Types of Visas
In Thailand, there are numerous visa categories issued under the Immigration Act. Each category is restricted to the purpose for which the visa has been issued, and aliens are advised to strictly adhere to the rules governing each visa category. For instance, aliens should report any change of address or status to the local police within 24 hours.
Applicable to aliens who enter the Kingdom as tourists for a period not
exceeding 60 days.
TRANSIT "TS". Applicable to aliens who enter the
Kingdom and intend to travel to another country and who wish to stay in the
Kingdom for a period not exceeding 30 days.
NON-QUOTA IMMIGRANT/RESIDENT. Applicable to those
aliens who have been in Thailand for at least 3 consecutive years on 1-year
visas. Non-quota residents leaving Thailand must have endorsement of notice of
departure and must return to Thailand within 1 year of issue date. These
immigrant/residence visas are generally extremely difficult to obtain.
NON-IMMIGRANT. Applicable to aliens who enter the Kingdom on a temporary basis for a particular purpose:
VISAS. This is a new category of visa with issuance controlled by the Board of
Investment. This visa can carry a residence permit for applicant and immediate
family if a specified amount of capital is brought into Thailand for
Applicable to aliens who bring into Thailand not less than Baht 10 million for investment in a new project which benefits the country's economy or a project subject to the approval and conditions set forth by the Committee for Granting Permanent Residence; or
Investment in Securities:
Applicable to aliens who bring into Thailand money to buy special-type bonds prescribed by the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Thailand. Persons granted visas must not transfer or redeem the bonds for a period of 10 years.
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