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All You Need To Know About Thailand Visa Being An Indian Traveller

23 Nov, 2018 By

If you wish to visit any foreign country you would need two important documents. One is Passport and second is Visa. Visa is issued by the Immigration Bureau of the visiting country and different Visa category are made for respective purpose. But sometimes applying for Visa can be tricky because of the documents and paperwork required beforehand. To make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of different Visas and documents required for applying Visa. Not having proper documents are a major reason for rejection of Visa application.

These are just the documents that you would need, after filing the paperwork, you would have to appear for an interview, which would determine your fate. The information about the Visa interview is mentioned at the end of the article.

People visiting Thailand would be wondering How to Apply for Visa for Thailand. Well, the first step would be to fill the Visa Application form issued by the Embassy of Thailand. You can also apply for e-Visa and you would be given a date for the interview. There are multiple steps but with proper guidance, the nuance of Visa application can become very easy. So, check out the list below and plan your trip to Thailand.

Visa on Arrival For Indian Travellers in Thailand

Thailand offers Visa on Arrival for Indian citizens on a condition that the tourist would leave within 15 days from the country. You would have to travel to Thailand and you will granted the Visa on the Immigration section of the airport. There are total of 48 Immigration points within the country that issue Visa on Arrival.

However, you would have to be aware of certain things before applying for Visa on Arrival at Thailand’s Immigration point.

Rule for Visa on Arrival and Validity:

  • Visa on Arrival are issued only to those travellers who are strictly visiting the country for the purpose of traveling. The Visa is offered to only those who are visiting the country for 15 days or less.
  • You would need to have a valid Passport which is valid for at least 30 days, with two empty pages on the Passport for Visa stamp at the Immigration.

Proof of Entry & Exit for Visa on Arrival

In order to avail Visa on Arrival at the Thailand’s Immigration point you would need the proof of return. A return ticket with return date being less than 15 days would work fine. Existing the country from road or sea route to travel to countries like Laos and Cambodia won’t be considered a valid proof of existing the country.

Proof of Accommodation/ Residence

  • You would need to provide the proof of residence. If you are staying at the hotel, the proof of that needs to be presented in proper document form. You would need the booking details printed out.
  • In case you are staying with a relative, you would need to provide the proof for so. The host would need to provide an Invitation letter stating that he/she would be hosting you for the duration of the trip. The duration is a must on the undertaking. Along with the letter, the host need to send his/her Thai Id proof. In case of host not being Thai national, he/she needs to attach copy of his/her Visa, along with his/her work permit, which must be valid for 6 months, and a copy of their Passport.

Fee for Visa on Arrival at Thailand

  • On arrival at the Immigration, you would need to pay the fee for Visa on Arrival which is 2,000 THB (INR 4,500). You need to pay it in cash and in Thailand’s currency, Thai baht.
  • You can extend your Visa on Arrival for upto 7 days from the Immigration at Thailand which will cost you additional 1900 THB (INR 4,300).

Requirement of Funds:

You would need to show funds before getting Visa. The minimum funds are 10,000 THB (INR 23,000) for solo travel and 20,000 THB (INR 45,000) for family trip.

List of Immigration Points in Thailand

Thai Immigration

In the case of Visa on Arrivals, you would need to visit either of these Immigration Points to get a visa on Arrival. Most of them are on major International Airports in Thailand.

