Thai Tourist Visas and Visa Runs

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The subject of many tourists, travelers and expats in Thailand seems to centre on what type of visa they have how they can extend their stay. Continuingly changing Thai policy certainly doesn't make the answers clear; embassy websites display the exact rules, but they can be confusing and don't always explain the cheapest and easiest ways to lengthen your stay.

There are several possibilities open to you depending on how long you want to stay.

30 day entry on arrival

If you are from any of the following countries you may enter the country with no preparation and will be given a visa for 30 days:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, U.A.E, United Kingdom, United State of America, Vietnam.

You are allowed no more than 90 days in each 180 day period in the country (starting from the first time you entered the county on this visa). Therefore you can get two more of these after your first 30 day visit. You can do this by crossing a border out of the country and coming back in again. Visa run companies offer trips to cross the closest border to you (Malaysia, Burma, Laos or Cambodia). Depending upon where you are traveling from they can take up to a whole day and can be uncomfortable, but they are the cheapest way to renew your visa.

After you have had three of these in a row, you need to leave the country and get a tourist visa.

Tourist Visa

The closest countries where tourist visas can be obtained are Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Singapore. The details of the Thai embassies for these countries are listed below. Several budget airlines offer cheap flights to these destinations. You apply at the embassy for the visa, usually costing around $50 US. This will give you a 60 day stay, which can then be extended at a Thailand immigration office (found in all major Thai cities), for an extra 30 days (currently costing 1900 Baht. To do this and get the maximum out of your visa, you need to apply for the extension on the day the visa is due to expire.

After this set of 90 days expires you are then eligible for 3 more visas on arrival, or another Tourist visa from outside the country.

12 month tourist visa

Other than marriage visas, work visas and educational visas there is another option.

The Royal Thai embassy in Hull England process 12 month quadruple entry tourist visas. You have to apply from the UK and enter the country within 3 months. The staff at the embassy are extremely helpful and have a remarkably fast turnaround time for this visa of 3 days. By leaving the country every 3 months the maximum stay of 12 months can be achieved. Details for the embassy are below.

6 month tourist visa

The Thai Immigration office in Melbourne Australia can supply you with a 6 month double entry visa, each entry valid for 90 days. Again, they offer an excellent service with a very fast processing time (usually 24 hours).

Thai embassies

Australia, Melbourne

566 St Kilda Rd

Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia

Tel: +61 3 9533 9100

Fax: +61 3 9533 9200

Email: [email protected]

Cambodia, Phnom Penh

Royal Thai Embassy

No. 4 Boulevard

Monivong, Sangkat Srass Chork,

Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh

Tel :(85523) 426-182, 426-124

Fax: (85523) 810-860

Email: [email protected]

Laos, Vientiane

(Lao People's Democratic Republic)

Royal Thai Embassy

Route Phongekheng,

Vientiane P.O. Box 128,

Tel: 214-582-3, 214-585-6

Fax: (66) 411-0017, (00785621) 214-580

Malaysia, Kula Lumpur

Royal Thai Embassy

206 Jalan Ampang,

50450 Kuala Lumpur

Tel : (03) 248-8222, 248-8350, 248-8420,245-8005

Fax : (03) 248-6527

E-Mail: [email protected]

Malaysia, Penang

Royal Thai Consulate-General

No. 1, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman

10350 Penang

Tel. (60-4) 2268029, 2269484

Fax:(60-4) 2263121

E-mail : [email protected]

Myanmar (Burma), Yangon

Royal Thai Embassy

45, Pyay Road, Yangon

Tel: +951 35 670, 33 082, 21 567

Fax: +951 22 784


Royal Thai Embassy

370 Orchard Road

Singapore 238870

Tel: (65) 737-2444, 737-2158, 737-2175-6

Fax: (65) 732-0778

E-Mail: [email protected]

United Kindgom, Hull

James Bell House Connaught Rd,

Kingswood Hull HU7 3AQ,

United Kingdom

Tel: 01482 581668

Fax: 01482 580588