- Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. Do I need a visa?
A visa is not required for U.S. passport holders who are visiting Thailand for less than 30 days and hold confirmed onward travel documents out of Thailand within 30 days.
This applies to tourists who hold passports from countries which come under the Visa Exemption Rule (including EU Nationals, American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please check with the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington D.C. for the current country list).
Travelers entering Thailand for periods longer than 30 days or travelers who arrive in Thailand without a confirmed onward travel ticket will require a Tourist visa.
- 2. Do I need to submit my passport when applying for a visa?
YES. Your actual passport needs to be submitted with your application.
- 3. Can I submit my visa application by mail?
No. The Royal Thai Consulate in Salt Lake City does not accept visa applications submitted by mail.
- 4. How can I find out how long I am authorized to stay in Thailand?
You will receive a stamp permitted to stay from the Immigration officer at the airport or when you arrived to Thailand. So you MUST check the permitted period of stay from the stamp. Not a visa that you receive from the embassy.
- 5. How much for the fee for overstay?
500 baht per day per person. Paying at the Thailand immigration check point.
- 6. When should I apply for my visa?
We suggest you submit your application 2-3 weeks before travelling and allow 5 - 10 business days for the visa to be issued.
- 7. How can I extend my visa while in Thailand?
You should apply to the Thai Immigration Office before your visa expires. Whether or not your visa will be extended is strictly up to the Thai Immigration Officer.
- 8. When paying for the visa can I use personal or company check?
No. We only accept cash, money order, or cashier check. Please make payable to Scott F Hansen.
- 9. I would like to renew my Thai ID card and passport, what can I do?
Please contact the Royal Thai Consulate, General in Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York.
- 10. How long can I stay in Thailand on my Visa?
- The Single-Entry Tourist Visa (TR) allows one entry into Thailand and a stay of up to 60 days. Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of Issue.
- The Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa (METV) allows Travelers to leave and re-enter Thailand for multiple periods of stay of up to 60 days. This Visa is Valid for 6 months from Date of issue.
- An extension of up to 30 days may be added by applying to the immigration authorities in Thailand.
- A Single-Entry Non-Immigrant Visa Category O allows stays of 90 days from the date of arrival.
- A Multiple-Entry Non-Immigrant Visa is valid for 12 months, however you must leave Thailand and re-enter every 90 days.
- 11. I only have a one-way ticket from the USA to Thailand and plan to buy a return ticket in Thailand later on. Can I apply for a tourist visa with a one-way ticket?
No, you cannot. Your visa application will be refused. In order to apply for a Tourist Visa, you MUST present itinerary or confirmed paid ticket showing arrival AND departure dates.
- 12. What does “visa validity” mean?
The period of time from when the visa is issued to when the visa expires.
- 13. I forgot to bring copies of my documents when applying for a visa. Can I bring in the document copies another day?
No, there will be no exception. If the application is incomplete we will refuse your visa application and cannot combine documents at another time. Please, make sure to bring all of your document copies at the time of application.
- 14. Does the consulate provide copying, printing, faxing, or mailing service?
No. We do not provide coping or printing service. Please, bring your own copies of your documents.
Any extra correspondence required that is not part of the visa preparation process will be charged $25 per event.
- 15. I need to use my passport during the visa processing time. Can I come pick it up?
Yes. However, you must request to pick it up at least 3 days in advanced. Also, the visa preparation process will be suspended until the passport is returned.
- 16. My spouse is a Thai National and we are planning to visit his/her family for more than 60 days. Can I obtain a Non-Immigrant Visa?
Yes. But the Honorary Consulates, including us, cannot issue Non-Imm visas. You need contact the Los Angeles Consulate or the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, DC.
- 17. I would like to seek employment while in Thailand. Am I allowed to work?
No. Employment is prohibited while holding a tourist visa or non-immigrant visa.
For more information about employment visas, please contact the Royal Thai Consulate, General in Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York.
- 18. Where can I learn about Thailand?
- 19. I still have questions, what is the best way to contact the Salt Lake City Thai Consulate?