Non-Immigrant O-A Visas


 
Following are types of visa granted by Thai Embassy and Consulate-General:

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TRANSIT VISA


1. REQUIREMENT
This type of visa is issued to applicants who wish to enter the Kingdom for the following purposes :
- to travel in transit through the Kingdom in order to proceed to the country of destination or to re-enter his/her own country (category “TS”)
- to participate in sports activities (sportsmen, sportswomen, etc.)(category “S”) ***
*** Those who are scheduled to stay in the Kingdom longer than one month , Non-Immigrant Visa category “O” can be issued to them
- the person in charge or crew of a conveyance coming to a port, station or area in the Kingdom (category “C”)
2. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
- Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months
- Visa application form completely filled out
- Recent( 4 x 6 cm.) photograph of the applicant
- Evidence of travel from Thailand (confirmed air ticket paid in full)
- Evidence of adequate finance (20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family)
- Visa of a third country in a passport or travel document
- Letter of invitation stating the application’s participation in sports activities in the Kingdom
- Consular officers reserve the rights to request additional documents as deemed necessary
3. VISA FEE
800 Baht per entry
(Visa fee may be changed without prior notice)
4. VALIDITY OF A VISA
The validity of a visa is three months.
5. PERIOD OF STAY
Travellers coming to Thailand with this type of visa will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period not exceeding 30 days.
6. EXTENSION OF STAY
Those who wish to stay longer or may wish to change their type of visa must file an application for permission at the Office of Immigration Bureau located on Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120 , Tel 02 287-3101-10 (or at http://www.immigration.go.th ). The extension of stay as well as the change of certain type of visa is solely at the discretion of the Immigration officer.
7. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Nationals of certain countries are required to apply for a visa only at the Thai Embassy or Consulate-General in their home/residence country or at the designated Thai Embassy. Therefore, travellers are advised to contact the nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate-General to find out where they may apply for a visa to Thailand before departure.
Information on location and contact number of Thai Embassies an Consulates-General is available at

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TOURIST VISA

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What began as a restriction on the number of 30 day visas on arrival has turned out to be a major reshuffling of immigration regulations, most of which were framed as far back as 1979. The new rules apply to short term and long term tourists and farang residents and cover yearly extensions of various types, investment visas and even work permits.

The fact that it was announced on September 24 that the national immigration bureau chief lieutenant general Suwit Thamrongsrisakul has been transferred to an inactive post is not thought to have any bearing on visa matters. None the less, Pattaya Today stresses that the changes described below were accurate as of September 26, when we went to press, with an anticipated implementation date of October 1.

“Living” in Thailand on 30 day visas.

As previously announced, it will no longer be possible to “live” in Thailand simply by travelling to the border of a neighboring country and receiving indefinitely the 30 day visa on arrival.

In future, foreigners will only be able to “live” in Thailand on visas on arrival only for up to 90 days (three months) in any 180 (six months) day period. Effectively, this means three consecutive runs to the border post (30+30+30) are the limit. The most commonly used border posts for Pattaya based visa runners are Aranyaprathet, Pong Nam Ron and Pailin in Cambodia.

Foreigners wishing to go on “living” in Thailand for the next three months would need to obtain a prior tourist visa at a Thai consulate or embassy in another country – not at a border post. The most likely destination for the budget traveler is Penang where the Thai consul general is currently awarding single entry tourist visas. These used to be valid for a stay of up to 60 days but from October 1 they are valid for a stay of 90 days. They cannot be extended.

The presumption is that, after that 90 days has elapsed using the Penang visa, foreigners would then be free to take visa runs to the Cambodian border for a further three months (30+30+30) before needing to return again to Penang or wherever

Foreigners traveling to Penang are advised to go and return by air. Some travelers have experienced difficulties on the Thai side of the Malaysian border when trying to return by train, even with a new visa.

The immigration bureau has confirmed that there is no limit to the number of 30 day visas on arrival for an individual, provided that he or she is “living” not in Thailand for longer than 90 days in any block of 180 days.

The logic behind the new rules about visas on arrival is to discourage their use as a kind of cheap residence permit.

Extensions to 30 day visas.

