Relations between Turkey and Thailand

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

There has not been any visit at the level of Heads of State between Turkey and Thailand yet. Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu paid an official visit to Thailand in March 2015. This has been the first Foreign Minister visit between two countries after 25 years.

The Business Council and Joint Economic Commission (JEC) between Turkey and Thailand have 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). Furthermore, the negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) were began in 2017. Lastly, the fourth round of negotiations were held in Bangkok in 2018 December.

The Civil Aviation Agreement between Turkey and Thailand was signed in 1987 and the negotiations on the Maritime Cooperation Agreement are underway. The Istanbul-Bangkok route is one of the busiest routes of the Turkish Airlines (THY), with 14 flights per week in the high season. THY also flies to Phuket (four times a week) since July 2017. THY flights are planned to take place three times a day (21 per week) in Istanbul-Bangkok line and seven times a week in Istanbul-Phuket line from 2019 summer / autumn period.

Since 1992, Turkey has provided 232 higher education scholarships for Thai students under the Turkey Scholarships program. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Turkey has provided 37 scholarships to Thai students.