Disclaimer : The information contained in this post is updated as of  31st January, 2016.  Please check with embassy for latest updates.

Holding an Indian passport can be frustrating sometimes as most of the countries require a Visa to be applied beforehand. Moreover the visa application process is complex requiring lot of documents to be submitted.

Thailand is one of the few countries which offer Visa On Arrival (VOA) for Indian passport holders valid for 15 days. If you check on Wikipedia, you will see a long list of countries offering VOA for Indians, but most of them either require a pre approved US/UK/Schengen visa or those are islands. Moreover VOA  process is very easy in Thailand, making it a smooth experience.

Most of the people enter Thailand via Bangkok and I had followed similar route. Bangkok international airport is a huge airport and requires a lot of internal walking. Once you arrive,  look out for the Immigration signboards. You can also take help from airport staff who can guide you. As you start moving, later on you can spot signboard for On Arrival Visa Counters.

Visa fees for on arrival visa is 1000 Baht. Just outside Visa counters, application forms are placed on a counter.  There is a small counter where you can have your photograph clicked, in case you forget to bring.  Once you have filled up the application form, you can reach counter and handover the documents.

People traveling further to other places in Thailand like Phuket or Krabi need to get VOA in Bangkok itself. As per rule the VOA has to be obtained at first port of entry and not at final destination. So make sure your connecting flights have sufficient gaps to avoid rush. There is a separate counter for people who have further connecting flights so that their applications can be processed faster. So don’t panic if you see a long queue at the counter. The separate counter is not visible from a distance, so move a bit ahead and you should be able to see that.

Also make sure you collect your arrival card in flight itself. Officers do have them at VOA counters as well but they don’t give it immediately and ask you to look somewhere else. I had a hard time getting it from officer after multipel requests. They normally check only return flight ticket although as per rules they may ask for more documents to be checked.

Following documents need to be submitted at VOA counter.

  • Passport with a validity of at least 6 months in future
  • Return flight ticket within next 15 days
  • Hotel reservation
  • 1000 Baht as Visa fees
  • Completely filled application form
  • Completely filled arrival card
  • A credit card or cash of 10000 Baht per person as proof of funds
  • Boarding card of arrival flight
  • One passport size photograph

Finally have your passport stamped at immigration counter, collect your luggage and you are eligible to enter Thailand :).

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392 Comments
 
  1. Krupananda G 26 July, 2013 at 12:16 AM Reply

    Good job. Be blessed. Very helpful.

    • Makrand 27 July, 2013 at 10:31 AM Reply

      Thank you for your blessings :-).

  2. Unnie 13 August, 2013 at 11:43 PM Reply

    Hi i want to know whether we need to provide hotel reservation details for all the days of stay in thailand to get VOA?

  3. makrand 14 August, 2013 at 12:04 AM Reply

    Hi, Yes we need to have hotel reservations for all days of stay. You will need to mention hotel address in VOA form as well. If staying at multiple hotels then you can specify address where you will be spending maximum days. In case of any doubts you can also contact help desk at airport.

  4. satishranade 18 August, 2013 at 7:56 PM Reply

    Dear Makarand,
    I want to visit to Cambodia – Angkor. In that case am i required to take double entry visa and Iam i required to produce cambodia hotel proof.

  5. Makrand 18 August, 2013 at 11:59 PM Reply

    Hi Satish, I didn’t understand your question correctly ? Do you mean you are taking your flight via Bangkok and referring to double entry visa for Thiland ? Please elaborate your plan.

    • syed asif 29 November, 2013 at 12:03 AM Reply

      hi makrand, i want to how to exit from thailand, i came from malaysia to thailand from soingai kolok, agent cheated with me and stamped me a duplicate visa just a entry stamp on my passport with no sign and with a plane departure card, is there any way to exit thailand just i want to return to my contry back india,

  6. Nishant Soni 23 September, 2013 at 8:07 PM Reply

    Hello,
    Same question as Satish. I am planning to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia. The flight from Mumbai goes VIA Bangkok. There’s a halt of a couple of hours or so. Here are a couple of questions.

    1. Would I need to pay any fees just for waiting on the airport? (if I am not leaving the airport premises).
    2. In case I get a halt of like 8 hours and decide to roam around in the city for a couple of hours, what are my options?

    Highly appreciated.
    Thanks.

  7. Makrand 23 September, 2013 at 11:41 PM Reply

    Hi Nishant,

    1. If you are booking the entire ticket through same airlines and there is gap of couple of hours between two flights then transit visa would not be required. I had my flight to Hanoi from Hyderabad via Bangkok through Thai airways. The gap was around 2-3 hours and since airlines took care of checking in luggage, I didn’t need transit visa and pay anything. Just head straight towards boarding gate for next flight.
    If you are taking different flights where you will need to collect luggage after reaching Bangkok then please contact embassy as I found rules for Indian passport holders unclear in this scenario when I had researched earlier.

    2. I think 8 hours halt is not sufficient to roam around. You will need around 1 hour to get on arrival visa, collect luggage and come out of airport. Then another hour to reach from airport to city ( I reached in night time, in day time traffic would be more). Again you will need to be airport to reach 2-3 hours before departure time. So effectively you will have 2-3 hours in hand in best case. I wouldn’t advice this considering the cost of visa/cab plus it will be too much rushed and risky

  8. Gourisankar Bhuyan 5 October, 2013 at 9:51 AM Reply

    Hello Makrand,
    I am entering Thailand at Phuket port by star Cruise and require on arrival visa. What is the procedure? Is it time consuming? Is it different from entering through air?
    Please guide me.

    • Makrand 6 October, 2013 at 2:54 PM Reply

      Hi Gourisankar,

      Sorry I don’t have information about VOA rules if entry is by Ship. Please contact Embassy for latest updates. Your Cruise operator may also assist you.

  9. jay Pradhan 8 November, 2013 at 2:27 PM Reply

    hello Markand. I m a Post Graduate student . I m planning to go to Thailand in december. I read your comments and i need some help to clarify my doubts. Do i have to show the documents for my hotel. I don’t have any . My friend has booked the Hotel and i only know the name and where it is. So will that be a problem for me getting a Visa.

    I also need to ask about the funds. how much should i have in my account and what kind of proof i have to submit for my funds.

    • Makrand 8 November, 2013 at 8:49 PM Reply

      Hi Jay,

      Thanks for visiting.

      1. Yes, you should have the documents for hotel booking with you. . If your friend has done bookings, ask him/her to send you the booking receipts. Also if bookings are not in your name and your friend not traveling with you, may be a letter from him stating that you will be staying with him would be helpful.

      2. If you have your international credit card with you then that can serve as proof of funds. Else as per rules you need to have 10000 Baht as cash.

      Please note that when I visited they checked only return flight. But they can always check for hotel bookings/ proof of funds and it would be risky not to carry them with you. I carried all documents to avoid any Visa hassles at airport.

  10. akhilyadav 9 November, 2013 at 12:42 AM Reply

    thanks, I am flying to Bangkok soon. This was really helpful

  11. Makrand 9 November, 2013 at 10:52 AM Reply

    Thanks for passing by. Glad that you found this useful. 🙂

    • Rany 31 July, 2014 at 11:28 AM Reply

      Hi ! I’m citizen of Cambodia ! I would to spend my holiday for 4 week in this September with Tourist Visa !
      But I heard that now in Thailand changed many rule of immigration !
      As it’s my first fly and also my first holiday in Thailand !
      So can u tell me what document I need to show when I arrive in airport of Thailand ? And how much money in cash I need to have with me ?
      And what I do if my bf book the hotel for me and what I need to show more !?
      Thanks you !

      • Makrand 31 July, 2014 at 8:47 PM Reply

        Hi Rany,

        VOA is issued only for 15 days so if you are planning for 4 weeks then you will need to get Visa from your country. Sorry, I am not aware of rules for citizens of Cambodia. Please contact embassy in your country.

  12. rajeev 12 November, 2013 at 6:44 PM Reply

    hi..thanks for the helpful list
    could you please let me know the form that you referred to above? will i get it at the bangkok airport itself?

    • Makrand 12 November, 2013 at 6:50 PM Reply

      Hi Rajeev,

      Yes, they are available at airport just near the visa counter. Airport staff will redirect you towards VOA counters and you can find the forms near the gates.

  13. dinesh ahuja 20 November, 2013 at 1:45 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    Do Indian official check only the passport while departing from new delhi to bangkok. I mean passport not having any stamp unless u reach bangkok so what does Indian official check at migration counter and at the first entry gate to airport. is it just the tickets to bangkok and passport.

    Reason being I am asking as I am in Thailand from last one month on an official tour and I need to call my wife here. Now i have the hotel booking on my name for next 2 months.

    What steps should i follow to call my wife here almost for 10 days

    • Makrand 21 November, 2013 at 8:27 PM Reply

      Hi Dinesh,

      I would try to answer to best of my knowledge in this scenario but please check with embassy in case of any doubts.

      While departing from India return flight tickets and passport would be sufficient. You should also send hotel booking print outs to your wife. Although my hotel bookings were not checked at Bangkok airport but it would be also help if you can send a covering letter to your wife that she can take a print out with her. In that letter you can mention hotel bookings are in your name and your wife would be staying with you. Again this letter may not be required but there is no harm in having extra docs and your wife will be able to provide information if asked at immigration counter in Bangkok.

      Hope this helps.

  14. Garry 22 November, 2013 at 12:52 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I must say very interesting Q&A sessions you are providing here.

    We have planned a criuse from Penang-Phuket-Krabi-Penang as a couple (1 British & 1 Indian national). Certainly I would land via air route to Penang (so will require pre-stamped visa for my Indian partner).

    My query is, Will both of us require pre-stamped visa for Thailand while embarkation at Penang? for Phuket & Krabi.

    Is VOA applicable for port entries?

    Cheers.

    Garry.

    • Garry 22 November, 2013 at 12:54 PM Reply

      Sorry, I just figured I used wrong email add in earlier post. Corrected here 🙂

    • Makrand 23 November, 2013 at 10:41 PM Reply

      Hi Garry,

      Thanks for visiting. Sorry, I don’t have sufficient details for VOA through ports. I know VOA is available at certain ports but do not have a list with me. It would be better to consult embassy or check with cruise operators.

  15. Sushovan 22 November, 2013 at 3:55 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand..
    Once again a question about connection of international and domestic flight connections, but this time its regarding Don Muang !

    My international Air Asia flight (FD2672) will arrive DMK on Fri 13 Dec 2013, 0555 hrs ( 5:55AM).

    Then my domestic Air asia flight to phuket (FD3039) is at 0840 hrs ( 8:40AM).

    Different flight….different tickets.

    *Is this time gap enough? (I am going to take VOA).

    *Can I go for “Transfer to Phuket” instead of VOA at bangkok ?

    *To be safe side , I will carry 10000 Baht in cash, for Visa on arrival. Is it ok ?

    BTW…Nice blogging…

  16. amit 26 November, 2013 at 4:04 PM Reply

    HI mate
    i hope someone can help me here
    i will be going to Bangkok for 3 days in February
    i am a father of 6 months old baby
    can someone advice me good hotel near platinum mall
    Thanks

    • Makrand 27 November, 2013 at 3:11 PM Reply

      Hi Amit,

      Sorry no idea about that. Try posting your queries on forums like tripadvisor, you may get some good advice there.

  17. Theresa 11 December, 2013 at 1:07 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    I just came to your site by chance, cause I am searching some Information about the Thai VOA for Indian citizen.
    I am from Germany and I will go with my boyfriend from Kerala to Thailand and Laos.
    We will arrive at BKK airport and the another day we will fly to Laos.
    After two weeks in Laos we wanna go back to Thailand by land crossing boarder.
    Do you think this land crossing boarder could be a problem for Indian?

    I would be thankful for any kind of answer, and your blog is really interesting!
    Best Regards from Germany
    Theresa

    • Makrand 11 December, 2013 at 10:18 PM Reply

      Hi Theresa,

      A warm welcome to my blog. Unfortunately I don’t have complete information about Land crossing Visa process as I entered Thailand via flight.

      However while doing research when I was traveling, I had read confusing information about VOA availability for Indian citizens at certain land crossing checkpoints. It’s best to contact Embassy to get the information or fly from Laos to Bangkok.

  18. Ann John 17 December, 2013 at 8:51 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    The replies you give are wonderful, super helpful!

    Im also gonna clarify my situation.

    Im transiting via bankok (kolkata-bangkok-brunei) and as you mentioned 8 hrs transit ain’t enough to travel, i’m planning on spending a few days at Bangkok.

    Few Qs:

    1. Is i safe for a girl to travel alone ?
    2. Do the taxi guys cheat? (like given a chance to our Indian Auto drivers/ cab drivers)
    3. How many days at Bangkok should be good enough?
    4. Any other places worth visiting in Thailand, if i’m actually taking the extra time to explore a place.
    5. Any TO DO’s in Bangkok 🙂 ?

    • Makrand 17 December, 2013 at 9:13 PM Reply

      Hi Ann,

      I just spent one day in Bangkok so my replies may not be generic but will try to answer your queries.

      1. Like any other big city, Bangkok has some areas which are considered less safe. But if you stick to tourist areas and nearby, it is fine for a girl to travel alone. Follow the same basics that you use in India like avoiding traveling late nights and be alert all the time.

      2. I used it only once and didn’t feel like being cheated but I have read about some such incidences. Again can’t be generalized and best way would be to ask your hotel about a rough estimate of cost/distance before getting a taxi.

      3. I would say 3 days if you want to see all the places in Bangkok.

      4 Thailand has lot of other places to visit like Phuket, Chang Mai and Pattaya.

      5. From tourist point of view visiting Palace is must..Bangkok is also famous for Night Clubs and Thai Massage :), but do research about safer ones before you go for it especially when you are traveling solo.

  19. nileshjha 17 December, 2013 at 9:56 PM Reply

    Hello sir I am going bangkok from mumbaii in a group tour from make my trip. And I got my visa in mumbai want to no dat I have to take fund along wit me in bangkok airport dey will ask me show fund I allready have visa and I get it done thai embassy mumbai.. If I have to show fund in bangkok airport how much to carry from mumbai .. please reply going fr 5nght 6day tour..

  20. Makrand 18 December, 2013 at 1:56 PM Reply

    Hi Nilesh,

    If you have got your visa in advance then I don’t think you will be asked to show fund. Moreover as you are traveling with makemytrip you can always confirm with them.

    • nileshjha 18 December, 2013 at 6:26 PM Reply

      Thanks

  21. Deepika 3 January, 2014 at 8:34 AM Reply

    Hi All,
    Iam visiting Thailand with my husband on January 29, 2014. from Chennai for 5 days.
    i have booked an package from Yatra.com.They say that for Visa on Arrival in Bangkhok we need to show an amount of 20,000 thb.
    but i have read few reviews and it says 10,000 thb per person.Even the Thai embassy say 20,000 thb per person.
    http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/visa-on-arrival.php
    Please advise as what is the exact amount of Funds to be shown for Visa on Arrival in bankhok airport.

    Thanks in Advance..

    • Makrand 3 January, 2014 at 9:53 PM Reply

      Hi Deepika,
      It looks like the value of minimum cash to carry has been revised to 20000 baht. Since it has been also verified by yatra it would be better to carry 20000 to avoid any hassle.

      • Deepika 4 January, 2014 at 7:02 AM Reply

        Hi Makrand,

        Thanks for the Info.
        Can i find co-passanger travelling to Thailand. Actually we are planning for Triger temple but what i herd is if we have a group of people then the cost will reduce.So i want if any are travelling at the same time and intrested in tiger temple(Our travell date is 29th Jan). PLease let us know.

        • Makrand 9 January, 2014 at 11:42 PM Reply

          Sorry can’t help in that. You can try contacting a local travel agency or may be post in some forum about Thailand.

  22. abhayjit 20 January, 2014 at 9:13 PM Reply

    hey Makrand, I am travelling to Bangkok from New Delhi for 6-7 days. I want to know can I carry 12000 Euros cash, And can I wear some little jewelry like chain, ring, bangle and earrings in gold.

