Mar 292012
 

Important Update: Thailand and Cambodia are agreed to implement a single visa scheme, known as ACMECS Single Visa, that allows  tourists to visit both  the countries on a single visa from Dec 27, 2012 onwards.  Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam are expected to join this single visa scheme soon. To know more about ACMECS Single Visa, check this post.

Proceed further on this post to know about Thailand Visa separately.

Different type of Visas: There are different type of short term stay and long term stay visas for Thailand. Here, I am explaining only short term stay visas i.e. Transit, Tourist and Visa on Arrival, issued for the purpose of Tourism to the independent backpackers.

Transit Visa: Single, Double or Multiple EntriesStay up to 30 days per entry.

This type of visa will be issued to applicants who wish to enter the Kingdom for the following purposes:

  • To travel in transit through the Kingdom in order to proceed to the country of destination or to re-enter his/her own country (category “TS”)

  • To participate in sports activities (sportsmen, sportswomen, etc.)(category “S”)
  • The person in charge or crew of a conveyance coming to a port, station or area in the Kingdom (category “C”)

Tourist Visa: Single, Double or Multiple Entries.  Stay up to 60 days per entry.

This type of visa will be issued to applicants who wish to enter the Kingdom for the purpose of tourism.

Visa on Arrival:  Stay up to 15 days per entry.

This type of visa is issued to the passport holders from 21 countries at the 24 designated immigration checkpoints only for the purpose of tourism for the period of not exceeding 15 days.

Note:  Employment is strictly prohibited in the case of both types of visa and also with visa on arrival.

Visa on Arrival Process: Visa fee 1000 THB (no other currency) and payable in cash only.

This is the choice of the most Indians traveling to Thailand. After leaving your flight at Bangkok Suvarnbhumi Airport,check if you are having 1000 THB as visa fee. If not, you can exchange money outside immigration counters. ATMs are also available. Just outside the dedicated visa-on-arrival counter there is a help desk from where you can get the application form. After filling your form with a photograph attached,  go to the dedicated visa-on-arrival immigration counter and wait for your turn in 2-3 long queues. Sometimes waiting time in these queues may be up to 45 mins  to 60 mins. There is also a priority counter without any extra cost for senior citizens, ladies and person having connecting flights to other airports in Thailand. While standing in normal queue, keep a watch on the priority queue. If there is no significant crowd in priority queue, you can also jump in that queue without any problem (As per my observations at the Airport).

The Visa on Arrival process is very smooth. Handover documents to the officials at the counter with the visa fee of 1000 THB. They will check the documents and if everything will be fine, within 2-3 minutes they will give you a token number and return your visa fee. After getting the token number, wait on the nearby chairs for your turn for visa stamp. The token number is displayed at LCD panels in front of waiting area with counter numbers. There are 5-6 counters. So it will not take more time. After the token number displayed, go to the respective counter, handover the verified documents and visa fee to the immigration officer. They will take your picture and stamped your passport with the 15-day visa-on-arrival.

Required Documents for Visa-On-Arrival:

1. A dully filled Visa-on-Arrival application form (Downlaod Here) (Blank form available on a counter outside the immigration area, better to use that form)

2. A photograph (4×6 cm) required to be stapled on the form (Preferably coloured photograph with white background). If you don’t have the photographs, you can get it clicked there outside the immigration area at the cost of 20 THB. The photo studio is just adjacent to the counter issuing blank application form for VOA.

3. A return or onward journey ticket out of Thailand within 15 days of arrival

4. Proof of adequate finances (10,000 THB per person and 20,000 THB per family). Just declare your annual income in the arrival card given by the airlines. They do not ask for the liquid money or credit cards or even for financial statements. But to be on the safe side, it will be good to have bank and credit card statements in advance.

5. A complete list of all hotel reservation in Thailand.

6. Arrival/Departure Card handed over by the Airlines (generally during the flight)…If you don’t have the arrival/departure card, you can get one outside the VOA counter.

Extension of Stay: Visitors who enter the Kingdom with Visa on Arrival generally cannot file an application for extension of stay except in special cases such as illness which prevents them from traveling, etc.  Those who wish to stay longer or may wish to change their type of visa must file an application for permission at the Office of Immigration Bureau located on Government Center B, Chaengwattana Soi 7, Laksi, Bangkok 10210, Tel  0-2141-9889  or at Thai Immigration Bureau Website. The extension of stay as well as the change of certain type of visa is solely at the discretion of the Immigration officer. The usual fee for a visa extension is 1900 THB.

List of 24 Immigration Checkpoints where Visa-On-Arrival (VOA)  is available:

S. No. Immigration checkpoints
1 Suvarna Bhumi International Airport, Bangkok
2 Chiangmai International Airport , Chiangmai
3 Phuket International Airport , Phuket
4 Hatyai International Airport , Songkla
5 U Tapao Airport , Rayong
6 Mae Sai Immigration Checkpoint, Chiengrai
7 Chieng Saen Immigration Checkpoint, Chiengrai
8 Chieng Khong Immigration Checkpoint, Chiengrai
9 Betong Immigration Checkpoint , Yala
10 Sadoa Immigration Checkpoint , Songkla
11 Samui Airport , Surat Thani
12 Sukhothai International Airport, Tak Immigration Checkpoint
13 Bangkok Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Bangkok
14 Sri Racha Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi
15 Mabtaput Immigration Checkpoint , Rayong
16 Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai
17 Samui Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani
18 Phuket Immigration Checkpoint , Phuket
19 Satun Immigration Checkpoint , Satun
20 Krabi Immigration Checkpoint , Krabi
21 Songkhla Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
22 Chiangrai Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
23 Surat Thani Airport Immigration Checkpoint , Surat Thani
24 Don Mueang International Airport , Bangkok

Please Note:  Visa on Arrival is not available at the popular land crossing of Poipet to Aranyaprothet while traveling from Cambodia to Thailand.

