How To Get a Thai Visa in Colombo, Sri Lanka

By Mark Wiens 48 Comments
How to get a Thai visa in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Getting a Thai visa in Colombo, Sri Lanka is more expensive than getting a Thai visa in Savannakhet, but if you plan on turning a visa run into a trip as well, Colombo is a great option.

I just got back to Thailand after a very enjoyable trip to Sri Lanka and a hassle-less visa application process at the Thai Embassy.

How to Get a Thai Visa in Colombo, Sri Lanka

This is what you’ll need to bring:

  • Passport
  • Filled out visa application form (available at the Thai Embassy in Colombo).
  • 1 passport photo
  • 2 photocopies of passport
  • The price is 4,600 Sri Lankan Rupees ($41.75) per 2 months. A double entry visa costs 9,200 LKR ($83.48).

Unlike getting a Thai visa in Yangon, you have the option of getting a 2 month double entry in Colombo. Very convenient!

Information and Procedure

It takes 3 normal business days (4 days altogether) to get a Thai visa in Colombo.

  • Day 1: Drop off your documents and money in the morning between 9 am – 11:30 am. I arrived right at 9 am and there were only a few other people at the embassy. It took me less than 20 minutes to finish everything.
  • Day 4: Pick-up Thai visa in the afternoon from 2 pm – 3:30 pm. All you have to do is hand them your slip and they will return your passport, shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

NOTE: The visa takes 4 full business days. Example: I applied for my visa on Monday morning and picked it up on Thursday afternoon.

Photocopies

There is a small place across the street that will print and photocopy, but they are very expensive. I paid something like 50 LKR ($0.45) per page. I’d recommend getting getting photocopies and a passport photo before you get to the Thai embassy.

Thai Visa, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Thai Embassy, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Directions to the Thai Embassy in Colombo

The Thai embassy is located at the Green Lanka Building in Colombo, in the small central business district of the city.

If you are staying right in central Colombo, you might be able to walk to the embassy. If not, you can easily jump in a rickshaw or take a local Colombo bus to get there.

Address: 46/46 Nawam Mawatha 9th Floor, Green Lanka Towers, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Website: http://www.thaiembassy.org/colombo/bic/ (not very informative)

Phone Number: (9411) 230-2500-3

Here’s a map to make it easier:


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  • Ratikarn Hongsa

    3 months ago

    I’m a Thai. Work in Maldives. My passport going to be expired soon. How possibilities I can make new Thai passport in Thai Embassy in Colombo?

    Best regards,

  • INGIE BINGIE

    3 months ago

    YOU CANNOT WALK INTO THE THAI EMBASSY AND GET A VISA!!!!! YOU MUST BOOK A APPOINTMENT ONLINE NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTS AS OF FEB 2017. I READ THIS OUTDATED FORUM AND I WENT DOWN THERE AND THEY REFUSED TO ALLOW ME TO ENTER WITHOUT A BOOKING.. I RAN BACK TO MY HOSTEL AND THE SYSTEM DID NOT WORK.. I RAN BACK TO THE THAI EMBASSY AND ASKED PEOPLE TO HELP ME BOOK ON LINE AND THEY COULDNT GET APPOINTMENTS.. MY PLANE LEAVES IN 7 DAYS AND THERE IS NO BOOKING..AVAILABLE.. A COMPLETELY USELESS SYSTEM OF UNHELPFUL, COMPLETELY COULD CARE LESS INDIVIDUALS WORKING THE DOOR AT THE THAI EMBASSY IN SRI LANKA..UNABLE TO FIND A WAY TO HELP THE TOURISTS . TRY BIG LETTERS ON YOUR WEBSITE ONLY BOOKING NO WALK IN.. ABOUT 10 DAYS IN ADVANCE.

  • Meenu

    1 year ago

    Hi
    Me and my friend were planed to go thailand on aug. I was seen some comment here that the embassy need bank statement last six months which is maintain over 85,000/- balance too. I have a clarification on this. Its shoud be maintain over 85,000/- from 1st month to 6th of month? Pls if any one reply me. Thank you

    • ALDA

      1 year ago

      Nope, Final balance of 85k is enough.

      • Iynkaran

        11 months ago

        If I want visit Cambodia when I’ll be in Thailand, Is it necessary to get Double Entry Tourist Visa?

