Visit Thailand after 14 Feb 2019, and you will be able to skip long queues for getting the visa-on-arrival (VoA) at Thailand’s major airports. Thailand is going to introduce a e-visa on arrival for 21 nationalities, including Indians, that will allow travellers to receive their travel authorisation online pre-departure within 24 to 72 hours of the application being submitted and then get a faster Immigration service at dedicated immigration counters at major airports in Thailand.
E Visa Types and Fee
While the normal VoA fee per tourist in Thailand is Baht 2,000 (about INR 4,450), VFS did not state what the charges for the eVoA will be and if people will need to pay more for skipping long immigration queues on to get the visa-on-arrival. VFS said a new “express” eVoA service is also available for approval within 24 hours.
Applications will need to be submitted on thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com or at VFS Global visa application centres across the globe.
Immigration Bureau of Thailand
“In line with the government of Thailand’s initiative to promote tourism, the Immigration Bureau of Thailand has partnered with VFS Global to offer the new eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service that will enable a faster and more convenient arrival process for travellers from 21 countries like India, China, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. Travellers who are eligible to use the online eVoA service provided by VFS Global will receive their travel authorisation from the Immigration Bureau of Thailand prior to their departure from their country of origin. The eVoA service will be available as of February 14, 2019, on thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com,” VFS said in a statement.
The new Thailand eVoA “offers travellers a whole new experience when applying for a travel pre-authorisation to Thailand and when entering the country at the Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueng airports in Bangkok, as well as at Phuket and Chiang Mai airports flying by Thai Airways and other airlines,” VFS added.
“EVoA applicants benefit from dedicated Immigration counters at major airports in Thailand to save time and experience a faster entry into Thailand. Due to the smooth online eVOA application process pre-departure, travellers don’t need to carry any physical copies like hotel booking confirmation or air-tickets, photographs etc. Since the eVOA fee was paid online, no cash in local currency is required at the immigration counter,” it added.
VFS Global CEO Zubin Karkaria said: “It is an honour to work with the Immigration Bureau of Thailand and ThaiAirways to ensure a more convenient and faster service for travellers to Thailand while maintaining the security and integrity of the visa process. With our experience and reliability in providing seamless visa application services across the world, and with the advantages of our eVisa solution, the Thailand eVoA service will further enhance ease of travel to Thailand, and thereby facilitate an increase in tourism to the country. In addition, we are proud to be associated with the Royal Thai Embassy with whom we already share a long-standing relationship since 2005 and provide visa services across 27 cities in four countries through a strong network of 27 Visa Application Centres. As an organisation, we continue to support the economic growth and development of Thailand through our operations within Thailand where we employ 326 Thai nationals – of which 96 are dedicated resources for the new eVOA service.”
The commissioner of the immigration bureau
Surachate Hakparn, the commissioner of immigration bureau, said: “With the eVOA service, we are proud to offer a new age digital solution which enhances the overall experience for the modern day traveller who seeks to visit Thailand from 21 countries across the globe. In our cooperation with the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide – VFS Global, we aim to effectively meet the objective of increasing tourism to the country through this solution especially taking into consideration the all-important security aspect that allows pre-check of travellers prior the arrival, as it offers time to the Immigration Bureau for effective assessment.”