Types of Visa in Thailand

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Types of visa in Thailand

Our short discussion on different types of visa in Thailand are given below: There are eclectic types of visas that are currently prevalent in Thailand. To visit Thailand for any purpose, obtaining a visa is a first and one of the most important procedures of all. It is imperative to know about all visa types even if you are not eligible for all of them.

Non-Immigrant Visa

This is normally a single entry visa to Thailand valid for 90 days. Your stay can be extended if you do do visa run going to the border or nearby city/country. Obtaining a work permit and opening a bank account is possible.

There are several type of entrepreneur visas

  • Category “B” for business and work purpose.
  • Category “B-A” for business and investment.
  • Category “IB” for business and investment on projects promoted by Board of Investments.
  • Category “F” to perform official duties.
  • Category “ED” to perform study, study tour, project work, seminar, conference, training course etc.
  • Category “IM” to invest with the concurrence of the Thai ministries and government departments concerned.
  • Category “RS” to conduct research and training activities.
  • Category “O” to visit Thai spouse, children, parents.
  • Category “O-A” for people aged over 50 who wish to stay in Thailand for a long period with no intention to work.

Basic required documents for non-immigrant visa include

  • Passport with validity not less than 6 months and its copy
  • Visa application form completely filled out
  • Two (2) recent 2 x 2 inches photographs (taken within the past 6 months)
  • Evidence of adequate finance (USD 620 per person)
  • Letter of acceptance from the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare

Additional documents are required depending upon the type of non-immigrant visa you are applying for.

For type B non-immigrant visa the additional documents are as following

  • Official Note certifying the purpose of travel
  • Letter from a company which demonstrates your purpose of the visit to Thailand
  • Document showing correspondence with trading partners in Thailand.
  • Letter of invitation from companies qualified to employ foreigners.
  • Employment contract indicating the reason for hiring the applicant as well as his/her salary, qualifications and position in the company. These documents must be attested by managing director and the seal of the company)
  • Copy of Work Permit issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
  • Copy of corporate documents; containing list of shareholders, business registration and business license, company profile, details of business operation, nationalities and positions, the location of the company, statement of Income Tax and Business Tax, VAT registration and so on.

Non-Immigrant Type ED

  • Letter of acceptance from respective educational institutes
  • Official Note certifying the purpose of travel

 Non-Immigrant Type IB

  • Letter from Thailand’s Board of Investment.

Non-Immigrant Type O

  • Birth Certificate (applicant’s child)
  • Certificate of Marriage or its equivalents (if married to Thai national)
  • A copy of marriage certificate, a copy of Thai passport/a copy of Thai ID of spouse and 3 months bank statement showing monthly income of more than £1,400 annually.
  • Office approval letter in case of volunteer service
  • Pension statement if the applicant is a pension earner.

Non-Immigrant Type O- A Long Stay 

  • Proof of income with a minimum of £1,400.00 per month or £16,500 annually
  • Medical Record
  • Criminal Record check

Non-Immigrant Type F, M, and R

  • Official Note certifying the purpose of travel from authentic organization.

One-Year Non-Immigrant Visa

This visa is often a Multiple Entry Visa to Thailand valid for a period of 1 year. You are allowed to stay 90 days per entry, which means you will have to go to border and have your visa stamped at the immigration in every 90 days.

 Tourist Visas

Holding a tourist visa will allow you to stay in Thailand for up to 90 days only for tourism purposes. If you want to extend longer than 30 days, you may convert the visa to a Non-Immigrant Visa. You need to file an application at the Office of Immigration Bureau, for which you will need to go to the nearby city or country such us Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A single entry tourist visa is valid for up to 3 months and a multiple entry tourist visa is valid for up to 6 months.

Documents required for application are

  • A valid passport
  • A completely filled up visa application form
  • Two recent photographs.
  • Return tickets
  • Evidence of adequate finance (USD 620 per person, USD 1300 per family)

For multiple entries, few extra documents are required:

  • Original bank statement of the applicant showing a balance of least 5000 pounds ( for 6 months) or a print out with official stamp of the bank
  • A letter from the applicant’s employer
  • If you are self-employed, you self-assessment and a company registration document are required
  • A photocopy of the confirmed Air ticket to Thailand
  • A photocopy of the hotel reservation confirmation in Thailand

Visitors from 48 countries can enter Thailand without a tourist visa. They can apply for visas at the immigration checkpoints on arrival for the purpose of tourism and will be granted to stay in Thailand for a period not exceeding 15 days.

 Marriage Visa and Retirement Visa

No direct application is applied in the case of these 2 visa types. However, if you will meet the special financial requirements for the application, the process will be hassle free. You must have a Thai spouse. Otherwise, if you want a retirement visa in Thailand, you need to be 50 years old or above.

In simple words, firstly you have to obtain a non-immigrant visa. Then convert the non-immigrant visa to either Marriage Visa or Retirement Visa. These visa types will allow you to extend your stay in Thailand for the whole 1 year (renewable) without the hassle of going to the border.

Permanent Resident Visa

Someone, who has stayed in Thailand for three consecutive with the one-year-visa extensions, is eligible to get this visa. Your income must be 30,000 Baht/month only if you have spent 5 conjugal years with your Thai spouse. Even if you are not married you can apply for this but you need to earn a lot more in that case. You just simply present your three years of personal tax statements proving the above-stated income requirements to qualify for a Permanent Resident Visa in Thailand.

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