  • ALDA

    2 years ago

    Hi, Since this post is little less 4 years old you might need to consider updating with these.
    First the Staff now is Super Rude, even the short Thai dude (especially if you don’t have all the necessary documents)
    Second the place gets really crowded,
    New Address is Royal Thai Embassy Colombo, Sri lanka
    No. 29A Wijerama Mawatha,
    Colombo 07, Sri Lanka
    MAP: https://goo.gl/iveQkh

    For Sri Lankans,
    You need the following
    Company Letter stating you’re an employee and has obtained the leave for the period.(Some times they don’t ask for this, but it all depends on the mood of the person who’s handling your application)
    (Not applicable if self-employed or unemployed, but they might request a letter- So take some blank A4’s and Pen)
    Bank Statement (Savings/FD/Current/NRFI or even EPF/ETF Statement) (If not photocopies of the bank passbook and the original) – Very Strict, you need this even if you’ve been in Thailand within one year (Some times they might proceed if your visit is very recent but I wouldn’t want to take that chance) -Final Balance above Rs.85000
    Passport and a photocopy
    Two Photos
    Ticket (e-ticket or the confirmed booking confirmation) ( if e-ticket or online booking just take a print out else need a photo copy)

    And if you have any unused Thailand Visa in your passport, you need to provide a letter explaining why you couldn’t visit during the visa period.

    Passport Drop off time – 9.00 A.M to 11.00 A.M
    Like I said before, this place get super crowded quickly so try to go as early as possible.
    (I went right at 11.00 on a Monday and there was big queue and had to wait for nearly 1.5 hours)

    If you’re applying for your children or spouse (***and they don’t have their own Bank Statements) you need to take Birth/Wedding Certificates (and Photo copies)

    Visa processing takes 3 Days ( Same as above) but please check local embassy website for holidays, they don’t work on both Sri Lankan and Thailand public holidays.

    For foreigners I believe
    Ticket, Photos and the passport is enough 😀 (as long as your not a PR holder or Citizen of Sri Lanka)

    • sesi

      1 year ago

      can we apply for visa on monday if we are planning to fly on saturday
      will the 5 working days tally with it

  • william lam

    2 years ago

    Sorry! 02 passport photos not 01.

  • william lam

    2 years ago

    Could you tell me how long you have not update ?
    I am right now in Colombo, grasps all your information feel confidence. When I get there. Big surprise!! They move out year ago?!! A driver asking peoples around, finally I get there but to late to do those work! one day is gone!
    Please changes those news information!
    In the application form they request 02 photographs not 01.

    Royal Thai Embassy Colombo, Sri lanka

    No. 29A Wijerama Mawatha,

    Colombo 07, Sri Lanka

    Tel. 00 94 11 7529 500 -3
    Fax. 00 94 11 7529 504
    E-mail : [email protected]
    Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/RTEColombo

  • mms

    2 years ago

    how many days will it go to get a visa

  • Deeptha

    3 years ago

    Hi 🙂 I’m a official passport holder from Sri Lanka.Is it possible to get an on-arrival visa from Thailand? I’m coming for a conference

  • Roshan

    3 years ago

    what is the price of visit visa of USA in LKR?

  • Abeysinghe

    4 years ago

    Kindly inform me the process of getting double entry tourist visas to Thailand.

    Best regards

  • jack

    4 years ago

    Cheers for the great info (as always!)
    1. Do they request in and out confirmed flight bookings ?
    2. Do they offer double entry tourist visas ? these days ?
    Cheers,
    Jack

  • Indika

    4 years ago

    even though you keep calling hours to Thai embassy in Sri Lanka,
    they don’t answer the phone,
    but generally,
    Thai people are very freindly.. ha ha

    • Mike

      4 years ago

      How soon after you receive the visa do you have to enter Thailand?

  • amila

    4 years ago

    im a sri lankan citizen

  • amila

    4 years ago

    may i know how much should we have in the bank statement, if requires.. thanks!!

  • Al J

    4 years ago

    I wasn’t asked for any banking info…
    They’ll be a sign at the counter stating that you have to be a resident or citizen of Sri Lanka, but just ignore that.
    Regards

  • Al J

    4 years ago

    Fyi – you MUST have 2 passport photos, not 1 … I just handed in my passport For the 60 day multiple entry visa 1 hour ago in Colombo.

  • I Rowel

    4 years ago

    Hi

    I’m looking for a place to stay for two weeks in Thailand. Please send me information.

