Thai Nationals Traveling Abroad – What Visas Are Required For Thais In Europe, USA and more
Travel takes us out of our comfort zones and inspires us by seeing new places, tasting new cuisine and trying new experiences. It constantly challenges us, not only to adapt to new cultures and explore new surroundings, but it also teaches us to embrace adventures as they come. But before planning a trip abroad, it’s important to check the visa requirements for that particular country. For Thai nationals, you’ll want to ensure that you have all of the required travel documents to enter the country of your destination. Most importantly you will want to make sure you have the RIGHT TYPE OF VISA for the purpose of your travel. Here we will cover a list of visa free countries for Thai passport holders, a list of countries where Thai nationals can apply for an E-Visa and so much more.
Like for every other nationality, there are some countries that are visa-free for Thai nationals, some that you can easily apply for an e-visa, and others that are a little more complex. To help make things easier, we have created a guide of useful information for Thai nationals who wish to travel abroad, including some helpful tips.
Visa-Free Countries for Thai Nationals / Thai Passport Holders
Visa-free countries allow a Thai passport holder to travel to the country in the absence of a traditional visa. As of January 2022, there are 40 countries that Thai citizens can visit visa-free!!! Check out these 40 countries in the table below. In order to enter a visa-free country, you will need to present a valid passport for entry on arrival and exit purposes as well as proof of airplane ticket with a return date to Thailand or to your next destination. Click here to see 40 visa free countries around the world for Thai passport holders.
Countries that a Thai national can travel to
by simply applying for an e-visa
An E-Visa (electronic visa) is a visa that you can apply for online. For Thai passport holders traveling abroad, the process is quite straightforward. All you have to do is visit the embassy website of the particular country you want to travel to. Fill out the information and submit your electronic visa application and wait for the approval. Once you submit your application and make the necessary payment, you will receive an email verification message. As soon as you’ve verified your email, the E-Visa will be sent to your verified email. For safety purposes and to ensure smooth travel, do make sure to keep a printed copy of this email with your travel documents in case immigration asks for them.
As of today, there are 32 countries where Thai passport holders can travel to with an E-Visa. Some of which include India, Oman, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe, but you can click here to check out our blog on these 32 e-visa countries for Thais.
TIPS FOR THAIS TRAVELING TO E-VISA COUNTRIES
It’s important to note that the 32 countries where Thai passport holders can travel with an E-Visa are not for the purpose of studying, working or relocating. The sole purpose of the E-Visa is to allow you to enjoy the country as a tourist. If you are planning to study, work or relocate to another country, you will need to check with the Embassy, Consulate or a visa service provider in Thailand to get an accurate list of requirements regarding the type of visa you need as well as your purpose of stay.
Aside from the above visa-free and E-Visa countries that are available for Thai nationals, many other countries will require a proper visa application. As a holder of a Thai passport, you will need to obtain a visa in advance of your travel from the designated country’s embassy or consulate.
Each country will have a dedicated list of requirements that need to be met before applying for the visa. Again, the process is straightforward, but it can be time consuming so do make sure you allow enough time to receive your visa before traveling.
We hope you enjoyed our blog, and we wish you all the best when traveling abroad as a Thai passport holder! If there are any other useful topics you would like us to cover, please let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, we’ll be doing some research on what topic we’ll write about next!