If Thailand is your next destination and a 30-day visa free entry won’t suffice, Singapore is a great place to get the paperwork done. The Royal Thai Embassy in Singapore is located at the heart of Orchard Road and can process all visa types.
For a 60-day tourist visa you will need the following:
* 1 completed visa form
* 1 passport-sized photo
* Tickets confirming your entry/exit from Thailand.
We’re not sure how finicky they are about that last one, but we were told over the phone it was a requirement. This rule is generally applied haphazardly, but train tickets suffice, so if you really just want to cover your bases, buy a cheap return train ticket online from Malaysian Rail from Hat Yai in southern Thailand to somewhere in Malaysia that fits with your desired dates.
It takes two days to process a tourist visa and the regular fee is S$50. In practise this means you can drop off your passport on a Tuesday morning and pick them up the next day (Wednesday afternoon).
Citizens of the following countries are required to submit multiple copies of the visa form and photographs: China, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Nigeria, and North Korea.
The documents needed to apply for a non-immigrant visa vary depending on the purpose of stay. The requirements for non-immigrant visas are listed on the Thai Embassy’s website. Fees range from S$100-250 for a one year visa.
The Thai Embassy is open Monday to Friday except public holidays. The opening hours to apply for a visa are from 09:15 – 11:30 only. There is usually a line outside the embassy’s gates, so it’s worthwhile to get there early. Visas can be collected from 14:00 – 16:30.
The Thai Embassy in Singapore has a very informative website and you can download the visa application forms. If you need to speak to someone they request you call (65) 6737 2475-6, ext. 104, 105 or 108 between the hours of 14:00 and 17:00.
Tanya Procyshyn is a freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea.
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