In an important new ruling, the former 15 day extension of a 30 day visa on arrival at Thai immigration offices has been changed to 7 days only. You may also have a 7 days stamp placed in your passport if the immigration authority refuses your application for a retirement or married man’s visa or if you are deemed to have made too many visa runs to the Cambodian border. If you get such a stamp, you must quit Thailand within one week or risk arrest for overstay.

Abolition of investment visa.

This visa allowed foreigners to reside in Thai for a year provided they placed 3 million baht in a Thai bank or in bonds. It was often used by foreigners under 50 who did not yet qualify in age for a retirement visa but wished to be based in Thailand. The understanding is that existing applications and renewals will be accepted, but that no new applications can be made from the beginning of October 2006.

The so called retirement visa.

This allows foreigners aged 50 and over to extend a non-immigrant visa for up to 12 months from the date of the last entry into Thailand. It requires either 800,000 baht in a Thai bank or a combination of cash in the bank and proof of pension paid in the home country. A letter from the respective embassy is required for proof of pension. From now on, the immigration officer will need to see proof that the 800,000 baht has been there for three months prior to the visa being issued. This is to stop the practice of moving money into a bank account, and promptly out again, once the visa is granted.

The old regulation, however, that you must produce an annual medical certificate for this visa has been withdrawn.

The so called married man’s visa.

This allows the foreign, legal spouse of a Thai national to extend a non-immigrant visa for up to 12 months from the date of the last entry into Thailand. The minimum cash in a Thai bank is 400,000 baht. As with the retirement variant, checks will be made in future to ensure that the cash is not simply put in a bank and then removed. This visa is issued in Bangkok only and, during the waiting period, checks can be made by immigration police at your bank to see if there has been a big cash withdrawal! If the funds have disappeared, you may be ordered to leave Thailand in 7 days. Local immigration officers will also visit your home to verify that you really do live together as man and wife.

Work permit regulations.

We are advised that work permits with the term “Consultant” in the title will not be accepted in future. It is felt the term is too vague and potentially condones work related activity contrary to the alien labour act. Obviously, work permit holders need to consult their lawyers about the detail.

Those applying for work permits for the first time will first require a non-immigrant business (type “B”) visa from a Thai consulate or embassy abroad. This will only be granted if the applicant has a Wp3 work permit receipt form from the Labour Office, photocopy of all limited company registration papers, all official paperwork showing company stamp, invitation letter from the limited company advising on your potential role and stating salary, photocopy of your passport, two passport size photos.

Multiple entry visas.

Many Thai consulates in the Pacific rim, specifically Penang, have now issued statements that they will issue only single entry visas in future. This ruling is irrespective of type. However, if foreigners choose to return to the country of their passport (say Europe, USA, Australia) they may find that multiple entry visas, both tourist and non-immigrant, are still being awarded. The reasoning seems to be that if you need a double, triple or multiple entry visa, then go back to your own country.

Visas to Thailand:
Regulations covering the issuance of Thai visas are found in Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979) section 5, 12 (1), 34 (15). Essentially, although every visitor to Thailand requires a valid passport, whether you need a visa to enter Thailand is dependent on the period of time you are expecting to stay in the kingdom and your nationality.

Visitors from a number of countries must obtain their visas before entering Thailand.  Other visitors will be issued with a visa on arrival at an international airport, a border crossing, or an immigration checkpoint. A limited number of countries have agreements with Thailand that enable their citizens to enter Thailand without a visa. Visas are issued either by consulates and embassies outside Thailand, or the Immigration Bureau of the Royal Thai Police within Thailand.

30-day visits:
Most visitors are able to stay in Thailand for up to 30 days without the need of a visa. This includes the citizens of the following countries:
60-day visits:
If you want to stay longer for a longer period you can obtain a two-month tourist visa from the Thai consulate or embassy in your country. However, if you are in Thailand and wish to extend your stay this can be done by obtaining a one-month extension from an immigration office (cost: 1,900 Baht).

Visits longer than 60 days:
People wishing to stay in Thailand longer than two months require a ‘Non-Immigrant Visa’ – this is not a tourist visa and a person must meet certain requirements before being granted one (e.g. having family members in Thailand, etc.). A ‘Non-Immigrant Visa’ is issued for three months and can be extended to one year under certain circumstances.

