60-Day Thai Visa Guide 2020 – Everything You Need To Know About Getting A Tourist Visa

If you’re planning on visiting Thailand then you need to be sure of visa requirements. Luckily, many people can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. However, if you’re wanting to stay a little longer or don’t qualify for the exemption then you do have other options. 

This guide gives all the information you’ll need on applying for a 60-day tourist visa to Thailand. I update this page regularly to ensure it has accurate information.

Please note: if you’re from the UK, USA or one of the other countries that get a free visa exemption on arrival (see list here), everything on this page applies to you. 

For anyone not on the list, the process is very similar but I’d suggest using the tool here on the Thai Embassy website to check requirements for your country.

Quick Links – 60-Day Thai Visa Guide

30-day Tourist Visa Exemption

Passport holders of certain countries don’t need a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and can stay in Thailand for a period of up to 30 days. You’ll simply get a stamp in your passport and don’t have to pay anything.

Please note: you can only use this scheme up to 2 times a year. 

Countries under this scheme include the United Kingdom, USA and most of Europe (see the full list here). There are currently 64 countries on this list so please check to see if your country is listed.

What You’ll Need:

Upon arrival in Thailand, you will be asked to fill out a landing card. Be sure to have the following documents:

  1. Proof of adequate finances for the duration of your stay – 10,000 baht per person or 20,000 baht per family. They rarely ask for this but have it prepared just in case.
  2. Proof of onward travel e.g. plane, train, bus or boat ticket showing you will be leaving Thailand within 30 days of your arrival. Again they rarely ask for this but have it prepared.

If you are wanting to stay in Thailand longer than 30 days (or your country isn’t exempt from requiring a visa) then you can apply for a visa. Below are the 2 tourist visas you can apply for. These need to be applied for in advance.

Single Entry Tourist Visa (SETV) – Overview

This visa will allow you to stay in Thailand for up to 60 days from the date of arrival.

This visa is valid for 3 months meaning once issued you must enter the country within 3 months else it will no longer be valid.

As it is a single entry visa, you can only enter the country once. Once you enter, you have 60 days before you need to leave.

You can apply for the single entry tourist visa in any country. See below for how to apply.

Multiple Entry Tourist Visa (METV) – Overview

This visa is valid for 6 months from the date of issue.

As it is a multiple entry visa, this means that during the 6 months of validity, you can enter Thailand multiple times – you just can’t stay longer than 60 days on each visit. 

So theoretically, every 60 days, you could just cross the border to take a flight out of Thailand and come straight back to activate another 60 days.

You can only apply for a multiple entry tourist visa in your home country.

Cost Of The SETV/METV

Single Entry Tourist Visa (SETV) – £30 ($40 USD or around 1,000 THB)

Multiple Entry Tourist Visa (METV) – £150 ($175 USD or around 6,000 THB)

How To Apply For A Visa

If you’re planning on using the 30-day visa exemption scheme then you don’t need to apply for anything. You will be allowed entry upon arrival and they will simply stamp your passport.

To apply for the tourist visa (either SETV/METV), you can do this online on the Thai E-Visa website. You should submit your application at least 15 working days before your planned travel date however most applications will be processed within 2 working days.

You can also apply at the Thai Embassy/Consulate or Official office in the country you’re in. You can check the directory here to find the closest to you.

What Do I Need To Apply For A Visa – Required Documents

  1. Passport/travel document valid for at least 6 months.
  2. Photograph of yourself taken within the last 6 months.
  3. Return or onward journey ticket e.g. plane ticket showing travel out of Thailand.
  4. Evidence of adequate finances – at least 20,000 baht per person/40,000 baht per family. They rarely ask for this but have it prepared just in case.
  5. Accommodation details of your stay in Thailand.

Important Information

Ensure you carefully check the immigration stamp when you arrive so you don’t overstay your visa. The day of arrival counts as a day i.e. if your visa is valid for 60 days, the day of arrival will be day 1.

Extending Your Visa

If you want to stay longer you do have the option to extend your visa for 30 days by going to an immigration office. This costs 1,900 Baht (£40/$60). You can do this on all visa types e.g. 30 day exemption, SETV and METV. 

30-day visa exemption – extend from 30 days to 60 days.

SETV/METV – extend from 60 days to 90 days.

All you need to do is fill in a few forms. This process can take a few hours. You can only apply for this extension once per visit.

What You’ll Need:

  1. Passport
  2. Proof of onward travel from Thailand.
  3. 2 recent passport photos.
  4. 1900 baht

There are immigration offices all over Thailand especially in the main places such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi etc. Check out this helpful map for the closest office to you.

FAQs

Can I get a 90 day visa for Thailand?

There is no 90-day visa however if you want to stay for 90 days you can get one of the 60 day visas (either SETV or METV) and extend the visa for 30 days at an immigration office whilst in Thailand.

When do I need to leave?

Upon arrival your passport will be stamped with your arrival date and an expiry date. Make sure you leave Thailand before midnight on the expiry date e.g. if your expiry date is the 9th August, you need to leave by 23.59 on the 9th August.

Can I apply for a visa in Thailand?

No, you cannot apply for a visa in Thailand. If you don’t have a visa when you arrive, you can get the 30 day visa exemption but cannot apply for the 60 day visas. For the SETV, you can apply in any country outside of Thailand. For the METV, you need to apply in your home country.

Do I need to book an onward flight?

You may be asked for proof of onward travel. This doesn’t necessarily need to be a flight, it could be by train or bus or even boat. Most of the time you won’t be asked for any proof of this but you may be asked so it’s best to have something prepared or you could be denied entry. A copy of your booking should be enough.

How can I apply for a Thai visa?

As mentioned above, you can apply online on the Thai E-Visa website. You can also apply in person at any Thai Embassy/Consulate.

Can I do a border run/visa run to get another visa exemption?

This used to be a really popular method of staying in Thailand. You could head to a nearby border, cross over and then cross back into Thailand activating another 30 day visa exemption.

Unfortunately, Thailand has cracked down on this and it is no longer possible. You can only enter Thailand on the 30 day visa exemption scheme twice a year.

If you have a METV, you can do a border run to re-activate your visa for another 60 days.

Can I be refused a visa extension?

Technically yes but this is very rare. If this does happen you will still get a 7 day extension. There are no appeals.

Can I extend my visa multiple times?

No, you can only extend your visa by 30 days once each time. If you leave the country and come back you could then extend it again.

Visa Exemption List

The below countries don’t need a visa to enter Thailand and can stay for 30 days. Exception: Cambodia and Myanmar can only stay for 14 days.

AndorraIrelandPhilippines
ArgentinaIsraelPoland
AustraliaItalyPortugal
AustriaJapanQatar
BahrainKuwaitRussia
BelgiumLaosSan Marino
BrazilLatviaSingapore
BruneiLiechtensteinSlovakia
Cambodia (14 days)LithuaniaSlovenia
CanadaLuxembourgSouth Africa
ChileMacauSouth Korea
Czech RepublicMalaysiaSpain
DenmarkMaldivesSweden
EstoniaMauritiusSwitzerland
FinlandMyanmar (14 days)Turkey
FranceMonacoUkraine
GermanyMongoliaUnited Arab Emirates
GreeceNetherlandsUnited Kingdom
Hong KongNew ZealandUnited States
HungaryNorwayVietnam
IcelandOman
IndonesiaPeru

Thanks for reading this guide to the 60 day Thai Tourist Visa. I try to update this page as often as I can to ensure it is accurate.

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Happy Travels!

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