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Visa to Thailand

1. Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter the Kingdom of Thailand is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General. However, nationals of certain countries do not require a visa if they meet visa exemption requirements as follows:


(a) (a) They are nationals of countries which are exempted from visa requirements when entering Thailand for tourism purposes. Such nationals will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days. For more information, please see Tourist Visa Exemption. Tourist Visa Exemption.
(b)  They are nationals of countries which hold bilateral agreements with Thailand on the exemption of visa requirements. For more information, please see List of Countries which have Concluded Agreements with Thailand on the Exemption of Visa Requirements.

2. Nationals of certain countries may apply for visa upon arrival in Thailand. Travelers with this type of visa are permitted to enter and stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 15 days. For more information, please see Visa on Arrival.

Please consult the Visa Section of the Royal Thai Embassy in your country for specific questions you may have.

Link to foreign diplomatic missions in Thailand. Please check with your specific country foreign affairs department for travel advice information to Thailand.

Airports in Bangkok

Bangkok has two airports: Don Muang Airport for domestic flights within Thailand, and Suvarnabhumi International Airport for international flights

  • Don Muang Airport currently operates non-connecting domestic flights by two airlines: Thai Airways and Nok Air.
  • Suvarnabhumi International Airport operates connecting domestic flights and international flights. 

Transportation from Airport to Venue
All international passengers will arrive at the 2nd floor of Concourse Building of the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Passengers will need to pass through the immigration procedure and collect baggage from the baggage claim area, before entering the hallway. From here, passengers should follow the 'Taxi' signs in order to reach the Taxi Service area located on the curb outside the building. Here passengers will find a queue for the Taxi Service Counter. For a more convenient and higher fee, limousine service is available with counters present inside the terminal.

Facts about Thailand

Geography: Thailand has a land area of around 512square km bordered by Malaysia (South), Myanmar (West and North), Laos (North and East) and Cambodia (Southeast). Climate: Average temperature is about 29 degree C; humidity ranges from 66% to 82%. Seasons: Hot (March to May), Rainy (June to October) and Cool (November to February). Population: Around 63 million, of which 9% live in Bangkok.

Language : Thai is the national language. English is widely spoken in the cities.

Religion :Buddhists 94.2%, Muslim 4.6%, Christian 0.8%, other 0.4%.

National flag : The red, white and blue bands symbolize the nation, Buddhism and the monarchy respectively.

Clothing: Thin cotton is the best. Jackets or sweater may be necessary in a cool season, especially in the mountainous areas on the North or Northeast.

Electricity: 220 volts 50 cycles throughout the country.

Water: Drink only bottled or boiled water.

Local time: GMT + 7 hours.

Business hours: Most offices open from 8:30 am- 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. General banking hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am- 3:30 pm.

Major agricultural exports: Rice, tapioca, rubber, maize, pineapples, durians, longings, palm oil and herbs.

Major manufactured exports: Computer and computer accessories, integrated circuit, textiles, electronics, cars and spare parts, gems and jewelry, television and television accessories.

Credit Cards: Major credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Diners Club) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants, shops, malls and travel agencies. ATMs are also abundant.

Internet: Many hotels provide Internet services, and cyber cafes are plentiful throughout the country.

Postal Service: Post offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - noon on Saturday. EMS one-day service in Thailand is available, and major international express mail services have offices throughout the kingdom

Restaurants: Thailand has a large number of restaurants throughout the kingdom providing Thai as well as international cuisine. Thai restaurants feature extensive menus of simple and spicy dishes, from fried rice to exotic curries. Though Thais enjoy meals laden with chillies, most restaurants tone down fiery dishes for foreigners. For those with a craving for fast food, internationally known franchises abound in Bangkok, with burgers, fried chicken, pizza and ice cream readily available.

Taxis: Metered taxis are plentiful in Bangkok, with official ones recognizable by their yellow license plates. The meter starts at 35 BAHT, and the fare is 2 BAHT for the first 2 kilometers. Three-wheel tuk-tuks are not metered, and passengers must bargain with the driver. Outside Bangkok, taxis are scarce or non-existent, but most hotels provide some form of transportation service

Telephones: Cell phones are everywhere in Thailand. Handsets may be rented at the airport. For those bringing their own, SIM cards may be purchased to allow users to call within Thailand at local rates. Public phone booths are also plentiful








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