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Current Thai Visa Regulations 2017

Thai Visa 2017

I wanted to post about something which is asked over and over on many f/b groups, yet is poorly misunderstood by a LOT of people.

The difference between a “visa exempt entry” and a “tourist visa entry”.

Thai Visa 2017People from 57 countries can stamped get into Thailand (for varying amounts of time depending on nationality) by just showing up at the border or the airport.
They are stamped in on a “visa exempt entry” .  It has that catchy name because you didn’t BUY a visa at a Thai consulate before you got here, yet were given a permission to stay stamp for a period of time; ranging from 90 days, 30 days, 15 days or 14 days, depending on your country of origin and the way you entered Thailand via air or land.

Since August 29 of 2014, most people here on a visa exempt stamp can go to the Thai immigration office for their area and apply for a 30 day extension for 1900baht.

Please note: a visa exempt entry is NOT a “visa on arrival”. <- That is what people from 19 countries BUY at the border when they enter Thailand for 1000baht (the price is 2000baht but it’s 50% off until Feb 28th, 2017).

A “tourist visa” for Thailand is something you BUY at a Thai consulate before you come here. They are sold 2 ways;
A single entry tourist visa is valid for 90 days from the date of issue and when you enter Thailand you are stamped in for 60 days.
A multi-entry tourist visa is valid for 6 months from the date of issue and is good for unlimited entries/exits to Thailand for that time, with each entry getting you stamped in for 60 days.
Tourist visa entries can also be extended for 30 more days at your local immigration office for 1900baht.

Oh, just so you know; tourist visas for Thailand are free at all Thai consulates in the world until Feb 28th, 2017.

I hope this helps people understand the difference between a “visa exempt” entry and entering the country on a tourist visa you got at a Thai consulate before you came here. Good Luck..

Credit for this Awesome information about visas and technical wording is from Tod Daniels at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1395920320731833/ .

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