Australian Tourist Visa for a Thai National

The only way that a Thai national can travel to Australia for a holiday is with an Australian Tourist Visa.

A tourist visa is normally awarded for 3 different durations: 3, 6 or 12 months. These visas can be issued as either single entry or multiple entry depending solely on the discretion of the visa officer.

If the Thai citizen is not a frequent traveler around Asia and has never visited Australia before it is best to apply for a 3 month visa first. After the three month visa expires and your partner returns to Thailand on time you can consider applying for a longer visa or even a different type of visa such as a provisional marriage or marriage visa. The first visa is mainly a test to see if the Thai national will return home on time.

We take care of all online and paper application forms and associated letters and are completely hands-on from start to finish whilst constantly communicating to update local and overseas customers on the application progress so you can relax and leave it to us

An English owned and managed company with bilingual English / Thai staff who will help your Thai partner through the entire process with no hassle and full support from the beginning of the process right up until you receive your visa

We are a well respected company and affiliated with the Pattaya Expats club. Our team go above and beyond to offer simply the best visa service in Thailand with additional benefits not offered by any other company such as an airport concierge for solo travellers.

The Tourist Visa Service We Provide

  • Work with the applicant on their paperwork, ensuring it will be successful and accepted by the Australian Embassy.
  • Work with the sponsor, our English Immigration Consultants offer support & guidance via email, phone and in person.
  • Translate all of the Thai applicant’s documents and certificates into English.
  • Complete the sponsorship and intention of stay letters.
  • Prepare all the documentation and complete the application forms.
  • Professionally present the application ready for the cleariance officers.
  • We take your partner to Bangkok to have their fingerprints taken and submit the documents
  • Professional Interview Training if required.
  • Escort the applicant to the interview process if required.
  • Collect the passport and documentation when the decision has been made
  • Why take the chance of doing it alone when professional support is available
  • Airport Concierge for solo travellers (extra charges apply)

Proving the relationship in the case of an Australian sponsor.

Obtaining a tourist visa to Australia when an Australian sponsor is involved is mainly about showing that the relationship between the Thai lady and her Sponsor is genuine and that the Thai national has the credentials and the intention to return to Thailand after their visit. So the more proof of a genuine relationship including evidence of previous visits to Thailand to see your partner and correspondence between you both, the stronger your application will be. Please read our tips on applying for an Australian tourist visa and our section on how to record chat history for your visa application.

There are numerous forum posts on the Internet with people trying to tell you how to do the application or maybe your Thai partner has a friend who has been through the process before. But this does not mean your circumstances are the same and your documents will be the same, so you are ‘going in blind’ if you do not get professional help, it is a small amount of money to pay to get the love of your life a visa to travel to your country.

Tourist visas applications will be successful on the strength and presentation of the paperwork. Most refusals are due to the lack of content and professionalism of the Thai paperwork. It is very important to get it right the first time.

How much does an Australian Tourist Visa cost?

For a 3 month Australian tourist visa the total cost is 30,000, Thai baht and included in our fee are all costs incurred during the visa application. Embassy fee, translations etc., do not incur an increase in the quoted price.You only pay a 10,000 baht deposit to start the process and then no more money until the visa has been awarded, so there is no financial risk to you or your Thai partner as stated on our home page. When the visa has been awarded you pay the 20,000 baht remaining balance.
We have a no visa, no pay policy – if the visa is not awarded you do not pay the 20,000 Thai baht.


18 years of visa experience, honesty and integrity for both our Thai national and expat clients.


Nationwide service across Thailand, no matter where you live in the country we can solve your visa problems


No visa, no professional fee. If you don’t get the visa we don’t get paid – No hassle, no heartbreak.

Client Feedback

Darren and his crew are the best at what they do so helpful they take all the hard work out of it. Won’t be long before my girlfriend will be enjoying Australia with me and my family, Cheers guys
5 / 5 stars

Andrew Contreras

Great sevice very professional would highly recomend them to anyone
5 / 5 stars

Kevin Isaac

The cost is immaterial, my beautiful Thai girlfriend is with me now in Australia and she will return early next month. A lot of detailed work was done by Darren and his team and now we will take the next step with Key visa.
5 / 5 stars

Peter Dalzell

Frequently Asked Questions

How many tourist visas can my girlfriend obtain?

