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Tourist Visa: Eligibility and Procedures to Apply for a TR

Are you planning a trip to Thailand for tourism purposes? If so, you’ll need to apply for a Tourist Visa (TR). In this article, we’ll provide you with all the information you need to know about the eligibility criteria and application procedures for obtaining a TR.

Eligible Applicants for TR

The TR is specifically issued to individuals who are currently residing in Australia and wish to enter Thailand solely for tourism purposes. Whether you’re an Australian citizen or a non-Australian passport holder, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply for a TR.

TR Conditions

Here are some important conditions to note if you’re planning to apply for a TR:

  • The TR is valid for a single entry into Thailand for tourism purposes only.
  • Its validity is for three months from the date of issuance, and the maximum period of stay in Thailand is 60 days.
  • It’s crucial to adhere to the conditions for entry into Thailand. Any violation could result in the immediate revocation of your stay permit and a prohibition from entering Thailand.
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TR Application Procedures

To apply for a TR, you need to follow the application procedures outlined by the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra, the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Sydney, or the Royal Thai Honorary Consulates-General / the Royal Thai Honorary Consul in Australia. Here are the required documents you need to submit along with your TR visa application form:

  1. Passport with a minimum validity of six months prior to departure and a copy of it.
  2. Recent passport-sized photograph (3.5 x 4.5 cm) of the applicant.
  3. Australian Electronic Visa (VEVO) for proof of residence in Australia (only for non-Australian passport holders).
  4. Permission to travel from Australia issued by the Australian Border Force (For Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or Australian nationals).
  5. Proof of residential address in Australia.
  6. Proof of adequate finance – a copy of an updated bank statement with a minimum balance of THB 20,000.
  7. Confirmed accommodation under the applicant’s name, after a 14-day stay at Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) upon entry into Thailand.
  8. Evidence of flight reservation to Thailand.
  9. Visa processing fee – AUD 60.

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Flights to Thailand

When planning your trip to Thailand, you have two options regarding flights:

Option 1: Semi-commercial flights to Thailand

Certain airlines are permitted to operate semi-commercial flights to Thailand. Here are the airlines that currently have this permission: Thai TG476 Emirates (EK384), Etihad (EY406), EVA (BR211), Qatar Airways (QR 826, QR830, QR832, QR834, QR836, QR980), Singapore Airline (SQ976), Cathay Pacific (CX653), Lufthansa (LH772), Austrian Airlines (OS25), Swiss Air (LX180), KLM (KL873, KL875, KL887, KL847, KL811, KL843, KL815, KL803), and Air France (AF253, AF168).

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Option 2: Special chartered flights organized by the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra and the Royal Thai Consulate General in Sydney

The Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra and the Royal Thai Consulate General in Sydney organize special chartered flights for individuals who wish to enter Thailand. Please contact them directly for information on seat availability as there is a quota of allowable passengers for these flights.

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Application for the Certificate of Entry (COE)

After receiving your TR, you’ll need to apply for the Certificate of Entry (COE) via the official website: COE Thailand. Here are some important things to note:

  • Upon entry into Thailand, all visitors are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. Make sure you have a reservation for ASQ for a minimum of 14 days from your arrival date in Thailand before applying for the COE.
  • Visitors are also required to obtain COVID-19 health insurance with coverage of at least USD 100,000 for the entire stay in Thailand. The insurance policy must clearly state coverage for COVID-19 treatments. Some recommended health insurance providers are Pacific Cross Health Insurance, Regency Health Insurance, April International, and Luma Thailand.

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At the Departure Airport and upon Entry into Thailand

When departing from the airport in Australia and upon arrival in Thailand, make sure you have the following documents ready:

  • Certificate of Entry (COE)
  • Completed Declaration Form for COE
  • A COVID-Free medical certificate with RT-PCR laboratory results issued no more than 72 hours before departure
  • Valid visa

Please note that the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra and the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Sydney reserve the right to request additional documents if necessary and reject any application without prejudice. It’s essential to provide genuine documents and information as providing false documents or false information can result in rejection of your application and future prohibition from entering Thailand. Visa processing time may vary depending on demand and may take up to 15 working days.

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FAQs

Q: How long is the TR valid for?

A: The TR is valid for three months from the date of issuance, and the maximum stay in Thailand is 60 days.

Q: Can non-Australian passport holders apply for a TR?

A: Yes, non-Australian passport holders can apply for a TR as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

Q: What is ASQ?

A: ASQ stands for Alternative State Quarantine, which is a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all visitors entering Thailand.

Conclusion

Planning a trip to Thailand for tourism purposes? Make sure to check the eligibility criteria and follow the application procedures for a Tourist Visa (TR). The TR allows you to explore the beautiful country of Thailand and create unforgettable memories. For more information and to apply for a TR, visit the official iBlog website. Happy travels!

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