1. Non-immigrant visa

  • Purpose of visit
    • To conduct business, attend conference, or to work (Category “B”)
    • To study (Category “ED”)
    • To visit family (Category “O”)
    • To conduct scientific research or training (Category “RS”)
    • To perform missionary work or other religious activities with the concurrence of the Thai ministries or Government Departments concerned (Category “R”)
    • To work as a film-producer, journalist or reporter (Category “M”)
    • To perform official duties (Category “F”)
    • Other activities (Category “O”)
  • Validity of visa
    • A single-entry must be utilized within 90 days from the date of issue.
    • A multiple-entry visa must be used within 1 year from the date of issue.
  • Period of stay
    Period of stay depends on the purpose of stay in Thailand. Please see the required document in a section below.
  • Required document
    Please note that passport holders of some non-Norwegian nationalities may require additional documents and vaccine certificate for their application. Please see below.
    1. Additional documents (see at the bottom of this page)
    2. Health Requirement (see at the bottom of this page)

For the purpose of conducting business and conference (Type “B”) [not including employment]

Along with the same documentation required for Tourist Visa in the tab above please include:

  1. Your original Passport. (Must not expire within 6 months and contain at least TWO completely empty visa page)
  2. 1 copy of passport  (The page(s) shows your photo, name, date, and place of birth and the expiration date of passport)
  3. Two (2) photos paper  (3.5 x 4.5 cm , white color background, taken within 6 months)
  4. 1 application form [  Download ] (completed and signed by the applicant)
  5. 1 copy of residence card  or other evidence to prove that the applicant is legally residing in Norway (only for non-Norwegian and  passport holders)
  6. 1 copy of airline ticket  (showing flights into and out of Thailand)
  7. 1 copy of hotel bookings of your entire stay in Thailand.
  8. 1 copy of bank statement, it must show applicant’s name and balance at least 3 months.
  9. An original letter of invitation on company letterhead from the business host in Thailand stating the objective of the visit to Thailand.
  10. A letter from the employer in Norway stating the objective of the visit to Thailand.
  11. A copy of the host’s Thai Business Registration and Thai Business License which is issued by the Department of Commercial Registration (will be requested on a case-by-case basis so it is a better idea to have it prepared)

For the purpose of employment (Type “B”) – Single-Entry only    ;    no multiple entry visas

For information on the procedure for working in Thailand see “Standard Process for Foreigners Who Wish to Work in Thailand.”

Along with the same documentation required for Tourist Visas in the tab above please include:

  1. Your original Passport. (Must not expire within 6 months and contain at least TWO completely empty visa page)
  2. 1 copy of passport  (The page(s) shows your photo, name, date, and place of birth and the expiration date of passport)
  3. Two (2) photos paper  (3.5 x 4.5 cm , white color background, taken within 6 months)
  4. 1 application form [  Download ] (completed and signed by the applicant)
  5. 1 copy of residence card or other evidence to prove that the applicant is legally residing in Norway (only for non-Norwegian and  passport holders)
  6. 1 copy of airline ticket  (showing flights into and out of Thailand)
  7. 1 copy of hotel bookings of your entire stay in Thailand.
  8. 1 copy of bank statement, it must show applicant’s name and balance at least 3 months.
  9. An original letter of invitation on company letterhead from the business host in Thailand.
  10. A copy of the host’s Thai Business Registration and Thai Business License which is issued by the Department of Commercial Registration (will be requested on a case-by-case basis so it is a better idea to have it prepared)
  11. Employment contract indicating the rationale for hiring the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualification.
  12. A copy of work permit issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (only in case the applicant has previously worked in the Kingdom).
  13. The approval letter from the Ministry Labour and Social Welfare
  14. The applicant may not be required to submit this document with his/her visa application but the employer should begin processing the request to avoid any delays in processing the Work Permit. The Visa Officer may ask for this document depending on the type of employment(The employer of the applicant should first apply for and receive the approval letter for the applicant’s employment through Department of Employment, Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, Mit-Maitree Rd. Dindaeng, BKK 10400 Tel. (662) 617-6578 Fax. (662) 617-6576 in case of outside Bangkok the employer apply through the District Office /or the Provincial Office. Once the approval letter has been granted, the applicant attach this approval with his/her visa application)

Visa fees

  • 500 NOK for a single-entry
  • 1,250 NOK for a multiple-entry

Note: All employment-based Non-Immigrant Visas with or without a valid Work Permit including teaching will be issued single-entry visas.

