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Thailand Visa Application Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. What is a Thailand Visa?
- 2. What is the difference between a passport and a Thailand visa?
- 3. Do I need a visa for Thailand?
- 4. What is the difference between a Thailand tourist and Thailand business visa?
- 5. How long does it take to obtain a Thailand visa?
- 6. How long is a Thailand visa valid?
What is a Thailand Visa?
A Thailand visa is a stamp or endorsement placed by officials of Thailand on a passport that allows the bearer to visit Thailand. Visas are obtained from the Embassy or consulates of Thailand for your visit. "Visit" is further defined as the reason for entry, usually business, tourist or transitory. There are over 270 countries that offer visas and literally thousands of different types of visas available based upon country, type of visit, and length of visit.
What is the difference between a passport and a Thailand visa?
A passport is an official government document that certifies one's identity and citizenship. The passport serves two purposes; to regain entry to the country of citizenship (i.e. the United States) and is a requirement by many countries to gain entry to the country you are visiting.
A Thailand visa is an official government document that temporarily authorizes you to be in the country. Many countries require a visa to gain entry. A visa is in the form of a stamp/sticker IN the passport and is obtained from an Embassy in Washington DC or consulates around the country. Thailand does not require a visa for tourist or business purposes for United States citizens. You will require a US passport with at least 6 months of validity left. We are a passport expediting service and can take care of expediting your US passport.
Who needs a Thailand visa?
All US Citizens do not require a visa to travel to Thailand, whether for business or tourism for short-term stays; however, you will need a US Passport. We can help you obtain your passport quickly. Some Foreign Nationals DO require a visa and we can assist with this matter for you.
Thailand visas are issued according to the purpose of the trip; choose the visa that best describes your trip :
Activities which require a Thailand Tourist Visa
Tourism trip; visits to relatives
and/or friends; scientists,
professors or researchers attending
cultural, technological or
scientific conferences, seminars or
meetings (services provided must not
be paid by
reimbursement for expenses or per
diem allowances); unpaid
participation in athletic or
performing arts events or
Tourist visa holders are not allowed to engage in any paid activity in Thailand.
Activities which require a Thailand Business Visa
Business trips, except when the trip involves the provision of technical assistance services of any nature.
How long does it take to obtain a Thailand visa?
Typically, a visa takes anywhere from 2 days to 15 days to process in the Thailand Embassy/Consulate depending on the consulate that we need to send the application to and whether you choose to "rush" your Thailand visa.