Upon arrival in Thailand, foreign citizens must hold a valid passport with at least six months validity, a valid Thai visa, and proof on onward travel. However, visitor from ASEAN or Western countries, including most European, Commonwealth, and North American citizens, are not required to have a Thai visa for visits less than 30 days in Thailand. They will be granted access through Thailand immigration with a 30 Thai visa waiver, provided upon arrival. After such time, a Thai visa extension from an immigration office or a Thailand visa from an embassy or consulate outside of Thailand is required. Immigration policies are subject to change: check with a Thai Embassy or Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en for the latest information.
Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter the Kingdom of Thailand is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General. However, nationals of certain countries do not require a visa if they meet visa exemption requirements.
List of visa exempted Nationals:
|United States of America||United Arab Emirates||Czech Republic||Hungary|
Bangkok is a major Southeast Asian air hub, and dozens of airlines fly regularly between the Thai capital and Europe, Asia, the USA and Australia. Thailand’s national carrier is Thai Airways International (THAI;www.thaiairways.com), which also operates a number of domestic air routes. Foreign conference participants are advice to book their flights to either to the main international airport Suvarnabhumi or to Don Muang Airport. It is strongly recommended that participants should arrive Bangkok one day prior to the conference as well as depart Bangkok the day after the conference.
From Suvarnabhumi Airport, participants could easily get to the city center by taking either Airport Rail Link serviced at the basement or Taxi on the 1st floor, Gates 4 and 7 of the platform of passenger terminal.
For more information of the Airport Rail Link: Please see http://www.srtet.co.th
Taxi fare from the Suvarnabhumi Airport: Fare charged according to the distance traveled plus a fee of 50 Baht airport surcharge, and expressway fees.
Thailand has several airlines – full service and low cost – competing on a large network of domestic routes. All of those listed here also fly regional international routes. THAI Smile, Nok Air and Air Asia are budget airlines, Thai Airways provides full service and Bangkok Airways is somewhere in between. Conference participants from outside of Bangkok are recommended to arrive Bangkok one day prior to the conference as well as depart Bangkok the day after the conference.
Bangkok has probably the most diverse modes of transportation, ranging from motorcycle taxi to the family sized taxi, from underground to sky train. But traffic jams in Bangkok cannot be underestimated. Therefore, we advise you to allow some extra time to commute from one place to another.