Visas for Children and the Elderly

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Overview

If you are an applicant who is younger than 14 years old or  80 years old and older at the time of your application, you are eligible to apply for a visa by mail, provided that you meet all of the following requirements: 

        • You are applying for Tourism/Business B1/B2 or F, M, J visas
        • You are a national or resident of Thailand
        • You are physically present in Thailand
        • You were not born in or hold a passport from Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Sudan or Iraq          
        • You answered “no” to all the security and background questions on the DS-160 form
        • You have never been denied entry into the United States

Additional requirements for children younger than 14 years old (13 years old and younger):

        • One of the child’s parent(s) or guardian(s) must have a valid B1/B2 visa at the time of the application
        • Neither parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are Legal Permanent Resident of the United States

Important Notice:

  • The use of the mail-in service does not guarantee visa issuance.
  • In some cases, applicants may still be required to appear for a visa interview at the Embassy or Consulate. Examples of this include incomplete or inaccurate applications. The Embassy or Consulate will contact you if additional documents or a personal interview is required.
  • The average processing times are approximately 10 business days. If your travel is urgent, please schedule an in-person interview.

How to Apply

Step 1

Complete the DS-160 Form.

Read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully. All information must be accurate. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160. Also, you will need your DS-160 number to book your appointment.

Note: You need access to a printer to complete this process.

Step 2

Pay the visa fee.

The visa fee page lists the visa types and fees in U.S. dollars and Thai baht. Read the Bank and Payment Options page. Create a profile and keep your bank and MRV receipts.

Step 3

Log into your profile and complete the online application.

Use the credentials you used to pay your visa fee.

You will need:

          • Your passport number
          • The visa fee receipt number from your visa fee receipt. Click here if you need help finding this number.
          • The ten-digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page
Step 4

Compile and mail your documents via Thailand Post.

The online system will prompt you to print a Document Submission Form. Please follow the instructions on the form and mail the required documents to the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok or the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai. Once your visa is adjudicated, Thailand Post will mail your passport and documents to your designated location.

Important Notice:

          • The use of the mail-in service does not guarantee visa issuance.
          • In some cases, applicants may still be required to appear for a visa interview at the Embassy or Consulate. Examples of this include incomplete or inaccurate applications.The Embassy or Consulate will contact you if additional documents or a personal interview is required.
          • The average processing times are approximately 10 business days. If your travel is urgent, please schedule an in-person interview.

Track Visa Renewal Document

Once you submitted your applications through Thailand Post’s drop-off locations. Please keep the receipt for your records. You may track the location of Visa Renewal Documents with Thailand Post’s Track & Trace Service, which can be found here.