& Exit Formalities
procedures for Thailand, by air or land, are
straightforward: youíll have to show your passport and
boarding pass as well as completed arrival and departure
You do not have to fill in a customs form on arrival
unless you have imported goods to declare. In that case
you can get the proper form from Thai customs officials
at your point of entry. The Customs Department maintains
a helpful website with specific information about
regulations for travellers. Thailand allows the
following items to enter duty-free:
reasonable amount of personal effects (clothing and
1L of wine or spirits
Thailand prohibits the import of the following items:
firearms and ammunition (unless registered in advance
with the police department)
When leaving Thailand, you must obtain an export licence
for any antique reproductions or newly cast Buddha
images. Submit two front-view photos of the object(s), a
photocopy of your passport, the purchase receipt and the
object(s) in question to the Office of the National
Museum. Allow four days for the application and
inspection process to be completed.
For visitors from most countries, visas are generally
not required for stays of up to 90 days.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs oversees immigration and
visa issues. There are frequent modifications of visa
regulations so check the website or the nearest Thai
embassy or consulate for application procedures and
costs. The best online monitor is Thaivisa (www.thaivisa.com).
The non-immigrant visa is good for 90 days and is
intended for foreigners entering the country for
business, study, retirement and extended family visits.
There are multiple-entry visas available in this visa
class. If you plan to apply for a Thai work permit,
youíll need to possess a non-immigrant visa first.
If you plan to stay in Thailand longer than 30 days, you
should apply for the 60-day tourist visa from a Thai
consulate or embassy before your trip. Recent changes to
this visa now allow multiple entries within a six-month
period. Contact the nearest Thai embassy or consulate to
obtain application procedures and determine fees for
Visa Exemptions & Visa On Arrival
Thailand has visa-exemption and visa-on-arrival
agreements with most nations (including European
countries, Australia, New Zealand and the USA).
Nationals from these countries can enter Thailand at no
charge without pre-arranged documentation. Depending on
nationality, these citizens are issued a 14- to 90-day
visa exemption. Note that for some nationalities, less
time (15 days rather than 30 days) is given if arriving
by land rather than air. Check the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs website for more details.
Without proof of an onward ticket and sufficient funds
for your projected stay, you can be denied entry, but in
practice this is a formality that is rarely checked.
Visa Extensions & Renewals
If you decide you want to stay longer than the allotted
time, you can extend your visa by applying at any
immigration office in Thailand. The usual fee for a visa
extension is 1900B. Those issued with a standard stay of
15 or 30 days can extend their stay for 30 days if the
extension is handled before the visa expires. The 60-day
tourist visa can be extended by up to 30 days at the
discretion of Thai immigration authorities.
Another visa-renewal option is to cross a land border. A
new 15- or 30-day visa exemption, depending on the
nationality, will be issued upon your return. Be aware
that the authorities frown upon repeated Ďvisa runsí and
discretion is up to the visa agent. After the 2014 coup,
the military government ceased issuance of land visa
exemptions for a period of time. Before undertaking this
option, determine the current situation.
If you overstay your visa, the usual penalty is a fine
of 500B per day, with a 20,000B limit. Fines can be paid
at the airport, or in advance at an immigration office.
If youíve overstayed only one day, you donít have to
pay. Children under 15 travelling with a parent do not
have to pay the penalty.
Foreign residents in Thailand should arrange visa
extensions at the immigration office closest to their
Thailandís Immigration Offices
Visa extensions and other formalities can be addressed
at the immigration offices in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. As
of 2017, Chiang Mai's foreign services office has
temporarily moved to Promenada Mall while the government
immigration facility (Rte 1141/Th Mahidol) is undergoing
Remember to dress in your Sunday best when doing
official business in Thailand and do all visa business
yourself (avoid hiring a third party). For all types of
visa extensions, take two passport-sized photos and one
copy each of the photo and visa pages of your passport.