How to Get a Thai Visa in Kuala Lumpur

By Mark Wiens 91 Comments
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thinking about getting your Thai tourist visa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? The Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur is located just outside the KLCC city center.

It’s a fairly hassle free process, but if you already have many Thai visas in your passport it may not be as easy as other places (like Seoul). I had just 1 other Thai visa in my passport when I applied in Kuala Lumpur and the employee really looked though my passport at every page to see if I had more visas. If you have more than a few Thai visas in your passport, they may ask for a copy of your transportation ticket, both in and out of Thailand (this also may depend on the employee at the time).

If you just have 1 or 2 Thai visas in your passport, or are applying for a Thai visa for the first time, getting a Thai visa in Kuala Lumpur is easy and straightforward.

Similar to getting a Thai visa in Yangon, in Kuala Lumpur you are only permitted to apply for a single (1) entry tourist visa.

Note: These are just my observations, nothing official.

How to get a Thai visa in Kuala Lumpur
How to get a Thai visa in Kuala Lumpur

Here’s what you will need

Note: At the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur there is no place to get last minute photo copies or passport photos, come prepared!

Procedure

The embassy officially opens at 9:30 am, but they open the outside gate at 9 am and you can go in and grab yourself a visa application form prior to the actual embassy opening.

I arrived at about 8:30 am and there was already a small line of about 10 people in front of me. They opened the gates at 9 am, I got my visa application and then waited in line while filling it out until 9:30 am.

When they open the doors, you get a number and then wait until your number is called to present all your documents and money.

I waited for about 15 minutes minutes or so and I was out of the embassy before 10 am. However, there was a quite a long line behind me, I’d imagine others had to wait around 30 minutes to an hour or even longer.

After applying, you’ll be handed a little receipt which you must present the next day to pick up your passport.

Passport Pick Up

While getting a Thai visa in Colombo takes 4 full business days, in Kuala Lumpur you conveniently pick up your passport the next business day!

Pick up time is from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm each afternoon. It’s very easy, just show up, show your recipet and you’ll be give your passport and hopefully your new Thai visa.

I arrived at 2:45 pm to avoid the initial rush and didn’t have to wait at all.

How to get to the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur

Take the LRT to Ampang Park Station, Exit to your right hand side and go up the escalator. Make an immediate u-turn and walk past the nice McDonalads. Walk straight, pass through the intersection and keep walking straight probably for about 1 kilometer. You’ll pass both the France and Spain Embassy and just after the VW dealership is the Thai Embassy on your left had side.

Alternatively you can jump in a taxi from wherever you are in the city.

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  • Nida

    2 years ago

    Please help me. I need to ask that if I do not have a bank account here in Malaysia, how can I apply for visa? I am a PhD student living in Malaysia since 3 years now. I want to apply for tourist visa. I am from Pakistan.

  • Aliraz

    3 years ago

    I am from pakstan but im working in malaysia i want visit in tahiland what prossegir

    • Afzaal Ahmed

      2 years ago

      Bhai ap mary say Tanya karoa ap ko lag wa dyta hu

      • MESHA

        2 years ago

        CAN U EXPLAIN THE PROCESS? i ALSO HAVE SAME ENQUIRY.

  • Loretta

    3 years ago

    What do you need to do if you loose the temporary receipt …to go pick up your passport?

  • Shanmugam

    3 years ago

    Thanks, Mark Wiens
    You are really helpful to me. You have given a prompt detail.

  • Tom

    3 years ago

    Thanks Mark, your Excellent

  • Sumesh Muvvala

    3 years ago

    Does they ask about the money required to stay in Thailand.