  1. Suvarnabhumi Airport
  2. Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok
  3. Chiangmai International Airport, Chiangmai
  4. Phuket International Airport, Phuket
  5. Hatyai International Airport, Songkhla
  6. U Tapao Airport, Rayong
  7. Mae Sai Immigration Checkpoint, Chiang Mai
  8. Chieng Saen Immigration Checkpoint, Chiengrai
  9. Chieng Khong Immigration Checkpoint, Chiengrai
  10. Betong Immigration Checkpoint, Yala
  11. Sadao Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  12. Samui Airport, Surat Thani
  13. Sukhothai International Airport, Tak Immigration Checkpoint
  14. Bangkok Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Bangkok
  15. Sriracha Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi
  16. Maptaphut Immigration Checkpoint, Rayong
  17. Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai
  18. Samui Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani
  19. Phuket Immigration Checkpoint, Phuket
  20. Satun Immigration Checkpoint, Satun
  21. Krabi Immigration Checkpoint, Krabi
  22. Songkhla Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  23. Chiangrai Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Chiangrai
  24. Surat Thani Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani
  25. Sattahip Harbour Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi
  26. Khlong Yai Immigration Checkpoint, Trat
  27. Pong Nam Ron Immigration Checkpoint, Chanthaburi
  28. Aranyaprathet Immigration Checkpoint, Sakaeo
  29. Mukdahan Immigration Checkpoint, Mukdahan
  30. Tak Immigration Checkpoint, Tak
  31. Padang Besar Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  32. Su-ngai Kolok Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
  33. Nong Khai Immigration Checkpoint, Nong Khai
  34. Bueng Kan Immigration Checkpoint, Bueng Kan
  35. Phibun Mangsahan Immigration Checkpoint, Ubon Ratchathani
  36. Tha Li Immigration Checkpoint, Loei
  37. Nakhon Phanom Immigration Checkpoint, Nakhon Phanom
  38. Nan Immigration Checkpoint, Nan
  39. Ban Prakob Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  40. Khuan Don Immigration Checkpoint, Satun
  41. Tak Bai Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
  42. Bukit Tal Immigration Checkpoint, Narathiwat
  43. Samut Prakan Checkpoint, Samut Prakan
  44. Kanchanaburi Land Border Checkpoint, Kanchanaburi
  45. Prachuap Khiri Khan Checkpoint at Hua Hin Airport, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  46. Phusing Land Border Checkpoint, Sisaket
  47. Satun Checkpoint at Koh Lipe Marine Port, Satun
  48. Trang Airport, Trang

Note: For those who are not eligible for Visa on Arrival, you would have to apply for Visa at Royal Thai Embassy.

Tourist Visa for Indians Visiting Thailand for Long Duration

Wondering how to get tourist visa for Thailand? Well, we have simplified it for you. There are numerous categories of Visa under which you can apply. The most applied Visa is the Tourist Visa (Category TR), with Thailand emerging as renowned holiday destinations in Asia.

In order to get Thailand Tourist Visa for Indian Travellers, you would have to apply for the same at the Royal Thai Embassy. You can apply for Single Entry Tourist Visa or Multiple Entry Tourist Visa.

Visa CategoryVisa FeeValidity of VisaValidity of Stay
Single Entry Tourist VisaINR 2,5003 monthsNot exceeding 60 days from the date of arrival
Multiple Entry Tourist VisaINR 12,0006 monthsNot exceeding 60 days in each entry, from the date of arrival

Documents Required For Applying for Tourist Visa

Before you plan your royal trip to the Royal Kingdom of Thailand you would need to have some paper works for applying for Visa. The documents required are same for Single Entry and Multiple Entry Tourist Visa. You can either reach out to the embassy for Visa or apply online for E-Tourist Visa.

Tourist Visa Application Documents

  • First and foremost, you need a valid Passport which must be valid for 6 months or more. The Passport should have two blank pages for Visa stamps.
  • Visa Application form must be filled completely and submitted.
  • Two Colour passport size photos with dimension 3.5 x 4.5 cm. The photo should be less than 3 months old with a white background. You must be looking straight into the camera in the photo. Your head shouldn’t be covered unless because of religious beliefs.

Visa Fee For Tourist Visa for Thailand

  • The Visa fees for Indians for Tourist Visa of Thailand is INR 2,500 for single entry Visa and INR 12,00 for multiple entry Visa.
  • The Travel Visa can be extended upto 30 days from any of the Immigration Bureau by paying an extension fee of THB 1900 ( INR 4,300).

Proof of Entry and Exit Out of Thailand

  • Ticket for traveling to Thailand is needed to be presented while applying for Visa.
  • You would need to have a return ticket, dated before the expiry of Visa or expiry of duration of Stay in Thailand.
  • In case of Multiple Entry Visa, the tickets for each entry and exit tickets are needed to presented beforehand.

Proof of Accommodation

  • For solo travellers visiting Thailand, you would need to provide the proof of accommodation. This would include the confirmed booking/reservation in Thailand with address and Phone number. If traveling in group, you must provide a cover letter stating the name of all the tourists, their Passport number, plan of travel and place(s) to stay.
  • If you plan to stay with a relative/friend in Thailand who is a Thai citizen, you must provide an invitation letter with duration of stay mentioned, along with their Thai Id Proof.
  • In case you are planning to stay with a relative/friend who is not a Thai citizen, along with invitation letter, you must provide with his/her copy of Visa, Passport and work permit, valid for at least 6 months.

Finances for Applying for Tourist Visa

  • While applying for Tourist Visa for Thailand you need to present your updated Bank’s Passbook or Bank Statement with a minimum balance of INR 50,000 or $700.
  • Incase of Sponsored trip or Incentive Tour, you must present the cover letter of both the company and travel agency with Passport number of all the travelers insuring the same. Also, you need the letter need to mention the travel plan, place(s) to stay, the company’s bank statement attested by banks and company’s business registration.
  • International Health Certificate on Yellow Fever Vaccinations if you’re traveling from the 45 countries that require Yellow Fever Vaccination.

