You are not allowed to enter Thailand on a Tourist Visa to conduct business, to attend
a business conference, exhibition or seminar, to work (paid or unpaid), to enrol
at a school/university as a student, to attend a training/education course (to teach
English, scuba dive, Thai boxing, Buddhism, etc) or to do volunteer work.
If your purpose of visiting Thailand is other than tourism you must have a valid
Non-Immigrant Visa before you enter Thailand.
The Non-Immigrant Visa can be issued only by the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal
Thai Consulate and it must be obtained before you arrive in Thailand. It is not possible
to obtain this visa in Thailand.
The Non-Immigrant Visa can be granted for the following purposes of visit:-
Category “B” conduct business as employee of non Thai company or to work
for Thai company.
Category “ED” study, attend/participate in seminar/conference/exhibition, attend
as official at a recognised event,
study Thai boxing, etc) and study as Buddhist monk. This category does not allow
Category “O” visit friends/family, for extended stay in Thailand, visit
as UK pensioner, to work as a volunteer,
attend training course (teaching English, scuba diving, etc) and to seek work/employment.
This category does not allow paid or unpaid employment without a work permit.
If your purpose of visit is other than as above please seek advice
The Non-Immigrant Visa is available with a single entry or with multiple entries
- there is nothing between these two options. The single entry visa has a validity
of three months from date of issue. The multiple entry visa has a validity of twelve
months from date of issue. On arrival in Thailand each entry allows a stay of maximum
90 days. The fee for the single entry version is £45. The fee for the multiple entry
version is £100.