temporary Visa on Arrival (VoA) fee exemption scheme extended

Announcement

   By the Ministerial Regulation of the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Thailand dated 10 January B.E. 2562 (2019), Thailand will implement a temporary Visa on Arrival (VoA) fee exemption scheme starting from 14 January 2019 till 30 April 2019.

The scheme applies to nationals and holders of passports/travel documents of the countries/territories who are entitled to apply for VoA at the designated immigration checkpoints. It is applicable only for tourism purposes and stay for up to 15 days.

During the aforementioned period, nationals and holders of passports/travel documents of Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China (excluding Hong Kong and Macao), Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan are exempted from Visa on Arrival (VoA) fee of 2,000 Baht.

Applicants can apply for VoA at 48 designated immigration checkpoints in Thailand (list of checkpoints attached herewith – Document 1), or for passengers arriving to Thailand via Suvarnabhumi Airport. Moreover, applicants can also  apply for VoA online at;

https://extranet.immigration.go.th/voaonline/voaonline/VoaonlineAction.do.

The requirements for VoA Application includes,

(1) Completed application form

(2) Passport sized photograph (4 × 6 cm)

(3) Passport validity of at least 30 days at the time of applying for VOA

As a general rule and the recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), it is advised that a passport should have at least 6 months of validity for travelling aboard. So it could be the case that certain airlines might not allow those who travel with less than six (6) months of validity on passport to board the plane.

(4) Confirmed return ticket within 15 days

(5) Having appropriate means of living. (at least 10,000 Baht per person or 20,000 Baht per family) as well as being able to provide proof of accommodation in Thailand.