The government of Thailand has launched an online visa on arrival available for citizens of 21 countries. The Thai online visa on arrival has been designed to simplify the process of obtaining a visa to visit the country. The Royal Thai government released this new system on November 21st. Surachet Hakpal, Thailand's Immigration Bureau Acting Commissioner, said that the online visa on arrival should help deal with the overcrowding in airports.
The Thailand visa on arrival usually takes foreign travelers between one to two hours to obtain upon arrival at a port of entry in Thailand. The government hopes that by providing an online system, the waiting time will be reduced dramatically and entry to the country will run smoother.
New Thailand online visa on arrival for 21 countries
The new Thailand online visa on arrival enables citizens of 21 countries to get their visa on arrival through an online system. Among eligible countries, citizens of India and China can easily provide their personal details through the online application form. To complete the Thai electronic visa on arrival the applicant needs an Internet connection and a passport with a minimum validity of 30 days from the expected date of arrival in the country. It is possible to apply between 30 days to up to 24 hours before the expected date of entry.
This visa is a single entry visa given to applicants traveling with tourism purposes. Once approved, the visa grants a stay of up to 15 days. Travelers must have a return flight and enough funds to demonstrate that they can cover the costs of their stay in Thailand.
Thailand welcomes thousands of foreign visitors every day. It is important for the government of Thailand to continue attracting tourists while also improving the visa processing systems. The Thai airports where the electronic online visa on arrival can be used are the Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Don Mueang Airport International Airport, Phuket International Airport, Chiang Mai International Airport, and Krabi International Airport.