  • Warana

    4 years ago

    Hello.,
    I have visited Thailand once. And I want to know is it mandatory to provide bank statements to obtain visa??

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Warana, are you from Sri Lanka? I’m really not sure. I’m American, and for myself I don’t need to provide any bank statements.

      • Sarah

        4 years ago

        Does anyone know the requirements and the time it takes for getting a non-immigrant business visa for Thailand in Colombo?

      • I Rowel

        4 years ago

        Hi Wiens

        I’m looking for a place to stay for two weeks in Thailand. Please send me information. Additionally if you are in Thailand , then, may I have your contact details.

    • Chinthaka

      4 years ago

      If you have visited once, you can get VISA without bank statement when you apply within one year from the date of last entry to Thailand. .

      For the first timer or if you revisit after 1 year you have to show a bank statement / Fixed Deposit Certificate / current account statement and you should have over Rs. 80,000/- in the accounts. This is for Sri lankans.

      • Mark Wiens

        4 years ago

        Great, thank you so much for sharing Chinthaka!

  • Cham

    4 years ago

    Hi,
    Is it mandatory to provide bank statements and company letter to obtain a visa?

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Cham,
      I’m not an expert, but I can tell you that I didn’t need a bank statement. It could depend on your passport, so be sure check your own requirements on the official site.
      Good luck with everything,
      Mark

  • INDUNIL

    5 years ago

    how can get a visa for sri lankans to travell to cambodia is it posible to apply from thailand embassy in sri lanka.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Indunil, I think you’ll have to go to the Cambodian embassy.

  • chaminda

    5 years ago

    Thanks very much !
    highly appreciate for this information
    only one information can we pay by LKR ?
    thanks lot in this info !

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hi Chaminda, yes, I paid with LKR for my visa. All the best!

  • bunz

    5 years ago

    thanks a bunch!!!! so helpful. i with the consulate was as informative as you.

  • Dewi

    5 years ago

    Hi… I’ve been trying to contact the Embassy but no one pick up the phone. My boss is going to Bangkok next month and lives in Maldives. Apparently the consulate in Male can not help issuing the visa for Egyptian. Do you know if the documents can be sent via courier? or email maybe.
    If can…it is much easier. or do you have other contact numbers?

    Thanks for the info.

  • Charles

    5 years ago

    Very helpful info and thanks for posting. the number of days out takes is very helpful.curious about the fee. Is it the same no matter what country you are from? I will be applying in Feb 2012, and hoping that Thailand will be providing free tourist visas then to stir up tourism after floods. however, each embassy sets their own rates regardless?

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Great that this is helpful Charles! It would be nice if Thailand reduced the fees for tourist visas again! Anyway, in Sri Lanka the price was higher than most places I’ve gotten a Thai tourist visa – but still worth it. I think that some of the Thai embassies have a few different policies so the prices vary.

      • Joe

        3 years ago

        THANKS MARK!
        You sure are a seasoned traveller and seem to have details about Thai visas and related stuff . . . GREAT!
        Do they have any visa restrictions in Colombo for any particular countries?
        I have a US passport, while my wife holds a Pakistani passport, hence my question.
        Thanks Mark.
        Joe

        • Mark Wiens

          3 years ago

          Hey Joe, I’m really not sure about a Pakistani passport, but for a US passport I had no problems. All the best.

    • Shyamali Sumanasekara

      3 years ago

      we will go to Malaysia. we hope to go to Thailand. do we need visa to enter Thailand? very helpful if you answer me.

      many thanks.

      • Mark Wiens

        3 years ago

        Hello Shyamali, are you from Sri Lanka? You’ll have to search for your specific passport. Hope you have a wonderful trip to Thailand.

  • zroob

    5 years ago

    we just did the same proccess!
    another tip: they asked us to bring copies of ingoing and outgoing flight tickets, but we have no out-flying ticket, since we are going to Laos by land. So we had to write them a letter with our tour-plan and hand it with the passport.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      That’s an awesome tip, thanks so much for sharing!

      • khairul

        4 years ago

        Hi,

        Myself khairul iam bangladeshi passport holder currently live in maldives planing to

        visit thailand for a week.

        Please let me know what r thai tourist visa requirement for bangladeshi passport,

        Holder it well very helpful if you answer me,
        .
        Many Thanks,

        khairul,