Thailand Visa On Arrival

Thailand is a country which is located at the centre of the Southeast Asian Indochinese peninsula. The country previously known as ‘Siam’ is officially known as the ‘Kingdom of Thailand’. It is the 50th largest country in the world as per total area and the 21st most populous country. Thailand which is a major ally of the US is a founding member of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). The country is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia given the high level of human development and is considered a middle power in global affairs.

The country which shares a good rapport with India offers tourists from the country the facility of thailand visa on Arrival (VoA) for the purpose of tourism. Courtesy the visa, the individuals can stay in the country for a maximum of 15 days. If the tourist intends to stay in the country for over 15 days, they can submit an application to the Immigration Bureau and obtain a tourist visa.

Latest Updates on Thailand Visa on Arrival

Thailand announces waiver of visa-on-arrival fee for Indians

As per the Ministerial Regulation of the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Thailand, the South Asian country recently launched a temporary Visa on Arrival (VoA) fee exemption scheme. As part of the scheme, the VoA fee of 2,000 Baht have been exempted for Indian nationals to visit the country between 15 November 2018 to 30 April 2019

Documents Required for Thailand Visa on Arrival

Individuals who intend to avail a Visa on Arrival while travelling to Thailand need to provide the documents mentioned below:

  • Passport having a validity of at least 6 (six) months.
  • Confirmed return ticket within 15 days.
  • Passport-sized photograph.
  • Proof of accommodation in Thailand.

Thailand Visa on Arrival Fees

Applicants from India who intend to travel to Thailand and avail Visa on Arrival must provide 2,000 Baht in cash. Apart from that, they need to carry sufficient funding which is 10,000 Baht per person or 20,000 Baht per family.  

List of Countries Eligible for Thailand Visa on Arrival

The facility of availing Thailand Visa on Arrival is provided to the citizens of only 21 countries as of June 2018. India is one of the countries among the listed ones. The VoA issued to the tourists compels them to adhere to the rules and regulations of VoA policies.

Listed below are the countries whose citizens are eligible to avail Thailand Visa on Arrival (VoA):

India Mauritius Latvia
Saudi Arabia Bulgaria San Marino
Uzbekistan Ukraine Andorra
Kazakhstan Taiwan Lithuania
China Romania Papua New Guinea
Bhutan Fiji Malta
Maldives Cyprus Ethiopia

List of Thailand Visa On Arrival Checkpoints

There are 48 checkpoints in Thailand through which tourists from the 21 countries can avail the facility of issuance of Thailand Visa on Arrival. The checkpoints are listed below:

  • Phuket Immigration Checkpoint, Phuket
  • Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai
  • Bukit Tal Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
  • Si Racha Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi
  • Pong Nam Ron Immigration Checkpoint, Chanthaburi
  • Satun Checkpoint at Koh Lipe Marine Port, Satun
  • Chiang Saen Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
  • Nakhon Phanom Immigration Checkpoint, Nakhon Phanom
  • Songkhla Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  • Tak Immigration Checkpoint, Tak
  • Hatyai International Airport, Songkhla
  • Trang Airport, Trang
  • Bangkok Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Bangkok
  • Surat Thani Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani
  • Samui Airport, Surat Thani
  • Betong Immigration Checkpoint, Yala
  • Chiangmai International Airport, Chiangmai
  • Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai
  • Phibun Mangsahan Immigration Checkpoint, Ubon Ratchathani
  • Ban Prakob Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  • Kanchanaburi Land Border Checkpoint, Kanchanaburi
  • Tak Bai Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
  • Mukdahan Immigration Checkpoint, Mukdahan
  • Krabi Immigration Checkpoint, Krabi
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan Checkpoint at Hua Hin Airport, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Phusing Land Border Checkpoint, Sisaket
  • Sukhothai International Airport, Tak Immigration Checkpoint
  • Mae Sai Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
  • Padang Besar Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  • Satun Immigration Checkpoint, Satun
  • Khlong Yai Immigration Checkpoint, Trat
  • Su-ngai Kolok Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
  • Chiang Khong Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
  • Samui Immigration Checkpoint , Surat Thani
  • Khuan Don Immigration Checkpoint, Satun
  • Sattahip Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi
  • Tha Li Immigration Checkpoint, Loei
  • Bueng Kan Immigration Checkpoint, Bueng Kan
  • Samut Prakan Checkpoint, Samut Prakan
  • Sadao Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  • Chiangrai Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
  • Nan Immigration Checkpoint, Nan
  • Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok
  • Aranyaprathet Immigration Checkpoint, Sakaeo
  • Phuket International Airport, Phuket
  • U Tapao Airport, Rayong
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Maptaphut Immigration Checkpoint, Rayong

Thailand Visa on Arrival Apply Online

While tourists from the 21 countries who are eligible for Thailand Visa on Arrival can avail the visa by applying for it at the 48 immigration checkpoints mentioned above, they can do it online as well prior to their arrival in the country. The entire process for applying online for visa on arrival is described below:

  • First, the applicant needs to visit Thailand Immigration Office site
  • Next, he/she needs to click on ‘Online Services’ under the ‘Service Information’ tab.
  • In the next page, the applicant needs to click on ‘Online Application for Visa on Arrival’.
  • In doing so, the individual is redirected to a new page where he/she needs to accept the terms and conditions and click on ‘Accept’.
  • Following that, select the appropriate option prior to filling up the application form.
  • Once the appropriate option is selected, the applicant needs to provide his/her travel information and click on ‘Submit’.

