FAQs

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I am a foreign correspondent. I am assigned to work as a correspondent in Thailand for the next 3 months, what do I have to do?

A

You must register with the Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand through the MMOS (MFA Media Online Service) website in order to apply for a media visa (Non-immigrant visa category “M”) and other necessary documents enabling you to work in Thailand as a foreign media.

For more information on the process, please refer to the Guide for Foreign Media Personnel Wishing to Work in Thailand.

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I am a foreign media correspondent and want to enter Thailand for a certain event. Am I eligible to apply for a media visa?

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For members of the media who have to enter Thailand for an ad hoc or short-term (less than 3 months) work can apply for a “Non-Immigrant” visa category “B” at any Royal Thai Embassy/ Royal Thai Consulate-General. For more information on the location of Royal Thai Embassies and Royal Thai Consulates-General, please visit www.thaiembassy.org.

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I am a freelance reporter and I am going to be based in Thailand for more than 3 months. Can I apply for a media visa?

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You can apply for a media visa via the MMOS (MFA Media Online Service) website. In that process, you will need to submit an assignment letter from a media organization that you have made or will make regular contributions to, together with other required documents.

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What documents do I need to submit with my media visa application?

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Please refer to the Required Documents section for more information.

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How many samples of previous work do I need to submit for the media visa application?

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First-time applicants are required to submit samples of work they have produced in the past year, which shall be related to Thailand, if applicable. However, if the applicant has not done any work on Thailand, he/ she should submit other samples. At least five samples are required, though more may be requested on a case-by-case basis when deemed necessary.

Renewal applicants are required to supply articles/reports that they have produced in the past year that relate to Thailand and/or countries in the region they had been assigned to cover under their contract. At least five samples are required, though more may be requested on a case-by-case basis when deemed necessary.

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I have never written/ produced about Thailand before. Do I still need to submit samples of my work unrelated to Thailand?

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Yes, in cases where you have not done any media work on Thailand, you still have to submit at least 5 samples of your publication/ work during the year prior to the date the application.

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Can I submit work samples in the original language, e.g. French, German, Vietnamese, Japanese or Chinese?

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English summaries are required when submitting samples of work in foreign languages other than English. The summary must include key points and provide a clear overview of the subject matter.

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Can I choose where my interview will take place?

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Yes, you can choose to be interviewed at either the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok or any Royal Thai Embassy/ Royal Thai Consulate-General.

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Can I choose the Royal Thai Embassy/ Royal Thai Consulate-General where I will obtain my media visa? Does it have to be the same place where my interview take place?

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Yes, you can choose where you wish to obtain your media visa which does not have to be the same place where your interview takes place. When you submit your application on the MMOS website, you will be asked to designate where you wish to have an interview and where you wish to obtain the media visa.

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Can I obtain a media visa at the Royal Thai Honorary Consulate-General?

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No, the Honorary Consulate-General has no authority in issuing you a media visa. This can only be done at a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General.


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