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The most comprehensive information about an educational (ED) visa in Thailand

Table of contents

1. Everything you need to know about a Thai study visa

2. General Information about a Study (ED) Visa in Thailand

2.1 Choose a tourist or student visa?

2.2 Is it possible to obtain citizenship in Thailand with a ED visa?

2.3 Do I need to attend classes, i.e. really study

2.4 What language to learn in Thailand?

2.5 What level of English is required to learn Thai?

2.6 How difficult is it to learn Thai?

2.7 How to stay in Thailand for as long as possible with a ED visa

2.8 Can I get a Thai visa if I had an overstay

3. Description of obtaining a study visa in Thailand

3.1 How to get a study visa in Thailand?

3.2 Features of obtaining a ED visa after you have previously had an ED visa. Mandatory certificate of previous training when re-obtaining a Thai ED (student) visa

3.3 Transfer in Thailand from one school to another

4. Schools eligible for study visas in Thailand

4.1 Schools with a study visa in Pattaya

4.2 Schools with ED visa in Bangkok

4.3 Schools with an ED visa in Hua Hin

4.4 Schools with a study visa in Chiang Mai

5. Visa runs

5.1 What is a visa run

5.2 Choose a visa-run or independent travel

5.3 Visa runs from Pattaya

5.4 Visa-run from Bangkok

5.5 From February 1, 2019, online assignment is required to obtain a visa in Laos (Vientiane)

5.6 How to get to the Thai Consulate in Laos

5.7 How to get to the Thai Consulate in Cambodia

5.8 How to get to the Thai Consulate in Myanmar

6. Extension of study and tourist visa

6.1 Student Visa Extension Procedure

6.2 Visa Extension in Pattaya

6.3 Extension of a visa in Bangkok

6.4 Extension of visa in huahin


Everything you need to know about a Thai study visa

On this page, I gathered all the information and all the experience on study visas in Thailand. Here are collected information from both previously published articles (in my Russian blog), and added new information that I got to know recently. Perhaps, I will no longer publish news on this issue in separate notes, but simply will add here, in this detailed instruction for obtaining a Thai student (ED) visa.

The point of this article is to be a reference material containing all the necessary information for obtaining an ED visa in Thailand, as well as tips and answers for solving possible problems based on my experience, but at the same time cleared of personal events. That is, it is squeezing information about a Thai study visa for maximum benefit and minimum reading costs.

If you see that some information is outdated or is already inaccurate/incorrect, or you have something to add, please write about it in the comments to supplement the collective experience.

General Information about a Study (ED) Visa in Thailand

Choose a tourist or student visa?

There are different options to stay in Thailand for a long time. And the question may arise, what is better, a tourist or student visa? Let's look at their pros and cons.

On a tourist visa you can stay in Thailand for a maximum of 90 days. That is, these visas need 4 per year. At the same time, there is a limit on the number of visas obtained in a calendar year, for example (as an American who went to a visa wound explained to me), in Laos he can receive two visas, another in Cambodia, and another in Myanmar. That is, in principle, it is possible to live for years.

There are countries in which Thai Consulates do not issue a tourist visa if you have recently been to Thailand, an example of such a country is Singapore.

The costs of a tourist visa:

  • visa itself (1,000 baht – once every three months)
  • visa extension (1,900 baht – once every three months)
  • visa wounds (depending on the country – once every three months)
  • visa for entry into Laos and other countries – only for citizens of some states. For example, citizens of the Russian Federation receive a free stamp when entering Laos, and, for example, for the same USA citizens pay for an entry visa (which is given right at the border).

Disadvantages – every three months you need to spend a few days on a visa run.

Advantages – no need to bother with the school, pay for the school, a very simple set of documents for obtaining a visa – the application itself and two photos.

By the way, among the tourists I heard conversations that you need to fullfill the correct address of residence in Thailand when filling out the documents, because they can come from the Immigration Police and check.

With a student visa you can live up to one year without having to leave the country – then you will need to get a new student visa.

Student visa expenses:

  • visa itself (2,000 baht – once a year)
  • visa extension (1,900 baht – once every three months)
  • visa run (depending on the country – once a year)
  • studying in school (25,000-45,000 baht per year – it depends on the city, school, course chosen – most of all depends on the city – in Pattaya and Hua Hin is cheaper, in Bangkok is more expensive)
  • visa for entry into Laos and other countries – it requires only for citizens of some states, for citizens of the Russian Federation for free!

