further extended for another 30 days once you are in Thailand. This can be done at the Office of Immigration Bureau in Bangkok. (located on Soi Suan Plu, South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120, tel. 02-287-3101-10)

For further information see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: and the Phuket Immigration Office website:

1 comment:

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