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 :).