Full details:
For full details contact your country’s Thai Embassy. A detailed description of visa requirements is provided by Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More concise details are provided by the Thai Embassy in Washington DC.


WHO NEEDS A VISA TO ENTER INTO THAILAND

  • Citizens listed in the table below DO NOT need visas to enter into Thailand for stays up to the number of days specified for the purpose specified. If your country is NOT listed then you WILL need a visa to enter into Thailand.
  • How to read the table: Australian citizens DO NOT need a visa for tourist stays up to 30 days. If they are going for longer than 30 days a visa WILL be required. If they are traveling to Thailand on a business trip (regardless of the length of the stay), they WILL need a visa.
Australia 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Austria 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
Bahrain 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Belgium 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
Brazil 90 DAYS: TOURIST & BUSINESS Brunei 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
Canada 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Chile 90 DAYS: TOURIST & BUSINESS
Denmark 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Finland 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
France 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Germany 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
Greece 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Hong Kong 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
Indonesia 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Ireland 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
Isreal 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Italy 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
Japan 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Korea 90 DAYS: TOURIST & BUSINESS
Kuwait 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Luxembourg 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
Macao 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Malaysia 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
Netherlands 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY New Zealand 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
Norway 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Peru 90 DAYS: TOURIST & BUSINESS
Philippines 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Portugal 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
Qatar 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Singapore 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
South Africa 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Spain 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
Sweden 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY Switzerland 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
Turkey 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY United Arab Emirates 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
UK 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY USA 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY
Vietnam 30 DAYS: TOURIST ONLY

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY FOR MY VISA?

If you apply for the visa too late, you may not have enough time for the application. If you apply for the visa too early, the visa may become invalid before you depart for Thailand. Thai Visas normaly take 2 business days to process. You are suggested to apply for the visa 2 weeks before your departure date., (to see where to find the visa issue date refer to the section ).

PROCESSING TIME (HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY VISA?)

Thailand generally processes visas in 2 business days.
VALIDITY (HOW LONG WILL MY VISA BE GOOD FOR?)
Thai visas are usually 3 month visas that are good for 90 day stays. Some visas have longer validity, and still others are shorter, For help reading your visa, please go to the section.

HOW TO “READ” MY VISA

Your visa should look something like the visa below:

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VISA FEES

  • Fees must be paid either in cash, or Money Order
  • You can make your money order payable to “Royal Thai Embassy”
  • These are the fees charged by the consulate, and does not include the It’s Easy Service fee.
  • If you are a National of one of the following countries the visa fees are exempt (you will need a visa but it is FREE) Philippines, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Tunisia:

VISA JURISDICTION

A jurisdiction is the geographic area that a consulate expects their applicants to live in. Although the Thailand consulate does have jurisdiction, the New York Consulate does not enforce it at this time. That means we can process your application regardless of what state you reside in.

Visa Requirements


Visa requirements in Thailand are currently a great conversation piece at all the local bars throughout the Expat community.  Since the September 2006 Coup, the Government has clamped down on all types of visas.  The good news if any, is that the requirements for a

“retirement” visa have remained pretty much in tact. 

 

Most Foreign persons arriving from Western nations enjoy a “visa on arrival” status.  There is nothing you have to do except show up.  This visa on arrival is the crux of most of the talk, due to the fact that many Expats have lived for many years on this 30 day visa.  The government has now imposed a “three time” limit so this is messing with many minds.  Until this change, many just went to the nearest border crossing, stamped out of Thailand, into the neighboring country, turned around, stamped out of the neighboring country and back into Thailand for another 30 days.  This has now ended after the third stamp.  HOWEVER, this law is based on the “visa on arrival” visa.  If you go to a bordering country that either has a Thai Embassy or Consulate, you can request a 60 day tourist Visa.  As this is a visa issued outside Thailand it doesn’t count on the three stamp rule.  The current cost is 1000 baht.  It normally takes the Embassy or Consulate a day to process, so you end up spending the night somewhere outside Thailand.  The typical crossings are Hat Yai in the South to Malaysia, Nong Khai in the NE, to Lao PDR, or flying to Singapore, Hong Kong, Cambodia or Penang.