Getting Thai Visa in India: It is better to get the Thai Visa in India itself to avoid any last minute problem or long VOA queue at Bangkok Airport. Getting Thai visa in India is a really easy and hassle free process.

In Delhi, Thai Visa Application process is outsourced to VFS Global. In Delhi, VFS Center for Thai Visa is located at:

Thailand Visa Application Centre
702 – 707, 7th Floor, Prakash Deep Building,
7 Tolstoy Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001

VFS Center remains close on Saturday and Sunday.

For the Visa Application Center timings and contact numbers follow this link:
For North India

http://www.vfs-thailand.co.in/north/contactus.html

For South India
http://www.vfs-thailand.co.in/south/contactus.html

Update: In Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, Thai Visa Application process is outsourced to CKGS  Thai Visa Application Center.

For details refer: http://www.thaiembassy.org/mumbai/en/services/17326-Visa-&-Application-Centres.html

Application Process:

You just go to VFS center. Security Guard outside the VFS center will give you a token number. When I went there, there were only three people for visa application including me. So, I straight went to the counter and handed over my documents to them. They were particularly concerned about the photograph. I had to take another photograph from outside as they thought that my photograph was not proper. After documents verification, you need to deposit the application fee at the counter itself and they will give you an acknowledgment receipt, which is required at the time of passport collection.

Collection of Passport after Visa: Visa collection timing at VFS is strictly between 3.00 PM -5.00 PM (from Monday to Friday). Go to the VFS with your photo identity card and VFS receipt.  Security Guard will issue a token outside the center. Go inside the center. Wait for your turn. Once your token number is announced proceed to the Counter as per the token number and collect your passport with your visa stamped.

Documents Required for Transit/Tourist Visa: 

Generally, for these two types of visas, documents requirements are similar. An applicant needs to submit following documents:

  1. Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months with one blank page.
  2. Copy of Passport front and last page with stamped visa pages
  3. Visa Application Form completely filled out (download here For Delhi and For Chennai)
  4. Two recent photographs (3.5x 4.5 cm) of the applicant (preferably not older than 3 months)
  5. Evidence of Transportation: Confirmed air ticket with complete tour itinerary.
  6. Evidence of Adequate Finance: A bank statement for last three months with minimum balance of Rs. 20,000/ .(for individual) and Rs.40000 (for family) (Not applicable for applications submitted in Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad) or A Credit Card issued by a bank or financial institution.
  7. A complete list of all hotel reservation in Thailand.

Update (May 15,2013): From Feb.2013 onwards, Thai Visa applicants at VFS Delhi and Chennai Center can also fill their applications online. However, these applications cannot be signed digitally. You have to take the print-out of this application form after filling all the details and manually sign it to submit at VFS center. Old offline application form is also acceptable as before.

Tips:

1. Photo Specifications:  Color Photographs taken against a white or light blue background (my advice is white background) and Your full face should be visible. The photograph should be taken without sunglasses and without a hat or any other head covering, unless you wear such an item because of your religious beliefs or ethnic background.

2.  For Visa on Arrival only one photograph is required.

3. In case of travel to Thailand with tourist visa, a confirmed return air ticket is required. If you want a transit visa, then a confirmed onward air ticket is necessary. However, if you want to enter in Laos, Cambodia or in Malaysia from Thailand by road, then an application on A4 size paper stating your onward travel to these countries is required. The application should be addressed to The Royal Thai Embassy.

4. If you want to book a hotel after your arrival in Thailand to get a better bargain, then it is advisable to book your hotels at websites like agoda.com and get your confirmed reservation printouts. Later, after getting your visa, you can always cancel all these bookings with full refund (in most cases) and then re-plan your trip accordingly.

Please Note: If required, you may be requested to bring additional documents by The Royal Thai Embassy / Consulate.

Visa Fee:

Transit Visa:  INR 1600 per entry. Single entry visa is valid for 3 months from date of issue (including issuing date). For double entry, it is valid for 6 months (including issuing date).

But, once you entered in the Kingdom, You are permitted to stay for a period not exceeding 30 days in each entry including date of arrival and departure both. So, if you are having double entry transit visa and want to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days, e.g. 51 days, then on 30th days you have to leave Kingdom for another country and then you can come back again on your second entry permit for next 30 days. But you should exercise your both entry options before the expiry of visa, i.e. 60 days from the date of issue in case of double entry visa.

Tourist Visa: INR 2000 for single entry and INR 4000 for double entry. Single entry visa is valid for 3 months from date of issue (including issuing date). For double entry, it is valid for 6 months (including issuing date).