Disadvantages – you need to pay for the school and, by law, to attend it. Every three months you need to extend the visa. Possible difficulties in obtaining a visa.

Advantages – the visa is given for a year, that is, a year you can forget about the visa runs. New acquaintances, the opportunity to learn new things are a big plus for many.

Let’s perform full calculations, how much is required per year for a tourist visa and how much is required per year for a ED visa. I will take Pattaya prices as a basis: a visa run for a tourist visa is 6,000 baht, and for a student visa – 7,000 baht, price for the education is 25,000 baht.

So, for the year a tourist visa costs:

6000 * 4 + 1900 * 4 = 31600 baht

For the year on the ED visa you must pay:

7000 + 1900 * 3 + 25000 = 37700 baht

The difference is several thousand baht. Advantage of a tourist visa – this amount you will need to pay during the year. Disadvantage of a tourist visa – you will need to do four visa runs – this takes time. Advantage of a student visa – most of the amount you spend is not transportation costs, this money you will use for training. Disadvantage a student visa – almost the entire amount must be paid at the very beginning – for tuition and for a visa run, that is, you should have this amount on your hands. In some schools, installments may be provided for 1-2 months, or at the beginning it will be necessary to make an advance, and pay the rest after approving the documents or obtaining a study visa.

There are reports that some visitors on tourist visas live for years. At the same time, there are also opinions that an excess of entry and exit stamps can ultimately lead to problems, including refusal of entry into Thailand, although I cannot give specific examples. At the same time, a ED visa does not reduce the number of stamps in the passport: there are also a lot of them, but instead of entry and exit stamps, the passport is filled with renewal stamps. Since now the extension of the study visa is carried out in two stages (for 15 and 75 days), six new stamps appear in just one year after the visa. For three years, there are already 18+ entry and exit stamps and new annual visas – that is, the passport is also quickly overfilled.

Is it possible to obtain citizenship in Thailand with a ED visa?

Unfortunately this is not possible! It is impossible to obtain either Thai permanent residence or Thai citizenship if you live on one-year (or shorter) visas or on thirty-day stamps in your passport.

Do I need to attend classes, i.e. really study

Officially, it is necessary, but in practice you can do without it. If you cannot (do not want) to attend classes, then the school will not pledge you. I saw students who came into the classroom only to take a picture against the background of the group (in the set of documents to extend the study visa you need a photo from the school) and after that the students did not appear at school anymore.

What language to learn in Thailand?

In Thai language schools, the following languages are usually available to choose from:

  • Thai
  • English
  • Japanese
  • Chinese

Usually a choice is made between English and Thai. If you do not know English and do not want to learn it preliminary, then your choice is limited to the only option – English from basic, maybe with a teacher from your country.

Thai is taught by a native speaker (i.e., Thai). Training takes place in English. Therefore, if you want to learn Thai, you need to know English.

What level of English is required to learn Thai?

Since teachers try to use a rather small vocabulary, there is usually no problem with understanding the teacher.

So, to learn Thai you can learn English at a confident basic level. If you want to learn Thai in Thailand and you have half a year or a year before your trip, then most of you will be able to learn English sufficiently during this time to study in a Thai school.

How difficult is it to learn Thai?

It is difficult that is completely new. In Thai (as in other Asian languages), there is such a thing as the tone of a syllable. Only five tones (medium, high, low, rising, falling) the meaning of a word can vary depending on the tone of syllables. We need to learn how to hear and pronounce them. Perhaps this is the most difficult.

It may seem that Thai letters are complex. Yes, they are difficult to write and a lot of them! But you quickly get used to them – this is not a very big problem.

In all other respects, the Thai language is fairly simple: simple grammar, no endings and inclinations, simple formation of verb tenses, many words in one syllable (especially among common words).

Summary:

If you are going to spend a lot of time in Thailand, then I recommend choosing Thai for studying. This is not so difficult, especially when you are constantly surrounded by Thai speech and Thai inscriptions – i.e. with full immersion.

If your problem is that you do not even know English, then try to go through intensive training. Today is even in small towns there are a lot of language schools and even in small towns you can find a language school with a foreigner – with a real English-speaking teacher! Or you can train with multimedia courses.

