Plan for your Visa and Flight
To ensure a smooth arrival and stay in Thailand, it is critical to identify whether you need to apply for a visa before visiting. Visa on arrival or visa exemption is available to certain nationalities. On the other hand, other nations must get a Visa from a Thai embassy or consulate before traveling. Please remember that your stay in the country should be at most the days allowed by law. Furthermore, at the time of travel, you and your companion must have all the travel documents required by the Thai government.
We offer online consultations with an associated doctor’s fee. You can schedule an online consultation date through our international CRM team.
Types of Visa
1. Visa exemption
Some countries are qualified for visa exemption, which permits them to stay in Thailand for up to 30 days. The list of countries whose residents are eligible for Visa exemption (30-day tourist visa) can be found on the Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
If your nationality is included in the Visa Exemption Program, you can arrange your trip without any formalities at the Thai consulate or Thai Embassy in your country. When you arrive at Bangkok International Airport, you will be given a stamp on your passport indicating that you can remain in Thailand for up to 30 days. If you need to stay longer than 30 days for prolonged healing, you can extend your 30-day visa exemption for only seven days at an immigration office in Thailand for 1,900 Baht.
2. Tourist Visa
The tourist visa generally permits a 60-day stay in Thailand, and some people prefer to get this type of visa to stay in Thailand for longer than one month. If the Visa Exemption Program does not cover your nationality, you must apply for a Tourist Visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate-General.
You can also apply for a Medical Tourist Visa (MT), which permits you to stay in Thailand for up to 60 days. If you intend to use this type of visa, please get in touch with us at least three months before your operation date to request a Letter of Appointment and a copy of the hospital registration certificate, as you need to attach these documents to your application.
Other documents that you need to prepare for the Visa Application
Passport or travel document having a validity period of at least six months
Completed Visa Application Form
One recent 4 x 6 cm photo
Round-trip air ticket or e-ticket (full payment)
Financial evidence that you can fund your travel and stay in Thailand
Booking confirmation for your accommodation throughout your stay
3. Visa on Arrival
The Visa on Arrival permits a 15-day stay and is available to nationals of several countries not included in the Visa exemption program. However, it is not suggested for patients who come to have complex surgery, such as complete facial feminization or gender affirming surgery, due to insufficient recuperation time.
Those who plan to stay longer or modify their visa type must apply for approval at the Office of Immigration Bureau at Government Center B, Chaengwattana Soi 7, Laksi, Bangkok 10210. Please note that the Immigration officer has sole authority over the extension of stay and the modification of visa type.
Visa Extension Assistance
If you need to stay in Thailand for a more extended period and cannot file for a visa extension on your own, we can do so on your behalf for an additional price of 8,000 THB, which includes the visa fee. The application for visa extension must be completed before your current visa or permit to stay expires.
Book your flight and your stay at WIH Post Surgery Accommodation (WIH-PSA)
Before booking your flight, you need to consult with us regarding the appropriate length of stay in Thailand, depending on the surgery type.
The required stay is three weeks for major or multiple facial or body surgery. In contrast, for complex surgeries like gender affirming surgery, the necessary stay should be no less than four weeks.
It is necessary to arrive 3-4 days before surgery for the preoperative consultation with your surgeon, preoperative investigations, or bowel cleansing (if required).
You must provide your roundtrip flight itinerary so we can arrange airport pick-up and book your room(s) for your stay at WIH Post Surgery Accommodation (WIH-PSA)