- Questions & Answers on Thai Visa
- Consular Services
1: Who can apply for a visa at the Royal Thai Embassy in Austria?
A: Austrian, Slovene and Slovak citizens and those who possess residence permit in Austria, Slovenia or Slovakia.
2: I would like to go to Thailand for vacation. Do I need a visa?
A: If you're a passport holder of these countries, you are eligible to travel to Thailand on tourism purpose without a visa and are permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a certain period. If not, you have to apply for a tourist visa or visa on arrival.
Upon arrival you may be asked to present round-trip air ticket and proof of adequate finance equivalent to at least 20,000 Baht per person or 40,000 Baht per family.
3: Can I apply for a visa in Thailand?
A: No, all kind of visas, except Visa on Arrival, must be obtained outside the kingdom prior to your arrival.
4: Can I extend my tourist visa in Thailand?
A: Yes, you may apply for an extension of stay at any Immigration Office in Thailand where you may be permitted to stay for another 30-day period. You must do so before your stay permit expires, otherwise you will be fined for each day you overstay in Thailand and may be banned from entering the country again.
5: Is it possible to apply for a visa 5 months in advance?
A: No, you can apply for a visa earliest 3 months before the date of your entry.
6: The visa I received has a validity that does not match my travel dates. Do I have to go back to the embassy to fix it?
A: No, it does not need to be fixed. For a single-entry visa the validity of a visa means that you must enter the kingdom before the visa expires. The permit of stay starts once you arrive in Thailand. The length of stay depends on the type of the visa you have, 60 days for a tourist visa or 90 days for a non-immigrant visa.
7: I'm going to Thailand alone with an underage sibling for a backpacking trip, what does my sibling need when travel without a parent?
A: A consent letter (in English) from one of the parents and the copy of passports of the parents.
8: I want to work in Thailand. How should I go about getting necessary visa?
A: You have to be officially employed by a company in Thailand in order to apply for a Non-Immigrant “B” Visa
Application for a Non-Immigrant Visa category “B” (business) can only be done at the Royal Thai Embassy in Vienna.
9: I came to Thailand with a single-entry business visa. I now am required to attend an urgent meeting abroad. I still have business to do in Thailand after that though. Do I need to get another visa?
A: Before you leave Thailand, you may apply for a re-entry permit from the Immigration Office. You are able to do that at any International Airport as well.
10: My company has assigned me to attend a training course in Thailand for 2 months. Should I apply for visa, and where can I do that?
A: You need to obtain a Non-Immigrant Visa before entering the Kingdom. You may apply for such visa at the Royal Thai Embassy in Vienna. Further information about visa applying process is available on our website under Consular Services.
11: An NGO in Thailand has invited me to go there and work for them as a volunteer. I will not earn any money in Thailand. What kind of visa do I need?
A: Although you will work as a volunteer, you do need a Non-Immigrant Visa (no.4). The NGO must be legally registered with the Thai authority, and that you need a recommendation letter from the NGO for your visa application.
12: Is there any special kind of visa for retirees?
A: Yes, there are 2 types long-stay visas for retirees
1. Non-Immigrant “O-A” (Long Stay) which allows you to stay in Thailand for 1 year without the obligation of leaving the country every 3 months
2. Non-Immigrant Other Purposes
13: I happened to lose my passport in Thailand yesterday. What should I do?
A: First, you need to go to a police station for a report of the loss. Then contact your embassy/consulate in Thailand for an issuance of new passport or temporary travel document. Finally, you need to bring the new passport or travel document to the Immigration Office for an endorsement.
In case that your country does not have an Embassy in Bangkok, please go to the Visa and Travel Documents Division, Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Chaengwattana Road in Bangkok, to apply for the Emergency Certificate (EC). You then need to bring the EC to the Immigration Office for endorsement before leaving the Kingdom.
You need to apply for a new visa on your new passport before coming to Thailand next time.
14: What documents do I need to get married in Thailand?
A: You have to contact the office district where you wish to get married directly for the information. Different district office may require different documents. For example, some ask for the foreign certificates to be translated into Thai and some to English. However, all foreign and translated certificates must be legalized by the Royal Thai Embassy in Vienna in order to be recognized in Thailand.
Visa Division: April 2008