 

The Government has also discontinued one year visas for Non-Immigrant Status with multi-entry stamp.  Currently if you are holding a non-immigrant visa and apply outside Thailand for another, you are only given a 90 day single entry visa. (cost is 2,000 baht) Therefore you end up going out every 90 days to apply for another non-immigrant visa.  This is normally done if you are holding a work permit or applying for one.  You MAY NOT get a work permit holding a tourist visa.

 

This whole visa issue is the new government trying to tighten the very lax visa structure in the past.  It’s not out of line with other countries and the persons complaining most are Expats that have become accustom to the easy status they enjoyed for so many years.  Times are a changing and Thailand is just coming up to speed.  Think about what your home country expects of a Thai National traveling there or trying to stay past THEIR visa!!

 

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Now, back to the Retirement visa:  Very easy to obtain with little hassle.  You basically have to prove to the Immigration officers that you can afford to be there and will not be a burden on the Thai Government.  The easiest way is to show them a Thai bank account with 800,000 baht (about 20,000 US dollars).  This money should have been deposited for a couple months prior to your application.  After you get your visa, you can immediately withdraw the money. Every year you will have to renew, showing the 800,000 for the next year.  They are basing this on 65,000 baht per month of income.  You can even show a combination of income and bank account.  In other words if you have a pension coming in of say 1,500 dollars (54,000 baht) and a bank account with the difference (65,000 – 54,000 = 11,000 X 12 months =132,000 baht) you’ll be approved.  Or any combination thereof.  This is the best deal going. The only drawback is the fact that you are not “supposed” to work.  But you’re retired anyway, right!!  Just remember, this is Thailand and as any person living here will tell you, anything is possible.

Looking for an ever lasting happiness retirement in Thailand? Well, you come to the right country.

All you need to do is just relax, stay happiness, and get a Type “O” Non Immigrant Visa!

Eligibility Requirements for a Retirement Visa (O)

  • Foreign retired persons whose age is over 50 years old and bring in foreign currencies into Thailand for more than 800,000 baht (approximately US$ 20,000) can apply for non-immigrant visas for the period of one year stay in Thailand (renewal is guaranteed every year)

Qualification for Retirement Visa Applicants

  • A foreign national whose age is 50 years or above. Not being prohibited from entering the Kingdom under the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (A.D 1979). Having in possession of money amounting not less than 800,000 Baht (approximately US$ 20,000) OR monthly income of 65,000 Baht (approximately US$ 1,600) OR saving and annual income totalling not less than 800,000 Baht (approximately US$ 20,000)
    The said amount must eventually be transferred to any bank in Thailand

Documents Required for Retirement Visa Application

  • A copy of visa application form completely filled out
  • Two passport-sized photos of the applicant taken within the past six months
  • Photocopy of the applicant’s travel document with validity not less than 18 months
  • Financial documents (copy) as previously stated in Qualification for Reqtirement Visa Applicants above

Procedure for a Retirement Visa

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  • Once the application form together with required documents submitted, the Consular officials are required to examine such documents to see that they are in good order and completed as stated, then they must be mailed through the pouch to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok
  • The Consular mission will be notified to issue visa to the individual applicant when the Office of the Immigration Bureau has given approval
  • The Consular official must request for financial certifications that the applicant has already complied with financial obligations previously stated before granting the visa
  • Applicants to whom the agencies or organizations approved by the Office of the Immigration Bureau (i.e. LegalThailand.com) have applied for visa on their behalf. The above mentioned applicants must have qualifications stated above

Duration of Stay on Retirement Visa

  • Permission to stay in the Kingdom will be granted for one year upon arrival in the Kingdom
  • Upon expiry date of such period, extension for one year at a time will be granted to this group of people as long as they meet the requirements as earlier stated.

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Our Service Fees:

Item Description Fees (Baht)
One Year Visa One Year Non-Imm B (Business Visa) 6,400
Type (O) Investment, Retirement, or Marriage 7,100
Dependant Visa for Dependant per person 3,600
Visa Extension Extension for your Stay 1,500
Visa Renewal Renewal of your Visa 2,000

* Note: Price exculding Government Fees of 2,000 Baht

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