For nationals of certain countries,it's also possible to apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa "O", while they are already in Thailand!
"What do you mean with 'certain countries' can do this?"
Well... let's say you want to vacation a little in Thailand, before you begin your volunteer work. Some citizens are allowed to obtain a Tourist Visa on
arrival, without applying for a Visa at a Thai Embassy or Consulate in advance.If your home country has agreements on the exemption of visa requirements
with Thailand, you are allowed to stay in the country as a tourist for up to 90, 30 or 15 days, depending on your home country. You can consult this list
But, please, before you take any decision, get informed about this in your home/residence country. These conditions can change from country to country!
- a Passport or travel document that is valid for at least 6 months after the date of first entry;
- proof of adequate finances for the duration of stay in Thailand at the port of entry (i.e. traveller's cheque or cash equivalent to $285 USD
- proof of onward travel (confirmed air train, bus, or boat tickets) to leave Thailand within 90, 30 or 15 days of arrival date.
If your country is not amongst the ones listed on the
list, you will need to apply for a regular tourist visa with the following documents:
- Passport or travel document with validity of not less than 6 months.
- Filled online Visa application form.
- One (1) recent passport photograph of the applicant.
- Paid Round-trip air ticket or e-ticket.
- Proof of financial means (approx. $570 USD per person/$1140 USD per family)
- Paid Visa fee: $30 USD. The tourist visa fee is subject to change without the prior notice.
- A tourist visa ranges from 3 to 6 months, depending on the number of entries you make across the land border, or from the airport.
- If you arrived on Thailand through an international airport, you will be granted a 30 or 60-day permission of stay; this also depends
on whether your country has made a bilateral agreement on visa exemption with Thailand.
- If you enter Thailand via land border, you will be granted a 15-day permission of stay as a tourist in the immigration post. After that,
you will have to exit the country again on/before the expiration of your permission of stay.
- Please print out and bring your confirmation along when you travel to Thailand, to get the Visa On Arrival stamped on your passport.
And that is it! If you have other questions concerning your application as a volunteer in Thailand, you can approach the
Thai Embassy or Consulate
nearest to you.
If you have additional questions about the Visa application process, don't hesitate to consult Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Have a great trip!