But, once you entered in the Kingdom, You are permitted to stay for a period not exceeding 60 days in each entry including date of arrival and departure both.

What is Visa Validity and Period of Stay: At Thai visa, you will see two dates as Date of Issue and Enter Before. These dates explain the validity period of your visa. When you enter in Thailand, at immigration counter, they stamp your visa with arrival stamp and there is another date marked as Admitted Until. This date explain the period of stay.

Now, suppose on your single entry visa, Date of Issue is marked as Oct. 8 and Enter Before is marked as Jan.7 , then it means your visa is valid between these days for a entry in Thailand, but not for exit from Thailand. It means, you have to exercise your single entry option before 24:00 Hrs of Jan.7. Therefore, your visa expiry date is Jan.7 in this case. Now there are two cases for period of stay:

1. You enter in Thailand on Dec.5 and for a single entry tourist visa, you are allowed to stay upto 30 days including the date of entry and exit. Therefore, at the immigration counter, they put the entry stamp with Admitted Until date as Jan.3, but your visa expiry date is Jan.7. In this case, you have to leave Thailand before 24:00 Hrs of Jan.3, irrespective of the visa expiry date. Also note that, once you exit from the country, single entry visa will be expired.

2. You enter in Thailand on Jan.7, which is your visa expiry date. But since, you are entering in Thailand before 24:00 Hrs of Jan.7, your 30 days period of stay will be count from there. That is, you can remain in country until 24:00 Hrs of Feb.5, irrespective of your visa expiry date of Jan.7.

Note: 1. Similarly, for a double entry visa, you have to exercise both the entry options before the 24:00 Hrs of the visa expiry date.

2. Having a prior visa does not entitle you to enter in that country. It is the sole discretion of the Immigration Officer at the port of entry to allow or deny you an entry in that country.

3. In case of Visa-on-Arrival, you only get Admitted Until date as you are already entering in the country.

Extension of Stay: Those who wish to stay longer or may wish to change their type of visa must file an application for permission at the Office of Immigration Bureau located on Government Center B, Chaengwattana Soi 7, Laksi, Bangkok 10210, Tel  0-2141-9889  or at Thai Immigration Bureau Website. The extension of stay as well as the change of certain type of visa is solely at the discretion of the Immigration officer. The usual fee for a visa extension is 1900 THB.

Those issued with a standard stay of 15 or 30 days can extend their stay for seven to 10 days (depending on the immigration office) if the extension is handled before the visa expires. The 60-day tourist visa can be extended by up to 30 days at the discretion of Thai immigration authorities.

For all types of visa extensions, bring along two passport-sized photos and one copy each of the photo and visa pages of your passport. Remember to dress neatly and do all visa extensions yourself, rather than hiring a third party.

If you overstay your visa, the usual penalty is a fine of 500B per day, with a 20,000B limit. Fines can be paid at the airport or in advance at an immigration office. If you’ve overstayed only one day, you don’t have to pay. Children under 14 traveling with a parent do not have to pay the penalty.

VFS Service Charges: Rs. 300 (in North India) and Rs.297 (in South India) per person including all taxes up to 24 people (in South India, up to 10 people only). If there are more than 24 people (more than 10 people in case of South India)  in the group, the service charges are different and slightly lower (INR 250 for 25-40 people and INR 225 for 41 and more people). In  South India for 11and more people service charges are INR 222.

Note:

 1.       For an applicant applying at Delhi / Chandigarh application center The visa fee is payable by demand draft favoring “VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.” payable at New Delhi, and in Indian Rupees Only.

2.       For an applicant applying at Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad application center the visa fee is payable by demand draft favoring “’The Royal Thai Consulate General’, payable in Chennai and in Indian Rupees Only.

3.       Alternate payment options are available at the VFS center for payment of visa fee at a service charge of Rs.56/- (Inclusive of service tax) per application. They already have some drafts from Deutsche Bank as application fee.

Applying through courier: Thailand visa Application center Delhi also accepts the Visa applications through blue dart (only from six location) courier service and return of passport at a nominal charge of Rs.500 (Rupees four hundred and ninety four only) in form of a Demand Draft in favor of VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. payable at New Delhi only per application/-(including service charges and courier).

Note: If you want to apply in person and want passport delivery at home, you can get this option at the charge of Rs.200 per application. The passport will be delivered by Blue Dart to your home.

Important Note: All fees and charges are non refundable, even if the application is refused or withdrawn.

Re-Entry Permit: If you have a Single entry visa (suppose valid for 60 days) and would like to travel outside of Thailand for a short period (suppose for 10 days in Cambodia) then a re-entry permit will be needed. If you will cross Aranyaprothet Border from Thailand to enter in Cambodia, your single entry visa will be over. To enter in Kingdom of Thailand again, you need a new visa from embassy or you can get a visa-on-arrival while returning back from Cambodia. First case will serve the purpose, but visa-on-arrival is issued only at certain immigration checkpoints and it is not being issued at famous Poipet-Aranyaprothet Border crossing between Cambodia and Thailand. So, in that case you have to fly out to Bangkok Airport to get a visa-on-arrival. Here re-entry permit comes in picture. Suppose your single entry visa in Thailand was valid until 15th April 2012 and you are going to Cambodia on 3rd April, 2012. You want to enter in Thailand again before 15th April and have your connecting flight to onward destination before 15th April. In this case, you can apply for a re-entry permit at border checkpoint by paying 1000 Thai Bath and this will help you to enter again in Thailand without getting a new visa. This way you need not to fly out to the airport to get a visa-on-arrival and you can enter in Thailand by road only. At Bangkok Suvarnbhumi Airport, a re-entry application can be made one hour prior to your departure from the airport on the same day of departure only.

