the Immigration Act provides for several visa categories
Tourist visas are initially valid for 60 days and are
renewed at the discretion of the Immigration Department.
Renewals are normally granted for periods of up to 30
days at a time.
Aliens who have obtained a Transit Visa from a Thai
embassy or consulate will be granted a 30-day stay in
the Kingdom. Extensions of stay are normally granted
for periods of 7 - 10 days.
Note: Transit, Visitor Transit and Tourist Visa holders
are not authorized to work in Thailand.
Non-Quota Immigrant: This category includes, inter alia,
former residents who have lost resident status, but
who have reapplied to resume their residency and who
have been able to demonstrate a convincing reason to
support the granting of this type of visa.
of the diplomatic or consular corps, aliens coming to
perform their duties in Thailand with the approval of
the Thai government, aliens performing their duties
in Thailand under an agreement between the Thai government
and a foreign government, heads of international organizations
or agencies operating in Thailand as well as dependents
of all the aforementioned persons, including private
servants of members of the diplomatic corps, are exempted
by the Act from the usual visa requirements.
Aliens seeking a prolonged stay, or those coming to
work in Thailand, should obtain Non-Immigrant visas
for all family members prior to entering the Kingdom.
There are several categories of Non-Immigrant visas
which include, among others, business visa category
(B); dependent visa category (O); investment subject
to the provisions of the laws on investment promotion
category (BOI IB); diplomatic and consular visa category
(D); performance of duties with the mass media category
(M); performance of skilled or expert work category
(EX); investment (with concurrence of ministries and
departments concerned) and capital investment category
(IM); and study or observation category (ED).
advantages of a Non-Immigrant Visa include: