How to Apply for a Thailand Visa for Indian Citizens (Visa on Arrival – 6 Months)

How to Apply for a Thailand Visa for Indian Citizens

Thailand is a beautiful country packed with exotic and exciting adventures to be had – no wonder it’s one of the most popular travel destinations in the whole world and one of the best places for your first overseas trip. But before you get planning your Thailand itinerary, make sure that your trip all goes smoothly by first reading my no stress guide applying for a Thailand visa for Indian citizens. Read on and I’ll explain how to apply for both the Thai Visa on Arrival / E- Visa and also the longer term 3 and 6 months Thailand tourist visas.

The reasons to visit Thailand are endless, whether you’re a foodie, a temple hopper, an adventure seeker, enjoy experiencing other cultures or seeing all the natural, spiritual and historical wonders of the world – Thailand is a vividly exciting place to explore. 

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How to apply for a thailand visa for indian citizens

Sadly, I know how all my Indian friends here have so much stress applying for visas when traveling but luckily India is now on the list of countries that can enter Thailand with a visa on arrival, also known as an e-Visa – this is great news for Indian citizens!

This means that it is now easier than ever to obtain a Thailand visa for Indian citizens, as you do not need to visit any Thai Embassy offices, saving you a lot of time and energy and making travel to Thailand so much easier.

There are a few different options for obtaining a visa for Thailand depending on where you are departing from and where you are entering Thailand, and the length of your intended stay.

Read on to find out how to apply for a Thailand Visa for Indian citizens….

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Indian Passport

Indian Passport

How to apply for a Visa On Arrival (VOA) for Indian citizens

Indian passport holders who plan on staying less than 15 days in Thailand can now apply for a Visa on Arrival (VOA) and this costs 2,000 TBH and this must be paid in the local currency Thai Bhat when you arrive in Thailand.

Citizens of countries like UK and USA don’t need to apply in advance for a Thai visa. However, Indian citizens should make sure that they have applied for their Thai visa before travelling to make your arrival in Thailand quicker and smoother and stress free. 

To apply for Visa On Arrival (VOA) you will need the following:

  • Valid passport with a minimum validity of 30 days at the time of your departure from India
  • Return airfare that shows your intention to depart Thailand within the 15 days (open tickets will not be accepted, you must show a set departure date as proof that you will exit Thailand within 15 days)
  • Proof of your planned accommodation in Thailand
  • Proof of financial means for your visit to Thailand (10,000 TBH per person or 20,000 THB per family)
  • Passport Photograph (4×6 cm)

This is the best and simplest way to obtain a Thailand visa for Indian citizens, as this process can be completed online and has a fast turnaround time. This hassle-free process means that you will not need to make any trips to a Thai Embassy. 

Ensure you apply for your visa correctly…

You can apply for the Visa on Arrival Online here on the Thailand Immigration website. However, the Thai website can be a bit confusing and difficult to navigate. Visa applications can be difficult and it is always a possibility that you may be refused a visa application (and visa fees are then forfeited). This may happen if you fill out your application form incorrectly, do not meet all of the requirements or fail to provide all of the requested documents. This is why it is always a good idea to go through a trusted visa agent such as iVisa who will ensure all of your documents are in order and make the application process so much easier.

The iVisa application form should only take you around 10 minutes to complete online, the team will check you have done everything correctly and there’s 24-hour support if you need assistance. The fee is just $20. Once this application has been sent off, you will receive another form to complete via your email. You will need to fill in this form, print it off and carry it with you on your trip to Thailand. On arrival into Thailand, you will just need to show this form and pay 2,000TBH for your passport to be stamped with entry.

To apply through iVisa you will need the following:

  • Valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months at the time of your departure
  • Return airfare that shows your intention to depart Thailand before the end of your visa
  • Proof of your planned accommodation in Thailand
  • Completed iVisa application form
  • Email address so that you can receive your iVisa form

Click here to visit the iVisa site and apply for your Thailand visa.

Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui, Thailand

This type of visa does have some restrictions though, and should only be used if you are entering Thailand via one of the following entry points:

By Air

  • Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok (BKK)
  • Don Muang International Airport, Bangkok 
  • Chiangmai International Airport, Chiangmai
  • Phuket International Airport, Phuket
  • Samui Airport, Surat Thani
  • Hatyai International Airport, Songkhla
  • U Tapao Airport, Rayong
  • Trang Airport, Trang

By Land

  • Mae Sai Immigration Checkpoint, Chiengrai
  • Chieng Saen Immigration Checkpoint, Chiengrai
  • Chieng Khong Immigration Checkpoint, Chiengrai
  • Betong Immigration Checkpoint, Yala
  • Sadoa Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  • Sri Racha Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi
  • Mabtaput Immigration Checkpoint, Rayong
  • Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai
  • Samui Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani
  • Phuket Immigration Checkpoint, Phuket
  • Satun Immigration Checkpoint, Satun
  • Krabi Immigration Checkpoint, Krabi
  • Khlong Yai Immigration Checkpoint, Trat
  • Pong Nam Ron Immigration Checkpoint, Chanthaburi
  • Aranyaprathet Immigration Checkpoint, Sakaeo
  • Mukdahan Immigration Checkpoint, Mukdahan
  • Tak Immigration Checkpoint, Tak
  • Padang Besar Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  • Su-ngai Kolok Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
  • Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai
  • Bueng Kan Immigration Checkpoint, Bueng Kan
  • Phibun Mangsahan Immigration Checkpoint, Ubon Ratchathani
  • Tha Li Immigration Checkpoint, Loei
  • Nakhon Phanom Immigration Checkpoint, Nakhon Phanom
  • Nan Immigration Checkpoint, Nan
  • Ban Prakob Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  • Khuan Don Immigration Checkpoint, Satun
  • Tak Bai Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
  • Bukit Tal Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
  • Samut Prakan Checkpoint, Samut Prakan
  • Kanchanaburi Land Border Checkpoint, Kanchanaburi
  • Prachup Khiri Khan Checkpoint at Hua Hin Airport, Prachup Khiri Khan
  • Phusing Land Border Checkpoint, Sisaket

By Sea

  • Bangkok Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Bangkok
  • Satun Checkpoint at Koh Lipe Marine Port, Satun
  • Songkhla Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  • Sattahip Habour Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi

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Koh Phangan, Thailand

Koh Phangan, Thailand

How to apply for a longer term Thailand Tourist Visa

For a longer term Thailand visa for Indian citizens, you will need to apply for a Tourist Visa for 3 to 6 months. Depending on the number of times you plan to cross Thailand’s borders during your trip, will determine the exact length of your visa. 

Single entry Thailand visa for Indian citizens costs 2,500 INR and is valid for 3 months but you are not permitted to stay for longer than 60 days. There is also the option of a multiple entry visa for 12,000 INR which is valid for 6 months but still you are only permitted to stay for up to 60 days on each visit. There are also some service charges and things to be taken into consideration depending on where you are applying. 

You should apply for the Thailand visa with VFS Thailand. There are consulates/ embassies in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. They have slightly different requirements and opening times so you should check the website for the specific information for each consulate/ embassy. 

To apply for a single entry Thai Tourist Visa you will need the following:

  • Valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months at the time of your departure with two opposite blank pages
  • Completed Visa Application Form 
  • Checklist signed by the applicant
  • 2,500 INR visa fee
  • Return airfare that shows your intention to depart Thailand before the end of your visa
  • Evidence of confirmed hotel/accommodation reservation in Thailand with address and contact number under applicant’s name. (If intend to stay with Thai relatives or Thai friends, you must provide invitation letter along with a copy of their Thai ID proof. If they are not Thai you must provide copies of their passport, visa and work permit, which must be valid at least six months.)
  • Proof of financial means for your visit to Thailand – Original Bank Passbook or Bank statement for the last 6 months showing a minimum balance equivalent to $700 (must be attested by the bank)
  • 2 recent passport photos (3.5 x 4.5 cm)

The multiple entry Thailand visa for Indian citizens has a few more requirements and costs 12,000 INR. You can see all these on the VFS Thailand website here. 

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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Once you have gathered all the necessary documents and information you can apply for your Thai visa in Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin and Hyderabad or Kolkata. Different offices have different opening hours and charges so you need to check for your nearest office. Normally, the processing time for a Thailand visa for Indian citizens is 4 working days. 

You can also submit your application via courier directly to Thailand visa Application centre, New Delhi but only from these seven blue dart centers:

  • Agra
  • Amritsar
  • Dehradun
  • Ludhiana
  • Jaipur
  • Jalandhar
  • Guwahati

A good tip when applying for visas is to go well dressed and presented as consular officers reserve the rights to request for additional documents, an interview or deny the visa.

It is sometimes possible to extend your Thailand visa while in the country. If you wish to stay longer you will need to file an application to have your stay extended through one of the immigration offices located and this is subject to the immigration officer’s discretion. 

Read More: How to apply for a Malaysian Visa for Indian Citizens. 

 

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