  23. Makrand 21 January, 2014 at 11:58 PM Reply

    Hi Abhayjit,

    As far as I know if you are carrying more than 10000 USD in cash then you need to declare at custom. I am not aware of custom rules in detail as I didn’t have to carry this much cash any time, so please research further on internet or take an expert advice.

  24. Piyush 25 January, 2014 at 10:58 PM Reply

    I am going to Thailand for my honeymoon and All the hotel bookings are on my name, so in this case can my wife get Visa On Arrival as on her passport relationship status is still single.

    • Makrand 31 January, 2014 at 12:23 PM Reply

      Hi Piyush,

      I am not sure about this scenario but I will try to get this information from any of my friends who have travelled there. One of the idea I can think of is carrying your marriage certificate with you. Will update here if I find any further information.

      • Makrand 31 January, 2014 at 12:27 PM Reply

        Checked with one of my friend who went there on Honeymoon. He had carried his marriage certificate and had no issues.

        • Himanshu 24 March, 2015 at 3:06 PM Reply

          Dear Makrand,

          Same as the q. from Piyush, I am also going to Krabi for honeymoon immediately after marriage so marriage certificate will not be forthcoming. The hotel bookings are in my name. What to do in such case at the immigration. Her passport off course does not have a mention of spouse name. Would be great if you could provide some info.

          Regards,
          Himanshu

          • Makrand 27 March, 2015 at 7:53 PM

            Hi Himanshu,
            Normally in such cases for other visa application, wedding card are also taken as proof. I have seen that in visa requirements for other countries. You can also contact a travel agent to double check on this

  25. Kaustav 30 January, 2014 at 8:26 PM Reply

    If my passport is having a ECR stamp, am I allowed to go for “Visa on arrival” process?

  26. Rutvi Jain 31 January, 2014 at 12:12 PM Reply

    If we get the visa prepared in india only by some travel agent like Cox and Kings. Would we require to do the process verification in Thailand again?

    • Makrand 31 January, 2014 at 12:17 PM Reply

      Hi Rutvi,

      If you get visa before hand in India itself then you do not need to get VOA. You can straight away head towards Immigration counter.

  27. Kaustav 31 January, 2014 at 1:43 PM Reply

    Thank you, I will check

  28. Anuj 11 February, 2014 at 3:41 PM Reply

    Hi,
    Does one need a six month valid passport from the date of arrival into thailand or date of departure from thailand? please help.
    Thanks.

    • Makrand 13 February, 2014 at 1:35 PM Reply

      Hi Anuj,

      Unfortunately I couldn’t find this information anywhere clearly mentioned. When I travelled I had more than 6 months for validity of passport to expire, so I didn’t bother. Logically it makes sense to have the passport expiry later than your departure date from Thailand so your passport is valid till you are in Thailand. I am saying this specifically in reference to VOA. For visa applications in advance I guess like most of the other countries Thaliand may have similar restrictions but again this is just a guess. Please consult Embassy or a travel agent who can give more insight.

  29. Dibyendu Mazumder 15 February, 2014 at 4:26 PM Reply

    Sir I have followed your Blog its very nice and informative, just want to ask about the same topic of VOA. As per Thai Embassy there is no need of Hotel Reservation Required. Enclosing the Link with this. Please guide further.

    http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/visa-on-arrival.php

    • Makrand 15 February, 2014 at 5:51 PM Reply

      Hi Dibyendu,

      Request you not to use heavy words like ‘sir’ :). I am just a fellow traveller like you :).

      Yes, the website of embassy doesn’t explicitly mentions about hotel booking requirements. But the VOA application form has a column asking “address in Thailand”. So either you should have hotel booking or an invitation from a friend to stay at their place.

      Some websites mention that any address can be given in hotel name section but I would not want myself or anyone else to give false information in entry form.

      Since I didn’t find any clear information when I travelled, I chose a safer option of having a hotel booking.

      In case you do not want to have hotel bookings in advance, I would suggest to contact Thai Embassy and confirm with them.

      Hope this helps.

      • Dibyendu Mazumder 20 February, 2014 at 10:57 AM Reply

        Thanks.. today is the day when we are leaving for Bangkok will share my experience with you. My two other fellow got their VISA but due to late arrival of my Passport unable to take the VISA so will take the VOA at Thailand. Wish me good luck and smooth fast VOA process at Bangkok.

        • Makrand 20 February, 2014 at 11:08 AM Reply

          Best Wishes Dibyendu. Wish you good luck and have a safe stay in Thailand.

          I hope you have read about the protests going on there and the current situation.

          Happy journey 🙂

  30. subash nayak 25 February, 2014 at 3:36 PM Reply

    hi dibyendu
    we are 2 people going to Bangkok, we have one credit card and 10000 Thai baht ,can i get 2 arrival visa and

  31. Shetty 6 March, 2014 at 4:03 PM Reply

    Hi, i am planning for my Honeymoon at Thailand so problem is that i had Passport my fiance not having( we Just applied Not sure about getting it on time). so whether we can visit or not just reply on this mail deevu84@yahoo.co.in

  32. khalid 10 March, 2014 at 12:14 PM Reply

    Quite helpful. Thanks

    • Makrand 10 March, 2014 at 5:04 PM Reply

      Thank you 🙂

  33. santhiya 19 March, 2014 at 1:20 PM Reply

    very useful message

  34. karthik sampatj 19 March, 2014 at 10:25 PM Reply

    I am traveling with my wife to krabi from Singapore.will I be able to get a visa on arrival at krabi airport
    Also as my passport is still not updated with my wife name under spouse carrying marriage certificate copy should be enough?
    Alos just having credit card and about 5000 baht in cash would suffice for visa on arrival?

  35. peter 23 March, 2014 at 6:02 PM Reply

    hi
    i am an Indian citizen but wanted to go thailand from melbourne. its where i currently live. i booked the flight tickets from 2 april to 16 april but i haven’t booked any hotel. can you tell me if i can still get visa ?? thanks

    • Makrand 24 March, 2014 at 4:26 PM Reply

      Hi Peter,

      As per the latest rules I found online http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/visa-on-arrival.php hotel bookings are not listed as mandatory requirements, so I guess you can still get VOA. However it would be a good idea to have a hotel booking at least for the first day. You will need to specify an address in Thailand in VOA form as well. Also on a lighter note, if you have hotel booking for first day, you know where to head once you land in Thailand 🙂

  36. SADU 24 March, 2014 at 2:39 AM Reply

    hey, what happens if i have overstayed my visa of 15days expired yesterday ..its my 16th day in Thailand..so now i want to travel to cambodia .will i have to pay any fine ? or what should i do?

  37. KJ 25 March, 2014 at 8:46 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand, looks like this is one of the most active discussions on Visa for Thailand. Thanks for the information. Was really helpful.

    I just came back from Krabi and would like to update that information here. I hold an Indian passport (though I have been staying in Singapore from an year).

    The process was the same as you mentioned. When we arrived in Krabi, there is a separate counter for VOA. Not sure if I can even call it a counter as it was just 2 people sitting with a table. Nevertheless, took the form, filled it in and submitted with photo and the arrival card. It was stamped within a minute. The fees was 1000 baht as stated. Then proceeded to immigration as usual. Few points to note:
    – May be it was simpler coz it was not as huge a place as Bangkok
    – They did not even check my return tickets nor the money I had (minimum of 20000 baht) etc. All they needed was the form with photo, But again, may be this was coz it was Krabi :). I had everything in order though.
    – I should say it did not seem like they had facility to click photo either. So, if anyone is travelling to Krabi, please dont forget to take your photos.

    • Makrand 25 March, 2014 at 11:25 AM Reply

      Thanks so much KJ. This will be very useful for future travelers.

  38. Umapathy 31 March, 2014 at 2:17 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand, I am planning to visit Thailand & cambodia in may month as per below plan.
    May 12 to 24 – stay in thailand under VOA visa issued@ Bangkok.
    May 24 – Enter Cambodia untill may 26.
    May 26- Re enter Thailand (Bangkok) under new VOA to stay untill June 8.

    My Question is, is any minimum time frame required between two VOA? Any lenght of stay out side Thailand is required to get second entry. Please advise.

    • Makrand 1 April, 2014 at 10:10 AM Reply

      Hi Umapathy,

      I am not aware of any such restrictions. Entering two times is Ok as lot of tourists do that. I haven’t done it personally but there is a re entry permit that can be obtained before you depart first time from Thailand. You will need to pay visa fees again.

      Best thing would be to check when you reach first time in Thailand. If you see any risk in that then please contact embassy.

      • umapathy 1 April, 2014 at 11:09 AM Reply

        Hello Makrand,
        Thanks for your reply.

  39. Anil 1 April, 2014 at 11:27 AM Reply

    Friends,
    Never hire or use jet ski at Pattaya beach. After using the same, they will show some scratch marks and ask for huge compensation. We had to pay 10,000 BTH for a small hair thin scratch after negotiating from 25,000 BTH. So never go for jet ski. Never ever go for jet ski.

    • Makrand 3 April, 2014 at 8:34 PM Reply

      Sorry to hear about the unfortunate incident you had. I had heard about scams in Pattaya. After reading your experience, people would be more cautious.

      • Umapathy 4 April, 2014 at 11:15 AM Reply

        Yes Guys, I also heared about that. I work in Thailand & lives in Pattaya near Beach road. I am a Indian national & never tried these sports here. There are lots of cheatings going on here in pattaya. so be care full when you come onb holidays.

        • Makrand 4 April, 2014 at 2:25 PM Reply

          Umapathy, just curious if you working in Thailand then why do you need a VOA. in May?

          • Umapathy 10 April, 2014 at 9:31 AM

            Makrand, It is for my family. They are travelling to visit me. your is very usefull to make the them their VOA.

  40. Piya 4 April, 2014 at 11:49 AM Reply

    Hi Markand
    We are planning to travel to Bangkok for 3 days in May. I have a question on the photo to be carried. Any specific size or the standard indian passport size photo will do? Also how many?
    Anyone can help with protest situation there? Any update will be helpful…thanks

    • Makrand 4 April, 2014 at 11:59 AM Reply

      Hi Piya,

      Please refer the guidelines at following link for photo :

      http://www.vfs-thailand.co.in/north/tourist_photo.html

      You will need one photo with visa application but carry 4-5 extra photos ( I normally do that).

      I have a friend in Bangkok. I can give some idea in 1-2 days. Please revisit this page on Sunday.

      • Makrand 4 April, 2014 at 1:48 PM Reply

        Hi Piya,

        The latest update I have is protest are still going on but now they are limited to a central area. Daily business is going on as usual for locals. At present tourist areas are not affected but caution should be taken.

        You can’t predict what happens in may but you can follow http://www.bangkokpost.com/ .

        Hope this helps.

        • Piya 4 April, 2014 at 1:55 PM Reply

          Thank you so much!

  41. suresh 9 April, 2014 at 10:13 AM Reply

    thanks for your answer it really helps me

    thanks
    suresh

  42. suresh 9 April, 2014 at 10:16 AM Reply

    hi makrand if i want to go maldieves for honeymoon than what is the procedure

    • Makrand 15 April, 2014 at 8:52 PM Reply

      Sorry haven’t been there so can’t provide detailed info. Indians do get on arrival visa there so procedure would be quite simple I guess.

  43. ankur 15 April, 2014 at 4:19 PM Reply

    Hi Markand,

    We have booked ret tic to bangkok from kolkata in aug. I have few Q in mind:

    1. We will plan for VOA, do i need to show any doc (other than passport) at Kolkata airport?
    2. Will reach at 1 AM on sat at BKK, will the immigration office will be open at that time?
    3. We have not booked hotels, will book it there itself, will it be a problem for getting VISA?

    Yous replies awaited.

    Thanks,
    Ankur

    • Makrand 15 April, 2014 at 9:17 PM Reply

      Hi Ankur,

      1. Confirmed return flight tickets are mandatory which you already have. Hotels bookings are not mentioned as mandatory on embassy site but in the VOA form there is an entry for address in Thailand. So make sure you know a hotel where you intend to go. If you are reaching 1 AM, it would be advisable to pre book at least for 1st day otherwise it would not be a good idea to search for hotel during so late in night. Also a proof of funds you need to posses a credit card or cash of 20000 Baht per family.

      http://www.thaiemb.org.in/en/services/visainfo/visa_on_arrival.html

      2. Yes immigration counter will be open at the time. My flight had landed same time.

      3. Though hotel bookings are not mentioned as mandatory requirements at their website, I am not sure how you plan to book hotels in Thailand at 1 AM from airport. Better have atleast one day of booking in advance.

      • Ankur 24 April, 2014 at 10:29 PM Reply

        Thanks Makrand for valuable info, on your recommendation we have booked hotels for all day.

  44. shashank 18 April, 2014 at 12:54 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand:

    I appreciate your infomative blog. I would like to know that if I go to Krabi directly via KL without going to bangkok, would I get Visa On Arrival?

    • Makrand 22 April, 2014 at 4:42 PM Reply

      Hi Shashank,

      I haven’t been to Krabi but I had read VOA is available there as well. Please contact Embassy if you need confirmation urgently or you can search it online about list of VOA counters across Thailand. I will post it here once I find it.

  45. TellaTale 22 April, 2014 at 4:31 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand – digressing from this topic – I would like your advise on whether to carry THB from here or will I get a better exchange rate in BKK? Some suggestions would be of great help. Thanks

    • Makrand 22 April, 2014 at 4:59 PM Reply

      Hi,

      At airport exchange rates are always worst so if possible carry from here. However I was there only for one day and didn’t get chance to carry from India, so I withdrew from ATM. Since I didn’t withdraw much amount, difference wasn’t big for me. Having said that as Thai currency is not at a very high exchange rate than INR, I think there would not be a huge loss during conversion. So may be carry cash that you think you would need there with you and then withdraw from there in case you exceed your estimated budget :).

  46. Diana Mehta 22 April, 2014 at 11:33 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    Thanks for your highly informative blog and taking time out to answer everyone’s queries.

    I am visiting Thailand next week for 5 days with my husband and hence do not really need 20,000 THB per person as cash on us as our reservations and tours have already been paid for. I would like to carry no more than 15,000 THB together for both of us that too partially by a prepaid forex card. Do you think showing credit cards + 15,000 THB together and our reservations should be enough for getting a VOA?

    Thanks in advance,

    Diana Mehta

  47. Makrand 23 April, 2014 at 12:39 AM Reply

    Hi Diana,

    Thanks for the kinds words.

    Please carry receipt of Forex Card that shows the balance. An international credit card would serve as a proof of funds so I think there should not be any problem in getting VOA. You can carry last month’s statement to show credit limit. They rarely ask for proof of funds as per various experiences I have heard, but no harm in carrying an extra statement for own peace of mind :).

  48. Kalpesh Dave 24 April, 2014 at 11:03 AM Reply

    Hi makrand we 4 of us are planning a trip to phuket in oct ,sort of backpackers. We are planning to book all the tickets from mumbai to phuket thru Malaysia airline. I wanted to know that can i apply for visa from mumbai consulate for all 4 of us , as 2 of us are mumbai based , 1 from trivandrum and one from jamshedpur. So will there any issue, coz i dun want to waste tym at phuket airport for VOA coz we dun knw how much tym it wud take at phuket airport for VOA process .However your advice would matter most as it is the first time we are going for internation trip on our own. Please reply.

    • Makrand 24 April, 2014 at 9:16 PM Reply

      Hi Kalpesh,

      I haven’t applied for Thai Visa beforehand myself, so I will be able to only provide you some clues. As far as I know embassy doesn’t accept applications directly but have outsourced it to http://www.th.ckgs.in/ . There are multiple application centers and looks like application should be made in the center closer to you.

      I would suggest to contact embassy or http://www.vfs-thailand.co.in/ or http://www.th.ckgs.in/ to know the exact procedure.

      As far as I know time taken at airport for getting VOA depends on what time you land there. If lot of flights have arrived there is a chance of longer queue. My few friends have visited Phuket who had got VOA and they had a very good experience with no delays. So if you are visiting for less than 15 days than VOA should be a good option.

      In either case have a covering letter prepared stating that you all will stay together as hotel bookings will be only in one person’s name. Mention names and passport numbers of all members in covering letter.

      You can take advantage of being located in Mumbai and visit application center in person with queries for group application procedure or take advise from a travel agent.