When applying for a re-entry permit you will need to submit the following -

* A completed TM-8 form
* The correct fee
* A 2″ photo
* Photocopy of passport (main page, visa page and latest entry stamp)

Current fees for re-entry permit

* 1,000 Baht for single
* 3,800 Baht for multiple

Re-entry permits can be applied for in person or by an agent at Thai Immigration.  If an agent is used a letter of attorney is required.

 Important Links:

  1. Visa Application center contact details, timings and detailed visa related queries
  2. Royal Thai Embassy in India
  3.  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand
  4.  Tourism Authority of Thailand
  5.  Immigration Bureau, Thailand

Thai Embassy Contact Details:

1.  Delhi:

Royal Thai Embassy
F-4/5 Vasant Vihar, New Delhi-110057
Tel: (+91-11) 2615 0130-34
Fax: (+91-11) 2615 0128-29
E-mail: thaidel@mfa.go.th
Website: www.thaiemb.org.in

 2. Kolkata:

Royal Thai Consulate-General, Kolkata
18B, Mandeville Gardens, Ballygunge, Kolkata-700019
Tel: (+91-33) 2 4403229, 2 4407836, 24409723
Fax: (+91-33) 2 4406251
E-mail: thaiccu@mfa.go.th, thaiccu@airtelmail.in
Website: www.thaiembassy.org/kolkata

 3. Mumbai:

Royal Thai Consulate-General, Mumbai
First Floor, Dalamal House,Jamnalal Bajaj Marg,
Nariman Point, Mumbai-400 021
Tel: (+91-22) 2282 3535
Fax: (+91-22) 2281 0808
E-mail: thaimub@mfa.go.th
Website: www.thaiembassy.org/mumbai

4. Chennai:

Royal Thai Consulate-General, Chennai
No.3, First Main Road, Vidyodaya Colony,
T.Nagar, Chennai-600 017
Tel: (+91-44) 4230 0730, 4230 0740, 4230 0780
Fax: (+91-44) 4202 0900
E-mail: thaicnn@mfa.go.th
Website: www.thaiconsul.webs.com


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  195 Responses to “Thailand Visa Information for Indian Citizens”

  1. Hi,I’m Rahul.
    I want to ask that what type of visa is required for visiting Thailand for religious purpose only for 6 months?And what kind of documents required for that type of visa ?please reply.
    Email id:rahulkamble199487@yahoo.com

    • Hi Rahul, you can’t stay in Thailand for 6 months continuosly, unless you have a work visa or residence permit. However, You can ask for a multiple entry visa, that allow you to enter in Thailand multiple times in a single year. Each entry will be restricted for stay upto 30 days only and it can be extended for further 30 days.

      • Hi Concern,

        I have one query , I got a job offer from one Thai Company & they are
        asking me to come there by Visa on arrival , once you reach thailand
        they will let me join their company & apply for work permit.

        • Hi, Its doable. Many companies do the same. Its upto you to check the authenticity of your company. If that is genuine, then there is no harm to reach Bangkok with visa-on-arrival facility. Just apply for the work-permit as they said, and enjoy sightseeing in Bangkok. You are not allowed to work in Thailand without a work permit, but check if they have the arrangement with the immigration deptt. They can facilitate your work till you get your work permit.

  2. i am an indian passport holder.. i want to apply for thailand tourist visa in kualalumpur. will i get it..philip nmachennai@rediffmail.com

  3. I am visiting Indonesia on a tourist visa of 30 days. Can I visit Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand from here on my way back to India?

    • Hi, I don’t get your question. You can travel to all these countries depending on the visa status. Do you want to know about the on-arrival visas for Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore? How many days you have for these countries after Indonesia trip?

  4. Hi, thanks a lot for providing info for Indian travelers via this platform. My doubt is that I have a single entry tourist visa expiring in 3 days. I wish to stay for another 15-20 days. So, is it possible to get an extension of another month for Indians. I read somewhere at Thai Immigration website that the nationals of 7 countries including India can only extend their tourist visas for another 7 days maximum. Is it true for VOA or single entry too?

    • Hi, if you are having a 15-days or 30-days single entry tourist visa, then normally 7-10 days extension is permitted by Thai Immigration at the cost of 1900 THB. For upto 30 days extension, you should have a 60-days tourist visa. Visa extension is normally not allowed in the case of Visa-on-Arrival. If you want to stay more, you can do a visa run to neighbouring countries (Cambodia or Laos) and again come to Thailand on 15-days Visa-on-Arrival through the designated immigration checkpoints.

