Thailand Visa Application
Do you need a visa for Thailand?
When planning a trip to Thailand, Swiss citizens must be aware of the visa requirements to ensure a smooth entry into the country. Here, we'll outline the essential details for obtaining a visa to visit Thailand, and how Siam Legal can assist you throughout the process.
Thailand Tourist Visa Exemption for Short Stays
- For tourism purposes, Swiss citizens do not need a visa for stays of up to 30 days.
- This exemption applies to arrivals by air, with proof of onward travel within 30 days.
- At land or sea immigration checkpoints, a 30-day stay is granted, with a limit of 2 entries per calendar year.
Requirements for Visa-Free Entry:
- A Swiss passport valid for at least 6 months upon entry
- An exit ticket within 30 days of arrival (60 days if planning an extension)
- Proof of accommodation and adequate funds for the stay
Thailand Tourist Visa for Extended Stays
For stays longer than 30 days, Swiss nationals must secure a tourist visa before departure, available at any Thai Embassy or Consulate.
Royal Thai Embassies issue visas, but immigration officers have the authority to permit entry into Thailand. Denial of entry may occur if the immigration officer believes the traveler falls under prohibited categories according to the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979).
At Siam Legal, we stand ready to guide you through these regulations, offering peace of mind and ensuring a seamless entry into Thailand. Our services are designed to meet all regulatory requirements, providing expert guidance from application to arrival.
This visa is granted to individuals intending to enter Thailand for various reasons, including education (ED), business (B), visiting family (O), official duties (F), and religious activities (R), among others. The visa is a single-entry permit, valid for 90 days, during which the holder is allowed to remain in the country for up to 90 days. It also enables the visa holder to apply for a work permit and open a bank account.Thailand 1-Year Non-Immigrant Visa
Suitable for those planning to remain in Thailand for up to one year, this visa is often a multiple-entry visa, valid for a period of 1 year from the date of issue. It allows the visa holder to stay for 90 days per entry, which requires a border run every 90 days to either visit a Thai Immigration Office for a new entry stamp or leave and re-enter Thailand at an immigration checkpoint. This visa not only facilitates longer stays but also enables the holder to apply for a work permit, open a bank account, and extend their stay in Thailand for up to 1 year on the same visa.Thailand Business Visa
For those entering Thailand with the intent of working or conducting business (B), this visa is valid for a year from the date of issuance. It permits the visa holder to stay for up to 90 days per entry, allowing for necessary border runs or extensions within Thailand. Additionally, it facilitates the process of obtaining a work permit, opening a bank account, and applying for a stay extension, making it an ideal choice for business professionals seeking to explore and expand their business ventures in Thailand.Thailand Marriage Visa
Available to individuals married to Thai nationals, this visa provides a pathway to residing in Thailand. It begins with an initial 90-day stay that can be extended to a full year and is renewable annually. For those looking to live alongside their Thai spouse, this visa not only facilitates a stay of up to one year per renewal but also empowers the holder with the ability to open a bank account and secure a work permit in Thailand. This arrangement underscores a commitment to supporting the familial and professional needs of individuals in cross-national marriages, ensuring they can embrace life together in Thailand with stability and legal support.Thailand Retirement Visa
For individuals aged 50 and above seeking retirement in Thailand, a specialized visa tailored to their needs is available. This visa mandates proof of financial stability and grants an initial stay of 90 days, with the possibility of an extension of up to 1 year. Designed for retirees without the intention of employment, this visa allows holders to enjoy a one-year residency in Thailand, renewable annually within the country.Thailand Elite Visa
Offering a unique opportunity for affluent and high-earning foreigners desiring long-term residency in Thailand, this visa provides options extending from 5 to 20 years. Managed by the Thailand Privilege Card Company Limited, the Thailand Elite Visa eliminates the need for 90-day reporting, streamlines immigration processes, and grants multiple entry privileges, ensuring a seamless stay. Additionally, holders enjoy access to exclusive luxury perks, making it an unparalleled choice for those wishing to enjoy the best of Thailand's offerings over the long term.
For Swiss citizens eyeing a trip to Thailand, understanding the visa application process is the key. Knowing what visa options are available and getting your documents ready ahead of time can make your entry into Thailand smooth. At Siam Legal, we're here to help with any questions and guide you every step of the way. For the most reliable and current information, we advise contacting us directly at Siam Legal.