e-Visa Thailand 🇹🇭

Entry by air, sea or land

Thailand now allows you to apply for a visa 100% online, by submitting a file that will be processed at the embassy closest to the resident. No need to visit the embassy. All passports are eligible, even for refugees and permanent residents. In certain cases, the e-Visa can be extended on site, by contacting the immigration authorities.

Applications can only be submitted within the 5 weeks prior to arrival in Thailand, as embassies are always slow to issue visas and make numerous returns on the documents to be provided.

Thailand specifically targets travelers over 50 (retired or not) with a dedicated visa range, which no other country does at the moment. You can arrive in Thailand by air, sea or land.

How to apply for an e-Visa Thailand

Single rate of 49 € per passenger
Excluding consular fees, if applicable

Frequently asked questions about e-Visa Thailand

Visamundi is a French agency specializing in travel documents for individuals and professionals. We can help you make your visa application easier. Are you planning a trip to Asia, and heading for Thailand and its breathtaking scenery? To be able to stay in Thailand, whether for business or pleasure, you'll need to apply for a visa in advance. The Visamundi team explains the various steps you need to take to obtain a visa for Thailand.

Do I need a visa to travel to Thailand?

As a French national, you'll need a visa if your trip to Thailand exceeds 30 days. This visa is required for both tourist and business travel. However, if your stay does not exceed 30 days and your passport is valid for 6 months (from the date of arrival in the country), you can travel to Thailand without having to apply for a visa first.

What are the different types of visa required to visit Thailand?

To travel to Thailand for more than 30 days, several types of visa may be required. They all vary according to a number of criteria, such as the length and nature of the stay. There are two main types of visa: short-stay vis as and long-stay visas.

There are two types of tourist visa: TR Single and TR Multiple. These two types of visa for Thailand are issued to travelers wishing to enjoy a tourist-oriented stay. Unlike a multiple-entry visa, the single visa authorizes only one entry into the country. Note that for both types of visa, the maximum length of stay is 60 days. In the case of multiple visas, this period starts from zero each time you leave the country. TR Multiple tourist visas are valid for 6 months.

If your stay in Thailand exceeds 60 days, you'll need to apply for a different visa. For this type of trip, there are O, B and ED non-immigrant visas. These visas are intended for people wishing to visit Thailand on humanitarian missions, to visit family, or to work or study. These visas entitle the holder to stay in the country for up to 90 days. The Thai government is keen to encourage and facilitate longer stays, particularly for people over 50. To this end, the authorities have introduced O-A (1 year) and O-X (5 years renewable) long-stay visas.

What documents do I need to apply for a visa to Thailand?

In order to prepare your visa application in advance and so that we can assist you in this process, please note that the following documents will be systematically requested:

  • A scan of your passport: it must be valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in Thailand (or residence permit if you are a refugee).
  • A color passport photo.
  • A bank statement showing a minimum credit balance of 1,500 euros or a pay slip less than 30 days old (not required for tourist visas).
  • Proof of address.
  • If applicable, a copy of your passport showing the stamp from your previous trips to Thailand.

Depending on the type of visa, additional documents may be required. For a tourist visa, the country's authorities require a copy of the hotel reservation (covering at least the first 7 nights on site), or a plane ticket for the outward journey within 90 days of application, and for the return journey within 30 days of arrival, if you wish to benefit from the visa waiver scheme.

For all other types of visa, we recommend that you visit the website of theEmbassy of Thailand in France, where you'll find details of all the supporting documents you'll need, depending on your type of stay and the visa you wish to obtain.

How long does it take to obtain a Thailand visa?

Allow 3 to 4 weeks for a response to your visa application for Thailand. In periods of high demand, however, be sure to anticipate longer processing times.

Once you've obtained your visa, be sure to check the validity of your document. Tourist visas are valid for 90 days, with a maximum stay of 60 days. O-A non-immigrant visas are valid for 1 year for a stay of 90 days. O-X non-immigrant visas are valid for up to 5 years.

How much does a Thailand visa cost?

The Embassy of Thailand in France has updated its fee schedule for all visas authorizing stays in the country on September 1, 2022. The rates shown below are for consular fees only.

A single-entry tourist visa costs 35 € versus 175 € for a multiple-entry tourist visa. Similarly, a single-entry non-immigrant visa costs 70 €. Of course, consular fees for an O-X non-immigrant visa are higher, so you should expect to pay 350 € for the O-X visa, which allows you to stay in Thailand for up to 10 years.

