A Quick Guide to Thai Visa On Arrival (VOA)

A Quick Guide to Thai Visa On Arrival (VOA)

by travellingsands

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.

Eligible Nationalities

thai visa on arrival

voa counter

VOA Counter, Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok

Documents Required

 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.

Useful Links

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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Han 05/01/2019 - 8:07 am

Its waived off till 31st of jan not 13th of jan..& the voi fees is approx 4k baht pp not 2k..

travellingsands 05/01/2019 - 9:00 am

Hi Han, thanks for your comment. As of now 13 Jan 2019 is the last date. Also VOA cost is only THB 2000. I have re confirmed confirmed from Embassy Website. You may like to share the source of the info so that I can check the authenticity again. Keep visiting my blog and offer your valuable comments. Cheers.

Stella 08/03/2019 - 6:37 pm

I heard that 600 THB with no visa fee offer is currently running.. is that true?

travellingsands 11/03/2019 - 11:03 am

Hi Stella, THB 600 is the processing fee of VFS Global for eVOA over and above the standard Visa Fee. However the latter has been waived off for travel till 30 Apr 19. If opt for normal Visa On Arrival, one can save that THB 600 too. Read my article, https://travellingsands.com/a-quick-guide-to-thai-visa-on-arrival-voa/ for full details

Andris 25/03/2019 - 8:49 pm

I have a small issue related to VOA: I made a mistake in calculating the 15 days that are permitted with visa-on-arrival. I arrive in Bangkok on the 1st of April and have a return ticket on the 16th of April. It’s now too late to get a tourist visa for 30 days. Any advice/tips on what to do? Will I be permitted into the country?

I am from Latvia if it helps.

travellingsands 26/03/2019 - 12:27 pm

Hi Andris, based on my experience with immigration officials in Thailand, I feel you should not take chances. It would be better if you can prepone your return journey by a day, rather than being under trauma. God forbid if they refuse entry to you, your holiday could very well turn into a nightmare and also cost you a lot. Having said that, I am trying to reach some official through my friends to get first hand info. Once I get that I shall message you


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