Getting to Bangkok, Thailand

Visa not Needed

Argentina, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Brazil, Chile, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Micronesia, Federated States of, Georgia, Hong Kong, Haiti, Indonesia, Cambodia, South Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Macao, Mauritius, Malaysia, Nauru, Niue, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn, Palau, Russian Federation, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Singapore, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Turkey, Tuvalu, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Samoa, South Africa

Passport holders of the countries listed below are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period not exceeding 30 days on each visit. If such foreigners enter Thailand at immigration checkpoints, which border neighbouring countries (overland crossing), they will be allowed to stay for 15 days each time. The exemption to this is Malaysian nationals crossing overland from Malaysia who are granted a period of stay not exceeding 30 days each time.

Foreigners who enter Thailand under the Tourist Visa Exemption category and would like to leave and re-enter may only stay for a cumulative duration, which does not exceed 90 days and is within a 6-month period from the date of first entry. (Passport or travel document must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of first entry).

Foreigners entering Thailand under the Tourist Visa Exemption category must provide proof of adequate finances for the duration of stay in Thailand at the port of entry (i.e., traveller’s cheque or cash equivalent to 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family).

Foreigners entering Thailand by any means under the Tourist Visa Exemption category are required at the port of entry to have proof of onward travel (confirmed air, train, bus or boat tickets) to leave Thailand within 30 days of the arrival date (otherwise a tourist visa must be obtained).

Air

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    999 Bang Na-Trat, Racha Taeva, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan, 10540, Thailand

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    Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport (airport code BKK; tel. 02132-1888), which opened in 2006, is the main hub for all international travelers arriving in Thailand; it also handles domestic flights (with three-digit codes) in and out of the capital. It's 30km (over 18 miles) east of the city. Suvarnabhumi offers a wide range of services, including luggage storage, currency exchange, banks, a branch of the British pharmacy Boots, ATMs, a post office, medical centers (two are 24-hr. clinics), Internet service, and telephones. All of Suvarnabhumi's restaurant and shopping outlets are infamously overpriced (up to 10 times city prices), though; budget travelers would do well to stop by a downtown convenience store to stock up on snacks and drinks. Within the airport complex, just a couple of minutes from the terminal exit, is Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport, a five-star hotel. Old Don Muang Airport (airport code DMG; tel. 02535-1111) is 24km (15 miles) north of the heart of the city and is currently serving nonconnecting Thai Airways domestic flights as well as all flights on One-Two-GO and Nok Air. It no longer offers the range of services it used to but still has cafes and diners as well as ATMs.

    Note: As of 2007, passengers no longer pay any departure taxes at the airport, as these are included in ticket fees. But there are no ATMs beyond Immigration (airside) at Suvarnabhumi, so all those leaving Thailand -- or those in transit -- must ensure they have enough cash for their onward destination before they enter passport control, especially those paying for visas on arrival in countries such as Myanmar and Indochina, where airside airport ATMs may not exist or may have run out of cash.

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