What you need to know before applying for a visa to Thailand

Please note that visas are issued at the sole discretion of the Thai authorities. Please note that length of stay may be reduced when crossing the border, so be careful to check the maximum date and number of entries allowed. As a general rule, the Thai authorities are very fussy about the procedures for entering the country, and particularly about the documents to be provided and their quality.

When to go to Thailand

The best time to visit Thailand is between November and March. There is very little rain and temperatures are high during the day.

When should you travel to Thailand?

What does a visa for Thailand look like?

The name of the embassy issuing the document is shown at top right. The QR Code at bottom right repeats the code below and is used for immigration control.

Visa Data contains :

  • transaction number
  • visa number
  • type of visa
  • method of travel (solo or group)
  • visa and employability requirements
  • issue date
  • maximum entry date
  • authorized length of stay

Applicant Data contains :

  • the traveler's name
  • gender
  • date of birth
  • nationality
  • passport number
  • passport expiry date

What is Thailand Pass ?

Thailand Pass was a travel program proposed by the Thai government to enable international visitors to travel to Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program required compulsory health insurance to cover COVID-19-related medical expenses, as well as a hotel reservation for the first few days of stay in Thailand.

The document is no longer mandatory as of summer 2022.

How can I extend my visa for Thailand?

If you wish to extend your stay in Thailand beyond the initial period allowed by your e-Visa, you need to apply for a visa extension at the immigration office. Some documents, such as the TR Single-entry visa (+30 days) or the very long-stay visa (+5 years), are very easy to extend online.

How can I stay in Thailand for a long time?

If you wish to stay in Thailand for a longer period, you can opt for Long-stay visas (1 year with the O-A e-Visa) and Very-long-stay visas (2x 5 years with the O-X e-Visa). However, these visas are only valid for people over 50. If you do not meet these conditions, please contact the embassy.

  • The Long Stay e-Visa allows multiple entries for a period of 1 year.
  • The Very Long Stay e-Visa allows multiple entries for a period of 5 years. This document is renewable for a further 5 years.

How can I find the right visa for my stay in Thailand?

The choice of visa for this destination is wide and can be adapted to your objectives and wishes. Other information may be required, such as age, reason for stay or length of stay. You'll find all the information you need to help you choose the e-Visa best suited to your stay in our summary table.

Is it possible to travel to Thailand at present?

Thai borders are currently open. You can travel to this country without any problems.

Is it possible to obtain a Thai visa in a hurry?

It is strictly impossible It is strictly impossible to apply for a visa for Thailand in a hurry, and the embassy even recommends 3 months' notice, even if in practice one month's notice is sufficient. In practice, applications must be submitted close to your place of residence.

Who can enter Thailand without a visa?

Since December 28, 2020, nationals of 56 nationalities (including the French) are no longer required to have a visa or e-Visa to enter Thailand. The maximum length of stay is 30 days (until March 31, 2023, it was even 45 days). A return ticket certifying a maximum stay of 30 days must be presented on entry.

If your stay exceeds 30 days, you must obtain an e-Visa before departure.

Nationalities concerned: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United States, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

How do I apply for a visa for Thailand?

You can apply for a Thailand Visa by filling in our application form or by visiting the official website.

Before you apply, make sure you have all the documents and reservations you need to get your e-Visa quickly.

Which public holidays in Thailand can extend visa issuance?

  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • February 19: Makha Bucha
  • April 6 and 8: Chakri Day
  • April 13 to 15: Songkran Festival
  • May 6: Coronation Day of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Rama X
  • May 18 and 20: Visakha Bucha
  • July 16: Asahna Bucha
  • July 17: Khao Phansa Day
  • July 28 - 29: Birthday of King Vajiralongkorn - Rama X
  • August 12: Queen Sirikit's birthday / Mother's Day
  • October 13 and 14: Commemoration of the death of King Rama IX
  • October 23: Chulalongkorn Day
  • December 5: Birthday of King Rama IX / Father's Day
  • December 10: Constitution Day - วันรัฐธรรมนูญ
  • December 31: New Year's Eve

Do I need to print my Thailand e-Visa?

The airline or immigration officials at the point of entry may check your e-Visa electronically. However, you are advised to keep your e-Visa as an electronic copy (tablet PC, smartphone, etc.) or as a paper copy in case of system failure.

Can I apply for a new visa if I'm already in Thailand?

The best thing to do is to contact the local authorities for a visa extension or conversion. With the help of VFS, Thailand offers an online procedure and information for visa extensions: https: //thaiextension.vfsevisa.com/information

Do I need additional insurance to travel to Thailand?

