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January 27, 2020

Thailand Visa On Arrival Process for Indians- Documents, fees

VISA ON ARRIVAL

About Thailand Visa

Thailand has always been in everyone’s bucket list because of its infamous nightlife, pristine beaches, tourist friendly open culture, street food, and Chiang Mai’s endless night market. It is a complete travel destination which offers something for all tastes. In terms of Visa procedures, Thailand has soft corner for its tourists. It always offers something which no one can resist.

Getting an Indian tourist visa for Thailand is so easy these days that without much hassle, anyone can plan a visit Thailand. Now Indian passport holders can visit Thailand for tourism purpose on visa on arrival. So if you are a citizen of India and planning for a short vacation in Thailand then you are eligible for free visa on arrival at one of the 24 designated Airports of Thailand. This kind of visa is valid for 15 days only. And one can enter Thailand 6 times in a year through visa on arrival process.

Thailand Visa on Arrival for Indians

India is listed as one of the countries to enter Thailand without requiring their citizens to obtain any visa at the Embassy. They can get the visa at any of the 24 designated international airports of Thailand. But provided they furnish the following documents for Visa on arrival in Thailand, if asked.

  • Visa is strictly for tourism purpose only. No misuse of tourist Visa for any work, job or business related activity.
  • A confirmed return ticket is required to show that they you are flying out of Thailand within 15 days of entry. Open tickets doesn’t qualify for VOA.
  • Proof of necessary funds are required at the time of entry. 10,000 THB per person or 20,000 THB per family is required.
  • Passport with a validity not less than 6 months
  • A completed visa on arrival application form. It will be available at Immigration checkpoints in Thailand.
  • A completed Visa arrival and departure card. It will be handed over to you in your flight.
  • Airline Boarding Pass.
  • One recent passport size photograph of 4 x 6 cms, not older than 6 months
  • A hotel address in Thailand.


Thailand Visa Fee for Indians

    Good News!! Thailand Visa on Arrival fee waiver was extended until 31 October,2019. Now it has been extended for another 6 months. It is free now and has been  extended till April, 2020. It means that citizens of India do no need to pay any fee for Thailand Tourist Visa.

TIP #1

   My suggestion would be to download the visa on arrival form from the official website of Immigration bureau Thailand - (Thailand visa on arrival form download) and fill everything before you land at the airport. It will save your immense amount of time at the airport.

TIP #2

   Once you receive your departure card after immigration check, make sure you keep it save somewhere as it will be required when you are getting out of Thailand. There is no PDF for Arrival and departure care available online and if you find it somewhere, do not download/fill up as every arrival and departure card are barcoded.

Travel Smart TIP #3 

 

  TRAVEL SMART!  Why waste time at the airport when you can get the Thailand Sim at your door step. Get Thailand SIM Card with unlimited Internet much cheaper here: 4G SIM CARD FOR THAILAND

I bought the same during my Thailand visit. Just insert it at the time of your landing and enjoy data and 100TBH talktime.

THAILAND SIM

THAILAND SIM

Or you can join
KLOOK for 4G sim card

This is a go-to website if you like traveling. Once you signup you will get 3.5 USD or 250 INR in your account and using that money you can book your 4G Sim card and get it at one of the Klook counters at the Thailand Airport. I generally book my sim card through Klook app if I do not get it elsewhere.

     TIP TO SAVE YOUR TIME FOR VISA ON ARRIVAL     

VISA ON ARRIVAL

Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) is Thailand's main travel hub, so it is likely that your flight will land here. And from my previous experience and that of other travelers, visa on arrival process before the immigration clearance will take more than 2 hours of your time. In addition, there is always a huge rush of Indian and Chinese travellers to the airport, with flights arriving every 30 minutes. So, a fast track counter or an express visa counter gives you the option of jumping the queue for an additional fee of 200 THB. It only took me 10 minutes to get a visa before I got to the immigration counter. Please note that the express line at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) will be on the left side of the entrance, and there will be a long queue of tourists on the right side, which will be a regular visa line. You need to pay cash in TBH along with other documentation on your visa at the arrival counter to get your express entry.

