The plane lands on the runway, and the Captain welcomes you to Thailand! Only being 3 hours away, it is an incredibly popular destination for Indian travelers, and our holiday time being very precious we want to make the most of our time!
Walking through the airport to Immigration is always the worst part of any holiday. Queing and waiting, and it makes it even worse if you have no idea what or where you are meant to be going…
RELAX! You are on holiday after all!
There are two types of visa you can obtain being an Indian national. Have a look below for some simple tips on getting the Visa that is right for you, and hopefully to give you a little more of an idea for when you arrive.
VISA ON ARRIVAL FOR CITIZENS OF INDIA
Did you know India is one of only 21 countries that have been granted the option of Visa on Arrival. Lucky you!! This means you don’t need to do anything before you arrive. Before you land you will be handed an Arival/Departure card by the air crew. Make sure you fill this out both the Arrival and Departure parts. You will then make your way to immigration once disembarked from the plane, and along the way you will see benches on the wall with forms and pens. Ensure you fill out on of these forms, and then you can proceed to the immigration waiting lines.
PLEASE NOTE: There are a few prerequisites however, which are stated below….
Please see below taken from the Thai Embassy website (Sept 2019)- *You must have with you when going through immigration*
- Airline Boarding Pass
- • A passport that is valid for at least 6 months following your departure date with at least 2 remaining unused pages for any necessary entry and exit stamps that may be issued.
- • A completed visa application form available at Immigration checkpoints in Thailand.
- • One recent photograph of 4 x 6 centimeters head shot not older than 6 months.
- • A confirmed airline ticket showing the departure from Thailand within 15 days of the date of entry. Leaving Thailand via bus/train across a land border will disqualify you for Visa on Arrival.
- • A completed Arrival-Departure card, which the airline staff will distribute before landing in Thailand. If they do not hand to you, ASK for one. You need one of these for each member of your group of family, children included.
- It will also be necessary to prove that you have funds of at least 10,000 THB per person and/or 20,000 THB per family during your stay in Thailand.
- A fee of 2,000 THB is payable upon entry and is subject to change without notice. It must be paid in cash and Thai currency only.
PLEASE NOTE: This VOA fee has been waived by the Thai government until 31st October 2019. So there is no Visa fee to pay up until this date. This was extended from April 2019, so there is a chance they may also extend this date again. Please make sure when arriving in Thailand you have at least 2000thb on you, just in case. Better to be safe than sorry!
Thailand Airports where you can get a Visa on Arrival
The airports that you can receive a Visa on Arrival at are below.
- Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
- Don Muang International Airport, Bangkok
- Chiangmai International Airport, Chiangmai
- Phuket International Airport, Phuket
- Hatyai International Airport, Songkhla
- Bangkok Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Bangkok
- Samui Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani
- Phuket Immigration Checkpoint, Phuket
- Satun Immigration Checkpoint, Satun
- Krabi Immigration Checkpoint, Krabi
- Chiangrai Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
- Surat Thani Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani
Please ensure when booking your flight you are flying into an airport that accepts Visa’s on Arrival if you have not obtained one before traveling…. Below are the 12 main airports people tend to fly into, all who accept Visa on Arrival (VOA). There are a total of 21 airports in Thailand that accept this, for a full list please check the Thai embassy website: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/visa-on-arrival.php
You will be issued an Arrival and Departure form on your airplane, or you can get this at one of the benches on the way to immigration. Do not line up for the immigration checkpoints until you have filled out this form. You must fill out both the Arrival AND the departure sides.
A good idea is to have the address of your hotel/villa etc. written in your purse or wallet so you can write this on the form for immigration.
You must also be aware of your exit information, flight numbers/dates etc. to write on the departure part of this form. If you do not have a flight number etc. don’t worry, you can only provide the information you have, but have the exit boarding pass or proof of exit ready to show them if they should ask.
Thailand visa rules, tend to change quite regularly. So if you are not sure before you come, you can access the Thai Embassy website and have a live chat with someone there, to get the answers you need. You never want to be caught out at the airport and be told you cannot enter. Holiday killer if we ever knew one!
Applying for a Visa before you Travel
If you are wanting to stay for longer than 15/30 days, then it is best to apply for a different Thai visa. You must obtain this visa before leaving India. You apply for this through one of The Royal Thai Consulate General’s in India which are in three cities – New Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata.
It is also good to know the type of visa you need to apply for, for more information visit:- http://www.vfs-thailand.co.in/Kolkata/know_your_visa_type.html
Application form New Delhi:- http://www.vfs-thailand.co.in/Delhi/pdf/visa_application_form_140523.pdf
Application form Chennai:- for more information please visit http://www.vfs-thailand.co.in/Chennai/online_application_form.html
Application form Kolkata:- http://www.vfs-thailand.co.in/Kolkata/Online_Visa_Application_Form.html
The main documents and details required for this Visa application are as follows:
- Passport (with 10-year validity) which remains valid for 6 months from the date of departure. Please note that the passport booklet should have a minimum of 2 blank pages for official use.
- Three Passport size photographs (of 35 X 45 mm with white Background, preferably on a matte finish paper). Please ensure your teeth are not visible. If you wear glasses, please wear transparent lenses while getting the picture taken. Embassies usually reject photographs of subjects wearing coloured lenses.
- Cover letter from the ‘main applicant’ or the person incurring journey expenses explaining the reason for travel.
- Visa application form, duly filled and signed by the passenger(s).
- If you’re a businessman, a cover letter on a business letterhead of your company stating your position and length of service.
- Last 3 months’ personal bank statements on the banks’ original stationary. The account balance should be INR 40,000/- per person, and the bank Statement should be stamped by the bank.
- Air tickets and hotel confirmations.
Please note that an NOC letter from the person bearing your expense and their national ID proof will also be required. (Through the No Objection Certificate, the company not just declares that you have the approved leave for the visit, but also the necessary funds to support you through the entirety of your travel. Since no government would want to intake potentially troublesome visitors who don’t abide by their laws, the No Objection Certificate from your employer will do the job of guaranteeing the visiting country’s government that you won’t be a burden to their country after reaching there.)
You will still have to fill out an Arrival and Departure card when you land, which should be handed to you on the airplane before you land. Then you can go straight for the immigration queue.
So hopefully this gives you a better idea on the process and options for Visa’s coming to Thailand. We hope to see you soon no matter the purpose of your visit, and we say Welcome to the Land of Smiles!