  49. Kalpesh Dave 25 April, 2014 at 2:45 PM Reply

    Thanks a ton Makrand for the insight. I was absolutely clueless about the covering letter part. Thanks for mentioning it.

  50. Piya 26 April, 2014 at 11:17 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand – I am visiting BKK next week for 4 days. I plan to take the VOA and have followed your guidelines. Can the VOA form be pre-filled? I have taken a print out. Or is it needed that one has to fill the form available near the immigration counter? I will be reaching very early in the morning and I want to avoid waiting. Also please do share if you have any recommendations on local tours – if you know any trusted tour operator/agency it would be helpful. I am looking for a cost effective tour plan. May be a day tour to floating market, river kwai and tiger temple. Also a city tour of grand palace and the major temples. Any suggestion would be of great help ! Thanks a lot!

    • Makrand 26 April, 2014 at 11:23 PM Reply

      I am not sure about pre-filled form but I think should be ok just like regular visa application form. Make sure you fill the form in writing. Once you land at airport you can check with staff there.

      Sorry, I didn’t take any tour there so can’t provide inputs on that. I traveled on my own for a day which included visit to grand palace. Be aware of scams around Grand palace where people would tell you that it is closed whereas in reality it is not. Try cococunt ice cream on a small shop in front of palace. I found it delicious :). Explore motor boat as a mode of public transport. It’s cheap and fun to explore.
      Have a great time on your trip and educate me about good tours in Bangkok 🙂

  51. Vinny 28 April, 2014 at 9:36 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I’ll be travelling to Taipei via Bangkok this week, layover is around 7:20 hours. Do you advise if i take VISA and go outside, if yes which places I should cover? Second can I apply for VISA without any hotel booking(<8 hours stay in Thailand).
    Third does Thai airways provide complimentary halt if layover is more than 7 hours, if you know?
    Thanks in advance!!

    • Makrand 28 April, 2014 at 9:28 PM Reply

      Hi Vinny,

      In my opinion 7 hours is very less time so not advisable to go out. You will not be able to see any place with peace and will be at risk of missing flight.

      I am not aware about Thai airways complementary half facility if any.

  52. saifulla 28 April, 2014 at 12:49 PM Reply

    HI Makrand,

    I am an Indian citizen living presently in Oman, I have plan to visit Bangkok on May last week from Muscat Airport to BKK airport and return from BKK to cochin,Do you have any problems for getting Visa on arrival while travelling from Muscat .

    Regards,
    SAIFULLA

    • Makrand 28 April, 2014 at 9:28 PM Reply

      Hi Saifulla,

      If you have an Indian passport then I do not think there should be any problem in VOA as same rules will apply for you.

  53. vaibhav 28 April, 2014 at 1:35 PM Reply

    hi

    i am going with my wife to phuket+3night and bangkok+2night do i have to carry cash of around 20000 baht per person which means i should have around 80000INR in cash for 2 persons is it safe? another thing i have booking with make my trip for round flight and accomodation for the same its cost around 70000INR do still there is any need for carrying that much cash for just to show the immigration authority?

    • Makrand 28 April, 2014 at 9:46 PM Reply

      Hi Vaibhav,

      A copy of credit card plus hotel bookings should be enough. You can carry statement of your credit card of last month that shows your credit limit. I didn’t carry cash with me as well. They didn’t ask me for any document except return ticket. However we are talking about worst case situation when they inquire and then you can produce your hotel bookings and credit card and explain them.

      If you get chance you can contact embassy or makemytrip for confirmation. .

      • vaibhav 29 April, 2014 at 11:35 AM Reply

        hi
        thanks for reply i have an internation visa debit card from obc bank can it be alternate for credit card and can you give some advice what can we do at phuket n bangkok except those predefined holiday points.

  54. Anon 28 April, 2014 at 2:04 PM Reply

    Very informative post 🙂

    • Makrand 28 April, 2014 at 8:45 PM Reply

      Thanks 🙂

  55. Megha 28 April, 2014 at 2:07 PM Reply

    I am an indian living in Singapore. Will I get a visa on arrival ?

    • Makrand 28 April, 2014 at 8:45 PM Reply

      As you have an Indian passport, same rules will apply for you. So VOA is possible. to get.

  56. Mustafa 28 April, 2014 at 2:13 PM Reply

    Came through your facebook page….Great blog 🙂

    • Makrand 28 April, 2014 at 8:46 PM Reply

      Thanks for Visiting.

  57. Joel 1 May, 2014 at 6:16 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I and my wife are visiting Thailand coming July. We have booked Bangkok Airways from Mumbai to Koh Samui via Bangkok (transit). I would like to clear following doubts:

    Where should I stamp the VOA in BKK or Koh Samui? If its to be done at BKK, will there be sufficient time as the next flight is within 80 mins b/w 8-10 am?

    Regarding the money, other than the fee for VOA & initial travel expenses, is it ok to carry just international ATM/debit/credit card and bank statement as proof for VOA? (do not prefer to carry cash)

    Since my wife booked the hotels and my passport not having spouse details, will marriage certificate be considered as proof for VOA(accommodation)?

    • Makrand 1 May, 2014 at 10:37 PM Reply

      Hi Joel,

      Time taken to get VOA depends on crowd present there. I think 80 mins would be less time. You can research whether VOA is available at your final destination.

      International debit card may not work. You will need to carry a credit card. or both. I myself didn’t carry cash. A credit card and your hotel bookings should be sufficient as proof of funds.
      As per information available on Thai embassy website you should be able to prove that you can pay your expenses and have funds of 20000 Baht per person.

      Yes, it would be a good idea to carry marriage certificate with you just for peace of mind although I think they will just check whether you have mentioned hotel address in VOA form.

  58. Anil 2 May, 2014 at 9:15 PM Reply

    HI Markand

    very useful information..thanks for that.

    My concern is i’m travelling to Bangkok on 6th May 2014,Once i get my VOA from Thai emigration..I would like to travel Peneng..Is that possible??

    Warm regards
    Anil cherukuri

  59. Rohit 8 May, 2014 at 10:45 AM Reply

    Thanks a lot for this informative post, Makrand. Just wanted to reconfirm if the currency conversion counters are before the VOA counter so that I can get enough money converted for Visa, Taxi and all. I am planning to not convert even a single baht here in India, but only after my arrival there.

    Thanks again.

    • Makrand 9 May, 2014 at 1:43 AM Reply

      Currency conversion counters are before VOA. You may not get best rates at airport so may be convert amount for visa n taxi at these exchanges n later convert rest of amount in city but be careful about choosing exchange counter in city. I was there only for a day so converted some at airport n rest withdrew from ATM

      • Rohit 9 May, 2014 at 10:29 AM Reply

        That is exactly my plan. Convert enough for Visa and Taxi at the airport and the rest at Superrich.

        Thanks.

  60. Piya 8 May, 2014 at 12:35 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand! Wanted to share my experience at VOA at Suvarnabhoomi Airport. I took Thai Airways on 1st may 2014 and landed at 6AM. The VOA signs are very prominent and you just have to follow the signs and with ‘travellators’ the walk doesn’t feel like a lot. Once you hit the VOA area, first is the document check line. Be prepared for a long queue. Despite the early morning flight, we had about 50 people ahead of us. The premium lane is to the left but in my experience they didn’t move much faster! So I stood at the normal queue. It is better to pre-fill the form (hand-written) so that you don’t scramble for pen/glue stick/passport and flight details while standing in the queue. I had taken a print of the form from a website and it was perfectly acceptable. I had filled all details in advance and carried it with me. Do stick the photo earlier, since there are no glue bottle/glue sticks available there. I was lucky a group of girls standing ahead in the queue had once with them. About the photo – you do not have to get photo of 4 x 6 cms as mentioned in the VOA form. They accept normal passport size photos as well. Obviously, smaller size photos like stamp size etc will not be accepted. Although I had taken the specified size with me, they accepted normal passport size photo for the form. The document check takes roughly a minute for each person as announced on a board about the documents check counters but travellers invariably forget to fill correct details or carry the right documents, and that holds up the queue. This can be frustrating. The officers at the counter know little English so that adds to the delay when the travellers try to reason with them. The best option is to pre-fill the form and carry passport/hotel booking/return flight booking papers in hand. I saw many people struggle with various bags to take out relevant documents although it is clearly written what they will check all documents at the counter. Once the document check is cleared, they staple a printed token number for the passport control counter. There are adequate seats available to await your turn. The passport control (Immigration) has several counters and the token number being called shows up on the electronic signboard right above that counter. As usual some folks tried to cut the queue and barged into the counter saying they are in a hurry but were rudely sent back to wait their turn. So be patient. All kinds of folks travel to Thailand 🙂 The counters are operated by experienced staff and the wait isn’t long. it took about 15 mins wait for me to reach the passport control counter. Present the passport, filled and checked VOA form (with token no.), boarding pass and the cash (1000 THB). They scan the passport, ask you to step back a little to click a photo and you are out in 2-3 minutes. Smile but don’t babble. Answer what is being asked and you will be out early. From document check to clearing passport control took a little over an hour. So if you are in a hurry, get the Visa before flying to Thailand. Right behind the passport control is the baggage claim area. Go to your conveyer belt (they announce it while you disembark) and show the staff your baggage counterfoil, collect your baggage and you are done. Head for the taxi bay which is a floor below. You will also pass a True Mobile counter where you can pick up a tourist SIM for free and top it up at their counter for 50 or 90 THB (call rate to India is 6THB / min) depending of how long you are staying and how often you want to call home! The regular taxi bay is very prominently marked. There are about 2-3 counters immediately as you get out of the airport door. Queue up, tell the staff where you want to go, collect the printed form that mentions your allotted taxi number. Follow the taxi driver to the taxi and off you go. The taxi fare is to be paid to the driver and when you arrive at your destination you can ask for a bill. And no you do not get to choose the colour of the taxi 😉 While in the taxi, keep change handy for the toll. Two toll points will need 25 and 50 THB. The toll road/highway makes a faster entry to the city. Alternative is the sky train from inside the airport but we didn’t take that.The taxi meter fare was 320THB (to Siam area) including the driver’s surcharge of 50THB applicable for airport pickup and drop plus the 75THB as toll fee. So it costed 395THB for oneway ride from the airport. Happy journey!

    • Rohit 8 May, 2014 at 1:19 PM Reply

      Thanks a lot for posting this Piya. I am leaving for Bangkok next week so knowing all this (latest) information and amounts will be really helpful.

    • Makrand 9 May, 2014 at 1:38 AM Reply

      Wow. This is amazing post. Thanks a lot Piya for posting latest information. The details provided by you are great and will help future travelers including me :-).Thanks again for taking time to share your experience.

  61. Rahul 12 May, 2014 at 4:00 PM Reply

    The detailed post has cleared up quite a few things but have one small query. I will be passing through Bangkok airport and have quite some time to spare before the next flight can I complete the Visa on Arrival process but not exit the airport or get Passport stamped so that I can use the Visa on the return journey which will save me a lot of time during which I intend to stay in Bangkok for 2 days. Are these visas multiple entries or single entries? The duration between the onward journed and return journey is around 1 week

    • Makrand 14 May, 2014 at 2:33 AM Reply

      Hi Rahul,
      Thats a tricky one.The Visas are single entry visa but I am not sure whether u can go back to catch ur next flight after getting visa.Better to check with embassy.

  62. Bharat Shivram 13 May, 2014 at 12:58 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand, Thanks for all the info regarding the Visa process. I am travelling to Thailand next week. Would really appreciate if you could share the link to the Visa on Arrival Form that needs to be filled by Indian Citizens travelling to Thai Kingdom. I searched the net for the same but was confused seeing different forms being suggested by different websites.

    • Makrand 14 May, 2014 at 2:40 AM Reply

      Hi Bharat ,
      I took the form after reaching bangkok. You can find the forms just before VOA counter.For Online forms I don’t know any one particular website

  63. Bharat Shivram 14 May, 2014 at 9:14 AM Reply

    Thanks Makrand.

  64. Bhushan S 19 May, 2014 at 2:03 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I will be visiting Thailand (Krabi) in June for a week with my wife. My flight is from Mumbai to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and after stop over of 2 hours from KL to Krabi and then back. Have a query on VOA for Thailand. Gone through the forum and kinda confused as to the amount to be shown while at the visa counter. Also, I assume there has been a modification in Visa rules in 2013.

    Could you please help with:

    1) Documents to be submitted.

    2) Precise amount of cash to shown. (Is INR or dollars accepted?)

    3) Is there a replacement which can be shown instead of cash? You have mentioned credit card. Is carrying only 1 credit card for both wife and me acceptable as I possess a debit card only?

    4) My flight is not a direct one to Thailand. It goes via Malaysia. Hope that’s not a concern.

    Help on this appreciated!

    Thanks!

  65. Makrand 20 May, 2014 at 1:53 PM Reply

    Hi Bhushan,

    At visa counter most probably you will not asked to show proof of funds. Passport, hotel booking and return flight along with visa application form should be enough. As per rules you need to have proof of funds but they rarely ask it. A credit card should work fine. You can carry a statement of your bill showing credit limit so that you can easily prove you can withdraw sufficient funds when required.. Funds required are 20000 Baht per person as per latest rule. I didn’t carry cash with me and was not asked to show any funds. But had credit card with me in case they ask.

    1. Document list you can see in the post itself.
    2. 20000 Baht per person as per latest rules i found online. When I visited it was 10000 Baht per person.
    3. Yes a credit card would be better option. You can show credit limit via statement indicating it would be sufficient for both of you.
    4. You can check with your airlines if a transit visa is needed for Malaysia. I checked for malaysian airlines flight to bangkok from india which goes via malaysia and it states a transit visa IS REQUIRED.

    • Bhushan S 24 May, 2014 at 12:54 PM Reply

      Hi Makrand, could you please share the link/details where you checked regarding visa for Malaysia. Would be of great help.

  66. Bhushan S 20 May, 2014 at 3:30 PM Reply

    Thanks Makrand,

    Regarding the 4th point, we don’t intend to go out of the airport as the next flight would be in 3 hours after a stop over at KL. (Booked with Malaysia Airlines). I assume in that case, we do not require a transit-visa for Malaysia. Please let me know.

    • sanchit somani 8 July, 2014 at 2:42 AM Reply

      Hey Bhushan..i have booked a similar flight from malaysian airlines..could you pls tell me whether a transit visa was required..

      cheers..Sanchit

  67. chandru 22 May, 2014 at 1:44 PM Reply

    hi sir

    hi i am chandrashekar traveling to bankok starting my journey at 5th 20:05 on 6th @ 0:55 i ll reach to airport (BKK).
    i need to know about the on ariaval visa process on
    can i get the visa at that tym
    i had booked my return tickets

  68. Makrand 22 May, 2014 at 2:09 PM Reply

    Hi Chandrashekhar,

    You can go through the post and comments (specially be Piya which has lot of details) to get all information.

    VOA counters are open all the time so you can get VOA when you reach. I myself reached around 1 AM at bangkok and had no difficulty.

  69. chandrashekar 23 May, 2014 at 12:19 PM Reply

    Hi
    Thank u for replay yup i had go through that piya details but there s a slight confussion in the tym so asked thank u once again

  70. Armaan Khan 29 May, 2014 at 10:36 AM Reply

    and what if i don’t have Hotel reservation?
    is there any problem or i can do in bangkok?

    • Makrand 30 May, 2014 at 5:16 PM Reply

      I would say atleast book for your first day. You are required to write your address in Thailand in the VOA form and also it would be a good idea to have a place to stay on first night.

  71. utpal 2 June, 2014 at 6:53 PM Reply

    I want to visit Bangkok in next week. please guide me where to stay for 5 days with my family.

    • Makrand 2 June, 2014 at 10:40 PM Reply

      Hi Utpal,

      Sorry I can’t help much in that as I am not aware of any specific good hotel. I would suggest to research on tripadvisor to find hotels with good reviews. Also do find out about current situation in Thailand as there is political instability in country at the moment with Marshal law in place.

  72. Vijay 3 June, 2014 at 9:50 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    we as a group of 6 frnds are going together, do we need to have 6 copies of hotel bookings or one will do , can we all as a group get visa stamped at a time? and regarding the proof of funds, do we need to show individually or one person in the group can show enough money? if so a bank statement of an Indian bank will do or we need to show them in cash? Thanks in advance for your information.

