Visa Types – Thailand

Thailand offers various visa types for foreigners. Below are some mentioned and explained.

  1. Tourist Visa (TR): This visa is for tourists who wish to visit Thailand for a short stay, usually for tourism purposes, for up to 60 days. It may be possible to extend the visa for an additional 30 days at the discretion of Thai immigration authorities.
  2. Non-Immigrant Visa (Non-O): Non-Immigrant Visas are available in various sub-categories, depending on the specific purpose of the visit. Some common types include:
  3. Non-Immigrant Visas
  • Non-Immigrant Visa Type “O”: For individuals with family members in Thailand (spouse, children, or parents).
  • Non-Immigrant Visa Type “B”: For individuals conducting business activities in Thailand.
  • Non-Immigrant Visa Type “ED”: For students enrolled in educational institutions in Thailand.
  • Non-Immigrant Visa Type “M”: For media representatives and journalists.
  • Non-Immigrant Visa Type “O-A” (Long Stay): For retirees aged 50 and above who wish to retire in Thailand.
  • Non-Immigrant Visa Type “O-X” (Long Stay): For retirees from specific countries (mainly from Western countries) aged 50 and above.
  1. Education Visa (ED): This visa is for individuals who intend to study or participate in educational programs in Thailand, such as language courses, university studies, or other educational pursuits.
  2. Retirement Visa (O-A or O-X): As mentioned above, Thailand offers retirement visas for individuals aged 50 and above who wish to retire in the country.
  3. Marriage Visa (O): For foreigners who are married to Thai nationals and wish to live with their spouse in Thailand.
  4. Diplomatic Visa: For diplomats, foreign government officials, and their families.
  5. Official Visa: For individuals with official business in Thailand, such as representatives of international organizations.
  6. Transit Visa: For travelers transiting through Thailand to another destination. This visa allows a short stay of up to 30 days.
  7. Visa on Arrival: Available to citizens of certain countries who are eligible for visa-on-arrival entry. This visa allows a short stay of up to 15 days.
  8. Special Entry Permit: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand introduced special entry permits for specific categories of travelers, allowing entry under certain conditions.

Again, please note that visa regulations and requirements can change, so it is crucial to verify the latest information from official sources before planning your visit to Thailand.