There are 52 countries (United States and many European countries included) that have bilateral agreements with the country of Thailand, allowing their citizens to enter without a visa under the Visa Exemption Rule. A list of those countries can be found here.
If you are entering Thailand under the Visa Exemption Rule, it is important to note:
- You do not require a Visa if you are traveling for under 30 days, if entering through an international airport; entering through a land border checkpoint allows you to travel for 15 days.
- Your passport must be valid for 6 months after the date of entry.
- Upon arrival, make sure to provide proof of a) your departure date (i.e. flight ticket) and b) that you have funds of at least 10,000 Thai baht during your stay (285 USD).
If your home country is not on the list, you will need to apply for a visa at the Thai embassy in your country of origin. You may be asked for the following reference documents:
- Passport or travel document with a validity not less than 6 months
- Visa application form (filled out)
- Two(2) recent 4x6cm. photographs of the applicant
- Round-trip air ticket or e-ticket (paid in full)
- Proof of financial means of up to 20,000 Thai baht per person (571 USD)*
* Please verify with the Thai Embassy in your home country.