Thailand Visa Photo Specifications
There are two sizes of picture that are used for Thailand visa photos. These are 4cm x 6cm and 3.5cm x 4.5cm. In this article we’ll look at which size photo is required, depending on which visa you plan to get.
Some visitors to Thailand can enter without needing any type visa. However citizens of many nations, including India and China, do require a visa in order to enjoy a vacation in Thailand. (If you aren’t sure which if you need a visa, there’s a complete list of countries and visa requirements on the Thai Government’s Consular Affairs site. )
There are two options for these tourists. They can either apply for a visa in advance at a Thai Embassy or Consulate in their own country. Or they can obtain a Visa on Arrival online (eVOA / eVisa) or at Thai Immigration when they enter the country.
It’s not only the visa fees and requirements that differ for these two types of visas used by tourists. As you have already seen a different size of Thailand visa photo is required for the two types of visa.
Photo Size For Thailand Visa on Arrival
For tourists on a short holiday the Visa on Arrival is the most popular solution. This is valid for 15 days and can be obtained on online in advance or on arrival in Thailand.
One photo, 4cm x 6cm is required for the Thailand Visa on Arrival.
The full requirements for applicants who are applying when they enter Thailand are as follows:
- Proof of funds to cover living expenses. This is set at 10,000 Baht per person or 20,000 Baht per family (or equivalent in foreign currency)
- Proof of onward or return travel. For example, your plane ticket home or to your next destination.
- Confirmation of accommodation booking in Thailand.
- A passport with at least 6 months validity.
- One photo which is 4 cm x 6 cm and has been taken within the last 6 months.
- Visa fee of 2,000 baht/person ( As of mid 2020, this fee is waived and there is no charge for the Visa on Arrival. )
Whilst it is cheaper to get your photos taken and printed before you enter Thailand, there are photo booths at Immigration points. However, it will save you money and a long time queuing, if you have your 4cm x 6cm photo to hand when you enter the country.
Thailand eVOA Photo Size
Since 2019 it has been possible for visitors who would normally obtain their Visa on Arrival upon entry to Thailand, to apply online for an eVOA ( eVisa On Arrival) This saves time filling out paperwork when arriving in Thailand. Especially if you are from India or China, as Thailand receives millions of visitors from these two countries each year and during High Season there are often long queues at Visa on Arrival counters.
Application is a simple process and is done through VFS Global – the visa processing service that handles visa applications for governments worldwide. Their website for eVisas for Thailand is : https://thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com/thailand/online/.
** SCAM ALERT – Do not apply for your Thailand eVOA or any Thai visa through any other website. Other sites that Google list in search results are agents who are simply submitting your details to VFS Global and charging you an additional fee. **
Application is a simple process and can be done from the comfort of your own home or at work. You complete an online application form and also upload a photograph. The photo required for the Thailand eVisa On Arrival is also 4cm x 6cm.
One important thing to note is that the Thailand eVOA can only be used at four international airports – Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Don Meuang Airport (DMK), Phuket Airport (HKT) and Chiang Mai Airport (CNX).
Thailand Tourist Visa Photo Size
If you are lucky enough to have more free time for your vacation and want to spend longer than 15 days exploring Thailand, you should apply for a Tourist Visa whilst in your home country.
You will need to submit two visa photos of 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm size with your completed visa application form. Please check the website of the Thai Embassy in your country for details of all requirements.
This single entry Tourist Visa is valid for up to 60 days and can also easily be extended for an additional 30 days whilst in Thailand. Please note that it can only be obtained from a Thai Embassy or Consulate. It cannot be obtained online or upon entry into Thailand.
How to Take a Visa Photo Correctly
It doesn’t matter which size visa photo you are having taken, 3.5cm x 4.5cm or 4.0cm x 6cm, you need to ensure that the photo is taken correctly. Photos should of course be colour, not black and white.
Six Steps for a Successful Visa Photograph
Face the Camera. This seems obvious, but you should face forward in your visa photo. Not glancing up, down or to the side. Ensure that your eyes are open and clearly visible. Not closed or squinting or covered by hair. Your head and shoulders should be centered in the middle of the picture. Not off to one side.
No Headgear. Remove any headgear or hat unless it is being worn for religious reasons. And even then it must not obscure your face in any way. Spectacles shouldn’t be worn. (Officially they can be worn in visa and passport photos. But as some frames and lenses will obscure the eyes, it’s better to err on the side of caution and remove your glasses before taking your visa photos.)
Head Size. Your entire head must be in the photo. In the ideal visa photograph, your face – from the top of your head to your chin will take up around 75% of the photo.
Photo Background. Your visa photo should be taken using a plain white or cream background. There shouldn’t be any furniture or obstacles visible in the background.
No Shadows. Check that the photographer has positioned the flash correctly. As your picture will be rejected if there are shadows across your face which partially hide your features.
Relax! It’s not easy to relax when you are trying to focus on having a good visa photo taken and also listening to the photographer’s directions. But try to. Your face should appear calm and stress free, so that your features are not distorted. Note that neither smiling or scowling, are permitted in visa or passport photos. Your teeth should not be visible.