Thailand’s Non-Immigrant Visas are the best option for people interested in staying in the country for a long time. This includes working, studying, volunteering, or retiring in Thailand. The cost of a Thai Non-Immigrant Visa depends on whether you apply for a single-entry or a multiple-entry visa and which country you apply for it in.
Some foreign visitors are eligible for a Single-Entry Non-Immigrant Visa. Other foreigners are eligible to apply for a Multiple-Entry Non-Immigrant visa due to special circumstances (discussed more below). In this post, we’ll take a look at different situations that would entail a single- or multiple-entry visa and how much these long-term visas cost.
- 1 How much does a Thai Non-Immigrant Visa cost?
- 2 Difference between a Single- and Multiple-Entry Visa
- 3 Are there other costs?
How much does a Thai Non-Immigrant Visa cost?
The cost of a Thai Non-Immigrant Visa depends on whether on how many entries you need (single or multiple) and which country you apply in.
|NOTE: You cannot apply for a Thai visa in Thailand. You must apply for it at a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate General in another country.|
Cost of a Thai Non-Immigrant Visa in Major Countries
|Country||Single-Entry Non-Immigrant Visa Fee||Multiple-Entry Non-Immigrant Visa Fee|
|Australia||110 AUD||275 AUD|
|Canada||100 CAD||250 CAD|
|China||450 RMB||1,200 RMB|
|France, Germany, Italy||60 EUR||150 EUR|
|India||4,000 INR||10,000 INR|
|Japan||9,000 JPY||22,000 JPY|
|UK||60 GBP||150 GBP|
|USA||80 USD||200 USD|
If you need to apply for a multiple-entry visa, you must apply for it at the Royal Thai Embassy in your home country or country of permanent residency.
However, if you’re already in Thailand but don’t have plans to travel back to your home country, you can apply for a single-entry Non-Immigrant Visa in one of Thailand’s neighboring countries. For those of you who have permanent residency or citizenship from one of these countries, you can apply for a Multiple-Entry Non-Immigrant Visa.
Cost of a Thai Non-Immigrant Visa in Thailand’s Neighboring Countries
|Thailand’s Neighboring Country||Single-Entry Non-Immigrant Visa Fee||Multiple-Entry Non-Immigrant Visa Fee|
|Cambodia||80 USD||200 USD|
|Myanmar (Burma)||80 USD||200 USD|
|Malaysia||300 RM||750 RM|
|Laos||2,000 THB||5,000 THB|
|Vietnam||80 USD||200 USD|
Difference between a Single- and Multiple-Entry Visa
There are two categories of Thai Non-Immigrant Visas: single- and multiple-entry.
Single-entry Non-Immigrant Visa: Grants non-Thai visitors one 90-day entry into Thailand.
Multiple-entry Non-Immigrant Visa: Gives non-Thai visitors multiple 90-day entries into Thailand within a one-year window. (The “window” matches the expiration date stamped on the visa).
|NOTE: You don’t have to stay the full 90 days per entry. You can stay up to, but not exceed 90 days for any entry into Thailand.|
Who uses a Single-Entry Non-Immigrant Visa?
A single-entry Non-Immigrant Visa is most commonly used by people in the following situations:
- Foreigners who are volunteering for 90 days or less
- Foreigners who are visiting Thai family members for 90 days or less
- Teachers (who will later apply for a visa extension)
- Students who are enrolled in a course that’s 90 days or less OR who are enrolled in a longer course but will later apply for a visa extension
- Foreigners who are working for a non-teaching company in Thailand (who will later apply for a visa extension)
- Dependents (spouse, child, or parent) of foreigners who work, study, volunteer, or are retired and have a single-entry Non-Immigrant Visa
- Spouses of Thai people
This is not a complete list. However, it includes the major instances where international visitors use single-entry Non-Immigrant Visas.
Who uses a Multiple-Entry Non-Immigrant Visa?
A multiple-entry Non-Immigrant Visa grants non-Thai visitors multiple 90-day entries into Thailand. This category of visa is most commonly used by:
- Foreigners who want to retire
- Foreign visitors who are working for a Thai business that requires frequent international travel
- Foreigners visiting Thai family members for more than 90 days
- Dependents (aka spouse, children, or parents) of foreigners who also have a Multiple-Entry Non-Immigrant visa
- Spouses of Thai people who do not meet the year-long financial requirements
Are there other costs?
Yes, there are “hidden” costs to keep up your Thai Non-Immigration Visa after you initially buy it. These maintenance costs include money spent on:
- A visa to enter a foreign country with the purpose of applying for a visa at a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate
- Accommodation and transportation while traveling to and from a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate
- Extending your visa at a Provincial Immigration Office inside of Thailand
- Accommodation, transportation, and/or visa of another country to do a “border run” and activate the next entry on a Multiple-Entry Non-Immigrant Visa
- Using a visa service to help speed up your paperwork and make sure it’s correct
We’ll elaborate more on the hidden costs of maintaining a visa, whether it’s a Thai Tourist or Non-Immigrant Visa, on another post in the near future.