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Passports are required by all visitors to Bangkok and must be valid for at least six months after your date of arrival. Additionally, you should keep your passport or some other valid form of identification with you at all times as you may be asked for it.

In theory, you are required to hold an onward ticket and sufficient resources for your projected stay. In practice, almost no one is asked for this unless your dress or behavior attracts the attention of the authorities. In over five hundred trips in and out of the Kingdom, for example, no one affiliated with our organization has ever been asked for this!

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Thailand offers a plethora of visa options. We have provided the latest information here (Winter/2002) but please understand that the below while accurate now is, of course, subject to change with little or no notice. To be on the safe side, after you decide what you'd like to do from what's available below, call up the embassy where you intend to get your visa and make sure nothing's changed too drastically.

No Visa Required (30-day maximum, for tourism)
The Thailand Ministry of the Interior stipulates that nationalities of the following 57 countries may enter Thailand WITHOUT a visa for a maximum stay of 30 days for tourism only. No extension of stay is granted on this 30-day stamp. The countries are:

Argentina Indonesia Philippines
Australia Ireland Portugal
Austria Israel Qatar
Bahrain Italy Saudi Arabia
Belgium Japan Senegal
Brazil Kenya Singapore
Brunei Kuwait Slovenia
Canada Korea South Africa
Chile Luxembourg Spain
Cyprus Malaysia Sweden
Denmark Mauritania Switzerland
Djibouti Mexico Tunisia
Egypt Morocco Turkey
Fiji Myanmar U.A.E.
Finland Netherlands United Kingdom
France New Zealand U.S.A.
Germany Norway Vanuatu
Greece Oman W. Samoa
Iceland Papau New Guinea Yemen

Transit/Tourist Visas
Transit: Nationals of most remaining countries can obtain a 15-day Transit Visa on arrival for ~300 baht. A notable exception is Hungary from where you must obtain a visa in advance of arrival.
Tourist: Should you wish to stay longer than the 30 days allowed for above, you may obtain a Tourist Visa which is good for 60 days and costs ~15 USD.

Non-Immigrant Visas
These are available for stays of 90 days and are issued for studying or retirement or family visits. Additionally, you need to possess a Non-Immigrant Visa if you are intending to obtain a work permit for a job you may have secured in Thailand. Also, a Non-Immigrant Visa is the first visa you need to apply for a Retirement Visa. For all questions regarding these more complicated visas, please speak with an Embassy near you.

An excellent resource for Thailand visa application in the United States is found at:

Embassies & Consulates
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Listed below is the contact information for the U.S., Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and United Kingdom consulates.

The United States of America Embassy
95 Wireless Rd.
Bangkok 10500
Tel: 205-4000; Fax: 205-4131
Open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until noon, and 1:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Australian Embassy
37 South Sathorn Rd.
Bangkok 10120
Tel: 287-2680, 287-3485, 287-4843; Fax: 287-2028-9
Open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. until noon, and 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Canadian Embassy
15th Fl, Abdulrahim Place
990 Rama 4 Rd, Bangrak
Bangkok 10500
Tel: 636-0560; Fax: 636-0568
Open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until noon, and 1:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The New Zealand Embassy

M Thai Tower, 14th Floor
Bangkok 10330
All Seasons Place
87 Wireless Road
Lumpini, Bangkok 10330

Business Hours: Monday-Friday 0730-1200, 1300-1600
Telephone: (66-2) 254 2530
Facsimile: (66-2) 253 9045

The British Embassy
1031 Wireless Rd
Bangkok 10300
Tel: 253-0191; Fax: 254-9579
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