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Last update: 17 March 2020 - still current
 
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Luxembourg nationals residing or traveling in Thailand are invited to inform the Embassy of the Grand Duchy in Bangkok of their stay in the event of a crisis by sending an e-mail to:

bangkok.alert@mae.etat.lu

In addition to dates and addresses in Thailand, it is necessary to provide the contact phone number(s) of people living in Thailand as well as in Luxembourg.

 
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Formalities to enter and stay in Thailand
 

The visitor must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand and a flight return ticket.

According to the Thai law in force, Luxembourgian tourists entering Thailand are exempt from the visa requirement for any stay inferior or equivalent to 30 days. It is possible to enter Thailand by land, however only two crossings are authorized per year. Beyond that, a visa is required at the border post by the Thai authorities. This provision does not affect the number of journeys by air. For a permit stay without a visa, it is possible to extend it for 30 days at an Immigration Office.

Luxembourger tourists, who wish to stay longer than 30 days, have to apply for a tourist visa (single or multiple entry tourist visa) at the Thai embassy in Brussels or a Thai consulate:

  • Single Entry Tourist Visa: valid for a 3 month period for up to 60 days per entry.
  • Multiple Entry Tourist Visa: valid for a 6 month period, for up to 60 days per entry.

The length of stay mentioned on the visa is very often reduced to the crossing of the border by the immigration services. The maximum permitted date mentioned on the entry stamp and the number of entry(ies) mentioned should be carefully checked.

Since 2018, Thailand has implemented a new category of visas: the SMART VISA.
It is intended for experts, senior managers, investors, start-ups and their supporters. It opens the possibility of obtaining a visa with a validity period of up to 4 years without requiring the obtaining of an employment contract. The obligation to present to the immigration authorities is limited to once a year. Family reunification is open to spouses and children.

 
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"Visa run"
 
In order to fight against illegal immigration, the Thai authorities have put in place a new set of measures against the "visa run". This practice is to stay beyond the maximum legal duration by leaving the kingdom to a neighboring country and returning with a new visa, and as many times as necessary. The "visa-runner" will be banned entry to the territory for a period of 1 to 10 years, and will be liable to a fine of THB500 per day of time exceeding his stay, which may amount to THB20,000 maximum.
 
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Overstay
 

Since March 20, 2016, foreigners who have exceeded their authorized stay in Thailand for more than 90 days are likely to be detained pending the court judgment and the payment of a fine of up to THB 20,000 . They will be prohibited from returning to the country as indicated below:

I. In case of alien surrendering to the authorities
 
  II. In case of alien being arrested and prosecuted
     
Period of overstay   Period of banning from re-entering Thailand   Period of overstay   Period of banning from re-entering Thailand
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More than 90 days   1 year   Less than 1 year   5 years
More than 1 year   3 years   More than 1 year   10 years
More than 3 years   5 years        
More than 5 years   10 years
 
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Prohibited products on arrival in Thailand
 

Before entering Thai territory, please make sure you do not carry:

-      Prohibited goods on arrival *, including electronic cigarettes;

-      controlled or conditional products;

-      products of taxable taxes or be under under rights on-duty forward tax products;

-      products that are not in the duty-free category;

-      narcotics (beyond a 30-day use) * and/or prohibited drugs.

The importation or possession of electronic cigarettes is punishable by up to 4 years in prison.

** Authorization to request in English, at least 2 weeks prior to departure date, by sending an e-mail to the Narcotics Control Division / Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Public Health: narcotic@fda.moph.go.th

Additional information on health products can be found on the relevant page of the Thai Ministry of Public Health .

Additional information on the general customs rules for Bangkok airport is available on Suvarnabhumi airport website .

 
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Armed insurrection in the Southernmost part of the country
 
There has been a long-standing armed uprising in the four provinces of the far south of Thailand - Narathiwat, Pattani, Songhkla and Yala - where attacks and incidents are frequent. See the map below.
 

Carte provinces musulmanes du sud

 
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Travel advice on other sites
 
Travel advice on Thailand can also be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs , as well as on the following links:
 
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