    Vijay

    • Makrand 6 June, 2014 at 10:23 PM Reply

      Hi Vijay,
      I will not be able to answer your all questions but may give some inputs. It’s better to have hotel bookings copy with each individual though they may not check it. The visa rules states amount for individuals or family but nothing clearly mentioned about group. Proof of funds can be in the form of cash or credit card. If each of you own a credit card then that should solve the problem. If not then worst case you may need to withdraw money at the airport. I would suggest better directly contact embassy to clarify these questions.

  73. vaidhyanathan 8 June, 2014 at 2:14 PM Reply

    Hi, Makrand,

    I am planning this month end to Thailand alongwith my wife, daughter and my niece. My niece is a college student. Will it be any problem for her to get On arrival visa at Thailand. Other formalities like return flight hotel booking and credit card availability are there.

  74. Naveen 10 June, 2014 at 10:34 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    I know it might be a repeat question but I couldn’t go through the entire Q&A section of your blog. I am travelling to Phuket via bangkok airport form Mumbai with my wife between 13/08/2014 and 16/08/2014 and we are planning to take a visa on arrival from bangkok suvarnabhumi airport as we have a 3 hour stopover there. Is this time sufficient to complete all the visa formalities or do we need to complete the formalities at Phuket. Additionally I have read in your blog that we need to show a spending capacity of 20000 THB per person. I have read different figures in different sites rangin from 10000 to 20000. One of my travel agent friends even told me that 750 USD is enough funds to be shown at the airport. I’ll be carrying some USD and an Indian debit card with more than sufficient funds. Is that enough proof to be shown for completing the visa formalities.

    • Makrand 10 June, 2014 at 10:44 AM Reply

      Hi Naveen,

      Whether 3 hours are sufficient or not depends on the number of people in VOA queue when you reach there. If you see long queues, then better get in Phuket. When I reached Bangkok, luckily there was no one in VOA queue but I heard from other travelers sometimes there are longer queues and they had to wait for hours.

      About spending capacity, when I visited it was 10000 Baht but later it was increased to 20000 Baht. I guess the amount 750 USD told by agent is same (around 20000 Baht). If you have credit card as well then please carry that as well. In case carrying a debit card, better carry a latest bank statement so that you can easily show current balance in your account.

      • Naveen 1 July, 2014 at 2:11 PM Reply

        Thank you Makrand for the advice. Could you clarify if it is possible to travel from bangkok to Phuket without a visa and get from Phuket incase VOA lines are too long in Bangkok

    • Vijay 1 July, 2014 at 3:28 PM Reply

      Hi Naveen,

      I have been to Thailand last week, we had air asia flight from chennai to bangkok and another air asia flight from bangkok to phuket. 3 hours will be more than enough for your visa process. And they asked us to show the pocket money its 10K bhat for person and 20k for family (we showed 10K baht per person and they were happy).

  75. sail 27 June, 2014 at 12:58 PM Reply

    hi ..

    i m flying to bangkok on 28 june .. n made onward booking on 12 th july .. my question is VOA is 14 days or 15 days .. ?

    if is it is for 14 days .. shall i pay the one day fine in advance at airport ??????????????????

    • Makrand 28 June, 2014 at 1:26 PM Reply

      Hi Sail,

      As per rules VOA is for 15 days.

  76. suneel 29 June, 2014 at 7:56 PM Reply

    Thank you so much, this is given very helpful information to clarify my all doubts about visa. Thank you very much mr.Makrand

    • Makrand 30 June, 2014 at 1:56 PM Reply

      Thanks for the kind words Suneel :).

  77. Reema 1 July, 2014 at 6:51 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I have planned my trip around July 25-29th this year. I wanted to know if you can tell what climate will be in Thailand. Also the post are really helpful for us to understand the and uncomplicated our thinking about Visa 🙂

    • Makrand 1 July, 2014 at 8:47 PM Reply

      Hi Reema,

      I was there in April and it was hot and humid like a typical tropical weather. I believe rainy season would have started there by July just like India. You can search any weather website for complete details. Glad you found the information useful.

  78. Priyankar 4 July, 2014 at 10:31 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    I will be visiting Thailand from 26th to 31st July..I will be landing in Bangkok at 11:30 am local time and my next flight to Phuket is at 4:30 pm from the other local airport. Please suggest if the time gap is sufficient for Visa On Arrival or do i need to do pre travel Visa. Also i would have to go the local airport which i believe is 1.5 hrs away.. Please advice and also provide any other tips !! Thanks a lot!!

    • Makrand 6 July, 2014 at 2:06 AM Reply

      Hi Priyankar,

      It would be difficult for me to judge but I can give you some hints. You have around 5 hours gap total. VOA should take around an hour to hour an a half based on Piya’s comments above. That leaves you around 3 an half hours. You need to reach airport at least an hour before and add 1.5 hrs drive to that, so you have a buffer of about an hour. Looks doable but risky.

      I think better get a visa in advance

  79. ajay 8 July, 2014 at 12:29 AM Reply

    Dear Makrand,
    In above documents, you mentioned 20000 Baht per person required for VOC but it’s not mention how much required per family ( family size – 2 adult 1 child). How we can carry this much amount as case if we are from India. Please tell me safe and secure way to carry the same. It’s mandatory to show amount in Baht at the time of VOC or can we show any currency. which currencies acceptable by bank, ATM and exchange centres. If I have Omani Riyal.

    • Makrand 9 July, 2014 at 10:13 AM Reply

      Hi Ajay,

      For a family 40000 Baht should be enough though a recent visitor told me that it is still 20000 Baht for family. The safest way would be to have an international credit card. You can carry statement of that card to show credit limit. If carrying cash then it should be in Thai Baht as per my knowledge. They need a proof of funds to ensure you can bear your expenses in Thailand so credit card works. There are exchange counters/ATMs at airport. If in any doubt then please contact Thai Embassy.

  80. Naushad 8 July, 2014 at 5:00 PM Reply

    hi,

    Indian passport holder required visa for Philippines or same like Thailand on arrival.

    please advise

    • Makrand 8 July, 2014 at 10:42 PM Reply

      Philippines does not offer VOA to indians. You need to get visa in advance.

  81. Naveed 24 July, 2014 at 1:49 PM Reply

    Hi, totally right about the disclaimer as VOA Policy is continously moving. From one source VOA is not available http://india.visa-service-center.com/20/thailand-visa/ also may be avaiable exceptionnaly for Indians residing abroad. Confirmed by Times of India (2012) http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Visa-to-Thailand-in-24-hours/articleshow/16326569.cms while some other sources state the opposite.

  82. Makrand 24 July, 2014 at 2:04 PM Reply

    Hi Naveed,

    These articles refer to Visa application from India itself. VOA is available for tourism purpose.

  83. Suvrajit Gangopadhyay 24 July, 2014 at 4:32 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand, I have RTFFed and most of my doubts are clear :). I along with my friends am travelling from Kolkata to Bangkok on 14th August. Would just like to ask something about money carriage for my stay in Thailand. What would be more beneficial to me regarding the exchange rates that i am supposed to get in the exchange booths after reaching Bangkok .. carrying USD (I have some) , INR or carry Thai Baht (after converting frm INR in India) ? Rest everything is pretty much answered :). Thanks mate

    • Makrand 24 July, 2014 at 11:38 PM Reply

      Hi Suvrajit,

      You will get worst exchange rates at airport. So better carry Baht from India or convert from INR/USD them when you are in the city at some exchange counter. If you plan to convert in the city still you will need to exchange currency at airport for Visa fees and taxi fare etc.

      I am not sure about comparison between USD to Baht and INR to Baht but I think there should not be a major difference if transactions are done at same counter.

      I normally carry currency from India which I feel would be sufficient for my stay there and withdraw from ATM if required. Please note that ATM withdraw also has charges associated for international transaction so number of times you need to visit ATM should be limited. So far my international trips had been of limited duration so didn’t have to carry a lot of cash and formula worked for me :).

      Hope this helps. Have a great trip.

  84. Srinivas 24 July, 2014 at 5:48 PM Reply

    Makrand,

    I would be travelling with my wife from Hyd to Bangkok in October for 5 days.I have return ticket with hotel booking. Could you please clarity my below questions

    20,000Bhat would be enough for two?
    How much time it would take to have VOA in Bangkok for both?
    In the Thai embrassy it was mentioned as 4cm x 6cm for passport photo’s . Do we have to have this size or indian passport photo size would work?
    Could you also please suggest any good places to visit in Bangkok?
    I”m planing to buy Thai currencies from HYD instead of buying in Bangkok. what do you suggest?

  85. Makrand 25 July, 2014 at 12:06 AM Reply

    Hi Srinivas,

    For VOA purpose, 20,000 Baht for family is sufficient. If you have an international credit card then you can also show it as proof of fund. Please carry statement of your card showing credit limit.

    The time taken to get VOA depends on number of people present at that time. Typically it would take an hour as per earlier visitors experience. It may be less or more depending on queue length.

    I had carried Indian passport size photographs and those were acceptable. This is confirmed by Piya in comments above.

    I was in Bagnkok only for a day and visited Royal Palace which was worth visiting. I have heard read good reviews about Safari World there, so please research about it.

    I think it would be good to carry Thai Baht from India which would last for 5 days. At airport you will get bad rates so if currency carried by you is not sufficient then you can withdraw from ATM or convert at an authorized exchange counter inside city.

  86. dtangle 25 July, 2014 at 3:21 AM Reply

    Hi, it has been very informative to read this string however I have a few questions

    1. What if I do not have an international credit card with me and don’t want to carry 10,000 baht with me because that is a lot of cash. Is there any other bank statement which would qualify?

    2. I will be staying at my friends place and she’s studying in Bangkok. What should I put in as my place of residence, since I won’t be booking any hotels?

    3. How long will it take for me to get a That visa if I take it before arrival from India itself? Will I have to go for some interview or will it get approved without a PI?

    • Makrand 25 July, 2014 at 10:02 AM Reply

      Hi,

      1. I am not sure about that. Please check with embassy. They normally demand proof of funds, so last 6 months bank statement should logically work but I am not aware of rules. I can take risk for myself but not advise others to do the same 🙂

      2. You can mention your friend’s current residential address.

      3. Getting Thai visa from India is very quick. Ideal time is 2-3 working days. There is no interview for tourist visa to Thailand.

  87. Avneet Singh Kochar 26 July, 2014 at 2:19 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand

    Hope you doing fine,,

    I am travelling to Thailand from New Delhiand opting for on arrival visa. I am going directly to Phuket and have a halt at bangkok for 1 hour. the airline iss ame ie. Thai Airways. Do i need to get visa from here itself or on arrival visa ?? where will i get the visa ? Phuket or Bangkok ?
    and what about the luggage ? also if the flight is delayed for an hour or so ??

    • Makrand 26 July, 2014 at 2:26 PM Reply

      Hi Anveet,

      If you have booked tickets under a single PNR, then you do not need to worry much. You can get On arrival visa at Phuket. Again if tickets are booked under single PNR then mostly airlines will check in luggage till Phuket and you do not need to check out and check in luggage even though you change flights. But still you can ask at airlines counter while getting boarding pass in Delhi. If in case fiight is delayed then airlines make arrangements for next flight. Once you land at Bangkok airport you can ask the staff or look for sign where to proceed for internal transfer. I vaguely remember that there was a signboard near VOA counters for transfer to Phuket but don’t remember exactly.

  88. Srinivas 26 July, 2014 at 9:57 PM Reply

    Makrand,

    Thank you for answering all my questions. Piya your post is amazing.

    Makrand, Could you please let me know from where can I download the VOA form? I will departure from Hyderabad.

  89. Makrand 28 July, 2014 at 6:12 PM Reply

    I tried to search online but couldn’t find it. I have requested Piya to send it to me. If you don’t get it before your departure, you can always get them once you reach Bangkok.

  90. Diki Bhutia 28 July, 2014 at 10:24 PM Reply

    Hi makrand….
    Ur information seems to be very useful. I m a student and have a conference at pattaya… and planning to opt VOA… I wanted to know if I dont carry the cash amounting 20000 bht, will it be ok if I carry debit card. .. will it work??

    • Makrand 30 July, 2014 at 9:55 AM Reply

      Hi,

      I am not sure about whether Debit card is acceptable. Please call Embassy to confirm

      Best wishes for your conference.

  91. Madhu 30 July, 2014 at 3:07 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand

    Thanx for the valuable info. I have a question: I will be flying from Delhi to Phuket via Bangkok with Thai airways. However, the transit time in Bangkok is just 55 mins. Will I need to have VOA in Bangkok or in Phuket ? I ask because I am concerned about the very less transit time in Bangkok, will it be sufficient to obtain a VOA at Bangkok airport ? Please reply.

  92. Madhu 30 July, 2014 at 3:25 PM Reply

    Also, is it possible to obtain VOA in Phuket ?

    • Makrand 30 July, 2014 at 3:47 PM Reply

      Hi Madhu,

      Yes, VOA is available in Phuket. You can transit to Phuket and then get visa there.

  93. chetan 3 August, 2014 at 1:05 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand.. i am goin to Phuket this month, but my Flight lands at suvarnabhoomi at 5.55am and connecting flight to Phuket at 8.30am. having only two n half hours in between. My travel agent told i ve to take VOA at bangkok only. he told i cant take the same in Phuket. So is the time sufficient to take VOA at Bangkok? Also tell me whether i need to collect my luggages n check in again or my baggage will be shifted by airline people only? Plz respond. worried a bit

    • Makrand 3 August, 2014 at 12:10 PM Reply

      HI Chetan,

      VOA is available at Phuket for Indians. Please check with agent that why VOA has to be taken at Bangkok as per him/her. One of my friend recently took a VOA at phuket as he had flew from Singapore directly there.

      Normally on an average it takes an hour to get VOA at Bangkok, but it depends on how much crowd is present at that moment. You can go to VOA counter in Bangkok and see how many people are there. I remember just near VOA counter there was a sign for transfer to Phuket. If you find very long queues, then better take at Phuket to avoid unnecessary rush.

      If you have booked your tickets from same airlines under a single PNR then airline should transfer the luggage till Phuket. When you get your boarding pass in India, you can confirm this at the counter and mention that you would like to collect them at Phuket.

      Hope this helps. Have a great trip.

  94. Annad 7 August, 2014 at 9:49 PM Reply

    We are a group of 6 Indians with Indian passports but flying into Bangkok from Cambodia (Siem Reap). Can we still get a Visa on Arrival – Anand

    • Makrand 7 August, 2014 at 11:00 PM Reply

      Yes you can get it , as long as the other requirements are satisfied.

  95. Girish Joshi 17 August, 2014 at 9:24 AM Reply

    i want to travel to bankok on 22nd august. my passport expires on 15 th jan2015. can I travel to bankok. ae have a corporate tour of 200 employees. in which exception they will allowed me to travel… or wether I have to take approval letter from thai consulate for the same???

  96. Makrand 17 August, 2014 at 1:25 PM Reply

    Hi Girish,

    It would be best to contact consulate to get first hand information. I am not aware of any such exceptions.

  97. Siddhant 20 August, 2014 at 12:39 AM Reply

    Hi
    I have a Visa Approval letter for Vietnam and i would be flying to vietnam after 13days in bangkok . will the air tickets to vietnam be regarded as a return ticket ?My trip starts from india .Will there be a problem In VOA ?

    • Makrand 20 August, 2014 at 9:51 PM Reply

      Hi Siddhant,

      Onward ticket to Vietnam would be fine. Please keep Vietnam visa approval letter with you in case they ask for it. I visited Bangkok while returning from Vietnam back to India, you are just taking the reverse route :).

  98. Purvi 20 August, 2014 at 5:21 PM Reply

    Hi,

    Travelling with my family to Thailand. Do they have different requirements for minor for Visa on arrival. My son is 6 yrs old.
    Thanks

    • Makrand 20 August, 2014 at 10:56 PM Reply

      Hi Purvi,

      Sorry I am not aware about visa for minors.

