Visa to visit the Kingdom of Thailand

Please visit the following sections for information about visa to visit the Kingdom of Thailand.

Effective from 16 April 2019, Maldivians holding ordinary passports are eligible to travel to Thailand, for tourism, with the exemption of visa and are permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of stay not exceeding 30 days.

Visa exemption is granted under the Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme provided that you meet the following criteria:

  • Your visit is for tourism purposes.
  • Your passport must be genuine and should be valid for at least 6 months.
  • You must have a valid address in Thailand whether a hotel or apartment that can be verified.
  • You must have a confirmed return ticket to show that you are flying out of Thailand within 30 days of entry, as appropriate. Open tickets do not qualify.
  • It may also be necessary to prove that you have funds of at least 10,000 THB per person and 20,000 THB per family during your stay in Thailand.

What to do when you arrive at airport or designated check point in Thailand?
At the airport or designated checkpoint, with the documents mentioned above and the completed Arrival Card you should proceed directly to the Immigration queue. When it is your turn at the Passport Control Counter, present your passport together with the Arrival Card to the Officer who will check your documents and may ask for other documents if necessary. If everything is in order the Officer will guide you in collecting your biometrics (finger prints, photo) and stamp the passport to grant entry into the Kingdom of Thailand.

Important
You may be asked to show your flight ticket on entering Thailand. If you do not possess a flight ticket to show that you will be exiting Thailand within 30 days of entry you will be most likely refused entry.

  • Please note under the Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme you may re-enter and stay in Thailand for a cumulative duration of stay not exceeding 90 days within any 6-month period from the date of first entry.
  • Foreigners entering Thailand are not permitted to work, regardless of their types of visa, unless they are granted a work permit. Those who intend to work in Thailand must hold the correct type of visa to be eligible to apply for a work permit. Information on Work Permit applications could be obtained from the website of the Office of Foreign Workers Administration, Department of Employment, Ministry of Labour at www.doe.go.th/

Extension of Stay
The duration of stay of 30 days granted under the Thai Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme initially may be extended, once by an additional 30 days by applying at an Immigration Office in Thailand. The approval of extension of stay and the period of additional stays are subject to the discretion of the Immigration Office. Consecutive extensions of stay more than once is allowed only in exceptional circumstances and on a case by case basis. Hospitalized patients and their caregivers may extend their stay/visa more than once.

Application for an extension of stay should be lodged at a Thai Immigration Office in Thailand and will incur a cost of THB 1,900 .

Overstaying
Overstaying in Thailand is a crime that may carry penalties such as fines and even imprisonment.

Maldivians travelling to the Kingdom of Thailand using their Official or Diplomatic passports are requested to contact either the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo or Royal Thai Honorary Consulate in the Maldives for more information if necessary.

The duration of stay of 30 days granted under the Thai Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme initially may be extended, once by an additional 30 days by applying at an Immigration Office in Thailand. The approval of extension of stay and the period of additional stays are subject to the discretion of the Immigration Office. Consecutive extensions of stay more than once is allowed only in exceptional circumstances and on a case by case basis. Hospitalized patients and their caregivers may extend their visa more than once. Hospital patients requesting an extension on medical grounds need to submit the following documents for visa extension:

  • Filled application form TM7.
  • A copy of applicant's valid passport.
  • A letter requesting temporary stay issued by a physician of the hospital providing treatment to the patient.

Caregivers of hospital patients need to submit the following documents for visa extension:

  • Filled application form TM7.
  • A copy of applicant's valid passport.
  • A letter confirming that the applicant is a caregiver and request for temporary stay issued by a physician of the hospital treating the patient.
  • Documents such as marriage certificate or birth certificate showing the relationship of the applicant to the patient or a confirmation letter to the effect from the Embassy.

Maldivians visiting to meet Thai spouse or children of Thai nationality need to submit the following documents for visa extension:

  • Application form TM7.
  • A copy of applicant's passport.
  • A copy of household registration certificate.
  • A copy of national identity of the Thai national.
  • A copy of marriage certificate or birth certificate.

Overstaying in Thailand is a crime that may carry penalties such as fines and even imprisonment. If you need an extension, apply for it before your current visa expires.

Please note that additional documents may be requested by the Immigration Officer. For the most updated information regarding procedure and necessary documents for the application of extension of period of stay, please visit https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_visa_extension_all

Maldivians with a valid ordinary passport are only eligible for exemption of tourist visa and stay not exceeding 30 days when traveling to Thailand for the purpose of tourism. For all other purposes and stay exceeding 30 days a valid visa must be obtained from the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo before you travel.

Visa Information
Before you lodge you visa application, please refer to the following websites to get more information, and download the application form and check lists:

Visa Application Procedure
To ensure your application process goes smoothly, please follow the procedure below:

  • Download the relevant visa application form and check list from the website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo.
  • Complete both the application form and check list clearly. Gather the required supporting documents and get your passport photos taken. Note the visa fees from the website and ensure to take the exact amount in Sri Lankan rupees when going to submit the application.
  • From the website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo, make an online appointment to submit your visa application.
  • Travel to Colombo in person to submit the visa application on the appointment date. Collect Passport on the specified collection date.

Visa Processing and Passport Collection
Usual time required to process visa is five working days. Passports will be returned between 14.00hrs to 16.00hrs from the Embassy on the day of collection.

With discontinuation of issuance of visa from the Royal Thai Honorary Consulate in Maldives effective from 11 June 2019, expatriates working in the Maldives with a valid work permit and based on their nationality who are not eligible for visa exemption or visa on arrival to Thailand, may lodge application for Tourist Visa to Thailand at the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo. Click to Check Visa Requirement for Thailand

Visa Application Procedure
To ensure your application process goes smoothly, please follow the procedure below:

  • Download the relevant visa application form and check list from the website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo.
  • Complete both the application form and check list clearly. Gather the required supporting documents and get your passport photos taken. Note the visa fees from the website and ensure to take the exact amount in Sri Lankan rupees when going to submit the application.
  • From the website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo, make an online appointment to submit your visa application.
  • Travel to Colombo in person to submit the visa application on the appointment date. Collect Passport on the specified collection date.

Visa Processing and Passport Collection
Usual time required to process visa is five working days. However, for expatriates working in the Maldives with a valid work permit, the Embassy may be able to process the visa within two working days, if requested. Please also note that for some nationalities, the Embassy is required to seek visa approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand and in such cases it may take few weeks for processing the visa. Passports will be returned between 14.00hrs to 16.00hrs from the Embassy on the day of collection.

In addition to Tourist Visa, the Kingdom of Thailand also offers the following types of visas to enter into Thailand.

  • Transit Visa
  • Non-immigrant Visa (includes business and student visa)
  • Diplomatic Visa
  • Official Visa
  • Courtesy Visa

Applications for the above visa types can also be lodged at the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo. For more information and to download the application forms and checklists, please visit the following websites:

Disclaimer: All information provided in this section of the website is obtained from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom and from the website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo. All information is accurate and up to date as of 1 May 2019. Visa procedures could change without notice. Feel free to contact the Embassy if you need further guidance.