Getting a Thailand Visa on Arrival is easier than you think, provided you know what’s required and follow a few simple steps.
As I am sure you know already, like for most place you will need a visa to travel to Thailand. Most people travel all the way to the embassy to get their visa, looking for a Thai diplomatic mission, applying for a visa, and then waiting for it to arrive. That is a bit of a hassle, especially for those of us that don’t live in major cities where there are consulates and embassies.
The good news is that some people are no longer required to physically go to the embassy to get their Thailand visa. Instead, if you are eligible, you can fill in an application to get your Thailand Visa on Arrival. iVisa is the most reputable company that will help you getting your visa for Thailand. The procedure is fast, simple, and cheap.
In this post, I will explain clarify what you need to know to get your Thailand Visa on Arrival and share some tips to help you with the application. Let me first ask the most important question, though!
Do I Need A Visa For Thailand?
Nationals of more than 60 countries do not actually need a visa for Thailand. All you will be required to show upon arrival is your valid passport and proof of onward travel. But for some other nationalities, it is necessary to get a visa before traveling. Hence the good news that some can actually get a Thailand Visa on Arrival.
With iVisa, you can easily obtain a pre-registration document that makes the process of getting your Thailand Visa on Arrival a lot more easier.
To know if you’re one of the citizens that can apply for the Thailand Visa on Arrival, head to iVisa website here and use the visa checker. You have to write your nationality in the drop-down menu and select Thailand as your destination. This will immediately show you if you’re able to apply for a pre-registration with iVisa and if you can get your Thailand Visa on Arrival once you enter the country.
Let me make it simple for you. You will be able to apply for the Thailand Visa on Arrival if you are a national of Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan or Vanuatu.
Continue reading to learn what you need to know to get the Thailand Visa on Arrival.
What Is The Thailand Visa On Arrival?
The Thailand Visa on Arrival is a program that allows citizens from 18 countries to obtain their visas upon entering Thailand, at the immigration checkpoint.
iVisa doesn’t actually issue the visa. What they do is a pre-registration service that allows nationals of some countries who arrive in Thailand via Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang Airport, Phuket Airport or Chiang Mai Airport to get their visa on arrival in a much quicker, smoother way.
What’s the procedure to apply for a Thailand visa?
Applying for the Thailand Visa on Arrival via iVisa is quite straightforward. There is a two-step application and if for whatever reason you are stuck, you call iVisa’s support service which is available 24/7 and someone will follow you in the application process. These are the two steps you need to follow:
- Easy peasy: just provide your personal information such as name, address, passport info, etc. You will need to pick a processing time, but bear in mind that the price varies depending on how soon you want the visa.
- Pay and review. Before you hit the summit button for your application, read all the information you have provided to make sure it is 100% accurate. Once the request is processed, you can’t make any changes.
It will take you no more than 10 minutes to fill out the application form, and once you are done, iVisa will take care of the rest so you can continue about your daily business.
What documents do I need to apply for a Thailand Visa?
Here are the documents you need to apply for your Thailand Visa on Arrival:
- Your passport with at least 1-month validity (for Indian passport holders the passport must be valid for at least 6 months)
- A digital photo taken no later than 3 months before the submission of your application.
- The dates of your trip.
- Your flight details.
- Your accommodation details.
- A credit or debit card or PayPal account for payment.
iVisa will then send you your pre-registration document. Once you get to Thailand, you will have to provide these documents to get your Thailand Visa on Arrival:
- A copy of the pre-registration sent to you by iVisa.
- Passport with at least one blank page that will be stamped by the Thai immigration officer.
Airports in which you can obtain the Thailand Visa on Arrival
First of all, let me remind you that you must be eligible for the Thailand Visa on Arrival program – make sure to check if you are here.
The Thailand Visa on Arrival is only available in these ports of entry:
- Suvarnabhumi International Airport
- Don Mueang International Airport
- Chiang Mai International Airport
- Phuket International Airport
What if I am flying into a different airport?
This pre-registration service by iVisa is only available for travelers entering via Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang Airport, Phuket Airport and Chiang Mai Airport.
If you are flying into a different airport, you will have to obtain the Visa on Arrival there (no-preregistration).
Where will I find Visa on Arrival counters at the airport?
Once you disembark your flight, follow the signs to Immigration. You will easily spot a sign saying “Visa on Arrival.” It’s a massive sign so you really can’t miss it.
In the Visa on Arrival area, make sure to get into the lane for the e-Visa on Arrival holder (that’s the line for those who have pre-registered).
How much does a Thailand Visa on Arrival cost?
The Thailand Visa on Arrival costs 2,000 Thai Baht – that’s around 62 USD. You need to pay that in cash and in Thai currency upon arrival in Thailand.
iVisa will also charge you a $35 USD standard service fee for the pre-registration service. If you want to go for the rush processing or the super rush processing the service fee is $50 or $70 USD, respectively.
How long does the Thailand Visa on Arrival pre-registration process take?
This really depends on which processing time you pick. iVisa offers three options:
- Standard Processing Time: 6 days
- Rush Processing: 4 days
- Super Rush Processing: 2 days
What’s the validity of a Thailand Visa on Arrival?
The Thailand Visa on Arrival is valid for 15 days after your arrival in the country, meaning the date you get the visa in Thailand and not the date you register for it on iVisa. Keep in mind it is a Single Entry visa.
Will I get an actual visa when applying for the Thailand Visa on Arrival?
iVisa does not provide an actual visa. You will get a pre-registration document. Once you get to Thailand, you will need to show this letter and your passport at the immigration area – make sure to go to the dedicated Visa on Arrival desk to get your visa.
How long can I stay in the country if I have a Thailand Visa on Arrival?
You can stay for up to 15 days.
What documents will I need to show upon arriving to get the visa issued?
These are the documents you will need to get your visa:
- Passport with at least one blank page – this will be stamped by the Thai immigration officer.
- Visa on Arrival pre-registration form which you have received from iVisa.
- Cash for each person traveling (2,000 Thai Baht in local currency) for the visa stamping fee.
GOOD TO KNOW: You may be asked to show proof of funds to support your stay in Thailand so don’t be alarmed if you get that question!
Further readings about Thailand
Make sure to read my posts to better plan your trip to Thailand:
- 20 Fabulous And Simply Unmissable Things To Do In Bangkok
- 15 Useful Things To Know About Koh Chang, Thailand
- 10 Awesome Things To Do In Koh Samui
- 19 Incredible Things To Do In Chiang Mai (Plus 3 To Avoid)
- The Best Places To Visit In Thailand
- How To Lose Yourself In Koh Wai, Thailand