New Year’s parties for those visiting Thailand soon got a little more exciting. For all travelers planning a trip to the ‘Land of Smiles’ in these coming months, we’ve got some great news for you. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is delighted to welcome the government’s decision to grant a Visa-on-Arrival waiver for tourists of entitled countries visiting Thailand. Starting from 15th November, 2018 to 13th January, 2019 the Thailand Visa on Arrival fee of 2000 baht (approx. INR 4400/-) will be waived for citizens of 21 countries including India. Yes, you read it right! Tourists from these countries will not need to pay the THB2,000 fee during this travel period, if staying no more than 15 days.

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The 21 countries are Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Thailand Waives Off Visa-on-Arrival Fee for Indians

The Thailand Visa on Arrival is available at 48 designated immigration checkpoints, which will allow tourists to enter the country for the purpose of tourism and stay up to 15 days. For stay of more than 15 days travelers will need to apply for a Thailand Visa before their travel.

Eligibility criteria for Thailand Visa on Arrival:

  • Passport with atleast six months validity.
  • A dully filled Visa-on-Arrival application form. (available at immigration checkpoints)
  • Boarding pass
  • Passport photograph
  • A confirmed return ticket showing that you are flying out of Thailand within 15 days of entry. Open tickets do not qualify. Travelling out of Thailand by train, bus, etc to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia (including en-route to Singapore), Myanmar, etc are not accepted as proof of exiting Thailand.
  • A verifiable proof of address in Thailand (Hotel/ Apartment) as applicable. If visiting friends or relative provide Invitation letter & Thai ID proof.
  • Proof of funds amounting to living expenses in Thailand i.e. 10000 Baht per person or 20000 Baht for family. This can be in the form of actual cash or a credit card. Bank account statements showing money in the account are also usually accepted.

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Thailand Waives Off Visa-on-Arrival Fee for Indians

The Royal Thai Government has launched “Online Application for Visa on Arrival” service to facilitate Indians to apply for Thailand visa at the immigration checkpoints on arrival for the purpose of tourism. This pre-arrival online application is only available for travelers arriving at Thailand Suvarnabhumi Airport. For travelers arriving via other immigration checkpoints, hardcopies of the application form will be available at the Thailand checkpoints.

Also Read: How To Apply For Your Thailand Visa, A Guide For All Indians

List of Visa on Arrival Checkpoints:

  1. Suvarnabhumi Airport
  2. Don Muang International Airport , Bangkok
  3. Chiangmai International Airport , Chiangmai
  4. Phuket International Airport , Phuket
  5. Hatyai International Airport , Songkhla
  6. U Tapao Airport , Rayong
  7. Mae Sai Immigration Checkpoint , Chiangrai
  8. Chiang Saen Immigration Checkpoint , Chiangrai
  9. Chiang Khong Immigration Checkpoint , Chiangrai
  10. Betong Immigration Checkpoint , Yala
  11. Sadoa Immigration Checkpoint , Songkhla
  12. Samui Airport , Surat Thani
  13. Sukhothai International Airport, Tak Immigration Checkpoint
  14. Bangkok Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Bangkok
  15. Sri Racha Immigration Checkpoint , Chonburi
  16. Mabtaput Immigration Checkpoint , Rayong
  17. Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai
  18. Samui Immigration Checkpoint , Surat Thani
  19. Phuket Immigration Checkpoint , Phuket
  20. Satun Immigration Checkpoint , Satun
  21. Krabi Immigration Checkpoint , Krabi
  22. Songkhla Harbour Immigraion Checkpoint , Songkhla
  23. Chiangrai Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
  24. Surat Thani Airport Immigration Checkpoint , Surat Thani
  25. Sattahip Habour Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi
  26. Khlong Yai Immigration Checkpoint, Trat
  27. Pong Nam Ron Immigration Checkpoint, Chanthaburi
  28. Aranyaprathet Immigration Checkpoint, Sakaeo
  29. Mukdahan Immigration Checkpoint, Mukdahan
  30. Tak Immigration Checkpoint, Tak
  31. Padang Besar Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  32. Su-ngai Kolok Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
  33. Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai
  34. Bueng Kan Immigration Checkpoint, Bueng Kan
  35. Phibun Mangsahan Immigration Checkpoint, Ubon Ratchathani
  36. Tha Li Immigration Checkpoint, Loei
  37. Nakhon Phanom Immigration Checkpoint, Nakhon Phanom
  38. Nan Immigration Checkpoint, Nan
  39. Ban Prakob Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  40. Khuan Don Immigration Checkpoint, Satun
  41. Tak Bai Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
  42. Bukit Tal Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
  43. Samut Prakan Checkpoint, Samut Prakan
  44. Kanchanaburi Land Border Checkpoint, Kanchanaburi
  45. Prachup Khiri Khan Checkpoint at Hua Hin Airport, Prachup Khiri Khan
  46. Phusing Land Border Checkpoint, Sisaket
  47. Satun Checkpoint at Koh Lipe Marine Port, Satun
  48. Trang Airport, Trang

Thailand is hoping to boost tourism, which accounts for 12 % of its economy during the peak New Year season making it one of the most important drivers of its growth. This approach is expected to increase tourist numbers by at least 30 % during this period. Their goal is to stay the top tourist destination in the region.

Go and grab this wonderful opportunity to finally make that long awaited trip of your lifetime to Thailand…the land of SMILES ?

Also Read: Tips to get Thailand Visa for Indians

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