Thailand Visa

Known for its tropical beaches, ornate temples, and opulent royal palaces, Thailand is home to thousands of globetrotters. Indians flock here due to its proximity, especially those who travel internationally for the first time. Whatever the purpose of visiting, you need a Thailand visa to come here!

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About Thailand Visa for Indians

Thailand Visa for Indians

Thailand Visa is an official document that permits travellers to visit the country, explore its heritage and culture and create memories. The best part is, Thailand offers visa on arrival to Indians so all you need to do is plan your trip and get good travel insurance for Thailand. Here’s a quick overview of key information about Thailand visa for Indians:

Categories Specification
Thailand Visa Price Rs. 1900 - Rs. 24,000
Thailand visa cost for 15 days 2,000 BHT
Thailand Visa Stay Duration 30 days to 3 years
Thailand Visa Processing Time 7 days minimum
Thailand Visa on Arrival Available for 30 days until March 2023

*Values will vary depending on the category of the visa applied

As per Thailand CCSA, the visa on arrival stay has been extended to 30 days from 15 days. This change will be effective until March 31, 2023. Again, when it comes to travel paperwork, along with the Thailand Visa, you should consider travel insurance as well.

Let’s know the importance of both these pieces of paper here!

Types of Thailand Visa

Thailand entry requirements include a valid visa depending on your purpose of visiting. Your purpose of travelling to Thailand can be anything- from celebrating Lunar New Year to perhaps work or study. You can apply for Thailand visa online or by approaching the nearest Thailand Embassy. Take a look at different Thailand visas for Indians, along with their validity and visa cost:

Visa Category Visa Validity Thailand Visa Cost
Transit Visa 3 months Rs. 1900
Tourist Visa (Single entry) 3 months Rs. 2500
Tourist Visa (Multiple entry) 6 months Rs. 12,000
Non-Immigrant Visa (Single Entry) 3 months Rs. 5,000
Non-Immigrant Visa (Multiple Entry) 6 months/1 year Rs. 12,000
CATEGORY B (BUSINESS)
Non-Immigrant Visa (Multiple Entry)
3 years Rs. 24,000

Let’s dive into different types of Thailand visas for Indians available:

  • Tourist Visa

    The tourist visa can be for single or multiple entries where 60 days stay is offered and can be extended up to another 30 days.

  • Non-Immigrant Visa

    This visa offers a 90-day stay in Thailand exclusively designed for a single entry. With this visa, you can extend your stay through a visa run in case you want to travel to the countries/cities at the international border of Thailand.

  • Non-Immigrant B-Visa

    Non-Immigrant B-visa for Thailand is specially designed for business. If you wish to start a business in Thailand, you’ll require this visa. Those who want to work in Thailand will need this to work in Thailand.

  • Non-Immigrant Ed Visa

    This visa is for those who wish to pursue education/ vocational courses from Thailand. A number of language institutes in Thailand require this visa for the students willing to take admission to various courses there. A recommendation letter will be required to apply for this visa.

  • Non-Immigrant ‘O’ Visa

    This visa is for people who want to retire in Thailand or wish to get one based on their marriage with Thai nationals. For a retirement visa, the minimum age should be 50 years or above. Being married to a Thai national would be the major requirement to avail marriage visa. First, you need to avail of the Immigrant visa, then convert it to either a Retirement or Marriage visa according to your need. This visa will allow you to stay for 1 year without crossing the border.

  • Permanent Resident Visa

    To avail Permanent Resident Visa, you’ll require to live in the country for 3 years continuously, with a one-year visa extension. However, there is minimum income eligibility, where you should earn 30,000 Baht/month in case you are married to a Thai national and 80,000 Baht/month if you are single. Finally, you need to provide 3 years tax statement along with income proof to qualify for availing PR in Thailand.

When to Apply for Thailand Visa?

As visa on arrival for Thailand is only available for tourism purposes, all other visas are p[re-arranged. The Thai government requires you to apply for Thailand Visa before your travel dates. Indians can apply for a Thailand visa online or reach out to the Thai Embassy in India. 

It takes around 7 days minimum to process a Thai visa application, so you need to apply for your visa accordingly. You will also need to include public holidays in between as this may delay the application process. If you’re making impromptu plans, you can always get a Thai visa on arrival which is offered to Indian tourists. 

If you wish to avail Thailand tourist visa on arrival, just make sure you carry the necessary documents and approach the Visa on Arrival desk at the international airport in Thailand. Also, if you are willing to cover your trip with travel insurance, make the arrangements beforehand, as you can’t avail of these documents on arrival.

How to Apply for Thailand Visa?

If you’re an Indian travelling to Thailand, you can apply for a Thai evisa or reach out to the Thai Embassy via VFS Global. You can also get a Thai visa on arrival if you only plan to visit Thailand for tourism purposes.

Thailand Visa Documents Required 

Documents Required for Thailand Visa

You can download the Thai visa application form fill it and submit the completed form to the nearby Thai Embassy or consulate. You can apply for single or multiple entries, by submitting the following documents:

  • One passport-size photo
  • Visa application form
  • Recommendation stating the purpose of visiting
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Confirmed return/onward journey air ticket
  • 3 months bank statement
  • Proof of having enough finances to sponsor the trip (10,000 THB per person)

Please note that these requirements may vary with visa category and you must check the official embassy website to confirm the exact requirements.

