Travel Visa Requirements & Safety

United States citizens do not require a visa to visit Thailand for 30 days or less if arriving by air.  If arriving by land or sea, the visa exemption is for 15 days or less .  Entry via the visa exemption requires the following:

  • A valid passport with at least six months validity.
  • Proof of an onward or return airline ticket.

Those traveling to Thailand on a visa exemption may request a 7-day extension at the Thai Immigration Bureau for a fee of 1,900 Thai Baht (THB).  The Thai Immigration Bureau offices in Bangkok are located at:

Government Center
Chaengwattana Building B, No. 120, Moo 3
Chaengwattana Road, Tungsonghong Sub-District, Laksi District
Bangkok 10210

For stays greater than 30 days, U.S. citizens should apply in advance for a Tourist Visa.  The Tourist Visa must be used within 90 days of the date of issue and permits a stay of up to 60 days.  This visa can be extended for 30 days twice.  Each extension requires a 1,900 THB fee be paid to the Thai Immigration Bureau.  The Tourist Visa requires the following:

  1. A valid passport with at least six months validity.
  2. A completed and signed Thai Visa application form.
  3. Two passport style photographs.
  4. Copies of round-trip airfare tickets or a travel itinerary.
  5. Copy of the applicant’s most recent bank statement showing sufficient funds ($700 per person or $1,500 per family).

Visa applications must be submitted in person at a Thailand Embassy. Unless you live in a city with a Thai Embassy, it may be more convenient to use a third party Visa agency who can handle the application process for you.  For more information, visit the Royal Thai Consulate’s website, CLICK HERE.

Travel Safety & Advisories

For the most up to date and detailed information on the safety of travel to Thailand, CLICK HERE to read the country report authored and released by the United States Department of State.

Resources In An Emergency

If you encounter a medical emergency or are a victim of a crime in Bangkok, contact the local authorities immediately. Although 9-1-1 is the emergency number in the United States, that is not true in the majority of other countries. Read this FAQ article I wrote to locate the appropriate emergency contact numbers: What Are The Emergency Response Telephone Numbers In Other Countries?

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok can also be a resource to American Citizens. It is located at:

95 Wireless Road
Bangkok 10330

Contact information is listed below:

Phone:  +66 (2) 205-4049
Phone (24-hours/Emergency):  +66 (2) 205-4000

The nearest wheelchair accessible public transportation option is 1.3 kilometers away, at the Lumpini MRT subway station. The nearest accessible BTS stations are Siam and Asok, 2.3 and 2.4 kilometers from the Embassy, respectively.