That's it, guys! If you did like the post about "Thailand Visa on Arrival for Indians" then please give a thumbs up below and share it with your friends and family. If you have any questions, feel free to comment here or email me.

My Thailand 10 days family trip


January 26, 2020

Thailand Tourist Visa: FREE Visa on Arrival and Visa Exempted Countries- Documents, fees

VISA ON ARRIVAL

About Thailand Visa

How to get Thailand visa? Or

How to apply for Thailand visa? Or

Is Bangkok visa same as Thailand visa?

If you are having these questions in your mind, then you are definitely at the right place as this guide is all about Thailand tourist visa and its visa process. Thailand has always been a hotspot for tourist from all over the world and when it comes to international travel, Thailand always make a count in the list. For this reason, Thailand still has a rush of tourist from all over the globe, and we cannot deny the fact that it caters to the need of every budget traveller. Getting a tourist visa for Thailand is so easy these days that without much hassle, anyone can plan a visit here. And when Thailand is offering a free visa on arrival for a particular duration, nobody should let go of this opportunity.

Thailand offers 3 mainly types of tourist Visa:

  • One you get directly from consular or embassy.
  • E-Visa
  • Thailand Visa on Arrival

As getting a visa on arrival in Thailand is much easy and hassle-free than other options, we will talk about Thailand’s on arrival visa process and Thailand’s visa exempted countries only.

Visa Free Countries for Thailand 

The visa exemption rule allows tourists from below listed countries to enter Thailand without requiring any visa. This is valid for a stay of maximum of 30 days. Countries listed below are eligible for this offer provided that they meet the following criterion.

  • A confirmed return ticket to back to your country or to any other destination.
  • Return ticket must clearly shows exit out of Thailand within 30 days of arrival.
  • You need to have funds of at least 10,000 THB per person during your stay in Thailand.
  • Passport with a validity not less than 6 months.
  • A completed arrival and departure card. It will be handed over to you in your flight.

         INFO!!

  • Citizens of Korea, Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Chile will get 90 days in both airport and land border.
  • Malaysians, entering via land/borders can enjoy the 30-days Unlimited Visa Exemption stamps.
  • Whereas for other countries listed above when entering overland or via a sea border, visa will now be granted as a 30-day visa exemption stamp TWO times per calendar year, from January 1 to December 31.
  • Those who arrive Thailand by air will continue to receive a 30-day stamp up to 6 times per calendar year.

A. Thailand Visa Fee

As countries under this rule are exempted from any visa requirements hence there is no fee associated with it.

B. Countries Under Visa Exemption Rule

  • AMERICAN
  • ASIAN
  • EUROPEAN
  • AFRICAN
  • OCEANIA
  • Bahrain – 30 days
  • Brunei – 30 days
  • Cambodia - 14 days
  • Hong Kong - 30 days
  • Indonesia – 30 days
  • Israel – 30 days
  • Japan - 30 days
  • Kuwait – 30 days
  • Laos - 30 days
  • Macao - 30 days
  • Malaysia - 30 days
  • Maldives- 30 days (from 14 April 2019)
  • Mongolia - 30 days
  • Myanmar - 14 days (by air only)
  • Oman – 30 days
  • Philippines – 30 days
  • Qatar – 30 days
  • Singapore– 30 days
  • South Korea - 90 days
  • Turkey – 30 days
  • United Arab Emirates – 30 days
  • Vietnam - 30 days
  • Thailand Visa on Arrival

    Thailand Visa on arrival (VOA) offers citizens of 19 countries to enter Thailand without requiring them to obtain any visa at the Embassy. They can get the visa at any of the 24 designated international airports of Thailand. But provided they furnish the following documents for Visa on arrival in Thailand, if asked.

    A. Thailand Visa On Arrival Documents

    • Visa is strictly for tourism purpose only. No misuse of tourist Visa for any work, job or business related activity.
    • A confirmed return ticket is required to show that they you are flying out of Thailand within 30 or 15 days of entry, as per applicable visa rules  applicable to your country. Open tickets doesn’t qualify for VOA.
    • Proof of necessary funds are required at the time of entry. 10,000 THB per person or 20,000 THB per family is required.
    • Passport with a validity not less than 6 months
    • A completed visa on arrival application form. It will be available at Immigration checkpoints in Thailand.
    • A completed Visa arrival and departure card. It will be handed over to you in your flight.
    • Airline Boarding Pass.
    • One recent passport size photograph of 4 x 6 cms, not older than 6 months
    • A hotel address in Thailand.

