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.
- 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.
- 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
- Argentina – 90 days
- Brazil - 90 days
- Canada - 30 days
- Chile - 90 days
- Peru - 90 days
- United States of America - 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
- SAUDI ARABIA
- PAPUA NEW GUINEA
D. Designated Airports for VOA Services
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:
- Hotel details where you will be staying
- Passport size photo
- 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.
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
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.
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! ”
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.
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