  • Jhony

    3 years ago

    Hello I’m from Pakistan aND now I’m in kalampur I want to go Thai Vist how can I apply can you tell the presses thanks

  • Tapash Kumar Dutta

    3 years ago

    Nicely presented.thanks and regards

  • Forum

    4 years ago

    Is it easy to get for Bangladesh People

    • Tapash Kumar Dutta

      3 years ago

      Yes thanks

  • Andreas

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark (or anyone else who knows…)
    in the Embassy webpage thaiembassy.org/kualalumpur/ there is a checklist, which includes “reservation/confirmation of accommodationfor the whole stay in Thailand”.
    Does anyone have recent experience if that is really required?
    Thanks, Andreas

  • Rochelle

    4 years ago

    So helpful! Thank you!!!

  • Fokruzzaman

    4 years ago

    Hi..am Fokruzzaman. Am Bangladeshi.Now am staying in kl for Tourist purpose. now am want to go tai. can I provide me a sort stay time visa in Thai. plz give me information. Thanks. .best regards

  • John

    4 years ago

    Now Thai Embassy in KL already update their visa requirement, everyone can check the requirement from the website: thaiembassy.org/kualalumpur/
    and dont forget download visa application form and checklist from website before come to apply and complete with all requirement,if not compete, the officers will not accept your application

    • Nathan

      4 years ago

      Thank for your information

  • Juliana

    4 years ago

    Hi, I am a Singapore and going to Malaysia for a short trip after that planning to go to Bangkok. Can I just check if we can walk in to apply for the Thai Visa or we have to do it online. Thanks

  • Michael

    4 years ago

    I went to KL thai embassy last week and got a 6 month multi entry visa. A lot of paperwork, but as long as you follow the check off sheet, you should have any problems.

    • Tyler Ludowitz

      4 years ago

      i thought you could only get the six month muli entry visa in your home country? Are you saying that it is possible to get it in KL then?

  • Kunal

    4 years ago

    Hi, I just need to make sure the visa procedure before I travel. I am planning to visit Thailand on a tourist for 12 days and a small trip to Malayisa for 3 days. My entry and exit tickets are from Thailand. Will I have to apply Thailand visa again while entering from Thailand?

    • keptankap

      4 years ago

      Not if you are from eu or other country that gives 30 days tourist entry when entering into thailand. Middle east countries and some other require visa on arrival or before

  • safeerkhan

    4 years ago

    hi i decided to go malasiya coming 20th can i apply bankok visa from malasiya if it how also i have reseved air ticket return is 27th so i want to rebook air ticket from bankok other days is it possible plz give me guide thanks

  • Maxim Safonov

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark! Can you go to Brunei and find out how it works at the local Thai embassy? Brunei also offers a lot to see! Since most travelers require visas to Brunei, you can also research how easy can you get on in Malaysia, Thailand or other nearby country.

  • Rukunozzaman sarker

    4 years ago

    Dear concern of Thailand embassy. I am a Bangladeshi citizen. Now I m stay Indonesia Jakarta.i will arrive in Kuala Lumpur this November 22-11-2016.i would like to apply thi tourist visa in Kuala Lumpur. So How can I get visa to enjoying visit your country. Note: I have applied two times in Bangladesh but didn’t get visa. Thanks to regarding to help me,

    • Kirba

      4 years ago

      @Rukunozzaman did u manage to get the visa? I have a bangladeshi friend who also got rejected for his visa application in Malaysia. Any solution or advise regarding this issue?

  • sub

    4 years ago

    Hi, I do also need to book flights while applying for my visa at thai embassy in kl. Also if i go by train or bus do i provide them with my advance train ticket or bus ticket and do i also need to show them about my hotel booking for a short visit

  • Helal

    5 years ago

    Hi
    I am Bangladeshi . how can I got a Thai visa from Malaysia? Thanks Helal

  • Muhammad Sufyan

    5 years ago

    So nice …..for a good information 🙂

  • Prem

    5 years ago

    Aloha matt,
    Thank.you for all your advices beautiful:-)
    Just to be sure take just 1 day to get again.3months visa ?
    I need to fly out of thailand 2nd of october i can come back.the 4th?