  99. Srinivas 22 August, 2014 at 7:07 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I’m planning to buy THAI currency from CENTRUM (Below site). Is that genuine, can I go for it?

    http://www.centrum.co.in/foreign_exchange/foreign_exchange.php

    • Makrand 27 August, 2014 at 2:51 PM Reply

      Hi Srinivas,
      Sorry haven’t used/heard this website so not sure about that.

  100. punit 30 August, 2014 at 12:56 AM Reply

    Advance hotel booking is must while travling to thailand is der any prob for visa n bank statement is also need

    • Makrand 30 August, 2014 at 3:58 PM Reply

      Hi Punit,
      You will need hotel booking for at least a day as you need to write address in Thailand on VOA form.
      Bank statement is not required. You may carry credit card statement in case you use it as proof of funds

  101. SUBRATA BASU 30 August, 2014 at 11:50 AM Reply

    Hi,
    I am visting Bangkok with my family. I prefer to take visa on arrival. All the requisites for VOA is complied. Can I pay the VOA fees through credit card or I have to pay in Cash?

    • Makrand 30 August, 2014 at 4:03 PM Reply

      Hi Subrata,
      As per my knowledge visa fees only acceptable in cash and only in Thai Baht

  102. Rahul 1 September, 2014 at 1:33 AM Reply

    Hi makrand,
    Is that stamp is compulsory on passport?

    • Makrand 1 September, 2014 at 9:29 PM Reply

      Sorry I didn’t understand your question. can you provide more details ?

  103. Abhijit 1 September, 2014 at 2:37 PM Reply

    hi makrand

    Regarding source of income proof you have mentioned we can show international credit card…but how would they know that i have balance in my credit card…

    • Makrand 1 September, 2014 at 9:38 PM Reply

      You can carry your latest credit card statement that shows your available credit limit.

  104. Prakash 2 September, 2014 at 2:39 PM Reply

    Hi Markand,

    First of all thanks for your valuable info.

    I am planning to go to Bankok in october,I have few quries…
    1. Can i go there and book hotel or it will be good to book hotel online from here (India)? If yes do you know any good hotel or any info inthis regard?

    2. I have a citibank indain oil credit card, can we use it in Thailand? or is there any seaparate credit card required for international tour?

    3.

    • Makrand 2 September, 2014 at 9:18 PM Reply

      Hi Prakash,

      It will be good to book a hotel from India atleast for first day. Firstly you will have a place to stay when you reach and secondly you will need to write address in Thailand in VOA form.

      Your credit card should mention International Credit Card on its front face. If yes then it should work any where in the world.

  105. SUBRATA BASU 3 September, 2014 at 12:58 PM Reply

    Can I carry Thai Bhatt from India without Visa.

    • Makrand 3 September, 2014 at 7:49 PM Reply

      Yes you can get Thai Baht in India

  106. Dr Yogeshwar Shukla 3 September, 2014 at 6:44 PM Reply

    HiiMakrand, I just gone through the form for visa , there is section to fill local guarantor, name address of local guarantor, what to fill in that section , kindly reply. Thanx in advance.

    • Makrand 3 September, 2014 at 7:58 PM Reply

      Hello Dr. Shukla,

      If I remember correctly in VOA form they had a column called Address in Thailand where I had entered my hotel details. If there is another column for local guarantor in addition to address in Thailand then you can leave it blank and confirm at the counter whether hotel address should be written there as well.

  107. Rindoll 5 September, 2014 at 2:06 PM Reply

    Hi makrand,
    I just went through your blog,its very helpful for people
    Iike us who are travelling for the first time.
    I am planning to travel Bangkok in dec with my family,for how many days do you suggest is more than enough.do you know the limit of US dollars that one can carry.Can you please recommend me some nice hotel,and where are the best shopping malls.Is Indian currency acceptable in bkk??

    • Makrand 5 September, 2014 at 3:41 PM Reply

      Thank you :).

      If you are planning to visit only Bangkok then I believe 3-4 days should be enough.

      As per custom rules of Thailand you can carry up to 20000 USD else you will need to declare at custom.

      http://www.customs.go.th/wps/wcm/connect/custen/travellers/arriving+in+thailand/arrivinginthailand

      Indian currency is not acceptable in Bkk. Either you need to get Thai Baht In India or exchange once you reach Bangkok. If you decide to take second option then convert some amount at airport and rest of amount when you are in city as airport have worst exchange rates.

      You may also go through this document which might be useful when you are returning.

      http://www.cbec.gov.in/trvler-guide_ason22may2013.pdf

      Unfortunately I stayed in Bangkok only for one day when I visited, so not able to suggest hotel/shopping mall. You may try to search on tripadvisor.

      Hope this helps. Keep visiting :).

    • Piya 5 September, 2014 at 4:53 PM Reply

      Siam is a good area to stay if one wants to shop. All the malls are in that area including the bargain paradise mbk and platinum. Siam square is an open shopping area where one can find good chap stuff. I would reccomend hotel mercure in siam. They run promotional rate quite often. Its right opposite national stadium bts(metro) station abd has a reasonable travel agency where you can book city tours. Check tripadvisor for rates or asiaweb sites for latest offers. As i said earlier siam is a goid area and has lots of hotels of all range of budgets.

  108. Srinivas 9 September, 2014 at 7:36 PM Reply

    Makrand,

    Thank you for all your help. I have purchased foreign exchange from thomascook and I am going Bangkok next month.
    I have booked a hotel room in Bungkum(city) for 5days, and I’m planning to visit Grand Palace,Siam Ocean world and safari world. Please let me know is there anyother
    places where I can visit nearby.

    Appreciate your help.

    Thanks
    Srinivas

    • Makrand 10 September, 2014 at 10:03 PM Reply

      Hi Srinivas,

      These are the major tourist attractions I am aware of. You can search on trip advisor or any other forum about places not be missed in Bangkok. Looks like I should revisit Bangkok as I have just seen Grand Palace there. 🙂

      Have a good trip 🙂

  109. Meet 9 September, 2014 at 7:56 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    Thank for sharing information it is really helpful.
    I have one doubt regarding financial proof.
    I have 400 USD but I don’t have receipt from Forex of converting INR to USD with me.
    Is receipt from Forex necessary during VOA?

  110. Makrand 10 September, 2014 at 3:00 PM Reply

    Hi Meet,

    They do not check receipt during VOA, so you should be fine.

  111. Abhijit 11 September, 2014 at 9:27 AM Reply

    Thanks Makrand for your response…

    Just one more query

    can i exchange currency using my credit card in thailand??

    • Makrand 11 September, 2014 at 4:32 PM Reply

      Hi Abhijit,

      Currency exchange counters normally expect cash for exchange. Even if you find some place where you can exchange currency using credit card, that would be a bad idea as you will be charged extra. I would suggest carry currency from here based on your estimated expense and then withdraw from ATM using your international debit cared. Also each transaction would be charged some fees so try to minimize ATM withdraws.

  112. Abhijit 11 September, 2014 at 5:52 PM Reply

    Also I have thai currency but i do not have receipt for that…will it be a problem in airport when i reach there and during my Visa On Arrival process

    • Makrand 11 September, 2014 at 8:49 PM Reply

      I do not think there should be a problem as they do not check currency lot of times so asking for receipt would be very rare possibility.

  113. Praveen Sawant 12 September, 2014 at 12:07 PM Reply

    Hello Makrand,

    I and my friends are planning to visit Thailand soon.

    I had a couple of doubts.

    1) If I have International debit card with currency equivalent to 10,000 Baht….will that be enough? Can you please elaborate more on the funds part required for VOA?

    2) How long does the whole process take for VOA? Plus our hotel is in Pattaya. How much time does it take to travel from Bangkok Airport to Pattaya? and what is the best mode of transport? I will be reaching Bangkok at 1:30 pm.

    Looking forward to your help. Thanks in advance 🙂

  114. Makrand 12 September, 2014 at 7:30 PM Reply

    Hi Praveen,

    The various embassy website state that visitors should be able to prove funds. In most such cases either cash or credit card works as a proof of funds. Ideally debit card should work as well but if possible please contact embassy and confirm. You can carry latest statement of debit card to show you have enough funds.

    When I visited I had taken my credit card as proof of funds. .

    Time taken depends on number of people in queue at that time so can vary between 1-2 hours. I haven’t been to pattaya so not aware of timings. May be you can search on forums like tripadvisor.

  115. Praveen Sawant 13 September, 2014 at 3:01 PM Reply

    Thank you for your response 🙂

    Btw, I read on the thai embassy website that 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family is enough to show the funds.
    http://www.thaiemb.org.in/en/services/visainfo/visa_on_arrival.html

    But you have mentioned 20,000 Baht per person to show the funds.

    Can i trust what is shown on the website and carry 10,000 Baht (~20k Rs)? Coz carrying Rs 40k would be really a problem for me. ( I just started earning lol and also carrying that much cash is not safe in my regards)

    What do you suggest? 10,000 Baht or 20,000 Baht?

  116. Praveen Sawant 13 September, 2014 at 3:28 PM Reply

    Another query just crept up my mind:

    Since we are 3 of us going together as a group, can we combine and show 40,000 Baht in total?

    Really appreciate you taking the effort to reply all our queries, hats off to you mate!!! 🙂

  117. Makrand 13 September, 2014 at 11:12 PM Reply

    Hi Praveen,

    I had updated the amount to 20000 Baht per person in this post as it was revised by embassy, But it looks like they have again reverted back to 10000 Baht. So I believe 40000 Baht for a group would be anyways sufficient. Also credit card also server as proof of funds.

    In my case they even didn’t ask for proof of funds and just checked hotel bookings. But I can’t advice others 🙂 to take risk so have mentioned the rules as it is.

    Have a great trip.

  118. Praveen Sawant 15 September, 2014 at 12:14 PM Reply

    Thank you very much for all your help. 🙂

  119. goutam datta 18 September, 2014 at 8:46 PM Reply

    Hi I am goutam and My wife are going to thailand in october 3rd week 2014. our passport are hand written valid till 2016, we will apply for fresh passport when we come back from thailand last week of october 2014, now my question is will they allow hand written passport for visa ?

    • Makrand 18 September, 2014 at 10:42 PM Reply

      Hi Goutam,

      As per my knowledge hand written passports and passports issued for 20 years are not accepted in many countries. It would be better to contact embassy directly or check with an expert travel agent.

  120. Andrew 19 September, 2014 at 2:12 AM Reply

    Hai , this is andrew and am planning to travel phuket via Singapore (chennai – Singapore – phuket) layover time in Singapore is only 2 hrs should i need Singapore visa??

    • Andrew 19 September, 2014 at 2:14 AM Reply

      And I won’t be carrying thailand visa as well

  121. Makrand 19 September, 2014 at 9:18 PM Reply

    Hi Andrew,

    As per following link it depends on the airlines being used. If you are using a budget airlines then it looks like you will need to take transit visa.

    http://www.changiairport.com/in-transit/faq

    please contact airlines to confirm whether a visa is required.

  122. Satish 20 September, 2014 at 2:48 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    Just a small query, we have booked Mumbai-Bangkok by Jetairways and further Bangkok-Phuket by Thai Airways. The time gap is about 5 hours. Would this be sufficient to complete the on arrival visa process and then proceed to the domestic section of the airport for our travel to Phuket?

    • Makrand 20 September, 2014 at 8:05 PM Reply

      Hi Satish,

      Yes 5 hours should be enough for getting VOA. Generally it takes any time between 15 mins to an hour for most the cases.

  123. Vignesh 22 September, 2014 at 7:12 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I will be travelling to Bangkok via air. I am an Indian passport holder travelling from Kenya. Am I eligible for Visa on arrival?

    • Makrand 22 September, 2014 at 10:12 PM Reply

      Hi Vignesh,

      All Indian passport holders are eligible for VOA provided they have all required documents.

  124. Bishnu 29 September, 2014 at 1:39 PM Reply

    Hi make and
    My passport have 5 month validity ..I already book all hotel return ticket …in this condition visa I will get on arrival ..

    • Makrand 29 September, 2014 at 6:43 PM Reply

      Hi Bishnu,

      In most of the cases 6 months validity is expected. It would be risky to travel without confirming it. Please contact embassy or an authorized travel agent to confirm the same.

  125. Yasser 30 September, 2014 at 3:07 PM Reply

    I intend to enter Thailand via Cambodia by bus. I hold an Indian passport. Will this be any different than arriving directly at Bangkok airport and getting VOA ?

  126. gagan 30 September, 2014 at 10:33 PM Reply

    hi makrand we are group of 5 travelling to thailand on 7 oct . we havent made any hotel booking and we wish to explore and book hotel in person
    is there any issue with voa on hotel booking?
    thanks in advance

    • Makrand 30 September, 2014 at 10:47 PM Reply

      Hi Gagan,

      Although hotel bookings are not checked, you will be asked to enter address in Thailnad in VOA from. So get any hotel’s address with you and it should be fine. If you are asked any question you can mention you will get the room after reaching and can show have enough funds with you.

      • gagan 30 September, 2014 at 11:14 PM Reply

        thanks makrand

  127. Makrand 30 September, 2014 at 10:42 PM Reply

    Hi Yasser,

    I am not sure whether VOA is available at border crossing from Cambodia. As per my knowledge they are available at selected airport and cruise entry points. Please research online or contact embassy. In case of any doubt better take Visa in advance or enter via air route.

  128. Yankee 5 October, 2014 at 12:48 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I am traveling to Thailand on 11oct and return on 18 Oct with my friends. Our air tickets and hotel booking has been done but one of my friend has late arrival visa stamped on her passport while coming back to India from London. she was in London for
    her studies for 2 years and her visa expired on 3oct’14 but her flight was on 5oct’14. we want to opt for VOA. Will it create a problem for to get VOA.

    • Makrand 6 October, 2014 at 9:24 PM Reply

      I don’t think there would be a problem in Thailand getting a VOA. May be when next time she applies for UK, she may be asked about overstay.

  129. srinivas 12 October, 2014 at 12:33 PM Reply

    Dear Markand
    I am planning to visit Bangkok from 21-27 Oct 2014.
    If i want to proceed with Visa on Arrival (VOA), what is the procedure in Delhi airport.
    Like how to proceed for immigration check.
    And is it better to opt for VOA or Visa at Delhi it self. Since i am not resident of Delhi and i am fro m Pilani, Rajasthan it consumes time for visting embassy for submitting VISA form and again another visit to embassy for collecting VISA.

    • Makrand 12 October, 2014 at 9:32 PM Reply

      Hi Srinivas,

      At Delhi airport, your immigration procedure would be like if you are visiting any other country with a visa. At airline counter you can collect your boarding pass and immigration form. Fill up the form before reaching immigration counter. After getting boarding passes you will reach immigration counter, where you will need to show your passport along with return air fare. When asked about visa, you can tell them you would get the visa on arrival and have all the required documents with you. Since lot of visitors take VOA in Thailand from India, there shouldn’t be any problem at immigration.

      Since your visit is less than 15 days, there is not much difference between 2. If you a visa before hand, you don’t need to bother to be in queues of VOA in Thailand and you can straight away proceed for immigration. Since your travel date is very near now, submitting an application now should be done with caution as you might not get your passport back in time. Also you will need to submit required documents. Check with a travel agent in Pilani. Agents can submit application on your behalf, so you do not need to visit Delhi. However keep in mind time taken to send your passport to Delhi and return would each take atleast 1 day. You have effectively 5 working days in between so check with travel agent if this time is sufficient else better get VOA in Thailand.

  130. Dev 15 October, 2014 at 10:05 PM Reply

    Dear Makrand,I have planned for 4 days Thailand trip on next week.I have already done tourist visa from Kolkata Thai Embassy and booked the hotel there accordingly and also paid to and fro travel fare. Now you kindly tell me is 20000 bhat per person mandatory to carry to clear immigration. Because for 4 days its well above the expected expenditure.A bit confused about the above matter. Pls clarify.

    • Makrand 15 October, 2014 at 10:13 PM Reply

      Hi Dev,

      If you already have tourist visa with you from India then no need to carry 20000 Baht with you. You will not need to show any cash. This rule is only applicable if you want to get Visa on Arrival in Thailand. Have a good trip.

  131. Vaydehi Kulkarni 16 October, 2014 at 7:59 PM Reply

    Hi Makarand,

    Very informative blog. Few questions from my side.