    B. Thailand Visa on Arrival Fee

        Good News!! Thailand Visa on Arrival fee waiver was extended until 31 October,2019. Now it has been extended for another 6 months. It is free now and has been  extended till April, 2020. It means that citizens of below country do no need to pay any fee for Thailand Tourist Visa.

    C. Thailand Visa on arrival countries

    • AMERICAN
    • ASIAN
    • EUROPEAN
    • AFRICAN
    • OCEANIA
    • FIJI
    • PAPUA NEW GUINEA
    • VANUATU
    • NAURU

    D. Designated Airports for VOA Services

    Suvarnabhumi Airport

    Don Muang International Airport, Bangkok

    Chiangmai International Airport, Chiangmai

    Phuket International Airport, Phuket

    Hatyai International Airport, Songkhla

    U Tapao Airport, Rayong

    Mae Sai Immigration Checkpoint, Chiengrai

    Chieng Saen Immigration Checkpoint, Chiengrai

    Chieng Khong Immigration Checkpoint, Chiengrai

    Betong Immigration Checkpoint, Yala

    Sadoa Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla

    Samui Airport, Surat Thani

    Sukhothai International Airport, Tak Immigration Checkpoint

    Bangkok Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Bangkok

    Sri Racha Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi

    Mabtaput Immigration Checkpoint, Rayong

    Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai

    Samui Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani

    Phuket Immigration Checkpoint, Phuket

    Satun Immigration Checkpoint, Satun

    Krabi Immigration Checkpoint, Krabi

    Songkhla Harbour Immigraion Checkpoint, Songkhla

    Chiangrai Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai

    Surat Thani Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani

    E. Thailand Visa On Arrival Form

    Once you land at the airport, you need to fill a visa on arrival form or Thailand visa form and same to be submitted along with other documents mentioned above at the visa on arrival counter. Before filling the form, make sure you have the following things available with you:

    1. Passport
    2. Hotel details where you will be staying
    3. Pen
    4. Passport size photo
    5. Glue stick (for photo)

        TIP!! My suggestion would be to download the visa on arrival form from the official website of Immigration bureau Thailand - (Thailand visa on arrival form download) and fill everything before you land at the airport. It will save your immense amount of time at the airport.

    Once I lost my pen at the airport, and it took me an hour to borrow it from someone else. And recently I had my glue stick with me for pasting my photo on the Thailand visa form, but once I opened it, everyone started hovering around me for the stick. I never meant to sound rude, so I gave it to others but later realized that it was gone forever. So it would be a wise decision to fill the Thailand visa application form before landing at the airport only.

    VISA ON ARRIVAL FORM

    VISA ON ARRIVAL FORM

    F. Arrival and Departure card

    Along with Thailand Visa on arrival form, everyone needs to fill up Arrival and Departure cards also. It will be handed over to you in the destination flight itself.

      TIP!!  Once you receive your departure card after immigration check, make sure you keep it save somewhere as it will be required when you are getting out of Thailand. There is no PDF for Arrival and departure care available online and if you find it somewhere, do not download/fill up as every arrival and departure card are barcoded.

    Thailand Sim Card

      TRAVEL SMART! 

    Why waste time at the airport when you can get the Thailand Sim at your door step. Get Thailand SIM Card with unlimited Internet much cheaper here: 4G SIM CARD FOR THAILAND

    I bought the same during my Thailand visit. Just insert it at the time of your landing and enjoy data and 100TBH talktime.

    THAILAND SIM

    Or you can join
    KLOOK for 4G sim card

    This is a go-to website if you like traveling. Once you signup you will get 3.5 USD or 250 INR in your account and using that money you can book your 4G Sim card and get it at one of the Klook counters at the Thailand Airport. I generally book my sim card through Klook app if I do not get it elsewhere.