How to stay in Thailand for as long as possible with a ED visa

In Thai schools there are usually always two courses: English and Thai. These are quite popular courses, groups gather for them. There may be other courses: Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, German, and so on – but for them there may be no group classes and only individual ones, and this is more expensive.

Well, if your task is to stay in the country for as long as possible (and not learn, for example, the Thai language) and English is not your native language, then you need to start studying with learning English: you will have 3 years; after these three years, you can go on to learn Thai and you will have another 3 years. This is only suitable for citizens of countries where English is not native. For those who have native English, then you need to immediately choose Thai or any other non-English language.

If you choose Thai right away (like me), then since Thai is taught in English, then it will be very difficult to get a student visa to study English (so they literally said “very difficult”). That is, the probability of obtaining a visa for English is not excluded, but apparently there are nuances.

Can I get a Thai visa if I had an overstay

Overstay residence in the Kingdom of Thailand longer, then it is allowed by your documents. Every day overstay is paid a fine of 500 baht per day. If you have an overstay of 2 days, then you will have to pay a fine of 1000 baht, and so on, up to a maximum fine of 20,000 baht. There is no problem in obtaining another Thai visa if your overstay does not exceed 90 days.

Description of obtaining a study visa in Thailand

How to get a study visa in Thailand?

The procedure for obtaining the following:

  • you apply to the chosen school, provide the following documents: passport, rental agreement;
  • you need to pay an advance or pay tuition in full – the rules depend on the school (in case of refusal of a visa, the money is returned);
  • the school fills all the necessary documents and sends it to the Ministry of Education;
  • after approval by the Ministry of Education, you need to go for a study visa.

Thai study visa cannot be obtained in Thailand. Usually they go to Laos for this.

Thai Consulate in some countries have on authority to issue ED VISA. Please check directory or check with your school.

Citizen of Republic of China are restricted to apply in Thai Consulate in China only.

Some Nationalities must apply for the Visa in their home Country. Nationals from India, Pakistan and Middle-East Countries need to go home own countries to apply for the ED visa.

Since it is required to wait for the approval of the Ministry of Education, and this may take 3-4 weeks, it is recommended to contact the selected school as soon as you arrive in Thailand.

Another nuance is that not all schools are eligible for the ED visa! Specify this question in advance in the selected school!

Features of obtaining a ED visa after you have previously had an ED visa. Mandatory certificate of previous training when re-obtaining a Thai ED (student) visa

After completing school, you must be given a document that you have completed the course – something like a letter. You MUST receive and save this paper – regardless of your plans, because later on, if you again decide to receive a student visa, you will definitely need to provide this paper.

You can reissue it at your request – but you will have to return to the previous school (and this may be in another city) and independently agree on the preparation of this document for you.

An example of how this document looks like:

Transfer in Thailand from one school to another

If you study at one school, you can easily transfer to another school during your term of study. Suppose you, if you have already spent six months in Pattaya and then moved to Hua Hin, then you can continue studying for another six months.

I have experience when I paid a six-month course in Bangkok and FINISHED it, but in Hua Hin I was told that I can still transfer to school and continue my studies for the remaining six months, because they have courses of one year.

The advantages of transferring to another school – you do not need to get a new visa if the previous one has not expired yet.

Please note that after the transfer for the subsequent extension of the visa, except for all the usual documents, you MUST have a letter from the previous school. It looks like this:

I did not know this and the school staff also forgot about it, so I will not be able to get an extension from the first time and, as a result, I had to pay a penalty for overstay.

Schools eligible for study visas in Thailand

Schools with a study visa in Pattaya

ProLanguage School

School website: https://www.prolanguage.co.th/

Address: 116/33 Mu 9 Central Pattaya Rd., Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi

Phone number in local format: 038-489-225

Phone number in international format: + 6638-489-225

The cost of courses for obtaining a student visa:

Language

6 months

1 year

Thai

17,000 THB

25,000 THB

English

Chinese

Japanese

The school has offices in Pattaya, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. I studied in Pattaya, where her building is located opposite Big C Extra, right on the main street (Pattaya Clang).

Follow the link – you will see a school, and if you turn 180 degrees, you will see Big C Extra.

Tuition for the year – 25,000 baht. Each visa extension is paid! Officially – 2 thousand baht, in fact – 5 thousand baht. There are no other hidden costs (except for a trip to Laos).

