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Non-Immigrant Visa-M may be granted to applicants who wish to work as a film-producer, journalist, or reporter in Thailand.

Types and Validity:

  • Single-Entry Non-Immigrant Visa-M: 90 days from the date of visa issuance. Visa holders may contact the Immigration Bureau of Thailand, after entering Thailand, for the extension of stay and re-entry permit.

Documents Requirement

  • Visa Application form(s) and photograph(s): two signed and completed Visa Application Forms dated at least 10 working days before the intended date of travel (, as well as two recent photograph(s) (size 2x2 inch).
  • 2. Passport (valid for no less than 6 months) to be submitted with a copy of the Passport
  • 3. Copy of ID Document other than Passport (for example ID Card or Driving License)
  • 4. Copy of Permanent Residence or other permit (if not a national of the country of residence)
  • 5. An Original Police Clearance Certificate (valid for no less than 6 months)
  • 6. A copy of flight ticket(s).
  • 7. Evidence of adequate finance - An original bank statement covering a period of dating back 3 months which states bank contact information and deposit with the equivalent amount of not less than ZAR 11,000
  • 8. Evidence of accommodation booking - proof of accommodation arrangement for the entire duration of the stay in Thailand.
  • 9. Copy of Yellow fever vaccination card – for applicants from or have travelled to yellow fever infected areas.
  • 10. Visa Application Fee (not include visa processing company’s fee) : Single-Entry Visa: ZAR1,200
  • 11. Other documents: as may be requested by Consular officers in addition to the documents above. Please note that Consular officers reserve the right to require additional documents, or an interview, as deemed necessary, without prior notice. The Royal Thai Embassy reserves the right not to accept any visa application whereby any required document is absent. If the above procedures are not completed, the official will not proceed with your application.

    * The Royal Thai Embassy needs formal approval from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand to issue this kind of visa to specific applicants.

    **The Royal Thai Embassy reserves the right to reject any visa application with insufficient documents or if the reasons given are not fully supported. The visa fee is non-refundable**

    All documents: Documents in languages other than Thai or English have to be translated into either Thai or English and notarised by notary organs or relevant diplomatic/consular missions.

Guidance for foreign journalists who wish to work in Thailand

1.Filing for Request

A journalist who wishes to receive permission to work in Thailand as correspondent in a representative office of a foreign news, newspaper, television or radio agency in Thailand, and who wishes to live in Thailand for up to one year or over without having to extend visa every 3 months, can file a request (together with the important documents listed under 2.) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for approval.

Please contact directly with:

1) the Press Division, Information Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 443 Sry Ayudhya Road, Bangkok 10400. Tel (662) 6435105, Fax (662) 6435106-7.

OR 2) the Royal Thai Embassy, 248 Hill Street, Cnr. Pretorius Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa (please also email the supporting documents to

2.Specific Requirements for a Media (M) Visa :

A foreign journalist must send in the following documents to the Press Division in Bangkok:

2.1 An official letter from the news agency he or she is working for to introduce the journalist to the Director-General of the Information Department and to confirm the appointment of the journalist to work in Thailand;

2.2 The journalist's resume;

2.3 Details of background, circulation, list of owner and editor(s) of the publication;

2.4 A copy of valid passport (expiry date must be no less than 6 months from the day the application is submitted to the embassy); 2.5 identity card of the journalist issued by the news agency and any other relevant documents should you feel that they will help support your application;

2.5 At least three examples of published news reports or other forms of news reports, especially those related to Thailand, that has been done in the past by the journalist in English (if it is not in English, the translation in English is necessary).

  • - For print media, we require originals of the publications in which each article has been published. Clippings or photocopies are not acceptable
  • - For television reporters, CD or DVD of the aired segments is required.
  • - For radio journalists, radio producers or other off-air personnel, CD of the programs is required.
  • - For television cameramen, producers and directors, CD or DVD of the sequence of credits of the programs containing their names.

