Frequently Asked Questions

Can the U.S. Embassy help me extend my Thai visa?

Thai Immigration requires foreign travelers to request an extension letter from their respective embassies when applying for tourist visa extensions related to the COVID-19 virus.  In order to facilitate the preparation of this letter, please send your request to acsbkk@state.gov with the following information:

  1. your full name as it appears in your passport
  2. your date of birth
  3. your U.S. passport number

Due to the volume of requests, please allow up to 72 hours for a copy of your extension letter to be sent to you via email.  Every effort is being made to issue them as soon as possible.  There are currently no travel restrictions from Thailand to the United States and we encourage U.S. citizens to take advantage of commercial flights while they are still available.

You can stay up to date with the latest alerts by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov and monitoring the U.S. Embassy website. We will post alerts to the website as soon as they become available.


Should I/my family leave Thailand?

On March 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a Worldwide Level 4 Health Advisory recommending U.S. citizens avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  U.S. citizens normally resident in the U.S. but currently outside the U.S., i.e. tourists and other short-term travelers, should return while there are still transportation options available. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to take effect with little or no advance notice.  U.S. citizens are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  If you do not return to the United States, you should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

There are no travel restrictions from Thailand to the United States and we encourage U.S. citizens to take advantage of the availability of commercial flights while they are still available.

You can stay up to date with the latest alerts by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov and monitoring the U.S. Embassy website. We will post alerts to the website as soon as they become available.


Will I be allowed into the United States?

U.S. citizens are allowed entry into the United States.  The recent presidential proclamations restricting entry to the United States for certain foreign nationals do not apply to U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.  U.S. passengers that have been in certain countries must travel through select airports where the U.S. Government has implemented enhanced screening procedures.  While Thailand is not currently impacted by this requirement, please note that many transit points typically used by travelers departing Thailand are impacted.  See the DHS website for further details.


Can I enter Thailand?

No. Thailand declared a State of Emergency effective 26 March.  Under the emergency decree, foreigners are banned from entering the Kingdom of Thailand at all points with the exception of diplomats, cargo shipments, pilots, and foreigners with a work permit.


I need help rescheduling my Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) or notarial appointment. 

U.S. Embassy Bangkok’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit is canceling all notarial services and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) appointments until further notice.  We will resume routine ACS services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

For CRBA applicants, we will contact you to reschedule your appointments when we return to normal business operations.  Notarial applicants can make a new appointment at that time as well.

We would like to reassure you that we will update U.S. citizens on this current situation as quickly as possible, and strongly urge you to refer to our website for the latest updates.

For questions and concerns related to an emergency, please email the ACS unit at acsbkk@state.gov.


My Spouse/Child needs a U.S. visa to travel with me.

Visa services at the Embassy are currently suspended. In the case of spouses or children of U.S. citizens we have a limited number of emergency visa appointments available.  For information on how to make a visa appointment, please visit: ustraveldocs.com.  In your request for an emergency appointment, please indicate the name of the U.S. citizen you are related to and what your relationship is.  Please note that the approval of an emergency visa appointment does not guarantee the issuance of a visa.


I need assistance with my flights.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Embassy is unable to assist with booking airline tickets.  We suggest that you reach out to your airline and utilize commercial websites to book or change your tickets while flights are still available.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  If you do not return to the United States, you should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

You can stay up to date with the latest alerts by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov and monitoring the U.S. Embassy website. We will post alerts to the website as soon as they become available.