It is a well-known fact that Thailand is one of the most popular places for travelers all across the world. A beautiful country in tropical climates, its no wonder that Thailand is referred as the land of smiles. If you wish to work, travel or study in Thailand, there are certain conditions that need to be accomplished in order to receive a Thai visa. The tourist visa, the business visa (the non-immigrant B visa), the marriage visa or the education visa are the main permits necessary to enter Thailand.
Let’s have a look at the different types of Thailand Visas:
Thai Tourist Visa (TR)
This type of visa is for tourism or visiting family or friends. Travelers with this type of visa will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 60 days and can be a single entry or multiple entry. The validity of this visa is 3 months or 6 months. If you decide to stay longer or want to change the type of visa you have, you must file an application for permission at the Office of Immigration Bureau located on Soi Suan Plu, Bangkok. You can extend the tourist visa in Thailand for another 30 days. This visa cannot be used for business or employment purposes.
Thai Business Visa (B)
Foreigners who wish to work, conduct business or undertake investment activities in Thailand must apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Honorary Consulate-General. Various categories of the Non-Immigrant Visa are currently provided to meet the needs and qualifications of individual business persons. These include business visa Category “B”, business-approved visa Category “B-A” and investment and business visa Category “IB”. Holder of this type of visa wishing to work in Thailand must be granted a work permit before starting work. The visa fee is 2,000 Baht for single-entry (60 EUR.) with three-month validity and 5,000 Baht (150 EUR.) for multiple entries with one-year validity. (Visa fee may be changed without prior notice.). This type of visa is available for 90 days and then you have the possibility to extend it. A valid passport, an employment confirmation letter or company incorporation documents are required documents when applying for a business visa for Thailand.
Thai Education Visa (ED)
It is also known as the non-immigrant ED visa. This type of visa is issued to applicants who wish to enter the Kingdom to study, to come on a work study tour or observation tour, to participate in projects, seminars or internship programme, to attend a conference or training course, and to study as a foreign Buddhist monk. This visa allows a stay of up to 90 days for a single entry or one year for multiple entries. Single-entry and multiple-entry visas are valid for three months. Multiple-entry visas could also be valid for one year. The holders of this type of visa are initially granted a period of stay in the Kingdom not exceeding 90 days unless otherwise instructed by the Office of Immigration Bureau. The extension of stay is at the discretion of the Immigration officer.
Thai Marriage Visa (O)
The persons who are married to a Thai citizen can obtain the marriage visa, which is the non-immigrant O visa that allows them to stay up to one year in the country. There are specific rules in order to receive this permit, like proving the legal income sources necessary for at least two months of living in the country, and a clean criminal background. With a marriage visa there is no need to exit the country during the year’s time and it can be renewed within the country. The visa also gives the holder the permission to work within the country.
Thai Retirement Visa
If you’re over the age of 50, you can get a retirement visa fairly easily. The main requirement is proof of pension, but it is not really all that strict. You will either need to show proof of a security deposit of 800,000 baht (roughly USD$22,500) or a monthly pension or income source of at least 65,000 baht (about USD $1,800). Again, you can also have a combination of both as long as the total is equivalent to or higher than 800,000 baht. To begin the process, you will first need to obtain a non-immigrant visa which you will then convert into a retirement visa that will be good for one year and available for renewal within Thailand on an annual basis.
Thai Transit Visa
This type of visa may be issued to applicants who wish to enter the Kingdom for the following purposes: - To travel in transit through the Kingdom in order to proceed to a third country (category “TS”) - To participate in sports activities (category “S”) - To perform duty as person in charge, or crew member of a conveyance coming to a port, station or area in the Kingdom (category “C”)
The validity of visa, as indicated on the visa page (“Enter before …”), is the length of time during which the holder of the visa is entitled to present himself/herself at a Thai immigration checkpoint with a view to entering into the Kingdom of Thailand. It does not indicate the length of time the holder of the visa may stay in the Kingdom. The validity of a single-entry Transit Visa is 3 months from date of issuance and that of a two-entry, three-entry or four-entry Transit Visa may be 3 or 6 months from date of issuance. Holders of a Transit Visa may be granted entry and permitted to stay in the Kingdom at the discretion of the immigration officer for a period not exceeding 30 days.
Permanent Resident Visa
Several conditions must be met in order to be eligible for a permanent resident visa in Thailand: to have stayed in the country for 3 consecutive years on a one-year-visa extension, to be married to a Thai citizen for at least five years and have a 30.000 Baht monthly income or to prove a 80.000 baht monthly income if you are single. Provide the immigration authorities with your personal tax statements in order to apply for permanent residence visa in Thailand.
Diplomatic / Official Visa
Upon official request, the Royal Thai Embassy, The Hague may grant visas to diplomatic or official passport-holders who wish to assume duties at a foreign Diplomatic Mission or Consulate or International Organization in the Kingdom and to their family members. Supporting documents are Note Verbal and/or documents issued by the foreign government or international organization, certifying the identity of the person concerned and his/her purposes while residing in the Kingdom.
The Royal Thai Embassy takes 5 working days to process the visa applications. This time could vary depending on the procedures at the Embassy. Applicants are advised to submit their applications atleast10 days prior to their departure date.
How can Akbar Travels help you?
Akbar Travels offers an extensive range of services to assist in the preparation and lodging application of your Thailand visa, as well as ongoing assistance and support where required throughout its processing. Our Visa Experts are ready to help you with the requirements and the needed documentation if you are interested in visiting Thailand, no matter if it’s for business or leisure. Together we have more then 40 years of experience in processing Thailand visas for all countries.
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