VISAS, ENTRY RULES, CUSTOMS REGULATIONS in Thailand
Since March 24, 2007, Russian citizens can travel to Thailand for tourism purposes for up to 30 days without a visa.
When applying for a visa in Moscow, the following documents are required:
– a passport valid for at least 6 months from the end of the trip;
– one photo taken no later than 6 months ago from the date of submission of documents, size 3 by 4 or 4 by 6 (color or black and white);
– a photocopy of all pages of the internal passport;
– a certificate from the place of work (for students and apprentices – from the place of study) on letterhead indicating the salary and position held;
– A completed application form.
For children who have their own passport, the same documents are required as for an adult. If the child is included in the passport of the parents, then his photo is attached to the questionnaire next to the photo of the parents. In any case, the child will be charged the cost of the visa.
The consular fee is $25. The term for issuing a visa is 7 days, the validity period is 2 months of stay with a corridor of 3 months.
When departing from Thailand, you must pay an airport tax of 500 baht, when departing on domestic lines – about 40 baht.
You can import 1 liter of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, one photo or video camera, 5 films for the camera into the country duty-free. Prohibited for the import of pornography and drugs; drug smugglers in Thailand are sentenced to death. The importation of firearms and ammunition can only be carried out with a permit issued by the Police Department and local registration authorities. The import of foreign currency is not limited (if the imported amount exceeds 10 thousand, you must fill out a declaration), national – no more than 2 thousand baht.
From Thailand it is forbidden to export images of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas or their fragments (except for neck medallions), gold bars, precious stones, platinum jewelry, stamps. To export antiques or works of art, whether they are originals or reproductions, you must obtain an export license from the Department of Fine Arts. Export of imported foreign currency is not limited, national – no more than 500 baht.
Embassy in Thailand
Thailand, embassy in Moscow
st. Bolshaya Spasskaya, 9.
Phones: 208-08-17, 208-08-56.
Fax: 290-96-59, 207-53-43
telephones: 961-20-66, 961-20-67
Thailand, Russian Embassy in the country:
10500, 108 Sathorn Road, Bangkok, Thailand.
Phones: + (66) (2) 234-98-24, 234-20-12, 258-06-28, 237-84-88
Communication in Thailand
You can call from hotels or pay phones. A call from the hotel will cost more. Payphones work on cards. Red pay phones are for local calls, blue ones are for long distance calls within Thailand, green ones are for international calls. Tariffs for telephone conversations are quite high, a phone card worth about 250 baht is enough for 3-4 minutes of a conversation with Russia. The cheapest way to make an international phone call is to call from the public telephone center, which is usually located inside or near the main post office and is open daily from approximately 7 am to 10 pm (in Bangkok and Chiang Mai around the clock). If you call between 9 pm and 5 am, you will receive a 33 percent discount on basic rates. Owners of mobile phones can use them in Thailand if the company with which they have an agreement provides roaming in this country. The standard is the GSM system with a frequency of 900 MHz and digital PCN with a frequency of 1800 MHz.
In order to call from Thailand to Russia, you need to dial 001 + 7 (Russian code) + area code + phone number.
In order to call from Russia to Thailand, you need to dial 8 + 10 + 66 (Thailand code) + area code + phone number.
Emergency Phones in Thailand
Police – 191, 123
Tourist Police – 1155, 1699, 282-11-43, 280-17-44 (fax)
Tourist Police Center – 65-217-216
Emergencies – 191
Fire Department – 199
Ambulance – 252-2171…5.
HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
January 1 – New Year
February – Makha Puja – the first day of the full moon in the third month of the lunar calendar. National holiday associated with events in the history of Buddhism
April 6 – Chakri Dynasty Day
April 12-14 – Songkran – Thai New Year holiday
May 1 – Labor Day
May 5 – Coronation Day
May – Visakha Puja – the first day of the full moon in the sixth month of the lunar calendar. National holiday associated with events in the history of Buddhism (Birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha)
July – Asaha Puja – the first day of the full moon in the eighth month of the lunar calendar. National holiday associated with events in the history of Buddhism
August 12 – Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen
October 23 – Memorial Day of King Rama V (Chulalongkorn)
December 5 – Birthday of His Majesty the King
December 10 – Constitution Day
December 31 – New Year’s Eve
In Thailand, you can not drink tap water.
Thailand is based on the Buddhist Era (B.E.), which began 543 years earlier than the Christian Era, so 2004 AD is 2547 B.E.
According to thembaprograms, shops are open from 8.00 to 20.00. Thailand has a system of small department stores “Seven-Eleven”, which operate around the clock on weekdays and holidays.
A tip of US$1.5-2 is usually given to porters, taxi drivers, and hotel staff who provide good service. In restaurants where services are not included in the bill, tips are 10-15 percent of the order.
There are hospitals and clinics with qualified personnel in all tourist and provincial centers. In case of emergency, an ambulance can be called from any private hospital. Treatment is paid, but, with the exception of a few privileged hospitals, the prices are very low. Doctors speak English, and the level of service is often much better than in Russian hospitals.
When obtaining a visa, those departing to Thailand are not required to present an insurance policy, however, it can be advised to insure against accidents, illnesses, etc. An international medical insurance policy for the period of the trip can be obtained from any insurance company or travel agency. The insurance policy, as a rule, does not provide for the treatment of chronic diseases, as well as the provision of dental care. If you have used medical services, you must pay the bill in cash, and upon returning to Russia, receive compensation from the relevant insurance company (upon presentation of an invoice for the medical service provided). If there is a need for any medicines, they can be purchased at all pharmacies in Thailand; and in this country, almost all medicines are sold without a prescription.
There are no mandatory vaccinations when traveling to Thailand. It is recommended to be vaccinated against hepatitis A, B, typhoid, diphtheria, tetanus, rabies, when traveling from April to October – against Japanese encephalitis. Malaria occurs in the northernmost regions and in the mountains.