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#1 zachary


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Posted 13 October 2014 - 05:35 AM

Hey everyone, Google failed me to show exact information on how to apply for a Thai tourist visa as a US Citizen in Manila. So i am going through the motions and here is all the information you need.


As said in this thread:


The address to the Royal Thai Embassy in Manila is:


Royal Thai Embassy

107 Thailand (Rada) Street, Legaspi Village

Makati City, Metro Manila, The Philippines

Tel. (632) 815-4219-20 (but the number that got me through best was 02-815-3833)

Fax. (632) 815-4221

Link: http://www.thaiembas...nsular-services


They only take applications on Monday - Friday from 9:30am til 12noon


You need to have.

1. your passport

2. 2 passport size pictures

3. your tourist visa application

4. your hotel print out. If you are staying with friend/gf/family then you need an invitation letter from that person, with their thai government issued id card or passport and signature. (look below for example of an invitation letter)

5. your flight to Thailand and out of Thailand.

6. bank statement showing at least 20k baht or more

7. 1450 pesos for single entry tourist visa application fee


Here is an example of an invitation letter: (it must be made out towards "Royal Thai Embassy Manila", must have persons name and signature whoever is "inviting" you, and the address that you'll be staying)


Dear Thai Embassy Manila,
This letter is to support the request for a tourist visa for my boyfriend Mr. YOUR NAME.
He will be staying with me at my condominium at :
(put the address here)
Yours Sincerely,



They said I can pickup my passport in 2 days.


I will post here if I was approved or not :) Wish me luck!

I applied today

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#2 zachary


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Posted 16 October 2014 - 10:45 PM

Here's a picture of the Thai Embassy Manila logo outside the building


Also a picture of inside the little waiting area. It's just a very small little place inside there.


I wanted to get also a picture from outside from across the street, but it was raining this day and they removed the Thailand flags, so it pretty much looked like any other building.





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#3 oldmanbkk


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 11:26 PM

Thanks for the info Zach

Wow I am actually amazed they really require a letter of invitation and a bank statement. They really are tightening up here!

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 05:08 AM

Ya they are.


I'm going back on this Philippines trip  for my tourist visa again next week, will find out if there is anymore changes about the rules and post here afterwards.

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Posted 11 August 2015 - 06:03 PM

Heading back there next month and will let you guys know if this information is still all good. (hoping they eased up on needing all those printouts, bank statement, invitation letter, flight in/out etc)


Tune in next month ;)

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 11:28 AM

Wow, things have changed and it's now VERY terrible in Manila.


When arrived there with a friend, not only was the employee there SUPER rude he was also very inadequate in many ways.


1. I have never needed exit flight proof before, now he insisted that is needed.

2. he said my perfectly fine invitation letter was not clear, and was not "long enough"  :wacko:  (so i guess they expect you to fill in a bunch more jibberish into your invite letters)

3. He grouped me and the person (my friend) with me, asking why we have different addresses in Thailand, as if we are supposed live together since we arrived at the embassy together, also very odd, strange thing.

4. He said all visas are not able, no multiple entry visas etc.

5. He called my friends contact/gaurantor in Thailand, he did not call mine, yet nobody answered but we're pretty sure he either did not call, or called the wrong number.


If you see this immigration persons demeanour you can realize quickly that he does not care to be at work, to be doing his job, nor to be "helping" applicants. He treats you like a subhuman actually. At least that's how my friend and I felt after dealing with this person.


Anyone going to Manila to make you have all the proper documents, they are checking EVERYTHING, and double, triple checking even for the most simple visa's. There were also 4 other applicants there who were complaining about their service, their attitude there and their visa results


IN CONLCUSION: today we DID receive our single entry tourist visas after all this hassle, rudeness, worries.


I will be writing a letter to the consulate there with complaints about their front office terrible service person.

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 10:59 PM

I plan to go around Songkran , and from the looks of it, Thai Consulate in Manila should be open and operating as normal during Songkran, at least it says that on this page:

http://www.thaiembas...mbassy-holidays (their website only lists for 2015, so i'm assuming it should be open as well for 2016)


Anyone ever been to Manila Thai Consulate during Songkran and can confirm it's open usually?



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Posted 14 January 2016 - 09:56 PM

Ok they actually did reply to me via email (i didnt expect a reply)


Yes, we are open on April 14, 2016.

The Royal Thai Embassy, Manila


Awesomeness! :)

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 11:15 AM

Did this visa situation last week, everything went exactly smooth. Was supposed to pickup my passport on Monday, will get soon.


I forgot 1 thing though, the pickup times are 3-5pm right, I think, will find that out and post that info here too.

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