What is a Visa On Arrival?
As you know a ‘Visa’ is a documentary permission given by the host country to a visitor. It is stamped to your ‘Passport’. To make things easy for tourists, certain countries publish a list of countries, whose visitors do not need advance Visa. Such visitors, on landing at the earmarked ‘Port of Entry’ will be issued with a short term visa called “Visa on Arrival(VOA) “provided they fulfill all the requirements and pay the prescribed fees. ‘Visa on Arrival’ (VOA) has been one of the important reasons why Indian travellers have been choosing Thailand over other destinations. So, go ahead and know how to get a Thailand VOA quickly and easily.
The mandatory documents required to be produced are as follows :-
- Passport with over 30 days validity on the date of exit
- Confirmed return flight ticket with return journey date within 15 days
- Hotel reservation for at least first few days
- Visa fees in Cash @ THB 2000pp (Waived off for travel upto 13 Jan 2019)
- Proof of finances @ THB 10000pp or 20000 (~USD 319/638) per family in the form of cash/travel cards.
- Print out of Application form/online application*
- Colour photo of size 4cm x 6cm#
- Arrival/ Departure Card filled in ball point pen
- Boarding Card of the arrival flight
New Feature – Online Pre-Registration
Of late, obtaining Visa on Arrival in main Ports of Entry like has been a harrowing experience. Due to the large volumes of tourists and limited resources available with the Thai Immigration authorities, one has to swim past a melee of tourists to get your VOA wasting about two hours in the airport. As most of the flights from India land in the wee hours of the day, tourists often waste a lot of time inside the airport trying to obtain VOA. In that time they could have reached Pattaya or Bangkok city centre by taking advantage of the traffic free morning hours.
This season, the Thai Immigration Authorities have come up with the Online Registration Facility where you can register yourself for VOA at the comfort of your home and hand over the printout along with supporting documents and a Visa fee of THB 2000 (~USD 64) per head in cash at the VOA counter in the arrival airport. Please note that VOA fees is waived off for travel upto 31 October 2019.
Apply using this link Online-VOA
Pdf form available VOA-PDF
Check the current INR conversion rate here.
Handy Tip : Do carry a few extra copies of photographs, passport, small gum tube and ball pen in your waist pouch.
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