Validity of Visa | Period of Stay
 

 

   
Type of visa Validity of visa Period of stay
Transit Visa A single-entry Transit Visa must be utilized within 90 days from the date the visa is issued (i.e. holder of visa MUST ENTER Thailand before the date marked below the "ENTER BEFORE" notation on the visa sticker which is usually three months from when the single-entry visa is issued). The Transit Visa with two or three entries must be utilized within 180 days from the date of issue (i.e. holder of visa MUST ENTER Thailand before the date marked below the "ENTER BEFORE" notation on the visa sticker which is usually 180 days from when the double or triple-entry visa is issued). Not exceeding 30 days for EACH entry.  Thai Immigration will determine the amount of time the person is allowed to say in Thailand.
Tourist Visa A single-entry Tourist Visa must be utilized within 90 days from the date the visa is issued (i.e. holder of visa MUST ENTER Thailand before the date marked below the "ENTER BEFORE" notation on the visa sticker which is usually three months from when the single-entry visa is issued). The Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa (METV) must be utilized within 180 days from the date of issue (i.e. holder of visa MUST ENTER Thailand before the date marked below the "ENTER BEFORE" notation on the visa sticker which is usually 180 days from when the multiple-entry visa is issued). Not exceeding 60 days for EACH entry.  Thai Immigration will determine the amount of time the person is allowed to say in Thailand.
Non-Immigrant Visa A single-entry Non-Immigrant Visa must be utilized within 90 days from the date the visa is issued (i.e. holder of single-entry visa MUST ENTER Thailand before the date marked below the "ENTER BEFORE" notation on the visa sticker which is usually three months from when the single-entry visa is issued). The Non-Immigrant Visa with multiple entries must be utilized within one year from the date of issue (i.e. holder of visa MUST ENTER Thailand before the date marked below the "ENTER BEFORE" notation on the multiple-entry Non-Immigrant visa sticker which is usually one year from when the multiple-entry visa is issued). When entering Thailand,
the Immigration officer will grant a stay up to 90 days for each entry. Thai Immigration will determine the amount of time the person is allowed to say in Thailand.

REMARKS :
- On a Single-Entry Visa, do not apply for a visa earlier than 3 months before you will arrive in Thailand.
- The visa may be extended at the Immigration Bureau in Thailand (For more information on extending Thai visas through Thai Immigration, please see their web site at http://www.immigration.go.th/nov2004/en/base.php

What is the difference between “Validity of Visa” & “Period of Stay”?

  Validity of Visa Period of Stay
Meaning The "validity of the visa" would be the period of time from when the visa is issued to when the visa expires (i.e. person must use the visa to enter Thailand before the ENTER BEFORE date on the visa sticker).  The person must enter Thailand by the ENTER BEFORE date (usually 90 days for single entry, 180 days for two or three entries, or one year for multiple entries) and is stated under "ENTER BEFORE" of the visa itself.  The person must enter Thailand before that date. The "Period of Stay" would be how long a visa holder is allowed to remain in Thailand and commences once they arrive in Thailand. Thai Immigration will determine the amount of time the person is allowed to say in Thailand.
Issued by The Royal Thai Consulate issues the visa. The Thai Immigration officer will stamp in your passport as to how long you may stay in Thailand.
  The Thai Immigration web site provides the following explanation as well:

"The visa expiration date is shown on the visa. Depending on the alien’s nationality, visas can be issued for any number of entries, from as little as one entry to as many as multiple (unlimited) entries, for the same purpose of travel.
  • This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel for the same purpose, when the visa is issued for multiple entry.
  • This time period from the visa issuance date to visa expiration date as shown on the visa, is called visa validity. If you travel frequently as a tourist for example, with a multiple entry visa, you do not have to apply for a new visa each time you want to travel to Thailand.
  • The visa validity is the length of time you are permitted to travel to a port-of-entry in Thailand to request permission of the immigration officer to permit you to enter Thailand. The visa does not guarantee entry to Thailand.
  • The Expiration Date for the visa should not be confused with the authorized length of your stay in Thailand, given to you by the immigration officer at port-of-entry. The visa expiration date has nothing to do with the authorized length of your stay in Thailand for any given visit.
  • Each time you arrive at the port-of-entry, an immigration officer decides whether to allow you to enter and how long you can stay. Only the immigration officer has the authority to permit you to enter Thailand. "
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