This post was last updated on May 2nd, 2020 at 07:58 pm
In addition to arranging your vaccinations, it is important to arrange your Thailand visa. In some countries, you can do that at the border as well as in the Netherlands. We recommend that you arrange your visa in the Netherlands. Nowadays this is easy and fast and you also prevent unpleasant surprises in the destination country!
TIP – Most nationalities receive a free 30-day visa upon arrival at the airport, check the map below to find out your visa requirements.
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If you stay in Thailand for 30 days or less, you will get a free visa at the airport. You will receive the correct forms at the airport that you must fill in. Try filling them in immediately because this will save you long queues. If you enter Thailand by land you will receive a 30-day visa (since January 1, 2017)!
If you stay longer than 30 days you must have a visa. You can arrange this at your own country’s embassy, via online visa agencies or through a visa run.
The free 30-day visa for Thailand can be extended by 15 days. This will cost you 1,900 Baht ($60). This is only for a 30-day visa! If you enter Thailand by land and have a visa for 30 days (previously it was 14 days), you can extend your stay by 7 days. In total, you will then be able to stay for 22 days. This also costs 1,900 Baht ($60).
Thailand Visa Run
A popular and easy way to extend your visa is by doing a visa run. If you want to stay longer than you thought, this is a very easy method to extend your visa. A visa run is basically a trip to another country. Do this so that you will get a new visa when you return to Thailand.
For example, you can travel to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam or Myanmar by bus or plane. You can arrange this yourself, but there are also many tour operators who offer this service, especially in Bangkok. After returning to Thailand you will get a new visa.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION! Since January 1, 2017, there are new rules regarding the visa that you get when you cross the border by land. If you enter Thailand by land you will receive a visa for 30 days. It used to be 14 days.
In addition, since January 1, 2017, you can only enter Thailand twice per calendar year! If you enter Thailand by land more than twice a calendar year, you will need a visa. You can also choose to come in via the airport.
Thailand Visa Requirements
No matter how long you stay in Thailand and whatever visa you get, you must always have a number of things in order if you want to get your visa at all. These include;
- A passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival
- Two recent passport photos in color
- A fully completed and signed visa form
- A travel ticket and a hotel confirmation
Do You Need an Exit (Plane) Ticket?
Like many other countries in Asia, you officially need an exit ticket to get a visa. This must be a plane ticket. In practice, however, this is never requested. Many travelers follow the route to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam, both by land and by air. But many travelers do not plan this.
We have been to Thailand quite a few times and have never been asked for it. Don’t worry too much about this. If they ask if you have an exit ticket, explain that you will travel further by land (and when).