Last Updated on Oct. 25, 2016
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 Entries. Stay 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 19 countries (including India) at the 48 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 2000 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 2000 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 2000 THB. They check the documents and if everything is fine, within 2-3 minutes they 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 and the counter number is displayed at LCD panels in front of the waiting area . There are 5-6 counters. So it doesn’t take more time. After checking your token number at the LCD screen, go to the respective counter, handover the verified documents and visa fee to the immigration officer. They take your picture and stamped your passport with the 15-day visa-on-arrival.
Required Documents for Visa-On-Arrival: (Source: Thai Embassy, Singapore Website). Website of Thai Embassy in New Delhi doesn’t have the updated information.
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. Passport with at least 6 months validity
3. 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.
4. A return or onward journey ticket out of Thailand within 15 days of arrival
5. 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 is good to have bank and credit card statements in hand.
6. A complete list of all hotel reservation in Thailand. At least have the hotel reservation for first 2-3 days, if not for the entire 15 days.
7. 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. Normally, Indian citizens get 7 days extension only.
List of 48 Immigration Checkpoints where Visa-On-Arrival (VOA) is available: (Source: Thai Embassy, Singapore Website)
- Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
- Don Muang International Airport, Bangkok
- Chiangmai International Airport, Chiangmai
- Phuket International Airport, Phuket
- Hatyai International Airport, Songkhla
- U Tapao Airport, Rayong
- Mae Sai Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
- Chiang Saen Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
- Chiang Khong Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
- Betong Immigration Checkpoint, Yala
- Sadao Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
- Samui Airport, Surat Thani
- Sukhothai International Airport, Tak Immigration Checkpoint
- Bangkok Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Bangkok
- Sri Racha Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi
- Mabtaput Immigration Checkpoint, Rayong
- Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai
- Samui Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani
- Phuket Immigration Checkpoint, Phuket
- Satun Immigration Checkpoint, Satun
- Krabi Immigration Checkpoint, Krabi
- Songkhla Harbour Immigraion Checkpoint, Songkhla
- Chiangrai Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
- Surat Thani Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani
- Sattahip Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi
- Khlong Yai Immigration Checkpoint, Trat
- Pong Nam Ron Immigration Checkpoint, Chanthaburi
- Aranyaprathet Immigration Checkpoint, Sakaeo
- Mukdahan Immigration Checkpoint, Mukdahan
- Tak Immigration Checkpoint, Tak
- Padang Besar Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
- Su-ngai Kolok Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
- Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai
- Bueng Kan Immigration Checkpoint, Bueng Kan
- Phibun Mangsahan Immigration Checkpoint, Ubon Ratchathani
- Tha Li Immigration Checkpoint, Loei
- Nakhon Phanom Immigration Checkpoint, Nakhon Phanom
- Nan Immigration Checkpoint, Nan
- Ban Prakob Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
- Khuan Don Immigration Checkpoint, Satun
- Tak Bai Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
- Bukit Tal Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
- Samut Prakan Checkpoint,Samut Prakan
- Kanchanaburi Land Border Checkpoint, Kanchanaburi
- Prachup Khiri Khan Checkpoint at Hua Hin Airport,Prachup Khiri Khan
- Phusing Land Border Checkpoint, Sisaket
- Satun Checkpoint at Koh Lipe Marine Port, Satun
- Trang Airport,Tarang
Online Application for Visa on Arrival: You can also apply online for visa on arrival. Online application can be made at this web address: Apply for Visa on Arrival online. You will get Transaction Reference Number (TRN) after completing the online application form. Please print it out and bring it along when you travel to Thailand to get Visa on Arrival stamped on your passport.
Note: At everywhere, it is mentioned that the minimum validity of the passport should not be less than 6 months to enter in Thailand. But while applying online for visa on arrival, they only mention the minimum 30 days validity for the passport.
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. It’s cheaper also with longer duration of stay. (30/60 days on single entry in comparison to 15 days in case of VOA)
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: Applications submitted in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur and Chandigarh
For South India: Applications submitted in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Cochin
For East India: Applications submitted in Kolkata
Update: In Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, Thai Visa Application process is outsourced to CKGS Thai Visa Application Centre.
After arrival at VFS Centre, the Security Guard at entry gate issue 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 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:
- Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months with two opposite blank pages.
- Visa Application Form completely filled out (download here For Delhi and For Chennai)
- Two recent photographs against white background (3.5x 4.5 cm) of the applicant (preferably not older than 3 months)
- Evidence of Transportation: Confirmed return air ticket with complete tour itinerary.
- Evidence of Adequate Finance: Original receipt of endorsement of $700/person or Original Bank Statement from last month with minimum balance equally as $700/person along with bank stamp and signature or Credit Card issued by a bank or financial institution along with last month credit card statement. (No limit set for the applications submitted in Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad).
- A complete list of all hotel reservations in Thailand. If not for the entire duration, have the hotel reservations for initial 3-4 days at least.
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.
1. Photo Specifications: Color Photographs taken against 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 a statement on A4 size paper stating your onward travel to these countries is required. The statement should be addressed to The Royal Thai Embassy.
Please Note: If required, you may be requested to bring additional documents by The Royal Thai Embassy / Consulate.
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 10000 for multiple entry. Single entry visa is valid for 3 months from date of issue (including issuing date). For multiple 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. After the first time extension of 30 days, you may try for the second extension of 7 days.
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 20,000 B 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. 305 (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 255 for 25-40 people and INR 230 for 41 and more people). In South India for 11 and more people service charges are INR 222.
1. For an applicant applying at Delhi / Chandigarh/Gurgaon/Jaipur application centres, the visa fee is payable by CASH or demand draft favoring “VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.” payable at New Delhi, and in Indian Rupees Only.
2. Bank Charge of INR 30/per application will be paid in CASH only.
3. 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.
4. 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 seven locations) courier service and return of passport at a nominal charge of Rs.510 (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.205 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. 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.
- Visa Application center contact details, timings and detailed visa related queries
- Royal Thai Embassy in India
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand
- Tourism Authority of Thailand
- Immigration Bureau, Thailand
Thai Embassy Contact Details:
Royal Thai Consulate-General, Kolkata
18B, Mandeville Gardens, Ballygunge, Kolkata-700019
Tel: (+91-33) 2440 3231, 2440 7836,
Fax: (+91-33) 2440 6251
E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal Thai Consulate-General, Mumbai
12th Floor, Express Towers, Barrister Rajni Patel Marg
Nariman Point, Mumbai-400 021
Tel: (+91-22) 2282 3535
Fax: (+91-22) 2281 0808
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