Thailand Tourist Visa Requirements

These requirements are applicable for US Citizens applying at the Los Angeles Office

U.S. Passport Holders are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for Tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period not exceeding 30 days on each visit (15 day stays if arriving by land-crossing). The period of stay may not be extended.

Upon arrival those entering Thailand under the U.S. Tourist Visa Exemption scheme must show the documents listed below at the port of entry.
  • Proof of adequate finances for the duration of stay in Thailand, i.e. traveler's cheque or cash equivalent to 10,000 Baht person and 20,000 Baht per family
  • Proof of onward travel (confirmed air, train, bus or boat tickets) to leave Thailand within 30 days (or 15 days) of the arrival date.
U.S. Passport Holders who are planning to stay in Thailand as tourists for a period longer than 15 - 30 days obtain a tourist visa before entering Thailand. Travelers entering Thailand for purposes other than tourism need to apply for a visa of the specific entry type.

Please send TDS your current valid and signed passport. Passport must be valid for 6 months beyond intended stay and must have at least one blank visa page. Foreign Embassies cannot issue a visa on a page not labeled as a Visa page. Amendment and Endorsement pages in the back of the passport cannot be used for issuance of a visa.
A visa cannot be stamped on a page even if only one Small Stamp is on the visa page. If you do not have any blank visa pages in your passport, TDS can assist you in applying for additional pages. If your passport expires within 6 months, you must renew your passport and then we will secure your visa with the new passport.


Please send 2 recent professional passport-type photographs.
Digital and non-passport photographs are not acceptable.
Please write your name on the back of each photograph
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Please send a copy of your itinerary. Copy of airline tickets (e-tickets or itinerary showing confirmed flights) - tickets should show multiple entries if a 6 month multiple entry visa is being applied for.  


Single Entry Only Applicants:
If self employed please provide a copy of a business license or business registration indicating the applicants name.

Multiple Entry Only Applicants:
Letter from employer verifying employment.

For students, proof of current student status.

For self employed, provide a copy of a business license or business registration indicating the applicants name.

Single Entry:
A copy of the applicants most recent bank statement. The statement must be from an account that has readily and easily obtainable funds (checking or savings account). Accounts such as a 401K, IRA's will not be acceptable. Bank statement must show at least $700 person and $1500 per family.
It is advisable to erase account numbers, the statement must clearly show the applicant(s) name.

Multiple Entry:
A copy of bank statement or evidence of adequate finance for the last 6 months with a minimum balance of $7,000.00 every month for the past 6 months, the statement must be from an account that is readily and easily obtainable funds (checking or savings accounts), Accounts such as a 401K, IRA's will not be acceptable.
It is advisable to erase account numbers, the statement must clearly show the applicant(s) name.



Hotel reservation confirmation is required and must show the applicant's name clearly on the confirmation.
For minor under 20 years old, please provide following documents:
Notarized copy of a birth certificate
Notarized copy of marriage certificate , In case of sole custody notarized copy of court order must be provided.
Notarized copy or original passports or ID of mother and father/ legal guardian
Original letter of notarized consent for the minor to travel abroad from mother and father/ legal guardian

Please send One Completed and Signed Application Form.


The Thailand tourist is usually valid for three months from date issued, for a stay up to 60 days.

Extension of Stay:
Those who wish to stay over 60 days or may wish to change their visa type while in Thailand must file an application for permission at the Office of Immigration Bureau located on Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120, Tel (662) 287 3101 to 10 or at
The extension of stay as well as the change of certain type of visa is solely at the discretion of the Immigration Officer.

For double entry visa - available for tourist visitors only - consular fee is double (request for more than one entry should be made in writing with the application form).

No visa is required for U.S. tourists staying less than 30 days.

U.S. Citizens who were born in Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia are advised to obtain a visa even if stay is less than 30 days, and submit the following additional requirements:

1. Personal history, including how the applicant came to the United States, and reason for travel to Thailand

2. Copy of Round-trip airline tickets required

3. Letter of reference from employer

4. Copy of recent bank statement confirming sufficient funds for support in Thailand

Granting of a visa does not guarantee the applicant entry into Thailand.

Your application will be checked and hand carried to the Embassy, and is usually processed in 3-4 business days.



TravelDocs Service Fees

Fees charged by Travel Document Systems for our part in assisting you in obtaining your visa.

TypePriceProcessing Time
Regular$89.003-4 Business Days

Once your visa order is complete, your documents will be returned to you via FedEx. The below table outlines the possible costs associated with this service.

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Continental USA Only Price
Next Business Day - up to 3 passports $32.00
Next Business Day - 4 or more passports $33.00
Saturday Delivery $41.00
Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, USVI Price
Next Day Letter (No Saturday Delivery) $39.00
International Price
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Consular Fees

These are the fees charged by the foreign government for issuing a visa. Fees are per person per visa.

Entry Price Period of stay Validity Processing Time
Single $45.00 Up to 60 Days 3 Months 3-4 Business Days
Multiple $205.00 Up to 60 Days 6 Months 3-4 Business Days

A postal money order is required by the Consulate of Thailand. The money order will be obtained by TDS, the consular fee above includes a $5 money order fee.


TDS Order Form

You must complete the TDS Online Order Form.

The order form gives TDS your name, address, shipping information and payment method. Multiple applicants can be entered using one order form. You only need to complete one TDS order form per request. Please print two copies of the confirmation page. Include one copy with the documents you ship to TDS and keep one copy for your records.

While completing the online order form in this step, you will be asked how you want to pay TDS fees. You may pay our fees online with a credit card or enclose a personal or business check or money order.

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Please forward the completed requirements to:

Travel Document Systems, Inc.
5455 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 2105
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Local Phone Number: 323-330-0346

Urgent applications should be shipped to TDS using only the FedEx Company.

Please use FedEx Priority Overnight. Do NOT ship "First Overnight." This will delay the delivery of your package.

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Travel Document Systems, Inc. (TDS) is a leading visa and passport processing agency. For over 30 years we have served travel professionals, tour operators, and cruise lines, as well as corporate and individual international travelers. TDS specializes in travel that involves visas for more than one country.