If you want to stay in Thailand longer than 30 days, things can get complicated. Read about Thailand visa requirements and Thailand visa advice here.

How to get a 60 day Thailand tourist visa

In this completely revised article I try to explain all options currently available to stay in Thailand longer than 29 days. I talk about 29 days, because the arrival day counts as day one effectively reducing the 30 days to a range of 29 days.

So let’s start to elaborate on the Thailand visa requirements

Is this tourist visa Thailand advice good for anybody?

No, it is not. I focus on Western countries. That includes the USA, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. If you are not from one of those countries you need to check, whether the same rules apply to you. Best to check it on a Thai government website, where the domain ends with “go.th”.

Just two examples from the comments

Travellers from Romania cannot get a 30 day visa exempt stay. Instead they can get a 15 day visa on arrival.

Travellers from Bangladesh can only get a 7 day extension on a 60 day tourist visa.

I have split this article into two parts

Basic article about the 60 day Thai tourist visa

Hack the Thai tourist visa OR Thailand tourist visa FAQ

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Basic article about the 60 day Thai tourist visa

Why apply for a Thailand tourist visa?

“Do I need a visa for Thailand?” you might ask yourself. A Thai tourist visa makes sense if you wish to stay longer than 29 days in Thailand. Besides the visa there are easier ways, if you just want to stay 59 days maximum.

You have three options to stay longer than 29 days in Thailand in total

  • Buy a flight ticket with flexible end date. When in Thailand you adjust the return date to a later date. Such a ticket is more expensive than a non flexible ticket though. After 29 days just extend your stay another 30 days, see below.
  • Get a one way onward flight ticket for 29 days later and don’t use it. You can book such a ticket with a low cost airline like NokAir, Lion Air or one of the following airlines. After 29 days just extend your stay another 30 days, see below.
  • Get a 60 day Thailand tourist visa and stay in Thailand for 59 days without any extra tricks.

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How to extend your stay for 30 more days without getting a Thailand tourist visa

Can I extend my tourist visa in Thailand? If you entered Thailand and received a 30 day stamp in your passport (this is called a 30 day visa exemption) – you can also extend a 60 day tourist visa by 30 days to a total of 90 days for the same fee – you can extend this stamp a further 30 days at any Thailand immigration centre for a fee of 1900 Baht. Almost every province in Thailand has one. You have to fill out a form and bring a passport photo. The helpful staff there will explain it to you. Optionally you might be asked to show a proof of funds of 20’000 Baht and a copy of your flight ticket out of Thailand 30 days later at the latest.

I did this once and was not asked for a proof of funds or a flight ticket.

So why not just extend 30 days and book a flight ticket 59 days ahead?

Two problems might occur

One Some airlines will not let you board the plane, if you are only allowed to stay 30 days, but have booked the return or onward flight 59 later. They might be afraid, that you will be refused by immigration and hence will not let you board without a return or onward flight 29 days later.

Two The immigration staff at Thailand might want to see the ticket.

The two problems have never happened to me, but I want to mention it just in case.


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Thailand visa requirements - No visa required for

citizens of most Western countries. They can get a 30 day stay in Thailand for free (Officially it is called 30 day visa exemption stay, but the arrival day counts as day one, hence it is actually just 29 days). You can find the complete list here.

Thailand visa requirements - Visa on arrival

Citizens of some countries can travel to Thailand without obtaining a visa first and then get a visa on arrival. This visa on arrival allows them to stay 15 days in Thailand maximum. (The arrival day counts as day one, hence just 14 days effectively). You can find the complete list for the Thailand visa on arrival here. I know, that the Suvarnabhumi airport has a visa on arrival desk. I don't know if it is possible to obtain a visa on arrival at other airports or at land borders. Anybody who knows that please leave me a comment. Thank you!   Get the best hotel rates for Chiang Mai!

Thailand visa application - Where to get the visa

You can get a single entry 60 day tourist visa for Thailand in a Thai embassy or consulate in every country except Thailand itself. You don’t have to return to your home country to apply for one. This is again not valid for everyone. Citizens of a few countries can only apply for a visa in their home country.

