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Visa Information

Visitors to Thailand must obtain a visa from one of the Thai diplomatic missions unless they come from a visa-exempt country or a country whose citizens are eligible to obtain visas on arrival. Thailand currently offers visa-free travel to nationals of 57 countries. The Thai government has bilateral agreements on visa waivers with some of these countries. Nationals of 21 countries can obtain a visa on arrival. As of May 2014, visa runs are no longer allowed, meaning that if foreigners wish to re-enter Thailand after their visa-free period has expired they have to obtain a visa. In August 2014 Thailand Prime Minister ordered the Immigration Police to be more flexible as the strict application of the law was affecting schools and the tourist industry.

Visting Phuket

The island of Phuket has long been misunderstood. Firstly, the 'h' is silent. And secondly, Phuket doesn't feel like an island at all. It's so huge (49km long, the biggest in Thailand) that you rarely feel surrounded by water, which is probably why Ko ('island') was dropped from its name. Branded the 'pearl of the Andaman', this is Thailand's original flavour of tailor-made fun in the sun. Phuket's sin city of Patong is the biggest town and busiest beach. It's the ultimate gong show where beachaholics sizzle off their hangovers and go-go girls play ping pong…without paddles. But there's space for all kinds here. Phuket Town has morphed into an artsy, culturally rich capital, while Rawai on the island's southern tip remains blissfully laid-back, despite development. The twin west-coast beaches of Kata and Karon reel in holidaymakers who like their trips easy. An upmarket twist awaits along Hat Surin and Ao Bang Thao, while, further north, things quieten down as you thread through Sirinat National Park and Khao Phra Thaew reserve. Ultimately, the island's affinity for luxury far outshines its other stereotypes. Jet-setters swing through in droves, getting pummelled during swanky spa sessions and sipping sundowners at fashion-forward nightspots or on rented yachts. And you don't have to be an heiress to tap into Phuket's style-packed to-do list. With deep-sea diving, high-end dining, luxury shopping, fabulous white beaches and some of Thailand's swankiest hotels at your fingertips, you might forget to leave.

Getting around by air

Phuket International Airport is 30km northwest of Phuket Town. It takes 45 minutes to an hour to reach the southern beaches from here. A number of carriers serve domestic destinations.


2018 8th International Conference on Applied Physics and Mathematics. Jan 27-29, 2018, Phuket, Thailand