    I’ll be traveling to Bangkok with friends. We are 3 of us. Regarding the need to carry 20,000 Baht in cash per person,can we carry a single credit card amongst 3 of us?? We all are booked on the same Thai Airways flight,same ticket. Carrying 60,000 Baht in cash is a pain.

    Thanks

  132. Makrand 16 October, 2014 at 10:07 PM Reply

    Hi Vaydehi,
    Cash/Credit card act as proof of funds to show that you have sufficient resources to manage your expenses. A credit card should work as well but you can carry statement of credit card showing the limit. If you have already done hotel bookings that would be further good. When I visited they didn’t ask for any proof but sometimes they do. So be prepared to convince them in case they ask for it.

  133. Sushan 20 October, 2014 at 4:42 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand…. I am traveling to bangkok next month. need your assistance on the following qs:
    1. Can I apply for visa in Mumbai before hand but my passport is issued in delhi nd have been staying in Mumbai from past 2years ( as proof of stay I can give bank statements, phone bill)
    2. I am planning to carry 5000 baht and USD 300 (will get exchanged in thai) also my international credit card (with limit above 1 lakh) and debit card. Any proofs should I carry?? Will this suffice the requirement for VOA. I have confirmed hotel nd flight bookings.
    3. I have been advised to take more USD that baht and exchange in Thai (please advise places in Thai which gives good rates). Do you think this option is good.
    4. Can I rent a bike there. Is international driving licence required

    I would highly appreciate your response.

    • Makrand 20 October, 2014 at 9:44 PM Reply

      Hi Sushan,

      1. You can apply for Visa in Mumbai as per my knowledge. Yes, an address proof will be required which you already have.
      2. If you have visa in advance then you do not need to worry about showing funds. You will not be asked.
      3. I was in Thailand only for a day so I withdrew money using ATM. But in city there should be plenty of places to exchange money. Not aware of any specific one. I am not sure about the logic behind advice of carrying USD. You need to pay exchange rates twice – INR -> USD and then USD->Baht. Please check why the specific advice was given.
      4. People do rent a bike there though I haven’t rented personally. Sorry can’t provided accurate information on this point. However I think Indian driving license should be acceptable.Please search some forums online.

  134. Sushan 20 October, 2014 at 4:58 AM Reply

    Adding to my above questions…I am borrowing baht and dollars from a friend. would they ask for a receipt.

  135. Makrand 20 October, 2014 at 9:46 PM Reply

    As long as you are carrying currency as per custom rules normally they wont’ ask at customs about receipt.

  136. raha raman agarwal 21 October, 2014 at 5:49 PM Reply

    Raha raman agarwal

  137. bronson 5 November, 2014 at 10:31 AM Reply

    Hi I’m a singaporean travelling to Thailand on 5th of November coming back on the 9 passport expiring on April 18 2015 will I have Any problem?

  138. sahkti 6 November, 2014 at 2:28 AM Reply

    hi,am an indian and am flying solo to bangkok. as tourist what should i write in form ,that asks personal address of a person whom i know in bangkok.

    • Makrand 11 November, 2014 at 11:18 PM Reply

      You can mention the address of the hotel where you would be staying

  139. Nain 11 November, 2014 at 10:22 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand, This is a very helpful blog. I have a question about the immigration queues at Krabi. Travelling around 20th December. My ferry depart after about three hours. Was wondering if I should apply for the visa in India or just pick it up via the arrival facility. Would appreciate if can shed some light.

    Regards,

    Nainu

    • Makrand 11 November, 2014 at 11:20 PM Reply

      Thanks nain,

      I don’t know how far the ferry is from airport. 3 hours should be enough for getting VOA but you need to think about the time it takes from airport to the ferry departure point.

  140. Nain 12 November, 2014 at 9:21 AM Reply

    To add to the blog, as per my understanding, the ferry leaves from Krabi Town
    Klong Jilad Pier, which is a 30 m taxi ride from the airport and should cost about 500 TBH.

    Thanks for your inputs.

  141. Avisek 12 November, 2014 at 12:43 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand, I am travelling to Thailand on 4th of December with my wife. Apart from all the required documents, we are carrying a total of 20,000 THB (around 40k INR). Will that be okay for us to show our source of fund during our stay? Kindly confirm once again whether 10,000 THB per person and 20,000 THB per family is what is required for VOA. Make My Trip also asked us to carry 10,000 THB per person.

    • Makrand 13 November, 2014 at 9:17 PM Reply

      It looks like requirement is updated again. I found 20000 Baht as required amount on many online sources but I guess it has been revised again. Many travelers have recently commented that 10000 THB is required. As make my trip also suggested same, 10000 THB should be good.

  142. Sahik 14 November, 2014 at 12:59 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    I am travelling to Bangkok on sunday. I have all the funds required and documents..
    Can you elaborate the process step by step from delhi airport to bangkok airport.
    I am waiting for your reply.. Please help me out..

    Thanks,
    Sahil

  143. Makrand 15 November, 2014 at 11:55 AM Reply

    Hi Sahik,
    Here are steps at high level.

    Enter the Delhi airport from international departure gate. Go to your airline counter, collect boarding pass and immigration form. Fill the form before you reach immigtation counter and have your return flight ticket ready with you along with passport. If asked about visa, tell them you will get on arrival. After crossing immigration , proceed for security check and then proceed to boarding gate. Once you reach bangkok, procced to VOA counter. Airport staff can tell you directions if you have any difficulty. After getting VOA proceed to collect your check in luggage and proceed towards exit. You are ready to start your trip 🙂

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  145. Avisek 17 November, 2014 at 10:02 AM Reply

    Thanks Makrand for your reply. Yes in fact, the Thai Embassy website also shows the requirement to be 10,000 Thb per person and 20,000 Thb per family.

    http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/visa-on-arrival.php

  146. aaishwary123a 19 November, 2014 at 2:27 PM Reply

    hey Makrand !!

    I read your information…. it was blogged many years before, are the rules still the same ??

    plus one more thing i wanted to ask you that, is 10000 bahts enuf for 5 days (inc food accommodation and internal traveling only) ?

    • Makrand 21 November, 2014 at 7:59 PM Reply

      From the inputs from recent visitors , it appears that rules remain same. The only confusion is about amount to carry which Avisek clarified above that it is 10 k THB per person.

      Amount of money you require depends upon your plan like where you want to stay n all. Get an idea about hotel rates online so that you can estimate expenses on accommodation. For internal travel if you use public transport then don’t need to worry. For taxi you will need to do some research. Bangkok is not that expensive so once you estimate your accommodation cost , rest would be easier to estimate.

  147. Garima 21 November, 2014 at 11:41 AM Reply

    Hi !

    I am an Indian passport holder living in sydney on student visa.

    I have a conference in Khon kaen. I dont have much time to apply for a educational visa.

    There is a connecting flight from bangkok after 2-3 hours from bangkok to Khon Kaen.

    I want to have Visa on arrival. Can I take it from Khon Kaen instead of Bangkok Airport to avoid a que/rush and possibility of me missing my connecting flight.

    Thanks

    Garima

    • abhijit das 12 May, 2015 at 8:51 PM Reply

      did you received the VOA for your conference I have smiler condition pls let me know

  148. Sahil 21 November, 2014 at 3:18 PM Reply

    Thanks Makrand,

    I have reached safely to BKK with your help.. Could you please tell me, is there any similar process like filling documents or form whle coming back.. ITs very difficult and confusing as well as they don’t speak any other lang except thai.

    Thanks,
    Sahil

    • Makrand 21 November, 2014 at 7:55 PM Reply

      Hi Sahil,

      Your return would be easier :). While coming back you will be given a form for custom either in flight or you can find them near immigration counter in India. You will need to declare that you are not carrying anything in excess of allowed by custom as well as not carrying anything illegal as mentioned in form. At Bangkok airport you will need to collect just boarding passes for your flight so no problem in departure.

      Have a great and safe stay.

  149. Sahil 23 November, 2014 at 12:08 PM Reply

    Thanks for your reply Makrand. Do i need to reach at airport 3 hrs prior to departure likewise in india. I am confused about this too as this is my first flight. And what can i bring back from here? What is the limit of bottles of whisky from custom? Totally confused about all the stuff.

    • Makrand 23 November, 2014 at 8:59 PM Reply

      Hi Sahil,

      It is not a mandatory to reach 3 hours officially but better reach 3 hrs in advance to avoid queues. Bangkok is a busy airport so sometimes you can get longer queues and can cause stress if you reach late. you are allowed to bring maximum 2 liters of liquor. You can bring back regular items you shop there like clothes, souvenirs etc without any problem. However if you plan to bring electronic items, gold etc then better to read rules that you are not carrying anything in excess or prohibited. Following links may help you

      http://www.indiabaggagerules.com/2008/01/prohibited-and-restricted-goods.html
      http://www.cbec.gov.in/trvler-guide_ason22may2013.pdf

      • Sahil 24 November, 2014 at 12:23 PM Reply

        Thanks Makrand, I think i am stuffed with what i needed for my return journey..

        Thanks a lot..

        Regards,
        Sahil

  150. Subha 24 November, 2014 at 9:33 AM Reply

    Hello Makrand,
    Your article is quite helpful. I am planning to visit Phuket @ Feb’2015. Will be traveling from China/HongKong. Have checked the website of Indian Embassy. Same procedure wriiten for VOA as you have in your article.
    However I wrote an email for any changes/updates in VOA procedures. But no response!
    My query: Do you have any info about VOA at Phuket Intl’ airport? Guess the procedure for Indian nationals would be same, just needed a re-confirm.

    thanks,
    Subha

  151. Makrand 25 November, 2014 at 7:24 PM Reply

    Hi Subha,

    VOA is available at Phuket airport.

  152. Prashant 30 November, 2014 at 12:45 PM Reply

    Can i travell bangkok with my passpart of 20 years will any issue

    • Makrand 30 November, 2014 at 6:45 PM Reply

      Hi Prashant, I think passports issued for 20 years are not accepted in many countries. Please check with embassay or consult a travel agent.

  153. Ankur 5 December, 2014 at 1:51 PM Reply

    Is it possible to enter Thailand if you have
    An Indian passport which is expiring within three months?yeah It would be wise for me to renew my passport but for now I’m not in my hometown.

    • Makrand 6 December, 2014 at 4:18 PM Reply

      Most of the countries require passport to be valid for atleast 6 months in future. Sorry I am not aware about exact rules for Thailand but better consult a travel agent or embassay

      • Ankur 6 December, 2014 at 10:22 PM Reply

        Tks makrand,do u think its possible to renew your passport from any city in India?or only from the place where u got it before?

        • Makrand 8 December, 2014 at 5:56 PM Reply

          Hi Ankur,

          I think you can have your passport renewed in your current city provided you have government issued address proof from your current city.

  154. harshal 6 December, 2014 at 11:35 AM Reply

    Hi

    I am traveling to Bangkok with my mom dad wife and daughter we are total 5 people how much money I need to carry I do have international credit card

  155. Makrand 8 December, 2014 at 5:55 PM Reply

    For getting VOA you will need to show funds of 20000 Baht per family.

  156. aditya 14 December, 2014 at 7:10 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand

    I am travelling with royal carribean cruise from singapore – kul – phuket and back to singapore. The cruise is tendering only for one day in phuket. Can i get VOA from the cruise ? Or need to apply tourist visa .. i am currently residing in sydney.

    Thanks

  157. saifu 25 December, 2014 at 8:49 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I am an India citizen would like to travel to Thailand from Muscat and plan Return from Bankok to Cochin ( Via colombo ) with a transit time of 22 Hrs in Jan second week.Could I get VOA if i i took ticket like this.Could you know the procedure to get transit Visa from Colombo airport to Indian.Please advise.

    Thanks

  158. Makrand 2 January, 2015 at 9:50 AM Reply

    You can get VOA in Thailand as long as you have your flight tickets for onward journey and satisfy other requirements for VOA.

    As per official e-visa website, you can you can get transit visa for free if you apply beforehand

    http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/visainfo/shortvisit.jsp

  159. Anita 9 January, 2015 at 11:45 PM Reply

    Hi, I will be travelling to bangkok next month and my husband will join me after 2 days, but hotel booking is on my name, can he show the same hotel voucher for his visa?

    • Makrand 11 January, 2015 at 11:50 PM Reply

      Hi Anita,

      It should work fine. I am not an expert but the idea is people at VOA counter should be convinced. Your husband can carry a copy of your passport as an additional document to show. If marriage certificate copy is available then that would further strengthen the application.

  160. jazz 10 January, 2015 at 3:22 PM Reply

    Hi… nice post…. i have only one question…. i am going to vietnam first and have visa for the country…. i will be going to bangkok from vietnam by air…. do i need visa now for thailand as im travelling from another country than india or i can still get VOA in thailand ?

    • Makrand 10 January, 2015 at 7:21 PM Reply

      Hi Jazz,
      You can get VOA in Thailand. In fact I had done exactly same thing when I visited Bangkok. First went to Vietnam from India and then to Bangkok and got VOA.

  161. sanjeev.a.c 10 January, 2015 at 11:07 PM Reply

    Hai i have relative at bangkok is it required to enter hotel details for VOA

  162. Makrand 11 January, 2015 at 11:48 PM Reply

    You can mention their address in VOA form Better if you can get an invitation letter from them.

  163. Rajeev Agrawal 24 January, 2015 at 2:42 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand, This is really a great blog. I am visiting Bangkok for 5 days. I want to know, how much time is required at the airport for obtaining VISA ? Is there a long queue at the counter ?

  164. Rajeev Agrawal 24 January, 2015 at 3:20 PM Reply

    One more question. How many counters are there for VISA on arrival at Bangkok airport ?

    • Makrand 24 January, 2015 at 10:34 PM Reply

      Thanks Rajeev,

      Time taken for VOA depends on what time you land which will determine how many people are there in queues. During busy hours it might take an hour else sometimes it may take 5 mins if there are not many people. I don’t remember but I guess there were 2-3 counters when I had visited 2 yrs back.
      Have a good trip.

  165. Vinay 1 February, 2015 at 7:47 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I am travelling to Bangkok on mid of Feb. I have few things going in my mind.

    1. What currency to carry USD or THB?
    2. Do we get better buying rates at Don Mueang International Airport?
    3. Is it mandatory to show 10000 THB? I can show lesser amount and credit cards?

    Thanks,
    Vinay

    • Makrand 3 February, 2015 at 9:41 PM Reply

      Hi Vinay,

      Its better if you carry THB else you will have to pay currency exchange fees twice INR -> USD n then USD–> THB.

      You never get good exchange rates at airport. Either withdraw from ATM or convert minimum required amount from airport and rest from authorized place in city.

      You can show credit card as proof of funds but please carry statement of credit card showing credit limit. Also please remember VOA fees has to paid in THB cash.

  166. prashant 19 February, 2015 at 12:58 PM Reply

    hi Makrand ,
    very nice blog good for the peopple who travling to first time to thailand .
    i have few queries here
    1) ON arrival visa will be applicable to torisum purpose only or they can allow person going for training for to attend conferance there ?

    2) what are frequently asked que at the immegration counter ?

    3) what to do if they refuse to give on arrival visa there in bangkok airport for any reason .
    is there any cases happends like this ?

    • Makrand 21 February, 2015 at 9:44 PM Reply

      Hi Prashant,

      Thanks for visiting my page.

      1) As per the below link VOA is only for tourism purpose.

      http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/visa-on-arrival.php

      2.) They won’t ask you questions if you have all documents in place :). They might ask for your purpose of visit ,which should be tourism or to visit a friend/family

      3) I am not aware of any such case but in case it happens you don’t have a choice but return back to home country by next available flight.

      • prashant 22 February, 2015 at 7:23 PM Reply

        thanks makrand

    • abhijit das 12 May, 2015 at 9:00 PM Reply

      Hi Prasant I have smiler condition like you, so can you pls let me know that if got the visa finally

  167. Divya 27 April, 2015 at 4:38 PM Reply

    If I have an onward flight to Cambodia (Siem Reap) within 6 hours at the Suvarnabhumi airport (similarly, onward flight to India for return journey), do i need a Thai visa?