For the purpose of studying (Type “ED”)   Single-Entry only

Along with the same documentation required for the Tourist visa in the tab above please include:

  1. Your original Passport. (Must not expire within 6 months and contain at least TWO completely empty visa page)
  2. 1 copy of passport  (The page(s) shows your photo, name, date, and place of birth and the expiration date of passport)
  3. Two (2) photos paper  (3.5 x 4.5 cm , white color background, taken within 6 months)
  4. 1 application form [  Download ] (completed and signed by the applicant)
  5. 1 copy of residence card or other evidence to prove that the applicant is legally residing in Norway (only for non-Norwegian and  passport holders)
  6. 1 copy of airline ticket – showing flights into and out of Thailand.
  7. 1 copy of Norwegian student card (if applicable)
  8. A confirm letter from Norwegian school/university.
  9. An original letter of acceptance from the concerned accredited school, university or institution in Thailand.
  10. A copy of the school’s registration in Thailand. Please note that if the applicant is not attending a school or university as a full-time student (for example attending a dive school, Muay Thai training camp, Thai language school, massage school, etc.), we will not issue the Non-Immigrant visa unless the applicant provides a letter of approval from the Thai Ministry of Education.

For the purpose of visiting family, as a spouse of a Thai national. Or for the purpose of visiting Thailand as a former Thai national. Or volunteering with an NGO in Thailand (Type “O”):

Along with the same documentation required for the Tourist visa in the tab above please include:


To visit as a spouse of a Thai nationality, Fiance and Fiancee are not included in this category.

  1. Your original Passport. (Must not expire within 6 months and contain at least TWO completely empty visa page)
  2. 1 copy of passport  (The page(s) shows your photo, name, date, and place of birth and the expiration date of passport)
  3. Two (2) photos paper  (3.5 x 4.5 cm , white color background, taken within 6 months)
  4. 1 application form [  Download ] (completed and signed by the applicant)
  5. 1 copy of residence card  or other evidence to prove that the applicant is legally residing in Norway (only for non-Norwegian and  passport holders)
  6. 1 copy of airline ticket – showing flights into and out of Thailand.
  7. 1 copy of hotel bookings of your entire stay in Thailand.
  8. 1 copy of a valid and effective marriage certificate must be certified true copy in thai by the owner.
  9. 1 copy of Thai passport /or Thai I.D. of the spouse must be certified true copy in thai by the owner.
  10. 1 letter from the spouse verifying that the applicant and the spouse are still married and the purpose to visit Thailand (may be requested by the Embassy).


To visit as an immediate family member of a Thai nationality.

  1. Your original Passport. (Must not expire within 6 months and contain at least TWO completely empty visa page)
  2. 1 copy of Passport  (The page(s) shows your photo, name, date, and place of birth and the expiration date of passport)
  3. Two (2) photos paper  (3.5 x 4.5 cm , white color background, taken within 6 months)
  4. 1 application form [  Download ] (completed and signed by the applicant)
  5. 1 copy of residence card or other evidence to prove that the applicant is legally residing in Norway (only for non-Norwegian and  passport holders)
  6. 1 copy of airline ticket – showing flights into and out of Thailand.
  7. 1 copy of hotel bookings of your entire stay in Thailand.
  8. Documents proving such relationship with the visa application e.g., Birth Certificate and Thai Passport/ Thai I.D. of the parents who are Thai.
  9. One copy of Thai passport and or Thai ID of the family member whom are to be visited in Thailand


To visit as a volunteer for an NGO (non-government organization) 
– single entry only.

  1. Your original Passport. (Must not expire within 6 months and contain at least TWO completely empty visa page)
  2. 1 copy of passport  (The page(s) shows your photo, name, date, and place of birth and the expiration date of passport)
  3. Two (2) photos paper  (3.5 x 4.5 cm , white color background, taken within 6 months)
  4. 1 application form [  Download ] (completed and signed by the applicant)
  5. 1 copy of residence card or other evidence to prove that the applicant is legally residing in Norway (only for non-Norwegian and  passport holders)
  6. 1 copy of airline ticket  – showing flights into and out of Thailand.
  7. 1 copy of hotel bookings of your entire stay in Thailand.
  8. 1 copy of bank statement, it must show applicant’s name and balance at least 3 months.
  9. Signed letter on the organization’s letterhead stating duration of stay, duties, etc. along with a copy of the ID card/Passport of the person who signs the document.
  10. One copy of organization’s registration.


