How to Get a Thai Tourist Visa in Hong Kong

Note: The period for obtaining a free 60-day tourist visa for Thailand ended on February 28th, 2017. As of March 1st, 2017, fees for 60-day tourist visas for Thailand are in effect at all Thai embassies and consulates worldwide.

April 2018 Update: After 3 consecutive in-and-out border runs in Thailand, I went to the Hong Kong Thai embassy to apply for a proper 60 day Tourist Visa – and was interrogated heavily. I was asked what I was doing in Thailand for so long (I work online), and was asked to show a bank statement, or they would not process my visa application. It seems Thai immigration is getting tougher these days for those of us doing non-stop tourist visas. However, for those of you applying for your first, second, or even third Tourist Visa,  Non-B (work visa) or Non-O (marriage or retirement visa), you should still have no problem applying in Hong Kong and I continue to recommend it.

If you are in Hong Kong ahead of traveling to Thailand, or you’re a long-term expat looking for an alternative visa run location, I highly recommend applying for your 60 day tourist visa in Hong Kong. I have done the Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Vientiane visa runs several times and the Hong Kong Consulate is by far the quickest, most convenient, and least crowded location of them all. Although the flight may be slightly more expensive, if you have exhausted the prior three locations, make a mini vacation out of it and head to Hong Kong!

The Thai Consulate in Hong Kong is located at the Fairmont House on Hong Kong Island. They are open weekdays from 9:30am – 12:30pm and the current tourist visa fee is 300 HK dollars. Before deciding on this consulate, be 100% sure that they are not closed due to a Thai or Hong Kong public holiday. You can check the consulate’s holidays for 2018 here.

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To start with, you’ll need to take the MTR to the Admiralty station on Hong Kong island.

Take Exit B. It is the absolute closest exit regardless of what any subway attendant might tell you. Walk up the stairs and immediately turn left. In a few meters you’ll see as in the photo above these steps which lead to the main entrance of the Lippo Centre Shopping Mall. Go to the far right entrance and walk through the doors.

You’ll immediately see this escalator straight ahead and the copy shop on your right. The copy shop is super convenient if you still need to make copies of your passport or other supporting documents for your visa. If not, proceed straight up the escalator and immediately turn to your right.

You will see a 7-11 and glass double doors directly ahead of you. Walk through the doors and follow the footpath until you see this coffee/gelato shop and turn left.

Thai Tourist Visa Hong Kong

Cross this walking bridge and turn left at the end to reach the Fairmont House.

Walk inside and you will see the main directory of the building. The Thai Consulate is on Floor 8F. The elevator you’ll need to take is on the left side.

Once inside, visit the receptionist and take a number on the inside of the main room on your left.

I arrived at about 10:30 on a Thursday morning. There was only 1 other person applying for a tourist visa and I was called up within 3 minutes! After paying, I was given my receipt and all was done. I spent an entire 5 minutes at the consulate. The next day, Friday, was no different. I was in and out in less than 5 minutes. For those who have done visa runs elsewhere, I’m sure you can relate to my utter disbelief!

To conclude, if you want a totally painless Thai tourist visa, Hong Kong is the place to rest easy!


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  1. Hi – May I ask if you need to have a photocopy of the passport page of the last HK visit with the stamp?

    I saw it in the consulate website and since I will be heading straight to the consulate to catch before the 12.30 closing time, I am worried about looking for the photocopy service to do the last page

    Do they have such service at the consulate office? Or is it really required in the first place?

    This is the exact wording from the website

    2. A copy of main pages of a passport including the last arrival Hong Kong stamp.

    • Hey Victor, I definitely did not provide a copy of my last HK arrival stamp. Perhaps the requirements have changed since I last went though I believe you will be fine. Please comment again with what happens as I would like to know myself!

  2. Hi Craig !
    Very interesting informations, thanks !
    Did you provide them a copy of a confirmed air ticket to leave Thailand?
    Because as a long-term expat in Thailand, I could not provide them this.

  3. Hi Will! I did not provide this for them in the past though I am aware they are becoming much more strict! However, if you have a Non-B or Non-O visa (not a tourist visa), then they should not ask you for that.

  4. Hello, I’m holding British (Overseas) passport and shared the similar records that had several land visa-runs and until the latest flight back to Bangkok from Yangon, the immigration staff asked me what am I doing in Thailand and interogated me a bit before chopping another 30-day visa free stamp.

    In such case, I have bought air ticket to HK by early July and will apply for a METV with 6-month validaity, will I be successful? or better I should rather apply for a 60-day tourist visa? Another question is that the listed requirements are to show the go-and-return tickets to/from Thailand, is it necessary? Please let me know, many thanks!

    • Hello Johan, in my opinion, if you were interrogated upon your last entry into Thailand, I would highly recommend having as many supporting documents as possible when going to the Hong Kong consulate in July. You should be able to do the METV, but definitely have your itinerary of departing/returning flights to/from Thailand. I was also asked to show my latest bank statement to show evidence of sufficient funds, so I also definitely recommend you bring that with you as well. The more documentation, the better!

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