Johnny and I got our Thailand Tourist Visa from Portland, Oregon.
We also looked into getting our visas from St. Louis or Los Angeles as getting it from those two cities would’ve been closer to our time of departure from US and would’ve extended our total time of stay in Thailand for about a month, but we found out that the process in Portland was the easiest and the most hassle-free.
Mary Wheeler, the Consular Assistant, was the one who helped us with our application and was fantastic. We were in and out in less than 30 minutes, she answered all our questions about going overseas, and made the whole process a breeze.
Here’s what you need to do to get a Thailand Tourist Visa:
- Get Your Form: Download or pick up your visa form from the Royal Thai Consulate office.
- Choose Your Visa Type: For tourist visas, you can choose the 60 Day or the 6-Month Multiple Entry Visa.(*Note: We contemplated over which tourist visa to get and ended up getting the Multiple Entry Tourist Visa and we’re really glad we did! The 6 months went by in a blink of an eye and having to get another visa each 60 days would’ve been a big pain. If you’re thinking about a longer term travel/stay in Thailand, definitely get the multiple entry over the single entry. Also, if you are planning on staying in Thailand for less than 30 days, you won’t need to apply for a Tourist Visa. You get an automatic 30 Day visa upon arrival (for US Citizens)).
- Fill Out the Form: Fill out sections 1, 2, and 3 of your Visa Application Form.
- Get Your Photos: You’ll need 2 passport sized photos per visa. U.S. passport photo size is 2 inches x 2 inches. (*Tip: You can get passport photos taken at your local post office, many of the independent mailbox stores, drug stores, and FedEx stores offer this service as well.)
- Fees: 60 Day Tourist Visa is $40USD and the 6 Month Multiple Entry Tourist Visa is $200USD. They take Cash or Money Order. NO PERSONAL CHECKS.
- Turn in Your Application: Go to or mail in your application to the Royal Thai Consulate in Portland, Ore.
Location of Thai Consulate Office:
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. No appointment necessary.
- Double Check Open Hours: Make sure you check the office hours especially for the day you intend on going. Also check their holidays list on their website. The first time we went, we didn’t realize they close at 11:30AM and couldn’t get any visa processing done. Yep. 11:30AM is when they close. Not the normal office hours you’d expect.
- Pick the Right Type of Visa for Your Needs: Are you applying for a tourist visa? if so, will you need a 60 days or 6 months visa? Will you be working in Thailand? Are you going to be staying with a spouse who will be working in Thailand? or Will you be retiring in Thailand? There are multiple types of visas available, so ask to make sure you are applying for the right type of visa.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to apply for your visa. Assume that you may have to go back a second or even a third time to get the processing done. You don’t want to procrastinate, then find out that you forgot one piece of information or that the office was closed and you can’t get your visa in time for your trip.
Good luck with your visa and happy travels!!! 🙂