Travel Information

Useful Phone Number

  • Tourist Police 1155 (English, French and German spoken)
  • Tourist Service Center 1672
  • Telephone Directory Assistance 1133
  • Thailand Yellow Pages 1188
  • Highway Police 1193
  • Tourism Authority of Thailand 1672 (TAT)
  • Immigration Bureau +66 (0)2 287 3101 to 10
  • Suvarnabhumi International Airport +66 (0)2 132 1888
  • Don Mueang International Airport +66 (0)2 535 1192
  • Thai Airways 1566
  • Bangkok Taxi Call Center 1681, 1661, +66 (0)2 424 2222

Emergency Phone Number

  • Police: 191
  • Fire: 199
  • Ambulance: 1554
  • Bumrungrad International (emergency): +66 (0)2 667 2999
  • Siriraj Hospital +66 (0)2 419 7000
  • Samitivej Sukhumvit Ambulance Hotline: +66 (0)2 712 7007
  • Bangkok Hospital emergency room: +66 (0)2 310 3102
Tourists from many countries (including the US, UK, Germany, France and Singapore) do not require a visa when entering Thailand and can stay for a duration of 30-days. In many of these countries (including the US, UK, Australia, Germany, France and Singapore) you can apply for a 60-day tourist visa before you leave. If you hold a Brazilian, Peruvian or South Korean passport, you are exempted from visa requirements and are permitted to enter and stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 90 days.

Citizens of some other countries are required to apply for a 15-day visa at immigration checkpoints on arrival, while others must apply for one before they leave. It all depends on the particular visa arrangement Thailand has with your home country. The best way to find out is to check with either the Thai Immigration Bureau or the Thai Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Coming to Thailand for business is a whole different story. Check out the Legalities section of our Business Essentials Guide for information about the visas necessary for those looking to work or gain employment here.
Refund methods
For tourist purchases not exceeding 30,000 baht, refunds will be made in cash, i.e. Thai baht, by bank draft or credit to your credit card account. For purchases exceeding 30,000 baht, the refund will be made by bank draft or credit to your credit card account.

Vat Refund conditions
  • Goods must be purchased from stores displaying the "VAT REFUND FOR TOURISTS" sign.
  • Goods must take out of Thailand with the traveler within 60 days from the date of purchase.
  • Goods must be purchased at least 2,000 baht (VAT included) per day per store.
  • On the purchasing date, tourists must present Passport and ask the sales assistant to issue the VAT Refund Application for Tourists form (P.P.10) with the original tax invoices.
  • Tourists must present the goods and VAT Refund Application for Tourists form (P.P.10) with original tax invoices to a Customs officer for inspection before check-in.
  • In case of luxury goods (jewelry, gold, ornaments, watches, glasses, and pens of which the value is over 10,000 baht), the tourist is required to hand carry and show the goods again at the VAT Refund for Tourists Office, after passing the immigration checkpoint.
  • Tourists can claim a VAT refund at the VAT Refund for Tourists Counter at an international airport, or drop the documents into the box in front of the VAT Refund for Tourists office, or mail the documents to the Revenue Department of Thailand.
  • January 1st - New Year
  • January 25th - Chinese New Year
  • February 10th - Makha Bucha Day
  • April 6th - Chakri Day
  • April 13th - 15th - Songkarn Day
  • May 6th - Visakha Bucha Day
  • May 21st - Royal Ploughing Ceremony
  • July 5th - Asahna Bucha Day
  • July 28th - King Birthday
  • August 12th - Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday
  • October 13th - Passing of His Majesty the Late King
  • October 23rd - Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
  • October 10th - Constitution Day
  • December 25th - Christmas Day
  • Decebmer 31st - New Year Eve