  5. hi there,could you plzz pass me some information regarding a work visa in thailand,,
    i hv a job offer for thailand in a restaurant for chef.so the overseas consultant agency told me to pay Rs.1,25000 in thailand & at the same time they told me that once i reach in thailand the employer will sign a 1 year contract with me & then i can start working .could you plzz pass me some information about how the work permitt (visa)is being obtain?

  6. Hi, I am holding Malaysia multiple entry Tourist visa. I plan to go Hat yai, Thailand from Kuala Lumper by bus or Train and cross land immigatrion. Will I get Visa on arrival at Sadoa Immigration Checkpoint , Songkla for stay of 4 days in Thailand because I heard form some where it’s mandatory to hold return Air tickets in order to get VOA in Thailand. By the way I hold return Air ticket to India from Kuala Lumpur.

    • Hi, visa-on-arrival is available at Sadoa Immigration. While return air ticket is a condition for VOA, you can state in a cover letter that you will return to Malaysia by road. Attach your multiple entry Malaysian visa and KL-DEL air ticket to support your cover letter. You will get VOA easily. :-)

      • Hi, thanks for your valuable advice. Is the Pedang Besar immigration of Thailand while taking train from KL to HatYai differ from Sadao immigration? Is it mandatory to pass through Sadao by road to VOA or can pass through Pedang besar immigration by train to get VOA. Thanks

        • Hi, Both are the different checkpoints. To get a VOA, it is mandatory to pass through Sadao by road. Pedang Besar Immigration is not on the list of ports, that offer VOA to Indian Nationals.

  7. I entered Thailand on Visa On Arrival system on 17th Feb. I got visa till 3rd March. Now I want to stay in BKK til 17th March. What do I have to do?

    • Hi, generally, extension of visa is not possible, if you enter in Thailand with visa-on-arrival, except any medical problem. However, you can try your luck at the immigration office, that address is mentioned in this post. Its completely a jurisdiction of the immigration officer and they can extend your visa without any medical problem also. If they refuse, then you have the only option of visa-run to Laos or Cambodia. Both countries offer visa-on-arrival to the Indian citizens. Just go to Laos/Cambodia and re-enter in Thailand to get Visa-on-arrival again for next 15 days. But trick is that if you go to Cambodia via Aranyaprathet border, then you can’t enter in Thailand by road, as that border doesn’t offer visa-on-arrival. In that case, you have to fly down from nearby Seam Reap city to Bangkok.

  8. I AM 64 YEAR GENTLEMAN. I WANT TO VISIT THAILAND AND LAOS DO I NEED TOURIST VISA? SENIOR CITIZENS ARE EXEMPTED FROM TOURIST VISA ?

  9. i have visa to visit bangkok now do i need to carry 40000 baht with me??? Please inform

    • Hi, you don’t need to carry 40000 INR in cash. You should have equivalent money in your Indian account as a proof of adequate finance. This 40000 INR limit is there for a family, while for an individual, this limit is 20000 INR.

      • Hi ,

        i have one basic question.I have account in HDFc bank, SO if i have money in my account. I can use it to withdraw money there ?will bank charge ny proccession fee ?whats ur thought ?

        Also whats the best way to carry cash ? convert it here ?or carry US dollars or go to bangkok and convert ?
        please advice

        • Hi, if your Debit Card is an International card, then you can withdraw money from any Visa/MasterCard ATM. Bank will charge approx. INR 150 per transaction as the transaction fee apart from conversion fee plus service charges. Check HDFC Bank website for current charges. If you withdraw large amount on a single go, instead of same amount in many go, then it is the best option. If you carry USD, then you are subjected to currency conversion twice, first from INR to USD and then USD to THB. If possible, get THB directly in India at reasonable rate, otherwise carry a small amount of USD or THB to spend on first day and withdraw rest of the money using your Debit Card.

      • Thanx a lot …

  10. hi,
    I read in many sites that visa on arrival cost 1900 thai bhat, is it true ?

    Also is it better to get visa here in bangalore or better is voa ? and which is cheap ?

    • Hi, Visa-on-Arrival cost is only 1000 THB, i.e. equivalent to approx. 1800-1900 Indian Rupees, while in India, you will get a tourist visa in INR 2000 for single entry plus INR 297 as VFS service charges.

  11. Thank you sir for clarifying the doubt.

  12. I am planning to get a single entry Tourist Visa in south india. Do I need to make a draft of Rs 2,297 ? Or make a draft of Rs 2000 and pay VFS Service Charge of Rs 297 by cash at the counter ?

    • Hi Saurav, You have to make a draft of INR 2000 in the favour of “The Royal Thai Consulate General” payable at Chennai, if applying in Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin or Hyderabad and pay for VFS Service charges of INR 297 by cash at the counter.

  13. Hi,
    I am an Indian national
    I am planning a vacation of 45 days, should I get visa from INDIA, can I stay in thailand for 45 days without any problem.
    Also advise if I need to book hotel for 45 days or can I book for 4 to 5 days .
    I would love to check out place before I book hotel for remaining days.

