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Important Reminder on Visa Waiver Program - March 28, 2016

United States begins implementation of changes to the Visa Waiver Program - January 21, 2016


The Department of State acknowledges the International Civil Aviation Authority Organization (ICAO) deadline, requiring all travelers have a machine readable passport by November 24, 2015. Please note that under U.S. law a machine readable passport is NOT required for visa issuing purposes. So long as an applicant presents a valid passport, a visa can placed in it.

Welcome to the Visa Unit’s Homepage!

Part of the Consular Section, the Visa Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Travelers born in the United States and those who hold dual citizenship with the United States must enter and depart the United States on their U.S. passports.

In this section you will find helpful information on how to apply for the appropriate visa based on the purpose of your travel to the United States. 

For specific information on visas for temporary visitors, please see our Nonimmigrant Visas section. Those who plan to travel to the United States to establish permanent residency, please consult the information in the Immigrant Visas section of this website.

The Visa Waiver Program enables citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. To find out if you qualify, please visit the Department of State's Visa Waiver Program page. Also, please note that all travelers under the Visa Waiver Program must have a valid authorization through U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel.

Questions?  Please visit our helpful visa FAQs.

Visa fee information may be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website or the US Embassy Bangkok website.


  • Forbidden Items and Entry Regulations
    Forbidden Items
    NO backpacks, suitcases, or large bags/handbags
    NO laptops, tablets or MP3 players
    NO cameras, electronic chargers and ear plugs
    More restricted items
    Only visa applicants with confirmed appointments will be granted access on to the Embassy compound. Accompanying persons are required to wait outside the Embassy entrance.
    If you fail to follow these security requirements you may face delays or cancellations to your visit.

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