         TIP TO SAVE YOUR TIME FOR VISA ON ARRIVAL!    

    VISA ON ARRIVAL

    Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) is the central travel hub of Thailand, so the chances are that your flight may land here. And from my and other travellers’ previous experiences, filling up visa on arrival form, waiting in a long queue to submit it at the visa on arrival counters and getting your visa stamped before immigration clearance will take more than 2 hours of your time. In addition to this, there is always a huge rush of Indian and Chinese tourists at the airport with flights landing in every 30 minutes. So, a fast track counter or an express visa counter gives you an option to jump the queue for an additional fee of 200 THB. It took me merely 10 minutes to get the visa before reaching the immigration counter. Please note the at the Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), the express line will be on the left side from the entrance, and there will be a long queue of tourist on the right side – that will be a regular visa line. You need to pay cash in TBH along with other documents at the visa on arrival counter to get the  express entry.

    That's it, guys! If you did like the post about "Thailand Tourist Visa" then please give a thumbs up below and share it with your friends and family. If you have any questions, feel free to comment here or email me.

    My Thailand 10 days family trip

    January 13, 2020

    US VISA APPOINTMENT – A COMPLETE STEP BY STEP GUIDE

    US VISA APPOINTMENT


    US VISA APPOINTMENT


    Hi,

    Coming to this section of the post means you have completed your DS-160 application form and submitted it successfully. If you have not completed your DS-160 visa application form yet, then please refer to Part 1 of the series- How to apply of US tourist visa-DS160 form.

    This post today will be all about:

    • US visa fee.
    • Scheduling an appointment
    • FAQ section related to DS 160 form and US Visa appointment.

    1. Overview

    Now you are one step away from scheduling your US visa appointment. But before that, you need to pay your US Visa fee. Some countries like India need an additional appointment for biometrics at a visa application centre (VAC). The procedure to schedule a US visa appointment in Asia is slightly different than the rest of the world. Here, I will provide a complete guide for those who want to schedule their US visa appointment in Asia. For other countries, I have also provided an excellent source to refer at the end of the blog post.

    2. User Registration 

    NEW REGISTRATION SCREEN

    NEW REGISTRATION SCREEN

    1. Head over to US Travel docs website.
    2. Select your continent from the map shown.
    3. Select your country.
    4. Is this your first time applying for a visa and/or visiting our site?[ If you want to read all the information related to Non-immigration visa, click ‘YES’ otherwise ‘NO’]
    5. If you have selected ‘yes’, go for Non-Immigrant visa type in the options.
    6. If you have selected NO, you will be redirected to the login page.
    7. After selecting ‘NO’, click on the login page and select new user.
    8. You will be taken to the “new registration page”. Fill all the information there as per mentioned in your passport without any mistake.
    9. Click submit and note down your username (email) and password to successfully open your application later.

    3. New application

    NEW APPLICATION SCREEN

    NEW APPLICATION SCREEN

    1. After logging in with the credentials, click on “new application/schedule appointment” on the left side of the page.
    2. You will be asked to select your visa type. Click on the “Non-immigration” for B1/B2 visa type.
    3. On the next page, you need to select your country of residence.
    4. On the next page, you need to select the preferred language in which you are comfortable to give your visa interview.
    5. Please select your visa category on the next page. For people applying for B1/B2 visa; select Business/Tourism category.
    6. On the next page, kindly select your visa class. Select B1/B2 – VISITOR FOR BUSINESS AND PLEASURE.
    7. After submitting all the information, you will be taken to review all the information you have filled so far. Also on the bottom left of the page, the first available appointment will be shown to you. But you cannot select the available slot as you have not paid the visa fee yet. It is just for your reference only. Click on confirm button and proceed further.
    REVIEW PAGE

    REVIEW PAGE

    4. Personal Information

    • On next page, you need to fill all your personal information. This includes:
    • Passport Number
    • Passport Issuance date and place
    • Passport Expiration Date
    • Date of Birth
    • Nationality
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Country of Birth
    • Gender
    • DS-160 Confirmation Number
    • Contact Information
    • Mailing Information

    5. Dependents Information

    dependents info Screen

    dependents info Screen

    • Click on ‘Add by Name”, If you are traveling with in a group or with dependents (spouse, child, parents), who needs to apply for a US visa.
    • Pl note that every member of the group or family needs to fill a separate DS-160 application form.
    • All group applicants can mention their DS 160 number in the “Add by Name” option.
    Dependents info screen

    Dependents info screen

    6. Interview Waiver program

    All applicants are required to answer below questions. Based on the answers provided by the candidates, eligibility for the interview waiver program will be calculated. Select "No" below to all questions if you are first time applying for the US visa. 

