SEE TEFL is committed to the health and safety of every one of our trainees, trainers and auxiliary staff. We fully understand why our current and prospective trainees are concerned about the current Covid-19 situation.
The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) announced that the Thai formal 2020/2021 school year will run from July 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021. The new academic year for 2021 will start on May 15th.
SEE TEFL is licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education (MoE) as a non-formal school. All our 4-week TEFL and Internship programs are currently running as scheduled according to the directives of the MoE.
Our courses are currently running both onsite and via a live internet stream from our training room using Zoom. For the live-stream version training is conducted live from our training school in Chiang Mai; Observed Teaching Practices are conducted at local schools with observers, either onsite or viewing via a monitor, speakers and a classroom assistant. All trainees receive the same SEE TEFL certificate on the last day of training. Visit our 4-week TEFL course description page for more information.
Normal (non-covid period) Visa Options:
You can obtain a 30-day visa exemption on arrival, you can extend this for a further 30 days in Chiang Mai. If you obtain a 60-day tourist visa from a Thai embassy or consulate (personal and postal applications are usually available) before you depart for Thailand, you can also extend this for a further 30 days in Chiang Mai. We will guide you.
If you need more days, you can cross the border with Myanmar at Mae Sai, return an hour later after visiting the market on the other side of the border and you’ll receive a first or second 30-day visa exemption. You don’t need to apply for a visa for Myanmar to do this. You can extend this exemption for 30 days as well. The trip to Mae Sai from Chiang Mai takes 4-5 hours by bus. Most people complete the round trip in one day.
Alternatively, you can obtain a first or second 60-day tourist visa by visiting a Thai embassy or consulate in a neighboring country. This tourist visa can also be extended for a further 30 days in Chiang Mai. The Thai embassy in Vientiane, Laos is most people’s preferred choice from Chiang Mai. You can travel overland or fly there.
You can now travel to Thailand
It is now possible to enter Thailand with a Tourist Visa. Click here to apply online.
Although Thai Embassies and Consulates are issuing Tourist visas, and visa exemptions are available again, there are a few extra steps that need to be taken before you can fly. Click here for more details. Here's a summary:
You are then free to enter Thailand as a normal tourist. After training and once you start employment, your school will convert the Tourist Visa to a Non-immigrant B visa. Your school can then obtain a work permit for you.
10 people came through ASQ and joined our March 8th, 2021 4-week course. 9 are currently confirmed for our April 19th date.
All training dates are flexible, so you can postpone or bring forward your training date just by sending us an email.
Visit our 4-week TEFL course description page for more information.