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  • 1. Basic Information about SMART Visa
  • The SMART Visa is a new type of visa designed to attract highly skilled manpower and investors to help accelerate the development of the country’s targeted industries. SMART Visa is offered to foreign experts, executives, entrepreneurs and investors who wish to enter into the Kingdom of Thailand to work or to invest in the following “S-Curve industries” or the country’s targeted industries.

  • 2. Types of Smart Visa
  • The following categories of Smart Visa will be allocated to Smart Visa applicants, depending on the purpose or activity that foreigners wish to conduct in the Kingdom of Thailand.

    Category Purpose
    T Talent
    I Investor
    E Executive
    S Startup
    O Spouse and legal childern of Smart Visa holders

    Further details about eligible applicants in each category are available at

  • 3. Benefits and Privileges of SMART Visa
  • These benefits include:
    (1) Visa validity up to 4 years (instead of the usual 1 year)
    (2) No requirement of work permit
    (3) Extension of reporting of stay to Immigration Bureau – from every 90-day to every year
    (4) The right of legal dependents (spouse and children who are over 18 years of age) of the SMART Visa holder to live and work in Thailand equivalent to SMART visa holder (only for SMART Visa holder in Talent category).

  • 4. Application Procedures
  • The applicants for Smart Visa must have qualifications according to the criteria specified by the office of the Board of Investment. Their qualifications will be verified by relevant agencies. After technical and non-technical endorsements have been obtained, the Smart Visa unit will then proceed to issue a letter of qualification endorsement which the applicant will bring to the Royal Thai Embassies or Royal Consulates (in case of residing overseas) or the Immigration Bureau at the One Stop Center for Visas and Work Permits or EEC Labour Administration Center in Chonburi in order to file for Smart Visa.

    • 4.1 Procedures for Qualification Endorsement Application
    • (1) Register for online qualification endorsement application for Smart Visa on and activate an online account through a confirmation e-mail.

      (2) Complete an application form for the type of Smart Visa you wish to apply (T, I, E, S, and O if any) and make sure that you have a PDF version of the required documents you will need to upload and submit after the application form and required documents are all uploaded. By completing the online application, you confirm that you have read, understood and accepted the qualification endorsement requirements.

      (3) After completing the online application, submit an application package (paper package) via airmail or in person either to Smart Visa Unit at One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit (OSS) located at Chamchuri Square Building.

      (4) Within 30 working days after having received complete documents, OSS will notify the applicant, the Immigration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the relevant agencies of the result of qualification endorsement application.

      (5) The qualified applicant can then proceed with applying for Smart Visa issuance at one of the following places, within 60 days from issuance date of the endorsement letter, which will be used as one of the supporting documents for application.

      § The Royal Thai Embassies/The Royal Thai Consulate Generals (in case of residing overseas)

      § One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit (OSS), Chamchuri Square Building, Bangkok

      § EEC Labour Administration Center in Chonburi.

    • 4.2 Procedures for visa issuance at the Royal Thai Embassy, Pretoria
    • * These procedures are the qualified applicants with residence in South Africa and Embassy’s accredited countries only *

      (1) After receiving Smart Visa result via email, please inform the Smart Visa Unit via email at that you plan to receive Smart Visa at the Royal Thai Embassy, Pretoria at least one month in advance before the tentative date of flight to enter Thailand

      (2) Your notification letter will be forwarded to your selected Royal Thai Embassy/ConsulateGeneral via Telex by the Department of Consular Affairs in Bangkok. When this is done, you will be informed by Smart Visa unit via email. This process normally takes around 7-14 working days.

      (3) Directly contact the Royal Thai Embassy, Pretoria at to make an appointment for Smart Visa issuance as soon as possible and inquire about the required documents since each embassy reserves the right to request additional documents.

Documents Requirement

  • Passport or travel document, to be submitted with a copy of passport or travel document
  • Valid notification Letter from the Board of Investment to the Royal Thai Embassy, Pretoria
  • * The notification letter remains valid within 60 days from the issuance date and can be collected from Smart Visa Unit

    SMART Visa Extension

    Smart Visa holders wishing to extend their Smart Visas must apply for a renewal of qualification endorsement at One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit (OSS) at least 60 days before its expiry for the Smart Visa unit to follow the abovementioned endorsement process. Upon receiving an endorsement letter, foreigners can then have their Smart Visa renewed at the Immigration at One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit (OSS) or at EEC Labour Administration Center in Chonburi.

    Reporting Requirement

    Smart Visa holders must report the address of current residence to the Immigration at One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit (OSS) or at EEC Labour Administration Center in Chonburi on a yearly basis, counting from the date of receiving permission to stay in Thailand. This can be done 15 days before or 7 days after the due date.

    However, in the case of re-entering the Kingdom, the report is due in one year from the date of the latest arrival. In addition, Smart Visa holders must also report their current status to the Smart Visa Unit at One Stop Center for Visas and Work Permits on a yearly basis from the issuance date of Smart Visa.

    Contact for SMART Visa

    Unit One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit (OSS)
    18th Floor, Chamchuri Square Building,
    Chamchuri Square Building, Phayathai Road
    Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
    Tel: +66 2 209 1109 -1110

Visa Fee: ZAR6,000 (1 year)
ZAR12,000 (2 year)
ZAR18,000 (3 year)
ZAR24,000 (4 year)

Criteria and Conditions Acknowledgement Form 8%81%E0%B8%87%E0%B8%AA%E0%B8%B8%E0%B8%A5/Visa_Forms/Criteria_and_Con ditions_Acknowledgement_Form_(SMART_VISA).pdf

SMART Visa English Version 8%81%E0%B8%87%E0%B8%AA%E0%B8%B8%E0%B8%A5/Visa_Forms/Smart_Visa_Engl ish_Version.pdf

SMART Visa Poster 8%81%E0%B8%87%E0%B8%AA%E0%B8%B8%E0%B8%A5/Visa_Forms/SMART_Visa_P oster.pdf

SMART Visa Thai Version 8%81%E0%B8%87%E0%B8%AA%E0%B8%B8%E0%B8%A5/Visa_Forms/Smart_Visa_%E0 %B8%A0%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%A9%E0%B8%B2%E0%B9%84%E0%B8%97%E0%B8%A 2.pdf

BOI Brochure 8%81%E0%B8%87%E0%B8%AA%E0%B8%B8%E0%B8%A5/Visa_Forms/BOI-brochure.pdf

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 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.

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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