This is a very popular question asked daily as most Australian sponsors do not wish to commit to marriage to a Thai or like the climate in Thailand and enjoy traveling to Thailand without having to obtain a laborious Australian partner visa. With most Australian visitors to Thailand only 6-7 hours away most like to travel 5-7 times per year to see their Thai girlfriend and maybe have a holiday or holidays in between their visits to Thailand. There is an unwritten rule which says that 9 months in a 1 year period is more than enough on tourist visas to Australia. Most Thai applicants requiring their first visa to Australia will apply for 3 months first and then a 6 months visa after they have been back in Thailand for 1 month making 9 months in total which the Embassy deem enough time as a tourist and then will push you into something more permanent as a couple together. If you require more holidays i would advise staying in Thailand for at least 6 months before applying for another tourist visa to Australia.

Can We Apply For A Tourist Visa Whilst Awaiting A Settlement Visa Decision

The simple answer to this is “yes, you can” – when applying for a settlement visa, the waiting time for approval can be up to one year and many people simply do not want to wait this long before seeing their partner again. Read More about applying for a tourist visa whilst awaiting the outcome of a settlement visa

Can I marry my Thai girlfriend while she is in Australia on a Tourist Visa?

Getting married in Australia on a tourist visa, this is a very common question and the answer is yes you can marry in Australia on a tourist visa (subclass 600) be it 3 months or 6 months there are no restrictions getting legally married. The only restriction is an Australian tourist visa comes with an 8503 clause which means no more extensions with no exceptions even if you marry in Australia your Thai partner will still have to return to Thailand. Read More

What Happens When The Visa Is Awarded?

When an Australian tourist visa is awarded you are given a length of time before your Thai girlfriend – or wife has to enter Australia. This time limit is normally 3 months; time enough to get organized and book flights. The three month visa starts the day they enter Australia. It is important that your Thai wife or girlfriend never overstay the visa or they could be banned for applying for another visa for up to 5 years.

Why Should We Apply For A Tourist Visa First?

As we are all well aware most Thai nationals are not wealthy people and they may not have an obvious reason to return to Thailand after their holiday. As visa consultants our job is to present a package to the Embassy clearing officers that is substantial enough to allow the visa to be issued. Most agents and visa companies will push a client to apply for a fiancee visa first which is wrong unless this is what the client wishes and a tourist visa should always be the first application in order for the applicant to build up credibility with the Embassy.

What Are The Restrictions On A Tourist Visa?

While in Australia on a tourist visa your partner cannot work. She should understand that this is a recreational trip and a holiday. A tourist visa is, however, a fantastic way for them to start building their Immigration history and get onto the first rung of the ladder.

Will My Partner Need A Medical?

It is very common when you apply for a 6 month tourist visa to Australia for your Thai partner to be asked to go for a body check which is normally just a body x-ray and nothing major and it is normally requested after your partner has already been on a 3 month visa and not been back in Thailand long and we feel it is because the Australian Embassy wish to ascertain whether or not your Thai partner wishes to return to Australia and have any medical treatment, what a chest x-ray will tell them is beyond me but this is normally the rules, so we have to follow the rules and as part of our service we book the appointment and take your partner to the hospital for the check and then the results are then sent direct to the Australian Embassy and not given to the applicant. The medical is done in Bangkok as the Australia Embassy have a panel of doctors which are chosen to do migration medicals for the Australian Embassy.

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    Oi Yu
    Oi Yu
    06:39 06 Nov 23
    This is the 2nd time I have used Key Visa and the service they provide is fantastic the 1st was with Darren was just so good he told me every step of the process and what I needed to do and bring in with me he made sure I understood how and what would be the process of applying for my Visa to stay in Thailand. And with the passing of Darren his wife Ann has kept the business running which I am so grateful for as they in my opinion are the best service you can get. We have now engaged them to do a visa for my Thai partner for a visit to Australia to see and spend time with my Aussie family and see some of Australia as she so wants to see snow. Once again I thank you Ann and all her staff for their help and support
    Michael Murray
    Michael Murray
    08:53 15 Jul 23
    We have been trying for a long time to get an Australian tourist visa for our Thai friend. We applied in the past using an Australian immigration lawyer based in Australia and the application (which was expensive and time consuming) was rejected for lack of evidence (intention to return to Thailand etc). Second time round we used Gemma from Key Visa and were successful. Unlike our first agent/lawyer, Gemma examined our evidence in detail and gave suggestions as to where it could be improved. It's clearly beneficial to use an agent who is familiar with this specific visa stream (ie someone in Thailand familiar with getting Thai people into Australia) and the "no win, no professional fee" clearly incentivizes them to help as much as possible. As always in Thailand the service is not perfect and there are some communication gaps etc, but we are very happy with the outcome and would recommend these guys 100%.
    berny parker
    berny parker
    06:23 20 Oct 22
    Australian friend having problems with thai wife spouse visa, agency are being very helpful with a excellent customer service