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Thailand visa

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General questions

What is a Thailand visa?

If you want to go to Thailand for a holiday or business trip, you need to apply for a regular visa. The visa is a sticker, which is issued by the Thai government and is affixed to the passport. With this visa you have permission to enter the territory of Thailand. This visa is usually issued by the Embassy of Thailand in The Hague or the Consulate General of Thailand in Amsterdam.
The visa will be checked during passport control in Thailand. If you arrive by plane, the first check of the visa will probably already take place at the airport.
Our staff will work professionally to ensure that your Thailand visa application is presented flawlessly at the Thai Embassy, so you can travel with confidence.

Do I always need to present a Thailand visa?

Tourists who have Dutch nationality only need a Thailand visa for stays longer than 30 days. Business travelers who have Dutch nationality always need a Thailand visa, even with a short stay in Thailand.

If you are staying less than 30 days in Thailand, one can obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport in Thailand.

What types of visa are available for Thailand?

Tourists who have Dutch nationality require a Thailand visa only for stays longer than 30 days, up to 60 days. Our tourist visa allows you to stay in Thailand for 60 days and can be locally extended once with 30 days extra, so you can have a total of 90 consecutive days in Thailand.

Business travelers who have Dutch nationality always need a Thailand visa, even with a short stay in Thailand.

There are also various visas available. The type of visa depends on your destination. However, you also have a Social cultural visa, a long-stay visa, a work visa, a transit (transfer) visa and a visa on personal invitation.
The purpose of your trip determines the type of visa you need to apply for. If you are unsure which visa is most applicable to your situation, do not hesitate to contact us! Our employees can advise you further on this.

Do children also need a visa for Thailand?

Yes, anyone traveling, regardless of age, must be able to present a visa when entering Thailand. This means that everyone must therefore also have their own passport (children are therefore not credited in the passport of a parent / guardian), which will contain the visa.

How long am I allowed to stay in Thailand with a visa?

Both tourist and business travelers can stay in Thailand for a maximum of 60 consecutive days. This visa can be extended locally once with an extra 30 days. So you can stay in the country for up to 90 days in total.
Do you want to stay longer? Then apply for the non-immigrant or long-stay visa. You can extend this visa locally up to 6 times and after that period you may be eligible for a residence permit in Thailand.

If I am planning on visiting Thailand again, do I have to provide all the information again?

No. After obtaining your first visa, it is possible to apply for a multiple entry visa, with which you can travel in and out of the country several times. Here, however, the requirement that you can submit an employer’s statement, a bank statement with a minimum amount of €5.500,- and a copy of a hotel confirmation applies.

How many times am I allowed to enter Thailand?

The single-entry visa is suitable for entering Thailand once.
With the multiple-entry visa (valid for one year), you can stay in Thailand for a maximum of three consecutive months. After three months from entry you must leave the country, by entering again from another country the next three months will start.

Do I have to travel on the date stated on my application?

No, you do not have to, Note: You can only travel within the validity dates stated on the visa for Thailand. If you have changed your trip and it is no longer within the validity of the visa, you must apply for a new visa.

The visa is valid for 3 months from the time of issue. You must enter Thailand within those three months. The maximum dates of stay will start upon entry.

How much does a Thailand visa cost and how do I obtain one?

The costs for the visa vary per visa and processing time.
Normally, the delivery time of both the business and tourist visa is 9 working days. The urgent procedure normally takes 4 working days.
However, the embassy and consulate at all times reserve the right to take longer than the specified processing time to assess your application.

What is an e-visa for Thailand?

Recently, the Thai government introduced a new electronic visa called the Thailand e-visa. For the time being, Dutch passport holders cannot make use of this. However it might be possible in the (near) future.

Through our online application form on this website you can apply for the “physical” visa, which can only be applied at the embassy of Thailand in The Hague or at the consulate of Thailand in Amsterdam. By having your application handled by Traveldocs, you do not have to travel twice to the embassy or consulate with your passport and other required documents.

Application related information

I have filled in an application, but I still haven't received an e-mail, what should I do?

If, after paying your visa, you have not received an email from us within an hour, first check the junk mail folder (spam box). Didn’t receive an email there either? Please contact us by phone or e-mail via the contact page.

