Thailand Visa Regulations

(Updated June 2024)

  1. Type of Visa Required

A Thailand Tourist Visa is a stamp or document placed in your passport, necessary for entering Thailand for tourism. It is issued by a Thai Consulate or Embassy in your country and stamped upon arrival at the airport in Thailand. The tourist visa can be extended while in Thailand if you wish to stay longer.

Therefore, we encourage our partners to inform all participants joining our programs to enter the country as tourists and avoid using the term “volunteering.” Using the term may lead to additional paperwork, as some officers might misunderstand the purpose, assuming it is a “paid program.” To ensure a smooth entry without stress, we advise participants to come as tourists.

Consequently, all participants joining our programs are allowed to obtain a Tourist Visa, eliminating the need for a special volunteer visa.

  1. Method of Visa Application

When applying for a Tourist Visa, specific documents are required, and a fee is paid upon application. These requirements may change without notice, so it is essential to contact your local embassy before organizing your application.

Documents required include:

  • Visa Application Form (filled out)
  • Valid passport with at least another six months of validity and two blank pages
  • One recent 4×6 cm photograph of the applicant
  • Round-trip air ticket or e-ticket (fully paid)
  • Proof of financial means
  • Proof of Hotel or private accommodation booking

Consular Officers reserve the right to request additional documents if deemed necessary.

It is advisable to allow enough time before traveling to lodge your application due to an influx of travelers applying now, as COVID is less of a priority.

  1. Maximum Duration for a Booking According to the Applicable Visa

There is a 60-day Tourist Visa that can be extended for an additional 30 days.

The validity of a tourist visa ranges from 3 to 6 months, depending on the number of entries across a land border or airport. If you arrive through an international airport, you will be stamped with a 60-day permission to stay. However, the visa can be extended if you want to spend more time in Thailand, with the application submitted at a local Immigration Office.

The cost for a 60-day Tourist Visa extension is 1900 baht, subject to change. Approval is at the discretion of the Immigration Officer processing your application.

  1. Documents required

Usually, an invitation letter will not be required. However, if needed, it must be issued by the local organization, including the purpose and duration of the visit, as well as the applicant’s information such as passport number, nationality, date of birth, etc.

  1. Any Other Information

After receiving your Thai Tourist Visa, prepare the following documents before traveling to Thailand: valid visa in your passport, vaccination certificate, or RT-PCR test results, printed travel insurance certificate, copy of confirmed booking, and copy of confirmed flight reservation.