Additional Information for Applying for Travel Visa for Thailand

  • Proof of occupation, monthly income such as Income Tax, Payslips, letter of employment, Id proof.

Note: Issuance of the visa from the Embassy of Thailand doesn’t guarantee an entry into the Kingdom of Thailand. The Immigration Bureau at Thailand will have sole discretion to allow entry into the Kingdom of Thailand subject to Thai laws and regulations.

Business/ Work Visa for Indians Visiting Thailand

Thailand is the new developing market in Asia with people from diverse field looking to work in Thailand. But before you plan to do so you would require a employment Visa and a work permit, issued by the Ministry of Labour, Thailand. But before you proceed to applying for work permit you would first have to apply for a Non-Immigrant Category Visa which would be valid for 3 months. Post that you can apply for Work Permit and extend your visa.

Documents Required For Non – Immigrant Visa Application

  • First of all, you would need a valid Passport which must be valid for 6 months or more. The Passport should have two blank pages for Visa stamps.
  • Visa Application form must be filled completely and submitted at the Royal Thai Embassy.
  • Two Colour passport size photos with dimension 3.5 x 4.5 cm. The photo should be less than 3 months old with a white background. You must be looking straight into the camera in the photo. Your head shouldn’t be covered unless because of religious beliefs.

Visa Fee For Non-Immigrant Visa for Thailand

  • Visa fee to be paid in Demand Draft. The fee for Single Entry Visa is INR 5,000 and INR 12,000 multiple entry. The Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
  • The Travel Visa can be extended upto 30 days from any of the Immigration Bureau by paying an extension fee of THB 1900 (INR 4,300)

Proof of Entry to Thailand

  • You need to present a valid ticket inbound for Thailand.

Documents of Employment

  • If you have previously worked in the Thailand, you would need to provide the Work Permit
  • Present the personal income tax if you have previously worked in Thailand
  • Letter of Recommendation from the previous employer.
  • Work experience and educational background.

Evidence from The Company in Thailand

  • You would need to present Original WP. 3 or Thor Tor 3 from the Department of Employment, Ministry of Labor or Visa approval letter from Board of Investment (BOI) . The document must be in Thai Language
  • Original Invitation letter sent by the company. The company must be authorized to hire foreign nationals and the same should be mentioned on the the letterhead, signed by the authorized personnel with a copy of employer’s Id or Passport.
  • You must present a copy of Employment contract signed by both the parties with rationale of hiring. The contract must also mention the position, salary and duration of contract.
  • You must present the company’s Business License in Thai language.
  • The certificate of Business registration alongside the list of shareholders, issued not more than 6 months ago needs to be presented with the Visa Application.
  • The statement of Income Tax and Business Tax of the company from the past year is also required.
  • Value added tax registration is mandatory.
  • Company brochure alongside the balance sheet of the company from the previous year need to be presented.

Additional Information

  • Proof of accommodation, that can include the confirmed hotel reservations or rental agreement in Thailand under your name.

Note: Issuance of Visa doesn’t ensure a guaranteed entry within the country. The Immigration Bureau holds the power to cancel your Visa, subjected to Thailand’s law.

Retirement Visa For Thailand

For people above the age of 50, Thailand allows you to visit the country under the Retirement Visa. Valid for one year, with multiple entry, you can visit the country of Thailand.

Documents Required For Retirement Visa

  • First of all, you would need a valid Passport which must be valid for 18 months or more. The Passport should have two blank pages for Visa stamps.
  • You would have to submit three sets of Visa applications
  • Six Colour passport size photos with dimension 3.5 x 4.5 cm. The photo should be less than 3 months old with a white background. You must be looking straight into the camera in the photo. Your head shouldn’t be covered unless because of religious beliefs.

Visa Fee For Retirement Visa for Thailand

  • Visa fee in the form of Demand draft for retirement Visa is INR 12,000, which would be a multiple entry visa valid for 1 year. However, you can’t stay for more than 90 days each entry, until otherwise instructed by the Immigration Bureau.

Finances for Applying for Tourist Visa

  • A copy of your bank statement with a minimum balance equivalent to 800,000 THB (INR 18,00,000)
  • You would need to submit a copy of original monthly income which should not be less than 65,000 THB (INR 1,50,000)
  • A photocopy of bank statement which should annually equate to 800,000 THB.

