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Updated June 2024

If you want to escape to picturesque beaches and bucolic panoramas, then get ready to acquaint yourself with Thailand’s extraordinary beauty and cultural uniqueness. In fact, travellers from many countries are even eligible for a Thailand visa waiver and can now enter Thailand visa-free.

What is the Thailand visa waiver?

The Thailand visa waiver is the Thailand visa exemption scheme that allows ordinary passport holders of certain countries, including China, the UK, the UAE, the USA and more, to enter Thailand visa-free.

Please note that Thailand also holds bilateral agreements on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, official and ordinary passports visiting Brazil, the Republic of Korea, and Peru for a visit of not exceeding 90 days and Vietnam and Hong Kong for a visit of not exceeding 30 days.

Thailand visa-free countries

The following passport holders from specific categories are eligible for the Thailand visa waiver.

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Ordinary passport holders

Tourist visa exemption

The Thailand visa-exemption scheme is applicable to ordinary passport holders from the following countries who can enter Thailand without a visa for a stay of not more than 30 days for tourism purposes:

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brazil*
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Monaco
  • Taiwan
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Peru
  • The Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovak
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • UAE
  • UK
  • USA
  • Vietnam

Bilateral agreement visa exemption

The Thailand visa-exemption scheme is applicable to ordinary passport holders from the following countries having a bilateral agreement with Thailand for a stay of not more than 14 days, 45 days, or 90 days, depending on their country of origin:

14 days visa-exception 

  • Cambodia
  • Myanmar (International Airports only)

45 days visa-exemption

  • Hong Kong
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Mongolia
  • Russia
  • Vietnam

90 days visa-exemption

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • The Republic of Korea
  • Peru

Diplomatic/official passport holders

The Thailand visa-exemption scheme is applicable to the diplomatic/official passport holders from the following countries having a bilateral agreement with Thailand for a stay of not more than 30 or 90 days, depending on their country of origin:

30 days visa-exemption

  • Bangladesh (Diplomatic only)
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Ecuador
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Oman
  • Pakistan (Diplomatic only)
  • Singapore
  • Timor-Leste
  • Vietnam

90 days visa-exemption

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bhutan
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech
  • Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France (Diplomatic only)
  • Germany
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • The Netherlands
  • Nepal
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • The Philippines
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Spain (Diplomatic only)
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • UAE
  • Uruguay

Thailand visa waiver 2024 requirements

According to the Thai Embassy website, the countries eligible for the Thailand visa-exemption scheme will be granted visa-free entry into Thailand, provided they meet the following criteria:

  • the applicant must be from a country eligible for the Thailand Visa Exemption scheme.
  • the applicant must hold a genuine passport with a validity of over six (6) months.
  • the applicant must be able to provide a valid address in Thailand that can be verified on entry. This address can be a hotel or an apartment.
  • the visit is strictly for tourism purposes.
  • they must have a confirmed return ticket to show that they are flying out of Thailand within 30 days of entry, as appropriate.
    • open tickets do not qualify.
    • traveling overland out of Thailand by train or bus to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia (including Singapore), and Myanmar may be accepted as proof of exiting Thailand.
    • applicants may be asked to show their flight tickets upon entering Thailand.
    • if they do not possess a flight ticket to show that they will be exiting Thailand within 30 days of entry, they will most likely be refused entry.
  • it is necessary to prove that the eligible single traveller has funds of at least 10,000 THB (USD 280), or 20,000 THB (USD 526.04) per family during their stay in Thailand.

Thailand visa waiver 2024 extension

Tourists can apply for a 30-day visa extension at any local immigration office in Thailand. The cost is THB 1,900.

To extend your stay, you will need:

  1. TM7 Extension of Temporary Stay form
  2. passport ID page copy
  3. Thailand departure card or TM.6
  4. 1 passport photo, 4x6cm
  5. BHT 1,900 fee for extension paid in cash

Visa extension for students

According to the recent announcement by the Immigration Bureau of Thailand, foreigners with student visas must provide certificates from educational institutions when they apply for a visa extension. This is done as a part of the department program, which aims to prevent the establishment of illegal businesses run by foreigners.

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