Royal Thai Embassy and Consulates-General in India

The Royal Thai Embassy is located in New Delhi while it has its Royal Thai Consulates-General in the metro cities of Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. The address, working hours, email address, and contact numbers of the Embassy and Consulates-General are mentioned in the table below:

Embassy and Consulates-General Address Email Address Contact Numbers Working Hours (Monday to Friday)
Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi D-1/3 Vasant Vihar, New Delhi 110057 thaiemb.india@gmail.com 011-49774100

9:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m

2:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m

Royal Thai Consulate-General, Mumbai 12th Floor Express Towers Barrister Rajni Patel Marg Nariman Point Mumbai - 400 021 thaimub@mfa.go.th

022-22823535/22822061/22821628

9:00 a.m to Noon

1:30 p.m to 5:00 p.m

Royal Thai Consulate-General, Kolkata 18-B, Mandeville Gardens, Ballygunge, Kolkata - 700019 thaiccu@mfa.go.th thaiccu@airtelmail.in

033-24403231/033-24407836

9:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m

1:30 p.m to 5:00 p.m

Royal Thai Consulate-General, Chennai No.3 First Main Road Vidyodaya Colony T. Nagar Chennai - 600017 thaicnn@mfa.go.th

022-044-4230-0730/044-4230-0740/044-4230-0760/022-044-4230-0780

9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m

2:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m

FAQs on Thailand Visa on Arrival

  1. What is the cost for availing Thailand Visa on Arrival for Indians?
  2. The cost of availing Thailand visa on arrival is 2,000 Baht.

  3. Are Indians eligible to avail visa on arrival while travelling to Thailand?
  4. Yes, Indians are eligible to avail Thailand visa on arrival.

  5. If I travel to Phuket, can I get my visa on arrival at the airport?
  6. Yes, you can get the Thailand visa on arrival at Phuket. All you need to do is fill up the application form available at Phuket International Airport or at the Phuket Immigration checkpoint and submit the necessary documents.

  7. How do I apply online for Thailand visa on arrival?
  8. You can apply online for Thailand Visa on Arrival by visiting https://www.immigration.go.th/index.

  9. What must be the minimum validity of the passport to avail visa on arrival while travelling to Thailand?
  10. The passport must a validity of at least six months as stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). However, as per the Thai Immigration Bureau (Rules and Procedures for Visa and Change of Visa) Regulations 2014, the passport should have a minimum 30 days of validity at the time of applying for VoA.

News About Thailand Visa On Arrival

  • Thailand to Offer E-Visa on Arrival from Feb 14th

    The Thai government plans on introducing an e-visa on arrival (e-VOA) for travellers from India and 20 other countries from 14th February, 2019 onwards. This service is expected to expedite the immigration clearance and visa processing for eligible travellers.  

    As part of the program, applicants will receive their authorisation between 24-72 hours after submitting their online application. This will enable faster immigration clearance through dedicated counters at Thailand’s biggest airports such as Chiang Mai, Phuket, Suvarnabhumi and others. 

    The Immigration Bureau of Thailand has tied up with VFS to provide this service, which is expected to cost more than the average Visa on Arrival. As of now, there has been no word on the fee structure for the e-VOA. 

    Given that the whole process will be online, authorities state that immigration will proceed faster as there will be no need for a physical document check at airport counters. Applicants will be pre-checked and authorised, enabling better security checks while speeding up the visa process. 

    14 February 2019

  • Indian and Chinese tourists to be exempted from visa on arrival fees in Thailand

    Indian and Chinese tourists in addition to tourists from 21 other countries have been exempted from visa on arrival fees in Thailand for the period from 1 December to 31 January. The visa on arrival fee in Thailand is set at 2000 Baht which translates to Rs.4400. Other countries to be included in the exemption include Taiwan as well. The tourists of these 21 countries are however only allowed to stay for a maximum period of 15 days in the country.

    As per the tourism industry of Thailand, 12 Lakh Indians visited Thailand last year which is an increase of 11% from the previous year. With many Indian airlines offering tickets to Thailand at low prices, the number is expected to rise even further. The move to waive the visa on arrival fees for 21 countries comes after the South-East Asian country had seen a decline in the number of tourists visiting it. Tourism is the major industry in Thailand. The 21 countries that have been exempted from the VOA fees are Andora, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

    13 November 2018

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