    • Hi Prashant, A single entry tourist visa entitled you to stay upto 60 days in Thailand. Better to book a hotel online, that can be cancelled later without penalty. After getting a visa, you can cancel your booking for as many days as you wish. You can explore the hotels in Thailand after reaching there. :-)

  14. Hi SB,
    I left a comment a view days ago and I am not to sure if it worked properly, so just going to try again.
    I am flying into Thailand on the second of Feb and was planning on getting a Visa on Arrival and stay in Thailand for the 15 days then we are planning on crossing the borders into Cambodia and Laos. For my flights home from Vientiane to New Delhi I found the cheapest way is to go via Thailand. So I want to book a flight for the 18th of March via Bangkok Airways into Bangkok airport and then 7 hours later catch a flight to Delhi with Thai Airways. Will I need a visa for the flight home? What visa should I get when I first land in Thailand? Or should I just get Visa on Arrival the first time and then apply for another on for transit on arrival?
    Hope you can help,
    thanks so much

    • Hi, At first entry in Thailand, you can get a Visa-on-Arrival. Stay there for 15 days and go to Cambodia and then Laos. While coming back, I think connecting flight from Bangkok Airways to Thai Airways, does not require a transit visa. You can remain in transit area to catch your next flight of Thai Airways. Even, you can get the boarding pass of your Thai Airways flight from Vientiane (form Bangkok Airways counter) and you can also check-in your luggage for the last destination, i.e., Delhi. Bangkok Airways has this type of agreement with Thai Airways.

  15. Sir,
    I along with my wife will be travelling to Thailand on 5th Jan 2014, I.e., after 3 days. I have a passport with 20 years validity which is valid till 2017 December and my wife has a new 10 years validity passport. Just yesterday, one of my friend told me that the 20 years validity passport is not accepted. Is it true ? I have made all my bookings for flight and hotels. Now, this is bothering me a lot.
    Kindly give your valuable comments on this. Also, I have been to Thailand 18 months back with the same passport and there wasn’t any problem that time.

    • Hi Nishant, There is an update on Official Indian Government Passport Website about 20-years validity passport on Dec.17, 2013. It states,
      Indian citizens residing in India and abroad, who possess handwritten passports as well as 20-year validity passports with validity beyond November 24, 2015, have been asked to apply for reissuing of passports and obtain machine-readable passports (MRPs). The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set November 24, 2015 as the deadline for globally phasing out all non-MRPs. All handwritten passports with photos which were issued earlier by the Government of India will be considered for non-MRP passports. All 20-year validity passports will also fall in this category. (http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/latestNews)

      You can see that deadline is still far. Some Travelers have the issues with US and Schengen Visa, but nothing reported about Thai visa. You also have an advantage of entering in Thailand 18 months back on the same passport. So Don’t worry. You can travel with your passport. You must also confirm this information from VFS Thai Visa Center at 022-67866003. and Do renew your passport asap after returning back :-) .Have a nice trip.

  16. Hi I AM NARESH ACTUALLY I GOT A OFFER LETTER FROM A COMPANY LOCATED IN BANGKOK AND THEY ASKED ME TO COME THERE BY ON-ARRIVAL VISA AND AFTER JOINING THEY WILL CONVERT MY VISA THEY SAID …IS THIS HAPPEN
    YOU HAVE GIVEN INFO THAT WITH ON-ARRIVAL VISA IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO GET EMPLOYMENT …SO WHAT I DO
    SUCH COMPANIES IN BANGKOK TO PROVIDE EMPLOYEMENT FOR PEOPLE OF OTHER COUNTRY?

    • Hi Naresh, On-Arrival visa is strictly for the purpose of tourism and employment is prohibited. However, you can go there by getting an On-Arrival Visa and meet your employer to complete Non-Immigrant Work Visa formalities. Please understand that it is NOT illegal to ‘SEEK’ employment on a tourist visa, but it is illegal to actually commence employment with one and in your case, it is definitely illegal to start working with that company on an On-Arrival visa. Moreover, VOA only allows you to stay for 15-days in Thailand.

  17. Excellent tips and guidance. Actually I’m planning to travel BKK and Phuket in Feb’14 with my wife. I just want to know how to prove that I’ve 40k (20k THB) with me..Shall I carry liquid cash (which I don’t think possible)..I’ve couple of credit cards..Will they be enough or shall I have to show statements also..??? I’m confused on that part…Could you please advise????

  18. Hi,
    I am planning to reach bangkok from India and avail VOA from DMK airport. I will be staying in pattaya for a couple of days and travel to Cambodia via Poipet to Aranyaprothe border, and return back to Thailand thru the same route. What is the procedure for re-entering Thailand, as I plan to spend 2 more nights before heading back to India.

    • Hi Pradeep, I suggest you to get a double entry transit visa for Thailand from India itself. You can use one entry at DMK and another at Poipet border, while returning back from Cambodia. But, if you want to avail VOA at DMK, then before going to Cambodia, get a re-entry permit from Bangkok, that allows you to enter in Thailand again, within 14 days of first entry on a VOA. Check this post for re-entry permit procedure.

  19. Hi, I am from Bangalore.Have been looking for correct information on the visa issues and nothing I saw before has the kind of content you have here….thank you for this.

    We went on a 7 day trip to Thailand last month and now want to plan a loooong vacation.
    Can me and my family consisting of wife and daughter apply for double entry tourist visa for a trip in Jan 2014 end? Any difficulty in getting this through Bangalore VFS? We can go to combodia return back to Thailand and fly back. My friend is settled in Thailand for 6 years and we will be staying with him.

