Visiting Thailand as a Tourist
A tourist visa is a stamp or document needed so you can stay in Thailand for a specific period of time for the purpose of tourism. It is stamped in your passport upon arrival in Thailand, or it can be obtained in your home country through the Thai embassy or consulate. The tourist visa can also be extended if necessary. There are certain countries who made agreements with the government of Thailand so their citizens can benefit from the visa exemption when entering Thailand as tourists.
The validity of a tourist visa ranges from 3 months to 6 months, depending on the number of entries you make across the land border, or from the airport. If you arrived on Thailand through an international airport, you will be stamped a 30 or 60-day permission of stay depending whether your country made a bilateral agreement on visa exemption with Thailand.
If you enter Thailand via land border, you will be stamped a 15-day permission of stay as a tourist in the immigration post, after which you will have to exit the country again on or before the expiration of your permission of stay. However, the tourist visa can also be extended if you wish or need to stay longer in Thailand. You will have to file an application for an extension of stay. Bear in mind that the success for an extension of stay is solely at the discretion of the immigration officer attending on your application.
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