How do I apply for a Thailand visa?

The visa application procedure for Thailand starts online. To do this, open the online application form. After filling in all the details of the traveler (s) concerned, the application can be paid very simply. That is possible with iDeal, Bancontact, Paypal or with Credit Card. When the payment has been completed you will receive (within a maximum of 1 hour) an email from us with instructions on how to deliver the required documents. To deliver these documents, you can choose to drop them off at our office, send them by registered mail or courier, and you can also use our secure collection service.
Once the documents are received by us in Hoofddorp, we will thoroughly check the package for you. We will adjust the data that we can do ourselves where necessary. If we miss data, we will contact you by telephone or email.
As soon as the package is ready and in accordance with the conditions, we will go to The Hague with the application. When we submit the documents, we will be informed whether additional documents are being requested. Even then we will contact you directly.
After granting the visa, you will receive the passport with the visa for Thailand back from us. You can select the method of return in the application form, namely; Registered mail, DHL courier, personal collection from our office or ready at Schiphol.

How far in advance do I have to process my application?

You can apply for a visa for Thailand between a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 90 working days before departure, depending on the visa type you have chosen. To ensure that the visa is issued on time, we recommend that you submit the application a few weeks before departure. You can find more information about this on the page with rates and delivery times.
However, the embassy reserves the right at all times to take longer to assess your application than the stated average processing time for this.

Note: A maximum of 1 valid visa for Thailand can be present in your passport, if you have a current visa in your passport, the validity of this old visa expires.

Is there an urgent procedure available?

Yes, the visa for Thailand can also be applied for urgently. The usual delivery time for both the business and tourist visa is 9 working days, if you make an urgent application, this is 4 days. A surcharge of € 104,95 applies for this business procedure and € 14,50 or € 69,95 for the tourist visa, depending on your choice of procedure.

It is possible to arrange a group visa?

Yes, it is possible to add multiple travelers who travel to Thailand together on one application form. Because a lot of data only has to be entered once, this can save a lot of input.

When and how do I pay for the visa?

After submitting the online application form, you must make the payment. You can do this with: iDeal, Paypal, Bancontact or credit card. If a surcharge is charged for the collection and / or shipping method you have chosen, this will be added directly to the total amount.
If you use a custom courier (for collection and / or return), the costs will be invoiced afterwards.

How do I send my passport and documents safely?

There are a number of delivery methods, namely; deliver at our office in Hoofddorp, send it yourself (registered by post or by courier), have it picked up by us (the next day or in case of emergency the same day).
Sometimes our pick-up service can be used the same day. The possibility and costs depend on the pick-up location, the time and the crowds at our courier service. The costs for the next day’s pick-up also depend on the pick-up location.
You can contact us by phone for the possibilities of our collection service.

How do I receive my passport with visa back?

The return of the passport containing the visa Thailand can be done in several ways. In the application form that you fill in online, you can indicate which option you prefer: pick it up at our office in Hoofddorp, pick it up yourself at Schiphol (surcharge: € 45,00), shipping by courier next working day (surcharge: € 39,95 ) or by courier on the day of grant (surcharge on request) *

* Ask about the possibilities by telephone as this is not always possible.

Prices are per application and not per visa. If multiple visas are applied for with one application form, the shipping costs will remain the same (with a maximum of 4 passports per shipment)

Can I extend an existing visa for Thailand?

No, it is not possible to renew a visa. Please also note that any new visa application for Thailand will immediately invalidate any old visa for Thailand. So only submit a new visa application when you no longer want to use any previously issued visas.

Required documents

Which documents must be provided in order to obtain a Thailand visa?

Which data and documents you have to provide depends on your destination (tourist or business), the number of entries required in Thailand and the desired period of validity of the visa. After submitting the online visa application for Thailand, you will receive a personal email from us with instructions on how to provide the necessary documents for your situation.

Which requirements does my passport have to meet?

An emergency passport is not accepted.

The passport must still be valid for at least six months after the departure date from Thailand, entered on the online application form.
If a multiple-entry visa (for 3 entries or more) is applied for, the above requirement will be tightened and the passport must be valid for at least another 12 months on each arrival in Thailand.
In addition to the validity requirement of the passport, it is also required that at least 2 opposite pages in the passport are still empty. The passport may also not be delivered with a cover.