    The two airlines are different. India to Bangkok is Thai Airways and Bangkok to Siem Reap is Bangkok Airways

    • Makrand 29 April, 2015 at 8:19 PM Reply

      Hi Divya,
      I am not 100 % sure but since you are not leaving airport and transit time is less, so transit visa may not be required. Please check the terminals of both airlines. You should not be required to come out of airport.
      Better check with airlines aa they might be able to give accurate information

  168. anjani raj 5 May, 2015 at 10:10 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    I am going to Phuket via Bangkok, with different tickets for two journey. Do I need to get visa at Bangkok or I can get at Phuket?

  169. Amit 17 May, 2015 at 12:11 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    I have flight from Hyderabad to Phuket via Bangkok from Thai airways as a single ticket. I will be handed the boarding passes for Hyderabad to Bangkok and Bangkok to Phuket flights in Hyderabad. The luggage will be transferred to Phuket from Hyderabad. The time between the flights (arrival time-625AM- of Hyderabad to Bangkok and departure time-745AM- from bangkok to Phuket) flight and departure at bangkok airport is 1hrs 20 mins.

    In this scenario do I need to get the VOA at Phuket of Bangkok?
    If I need to get VOA in Bangkok, is this time sufficient?
    If I need to get VOA in Phuket, then can I directly go boarding gate of next flight to Phuket the moment i land in Bangkok?
    In order to get VOA in Phuket do I need to follow other procedure in Bangkok?

    I am travelling on 19th of this month and this is my first trip outside with family. I have a small daughter so pls guide.

    Thanks
    Amit

    • Makrand 17 May, 2015 at 10:41 PM Reply

      Hi Amit,

      VOA is available at Phuket but as per wikipedia the VOA should be obtained at first point of entry. A friend of mine had got visa directly at Phuket but that was few years back and looks like rules might have changed. I would suggest to get in touch with Thai airways before your travel or a travel agent as they might assist you. Sorry I don’t have latest information on this. .

      The procedure to get VOA is same both at Bangkok and Phuket.

      Have a great trip.

  170. raj 18 May, 2015 at 5:12 PM Reply

    if i have small size photo other then 4*6 size would it be valid and what are the charges if we clicked our photo on bangkok airport.

    • Makrand 21 May, 2015 at 9:26 PM Reply

      Hi Raj,

      It would be very expensive to get photograph clicked at airport. Better get them in India. As per previous travelers comments, small size photos were accepted, but I would still suggest to get standard passport size photos 4*6

  171. Saif 22 May, 2015 at 2:53 AM Reply

    Hi makrand ,
    I want to travel Bangkok for 4 days and want a visa on arrival at Bangkok airport?
    What’s the complete procedure ,please guide me step by step?
    First I have to book a return ticket, and when going to airport what would I have to carry only a passport with return air tickets would be sufficient?
    Well
    After reaching Bangkok,how much money indianr a would I have to show that I am possessing with me.
    Lease guide me step by step.

    • Makrand 26 May, 2015 at 8:58 PM Reply

      Hi Saif,

      For complete procedure, please read Piya’s comment in comment section in the post above. She has described in much detail about the whole procedure.

      You need to show money not in INR but in Thai currency(Baht). Please read the post and comments and hopefully you will get answers to all your query. Please comment back if you have any questions still unanswered

  172. Neethu 7 June, 2015 at 1:29 PM Reply

    Hiii i am currntly staying in dubai,would like to know my indian passport will be enough to visit pattaya,so tat i can get visa on arrival.my uae visa is gettng expired nxt month will thst be a problm for travelling

    • Makrand 8 June, 2015 at 9:32 PM Reply

      Hi Neethu,

      Yes, your Indian passport would be sufficient along with other requirements mentioned in this post.

  173. ram 8 June, 2015 at 9:09 AM Reply

    Hi, I’m Indian passport holder, I just wanna to ask, supposing I fly from Jakarta directly to Phuket not via Bangkok from…is there VOA service at Phuket airport? Thanks

    • Makrand 8 June, 2015 at 9:34 PM Reply

      Hi Ram,

      Yes, VOA is available at Phuket airport

  174. yuvaraj 7 July, 2015 at 3:56 PM Reply

    Hi makrand,

    Doing good job. and I would like to know that I am travelling to Philipines via Thailand. I have around 7 hours time and hence would like to go out and come for onward flight.
    May I know the procedure .. Thanks..

    • Makrand 7 July, 2015 at 7:20 PM Reply

      Hi Yuvaraj,

      Thanks for visiting. In my opinion 7 hours is not sufficient time to go outside the airport to see anything in Bangkok. You will need more than 2 hours just to travel from airport to city and back. Again you have to be at airport atleast an hour before your departure time. So that leaves you around 4 hours. Add the time to get your VOA and you have hardly any time to see the place.

      If you still want to go ahead, then you can read this post for getting a visa on arrival and then enter the city.

      Let me know if you have any specific questions. Again I would advise against going out in such a limited time

  175. sreenu 20 July, 2015 at 11:43 AM Reply

    Hi Markrand,

    Doing very Goodjob,

    I came to Bangkok on Business visa,my return travel to India is 9th August, now i am planning to bring my Family on VISA on Arrival, i have following queries please clarify
    1.Which date they can enter to Thailand as return travel i will book for 9th August.?
    2.This is their first time other country travel, is it possible VISA on Arrival.?
    3.My wife and infant is there, so how much amount need to show and which currency INR also ok?
    4.they can show Accommodation as my Hotel as already i have?

    • Makrand 21 July, 2015 at 6:32 PM Reply

      Hi Sreenu,

      Please find my responses to your queries.

      1. VOA is available for 15 days so you can plan to bring your family on or after 26th July onwards.

      2. Yes, there should be no problem if its first visit.

      3. As per rule 20000 Baht should be fine per family.

      4. Yes. You can forward your booking confirmation receipt/email to your wife which she can show at VOA counter if required.

  176. K N Ramesh babu 23 July, 2015 at 5:06 PM Reply

    Hi, makrand, i felt so happy to go through your blog, , lot of information and knowledge l gained from you, wel i had been to thailand seven times, with advance visa,, now i have arranged 3 trips to my friends and family. First trip 31st aug,, second trip on 7th September and third trip on 21st September, , each group of 50,,30 and 30, and in all 3 trips I will accompany them as group leader,, now my question is
    1) i decided to take VOA for all members to save some money, , cause,, at bangalore visa people asked rs 3500 per pax,, what my concern is, most of them having ECR in their passports ,,,,does it bring any problem ? Of course we have confirmed hotel booking and return air ticket, ,
    2) Since me, travelling in all 3 trips, , in a span of 25 days, , is it required to take VOA in all trips ..?
    3) how much time it may require to clear all 50 members VOA,, and does those people allow me to stand over there to assist my fellow members to fill VOA forms since most of them having very little knowledge of English.
    HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON. thanks

  177. K N Ramesh babu 23 July, 2015 at 5:12 PM Reply

    Hi, makrand, i felt so happy to go through your blog, , lot of information and knowledge l gained from you, wel i had been to thailand seven times, with advance visa,, now i have arranged 3 trips to my friends and family. First trip 31st aug,, second trip on 7th September and third trip on 21st September, , each group of 50,,30 and 30, and in all 3 trips I will accompany them as group leader,, now my question is
    1) i decided to take VOA for all members to save some money, , cause,, at bangalore visa people asked rs 3500 per pax,, what my concern is, of them having ECR in their passports ,,,,does it bring any problem ? Of course we have confirmed hotel booking and return air ticket, ,
    2) Since me, travelling in all 3 trips, , in a span of 25 days, , is it required to take VOA in all trips ..?
    3) how much time it may require to clear all 50 members VOA,, and does those people allow me to stand over there to assist my fellow members to fill VOA forms since most of them having very little knowledge of English.
    HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON. thanks

    • Makrand 26 July, 2015 at 1:05 AM Reply

      Hi Ramesh,

      Wow, that is a huge trip you are planning and I don’t have such experience but would try to answer best I can.

      I don’t think ECR would be a problem in getting a VOA.
      VOA is issued for a single entry so yes you will have to take VOA 3 times based on your travel plan.

      You can help your friends fill up the form as forms are available before the VOA counter and there is space to stand. Once everyone has filled up the form, they can start moving in. I think they wont allow you to stand at the counter though. You may choose to stand at the end of the queue so your friends can go first.

      Hope this helps.

  178. Sha 25 July, 2015 at 12:52 PM Reply

    Hi I would like to know whether I can arrive at Phuket and take my return flight from Bangkok? iam traveling from Dubai

    • Makrand 26 July, 2015 at 12:57 AM Reply

      Hi Sha,

      Yes you can get VOA at Phuket and depart from Bangkok.

  179. Saif 27 July, 2015 at 3:54 PM Reply

    Hi markand.
    I need your help and guidance,
    I am supposed to visit Bangkok on 7august.
    Can i directly book a return air ticket and visit to Bangkok and get visa on arrival on Bangkok airport.
    Apart from my passport, return air ticket and 10thousand bahts, what other documents I have to show on visa on arrival counter.
    Request you to please guide me as this would be my first visit to thailand.

    Regards,
    Saif

    • Makrand 27 July, 2015 at 7:23 PM Reply

      Hi Saif,

      You can go through the post to see list of documents required. Assuming you have an Indian passport, you can book your flight tickets, have required documents with you and get Visa on Arrival in Bangkok

  180. moheet 9 August, 2015 at 11:38 PM Reply

    Hi markand,
    i’m going to bangkok next week, can i carry cash of rs 1 lakh or in dollar equailent to 1 lakh?? should i exchange to usd or thai bhat here itself in delhi. can you let me know the best forex exchange in delhi??
    Thanks

    • Makrand 12 August, 2015 at 12:38 AM Reply

      Not sure about forex exchanges in delhi. I think you should be able to get Baht in India itself.

  181. SURESH 10 August, 2015 at 1:42 PM Reply

    HI SIR I WANT TO GO FOR JOB IN BANKOK..SO IAM GOING VISITING VISA AND SEARCHING A JOB IS POSSIBLE THERE..PLS GUIDE ME..SURESHNEMANI23@GMAIL.COM PLS SEND DETAILS..THANK YOU

    • Makrand 12 August, 2015 at 12:23 AM Reply

      Hi Suresh,

      Tourist visas are only meant for tourism purpose or meeting your friends/relatives. Getting a job without proper visa is illegal. Please find out about the proper visa. I am not aware about rules of Thailand

  182. Suresh 17 August, 2015 at 4:32 PM Reply

    Hello Sir, I am leaving for Bangkok on September 2 and back on September 6 thru Indigo. I just want to know is it compulsory to spend 700 USD purcased from Forex agency. And how much Liquor i can bring while coming back from Bangkok Airport – Suvarnabhumi Airport. Is it sage to travel at night from airport to pattaya at 1 am. Thanks Suresh

  183. A.C. 9 October, 2015 at 2:33 AM Reply

    Hello, travelling with an Indian passport on Royal Caribbean cruise out of Singapore. Visa for Singapore obtained, however, stops are in Thailand & Malaysia. Do not plan on getting off ship in those ports. Unclear if Visa is required for Thailand & Malaysia.
    Thank you

    • Makrand 10 October, 2015 at 11:39 AM Reply

      Hi A.C., yes indians require visa to go to Thailand and Malaysia. I am not aware about visa process at ports for on arrival visa in Thailand and Malaysia. Please research out or contact embassy. The best option would be to get it beforehand in India itself

  184. vineet 24 October, 2015 at 7:20 PM Reply

    dear makrand can you please tell me how many times i can get the visa on arrival. as i have to visit Thailand again and again for official work. in last 3 months i got 3 voa and further extended for 7 days. now i am not sure about 4th time visa on arrival if i go again.

    • Makrand 24 October, 2015 at 8:34 PM Reply

      Hi Vineet,
      I am not sure whether there is any such restriction on number of times VOA can be obtained. Techniacally there is no rule being broken so should be fine. In case you are questioned you can always state your reasons and ask whether you should get a multiple entry visa beforehand

  185. Abhinav 22 November, 2015 at 2:39 PM Reply

    Dear Makrand, I visited Thailand as tourist in september for a week. I want to visit again for a week in January 2016. Can I get VOA easily again?? I am Indian Passport holder.

    • Makrand 23 November, 2015 at 6:28 PM Reply

      Hi Abhinav,

      There shouldn’t be any problem due to your last visit in September.

  186. Sadaf Khan 30 December, 2015 at 6:17 PM Reply

    Hello sir,
    can you please confirm whether Indian passport holders need a transit visa for kuala lumpur on the way to Phuket , Thailand. I’ll be flying with Air Asia and the difference between the two connecting flight is 5 hours.
    Thanks and regards
    Awaiting your reply.
    Sadaf

    • Neha b 21 March, 2016 at 10:13 AM Reply

      Hi Sadaf, if you have already completed your travel to Thailand via KUL, could u please help me with ur experience for visa procedures? We have a similar itinerary coming up, and I m very confused… Do we face any hassle while checkin for our Thailand flight at KUL airport ? And did u directly apply for VOA at Phuket?
      Thanks

  187. Naveed 27 January, 2016 at 2:27 PM Reply

    Hi

    i m travelling with my G/F. to Get OAV is it required booking on both name or only on my name is ok…

    waiting for your reply.

    • Makrand 27 January, 2016 at 8:54 PM Reply

      Hi Naveed,

      Booking for 2 people in your name should be fine. Your GF can put same address in her form.

  188. Dhinesh 2 February, 2016 at 2:45 PM Reply

    Dear Makrand,
    I am Dhinesh. I am entering Thailand on 25th feb and returning back India on 10th March..Thats totally 15 days..I am just confused as in some sites it’s mentioned that return ticket should be within 14 days to get VOA..Kindly pls clarify

    Thanks

    • Makrand 2 February, 2016 at 11:04 PM Reply

      Hi Dhinesh,

      The VOA is issued for 15 days counting from your arrival date and your 15th day should be your departure date.

  189. sruok 3 February, 2016 at 8:48 PM Reply

    Hi! Is it possible for an Indian passport holder to travel from outside India to Bangkok, get VOA and proceed to Koh Samui?

    • Makrand 3 February, 2016 at 10:21 PM Reply

      Hi Sruok,

      Yes, that’s perfectly allowed and doable.

  190. Amandeep Thakur 24 February, 2016 at 12:14 AM Reply

    Hey Bro I am going next month to Bangkok.. Should I need to book hotels first.. Bcoz I don’t want to stay in same place.. I want to go different places of Bangkok…so plz tell me should I need to fill all hotels details in arrival form..?
    How can I fill hotels details bcoz I want to go different places in bangkok and I don’t know where I will stay.. Means place.. So can’t I book hotel when I will reached there.. ?
    Reply Me please.. .
    Email ID is : iamamandeepthakur@gmail.com

    • Makrand 26 February, 2016 at 9:09 PM Reply

      Hi Amandeep,

      You will need to provide an address to stay in Thailand in the VOA form. Usually they don’t ask for hotel booking proof so having an address should be sufficient. Or for the best book for the first day and you can search hotels for rest of the trip.

      • Amandeep Singh Thakur 27 February, 2016 at 11:21 AM Reply

        thanks alot Bro for ur help..I have one more question..sorry for asking so many question..Do i need to show them my bank statement ..last 6 month bank statement when i will fill form or if its ok dat i have cash with me for my trip ?

        • Makrand 28 February, 2016 at 8:04 AM Reply

          No bank statement required if you have cash with you. Again they don’t ask for the money most of the times. I went there recently and they asked just for passport and application form.

          • Amandeep Thakur 28 February, 2016 at 11:11 AM

            Thanks slot bro for ur help… First time I am going over there so I checked embacy site.. .so I want to conform these things. Like need to book hotels or not or need bank statement.. U cleared my all doubt.. Now I can go free mind over there and enjoy my trip

  191. Mathews P Samuel 7 March, 2016 at 3:36 PM Reply

    Dear Makrand, Thanks for the blog. I got many answers I was searching.
    We family of 3 visiting Chiang Mai on April 28. Our flight from Hyderabad reaching Bangkok at 6.25 AM. Flight to Ching Mail is at 7.55. Is this 90 minutes is enough to get VOA from BKK and to board the connecting flight?. How is the rush during this morning time ? First time in Thailand.