    love
    Prem

  • Leslie Kumara

    5 years ago

    Dear Mark,
    I must thankful for your service you do here.
    I am a Sri Lankan going to Malaysia. I stay there 2 or 3 days. Can I apply tourist Visa to Thailand.
    I have only Krabe to KUL air ticket one way. I hope to go Thailand from Cambodia or by train from Butterworth to BKK.
    please help me. leslie

  • Aaron

    5 years ago

    Hi there,
    Do I need a visa if i’m just visiting Thailand for 4 days ?

    thankz

  • faisal

    5 years ago

    hello brother mark
    I’m studying in Malaysia since 2 years, I hold an Malaysian student visa i want to travel to Thailand this summer as my wife and daughter will join me from Pakistan. kindly tell me what do i need to apply for Thailand visa for my self from Malaysia . will be waiting for your reply thanks.

    Regards: M.faisal

  • khalidur rahman

    5 years ago

    as a foreign student in malaysia can i get visa from kl

  • CHAI MOY FONG

    5 years ago

    DEAR SIR/MADAM

    GOOD DAY TO YOU, I HEREBY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, MY GRANDMOTHER IS HOLDING RED COLOR MALAYSIA IDENTITY CARD, WHETHER CAN APPLY THAI VISA TO ENTRY THAILAND, KINDLY FEEDBACK TO ME.

    THANKS.

  • Shehzad khan

    5 years ago

    Can I get a Thai visit visa from Kuala Lumpur as a legal visitor in Malaysia or u can say on a visit status in Malaysia.plz guide

  • Ayaz Naeem

    5 years ago

    I am going to kuala-lumpur on tourist visa for3 days. Could it be possible to apply for Thailand tourist visa while being on tourist visa. Please let me know.

  • atif

    5 years ago

    i m pakistani in this time me and my wife in malaysia for turisum now we have plan to go bake but we are thinking if we get the thailand transit visa for 6- 7 days then we visat it and go back to over country
    plz tell me what we do
    my PassPort has lote of tavel and also have dubai Invester visa
    but my wife have only Malaysia Turist visa
    plz tell us if there is any option

  • Delwar Talukdar

    5 years ago

    Dear sir/ madam
    I am Delwar talukdar. I am in Malaysia. I needed apapplication thai tourist visa. Pls h help me. How I will come.
    Regards
    Delwar Talukdar

  • Arash

    5 years ago

    Hi
    I’m from Iran
    I marrige with Thai lady in Thailand .i have all dacument about marrige.
    Now I’m in Malaysia for request Thai visa but for Iranian can’t .what can I do?
    Pls help me

  • Shiva

    5 years ago

    Thank you so much for your guide line.

  • Arash

    5 years ago

    Hello .im from Iran .i marriage in Thailand and I have dacument.im in malasiya.i want request for Thai visa .? They say can’t . How ? What can I do .Please answer me .

  • amila tharaka

    6 years ago

    I m from Sri Lanka,
    i got multiple entry to Malaysia, and i hope to visit Thailand,
    can i take the Thailand visit visa from Malaysia?

  • Rumi

    6 years ago

    Hey Mark thanks for this information. I need some information. I am from Pakistan and i am on student visa in Malaysia right now and i want to go to thailand on visit. so can I get my visa here in KL. I already got one visa of thailand on my passport.

    • va ni a

      5 years ago

      hi ,I just wanna ask did u get the visa ?

  • peris

    6 years ago

    hello
    i have Iraqi passport from Kurdistan region Malaysia for next week
    i will stay there 10 days
    after i want to get Thailand tourist visa
    can i get this visa in Kuala lumpur
    i will be appreciate for quick answer
    regards

  • Sab

    7 years ago

    Just an update. Not a good one 🙁 My bf tried today to get a visa at the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and they told him after looking a long time on the forms that they will call him in a week. They gave him all the papers back. He didn’t had to pay anything. Basically he got rejected. His passport is Turkish, he has only one Visa sticker inside. Not sure what the real problem was. He arrived yesterday in Malaysia, maybe he should have waited a couple days before heading to the embassy? However, we decided to go to Penang and try it there again. Fingers crossed it will work out.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Sab, sorry about that, but thank you for the update.

