Countries that need visas

When planning a trip to Thailand, one of the first questions you need to ask yourself is whether you need a visa. Visa policies can be different from country to country. When visiting Thailand, you will need a visa unless you come from a visa-exempt country. Some countries signed visa waiver agreements with Thailand, which means that their citizens do not need a visa to enter Thailand. However, if you are not from a visa-exempted country, you need a visa for Thailand.

If your country of nationality is not on the list of visa-exempt countries below, you will need a visa to visit Thailand:

  • Andorra

  • Argentina (90 days)

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Bahrain

  • Belgium

  • Brazil (30 days and 90 days)

  • Brunei

  • Cambodia (14 days only)

  • Canada

  • Chile (90 days)

  • Czech republic

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Hong Kong

  • Hungary

  • Iceland

  • Indonesia

  • Ireland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • Korea (30 days and 90 days)

  • Kuwait

  • Laos

  • Latvia

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Maldives

  • Mauritius

  • Myanmar (14 days only)

  • Monaco

  • Mongolia

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Norway

  • Oman

  • Peru (30 days and 90 days)

  • Philippines

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Qatar

  • Russia

  • San Marino

  • Singapore

  • Slovak Republic

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • turkey

  • Ukraine

  • United Arab Emirates

  • UK

  • United States

  • Vietnam

Answers to financial information questions during your stay in Thailand

Q1: Is it true that visitors entering Thailand should be able to prove that they have enough money during the stay, as is currently widely reported in local and international media?

Yes, according to Thailand’s immigration law B.E. 2522 (1979), foreigners entering Thailand must have a subsistence means. Tourists may become an economic and social burden to the country without sufficient income.

Without adequate finance, also, the Minister of Interior announced on the 8th of May, 2000 that bearers of tourist visas should be able to prove that they have enough money equivalent to 20,000 baht per person or 40,000 baht for family.

For passengers with visa on arrival, they should be able to provide evidence that they have enough money equivalents to 10,000 baht per individual or 20,000 baht per family.

Q2: Why did the news of this inspection of the financial situation of tourists by the Thai immigration agents only appear now?

To facilitate foreign tourists, Thai immigration officials randomly inspect the livelihoods of foreign tourists upon arrival at all ports of entry. If tourists are unable to prove that they have sufficient financial resources, the agents will then examine on a case-by-case basis whether to allow entry. Random inspection will not take place once tourists have obtained entry and passed through immigration checkpoints.

Q3: What would be the appropriate preparation for tourists planning to visit Thailand?

All travelers must also ensure that they have a passport valid for at least six months and a return air ticket. Tourist visa holders and foreigners eligible for the tourist visa exemption must be able to demonstrate that they have adequate finances equivalent to at least 20,000 baht per person or 40,000 baht per family. For Passengers traveling to Thailand with visa on arrival, they should be able to provide evidence that they have enough money equivalent to 10,000 baht per individual or 20,000 baht per family.

Most importantly, the traveler should check if they have the appropriate visa according to their purpose of visit. Usually, a foreign national who intends to visit Thailand should obtain a valid visa from a Thailand Embassy or a Thailand Consulate General. For more information on the Thai visa and visa waiver regime, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at

Q4: Why is Thailand strict with tourists wishing to enter the country to enjoy the many unique tourist experiences?

Every government in the world has restrictions on foreign tourists to balance tourism promotion with national security and public order. Thailand’s restrictions are consistent with those of other countries.

Also, Thailand recognizes the enormous importance of tourism and the safety of tourists is a permanent priority. Therefore, all the measures implemented aim to ensure the safety of foreign tourists and a pleasant stay in Thailand.