To obtain an O-A retirement visa, or an O visa for those over 50, you must take out insurance covering repatriation, medical expenses and hospitalization for a minimum of €20,000 or THB 400,000. For an O visa, this insurance must cover a minimum duration of 6 months, while for an O-A visa, the minimum duration is 12 months.

In addition, due to the Covid-19 epidemic, all French and foreign travelers to Thailand must present a certificate of travel insurance covering Covid-19-related medical expenses for a minimum of €93,787 or THB 3,200,000. This insurance must be valid for a minimum period of 3 months.

Do I need a visa if I'm transiting through Thailand?

Transit of up to 12 hours is authorized in Thailand without a visa if it takes place via Bangkok (Don Mueang International Airport or Suvarnabhumi Airport), but only with an Asian airline. Pakistanis must always apply for a specific visa, regardless of duration, airport or airline.

When should I apply for a visa for Thailand?

We advise you to apply at least one month before your planned arrival in Thailand, to compensate for consular overload, public holidays and weekends. Even if you apply early, you can expect the embassy to come back to you right up to the last minute.

Technically, embassies only accept applications within 3 months of your arrival in Thailand. If you send us your file in advance, we can prepare the documents for submission when the window opens.

Which nationalities can apply for a Thailand visa?

Technically, all nationalities can apply for a visa for Thailand online, provided they live near one of the twenty or so embassies issuing online visas (all Western countries are covered, for example). The embassy recommends that nationals and/or refugees of certain nationalities contact them before submitting an application, although this is not forbidden: Afghanistan, North Korea, Iraq and Nigeria.

Here is a table of those exempted according to duration and type of passport, provided by the Thai authorities.

The "O-X" e-Visa is reserved for people over 50 of these nationalities : France, Japan, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Canada and USA.

Does having an e-Visa guarantee my entry into Thailand?

The issuance of an e-Visa does not guarantee entry into Thailand. The e-Visa simply indicates that the individual is eligible to apply for entry for a specific purpose. The decision to enter remains with the respective immigration officer at the port of entry.

The embassy reserves the right to refuse a visa application for all travelers who have stayed for more than 90 days in the 6 months preceding the date of application.

Do I have to enter on the exact date specified in my application?

No, most of the time you have 90 days to enter Thailand from the day you file your application with the Thai embassy.

Do I need to apply for a separate e-Visa for each traveller accompanying me?

Yes, the e-Visa is personal. In fact, Thailand has special visas for people accompanying long-stay visas.

Do I need to present a vaccination certificate?

The vaccination booklet is not required on arrival or on boarding if travelers do not reside in the following areas(yellow fever vaccine required): Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Venezuela.

Is it possible to obtain a visa on arrival in Thailand?

Only these nationalities can travel to Thailand and obtain a 15-day visa: Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu.

Be careful not to confuse this with visa exemption for many of the 30 nationalities: no visa is required either before or on arrival.

Can a refugee obtain a visa for Thailand?

As long as you have a valid residence permit, refugees are welcome in Thailand.

What happens if I overstay my authorized stay in Thailand?

Please note that if you fail to declare your overstay, you may be fined 500 baht(€13), with a maximum of 20,000 baht. This may also result in a partial or permanent ban from Thailand.

Thai Embassies in France, Belgium and Switzerland

Embassy of Thailand in France
8 rue Greuse, 75016 Paris (Trocadéro)
Phone: +33 1 56 26 50 50

Consulate of Thailand in Paris
8 rue Greuse, 75016 Paris (Trocadéro)
Phone: +33 1 56 26 50 50

Embassy of Thailand in Switzerland
Kirchstrasse 56, 3097 Liebefeld
Phone +41 31 970 30 30

Embassy of Thailand in Belgium
Chau. de Waterloo 876, 1000 Brussels
Telephone: +32 2 640 68 10

List of Thai embassies worldwide

Thailand: mandatory and recommended vaccines

Mandatory vaccines

  • Yellow fever: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into the country, for travellers over 9 months old from countries where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission, and for travellers who have transferred from an airport in a country where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission.

Recommended vaccines

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B: For long or repeated stays
  • Japanese encephalitis: From the age of 2 months for expatriates or people who have to stay in rural areas during the transmission period.
  • Malaria: Transmission localized year-round to border areas with Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. No risk in cities (such as Bangkok, Chiangmai and Pattaya), urban centers, Ko Samui and the main tourist resorts on the island of Phuket.
  • Rabies: In case of prolonged stay in isolation
  • Typhoid fever: In case of prolonged stay or precarious hygienic conditions