Schools with ED visa in Bangkok

ProLanguage School

School website: https://www.prolanguage.co.th/

Address: 116/33 Mu 9 Central Pattaya Rd., Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi

Phone number in local format: 038-489-225

Phone number in international format: + 6638-489-225

The cost of courses for obtaining a student visa:

Language

 

6 months

 

1 year

 

Thai

23,000 THB

30,000 THB (возможно только на 9 месяцев)

English

35,000 THB

45,000 THB

Japanese

Sandee School

I found the lowest price at Sandee Thai Language School. It was in this school that I studied when I lived in Bangkok, that is, it was not “information from the Internet,” not a theory, but my real experience.

There are the following options for courses with a student visa:

  • An 8 month course with an ED visa of 270 hours Thai at Levels I and II costs 15,000 Thai baht.
  • A 6 month course with an ED visa that includes 190 hours of Thai at Level III costs 9,000 baht.

The site says more about the course in 10 months and 3 weeks for 17,000 baht – but the school said that now there is no such course.

School Address: 21/34, B Block, 2nd Floor, R.C.A., Rama 9 Road, Bangkapi, Huaykwang, Bangkok, 10320, Thailand

Website: http://www.sandee.ac.th/fees/

Mobile phone nuber in local format: 084 388-2832

Phone number: 026414459

Mobile phone number in international format: +66843882832

Email: info@sandee.ac.th

Location: go to the map

Sandee School is the same school that sold me a course for less than a year on the very days when the study visas were canceled for courses shorter than 1 year. Nevertheless, I got my ED visa.

Therefore, be very attentive to the issue of obtaining a visa now – check the information in the school, perhaps something I myself misunderstood, maybe for Bangkok, where in principle there are no Thai language courses a year long, there are some special norms – this is not I completely understand.

Please note that in Bangkok there are no Thai courses for the whole year. For such part-time courses, a visa may be extended not for 3, but only for 2 months.

Schools with an ED visa in Hua Hin

Sirada – The Learning Center

Website: http://learningcentre.co.th/ed-visa.php

Address: Ground Floor, 83/14 Wongchomsin Building Phetkasem Road (between Soi 63/1 and 65), Hua Hin, Prachuabkirikhan, 77110

Phone number in local format: 032532650

Phone number in international format: +6632532650

Email Address: info@learningcentre.co.th

Location: go to the map.

The Sirada training center offers a study visa with two options:

  • Option A: 10,000 baht per visa for 1 year. Includes all documents plus 40 hours of study. Extra classes 3,100 baht for 20 hours.
  • Option B: 24,900 baht per visa for 1 year. Includes all documents plus 160 hours of study. Extra classes 3,100 baht for 20 hours.

10 thousand baht per year … I did not see such a low price even in Pattaya. But 40 hours of classes … it is clear that a visa is actually bought, not training. For those who really want to learn, you need to choose the second option – it has a price like in Pattaya (but 2 times cheaper than in Bangkok), but many hours of classes.

Unfortunately, this only applies to the Thai language …

If you want to learn, for example, Chinese, then groups for this language are not formed – there are only individual lessons of 500 baht per hour.

The site also says that languages are available for learning:

  • Thai
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Russian
  • Mandarin
  • Computers

Insight English

Website: http://insightenglish-huahin.com/education-visa/

Address: 87/19 Petchkasame Rd Hua Hin, Prachuap Kirikan 77110

Phone number in local format: 032470681

Phone number in international format: +6632470681

Email address: info@insightenglish-huahin.com

Location: go to the map.

The site says that the cost of a visa starts with as little as 10,000 baht!

More details in the tables:

Step 1 – Choose your visa

Duration of visa 6 months 12 months
Price 10,000 baht 15,000 baht

Step 2 – Choose your course

Course type Price per hour Number of students in class
Private lessons 720 baht Personal lessons
Semi private lessons 390 baht 2 студента
Group lessons 225 baht 4-8 студентов
Special offers Notes
Visa for 6 months with group lessons = only 15,000 baht, that is 139 baht/hour (regular price 34,300 baht). * 4 lessons/week: 3 lessons with a teacher, 1 lesson of self-education at school. Payment must be made in advance
Visa for 1 year with group lessons = only 30,000 baht, that is, 139 baht/hour (regular price 48,600 baht). * 4 lessons/week: 3 lessons with a teacher, 1 lesson of self-education at school. Payment can be made in installments.

