Single-Entry Tourist Visa (TR) during COVID-19

Thailand Single-Entry Tourist Visa (TR) is issued from 9 October 2020 to Non-Thai citizens from the countries in the COVID-19 low-risk country group confirmed by to the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand, according to the Royal Thai Embassy in Helsinki and Royal Thai Embassy in Oslo.

Thailand Tourist Visa

Thailand Tourist Visa or TR is issued to those who meet the necessary requirements and wish to visit Thailand for the purpose of travel, tourism, or leisure activities only. While visiting the country on Thai tourist visa you cannot conduct business or work.

Validity of Tourist Visa

Single Entry Tourist Visa is valid within 90 days from the date of issue. The permitted length of stay is up to 60 days from the date of arrival in Thailand.

After arrival in Thailand, a tourist visa may be extended once for additional 30 days at an immigration office in Thailand, as long as the visa has not expired, with the total period of stay no longer than 90 days. There is a 1,900 THB fee for the visa extension.

Documents Needed for a Single-Entry Tourist Visa

To successfully apply for a Single-Entry Tourist Visa, the following documents and information should be provided:

1) A Passport or Travel Document valid for at least six months and containing at least TWO completely empty visa pages. Visa cannot be processed without the passport.

2) Copy of the main page of the passport (the page(s) showing your photo, name, date, and place of birth and the expiration date of passport).

3) Thai Visa Application Form completely filled out and signed by the applicant.

Children must have their own visa application and the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must sign the form on the child's behalf.

4) One or two passport size (4 x 6 cm) photos, white color background, taken within the last 6 months.

5) Return / onward journey air ticket for flying out of Thailand (the name of the applicant must be indicated clearly).

6) Visa fee (cash) or a proof of fee payment confirmed by the bank (accepted payment options depend on embassy / consulate). Visa fees vary from country to country, but the average fee is around 30-40 EUR, or equivalent, per visa. The visa fee is non-refundable.

7) Current bank statement of the applicant showing the closing balance (each month) of 15,000 EUR or 500,000 THB per person for last 6 months. The bank statement must show the name of bank account owner.

From 18 November 2020, the Thai Embassy has announced that Tourist (TR) visa applicants no longer need to provide a 6-month Bank Statement with funds not less than 500,000 THB (15,000 EUR).

8) A copy of residence card, or other evidence to prove that the applicant is legally residing in the country of the application.

For example, if you are applying for the Tourist Visa at Royal Thai Embassy in Helsinki, you must submit a copy of valid residence permit in Finland, which should be valid until the end of your trip.

9) Other documents: as may be requested by Consular officers in addition to the documents above.

Keep in mind that the requirements for getting Thai Tourist Visa can slightly vary depending on the embassy or consulate. To make sure of the full list of required documents in your country, double check with your local Thai embassy or consulate before applying.

Another important thing is you must ensure that all information is filled in correctly, because any incorrect information may cause the application to be delayed or rejected.

Apply for the Certificate of Entry (COE)

To enter Thailand during COVID-19, the holder of TR visa must also apply for the Certificate of Entry (COE), which is a permission of entry to Thailand. This stage of getting the approval to travel to Thailand might take up to 15-working days even if in most cases it is done faster.

In order to make the request for a Certificate of Entry (COE), the additional paperwork must be submitting to local Thai Embassy or consulate.

List of requirements:

1) Valid passport and Visa (or Visa Exemption)

2) A duly filled/signed declaration form

3) Fit to Fly or Fit to Travel health certificate, issued no more than 72 hours before departure (not needed starting from 1 April 2021)

4) The COVID-free Health Certificate - The medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, using RT-PCR method, issued no longer than 72 hours before travel

5) Health insurance with the coverage of at least 100,000 USD and covering COVID-19 treatment during the stay in Thailand. The health insurance scheme must indicate that it covers illness from COVID-19 (you can easily buy online the special insurance package AXA Sawasdee Thailand that meets all requirements)

6) Booking confirmation of the Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ)

All travelers must undergo compulsory quarantine and must arrange accommodation at their own expense. More information, including list of approved quarantine hotels can be found here: Alternative State Quarantine Hotels (ASQ) and Alternative Local State Quarantine (ALQ) 

7) Flight ticket for the Semi-Commercial flight

Check here for more information: Semi-Commercial Flights to Thailand

8) T8 Form

The above-mentioned documents should be ready, otherwise the airlines could deny the boarding or Thai authorities concerned could deny the entry into Thailand.

Where to Apply for Thai Tourist Visa

During COVID-19, you need to apply for Thai Tourist Visa only at the Thai Embassy or Consulate-General in your home/residence country or at the designated Thai Embassy. Therefore, you are advised to contact the nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate-General to find out where you could apply for Thailand Tourist Visa before departure.