  • name Godwin

    7 years ago

    Am from nigeria came to malasia for a visit and I got an IV from thailand football team I want to know the requirment for me to enter with non-immigrant b

  • Mia

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    Is it possible to get double entry visa for Thailand in Kuala Lumpur?

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hi Mia, hmm, I don’t think so, but I’m not fully sure. You better double check with the Thai embassy there. All the best.

  • Maddy

    7 years ago

    Dear sir , I’m from Pakistan but now am in Malaysia , I come Malaysia for visit now i want go to Thailand . i have already 4 visas from Pakistan Thailand embassy.
    Sir how i apply Thailand visit visa from Malaysia.

  • Heather

    7 years ago

    Very helpful – thanks! My experience (April 2014) was exactly the same as yours.

    One small thing to add: if you’re in a hurry, hang around on the steps near the doors after you get through the external gate, so you can be at the front of the queue for a number once they open the doors at 9.30.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Great to hear that Heather, thanks for sharing your tip!

    • Khairul Hassan

      7 years ago

      Brother Heather, did your get the visa whiten a day ? I need to get the visa whiten a day because I will have very little time.

      Do they announce that applicants can receive the visa in the next day ?

      Thanks and waiting for your response! [ Bangladesh]

  • Angie

    7 years ago

    Dear Michael, thanks for the information. Just wanted to check if you need other supporting documents besides the ones you mentioned. I’m Colombian but I’m working in KL, do you happen to know if I need to get an employment certifcate or any other additional documents?

    I can’t find the information anywhere.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Ricardo

      6 years ago

      Hi, Angie.

      I am Colombian and I am planning to apply for the Visa, any advices or observations on your experience???

  • Intan Syufeena

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark. I would like to know if I plan to go to Chiang Mai in April this year, when should i apply for the visa? Please advice.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hello Intan, it depends on which country you’re from? But it should be that as soon as you get your visa, you can enter the Thailand.

  • Wael

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark;
    I am so grateful for your concern
    I have one question: I’m from Sudan can i get Thai tourist visa from Kuala?

  • Anna

    7 years ago

    Hi!
    Wow, love the fact that you wrote this and I’m also very happy that Jon confirmed it’s still up to date. I’m in Thailand right now With my familly and we need to go to KL for a tourist visa. We only have the 30days we got when we arrived in Thailand from Sweden so we do not have any touristvisas that we applied for in our passports. Do you think it’s the same procedure for us (we have two kids). Can we get 60 days, you think?

  • Waj

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark
    Want to thank you very much for your help

    Well I’m a Moroccan I’m going to fly from Tokyo to
    KL and I want it to apply for the Thai visa in Malaysia
    Do you think will be ok or not ?

    Waiting your answre
    Frim waj

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Waj, good to hear form you. Yes, I think it will be alright, but you better double check with your nationality.

  • Jon

    7 years ago

    I’ll just chime in here and confirm that these instructions are up to date as I just went through the process.

    The only thing is that the passport copy needs to be signed, mine did not. I did not bring one and they told me to go across the street (villa hotel?) to get a copy. Cost like 1 ringgit and I did not have to wait in line “again” as I still had my queue number attached to my application (they did that for me).

    Anyway, good info.

  • patrick lee

    8 years ago

    Hi Mark!

    Great & usefull information.

    My friend is a Malaysian who have been staying in Thailand as a monk for years and now his Visa is expiring soon. Since this is not his first time applying for a Thsi Visa. Is there any other documents required from him to apply for the Thai Visa?