    • Are you (the visa applicant) under 14 years of age? Click “No” to continue
    • Are you (the visa applicant) 80 years of age or older? Click “No” to continue
    • Do you have a previous B1/B2 visa? Click “NO” to continue.
    VISA WAIVER UNDER 14 WITH BOTH PARENTS HAVING VALID US VISA

    VISA WAIVER UNDER 14 WITH BOTH PARENTS HAVING VALID US VISA

    ABOVE 80 AND NEVER APPLIED FOR US VISA BEFORE SAMPLE SCREEN

    ABOVE 80 AND NEVER APPLIED FOR US VISA BEFORE SAMPLE SCREEN


    NOTE: A child below 14 years of age and person above 80 years of age is eligible for the interview waiver program based on further evaluation criterion.  Under certain conditions you are eligible for the interview waiver program.

    1. Under 14 years of age and applying for the US visa first time with a condition that both parents have a valid US visa 

    2. Above 80 years of age and first time applying candidate for the US visa.

    3. Above 80 years of age and have a previous valid US visa.

    4. You have a previous US visa, and it was issued after your 14th birthday, and it was not lost, stolen or cancelled, and your most recent visa was never refused before, then you are eligible for visa waiver program.

    7. Document Delivery

    Once your visa has been approved, you have two options to collect your passport.

    Document Delivery Page

    Document Delivery Page

    1. Pickup: To pick up your passport from the visa application centre or courier head office.
    2. Delivery: To receive your passport by mail to your home. For the delivery option, you need to pay some nominal amount to the courier service at the time of delivery. You can check this amount at the document delivery page.

    8. Visa Fee

    Current visa fee for Tourist/Business B visa type is 160 USD which is equivalent to 11520 INR. Below is a screenshot taken from US travel docs site for various visa fees for different category of Visas.

    US VISA FEE TYPE

    US VISA FEE TYPE

    Important note for visa fees: US Visa Fees are not refundable. If you have encountered an error while making your payment or you believe your payment was not successful, do not try to pay the fee a second time as it will not be refunded. In doubt, kindly email their support staff at support-india@ustraveldocs.com with your concern.

    For current visa rates. Please refer US travel docs Visa fee section.

    9. Payment options

    On the next page, you will see a payment options screen. You need to select a payment mode, and once the payment has been verified within 2 business days, you can easily schedule an appointment for the visa interview process. Various payment modes are:

    US VISA APPOINTMENT PAYMENT OPTION

    US VISA APPOINTMENT PAYMENT OPTION

    1. NEFT (National Electronic Funds Transfer) with Bank of America
    2. Mobile Payments (IMPS)
    3. Cash- Over the counter (Axis Bank, PNB and CitiBank)

    Before proceeding further Kindly note that:

    1. Each visa applicant, including children, is required to pay the Visa fees if applicable.
    2. Check for the visa waiver program for the participating country. 
    3. Every applicant needs to check his or her eligibility for the Visa waiver program. You may not need to apply for a new visa based on your age and previous valid US visa. Kindly check your eligibility here. 
    4. Visa fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
    5. Visa application fee is determined by the type of Visa. Kindly check the visa fees here 
    6. Please pay payment only as per unique account number as the payment is non-refundable.
    7. Transfer the correct amount as per your visa category. Incorrect fund transfers will make unnecessary delays for your visa appointment.

    A. NEFT

    1. Once you select this option, you will be presented with a unique account number.
    2. Several other beneficiary details will also be provided to make the payment from your bank account.
    3. Kindly note the unique account number and save it somewhere for future reference. You need to use this number while scheduling your US visa interview.
    4. Make an electronic fund transfer to this unique account number.