1 year installment plan for visa with group lessons

Interval Payment Payment for Insight English (including group lessons) Fee for Hua Hin Immigration Office
The first 6 months 15,000 baht Fees charged by the consulate of Thailand – (about 2,000 baht) plus
Last 6 months 15,000 baht 1,900 baht every 3 months at HuaHin Immigration Service
Total 35,700 baht

The site also says that there are discounts for individual and semi-individual classes, to develop a curriculum and receive personal discounts you need to contact the school itself.

Courses are available:

  • Thai language
  • English language (different versions of the program – but it is not clear whether they are all covered by a student visa)

The language center

Website: http://thailanguagecentre.org/index.php/edvisa/ed-visa-information

Address: 83/14 Wongchomsin Building Suite 303 on the third floor, Phetkasem Road (between Soi 63/1 and 65) Hua Hin, Prachuabkirikhan 77110

Phone numbers in local format: 032533428 (office), mobile: 0863687045

Phone numbers in international format: +6632533428 (office), mobile: +66863687045

Email address: info@tlc2008.com

Location: go to the map.

The address is exactly the same as that of Sirada – The Learning Center.

The site has little information and no information about the price.

The following courses are available:

  • Thai language
  • English
  • Other languages
  • IELTS or TOEFL

Update: Apparently, Sirada is one of the divisions of Language Center.

Schools with a study visa in Chiang Mai

ProLanguage School

School website: https://www.prolanguage.co.th/

Address: 116/33 Mu 9 Central Pattaya Rd., Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi

Phone number in local format: 038-489-225

Phone number in international format: + 6638-489-225

The cost of courses for obtaining a student visa:

Language

6 months

1 year

Thai

17,800 THB

28,700 THB

English

31,100 THB

40,100 THB

Chinese

Visa runs

What is a visa run

A visa run is an organized trip to neighboring countries for the purpose of obtaining a visa. You do not have to use the services of companies offering travels for visas. You can do everything yourself. On your own you can choose a more convenient option, for example, fly to Laos by plane instead of traveling in a group on a van.

A few years ago, companies with visa-runs greatly facilitated the process of filing documents and obtaining visas. Now they are forbidden to submit documents and take away passports. Companies provide all kinds of transport support: they will get to the border, as far as possible, help with passing border controls, take us to the Consulate, help fill out an application for a visa, take us to a hotel, pay for a hotel; and then in the reverse order: the next day you will be taken to the Consulate, to the border, and to your city.

Visa runs are provided for any visas: student, tourist, family, other. More precisely, these trips are no different, not divided according to different types of visas, and you can go to them for any visa.

Previously, firms providing visa services themselves paid a visa fee, so the price of a visa was different for those who went for a tourist visa and for those who went for a student visa – the difference was just the difference in the cost of these two visas. Now, each visa applicant must personally pick up his passport and pay for the visa, so the price for the trip is the same for everyone.

But the difference in the price of a visa run can be depending on your citizenship, since for citizens of some countries a free stamp is put at the entrance to Laos, and for some ones need to pay for a Lao visa, which is given directly on the border. Therefore, the price of visa run, for example, for a citizen of Russia and a US citizen of the same visa, will be different.

Choose a visa-run or independent travel

Here it is only a matter of personal preference. If you are frightened by the need to independently search for a hotel, a way to get to the Consulate, and so on, then a visa run is preferable. As for the money – if you do everything right and book a cheap hotel, the cost will be about the same for an independent trip, as well as for a visa.

Visa runs from Pattaya

Visa runs from Pattaya provide several companies. You can choose the one that you like or the one that the school will recommend to you. I advise you to listen to the recommendations of the school, or before planning your trip, make sure that the found information about the company that provides the services of a visa run is up to date.

Example of sites of companies with visa runs:

Remember that you can ask that the van will take you away from school or closer to your home. Also, when you return to Pattaya, you can ask to drop you closer to home.

On websites, the price for a visa run is ฿ 6000- 8000 (together with the fee for a visa).

Visa-run from Bangkok

Visa run from Bangkok to Laos

I traveled by this company: https://www.thaivisaservice.com/

The cost of a visa run depends on whether you need to pay for a Lao visa. In my case (entry into Laos is free) I paid for a visa of 3,250 baht. This cost includes:

  • trip to Laos and come back
  • hotel accommodation
  • food
  • full assistance during the trip

Now the company does not accept money to pay for a visa, because under the new law, everyone must receive a passport in person and pay for it himself.