Does my passport state the letter O or the number 0?

Document numbers in the Netherlands never contain the letter “O”, but they can contain the number “0”. Even though it seems that there is a letter O in your passport, it will be the number 0. It is also important to know that document numbers in the Netherlands are 9 characters long.
Belgian document numbers may include the letter (s) “O” and / or the number “0”. Belgian document numbers are 8 characters long and always start with 2 letters followed by 6 numbers.

Which conditions apply to my photograph?

The passport photo must be hardcopy (on paper and not digital), taken in the last 3 months in the format 35x45mm. to be delivered. The passport photo must be of high quality and in color with a white background. Headwear is only allowed in the passport photo if this is for religious reasons: The visibility of the entire face is then a requirement.
The passport photo must be loose (so not attached to the application form in any way) and free of any glue / staple remnants.

Which documents do I have to deliver as a minor (21 years and younger)?

All Thailand visa applicants traveling alone or with one of the parents must provide a letter of consent written in English signed by the parent (s) / guardian and a copy of the parent (s) / guardian’s passport.
They must also provide a copy of a bank statement in their name, with a minimum of € 100 balance per day of stay in Thailand
Applicants under the age of 18 must also provide a copy of the birth certificate.

Which documents do I have to provide if I am retired?

If you are retired and want to stay in Thailand for more than 60 days, we recommend applying for a Non-Immigrant O visa, Traveldocs can assist you with this, please contact us.

For tourist visa one must provide a bankstatement with a visible “AOW” deposit.

Which documents do I have to provide if I'm unemployed?

If you are unemployed and want to apply for a Thailand visa, proof of sufficient financial means is required, which must be submitted in the form of a copy of a recent bank statement with a deposit of income (for example, your benefit) of at least € 550. The invoice must be in the name of the traveler, if it concerns a joint invoice, a marriage certificate must also be submitted.

Do I have to book a flight and hotel in advance?

To apply for a Thailand visa you must provide a copy of your flight schedule, this schedule or e-ticket of your flights must show that the traveler leaves from the EU to Thailand and that (and when) the return trip from Thailand takes place.
You must also fill in the address of your first stay (proof of this stay does not have to be provided) in Thailand on the application form.

Which conditions must be met in the invitation letter?

An invitation letter is required if you are traveling to Thailand on business, this letter must be written on company paper (a copy is allowed), include the name of the applicant, specify the reason for the trip, indicate the number of entries required, and the length of time required of the visa.
The signatory of this letter must also provide a copy of his / her identity document, if this signatory does not have Thai nationality, a copy of his / her work permit is also required.

Which requirements must a company registration meet?

Proof of business registration is required if you are traveling to Thailand for business, these documents are;

  • A complete and recent registration of the inviting company in Thailand (this must have been issued in the last 6 months, please note that the Thai and Western era are different, the year 2020 is Thailand in 2563).
  • A proof of tax payment
  • And an annual financial statement as specified by the Thai tax.

Changing or canceling an application

I made a mistake on my application and/or documents, can I change this?

In this case, please contact us as soon as possible to indicate what is not in order. Whether your visa application can still be corrected depends on the nature of the error and the status of your application. If we have not delivered your application to the embassy yet, it is possible to make changes. If your applicaiton is already in the hands of the embassy, there is nothing we can do. You must obtain a new visa with the proper information and cancel the existing one.

Can I cancel my application?

After receiving your passport and other documents, we will process your application. From that moment on, cancellation of the request is no longer possible. If you want to cancel your application before you have submitted your passport and documents, please contact us by phone or e-mail.

Changing or canceling an application

How do you handle my personal data?

We will only use your data to process your visa application. In doing so, we respect the privacy of every user of our site and will ensure that all personal information you provide to us will be treated confidentially. We strongly inform you that your data will not be sold or used for any other commercial purposes.
If you have any further questions about your privacy, please view our privacy policy or contact us.

Where can I find help if it is needed for my applicaiton?

Always try to find your question on this page first, in almost all cases you will find the answer to your question about your visa application here.
In the unlikely event that you find no or insufficient answer to your question, we will of course be happy to help you, click here to contact us.

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