Planning a trip to Thailand, but are not familiar with the visa process? Don’t worry this article will get you going. Thailand Visa On Arrival is a very simple and hassle-free process and you don’t need to do any extensive research for the same. Just a few things to keep in mind and you are all set.
Talking about visa’s, Visa on Arrival are always a very convenient way of entering a country. Every country which offers Visa On Arrival service is on the priority list of travelers.
This process is not applicable to every country. Here is a list of countries that are eligible for this process.
Countries Eligible For Thailand Visa On Arrival.
- Saudi Arabia
- Papa New Guinea
- San Marino
As far as I know, these are the countries that are eligible for this process. I haven’t mentioned the countries which have no visa requirements for entring Thailand like Russia, The Maldives, etc.
This list is just for the countries which have a visa requirement for Thailand and are eligible for this process.
Validity Of This Visa.
This visa is only valid for a span of 15 days. There is no such extension for this process, you have to leave Thailand within 15 days.
Documents Required For Visa On Arrival Process.
This is an obvious one, you need a passport to travel to any foreign country. No surprises there.
Visa Application Form
There are many visa application forms that are kept just before the immigration counters. You have to fill this form and give it to the Visa on arrival department.
You should have return flight tickets attached to the form while submitting it to the department. This should be within the 15 days of your arrival.
This doesn’t have to be a return ticket back to the country you came from. You can also have a flight ticket for any other country you want to visit.
Passport Size Photograph
The latest dimensions of the passport size photograph are around 4×6 cm. Although I haven’t seen them making an issue about the size.
Another requirement is that the photograph cannot be older than 6 months.
If you forget to bring your photographs, you can click them right there. The price for the same are around THB200 for 6 photographs.
This is not a necessity but they do ask for it. From my personal experience, they only ask the accommodation for the first day or two. That is it, they won’t ask you for the proof of the rest of the days.
At least keep proof of the accommodation for the first two days.
The immigration card is needed for every type of visa, whether it be an eVisa, visa on arrival, etc. You just have to fill the basic information like flight number, name, age, nationality, etc, etc.
This is given to you while you are on the plane. Just fill it up and keep it with you till immigrations. There are 2 parts of this card, they take the bigger part of this card and give you the small part.
Don’t throw that, you have to show them that card at the time you are leaving Thailand. If you lose it, don’t worry they will get you one after the check-in counters.
The fund requirement you need to have is THB 10000 for an individual and THB 25000 for a family.
During my visit to Thailand, no one has ever asked me for proof of funds. But, the Indian officers do ask you for this sometimes. It is always better to keep the amount with you. Not necessary you need to have cash, you can show them your credit/debit cards.
Visa On Arrival Fees
The fees for this process is around THB 2000.
NOTE: Thailand has waived off the visa fees till April 2020. You don’t have to anything for this until this period.
If you are planning to visit Thailand then make your plans before April 2020 and you could save around THB 2000.
Airports Eligible For Thailand Visa On Arrival.
- Suvarnabhumi Airport
- Don Muang International Airport, Bangkok
- Chiangmai International Airport, Chiangmai
- Phuket International Airport, Phuket
- Hatyai International Airport, Songkhla
- U Tapao Airport, Rayong
- Samui Airport, Surat Thani
- Sukhothai International Airport, Tak Immigration Checkpoint
- Chiangrai Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
- Surat Thani Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani
Apart from the airports, you can also get a visa from the following Immigration points in Thailand.
- Mae Sai Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
- Chieng Saen Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
- Chieng Khong Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
- Betong Immigration Checkpoint, Yala
- Sadoa Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
- 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 Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
Step By Step Process For Visa On Arrival.
Step 1 – Fill out the Immigration Card given out to you by the cabin crew members. (Try and bring out your own pen)
Step 2 – Run to the Visa on Arrival Booth. Yes, I actually mean that you should run. The queue can be long very long sometimes so make sure you try to reach it as early as possible.
Step 3 – Fill out the Visa Application form. Attach all documents necessary with it, the flight tickets, hotel bookings, photographs.
Step 4 – Hand out the form to the Officer which is present at the counter with your passport. They will return your passport with the half part of the Immigration card.
Step 5 – Take the returned documents and passport to the Immigration counters.
Step 6 – And you are Done!
That is it for today.
See you in the next one.
Also, check out my Krabi Travel Guide.