    For Jan end trip can I apply for double entry visa this month itself? I read in your blog about a “enter before date” issue.

    Thank a ton

    • Hi Vinod, You can apply for a Double Entry Transit Visa to travel in Thailand, and then in Cambodia and again in Thailand. No issue at Bangalore VFS. When you will get a visa, you can see a date written as Enter Before…So you have to exercise both of your entry by that day only. But suppose you enter second time in Thailand on that day (Enter Before Date) itself, then you can stay there for 29 more days, because transit visa allows 30 days stay at each entry including the date of entry.

      • Hi, thanks a ton for the reply. In case we want to stay in Thailand only for 2+2 months will we get the double entry visa from CFS. What will typically be the enter before date? I wanted to know for a January end travel if it makes sense to apply for double entry visa now itself.

        • Hi, Double entry visa is valid for six months. So, if you apply for a visa now, you get enter before date (i.e. validity period) upto May, 2014. It means you can apply for a double entry transit visa now itself for January end travel. What do you mean by 2+2 months? Do you want to stay for 2 months after each entry? Transit Visa allows you to stay for 30 days on each entry. So, without any extension, you can stay there for 30 days + 30 days at each entry. But if you want to stay for 30 days after any entry, then you can also do that by applying for 30 days visa extension at Immigration Office in Bangkok.

          • Thanks for quick revert. What I meant is 60 day stay for each entry. No transit. So you stay for 2 months exit and re-enter for another 2 months. Isn’t that possible?

  20. I’m going to Phuket and Bangkok on vacation in Dec 2013.. Read your blog.. it has cleared all my doubts and is very informative, You have explained the entire process so well and provided all the links along with various addresses. Thanks a lot!

  21. Hi, i am bit confused, I booked tickets from CCU(Kolkata) – BKK in Jet Airways and from BKK – MNL (Manila) in PAL,i.e. both in separate tickets. Now i will reach bangkok at 4 15 am, and the flight to MNL is at 9 10am of the same day. I will have just one handbag. I am Indian National. Do i need to obtain a TRANSIT VISA??? I dont intend to go out of the airport. Kindly help :)

    • Hi, Since JAI and PAL both are full service carriers, I think, you shouldn’t require any transit visa at Bangkok Airport. You can remain in transit area to catch your connecting flight. I never caught a connecting flight on the separate carrier, So I am not sure on this.If need arises, you are eligible for a visa-on-arrival at Bangkok.

      • Thnxx mate, yup they both are full service carriers. I also heard that i will not be asked to get a transit visa. Still needed a bit confidence and with your moderation i m 75% sure that i will not require a transit visa….but if needs arises then i will b fully prepared with it…

        thnxx a lot once again, have a nice day :)

  22. This blog is really helpful, but I still am confused.
    I intend to land in BKK and take a flight to Siem reap.I land in Don Meaung and have the connecting flight in 3 hours from Swanabhumi airport. Do i need a visa ? Do i need a transit visa ? Can I just get a multiple entry visa from India ?

    PLEASE Advice.

  23. Hi, I am working and plan to travel Thailand. I book ticket with my friends credit card. Is it sufficient if i carry the signed photocopy of credit card of my friend ? Is there any other additional process required ? Also, iam working in peneng with employment pass, Can i awail on arrival visa ?

    • Hi, you can avail on arrival visa irrespective of your Penang Employment Pass, just because you are an Indian Citizen. You can show the signed photocopy of the credit card as well as a statement letter from your friend that you used his card for the ticket booking.

  24. Very informative post.
    I have one question. (or I am just reiterating just to be sure :))
    I am planning to go to Cambodia from BKK by road via Poipet-Aranyaprothet Border. In your post you have mentioned ‘you can apply for a re-entry permit at border checkpoint by paying 1000 Thai Bath and this will help you to enter again in Thailand without getting a new visa’. Does it mean I can get the re entry visa in the Poipet-Aranyaprothet Border? Is there any procedure for this or I can simply get it done when i return via that checkpoint?
    Please clarify.
    Thanks

    • Hi,

      Re-entry permit is not a visa actually. It is an authorization for you to leave a country for the time-being, if you have intentions to return back again within the period of your visa validity. If you are on a single entry visa to Thailand, then you have to arrange this re-entry permit prior to your exit from Thailand, either at Bangkok Airport or at Border checkpoint. Once you exit from Thailand, neither you can get a Visa-on-Arrival, nor a re-entry permit at Poipet-Aranyaprathet Border.

  25. Thankyou for such an informative post! I have few doubts, hope you will be able to help-
    1. I have read that if tourist Visa for Thailand is obtained from India, per family should posses 40000 TBH while entering Thailand?
    2. I have 10hrs in hand at Bangkok (we will reach Bangkok at 2am at BKK airport and connecting flight is at 1pm from DMK airport). Looking at the time we have, do u suggest me to go for VOA only?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi,
      1. I have read that if tourist Visa for Thailand is obtained from India, per family should posses 40000 TBH while entering Thailand?

      Yes, This is the criteria for visa application,for prior visa in India as well as for Visa-on-Arrival.