Thailand visa application - Which documents have to be provided

  • Passport valid longer than half a year after your return flight or onward flight.
  • Return flight ticket or one way onward flight ticket out of Thailand (printouts of the flight confirmations)
  • Two passport photos not older than six months
  • A filled-out Thailand visa application form downloadable on most Thai consulate or Thai embassy web-pages.
  • Money for the visa fee (usually payable in the local currency of the country where you apply for the Thailand visa)
  • If you do it by mail: Money for returning your passport by mail plus a postpaid return envelope with your address written on it

Some embassies and consulates might additionally ask for

  • Phone number where they can reach you in case of questions
  • Proof of funds of 20’000 Baht per person or 40'000 Baht per family.
Not every consulate or embassy might ask for all the documents listed above. But if you can provide all this additionally, you are on the safe side. If you want to stay in Thailand longer than 30 days, things can get complicated. Read about Thailand visa requirements and Thailand visa advice here.   Get the best hotel rates for Krabi!

Visa characteristics

The tourist visa Thailand will be valid for almost three months until the date specified under “enter before”. Until that date you can enter Thailand and get a stay of 60 days (actually just 59 days, because the arrival day counts as day one).

Thailand visa cost

Is mostly payable in local currency and therefore varies from country to country.

Process at the immigration desk of airport or land boarder

If you're visa exempt or have a visa for Thailand proceed directly to immigration. If you're eligible for a visa on arrival proceed to the visa on arrival desk and then to immigration.


On the form, that you will have to fill out, you will have to provide a valid address during your stay: The address of the first hotel usually is enough. If you stay with Thai friends ask them to write a confirmation letter for you. Allow two weeks of time for the whole process. If you need the Thailand tourist visa within five working days it’s better to show up in person at the embassy or consulate and to tell them, until when you need it. If you need it even quicker ask for a more expensive express-service. But there is no guarantee, that such a service is available.   Get the best hotel rates for Bangkok!

Hack the Thai tourist visa OR Thailand tourist visa FAQ, second edition December 2015

In here I have answered the following questions:

Thai tourist visa related questions

How long does it take to get a Thai tourist visa?

Can I apply online for a Thai tourist visa?

How many times can you extend a Thai tourist visa?

What does the enter before date on my Thai visa sticker mean?

Can I leave Thailand inbetween the 60 days for small weekend trips?

Can I book the flight ticket at the moment when I have the Thai tourist visa for sure?

Can I go to Thailand for 30 days without a visa and then get a 60 day tourist visa in Thailand?

My 60 days are almost up. Do I have to leave Thailand now?

Will our visa application be accepted if we have no onward flight out of Thailand within 60 days?

Do I have to book all the hotels and accommodation for the time, that I stay in Thailand, to get a tourist visa?

I plan to obtain a 60 day Thailand tourist visa and plan to extend it by 30 days (I will almost get a 3 month Thailand tourist visa like this). The flight back is already booked 89 days after the arrival day. Am I in trouble, because the flight back is not 59 days later?

Questions related to the multiple entry 6 months Thai tourist visa

Since November 13, 2015, Thailand issues a multiple entry 6 month tourist visa for Thailand. What do I have to do to obtain one?

Can I still get a double or triple entry Thai tourist visa after November 13, 2015?

Do I have to fly out and back to activate the next entry of a multiple entry tourist visa?

“Travel strategy” questions

Is there something I can do if I want to stay longer than 90 days as a tourist in Thailand?

How long can you stay in Thailand per year on tourist visas only?

What is a back to back visa run and can I do it too?

How many single entry Thailand tourist visas can be obtained in a row?

Is the “Stay a maximum of 90 days in six months in Thailand” rule still valid?

It seems to become more difficult to stay in Thailand long term. Are there alternatives?

I will arrive in Bangkok next month and fly out of Bangkok 4 months later. I will do a round trip in South East Asia. Will I have a problem, because my return flight is not 29 days later?

I will stay in Thailand for a maximum of 30 days. Then I will travel through other parts of South East Asia for a few weeks. Can I then come back to Thailand and get another 30 days?

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576 responses to “How to get a 60 day Thailand tourist visa”

  1. Deirdre O’ Sullivan

    Hi Charles,
    I am staying in Thailand for 28 days and then flying to Vietnam for 10 days. In order for me to return to Ireland I will have to fly back to Thailand. Is the only option to get a 60 day tourist visa or is there an easier cheaper option?

