Thailand Visa on Arrival for Indian Citizens

by Mridula on December 21, 2013

in Canon D550,Photography,Thailand

I have been thinking about writing  of Thailand visa on arrival for Indian citizens. My first visa on arrival experience has been with Thailand at the Suvarnbhumi International Airport in Bangkok. I am not counting the Nepal experience in this list because if you travel by air to Nepal you just have to show your passport and you can walk off. There is no visa required for Indians to get into Nepal. As Bangkok was going to be my first visa on arrival I was a bit apprehensive. I looked seriously at the list of required documents for tourist visa on arrival. I had all the documents with me as well.

In September, my flight was with Thai Airways. It was a short and pleasant flight. I watched two movies (it was about 4 hour Delhi-Bangkok flight) and the time went by quite easily. Only not sleeping at all leaves me very tired and a bit confused on arrival.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok

Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok

I generally don’t get lost on airports but once I did manage to go to the domestic departures instead of exit at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I made no such blunders at Bangkok though. Soon I was standing at the visa on arrival queue at Suvarnabhumi. I filled the form, took out my picture and was wondering what all documents they would ask for. There are two queues for the visa, one normal and the other fast track. The normal queue costs 1000 Baht and the fast track 1200 Baht. They accept only Bahts at the visa counter and no other currency. You can change money before joining the queue. After a few international trips, I now prefer to carry dollar or pounds as they easily exchange at any airport. I took the express queue.

When my turn came, they just asked for the form, the photo and the money. Once the formalities were done, I showed the visa at the exit counter and there I was at the luggage belt! Duringthis trip to Thailand I exited to Cambodia. It was another visa on arrival but as I was traveling with Tourism Authority of Thailand they took care of my Cambodian visa. When I entered Bangkok again (as my flight to India was from Bangkok) I had to do another visa as I had a single entry visa. The second time as well, the process was exactly the same.

However, I am no way recommending that you don’t carry the requisite documents. There is no way to predict who will be asked what! I had all the relevant documents just in case they asked for it. But my first experience (and second too) of visa on arrival at Bangkok was a breeze.

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empty rucksack January 7, 2014 at 10:11 pm

At Don muong airport they checked everything but suvarnabhumi was fsilry straight forward. There is no need of any travel agents, everything is straight forward and can be managed easily

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Ambarish January 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Will they check the living expense of Rs.10,000 with us?

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Mridula January 7, 2014 at 9:54 pm

They can ask for anything that is stated in their requirements, it is just that on this trip I was not asked about it.

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Sanand December 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Very useful information. A quick query – is there a travel agency or a travel agent that you personally use to book ahead for these trips? Or do you simply book online as and when you decide to travel?

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Mridula January 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Sanand the trip was on invitation from Tourism Authority of Thailand so they took care of my entire trip. I know this is not very helpful. But for Nepal I do the tickets myself and use a local agent to do my bookings.

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Niranjan December 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Thanks for your help, Mridula! Just like yours, it was just a 10 minute procedure. :)

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Mridula December 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Good to hear that you also had a smooth experience :D and you are always welcome.

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Shrinidhi Hande December 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

It all depends on mood of the officers and how previous few people have been. If one or two people ahead of you have created any problem/issue, they will be very careful

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Mridula December 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I was lucky then!

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Shrinidhi Hande December 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm

It is also fairly easy to get a visa in advance in India.. takes 3 days

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Mridula December 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Yes Shrinidhi but that would mean taking leave! I hoard on them like anything.

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umashankar December 22, 2013 at 6:08 pm

What a welcome relief from the treatment meted out to Indians in USA. Thanks for sharing.

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Mridula December 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Never been to US so can’t say!

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njoyeverymoment December 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Luckily ,we did not have to stand in queue ,we got everything done in 10 minutes and we were at the luggage belt ;)

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Mridula December 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Good for you :D

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Pallavi December 22, 2013 at 10:35 am

Wish Malaysia would do it too! Thanks Mri for voting for me at the expats blog award :) Big hug! :)

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Mridula December 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

You are most welcome Pallavi and thanks for the hug. :D

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Soham Roy December 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

Well, the process was pretty smooth for me too….In-spite of the Photograph on my Passport having no resemblance to what I look now.. :)

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Mridula December 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Ha ha good to hear that.

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Rajesh December 22, 2013 at 6:42 am

What are the required documents on arrival?

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Mridula December 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Rajesh click on the link and it will take you to the official website. All the requirements paid out there.

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Anita December 21, 2013 at 11:40 pm

That’s great Mridula.
The one time I got a chance to visit Bangkok was when I had a prior Visa, while many from my Group didn’t have. The process was really smooth & cleared within a few minutes. We had less waiting time :)

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Mridula December 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Good to hear that Anita.

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Empty Rucksack December 21, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Useful information…by the way we were asked for $750 on the immigration counter and treated like school kids.

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Mridula December 22, 2013 at 7:07 pm

On an Indian passport?

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