A Comprehensive Guide To All Options For A Visa In Thailand

Embarking on the journey to relocate to Thailand is an exciting endeavour, and understanding all types of visas in Thailand is the key to a smooth transition.
Thailand offers multiple visa categories that each have a specific function to meet a wide range of purposes.
We have created a comprehensive guide to the various visa options and

How to obtain a visa for Thailand?

Navigating Thailand's visa system involves three categories:

  1. Pre-Travel Visa Application: Prospective applicants are required to apply for a visa before travelling to Thailand.
  2. Visa On Arrival: This option is available at designated border immigration checkpoints and international airports within Thailand.
  3. Visa Exemption: Tourists from some specific countries benefit from a visa exemption, permitting stays of up to 30 days without the need for a formal visa application.

Remark: The tourist visa exemption scheme, effective December 31, 2016, allows passport holders from 64 countries visa-free entry to Thailand for up to 30 days. This exemption is granted twice a year over land or sea borders and has no limitation for air travel.

Malaysians entering via land borders face no restrictions on the issuance of the 30-day visa exemption stamp. Notably, travellers from Korea, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, and Chile receive an extended 90-day visa-free stay, applicable at both airports and land borders.

How many types of visas are there in Thailand?

Thailand offers a variety of visa options catering to different needs:


Thai Elite Visa

A long-term Privilege Entry Visa providing residency for 5 to 20 years based on selected packages. It is ideal for those seeking hassle-free stays without dealing with the regular visa system.

Thailand Tourist Visa

A 60-day visa, extendable for up to 30 days. For longer stays, conversion to a Non-Immigrant Visa including an Education (ED) Visa is possible.

90-Day Non-Immigrant Visa

A single-entry visa extendable by visa runs, allowing for work permit acquisition and opening a bank account.

One-Year Non-Immigrant Visa

A multiple-entry visa valid for a year, with a 90-day stay per entry. Requires a visa run every 90 days.

Marriage Visa and Retirement Visa

Obtainable through a straightforward process. A marriage Visa requires being married to a Thai national, while a Retirement Visa requires being 50 years or above. Both offer a renewable one-year stay without border runs.

Business Visa

For legal business activities in Thailand, enabling work permits and bank account setup.

Permanent Resident Visa

Requires three consecutive years in Thailand with one-year visa extensions. For those married to a Thai for 5 years, a monthly income of 30,000 Baht is necessary. Single applicants need a monthly income of at least 80,000 Baht. Presentation of three years of personal tax statements demonstrating the income is required for Permanent Resident Visa eligibility.

Long-term Resident (LTR) Visa

Designed for individuals who seek prolonged residency in Thailand. To qualify, applicants must meet specific requirements, including financial criteria and a clean criminal record. The LTR Visa allows for extended stays without frequent border runs.·

Education (ED Visa)

Tailored for individuals pursuing education in Thailand. Applicants need to enrol in an accredited educational institution and provide the necessary documentation. The ED Visa permits a stay corresponding to the course duration, with options for extensions as long as the educational program continues.

For those considering an Education visa (ED visa) as a means to not only stay legally with a Thailand long-term visa but also to enrich their linguistic skills, ALA Language School offers an array of comprehensive Thai, English, and Chinese language courses with education visa programs that seamlessly integrate language learning with legal residency, offering a unique opportunity to both explore the vibrant culture of Thailand and gain valuable linguistic knowledge.

Contact ALA Language School to embark on a journey that combines visa convenience with a rich educational experience.

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