Thailand Visa for Yogis!

Thinking about traveling abroad to Thailand? Maybe for a vacation or even a yoga training or a scuba training? Thinking of staying longer than 30 days?

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Obtaining a Thailand Visa for yoga teachers (and other uses!)

Thailand is a beautiful country! Who wouldn’t want to go to Thailand? Continue Reading for more information about obtaining a Thailand Visa for yoga teachers (or other uses!)

Who Needs a Thailand Visa?

When visiting Thailand for the purpose of leisure, sight-seeing and personal enlightenment, then you are a tourist. You are not permitted to work or conduct business in Thailand. If you are looking at staying in Thailand for more than 15 to 30 days (depending on where your home country is), then you would most likely need to look at getting a Thailand Visa.

For the most part, people who are from the US, UK, and EU are typically given a 30-day visa when entered by air and a 15-day visa when you enter overland!

The Thai Embassy offers applications for tourist looking to stay longer than 30 days, which is a 60-day visa. You must apply for the visa and be approved first!

To apply for a Tourist Visa

Go on the Royal Thai Embassy website to read more information and to print out the forms that are required for a tourist visa!

The Royal Thai Embassy offers many different tourist Visa’s:

  1. Tourist Visa “TR” Single
    Those who wish to enter the Kingdom for tourism purposes.
  2. Tourist Visa “TR” 
    Boxing training, scuba diving training  and yoga training
  3. Tourist Visa “TR” Multiple
    This type of visa is issued to applicants who wish to enter the Kingdom for tourism purposes, with multiple entries
  4. Tourist Visa Category “MT”
    Those who wish to enter the Kingdom for medical treatment at hospitals / medical facilities in Thailand.
  5. Non-Immigrant & Transitional Visa
    Those looking to enter the Kingdom for School, Internships, Business, or Family.

We are going to a yoga Training in January 2020 which isn’t a full 30 days… But we wanted to be able to explore Thailand a few extra days, so we will be spending 35 days altogether in Thailand.

We applied for a Tourist Visa “TR” 

What is Needed for a Thailand Visa for a Yoga Teacher Training?

  • You must send your actual passport into the Thai Embassy! This sounds incredibly scary – we were there. But they stamp your passport with your visa- so this is necessary!
  • One visa application per person completely filled out (Black and blue ink only) (Download)
  • Two passport-size photographs (2″x 2″) – We got ours at Rite Aid! AAA also does them!
  • You must send a copy of flight confirmation/reservation, going from US to Thailand and leaving Thailand to the US!
  • They need a copy of your recent bank statement showing $700 per person and $1,500 per family and proof of relationship if submitting a family bank statement. (Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate)
  • A copy of the invitation letter from the boxing/scuba diving/yoga training school/company – (We included the e-mail that was sent to us and the yoga school itself wrote up an invitation letter fir us)
  • A copy of the school/company’s registration or license (You must obtain this from the school!)

Processing time : (with all completed documents)
In-person: 5 business days
By mail: minimum 15 business days (Ours took about a week!! – It was Fast!)
There is no expedited service

Processing Fee:
Single entry – 40 USD
The Fee is non-refundable and must be paid in a money order (only) – payable to “Royal Thai Embassy”.
(NO CASH, NO PERSONAL and NO BUSINESS CHECKS ACCEPTED)

Period of stay: Not to Exceed 60 days

A visa becomes effective from the date of issuance! So, do not apply for the visa too early!! (I was really nervous about this!) If you apply too early the visa may expire before your trip and then you will have to re-apply.
The fee is not refundable

Where to Submit your Visa!

In person:
Consular Office
Royal Thai Embassy
2300 Kalorama Rd., N.W.
Washington,D.C 20008-1623

By mail:
Consular Office
Royal Thai Embassy
2300 Kalorama Rd., N.W.
Washington,D.C 20008-1623

Must include a self-addressed return envelope only by “USPS (US Postal Service) Express Mail”  flat rate mailing envelope with $25.50 postage stamp (Metered stamps are NOT accepted)

(nationalities and passport holders of the following countries: Nigeria, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ghana, Liberia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan must apply in person!)

Other things to note!

John & I submitted ours together in one envelope and included only one self-addressed USPS , addressed to both of us in the mailing. They accepted and sent all of our items back in the same envelope.

Possible Issues if you are Recently Married or Changed Your Name!

We married in September 2018, and I changed my name on everything, except for my passport. So when ordering flight tickets, I entered my name exactly how my passport showed. And I sent the Royal Thai Embassy my passports, my flight tickets, and my original marriage certificate in hopes they wouldn’t deny me because of a name change. Luckily, they did accept all the documents and all the original documents I received!

Check out the Royal Thai Embassy for more information and for any recent changes!

Alyx B

A Certified Yoga Instructor, with a Bachelor's in Environmental Sustainability and Animal Science. Lover of animals and tacos! And passionate about traveling, hiking, yoga, and the environment.

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