How to get a Thai visa – The best options.

I messed up so you don’t have to. This is how to get yourself a Thai visa


Dear prospective employer, if you are currently reading this I can only explain that I do not always make these stupid mistakes, yours sincerely, the guy who sent off his work visa to the Thai embassy with no return address.

Ok so now that’s out of the way let’s talk visas, more specifically, let’s talk about the most common type of visa you will probably require when moving to Thailand in the way that I am.

Usually, when holidaying in Thailand as a citizen of the United Kingdom you can go for 30 days no questions asked, just book that flight, get your injections in the form of a small dose of Hep A, Typhoid and Diphtheria and if you have any aspirations to feed a monkey or a dog that’s frothing at the mouth, consider getting a few extra jabs to avoid getting rabies (A Chris James Top Tip) but this is not visa related I know!

The visa forms are on the Thai Embassy website I will put a link to them at the bottom of this post. I am curious as to why the image on the top of the visa prints as a black block but then again It is not something I have looked into, if you know why this is, I would be glad for you to let me know in the comments…please?

For me I have applied for the 60-day extended holiday visa with single entry. There are definitely a few things to bear in mind when applying for your visa, one of the subtle but important things to consider is if you are going to be leaving the country at all within those 60 days. If you are, you will require a multiple entry visa and there are a few more requirements that will need to be met first, whereas with the single-entry visa, you can just send your passport off with the visa application and then you are all set to go.

You will need to send your Visa and the relevant docs such as 2 passport photos and your passport via post. You will also need to include a money order for £25 for a single-entry Visa, the prices for the other types of visa are on the Embassy website. Also, if you plan on having your passport returned to you (probably a good idea considering… It’s your passport and you will more than definitely need it to… ya know! Fly to Thailand!

The Visa does take up to 2 weeks to come back to you so, don’t make it one of these last minute jobies; get it done.

If you get to Thailand and realise that your inner backpacker cannot contain itself, you can leave Thailand within your 60 days however if you do decide to come back to Thailand after you have left, you will find that now only have the standard 30 days.

One thing I was fairly surprised about whilst considering the different types of visa for Thailand, there is not a working holiday visa option available and there is a lot less time on the actual holiday visa compared to other countries in Asia such as Japan for example.

P.S I contacted the Thai Embassy about the Visa I sent without a return address and they have said that as long as I have included the postal order for the return of the Passport, that they can take care of the rest. RESULT!

Link to the Thai Embassy visa page