    • Makrand 9 March, 2016 at 9:03 PM Reply

      Hi Mathews,

      You will have to hurry a bit but it is doable. Remember to get the arrival card in aircraft itself and fill it before you land. That way you save a bit of time.

      There is a separate counter for people who have further connecting flights so that their applications can be processed faster. So don’t panic if you see a long queue at the counter. The separate counter is not visible from a distance, so move a bit ahead and you should be able to see that.

      Have a good trip

      • Mathews P Samuel 10 March, 2016 at 12:15 PM Reply

        Thanks Mr.Makrand.

  192. Kanwarjeet 10 March, 2016 at 12:36 PM Reply

    Hi, would like to know that i hv a handwritten indian passport. Embassy has refused my visa. Is there a possibility of getting voa if am fulfilling all the criteria mentioned above?
    Would love to get an early revert on my emal too. Ksgandhi@eicher.in

    • Makrand 11 March, 2016 at 6:11 PM Reply

      Hi, If embassy has refused visa then you may have problem in VOA as well. I would suggest not to take risk in this case as hand written passports are no longer accepted in most of the countries.

  193. Kanwarjeet 10 March, 2016 at 12:39 PM Reply

    Secondly, am going in a group of 20-25 pax. Would that be a added advantage?

    • Mathews P Samuel 17 March, 2016 at 5:55 PM Reply

      All handwritten passports (or better say non-Machine Readable Passports) became invalid on 25-November-2015 all over the world. Our MoEA gave wide publicity for this. You can see read http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/pdf/Public_Advisory.pdf
      The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has
      set a deadline of the 24th November, 2015 for globally
      phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs).
      From the 25th November, 2015 onwards, foreign Governments
      may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a nonMachine
      Readable Passport.

  194. Mathews P Samuel 17 March, 2016 at 5:41 PM Reply

    Dear Makrand, I could not see anywhere else that a credit card can be substituted for sufficient cash (10000 bht) for VOA at Bangkok . I am having credit card with a credit limit of 1.35 lacs issued by ICICI Bank. On the card , nowhere mentioned it as “International”. Is this card OK ? Whether last credit card statememnt required to show the credit limit ?

    • Makrand 17 March, 2016 at 8:14 PM Reply

      Hi Mathews,

      Yes, credit card is not mentioned any where but i didn’t find any reference where it states that 10000 Baht need to be in cash. It states proof of funds every where. When I traveled I didn’t carry the cash and carried cards as my proof of funds. As I am not 100 % sure I would leave that upto you but I believe there shouldn’t be any problem if you say you can’t carry this much cash and will use credit cards in case asked by authorities. You can contact ICICI to confirm that its international card (most probably it would be). I have been there twice but both times was not asked to show any proof of funds.

  195. Mathews P Samuel 17 March, 2016 at 5:54 PM Reply

    A Note on Mr.Kanwarjeet query.
    All handwritten passports (or better say non-Machine Readable Passports) became invalid on 25-November-2015 all over the world. Our MoEA gave wide publicity for this. You can see read http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/pdf/Public_Advisory.pdf
    The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has
    set a deadline of the 24th November, 2015 for globally
    phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs).
    From the 25th November, 2015 onwards, foreign Governments
    may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a nonMachine
    Readable Passport.

  196. Madhava 18 March, 2016 at 12:15 PM Reply

    Hello Makrand,
    Very helpful post!
    I land in BKK from India at 5 55 am and have a connecting flight with the same airline at 6 55pm.Is the VOA process worth to go through? And do I have to collect my luggage to exit the airport or can I just take my VOA, my cabin baggage and head out to the city?
    Thanks for your response in advance.
    Madhava

    • Mathews P Samuel 18 March, 2016 at 1:23 PM Reply

      About the check-in luggage, you have to verify with the airlines. If single ticket (through ticket) to the destination from origin, seems no need to collect the check in baggage .
      Where is your destination ? Within Thailand or going out ?

  197. Sameer S Karmarkar 18 March, 2016 at 3:05 PM Reply

    Hello Makrand

    NIcely written post. Just 1 query. I will be travelling to Bangkok in May with my family and have to catch a flight to Phuket in 4 hrs. My son (age 17) has a passport with the ECR stamp. Do I need to carry any document for the emigration clearance or can I get a valid VOA with the ECR stamp.

    Thanks in advance
    Sameer

    • Makrand Lowalekar 19 March, 2016 at 11:19 AM Reply

      Hi Sameer,

      I am not clear with rules of ECR stamp in detail. However I think for tourist visas ECR stamp should not be an issue. Again I am not aware of rules but just saying this based on what I read online. Please consult embassy or a travel agent if not confident

  198. Rishi R Kapadia 21 March, 2016 at 1:58 PM Reply

    Hey, We are going from Mumbai to Bangkok to Phuket with Bangkok airways. And I have 2 hours of gap in interconnecting flight from Bangkok to Phuket.
    We are family me, my wife, sister, father, mother and 5 months baby. I have all documents ready with me form VOA + also have fill up Form and we are going to use Fast track VOA (200THB extra per person). Will this time is enough?

    Thanks in advance
    Rishi

    • Makrand 21 March, 2016 at 8:05 PM Reply

      Hi Rishi,

      Yes, this should be enough. Let airline staff know about your situation when you board so they can assist if required. Please note that there is a separate counter for passengers traveling further to phuket so don’t get stressed if you see a huge crowd and look for specific counter for fast processing

  199. ris 6 April, 2016 at 2:58 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand;

    I am on Business trip and my returning ticket to Korea by two different airlines.

    Jet Airways : Mumbai to BKK, after 5 hrs gap from same airport, Thai airline, BKK to Korea.

    I am holding Indian passport, do i still need Transit Visa? I will stay only at airport during transit time.

    Thanks

    Ris

  200. jibitesh Brahmachary 7 April, 2016 at 4:30 PM Reply

    1) Is there any separate entry visa for Phuket Visit ? I will have a stay for 3 days in bangkok then proceed for Phuket.
    2) how much cash required for 2 (adult) + 1(child 6yrs ) because we are caring the Cr card as well.

    jibitesh

    • Makrand 8 April, 2016 at 8:32 PM Reply

      Hi,

      1) You don’t need a separate visa for Phuket. Once you have got visa for Thailand in Bangkok, that will work throughout the country.

      2)You need to have proof of 20k Baht for family

  201. anil 4 June, 2016 at 12:15 PM Reply

    Can credit card use instead of 10000Thai cash in airport for VOA procedures?

  202. cecilia 25 June, 2016 at 3:26 PM Reply

    which is the best month to visit Thailand. and easiest entry to get visa on arrival

  203. fernandes 27 June, 2016 at 2:42 PM Reply

    which places are best to see in mid august with less rain in sri lanka

  204. sheenu 7 July, 2016 at 2:55 PM Reply

    hi, we are travelling to bangkok from india, and from the airport itself taking the domestic flight to phuket. in this case do we need voa at bangkok, or can we do so at phuket? we reach at 5:30 and leave at 8:30, is that sufficient time for voa? also, can we take the domestic flight from the international airport or will have to take a shuttle bus to a domestic airport.
    many thanks!!

    • Makrand 10 July, 2016 at 5:39 PM Reply

      Hi Sheenu,

      You need to take VOA at Bagkok as visa has to be obtained at first port of entry. You can get the flight from same airport.

      Please note that there is a separate counter for people who are traveling further and not going to Bangkok city. So don’t panic if you see a long queue and look/ask for the separate counter for passengers traveling further to Phuket

  205. Arkapal 19 July, 2016 at 1:57 AM Reply

    Hey makrand ,
    Is there facility of currency exchange before the immigration process ? if i caary INR or USD from India and want to convert and pay for the visa fees ??

  206. Raja 26 July, 2016 at 7:17 PM Reply

    Hi Anand,

    Me and my wife with Indian passport are traveling to Singapore from Chennai (7 days stay). And then from Singapore we are traveling to Phuket (4 days stay). Then from Phuket we are traveling back to Chennai. Can we still get a Visa on Arrival in Phuket. Are we allowed to board the plane to Phuket in Singapore.

    • Makrand 26 July, 2016 at 9:13 PM Reply

      Hi Raja,

      Yes, you can get visa on arrival at Phuket if your flight is direct from singapre ot Phuket. If your flight is via Bangkok then you need to take visa in Bagkok and then proceed further to Phuket. Visa on arrival is to be obtained at first port of entry.

  207. ankitpatel 1 August, 2016 at 12:38 AM Reply

    Dear Makrand, We are travelling from Delhi to Phuket and have layover of 17 hours in Bangkok on our return flight from Phuket to Delhi. I need to know if we can go out of Airport or do we need to apply for VOA again?

    • Makrand 1 August, 2016 at 8:24 PM Reply

      You need to apply for VOA every time you enter Thailand. VOA are single entry visas

  208. thangal 18 August, 2016 at 1:33 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    first of all, thank you for being the light with this blog. i have some questions regarding obtaining a VOA in thailand. I am in hanoi, vietnam on a tourist visa (3 months) and have booked my flight for thailand in september. beside my to n fro ticket, what r the other things i should be aware of entering thailand for a couple of days with a tourist visa from vietnam(been here for almost three months now).and the bank statement, is it posible with an account in vietnam? thanks brother

    • Makrand 21 August, 2016 at 8:46 PM Reply

      Hi,

      Your VOA process will remain same whether you enter from India or Vietnam. Please go through the process in the blog post.

  209. Rati 22 August, 2016 at 9:16 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand, I am going to Bangkok for three days and I will be going for Visa on arrival. I just wanted to know what documents do i need to show here (in Kolkata airport) for the immigration? The customer care people told me that I only have to show Passport and tickets here. I just have this one query and would be grateful if you can help me with that. Your blog is really helpful as i have set all the documents and fees needed for VOA.

    • Makrand 23 August, 2016 at 10:33 PM Reply

      Hi Rati,

      Customer care has informed you correctly. If asked about visa, just tell them you will opt for on arrival visa.

  210. Rati 24 August, 2016 at 1:03 AM Reply

    Thank You so very much. My journey starts tomorrow. Thanks again.

  211. Bhavna M 5 September, 2016 at 12:41 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I have a flight from bangalore to krabi via bangkok. If i understand correctly, I will have to apply for a via on arrival at bangkok itself. Now, I didnt realize that while booking tickets and my layover at bangkok airport is only 2 hours. My flight lands at 6 am in the morning. I am freaking out now. Do you think i can make it to my connecting flight with the whole visa on arrival process and everything else? The only good thing is i am using the same airline partner for my whole travel so i guess i wont hv to collect baggage and stuff. Please suggest!

    • Makrand 9 September, 2016 at 8:53 PM Reply

      Hi Bhavna,

      Since you are using same airline partner, your baggage will be tagged for final destination Confirm it when you get boarding passes at airport. Please remember to collect arrival cards in flight before you land. Ask for it from the aircraft crew. This way you will save time in searching for arrival card at airport. Fill it in aircraft itself if you get time or else immediately after you land.. Also remember that there is a separate queue for people traveling further to Krabi/Phuket vs people entering Bangkok. You will find a long queue at VOA counter so don’t panic and ask the staff/nearby people for separate counter where fewer people will be there and will take less time. It takes around 1 hour for entire process so yes it will be rushed but should be doable. You can also contact airlines and tell them the situation to see their response

  212. Manish Puri 7 October, 2016 at 1:15 AM Reply

    Hi,
    I am planning to travel to Bangkok. Get VOA. Stay in Bangkok for 3 days.Then go to Phuket for 3 days. My next flight is from Phuket to Kualalumpur Malaysia.
    My question is if this is allowed? I mean port of entry will be Bangkok airport and port of exit will be Phuket Airport.

  213. Nikhil Manchanda 15 October, 2016 at 1:30 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    Must say your zeal to reply to each and every query!! Quite an enthusiast are you!

    Amazing blog!!

    Please suggest the below!

    Travel date : 30th Jan’16
    My flight is from Singapore to Phuket which lands at 0845 in morning through Jet star airways.

    From there on I will head towards koh samui with a flight at 1105 from Phuket through bangkok airlines

    Do you think the VOA process will be a probles as i will have around 2 hours in the airport??

    Please suggest at the earliest

    • Makrand 17 October, 2016 at 8:27 PM Reply

      Hi Nikhil,

      2 hours would be ok at phuket, as there will be comparatively less number of people for VOA as compared to bangkok

  214. Indrajeet 31 October, 2016 at 2:27 AM Reply

    Hi,
    A friend is travelling to Krabi via KL from Delhi. Not carrying passport photographs. Is there any solution?

    • Makrand 3 November, 2016 at 2:25 PM Reply

      Instant passport photographs can be taken at airport but will be very costly. Not sure about the rates.

  215. capt srinivas 20 December, 2016 at 4:31 PM Reply

    hi makrand i am here in malaysia KL on a multiple tourist visa. i want to visit krabbi in thailand. my question for help is can i fly to krabbi direct and will i geta visa on arrival

  216. Subhamita 23 January, 2017 at 6:08 PM Reply

    Hey wanted to check I have a connecting flight from Bangkok to Krabi with a layover of 2 hours 20 mins in hand. Will that be sufficient for me to get the visa and immigration done? I don’t have time to get visa in india now as I would be travelling in two weeks from now?

    • Makrand 24 January, 2017 at 8:25 PM Reply

      You will need to rush a bit but its doable. Please note that there is a separate counter for passengers traveling further to Krabi/Phuket. So once you reach near VOA counters don’t get panicked by long queue as that will be for people entering Bangkok. Look or ask around for different counter.

      • Subhamita 24 January, 2017 at 9:04 PM Reply

        Hi thanks for our response. We decided to take the visa from India only now since we checked the flight that we are taking to Bangkok is invariably late every day to depart from Mumbai Airport by 45 mins to 1.5 hours. That will be cutting too short for us. Hopefully we should get the visa on time.

  217. Rajina 17 May, 2017 at 4:57 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand , i will be traveling from Delhi with a change of flight in Kolkata to Bangkok.And i have ECR stamped on my passport , do you think it would be a problem for Visa on arrival at Bangkok or immigration at Delhi / kokata Airport ?

    • Makrand 23 May, 2017 at 11:23 PM Reply

      If you are traveling for tourist purpose, I don’t think there will be a problem. If you have any other reasons for visiting Thailand, please research online or contact embassy .

  218. sunny 24 May, 2017 at 1:26 AM Reply

    Hello sir, I m travelling to Thailand in last week of june..My flight is from Delhi to Krabi via Bangkok Suvarnabhumi with a layover time of 2 hours and 35 minutes..both the flights are of Thai airways..I have 3 questions..please please answer

    1) Is getting visa on arrival at Suvarnabhumi Bangkok the first step ?

    2) After we get the visa on arrival , should we go following the signboards of Transfer/Transit to Krabi , or should we go to immigration? thiis is just freaking me out..

    3)In worst case scenario, if this VOA process takes such a long time that i miss my connecting flight to krabi,what will happen to my luggage which would have reached Krabi(since it being a connecting flight of same airways)..will thai airways take care of my luggage or will my luggage be also lost by the time i take a later flight n reach krabi?

    thanks a lot sir for your patience

    • Makrand 25 May, 2017 at 8:24 PM Reply

      Hi Sunny,

      I traveled on the same flight as yours from Thai Airways last year.

      1. Yes, you need to get visa in Bangkok itself as it is your first port of entry.

      2. After getting visa, you should go to transfer to Krabi. You will see signboards along with hundreds of other foreign visitors, so you would easily figure that out.

      3. Ideally if you rush through the process you shouldn’t miss your flight. Please remember when you reach to get VOA, you will see long queue of people. Don’t panic and look for a counter which is specially for people traveling further to Phuket/Krabi via connecting flight. There will be less people in queue and you should get visa in time.

      About worst case scenario I am not sure exactly who takes care of luggage but I believe it will be airport staff. If such situation arise, then contact the airport staff and they should be able to guide you to reach their lost baggage section or something similar

  219. sunny 3 June, 2017 at 9:15 PM Reply

    Thank you so much Makrand Sir..Thank you so much for replying to all my queries with great patience..

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