Additional Documents Required For Retirement Visa for Thailand

  • You need to submit Original Criminal Record Certificate issued by the country, which should not be more than 3 months old.
  • A Medical certificate, not more than 3 months old, needs to submitted. The certificate should attest that you don’t suffer from illness such as Tuberculosis, Leprosy, Elephantiasis, Drug addiction and Third stage of Syphilis.

Note: The issuance of Visa does not guarantee an entry into the Kingdom of Thailand. The Immigration Bureau holds the power to deny you the entry, subjected to Thailand’s law.

Marriage Visa for Thailand

The last category of Visa on our list is the Marriage Visa. Issued to those who are married to a Thai citizen and wish to visit them in Thailand.

Type of VisaVisa FeeDuration of VisaValidity of Stay
Single Entry Marriage VisaINR 5,0003 monthsCan stay for up to 90 days unless otherwise instructed by Immigration Bureau
Multiple Entry Marriage VisaINR 12,0006 months or 1 yearCan stay up to 90 days on each entry unless otherwise instructed by Immigration Bureau

Documents Required For Marriage Visa

  • First and foremost, you need a valid Passport which must be valid for 6 months or more. The Passport should have two blank pages for Visa stamps.
  • Visa Application form must be filled completely and submitted.
  • Two Colour passport size photos with dimension 3.5 x 4.5 cm. The photo should be less than 3 months old with a white background. You must be looking straight into the camera in the photo. Your head shouldn’t be covered unless because of religious beliefs.

Visa Fee For Marriage Visa for Thailand

  • The Visa fee to be paid in Demand draft for Marriage Visa of Thailand is INR 5,000 for single entry Visa and INR 12,00 for multiple entry Visa.
  • The Travel Visa can be extended upto 30 days from any of the Immigration Bureau by paying an extension fee of THB 1900 (INR 4,300).

Proof of Entry and Exit Out of Thailand

  • Ticket for traveling to Thailand is needed to be presented while applying for Visa
  • You would need to have a return ticket, dated before the expiry of Visa or expiry of duration of Stay in Thailand.
  • In case of Multiple Entry Visa, the tickets for each entry and exit tickets are needed to presented beforehand.

Evidence of Marital Status for Marriage Visa

  • Original marriage certificate issued either by India or Thailand or a notarized one attested by MEA.
  • Copy of the Thai’s Id of the spouse along with a copy of Passport, attested by the holder.
  • Birth Certificate in case of minors.
  • Cover letter from the spouse mentioning the address and the duration of stay.

Proof of Employment

  • You would need to present your proof of employment such as letter from the employer or Income Tax return slip or payslips.

Finances for Marriage Visa for Thailand

  • You would need to provide a copy of your bank statement of previous 6 months.

Note: The issuance of Visa does not guarantee an entry into the Kingdom of Thailand. The Immigration Bureau holds the power to deny you the entry, subjected to Thailand’s law.

*The Visa Fee is non-refundable, which means you can avail no refund in case your Visa application is rejected.

How to Prepare for Visa Interview for Thailand?

To be honest, you can never predict what the Immigration officer or Visa issuing Officer might ask. It’s always suggested to be prepared. The common belief is that the fate of your visa is decided before the Visa Interview, but that doesn’t mean Interview holds no importance

  • The most common question is the purpose of your visit and the duration of your stay in Thailand.
  • You must also be aware of your travel plans, ranging from your flights to your accommodation.
  • For tourist Visa for Indian travelers, you must be aware of your bank balance and your complete Itinerary.
  • You might be asked about your profession and how have you managed to fund your trip.
  • Also, you might be questioned about your letter of leave from the current employer.
  • For Work Visa, the interview is very important. Be aware of the job profile and the company you are going to join. Also, remember all the details of your travel plans.
  • For Marriage Visa, you might be asked about the duration of marriage, profession of your spouse, the purpose of visiting, duration of visit.

The interview questions are really about cross-checking the information provided by you. In order to crack the Visa Interview, be thoroughly prepared about each and every part of your travel plan. Remember the name of hotels, date of journey etc. if your documents are complete and you remember the details in the Interview, the chances of you not getting a Visa is almost none.

For more information please visit official website of Thailand Visa at www.mfa.go.th

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Ashwini

Born and brought up in the Lucknowi tehzeeb, Ashwini wishes to someday settle in a quaint little town in the Himalayas. If you do not find him daydreaming about his travel plans, you’ll find him exploring the vastness of Youtube and Netflix. A travel romantic and a cricket fanatic, he also wishes to try every cuisine ever made in this world.

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