    Thank you,

    1. Hello Deirdre,
      If you don’t have plenty of Thailand stamps in your passport, just go without a visa and get a 30 day exempt stamp twice. Be sure to have a printout ticket to Vietnam with you as a proof at check in.
      I assume, you have a passport, that can get those 30 days. Check the link in my article to find out if you’re uncertain.
      Regards, Charles

  2. Karin

    Hi Charles
    We are going to Thailand from 25September until 16 December and are not sure what to do.
    If we apply for a 60 day tourist visa and go to Cambodia within the 60 days just for a few days and then go back to Thailand, will we then get an other 30 days on top of our 60 day visa or start the 30 day extention as from the day of re-entering Thailand?
    This could be important as our tourist visa will be for 83 days.
    What would you advise?
    We are looking forward to your reply.

    1. Hello Karin,
      Please read the whole article (again), then you’ll understand.
      If you leave Thailand with the tourist visa and you want it to stay valid, you need a reentry permit.
      Or you exit, visa is void, reenter, stay 30 days max and fly back. You would get a visa exempt stamp for 30 days. No problem after a tourist visa.
      Regards, Charles

  3. derek

    hey there,
    I am just wondering to i need to book a flight leaving thailand for immigration purposes? I plan to go to Siem Riep, Cambodia by bus after i am finished travelling around Thailand? If i tell them this, will it be ok for me to enter Thailand?

    1. Prepare a travel plan on a piece of paper mentioning this, in case. But the only thing, that is “bullet proof”, is a return or onward flight.

  4. Bernard

    Hi Charles
    If I apply in person at a Thai embassy (Australia)can I get a visa the same day.

    1. My guess is no.
      You can ask them for a same day express service. But outside South East Asian countries’ Thai embassies this is usually not possible as far as I know.

  5. Patrick Bennett

    Hi Charles I have flight booked tomorrow night but intend to change,my 30 day VOA is until 22nd Feb ,can I CANCEL the flight and rearrange it for 30 days later before I go to immigration in Bangkok to extend for 30 days or rearrange the flight after I get 30 days extension (I have heard contradicting reports about 30 day extensions not being given?

    1. I can only say this. I made many extensions at the Chaeng Watthana immigration in Bangkok. Most for tourist visas, some for the 30 day visa exempt stamp, which is not a VOA. (The VOA is just 15 days and Chinese, Indians and some other nationalities have to apply for one).
      Noone ever asked me for a flight ticket.

  6. Glenn

    Are there family tourist visas available?
    Or does each person have to apply for a 60 day tourist visa?
    My daughter is coming to visit us in Thailand with her three children (all under age 6).

    1. Dear Glenn,
      I think everyone has to make one themselves. Best is probably to prepare all the documents, that are demanded for single persons, for each family member and to go to a Thai embassy and see, what the staff there has to say.
      You can visit the forum of thaivisa.com and research for an answer there or ask the question in the forum.

  7. Megan

    The embassy websites in the US mention several notarized documents as being necessary for visa application. I don’t actually see a category for the 60 day tourist visa though. I need to apply for visas for a number of people and the notarized documents are going to be very difficult-to-impossible to actually get ahold of. Just how necessary are they/do you know anything about it?

    1. I know nothing about this. I only advise on tourist visas acquired by private persons.

  8. Mike

    We have à 59 day VISA which we obtained in Belgium (Europe) , we fly back in 71 days, so we are 12 days overdue when when leaving Thailand, can we extend our VISA by 30 days? If so, is iT wise to do so through onze of the Many VISA service agents available or do you recommend a different approach? Looking forward to learn your feedback. Thank you vers much.

    1. Hello Mike,
      RTAF – Read the article first.
      Do the extensions yourself, no agents necessary for this. The processes are simple and easy to understand for anyone. Just ask the staff – not an agent – in the lobby of the immigration centre, that you will use. They will gladly help you.
      Thank you, Charles

  9. hello, my ticket is from 20.3 till 22.4 so its only 2 days plus from the 30 days visa period do i need to apply for extension just for 2 days only?
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Yes, more than 30 days is more than 30 days.
      You could make a trip out of Thailand in the middle of your stay, e.g. fly to Malaysia for a few days, etc.
      Regards, Charles

  10. Doug

    hi charles
    my son is traveling to Thailand for 53 days. he has a return ticket. he has applied for a tourist visa. we have not received it yet and have been trying to communicate with the embassy in Ottawa with no luck. he is flying on January 28. what happens if the visa doesn’t arrive in time. can he still travel?

    1. If you don’t have the visa until the flight, you can apply a trick to be completely on the safe side.
      Book an onward flight return trip out of Thailand with a low cost airline after the first 29 days and show this to check-in if asked.
      It is very well possible that noone says anything, but you never know. I leave this decistion up to you and your son.