• With the recent unveiling of the eVOA services to Thailand, how is Thai Immigration committed to making travel to Thailand hassle-free?

      We are proud to offer the new eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service, a new-age digital visa solution that became available for travellers from 14 February 2019 in collaboration with VFS Global. This solution will enhance the Thailand visa experience for travellers from 21 countries across the globe who will experience a faster and smoother immigration clearance process through dedicated eVOA Immigration counters at major Thai airports.

      The benefits of the eVOA service for millions of travellers entering into Thailand are multifold. Simply put, travellers using this service do not have to wait in long queues for Visa On Arrival or fill up application forms or change currency at the airport to pay for the visa fees.

      All they have to do instead is complete a simple online eVOA application form, upload documents and make the fee payment online, all before departure. This can be done via thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com from the comfort of their home or office, after which they will receive the eVOA in 24 to 72 hours by email. We are confident the eVOA service will help us achieve our objective of increasing tourism in Thailand, as it takes into consideration the all-important security aspect that allows pre-check of travellers prior the arrival and offers time to the Immigration Bureau for effective assessment.

    • What is the current total footfall of visitors to Thailand like? Do you expect the eVOA service will drive up the number of visitors?

      We are fortunate to remain a preferred tourism destination for travellers the world over for several years. In 2017, Thailand welcomed a record 35 million tourists. In 2018, over 4 million visitors used the conventional, time-consuming Visa on Arrival service at Thailand airports. Chinese nationals accounted for the largest section of those who opted for Visa on Arrival at the Thai airports, with Indians as the second-largest nationality.

      From the Immigration Bureau’s perspective, this digitised version of the visa application will enable the Thai Immigration authorities to focus on the security and merits of each application more effectively. Keeping in mind the growing traffic into Thailand, measures like eVOA will also dramatically enhance visitors’ experience at our airports so they can start their visit on a positive note. They do not need to carry physical copies of documents or photographs to Thailand or complete complicated physical visa application forms on arrival or pay visa fees in Thai Baht on arrival.

      The new eVOA solution ensures a very simple and quick arrival process in Thailand – something every traveller wants after a long flight. Travellers can submit the application online on their own or via travel agents or any VFS Global Visa Application Centre. We are convinced that travel-friendly measures such as the eVOA will have a positive impact on further developing travel and tourism into Thailand.

    • What other plans are in work for driving up tourism in Thailand?

      Currently, there is a waiver on Thailand visa fees until April 30, 2019 – we are confident this move will also drive up tourism into Thailand in 2019. During this period, travellers opting for the eVOA need to only pay the service fee to get the new convenient and time-saving immigration process. We are continuously working on introducing new ways to increase convenience for applicants at the airports and immigration. At the same time, with the assistance of visa domain experts like VFS Global, we will reduce the administrative burden on Thai Immigration operations, so that we can focus more effectively on the security and assessment aspects of the decision-making process.

    • What advantages can a traveller avail through the eVOA service?

      • eVOA eliminates the uncertainty about getting the Visa On Arrival, as travellers get it before their departure
      • Travellers can breeze through Immigration using dedicated eVOA counters and avoid the long paper-based Visa On Arrival queues
      • As all documentation is submitted at the time of online application from the comfort of your home or office, there are no visa application forms to be filled or documentation to be carried
      • No need to arrange for local currency at the airport as the visa fees are paid online along with the eVOA application
      • In case of urgent travel, using the Express Service can get you the eVOA within 24 hours.
      • Travellers who enter Thailand at the Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in Bangkok and at the Phuket and Chiang Mai airports can use this service.
    • It doesn’t get simpler than this – Get your Thailand eVisa on Arrival even before you travel to Thailand. Service brought to you by Immigration Bureau of Thailand and VFS Global

      Benefits of eVisa On Arrival:

        • Pre-approved eVisa on Arrival between 24 hours & 72 hours after applying
        • Quick and hassle-free immigration for faster clearance
        • Online submission of documents such as flight tickets and accommodation details
        • Simple online eVisa application process to be completed from the comfort of your home/office
        • Online payment for eVisa On Arrival fee

      You will experience no more:

        • Uncertainty of being granted Visa On Arrival
        • Waiting in long queues for Immigration clearance on arrival
        • Documentation such as flight tickets and accommodation details to be carried and verified at Immigration on arrival
        • Filing complicated visa application paper forms after a long flight
        • Thai Baht required on arrival to pay visa fee

      Disclaimer: Terms and conditions apply. Service available at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang International Airport, Phuket International Airport, Chiang Mai International Airport.