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Patrick, I’m not so sure about the requirements for a Malaysian, I think it will be best to go over the official requirements on the Thai website. Thanks!

  • Michael

    8 years ago

    Hi and thanks for the great information. My question is do I need to bring a copy of the entire passport or just the photograph and essentail information page? Thanks!!

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Thanks Michael, just your photo and visa page

      • mehran

        7 years ago

        i am in bangkok now on a tourist visa and wants to study computer engeneering how can i convert my visa?how can i come to kualalumpur and then get my student visafor thailand i am from pakistan the fess of whole process?

        • Alfred pakistan have christians

          5 years ago

          Hi everyone, Why the blogger Mark Wiens have no answer for your Question, cool question though.

  • Darko

    8 years ago

    Hi, Mark
    Thanks for the post!!!
    Is there any additional paperwork for tourist visa? and do you need to apply online first before you go to KL embassy or just show up there…
    Im from Macedonia and last time i get my Thai visa from Dubai, but i apply online first to get a date for interview.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Darko, for myself I just showed up and did the paperwork, no additional paper work, but you should probably check all the specifics for Macedonia. All the best!

  • Alfred

    8 years ago

    Yo Mark,

    Great site.

    I love Thailand and will be coming back to stay for another few months.

    Btw, how does the whole visa system work?

    When your one visa runs out, you just find a Thailand embassy in any countries and apply for another visa?

    Is that how it works?

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Alfred, good to hear you’ll be coming to live in Thailand again. Yup, basically that’s the process. I try to apply for 2 month double entry visas, and then I do a lot of traveling so I normally reapply for new Thai visas everytime I come back. Best of luck with everything!

  • Hector

    8 years ago

    Hi, im from Venezuela and i’d like to go to Thailand, can i get a Thai Visa in Kuala Lumpur? Or not? Thank’s for your help

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hello Hector. Are you wanting to staying in Thailand for a period of longer than a month? If so you can probably apply in KL, if not, just fly to Thailand and get a visa on arrival. Make sure to check your specific details though regarding your country’s requirements.

  • Khodokov

    9 years ago

    Hi, thanks for great post!

    I wonder: a ‘signed’ passport copy is just a photocopy with my signature on it, or should I verify it in some way? Thanks!

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Sorry for the late response Khodokov. Yes, that’s correct, just your signature on the paper is fine. Good luck with everything!

  • Ashok

    9 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    Just Curious – Did u get a multiple entry visa and what was the validity?
    Did they ask for return tickets/medical insurance?

    Also I was browsing on the internet and they have a visa form you can download – saves u the hassle on waiting to pickup the form and filling up when lined up in a queue.
    Hope u don’t mind adding my 2 bits…
    Link: http://www.thaiembassy.org/kualalumpur/th/services/976

    Finally a vote of thanks Mark – all your tips go a long way in making the best of your holiday – your efforts are well appreciated.
    Cheers.

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Hey Ashok, thanks for the comment. No, wasn’t able to apply for a double entry in KL, they only allow single entries. For myself I did have a ticket into Thailand but not out of Thailand, and they actually didn’t even ask for it (though they might if you have many Thai visas in your passport already). Also I didn’t show any medical insurance.

      Yes, you can definitely print out the form and fill it it beforehand.

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

    9 years ago

    Thanks so much for this post, Mark. I know that food blogging is your passion, but these visa posts are SO helpful for me! Initially we thought we would be entering Thailand via Laos, but now I think we may enter from the south via Malaysia, so finding out about getting visas there is crucial!

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Hey Steph, glad to hear it’s helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions when you’re there. I know friends who have also gotten their Thai visa in Penang as well, so that’s another option.

      • Jackie

        7 years ago

        Hi Mark – any idea if the Penang Embassy issues multiple-entry visas? Thanks so much.

        • Mark Wiens

          7 years ago

          Hey Jackie, not totally sure, but I have a friend there now, I’ll ask him.