Thailand Immigration Control Procedures for Foreigners

Thailand Immigration Control Procedures for Foreigners which check process for foreign passport holders at Thailand airport is rather straightforward provided you have all of the required documents. What can you expect when you arrive at the airport?

Thailand Immigration Counters

Thailand Immigration Counters

Once at the airport, just follow the “Immigration” signs to the immigration counters.

If you are from one of the qualified countries and want to use Thailand Visa on Arrival, you must first travel to the “Visa on Arrival” counters. More information about applying for a Visa on Arrival at Thailand’s various airports may be found here:

    • Visa on Arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
    • Visa on Arrival at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport (DMK)
    • Visa on Arrival at Phuket International Airport (HKT)
    • Visa on Arrival at Krabi International Airport (KBV)
    • Visa on Arrival at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX).

Thailand Immigration at airports usually has separate desks not just for foreign and Thai passports, but also for ASEAN and Chinese passports.

Asean And Chines Immigration Counter

Thailand Immigration Procedures

The following are the steps in Thailand’s immigration control procedures for foreign passport holders.

Thailand Visa

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Step 1

You must show your passport, immigration card (TM.6), and boarding pass.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your arrival in most situations.

Tourists who want to utilize Visa on Arrival must have a passport that is valid for at least one month.

Thailand immigration cards are often distributed during the trip to save time at the airport.

If you don’t receive one, don’t panic; there are many shortly before Immigration. More details regarding the Thai immigration card may be found here: Thailand Arrival / Departure Card.

Step 2

The immigration official will compare your look to the picture on your passport.

Step 3

Your Thailand visa or visa exemption will be checked.

Step 4

All passengers from the 45 countries on the health control list must provide an immigration card with a stamp from the health control counter indicating that they have been checked for illnesses particularly forbidden and stipulated in the laws. If the traveler does not have a stamp to display at passport check, he or she will be taken to health control first.

The list of countries that require an International Health Certificate for Yellow Fever Vaccination is as follows:

    • Angola
    • Benin
    • Bolivia
    • Brazil
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burundi
    • Cameroon
    • The central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Colombia
    • Congo
    • Congo Republic
    • Cote d’ Ivore
    • Ecuador
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Ethiopia
    • French-Guiana
    • Gabon
    • Gambia
    • Ghana
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Guinea
    • Guyana
    • Kenya
    • Liberia
    • Mali
    • Mauritania
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • Panama
    • Peru
    • Rwanda
    • Sao Tome & Principe
    • Senegal
    • Sierra Leone
    • Somalia
    • Sudan
    • Suriname
    • Tanzania
    • Togo
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Uganda
    • Venezuela
    • Argentina
    • Paraguay


Step 5

The status of travelers on the blacklist will be verified using a computer system.

If you have not previously overstayed your Thailand visa and have no criminal record, you should have no problems at this stage.

Step 6

All passport, immigration card (TM.6) numbers, flight numbers, and arrival information will be recorded.

Step 7

Both the passport and the arrival card will be stamped.

Holders of a Single-Entry or Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa will be given an entry stamp valid for 60 days, tourists utilizing visa exemption will be given an entry stamp valid for 30 days, and travelers with a Visa on Arrival will be given an entry stamp valid for 15 days.

Your stay in Thailand may subsequently be extended at one of the country’s immigration offices. You may get more information about the extension here: How to Extend Your Stay in Thailand.

Step 8

You will have your passport back.

Step 9

After that, you may get your luggage off the belt.

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