Why Thailand Visa On Arrival ?
Thailand Visa On Arrival is the most important factor that fuels the travel industry of Thailand. In case you are new to this let me first explain what a Visa and Visa On Arrival are.
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.
The ease with which ‘Thailand Visa on Arrival’ (VOA) and the convenience it offers have been the reasons apart from affordability why travellers worldwide have been choosing Thailand over other countries. So, go ahead and know how to get a Thailand Visa On Arrival quickly and easily.
Nationalities Eligible For Thailand Visa On Arrival
Documents Required for Thailand Visa On Arrival
The mandatory documents required to be produced at the Visa On Arrival counter 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 Visa registration print out
- 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 the 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 Visa On Arrival fees is waived off for travel upto 30 April 2020.
Thailand Visa On Arrival Form 2019
Recently, the Thailand Immigration Authorities have revised the ‘Thailand Visa On Arrival’ form and have made it much simpler. As there are is a number of forms of older vintage also available on the internet, I have given below a sample. Please note the Number ‘TM 88’ for correct identification . You can download the form using the link at the useful links column in the next section.
Please note that, if you have done the ‘Online Pre Registration for Thailand Visa On Arrival’, then you need to carry the print out form. The form below is for travellers who want to just land and proceed to procure the ‘Thailand Visa On Arrival’
Pre-register for Thailadd Visa On Arrival online using this link Online-VOA
Thailand Visa On Arrival form in Pdf format VOA-PDF
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Do carry a few extra copies of photographs, passport, small gum tube and ball pen in your waist pouch.
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