Since 2015 I have mostly been living or traveling in Southeast Asia and I can’t count how many times I had to answer the question “How come you’ve never been to Thailand?”
My answer to this question was always the same. I didn’t even need to think about it. It was just like one of these automated messages you get to hear from a telemarketing bot. They certainly didn’t think that I needed to get a tourist visa to Thailand first.
So my answer was always like that: “Because I’m from Egypt and Egyptians need visas for Thailand, and yes before you ask; I can’t get a visa for Thailand while traveling, I need to apply from my home country or from a country I’m a resident in, and no I have no plan to be going home soon and I’m not a resident anywhere”
Well, that changed a bit last year when I landed a job in Vietnam and had all of my paperwork done and I was officially a temporary resident in its capital Hanoi.
Guess what was the first thing I did after having my residency? Yes, I emailed the Thai embassy in Vietnam then paid them a visit and got my first Thai visitor visa and I’m writing this post from sunny Chiang Mai at this very moment.
Do You Need a Visa for Thailand?
Most nationals don’t need to apply for a Thai visa as they can get it on arrival or they don’t even need one at all.
However, if you’re from Africa, central Asia or the Middle East then most likely you’ll need to be applying for a visa at one of the Royal Thai Embassies or Consulates. If you’re like me, keep on reading, this article is for you.
Check this comprehensive guide on visas for Thailand to know whether your country is on the list and whether you need a visa other than the Thai visitor visa.
Thai Embassy in Vietnam
Royal Thai embassy in Hanoi Address:
85 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi.
Official Website of Thai Embassy in Hanoi
These are the contact details of the embassy if you want to double check with them:
Tel: (84-24)-38235092 ext. 130. Fax: (84-24) 38235088.
Do You Need to be Vietnam Resident to Get a Thai Tourist Visa?
Citizens of EU countries, the USA, Australia, Japan, and other countries can apply for a tourist visa to Thailand in the Thai embassy in Hanoi without being a resident of Vietnam.
So if you are from one of those countries with a powerful passport, it will probably be a much different experience for you. And you wouldn’t need to submit all these documents to prove that you are a resident in Vietnam.
But citizens of the following countries need to have Vietnam residency to get a Thai tourist visa.
- Central African Republic
- Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- Sri Lanka
Documents Required for Thai Visitor Visa in Vietnam
I emailed the embassy and I got a quick response about what I needed for my Thai tourist visa application. That included all of the documents below.
All the documents should be printed into hard copies. The 3-month visa is a Thailand long stay visa and it can be coupled with visa exemption.
1. Original Passport
A passport, valid for no less than 6 months.
2. Proof of Funds
For a Tourist visa to Thailand: 850 US dollars per person and 1,400 US dollars per family.
For Transit visa: 450 US dollars per person.
You can show,
- a Certificate/ Letter from any Bank.
- Bank balance statement that can show the amount of saving account.
- Savings Book.
- Screenshot of Internet Banking).
3. Documents from Vietnam
To demonstrate your legal status in Vietnam, you can show,
- A copy of the Labor contract, certified by the company/organization in Vietnam
- A copy of the Work permit in Vietnam
- A copy of Vietnam Temporary Residence card or Multiple entries visa to Vietnam
- Letter of guarantee from company/organization/ guarantor in Vietnam addressing to the Royal Thai Embassy in Hanoi, detailing personal details, position, contract duration, schedule to Thailand, … of the visa applicant, and requesting visa for the applicant
- Copies of guarantor’s establishment paper/ business registration/ ID/ passport
I contacted my company to get their part of the documents done.If you are from European Union, USA, Canada, Australia, U.K. etc. you don’t have to show these documents for residency in Vietnam.
4. Thailand Tourist Visa Photo Size
You need to submit 2 recent photographs of the applicant (3.5×4.5cm).
5. Application Form for Tourist Visa to Thailand
You need to fill out 2 Thai visa application forms completely. You can get these forms inside the Thai embassy in Vietnam.
6. Evidence of Travel
A copy of evidence of travel ( air ticket paid in full). Don’t worry, you can also rent them.
One of the cheapest ways to do that is to
Here is a detailed article on how to get proof of onward travel easily.
7. Proof of Accommodation
A copy of accommodation in Thailand.
Process for Tourist Visa to Thailand in Vietnam
I submitted all the required documents to the Royal Thai Embassy in Hanoi.
While submitting, I had a small chat with the visa officer there. She also asked me if I had a police check but I said I didn’t have and she was ok with that.
Tourist Visa to Thailand Fees in Vietnam
Thai Tourist Visa fees were 40 USD for a single-entry tourist visa and 35 USD for a transit visa ( paid in USD).
Getting the 3 Month Visa for Thailand
There are two types of tourist visas to Thailand that you can get in a Thai embassy. One is a single-entry tourist visa valid for 3 months that allows you to stay in Thailand for 60 days and the other one is a multiple entry visa valid for 6 months that allows you 60 days of stay each time.
I obtained a tourist visa that was valid for 3 months with one single entry. The period of stay was to be determined by the immigration officer at the port of entry.
I was able to collect my passport with the visa sticker in the following day.
The visa duration is 60 days on entry. You may extend it for an additional 30 days for a total of 90. And although I got it in Vietnam, another popular option for you is to get the Thai Single Entry Tourist Visa in Laos.
Here is how to get Thailand tourist visa extension. But if you leave Thailand at any time, your single entry tourist visa is canceled, unless you apply for a Thailand re-entry permit.
Thailand Immigration: Arriving in Thailand
I arrived at Chiang Mai International Airport where everything went smoother than expected. I had to fill in a Thai arrival/departure card while aboard my flight and hand it over to immigration alongside my passport.
The immigration officer only asked about my intended period of stay in Thailand to which I answered: “11 days”. He stamped my passport and stapled my departure card in front of my visa page and told me that I can stay for 60 days in Thailand!
Well, I wish I had more time to spend here!
Finally, I have been to the kingdom!
The Visa Project’s Comprehensive Visa Series: Guides & Experiences
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