2.6 Two photographs
Note: Other relevant documents are required if members of the journalist's family wish to accompany him/her to reside in Thailand. Eg. a copy of marriage certificate and birth certificate

2.7 Application fee of SGD $100 (CASH ONLY)

Processes and Procedures

3.1 Request directly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • - submit relevant documents to the Press Division at least 1 month prior to your date of departure for Thailand;
  • - the Ministry will seek necessary information from the respective Thai Embassies or Consulates-General where the headquarters of the journalist's news agency is located;
  • - the Press Division will schedule the journalist for an interview after receiving all the relevant information from the Embassies and Consulates-General;
  • - if the permission is granted, the Ministry will issue 3 letters of acknowledgment to the relevant governmental agencies;
  • - for the journalist who has obtained non-immigrant visa category "B", the visa will be renewed without having to leave the country; - for the journalist who has obtained visa category "TR" * must leave the country in order to obtain non-immigrant visa category "M" before reentering Thailand.

3.2 Via the Royal Thai Embassy in Pretoria - submit relevant documents at least 1 month prior to your date of departure for Thailand - contact or Tel: +27 123425470 ext. 1 after submitting the documents to make an appointment for an interview with a member of the Embassy; Embassies / Consulate-General will forward all relevant documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will notify the decision to Embassies / Consulate-General;

  • - If the permission is granted, the journalist will be issued a go-day non-immigrant visa, category "M";
  • - after arriving in Thailand, each journalist must contact the Press Division, Information Department, at the earliest occasion, to report of his/her arrival; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will issue 3 letters** of acknowledgement certifying the eligibility of the journalist.

** One of the letters is to be presented to the Department of Public Relations for the issuance of the journalist's Thai press card. The other two letters are to be presented to the One-Stop Service Centre for the application for work permit and visa as well as permit of stay extension.

Please be informed that, in all cases, it takes approximately 1 month to process the document. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and the Royal Thai Embassy in Pretoria have the right to reject any applicants who submit their request less than 1 month prior to their departure and/or have insufficient documents in support of their applications.

** If his/her visa is going to expire/has been expired while waiting for the process. It is the journalist's responsibility to obtain another valid visa.

4.Thai Press Card

A Thai Press card is the journalist's personal identification while working in Thailand and is needed in order for him/her to be able to attend official functions, press conference and briefings. The press card is usually issued within a week upon receiving your application, and must be renewed every year.

For further details regarding other required documents to apply for a Thai press card, the journalist should contact the Foreign Office, Public Relations Department (7th floor), Soi Aree, Thanon Phaholyothin 7, SamsenNai, Phayathai, Bangkok 10400, Tel: O 2618 2323 Ext. 1700, 1708-09.

5.Work Permit and One-Year Visa Extension

The One-Stop Service Center for Visas and Work Permits, located at, Rasa Tower 2, 16th Floor, 555 Phaholyothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok. Tel. 0 2937-1155, Fax: O 2937 1191, will process both the work permit and visa as well as permit of stay extension within three hours, assuming all necessary supporting documents are provided.

6.Renewal of Work Permit and Visa Extension

A journalist, who is still working with the same news agency, and wishes to renew work permit and visa, can do so by summiting the following documents:

  • 6.1 an original letter from the news agency, confirming the appointment of the journalist to work in Thailand.
  • 6.2 a copy of passport indicating name and number of passport, as well as the expiration date of the visa;
  • 6.3 a copy of the press card and work permit;
  • 6.4 An application form for media registration together with one photograph
  • 6.5 at least three samples of published news reports or other forms of news reports by the journalist (please see detail in 2.5)

Visa Fees

BLS Service Fee : ZAR455


Tourist Visa (single entry) ZAR 600.00
Transit visa (per entry) ZAR 500.00
Tourist Visa (multiple entries) ZAR 3000.00
Non-Immigrant Visa (single entry) ZAR 1200.00
Non-Immigrant Visa (multiple entries) ZAR 3000.00
Non-Immigrant B (business purpose – multiple entries) ZAR 6000.00
Long Stay (O-A) Visa (multiple entries) ZAR 3000.00
Long Stay (O-X) Visa (multiple entries) ZAR 6000.00
Long Term Resident Visa (LTR) (multiple entries) ZAR 30 000.00
SMART Visa (multiple entries) yearly ZAR 6000.00
Diplomatic, Official and Courtesy Visa ZAR 0.00
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