Thailand Tourist Visa and Visa-Free Countries

by Mama Loves Phuket

Before visiting Phuket, it is very important you investigate your Visa situation to determine if you are from a Visa-free country, eligible for Visa on Arrival or must apply in advance for a Tourist Visa.

Thailand Visa-Free Countries

Many nationalities require no documentation other than a passport with 6 months validity when they arrive in Phuket (or any port in Thailand). But be aware the rules for how long you can stay Visa-free in Thailand are constantly changing.

The latest iteration on 1 April 2023 (no joke!) was removing the 45-day limit, reverting back to 30 days. The 45-day rule was a temporary measure brought in on 1 October 2022 to promote tourism.

Despite lobbying by TAT (Tourism Authority Thailand) for a 60-day stay for visa-free tourists, is yet to come to fruition.

Current List of Visa-Free Countries for Entering Phuket (Thailand)

  1. Argentina
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Bahrain
  5. Belgium
  6. Brazil
  7. Brunei
  8. Canada
  9. Chile
  10. Czech Republic
  11. Denmark
  12. Estonia
  13. Finland
  14. France
  15. Germany
  16. Greece
  17. Hong Kong
  18. Hungary
  19. Iceland
  20. Indonesia
  21. Ireland
  22. Israel
  23. Italy
  24. Japan
  25. Kuwait
  26. Laos
  27. Latvia
  28. Liechtenstein
  29. Lithuania
  30. Luxembourg
  31. Macau
  32. Malaysia
  33. Maldives
  34. Mauritius
  35. Mexico
  36. Monaco
  37. Mongolia
  38. Myanmar
  39. Nepal
  40. Netherlands
  41. New Zealand
  42. Norway
  43. Oman
  44. Peru
  45. Philippines
  46. Poland
  47. Portugal
  48. Qatar
  49. Romania
  50. Russia
  51. San Marino
  52. Singapore
  53. Slovakia
  54. Slovenia
  55. South Africa
  56. South Korea
  57. Spain
  58. Sweden
  59. Switzerland
  60. Taiwan
  61. Turkey
  62. Ukraine
  63. United Arab Emirates
  64. United Kingdom
  65. United States
  66. Uzbekistan
  67. Vietnam

Please note that this list may be subject to change, so it’s always a good idea to check with the Thai embassy or consulate in your country for the latest information.

(Listing as of April 2023)

Extending Your Stay in Phuket

If your stay is over 30 days, it can be extended once at a Thai Immigration office. This will now give you 60 days (30 days + 30 days) if you are from a Visa-free country.

  • Phuket Immigration can be found at 482 Phuket Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000.
  • The office is open from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and closed on Public Holidays

You can extend this further by leaving the country and restarting the process.

  • Note that land “border runs” are limited to 2 per year.
  • Whilst theoretically, there’s no limit on how many times you can re-enter by air, Thailand immigration officers are within their right to refuse your entry if they feel a formal visa should have been obtained in advance.

Visa on Arrival Countries For Phuket (Thailand)

There are certain nationalities that do not need to pre-apply for their Visa to Thailand. These “Visa on Arrival” countries can pay 2000 THB cash upon arrival in Phuket:

  1. Andorra
  2. Bhutan
  3. Bulgaria
  4. China (including Taiwan)
  5. Cyprus
  6. Ethiopia
  7. Fiji
  8. India
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Latvia
  11. Lithuania
  12. Maldives
  13. Malta
  14. Mauritius
  15. Papua New Guinea
  16. Romania
  17. San Marino
  18. Saudi Arabia
  19. Ukraine
  20. Uzbekistan

This entitles visitors to a 15-day stay. It can be extended once by seven days at Thailand immigration. There are no land border runs permitted.

Thai Tourist Visa

Those that do not fall into the above categories need to apply to their nearest Thai consulate for a Tourist Visa. You can opt for either a single-entry or a multiple-entry Tourist visa for Thailand.

  • The single-entry visa remains valid for three months from the date that it is issued.
  • A multiple-entry visa allows you to stay in Thailand for up to 60 days and remains valid for six months. This visa is only suitable for those who wish to travel to Thailand for tourism purposes.

Documents Required With Your Thai Visa Application

  • Passport or travel document with an expiry date of no less than 6 months
  • Visa application form (filled out)
  • 4 x 6cm photograph of the applicant
  • Round-trip air ticket or e-ticket (paid in full)
  • Proof of financial means (20,000 baht per person/40,000 baht per family)
  • Proof of hotel or private accommodation booking

Visa requirements are subject to change, so it’s best to check with your country’s Thai embassy or consulate for the latest information.


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