Do I Need A Tourist VISA For Thailand

If you are a British passport holder arriving by air or land you can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. This is known as the visa exemption and the UK are among the 64 countries that can enter Thailand without a visa.


Your passport must have at least 6 months remaining on the date you enter into Thailand.

You can be refused entry into Thailand if your passport is damaged or has missing pages.

VISA Exemption

If you are a British passport holder you can enter Thailand for 30 days. It is possible to extend this stay by another 30 days from the expiry date of your original 30 days. You should contact the nearest Thai embassy or consulate for more information.

If you are looking to stay longer than 30 days ie work. You must get the required visa before you travel.

There is a fine of 500THB per day and up to a maximum of 20,000THB if you overstay. This can lead to being blacklisted from re-entering Thailand to being detained and deported at your own expense.

Proof Of Funds And Onward Travel

I have only ever been asked for proof of funds once, so they do check this!
You may at times be asked for proof of 10,000THB per person or 20,000THB per family.

You may also be asked for proof of onward travel. This can be proof of your return ticket home or to your next country of destination.

Yellow Fever Requirments

While there is no risk of Yellow Fever in Thailand, you are required to get vaccinated if you are coming into Thailand from any of these countries.

Countries Allowed To Enter Thailand Under VISA Exemption

Below are the 64 countries allowed to enter Thailand without a visa. You can also check here for more information on the countries and the number of days that are allowed.

  • Andorra
  • Argentina (90 days)
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brazil (30 days and 90 days)
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia (14 days only)
  • Canada
  • Chile (90 days)
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea (30 days and 90 days)
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Myanmar (14 days only)
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Peru (30 days and 90 days)
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam

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I hope this helps answer the question ‘Do I need a tourist visa for Thailand’. If you’ve been to Thailand recently and anything has changed, let us know in the comments below.

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