    B. Mobile payment/ IMPS

    1. For this, beneficiary mobile number and beneficiary MMID will be provided to the user.
    2. User can pay the MRV fees through his or her local bank account. 
    3. Some bank has a limit of 5000 Rs per transaction. Kindly contact the bank or check their website before making any payment. You can also check the daily limits of some Indian banks here. 
    4. Once the payment has been verified, you will receive an SMS containing 12 digits IMPS reference number. Kindly note down the same for future reference.

    C. Cash over the counter

    1. Using this method, you can make payment directly at any of the designated bank branches. 
    2. Download the visa fee slip from your payment profile option.
    3. Fill all the details and carry the slip/collection form to the bank.
    4. Once you pay the fee at the bank, you will be given a reference number. Kindly note it somewhere for future reference.
    PAY DIRECTLY AT BANK OPTION US VISA

    PAY DIRECTLY AT BANK OPTION US VISA

    In my case, I paid the visa fee using IMPS payment option. I made the payment on Friday, so it could be verified on Tuesday only. It took 4 days (including holidays) to confirm the visa fee.

    10. US VISA Appointment

    once you have paid the visa fee, login again with your credentials at the profile section of the website and click on the continue button on the left side menu. You will be taken to the payment screen.
    At the payment screen, you will be asked to enter the receipt number to verify the payment. Once the receipt number has been verified, click continue to schedule your visa interview.

    Schedule an appointment page

    Schedule an appointment page

    Sometimes when you enter your receipt number, you will be shown an error saying that the receipt number is invalid. It happens when your payment has not been verified. You need to wait for a day or two before you can re-enter your receipt details. Once the receipt you have entered has been verified, you will be taken to the schedule appointment page.


    A. Biometrics 

    OFC Appointment Booking page

    OFC Appointment Booking page

    It is applicable to some countries only. It is also called OFC (Offsite Facilitation Center) appointment or VAC (Visa application centre appointment). It is set up by the US embassy to enable faster processing of your fingerprints and visa photographs before your US visa interview. You need to schedule an appointment to visit the OFC centre if this is a pre-requisite for your country.

    Just select your visa interview location on the screen and schedule a biometric appointment. You will be displayed all available days and slots to schedule a visa appointment.

    OFC confirmation page

    OFC confirmation page


    B. Interview appointment 

    It is also called consular appointment. On the screen, pick your available slot and confirm the interview appointment. Kindly take a print of your confirmed appointments. You will need it on the day of your scheduled appointments. 

    You also check for wait times for the interview appointments based on your country/region he​re. 

    There is no provision of scheduling both biometric and interview appointment on the same day. Biometrics can be scheduled only a day before the visa interview appointment based on the available slots.

    INTERVIEW APPOINTMENT CONFIRMATION PAGE

    INTERVIEW APPOINTMENT CONFIRMATION PAGE


    11. FAQ Section

    Can I schedule my biometrics and interview appointment on the same day?

    I have made an interview appointment and paid the visa fee, but now I want to change the appointment schedule?

    I want an early appointment, but at the confirmation page, the latest available appointment is days away from my desired dates.

    What if I want to change my appointment 24 hours before the interview?

    I have opted for X language at the time of DS -160 application form, and now I want to give my interview in Y language.

    I am a citizen of X country. Am I eligible for the visa waiver program?

    I paid my visa fee, but at the time of scheduling my interview, the page shows that the receipt entered is invalid.

    How do I edit information on a DS-160 form after having booked the appointment and paid the visa fee?

    Can I change my location of the US Visa Interview after submitting the DS-160 form?

    Do I need to submit DS-160 form for my child also?

    I have a valid US visa and I want to apply the same for my child also.

    My family is applying for DS-160 form. Do I need to fill a separate application for my child too?

    We are applying for DS-160 form. Does my child need to attend the interview?

    If you are applying from continents other than Asia, refer this post

    That's it, guys! Now the next step would be to get yourself gear up for the interview process. I have also enclosed some more FAQ in next post to help you further for the US visa process. If you have any questions or stuck at any point of your visa process, feel free to comment here or email me.

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