Countries exempted from a visa
The Visa exemption rule permits visitors from 64 countries to travel to Thailand without a visa. They are permitted to stay a maximum of thirty days if they enter Thailand via an international airport or if they pass through a border checkpoint from neighboring countries.
Under the new regulations of the Visa exemption rule and the bilateral agreement enforced on December 31, 2016, passport bearers are entitled to enter Thailand if they meet the following requirement:
The visit is strictly for tourist purposes.
They must have a confirmed return ticket to show that they are leaving Thailand within 30 days of entry, open tickets are not valid. Travel tickets outside of the Kingdom of Thailand by train, bus, etc. to Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, etc. may be accepted as evidence of exit from Thailand.
You may be asked to show your plane ticket when entering Thailand. If you do not have an airline ticket to show that you will leave Thailand within 30 days of your entry, the entry will most likely be refused.
It is important to provide evidence that you have financial resources of at least 10,000 THB per person during your stay in Thailand.
Fees may be charged on people traveling to Thailand under the Visa exemption rule, especially when entering via a land border into southern Thailand.
Normal passport bearers with visa exemption are allowed visa-free travel to Thailand for up to thirty days. The exemption is issued at most twice in a calendar year when entering by land or via a maritime border, but there is no limitation when entering by air.
For Malaysians entering by land border, there is no limit to the issuance of the 30-day visa waiver stamp. Korea, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, and Chile will have 90 days both at the airport and at the land border.
164 countries allowed entering Thailand under the visa waiver rule:
Argentina (90 days)
Brazil (30 days and 90 days)
Cambodia (14 days only)
Chile (90 days)
Korea (30 days and 90 days)
Myanmar (14 days only)
Peru (30 days and 90 days)
United Arab Emirates
Tourist visa waiver (unilateral)
According to the ministerial announcements of the interior, passport holders from Hong Kong SAR and other 40 countries do not need a visa to enter Thailand for tourism purposes, if their stay in the Kingdom of Thailand not more than 30 days.
The applicant must have a means livelihood of 10,000 baht per person and 20,000 baht per family accordingly.
The list of 40 countries and a region is as follows:
1. Australia: Commonwealth of Australia
2. Austria: Republic of Austria
3. Belgium: Kingdom of Belgium
4. Brazil: Federative Republic of Brazil
5. Bahrain: State of Bahrain
6. Brunei Darussalam: Negara Brunei Darussalam
8. Denmark: Kingdom of Denmark
9. Finland: Republic of Finland
10. France: French Republic
11. Germany: Federal Republic of Germany
12. Greece: Hellenic Republic
13. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
14. Iceland: Republic of Iceland
15. Indonesia: Republic of Indonesia
16. Ireland: Republic of Ireland
17. Israel: State of Israel
18. Italy: Republic of Italy
20. Korea: Republic of Korea
21. Kuwait: State of Kuwait
22. Luxembourg: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
24. Netherlands: Kingdom of the Netherlands
25. New Zealand
26. Norway: Kingdom of Norway
27. Oman: Sultanate of Oman
28. Peru: Republic of Peru
29. Philippines: Republic of the Philippines
30. Portugal: Republic of Portugal
31. Qatar: State of Qatar
32. Singapore: Republic of Singapore
33. Spain: Kingdom of Spain
34. South Africa: Republic of South Africa
35. Sweden: Kingdom of Sweden
36. Switzerland: Swiss Confederation
37. Turkey: Republic of Turkey
38. United Arab Emirates
39. United Kingdom: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
40. United States of America
41. Vietnam: Socialist Republic of Vietnam