Land of Smiles … (Thailand Visa Experience)

Target Country: Thailand
Passport: Indian Passport
Visa Purpose: Tourist Visa
Processing Consulate/Embassy: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Documents submitted:

  1. Onwards tickets (electronic itinerary was acceptable).
  2. Address in Thailand.
  3. Baht 1000 fee (cash was OK).
  4. Filled application form (available at Bangkok Airport)
  5. 1 passport-sized photos
  6. Valid passport

Too easy! You just turn up at Bangkok Airport (or most other ports of entry in Thailand) and you apply for the visa at a dedicated desk before the immigrations area. There was no queues.

Time frame: 15 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on how many flights arrive at the same time.

NEW!!! Update as of July 2016: Our flight arrived in Suvarnabhumi airport at the same time as a number of flights from India, China and other Visa-on-Arrival countries. As a result the visa queue was at least 1.5 hours long. Luckily we had filled in the online visa form before traveling – this helped us jump the queue. The visa processing still took 20 minutes. The online visa form is available here. Don’t worry about the security warning about an invalid certificate. This is the genuine form.

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