For other purposes of retirement 100% and over  50 years old 
 – single entry for 90 days.
Or if you are over 62 years old, you can also apply for this type of visa.

  1. Your original Passport. (Must not expire within 6 months and contain at least TWO completely empty visa page)
  2. 1 copy of passport  (The page(s) shows your photo, name, date, and place of birth and the expiration date of passport)
  3. Two (2) photos paper  (3.5 x 4.5 cm , white color background, taken within 6 months)
  4. 1 application form [  Download ] (completed and signed by the applicant)
  5. 1 copy of residence card or other evidence to prove that the applicant is legally residing in Norway (only for non-Norwegian and  passport holders)
  6. 1 copy of airline ticket – showing flights into and out of Thailand.
  7. 1 copy of hotel bookings of your entire stay in Thailand.
  8. 1 copy of bank statement, it must show applicant’s name and balance at least 3 months.
  9. Evidence of pension payment 3 month last salary from NAV  or insurance company or Staten pengekasse (NOT selvangovelse or skatteoppgjør) of not less than 65,000 Baht (15,000 NOK)/month net  (current Thai exchange rate is available from the Bank of Thailand website) or
  10. Bank statement showing a balance in the amount of not less than 800,000 Baht, together with a confirmation of retirement 3 month last salary from Nav.

NOTE: If the applicant’s spouse will be accompanying him or her, a copy of the applicant’s valid marriage certificate must be presented as supporting documentation.

Visa fees (cash only)    500 NOK for a single-entry for 90 days.

For the purpose of retirement 100%  (Type “O-A”) for 1 year  –  Multiple entries :
Must apply personally at the Embassy

Qualifications of an applicant

  1. A foreign national whose age is 50 years or above. (on the date of submitting the application)
  2. Not being prohibited from entering the Kingdom under the Immigration Act. B.E. 2522 .
  3. Having the nationality of or the residence in Norway.
  4. Having no criminal record against the security of Thailand and Norway.
  5. Not having prohibitive diseases as indicated in the Ministerial Regulation No.14 (B.E. 2535).

(Leprosy, Tuberculosis [T.B], Elephantiasis, Drug addiction, Alcoholism, 3rd step of syphilis).

Required documents (One original set and 2 copies)

Along with the documentation required for the type of visa, please include:

  1. 3 visa application forms |Download||
  2. 6 photo with photos paper  size 3.5 x 4.5 cm , white color background, taken within 6 months.
  3. Your original Passport. (Must not expire within 18 months and contain at least TWO completely empty visa page)
  4. 3 copies of passport (the picture page) – include the actual passport when submitting the application. Passport must be valid for at least 18 months.
  5. 3 document of personal Data Form. ||Download||
  6. 3 copies of airline ticket – showing flights into and out of Thailand.
  7. 3 copies of:– applicant’s bank statement showing a balance in the amount of not less than 800,000 Baht (current Thai exchange rate is available from the Bank of Thailand website).– or an income certificate with a monthly salary, after tax, of not less than 65,000 Baht/ 15,000 NOK, for example from NAV  or insurance company or Staten pengekasse (NOT selvangovelse or skatteoppgjør)– or a combination of a deposit account plus a monthly income totaling not less than 800,000 Baht a year.
  8. 3 document of police verification stating the applicant have no criminal record issued by the Norwegian Police (in English). The verification must not be more than three months old.
  9. 3 document of the completed medical certificate form, it must be the Royal Thai Embassy’s form ONLY ||Download|| issued from Norway, showing no prohibitive diseases as indicated in the Ministerial Regulation
  10. The visa fee for Non-Immigrant O-A Long-Stay (Retirement) visa is 1,250 Kroner (cash only).

If the applicant’s spouse will be accompanying him or her, a copy of the applicant’s valid marriage certificate must be presented as supporting documentation.

NOTE: If the applicant’s spouse is not qualified for the retirement visa (e.g. not age 50+), the spouse will be considered for the Non-Immigrant Visa Type “O” or Temporary Residents.

Visa fees (cash only)     1,250 NOK for a multiple-entry for 1 year.

