What you need to know about coming to Thailand on a tourist visa
When you visit Thailand for the purpose of leisure, sight-seeing and personal enlightenment, you are a tourist. A tourist is not allowed to work or conduct business in Thailand. A tourist needs a tourist visa so you can stay in Thailand for a period of 15 or 30 days while doing her own explorations and excursions in the kingdom. When you arrive in Thailand, they will give you a 30 day visa on arrival, free of charge. The price for extending your visa is currently 1900 baht.
It is possible to extend your tourist visa with another 30 days while you are in Thailand. This way you can stay 60 days in the country without having to leave for a so called visa run. Another option is applying for a 60 day tourist visa in your home country, before you come to Thailand. This is convenient in case you wish to stay more than 60 days, because you can still extend this visa with another 30 days. Our town Phitsanulok has a immigration office, so extending your stay is fairly easy. If you want to extend your visa, we will happily take you to our local immigration office to sort it out.
Another option for extending your tourist visa, is doing a visa run to a country outside Thailand. You can do several visa runs a year, by crossing the land border or by flying in and out. Once you’re abroad, go to the immigration in the country you visit and apply for a 60 day tourist visa there. This process will take 2 – 4 business days, depending on the country and immigration office. Popular destinations are Vientiane (Laos) and Kuala Lumpur.
Be mindful in your visa runs
Do note: Thailand’s immigration offices abroad are being more and more strict in handing out tourist visas and there is a limit to how often you can do a visa run. Even though there are no clear laws or rules that state the exact amount of possible visa extensions, usually Thailand will not give you another tourist visa if that means you will exceed a stay of 6 months. Applying for third visa can therefore be a gamble, and Thai immigration is capable of denying you the visa or even entry to the country.
Feel free to ask us for some visa advice in case you wish to stay in Thailand longer than 30 days! Just send a message to [email protected].
Immigration Office Phitsanulok
887/4 ถ.บรมไตรโลกนารถ , ต.ในเมือง อ.เมือง จ.พิษณุโลก 65000
Phone: 085 540 1541, 05524 7722