Relations between Turkey and Thailand

Turkey established diplomatic relations with Thailand in 1958 and opened her Embassy in the same year. The Thai Embassy in Turkey was opened in 1972.

Although there has not been any Presidential level visit between Turkey and Thailand, the relations between the two countries are advancing through a positive agenda thanks to reciprocal high level visits and contacts. H.E. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu visited Thailand in March 2015. It was the first Foreign Minister level visit after a 25 year interval.

The Business Council and Joint Economic Comission (JEC) meetings were convened three and four times respectively since their establishment.

The agreements that constitute the legal basis of our relations are the Trade Agreement (1987), the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (1989), the Agreement on Prevention of Double Taxation (2002) and the Agreement on the Reciprocal Encouragement and Protection of Investments (2005). In addition, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between Turkey and Thailand are expected to start in the near future.

The Civil Aviation between Turkey and Thailand was signed in 1987. The negotiations still continue for the Maritime Cooperation Agreement. Istanbul-Bangkok route is one of the busiest routes of Turkish Airlines (THY). With a total of 14 flights per week, the line is also one of the most profitable routes of THY. THY flights to Phuket, four times a week, began on July 17, 2017.

Every year more than 75.000 Turkish citizens visit Thailand and in 2016, 12.500 tourists from Thailand visited Turkey.

Since 1992, Turkey has provided 165 scholarships for Thai students under Türkiye Scholarships at various universities. During the 2016-2017 academic year, 40 students studied under the scholarship.

A total of 880 Thai citizens are registered to be resident in Turkey while around 2.000 Turkish citizens reside in Thailand as of 2016.