  • Visa fees can only be paid in cash.If the applicant wants to have their passport mailed back, please include a self-addressed stamp envelop when submitting an application. Envelope size 20 cm x 27 cm and 210 NOK of stamp with track number from Posten.

For the purpose of research (Type “RS”)

Along with the same documentation required for Tourist Visas in the tab above, please include:

  1. Your original Passport. (Must not expire within 6 months and contain at least TWO completely empty visa page)
  2. 1 copy of passport  (The page(s) shows your photo, name, date, and place of birth and the expiration date of passport)
  3. Two (2) photos paper  (3.5 x 4.5 cm , white color background, taken within 6 months)
  4. 1 application form [  Download ] (completed and signed by the applicant)
  5. 1 copy of residence card or other evidence to prove that the applicant is legally residing in Norway (only for non-Norwegian and  passport holders)
  6. 1 copy of airline ticket – showing flights into and out of Thailand.
  7. An official approval letter from the National Research Council of Thailand (for more information please see www.nrct-foreignresearcher.org)

For the purpose of religious activities (Type “R”) – No multiple-entry visas

Along with the same documentation required for Tourist Visas in the tab above, please include:

  1. Your original Passport. (Must not expire within 6 months and contain at least TWO completely empty visa page)
  2. 1 copy of passport  (The page(s) shows your photo, name, date, and place of birth and the expiration date of passport)
  3. Two (2) photos paper  (3.5 x 4.5 cm , white color background, taken within 6 months)
  4. 1 application form [  Download ] (completed and signed by the applicant)
  5. 1 copy of residence card or other evidence to prove that the applicant is legally residing in Norway (only for non-Norwegian and  passport holders)
  6. 1 copy of airline ticket – showing flights into and out of Thailand.
  7. An approval letter from the Religious Affairs Department of the Ministry of Education.

For the purpose of working as a film-producer, journalist or reporter (Type “M”) – Single entry visa only

Along with the same documentation required for Tourist Visas in the tab above, please include:

  1. Your original passport. (Must not expire within 6 months and contain at least TWO completely empty visa page)
  2. 1 copy of passport  (The page(s) shows your photo, name, date, and place of birth and the expiration date of passport)
  3. Two (2) photos paper  (3.5 x 4.5 cm , white color background, taken within 6 months)
  4. 1 application form [  Download ] (completed and signed by the applicant)
  5. 1 copy of residence card or other evidence to prove that the applicant is legally residing in Norway (only for non-Norwegian and  passport holders)
  6. 1 copy of airline ticket – showing flights into and out of Thailand.
  7. An official note from the Ministry of Foreign Affair certifying the purpose of travel is required. Please see information at Guidanceforforeignpress.pdf To visit for the purpose of film-production,
  8. An official note from the FILM BOARD certifying the purpose of travel.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand launched the online media accreditation website or MFA Media Online Service (MMOS) on August 16, 2010. The MMOS is a system developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to streamline and expedite the online accreditation service for members of the foreign media intending to work or reside in Thailand as well as those wishing to renew their media accreditation, to extend their visa, work permit, and press card. All members of the foreign media applying for media accreditation to work or reside in Thailand as well as those who wish to renew their visa, work permit, and press card must submit their application through the MMOS web site. The “Guidance for Foreign Journalists Who Wish to Work in Thailand” is available at mmos.mfa.go.th

For the purpose of official duties (Type “F”) e.g., military exercises or government assignments

Along with the same documentation required for Tourist Visas  please include:

  1. Your original Passport. (Must not expire within 6 months and contain at least TWO completely empty visa page)
  2. 1 copy of Passport  (The page(s) shows your photo, name, date, and place of birth and the expiration date of passport)
  3. Two (2) photos paper  (3.5 x 4.5 cm , white color background, taken within 6 months)
  4. 1 application form [  Download ] (completed and signed by the applicant)
  5. 1 copy of residence card or other evidence to prove that the applicant is legally residing in Norway (only for non-Norwegian and  passport holders)
  6. An original official letter on official letterhead certifying the purpose of travel from concerned institutes in Thailand.
  7. A signed letter on official letterhead stating purpose of trip to Thailand and/or a copy of military orders (e.g. Cobra Gold Exercises)
  1. Important information
    • Regulations are subject to change without notice. Consular officers reserve the right to request additional documents as deemed necessary. Consular officers assume the right to deny or grant any type of visa to the applicant.
    • 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 entries.
  • 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.