Thailand Entry Requirements - Required Travel Documents for Entry into Thailand
U.S. citizen tourists staying for fewer than 30 days do not require a
visa, but must possess a valid passport and may be asked to show an
onward/return ticket. If you plan to stay longer than 30 days or are
traveling for some other purpose than tourism, you need to obtain a Thailand visa
Persons entering Thailand by air without a
visa are allowed to stay in Thailand for 30 days per visit. Persons
by land without a visa are also allowed to stay in Thailand for 30 days
per visit. The duration of stay in Thailand for persons who enter
Thailand without a visa cannot exceed 90 days during any six-month
period, counting from the date of first entry.
After 90 days, travelers must apply for a new visa at a Thai embassy
outside of the country. Travelers must pay a Passenger Service Charge
in Thai baht when departing from any of Thailand's international
airports. This charge is now included in airline ticket prices at
Bangkok's main airport, Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
When a traveler enters the country, Thai Immigration stamps in
his or her passport the date on which the traveler's authorized stay in
Thailand will expire. Any traveler remaining in Thailand beyond this
date without having received an official extension will be assessed an
immediate cash fine when departing Thailand. Any foreigner found by
police to be out of legal status prior to departure (during a Thai
Immigration "sweep" through a guesthouse, for example) will be jailed,
fined, and then deported at his or her own expense, and may be barred
from re-entering Thailand.
In this regard, American citizens should be aware that private
"visa extension services." even those advertising in major periodicals
or located close to Immigration offices or police stations, are
illegal. A number of Americans are arrested at border crossings each
year when the visas and entry stamps they have obtained through these
illegal services are discovered to be counterfeit.
Thailand's entry and exit information is subject to change
without notice. For further information on Thailand's entry/exit
requirements, contact the Royal Thai Embassy, 1024 Wisconsin Avenue,
NW, Washington, DC, 20007, telephone (202) 944-3600, or contact the Thai consulates
in Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York City. Visit the Embassy of Thailand web site
for the most current visa information.
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