Visa Exemption, Visa on Arrival (VOA), Visa for Tourists

Visa Exemption, Visa on Arrival (VOA), Visa for Tourists

18 Dec 2021

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(update on 18 December 2021)


All travellers should also visit the following web page for information on the procedures for entry into Thailand :


Visa Exemption, Visa on Arrival (VOA), Visa for Tourists


Visa Exemption (Enter Thailand for tourism without a visa)  


List of countries / territories whose nationals are exempted from visa to enter Thailand for tourism and are permitted to stay in Thailand for 30 days (Thailand’s unilateral scheme);


Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malaysia, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, United Kingdom, USA, Peru, Hong Kong, Vietnam.


Visa on Arrival (VOA)


From 1 October 2021, the “Visa on Arrival” (VOA) for a 15-day stay in Thailand at international airports in Thailand is back in service for eligible nationals including holders of Saudi ordinary passports.


More information on the VOA in the Thai Immigration’s website


All travellers to Thailand have to register to get a Thailand Pass for entry into Thailand at least 7 days before departure via 




Travellers are allowed to make a transit/transfer of flights in Thailand only for the outbound international flights within 24 hours from Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK) and Don Muang airport (DMK). In such a scenario, the travellers need to have the RT-PCR test result and a certificate of health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of USD 50,000.- the same as other passengers. But there is no need to get the Thailand Pass.


Getting a new health insurance policy can be done via 


Special Tourist Visa (STV) and Tourist Visa (TR)


Saudi nationals and foreigners residing in Saudi Arabia who wish to travel to Thailand for tourism are eligible to apply for Special Tourist Visa (STV) or Tourist Visa (TR).


Lebanese nationals and foreigners residing in Lebanon who wish to travel to Thailand for tourism are eligible to apply for Tourist Visa (TR).


Holders of Special Tourist Visa (STV) are allowed to stay in Thailand for 90 days the first time, extendable for maximum of two 90-day periods (270 days in total) but not beyond 30 September 2022.  


Holders of Tourist Visa (TR) are allowed to stay in Thailand for 60 days the first time, extendable for maximum of 30 days (90 days in total).  


Requirement for Special Tourist Visa (STV) (single entry, with validity of 3 months)


(1) Passport with validity of more than 12 months


(2) Saudi iqama


(3) 2 visa application forms  


(4) fee in cash (SAR 300.-)


(5) two passport-size photos  


(6) proof of accommodation in Thailand


(6.1) in case of staying in hotels or renting facilities

- booking or contract, and proof of payment


(6.2) in case of owning a condominium in Thailand or hire-purchasing a condominium

- ownership document or hire-purchase contract of a condominium with at least 2 installments paid     


(7) Health and Accident Insurance by Thai insurers covering the whole period of stay in Thailand, with a minimum of THB 40,000.- coverage of outpatient treatment and minimum of THB 400,000.- coverage of inpatient hospital and physical services 


Requirement for Tourist Visa (TR) (single entry, with validity of 3 months)


(1) Passport with validity of more than 6 months


(2) Saudi/Lebanese iqama or long-term visa (for foreigners in Saudi Arabia/Lebanon)


(3) visa application form  


(4) fee in cash (SAR 160.- for applicants in Saudi Arabia)


(5) one passport-size photo  


Additional documents may be requested.


For visa applicants in Saudi Arabia


All applicants shall go to apply for a visa at the Embassy by themselves. Currently all visa applicants can go to the Embassy without a prior appointment during 09.00 - 11.30 hrs. from Sunday to Thursday, except official holidays. They may collect the visa the next working day.  


The applicants need to bring one passport-size photo. They also need to pay the visa fee in cash in Saudi riyals (SAR 160.- for a single-entry Tourist Visa, SAR 300.- for a single-entry Non-immigrant Visa, and SAR 750.- for a multiple-entry Non-Immigrant Visa).     


For visa applicants in Lebanon


Kindly note that all Thai Honorary Consulates including the one in Lebanon have not been authorized to issue any visa from 28 May 2021.


Please see the procedure for all applicants in Lebanon in this web page :


If you have specific questions, please send email to