Travel Visa – Do You Need One?

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Nope, I am not talking about VISA or MASTERS Credit Card, but an important document which acts as a conditional authorisation granted by a country to a foreigner, allowing them to enter and temporarily remain within, or to leave that country, a.k.a. Travel VISA.

Now, if you are entering Thailand and wonders if you need a (Tourist) Travel VISA, I have just the information you need below!  Holders of normal passports of the following countries are granted visa-free travel to Thailand for a period of up to 30 days. The exemption is granted at most twice in a calendar year when entering over land or via a sea border but there is no limitation when entering by air.  For Malaysians entering by land border, there is no limitation in issuing the 30-day visa exemption stamp.  Korea, Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Chile will get 90 days in both airport and land border:

55 Countries allowed to enter Thailand under the VISA EXEMPTION RULE (updated as of 26th May 2017):

    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.  Korea
    26.  Kuwait
    27.  Laos
    28.  Liechtenstein
    29.  Luxembourg
    30.  Macau
    31.  Malaysia
    32.  Monaco
    33.  Mongolia
    34.  Netherlands
    35.  New Zealand
    36.  Norway
    37.  Oman
    38.  Peru
    39.  Philippines
    40.  Poland
    41.  Portugal
    42.  Qatar
    43.  Russia
    44.  Singapore
    45.  Slovak Republic
    46.  Slovenia
    47.  South Africa
    48.  Spain
    49.  Sweden
    50.  Switzerland
    51.  Turkey
    52.  United Arab Emirates
    53.  United Kingdom
    54.  United States
    55.  Vietnam

Why VISAs Are Required?
Many countries require citizens of other nationality to obtain a visa before they enter their country.  As I have explained earlier, Visas are the permission granted by a sovereign nation to a traveler permitting entry for a specific purpose (tourist, business, study, etc.). Often, there are very specific instructions and procedures when applying for and obtaining a visa.

What if i do not belong to the 55 countries listed above? What VISA would I need?
You will need a Tourist VISA which is issued to applicants who wish to enter Thailand for tourism purposes.  It costs THB1000 and is valid for 3 or 6 months.  Upon arrival, travellers with this type of visa will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 60 days.  Further information can be found using this link.

How to apply for Tourist VISA for traveling to Thailand?
You can actually apply for a Visa On Arrival (VOA) upon arrival at the airport in Thailand, or it can be obtained in your home country through the Thai embassy or consulate located there.

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Article contributed by Mr. Calvin Ng, Fitness Trainer and Online Business Coach