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Why Should You Opt For 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.


Visa Basics

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 for short stays for tourism purposes.


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 fulfil 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.

Thailand Visa On Arrival is normally issued for a stay period of 15 days (including the day of arrival and departure). As a promotional offer the same has been extended to 30 days up to  31 March 2023.


Nationalities Eligible For Thailand Visa On Arrival


nationalities eligible for thailand visa on arrival

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
  • 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 53) per head in cash at the VOA counter in the arrival airport. Let me remind you again,

However, a new eVisa portal has been put in place by the Thai Immigration Authorities for some selected countries only. If you want to know your eligibility to apply for an eVisa, register yourself on this website and fill in the form in the type of Visa you need. An illustrative video is also available to guide you through the process.


Thailand Visa On Arrival Form


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 of the form. The form below is for travellers who want to just land and proceed to procure the ‘Thailand Visa On Arrival’


Thailand Visa On Arrival Form 2019

Thailand Visa On Arrival Form

thailand visa on arrival counter

Thailand Visa On Arrival Counter, Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bkk


Useful Links

Pre-register  for Thailadd Visa On Arrival online using this link Online-VOA

Thailand Visa On Arrival form in Pdf format 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, 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 could also burn a hole in your pocket.

NEERAJ CHAWLA 04/11/2019 - 5:43 am

I hold an Indian passport. I will arrive Bangkok, suvarnabhumi Airport on 1-12-2019 at 6 am in morning. My return ticket is for 15-12-2019 night 9.30 pm . is it ok for visa on arrival , does it meets the requirement of return ticket within 15 days of arrival as per Thai visa Authorities ?

travellingsands 04/11/2019 - 7:02 pm

Hi, the 15 days Visa On Arrival includes the date of arrival and departure. You are ok with this. Hope this info helps you. Feel free to post any more queries you may have. Cheers. MS

Vijaya 17/11/2019 - 12:30 pm

Hey! We have planned Thailand trip in. Feb, we are reaching Thailand on 16Feb 3:a.m and leaving on 1march 12:30 p.m, considering Feb is of 29 days, do you feel it is okay? Many ppl have scared us saying it’s exactly 15days and immigration officer may create a problem.please help!

travellingsands 17/11/2019 - 10:03 pm

Hi Vijaya, the 15 days period for Visa on Arrival, Thailand includes the dates of arrival and departure. That means your arrival at 0300 hours (3 Am) on 16 Feb 2020 entitles you for a Visa On Arrival that is valid till 2359 hours(before 12 midnight) on the (ending) night of 01 March 2020. Since you are departing a good nine hours before at 15oo hours (3pm), I do not think there should be any problem. In case you want to get rid of this confusion, you can go for the regular Visa through VFS which is granted for 60 days of stay and is valid for 3 months. However, you will have to pay the prescribed Visa fees unlike the Visa On Arrival, which is free of cost till 30 April 2020. You can check this link Feel free to send any more queries that you may have. Enjoy your holiday. Cheers !!


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