When my partner and I decided to make the jump to travel to Thailand for the first time (post-COVID), it was quite confusing to figure out, to say the least.
There were multiple websites with varying information, many of which were outdated, and the instructions on the official Thai E-Visa website were cryptic and unhelpful.
After scouring YouTube for an hour, I managed to finally find a video that helped somewhat, which thankfully got through the process, but it lacked detail and depth.
After this disappointing experience, I decided to write this guide on my blog to help those who are travelling to Thailand for the first time, or who have already been but are looking for the latest updates on what's required to enter using an E-Visa.
This guide will save you at least 2-3 hours of frustration, instead of getting lost and feel like you're not getting anywhere.
Disclaimer: This guide is not meant as a replacement for professional or legal advice, so please keep in mind that you should do your own due diligence and accept full responsibility for your own actions.
Before You Get Started
Here's what you need:
- A valid passport, with at least 6-months validity before expiry
- A smartphone to take a photo of yourself against a blank background and of your passport
- A bank statement with balance of at least £500 (If you live in the UK), or equivalent currency amount
- Proof of residency - e.g. Utility Bill, Bank Statement, etc.
- Flights booked (either return, or one entry and one exit flight)
- Accommodation booked (hotel, AirBnB, etc)
Application Process for Thailand Single-Entry Tourist Visa
Updated: June 11, 2022
Setting Up Your Account
- Go to https://thaievisa.go.th/ which is the official website to apply
- Create an account on this page: https://thaievisa.go.th/signup
- Login to your account on https://thaievisa.go.th/signin
- Click on "Apply for new visa"
Check Your Eligibility
- Select your travel document country (e.g. United Kingdom)
- Choose your Permanent Residency or Current Location (e.g. United Kingdom)
- In the "Submit to" field, select the embassy that resides within your current country of residence (e.g. Royal Thai Embassy, London)
Purpose of Visit
- Select your passport type (e.g. Ordinary Passport)
- In the "Purpose of Visit" field, select "Tourism / Leisure activities"
- The "Visa Type" field will automatically populate with "Tourist Visa(TR)"
- In the "Number of Entries" field, select "Single"
Click on "Next" to go to the next page...
Upload Biodata Page of Passport
- Take a photo of your passport ID page as per the example image. Remember the file size should be 3MB or less and be in JPG or JPEG format.
- Upload an appropriate photograph of yourself taken within six months, which is against a blank background. Download the example photograph if you're not sure how it should look.
- Enter your:
- Title (e.g. Mr.)
- First Name
- Middle Name (optional)
- Family Name (last name)
- Former Name (optional - if you ever had a former legal name)
- Full Name in Native Alphabet (supports foreign characters, accents, alphabets, etc)
- Contact Number (mobile or landline number)
- Country of Nationality (what passport do you have?)
- Select "Yes" if you hold any other nationality than the one indicated, or "No" if you just have a single nationality
- Country of Nationality at Birth
- Place of Birth
- City of Birth
- Date of Birth
- Marital Status
- Select the type of your travel document (e.g. passport)
- Enter your Travel Document No. (e.g. passport number)
- Enter your Place of Issue (e.g. London, United Kingdom)
- Date of Issue
- Date of Expiry
- Enter your Home Address (e.g. 123 Main Street, A1 2BC)
- Enter your City
- Enter your Country
- If your permanent address same as your current address, select "Yes", otherwise, select "No" and enter the corresponding Home Address, City, and Country
- Select your Occupation (e.g. Freelance)
- If "Business Owner", "Employee", "Government Official", or "Student", enter your Company/Institute name
- Select your Annual Income bracket in USD equivalent
Click on "Next" to go to the next page...
- Enter your intended date of arrival
- Enter your intended date of departure
- Select your Port of Arrival (either International Airport, Seaport, or Border Checkpoint)
- Select your Type of Flight (either Private or Commercial)
- Enter your Flight Number
- Answer "Yes" or "No" to the following questions:
- Have you ever visited Thailand?
- Have you ever applied for a Thai Visa?
- Are you travelling as part of a tour group?
Place of Stay in Thailand
- Select your Accommodation Type
- Enter your Accommodation Name (e.g. the Hotel name, or AirBnB address)
- Select the accommodation city
- Select the accommodation postal code
- If you are staying in more than one place in Thailand, select "Yes" in the "Additional Place of Stay in Thailand" and enter the relevant details
Click on "Next" to go to the next page...
All files need to be 3MB or less and in JPG, JPEG, or PDF file format.
- "Biodata page of passport or Travel Document" - this should have already be uploaded from one of the previous pages
- "Photograph" - this should have already be uploaded from one of the previous pages
- "Declaration" - download the template and then either digitally enter your name, sign & date it, or print it out and write your name, sign & date it and then scan it digitally again for upload.
- "Travel Booking Confirmation" - this is proof of your return flight or if you are on a one-way ticket, then both your one-way arrival ticket, and your departure ticket. Make sure to combine them into one PDF.
- "Proof of Accommodation in Thailand" - this is proof of your accommodation, such as a hotel booking confirmation, or AirBnB booking confirmation.
- "Financial Evidence" - this is a bank statement showing a balance of at least £500 (or other currency equivalent). Note: this confused me because it didn't actually say how much they need to see, so on first attempt, my application was delayed because the embassy emailed me and requested to see a statement with at least £500 balance.
- "Confirmation of legal residence in a country in which you are applying for the visa" - I used a P60 UK tax statement, but any form of proof of residence like drivers license (with address on it), utility bill, or bank statement will do here.
- "A confirmation letter from employer, School, Self-assessment, Pension statement" - This one totally stumped me as well, until I found out that this isn't required for this type of visa. Unfortunately, this field is still required, so you need to basically write a statement saying that this question does not apply to the Single Entry Tourist Visa application, then sign and date it. For example, I wrote something along the lines of "This question does not apply to me for the Single Entry Tourist Visa", then I signed and dated it below.
- "Identity of the person inviting you to stay" - Again, this one also confused the heck out of me, but turns out this also isn't required for this type of visa. Simply use the same statement you uploaded in the previous question above.
- "Applicant is required to upload his/her passport pages which contain all travel records for the past 12 months (1 year) since the last international trip" - If you have a brand new passport with no stamps, then just take a photo of the first blank page and upload that. If you already have at least one or more stamps in your passport, then take photos of all of the pages which have stamps that fall within the last 12 months to date. Make sure to convert those photos into a multi-page PDF.
- "Applicant must apply for e-Visa via specific Embassy/Consulate conforming with his/her consular jurisdiction and residency" - Again not very clear, but basically means you need to upload your proof of residency again (same as in step 7 above).
- "Please upload your picture holding the photo and information page of the passport" - Take a selfie with your smartphone against a blank background, holding your passport ID page open next to your face, so both can be seen clearly.
Before clicking "Done", make sure to review each of the documents to see if you uploaded the correct versions, by clicking on the blue document icon next to each.
Once you confirm everything is correct, click "Done" to submit your application for review. It usually takes 3-5 business days to get a reply or approval.
Good luck, and make sure to leave a comment below if you found this article helpful 🙂