      2. I have 10hrs in hand at Bangkok (we will reach Bangkok at 2am at BKK airport and connecting flight is at 1pm from DMK airport). Looking at the time we have, do u suggest me to go for VOA only?
      Time is really sufficient to get a VOA. Choice is yours. You can get VOA easily in 1000 THB at BKK Airport.

      Have a nice trip.

  26. Hi,
    I am an Indian working in Bangkok since few months.i have a multiple entry visa.now i need to go to Malaysia for 2 days.i want to know few things.Can i travel to Malaysia?what to do with the departure card in passport?should i get a new departure card when coming back from Malaysia?
    Expecting your valuable replies.

    Thanks
    Jacs

    • Hi Jacob,
      you need a visa to enter in Malaysia. You can arrange that from the Embassy/Consulate of Malaysia in Bangkok. At the time of your exit, you have to deposit that departure card at Thai Immigration. and Yes, While coming back from Malaysia, you will get a new departure card.

      Regards.

  27. Hello!
    Can you please help me:
    1. Whether I need visa for Bom-Singapore and return journey Sing-Bom (Malaysian Airlines) with 2 hours halt in KL?
    2. I would be traveling to Phuket (for 8 hours) and Langkawi (7 hours) in Star Cruise from Singapore. So will I need Visa for both Thailand and Langkawi (i.e. Malaysia)?
    3. Will Multiple entry visa be required for Malaysia?

    Thank you very much in advance!!

    • Hi,
      1. You don’t require a visa in both cases, provided that your connecting Malaysian Airlines flight is from the same terminal only, where you will land at KL.
      2. No idea of cruises. But as far as I know that once you live the international water to enter in a country, you need to carry a proper visa for that country. So if you will leave cruise to enter in Phuket, you should have a prior Thai visa. Otherwise, you are also eligible for On-Arrival visa of Thailand at Phuket Immigration Chekcpoint.
      for Langkawi, since Malaysia doesn’t offer a visa on arrival, so you have to arrange a prior visa to Malaysia.
      3. If you are not planning to go anywhere except Langkawi, then you need only a single visa, as your BOM-SIN as well as SIN-BOM flights don’t require any visa.

  28. Dear Avinash i had visited Thailand bangkok in august 2013 on VOA i want to know that can i visit thailand again in September 13 or may be October13 with VOA. Will there be any problem for taking VOA again in less than two months time.
    Thanks

  29. i am having a query. I am travelling to yangon myanmar via bangkok (don mueng airport ) from kolkata india , i will be reaching bangkok on 22nd aug 5.55 am, my next flight to yangon is at 4.35 pm , i dont have any intention of comming out from the airport , so i would like to know that whether i will be requiring a visa to board my flight to yangon from bangkok , i am having a visa to yangon from kolkata india . I am travelling in air asia. Need your valued advise on this matter ,
    Regards

    Tapasuddha

    • Hi,
      Air Asia is a point to point carrier. It does not offer any transit facility. It is responsible from only one destination to another, not for any connecting one. It means, at Bangkok Airport, you have to pass through the immigration and it needs a transit visa for Thailand. You are also eligible for Thai Visa-on-Arrival there. After coming out from the immigration, you can either opt to go in the city or you can remain at the airport for next 10 hours to check-in again for the next flight to Yangon. If you are flying first time with Air Asia, I recommend you to read the following post: Air Asia: A Low-Cost Option for Backpacking Across South East Asia
      Regards,
      Avanish

  30. Hi, I am an Indian passport holder working in Malaysia with Employment Pass (EP) Malaysian Visa. Is it possible to get 30 days or 60 days Thai Tourist Visa from Thai Embassy in Penang, Malaysia? What documents are required?

    Thanks,
    Ganesh P

    • Hi Ganesh,
      You can get a single-entry Thai Tourist visa from Thai Embassy in Penang, that allows you to stay in Thailand for 60 days on a single entry. You are also eligible for 15 days visa-on-arrival. You required the same documents as you required in India (Check the documents list in the above post).

  31. We have tkts for Bangkok on 9 Aug on Thai Airways and onward to Siem Reap on Cambodia Angkor Air. We return to Bangkok on 13 Aug and fly back on 17 Aug to India. My query is will I be allowed to board the flight at Bangkok for Siem Reap without a valid Cambodian visa as I want to pick it up on arrival. I will be picking up a VOA at Bangkok – Transit double entry. Please advise…. thanks desperate Philo

    • Do not expect any problem at Bangkok Airport. You can catch a flight to Cambodia without any hassle. and If they will allow you to catch the Angkor Air from transit area only, then you will need only a single entry transit visa (VOA) during the return trip. But, if you are required to clear the immigration before boarding the Angkor Air flight, then you will need a double entry transit visa, as you have mentioned.

  32. Informative blog and helpful for first timers. I have a query, which takes less time voa or normal immigration to come out of the airport as I have a flight from Don muang airport. Will be arriving in bangkok at 0900hrs

    • Thanks..Normal Immigration always takes less time, because there you don’t need to queue for document verification and other formalities. Since, you are already possessing the required visa, you are allow to walk out faster at the immigration queue.

      • I don’t have one. Last time I took VOA and had seen long queues in normal immigration, so wanted to confirm before leaving.thanks for the info

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