For a visa run from Bangkok, a meeting takes place at the BTS station ON NUT. There is a large Tesco Lotus, and next to it is a large parking lot. Right on this parking lot, on the days of departure, there are several Vans, many people, including foreigners, someone is busy with documents, fill out papers, cut out photos to the desired size – this is what the company representatives need to contact. They will immediately check your documents – whether everything is in all right. The site says that the gathering at 19:30. But the school advised to come early so as not to get a seat ‘in the back of the bus’.

Again, double-check the information on the site, and listen to the advice given to you at your school (if you are applying for a student visa).

From February 1, 2019, online assignment is required to obtain a visa in Laos (Vientiane)

Starting from February 1, 2019, before you go to the Thai Consulate in Laos (in the capital Vientiane) you need to register on the web site. After that you will need to print a confirmation of the record and the number in the queue, which must be brought along with other documents.

This applies to non-immigrant (including student ED), tourist and transit visas.

The online assignment takes place on the site: https://www.thaivisavientiane.com

As stated on the same site: this is the official web site of the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Thailand in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Link to the visa application form: https://thaivisavientiane.com/img/application_form_thai_visa.pdf

How to perform online assignment to apply documents for a visa

The Visa Application Appointment System

1. Why does the Embassy need the Visa Application Appointment System?

The number of visa applicants at the Royal Thai Embassy, Vientiane has increased significantly in the past years.

Due to a limited number of officers, the Embassy needs to implement the Visa Application Appointment System in order to maintain service quality with an aim to reduce waiting time of applicants while increasing

2. When can I access the Visa Appointment System?

The System will be activated online from 30 January 2019 onwards.

You can schedule an appointment via www.thaivisavientiane.com

3. Will the Embassy still accept walk-in applications?

From 1 February 2019 onwards, applications for certain types of visas will require appointments via the online System prior to the submission of the applications together with all necessary documents at the Consular Section while walk-in applications for other types of visas will still be accepted.

4. Which are the types of visas that require online appointments?

There are three types of visas that require online appointments:

  • Tourist, Transit, and Non-Immigrant

Walk-in applications for the following types of visas will still be accepted:

  • Diplomatic (D), Official (F), Courtesy, and Labor (L-A)

5. On which platform is the Visa Application Appointment System available?

The System is a web-based application which can be accessed by a computer or a smartphone that has an internet connection.

6. How long in advance can I schedule a visa appointment?

You can schedule an appointment up to one month in advance.

7. What is the appointment cancellation policy?

You can cancel your appointment no less than 24 hours prior to the existing

The System will not allow cancellation to be made less than 24 hours prior to the existing appointment. No-show will prevent you from scheduling another appointment for one month.

8. What are the hours for scheduling appointments?

The system is available online for scheduling appointments 24 hours a day.

However, you cannot schedule a same-day appointment; the system will have a cut-off time for a same-day appointment at 12 a.m.

9. Can other persons schedule an appointment for me?

Each applicant must create a personal account with personal information before scheduling an appointment. The Embassy therefore suggests that you should schedule an appointment by yourself.

10. Which personal information do I need to fill in online to create my personal account and schedule an appointment?

You will need to provide the following personal information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Information on your passport page
  • Your preferred date and time of appointment

11. Do I need to upload documents online?

No, the online Appointment System is for queuing purpose only.

You do not have to upload any documents online.

On the Appointment Date

12. When should I come to the Consular Section on my appointment date?

You should come to the Consular Section 30 minutes prior to your appointment time so that you can prepare the application and necessary supporting documents.

13. What do I need to show as a proof of appointment?

There are two options for appointment verification

  • You can print out the appointment confirmation and show it at the Consular Section for verification.
  • You can take a screenshot of the appointment confirmation on your smartphone and show it at the Consular Section for verification.

14. Do I still need to fill out the visa application form?

Yes, you still have to fill out the visa application form by yourself. It is advisable to fill out the form prior to your appointment to reduce the application submission time.

15. Where can I get the visa application forms?

The application forms are available at the Consular Section free of charge. You can also download them from www.thaivisavientiane.com

16. Does the Embassy have an Express Visa Service?

No, the Embassy does not offer an Express Visa Service.

** Please note that visa consideration is made by the Consular Officers only. **

The Embassy has no affiliation with any persons outside the Embassy nor with any tour agents you hire for transportation and accommodation services.

