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How to Qualify For and Obtain a Thai Visa

Thailand, a nomad favorite, provides bustling cities and tranquil havens. Visa-free entry for 64 countries is limited, leading to a crackdown on visa runs. Explore alternative visas for long-term stays in the "Land of Smiles."


Enter Thailand visa-exempt for 30 days, but a 2014 rule limits re-entry to 15 days. Extend with a 60-day tourist visa for up to 90 days in six months. For stays under 30 days, use a visa stamp if from a visa-exempt country.

Visa Exempt Entry & Tourist Visas

Thailand's visa crackdown aims to manage the high tourist numbers, particularly in cities like Bangkok. Long-term visas now require proof of ties to the country, emphasizing marriage, education, business, or investment.

Why the Crackdown?

Work for a Thai-based entity to qualify for a work visa and permit. Your employer files the application, granting you permission to live and work in Thailand for one year.

Work Visa

Many expats in Thailand opt for a student visa by enrolling in a top-ranked university, providing a chance to learn about local business and culture. To qualify, you need to be enrolled in a Thai educational institution, taking at least three courses with 15 hours of classes per week.

Student Visa

Invest a minimum of 10 million Thai baht for an investment visa, allowing annual renewals and indefinite stay in Thailand. Despite law changes, Thailand often grandfathers individuals into new regulations, as seen with past investment amounts.

Investment Visa

The Thai marriage visa allows yearly renewal with work permission, requiring a 400,000 baht deposit or a 40,000 baht monthly income, verified by the embassy.

Marriage Visa

Thai business laws for foreigners are challenging, and ownership concerns may deter investment. To obtain a business visa, apply for the non-immigrant B visa before arriving in Thailand.

Business Visa

For a Thai retirement visa, if you're over 50, prove a pension or an 800,000 baht deposit. Combining both is fine, and the process involves converting a non-immigrant visa, allowing yearly renewals.

Retirement Visa

Thailand offers permanent residency through a 90-day visa or the Long-Term Resident Program. Work or marriage can also lead to residency. The Thai Elite Visa provides a 20-year stay with extra perks for a fee.

Permanent Resident Visa

If you overstay your visa in Thailand, police raids, though uncommon, can lead to arrests. Overstaying is risky; penalties range from fines to a ten-year entry ban.

Visa Overstay

Avoid issues like overstaying by regularly checking in every 90 days and renewing your visa on time, regardless of its type or duration.

The Renewal Process

Spending over 180 days in Thailand makes you a tax resident, subjecting all foreign income to taxation. For retirees over 50, it's easier. Nomad Capitalist offers a holistic strategy for navigating international tax considerations. Contact us to explore your options.


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