Thailand is a country that is very open to tourists. This can be seen in the fact that foreigners who wish to stay inside Thailand for a few days are not required to obtain a visa. Thus, foreign tourists can just ride an airplane to Thailand to enjoy seeing the temples in Ayuthayya or sunbathing at Pattaya.
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The case is different, however, if you are planning to stay in Thailand for a month or more. Thai government will require you to apply for a visa.
Since I will stay in Thailand for six months, I was required to apply for a visa.
Applying for a Thai visa is very easy and very quick. Unlike the other embassies of other countries, the Thai embassy doesn't have long queue of people who are applying for visa. I, for instance, saw no other person applying for a visa when I went to the Royal Thai Embassy in Makati City.
How to Go to Thai Embassy
The Royal Thai Embassy is located along Rada (Thailand) Street in the Central Business District of Makati City. The embassy is just a short walk away from Greenbelt.
Here is the map, from Google, showing the location of the Royal Thai Embassy:
Commuters can reach the embassy by riding a Ayala Avenue-bound jeepney at Mantrade, which is located near the MRT-Magallanes Station. Go down in front of Greenbelt and then walk to the embassy.
Another way to reach the Royal Thai Embassy is by riding a bus that pass along Ayala Avenue. Go down near the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) building and then walk.
Thai Visa Application Schedules
You just don't go to the Royal Thai Embassy and apply for a visa. You have to follow the Consular Section's schedule so your time will not be wasted. The schedule can be seen at this page of the Royal Thai Embassy website.
Application for a visa are only entertained from 9:30 AM to 12:00 noon. Visa are released from 3:00 PM to 5 PM.
The Royal Thai Embassy is open from Monday to Friday but it is closed during holidays. The embassy follows the holiday schedules of both Philippines and Thailand so it is good to check if the the Royal Thai Embassy schedule at this page of their website.
Thai Visa Requirements
Here are the requirements for the Thai visa application:
1. Application form and supplement form, which can be downloaded here (PDF).
2. Two 3.5 cm by 4.5 cm photos taken within the last six months.
3. Your Philippine passport.
4. Other supporting documents that will help in the approval of your Thai visa application.
5. Payment of 2,900 Philippine pesos for a single-entry Thais visa or 7,100 Philippine pesos for multiple-entry Thai visa.
You just have to wait for 2 days to know if the Royal Thai Embassy approved your visa application or not.
Do you have any questions about application for a Thai visa in the Philippines? Please feel free to leave your comments or questions at the comment box.