Documents Required for Thailand Visa on Arrival

If you're applying for a Thailand visa on arrival for Indians, make sure to prepare the following documents:

  • Completed visa application form
    Photograph (4×6 cm)
  • Passport with at least 6 months of validity
    Confirmed return ticket within 15 days
  • 2,000 Baht fee in cash 
  • Proof of accommodation in Thailand
  • Applicant must carry sufficient funding (at least 10,000 Baht per person or 20,000 Baht per family)

Thailand Visa Processing Time

The status of your visa can be monitored by registering on the Thailand e-visa portal with your email address, registration code and date of birth. Once you get the approval on the visa request, take a copy of the approval letter and carry the document along while travelling to Thailand.

On arrival, approach the Visa on Arrival for Indians counter at the international airport in Thailand, provide the required documents, show the approval letter and get the visa stamp from the Immigration Officer.

As soon as you’re done with these formalities, make sure to get travel insurance for Thailand so that you’re safe from difficulties and added financial burden.

Where Can You get Thailand Visa on Arrival?

Thailand Visa on Arrival

As of now, there are 24 airports in Thailand where Indians can get Thai visas on arrival. Some of these places have been mentioned below: 

  • Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
  • Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok
  • Chiangmai International Airport, Chiang Mai
  • Phuket International Airport, Phuket
  • Krabi International Airport, Krabi
  • U Tapao Airport, Rayong (Pattaya)
  • Samui Airport, Surat Thani (Koh Samui)
  • Sukhothai International Airport, Tak Immigration Checkpoint (Sukhothai)
  • Chiangrai Airport, Chiang Rai
  • Surat Thani Airport, Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan)
  • Hua Hin Airport, Hua Hin
  • Trang Airport, Trang (Koh Chang)
  • Hatyai International Airport, Songkhlas

Indians can also get a Visa on Arrival if arriving by land from Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. However, it can be very crowded as Thailand offers visas on arrival to many nationalities, especially during peak season. Make sure to read up on the best time to visit Thailand before planning your trip.

Thailand Embassy in India

If you wish to apply for Thailand visa in person or need help understanding Thailand entry requirements, you can contact them at the following places:

Embassy Contact Details Working Hours
Royal Thai Consulate-General, Mumbai 022-22823535022-22822061022-22821628 Monday-Friday(9:30 to 5:30)
Royal Thai Consulate-General, Tamil Nadu 044-42300760 Monday-Friday(9:00 to 5:30)
Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi 011-49774100 Monday-Friday(9:00 to 5:30)
Consulate of Thailand, West Bengal 033-24403230 Monday-Friday(9:00 to 8:00)

Travel Insurance for Thailand

Thailand is a perfect blend of pristine beaches, scenic natural beauty, majestic Buddhist temple, fun adventure sports and overall entertainment. While exploring this amazing place, you would never want something to go wrong, right? Until a few months back, entry requirements for Thailand included mandatory travel health insurance. However, it’s no longer mandatory for visitors.

From flight delays to unfortunate accidents, there are always things beyond our control. All you can do is plan your trip wisely and prepare for such situations. Having international travel insurance keeps you safe from many financial issues, including those caused by flight cancellation/delay, trip cancellation, medical emergency, personal accident, liability etc. Here are some great benefits:

  • 24x7 worldwide insurance assistance
  • Covers medical expenses due to emergency hospitalisation
  • Expense of emergency evacuation to the home country
  • Reimbursement of expenses paid for availing a duplicate passport in case of theft or loss
  • Personal accident coverage
  • Trip cancellation expenses/delay expense cover

With international travel insurance policy your trip will be protected against any eventuality from the day you leave India for Thailand and return home.

FAQs

  • Q: What is Thai visa validity?

    Ans: Validity differs with different Thailand visas. A single-entry visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issuance. For a tourist visa, you can stay up to 60 days. However, for VOA (Thai visa on arrival) you can stay for up to 30 days.
  • Q. Is Thailand travel insurance mandatory to get Thailand visa?

    Ans: During the pandemic, it was mandatory to have 10,000 BHT COVID insurance for all foreign visitors. Since the situation has improved it's no longer mandatory. However, Thai government still strongly advises that visitors have reliable international travel medical insurance for Thailand to keep themselves safe from any eventualities.
  • Q. Can Indians get Thai visas online?

    Ans: Yes, Indians can apply for Thailand visas online. If travelling for tourism purposes, they can also get a visa on arrival at Bangkok Airport. However, there may be a lot of crowds so it's best to apply for it online or in person beforehand.
  • Q. Do Indians need to visit the Thai Embassy for visa interviews?

    Ans: Thai e-visa applicants don't need to submit passports and other docs at Thailand Embassy. They can just print out the confirmation email and present them to the airline and later the Thai immigration officials
  • Q. What are the documents needed to apply for Thai Visa?

    Ans: The below documents are required to apply for Thailand Visa:
    1. Visa application form
    2. Valid passport
    3. Passport-size photographs
    4.Onward or return trip tickets
    5. Proof of having sufficient finance
  • Q. Is Thai visa-free for Indians now?

    Ans: No. Thailand visa cost for 15 days is presently 2,000 THB for a Thai visa on arrival. This visa fee should be paid in cash and in Thai currency (Baht).

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