17. How long is the visa processing time?

The visa processing time for the Royal Thai Embassy, Vientiane, is two working/business days.

You can collect your visa on the next day (approved or not approved) after submitting the visa application.

18. When do I pay the visa fee and what form of payment does the Embassy accept?

You are to pay the visa fee when you collect your visa.

The visa fee must be paid in cash (Thai baht) only.

19. What is the business hours for visa application?

Business hours: Monday – Friday, closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

The gate will be open at 9.00 a.m.; only visa applicants can enter the Consular Section.

  • Submission of applications: 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m.
  • Payment and collection: 13.30 p.m. – 16.00 p.m.

My opinion

So, all the above is official information. Now a few words that I think about this.

First, the queues will not disappear. Now we will come with printed numbers and wait for our “electronic queue”.

Secondly, in recent times, really a lot of people apply for visas. Since there they understand that these people (we, who came for visas) cannot stay here for an extra day or two, the Consulate made efforts to receive everyone who came on the current day. Apparently, they are tired of it. As I assume, the number of seats in the “electronic queue” will be limited. Now they simply will not give out more than a certain number of tickets for each day. That is, if earlier, for example, four hundred people arrived, and Consulate employees tried to accept everyone, now they will issue (for example) 200 tickets, limiting the number of applicants for a visa in one day.

And thirdly, the most important thing is what it means in practical terms. And in practical terms, this means that before you go to the visa-run, you need to know their schedule and clarify the availability. Then sign up for the day when your visa run group will come to Laos. Most likely, now, before you sit down in the van, they will check not only the necessary documents, but also the availability of online booking at the reception.

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Extension of study and tourist visa

Student Visa Extension Procedure

The received study visa, in fact, is valid only for three months. To stay in Thailand throughout the entire year of study, you need to renew this visa every 3 months. Visa extension is carried out in your city’s Immigration office.

To extend the visa you need to provide a lot of documents, these documents are prepared for you by the school. Therefore, you need to contact her in advance so that they do it.

After receiving the extension, you need to come to the school again and show your stamp – this is a must.

It can seem unusual, but the procedure for obtaining a visa extension varies slightly in different cities.

Visa Extension in Pattaya

Pattaya Immigration Office on the map: go.

Address in Thai for taxi drivers: 75/265 หมู่ที่ 12 ถนน ชายหาดจอมเทียน อำเภอ บางละมุง ชลบุรี 20150

In Pattaya, there may be features when extending a student visa: there may be two options:

  • for 5000 baht – you will need to come to the Immigration office only once to pick up your passport
  • for 1900 baht – you will need to come to the Immigration office, stand in line and get a stamp for 15 days. After that you will need to come to the Immigration office again and put the second stamp for 75 days

Perhaps you will be offered no alternative only the first option – for 5,000 baht.

The immigration office is located very close to the beach of the Jomtien region – if you wish, you can relax there.

Extension of a visa in Bangkok

Where in Bangkok to extend student visa

Specify this information in your school, but almost certainly you will be sent to อาคาร รัฐ ประ ศาสน ภักดี (อาคาร B) – Embassy Building B.

Immigration office of Bangkok on the map: go.

Address: 120 Chang Watthana 7 Alley, Khwaeng Thung Song Hong, Khet Lak Si, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10210, Thailand

Thai address for taxi drivers: 120 ซอย แจ้งวัฒนะ 7 แขวง ทุ่งสองห้อง เขต หลักสี่ กรุงเทพมหานคร 10210

They have their own website: bangkok.immigration.go.th

This is a huge building that houses various government and near-government institutions.

A special feature of extending a visa in Bangkok is that it can be extended only for two months – this depends on the length of your training course, which can be shorter than one year.

Extension of visa in huahin

Address: 439 หมูที่ 1 Thap Tai, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110

Taxi address in Thai: 439 หมูที่ 1 ตำบล ทับใต้ อำเภอ หัวหิน ประจวบคีรีขันธ์ 77110

Phone number: 032 520 617

Hua Hin immigration office on the map: go.

To reach it, from the main street you need to turn onto street 88.

The extension of the visa takes place in two stages: receiving the first stamp for 15 days, at this point you will need to bring all the documents from the school and pay the fee of 1,900 baht; receiving a second stamp for 75 days.


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