Obtaining the Thailand Tourist Visa and Entering the Land of Smiles
Thailand is truly a magical place. It should be on everyone’s travel bucket list because of its mesmerizing beaches, exciting jungles, and impressive wildlife.
Getting a Thailand tourist visa isn’t nearly as exciting. You’ll need help getting through the process, so sign up for DoNotPay because we offer all the latest visa-related information in one place!
Whether a U.S. traveler does or doesn’t need a Thailand tourist visa depends on the duration of their visit.
Currently, the permitted duration of stay in Thailand without a visa is 45 days. The allowed period used to be 30 days—the extension to 45 days will be in effect until September 30th, 2021. You can enter Thailand without a visa only twice a year.
If you wish to stay in Thailand for more than 45 days, you can apply for a 60-day or 90-day visa.
You can apply for a 60-day visa with your local Thai embassy, consulate, or Tourism Authority of Thailand. The visa processing time is 15 business days, and you should apply at least a month ahead of your departure to Thailand.
Once your visa is approved and ready, you can pick it up at the same location where you submitted your appeal. The visa fee is $61.
You must get the Certificate of Entry (COE) for entering Thailand, regardless of whether you do or don’t need a visa.
You can apply for the COE online at least 15 business days before your departure to Thailand. Make sure to choose the option for medium-term visitors if you want to get the fastest processing time (up to 15 days). To get your COE approved, you need the following documents:
- U.S. passport that will remain valid for the next six months
- The most recent bank statement with $700 in the account per tourist or $1,500 for the entire family
- Medical insurance policy and accompanying documents
- Alternative State Quarantine booking confirmation from your hotel of choice
- Copy of your round trip flight reservation or confirmation that shows you’re flying straight from the United States to Thailand
The same requirements for entering Thailand apply to visa holders and visa-exempt visitors. Besides acquiring COE, you must meet the following additional requirements to be allowed entry to Thailand:
- Have the equivalent of 20,000 Baht per individual or 40,000 Baht per family on your person in cash
- Present a recent (valid for 72 hours) negative COVID-19 PCR test
- Remain in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival regardless of your vaccination status
Many countries have convoluted visa policies, especially during times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The government websites are often slow, outdated, or hard to navigate.
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Our app is easy to use if you follow our clear instructions:
- Open our website and sign up
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- Contact any embassy for you
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Thai culture is way different from the Western one, so it’s best to be prepared. Here is our top advice for Americans visiting Thailand for the first time:
- Keep an eye out for thieves, scammers, and hustlers
- Practice bargaining for lower prices because Thais love to haggle
- Bring cash everywhere you go, but make sure not to carry too much
- Take extra care in traffic because Thailand road safety isn’t the best
- Make use of translation apps because Thais aren’t so fluent in English
Thailand is well connected to the rest of Asia, thanks to its geographical position. If you wish to travel to one of its neighboring countries, you should be familiar with the specific visa policy of each country.
That’s why DoNotPay compiled a plethora of visa guides for easier traveling across Asia, as shown in the table below:
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