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Thailand Visa on Arrival Requirements, Process, & Fee for 2023

Thailand issues visa on arrival to tourists from 18 countries, which is normally valid for 15 days.

Thailand offers visa on arrival to tourists from 18 countries for a stay of up to 15 days. Here’s all you need to know about Thailand Visa on Arrival:

List Of Countries Eligible For Visa On Arrival

  1. Bhutan
  2. Bulgaria
  3. China*
  4. Cyprus
  5. Ethiopia
  6. Fiji
  7. Georgia
  8. India#
  9. Kazakhstan*
  10. Malta
  11. Mexico
  12. Nauru
  13. Papua New Guinea
  14. Romania
  15. Saudi Arabia
  16. Taiwan#
  17. Uzbekistan
  18. Vanuatu

*As a temporary measure, the government of Thailand has granted a visa exemption to the passport holders of China and Kazakhstan to visit Thailand for 30 days. This visa exemption will be in force between September 25, 2023, and February 29, 2024.

#As a temporary measure, the government of Thailand has granted visa-free entry for 30 days to tourists from India and Taiwan, between November 10, 2023, and May 10, 2024.

Related: Visa-Free Entry For Indian Tourists To Thailand

Thailand Visa on Arrival Requirements

The following documents/other stuff are required to apply for Thailand Visa on Arrival:

1. Passport with remaining validity of more than 30 days on the day of arrival in Thailand. The passport should have two blank pages for the visa stamp.

2. Your boarding pass of the flight in which you arrived.

3. Confirmed return or onward journey air tickets. Plan to leave by a land-border crossing is not accepted for visa on arrival.

4. Confirmed hotel bookings for the entire stay in Thailand (The bookings must be verifiable).

5. Proof of funds (preferably cash, in THB or a convertible currency), which should be a minimum of 10,000 THB per person and 20,000 THB per family. The proof of funds requirement is in addition to the visa fee. Including the visa fee, proof of funds required per person is 12,000 THB. A family must have 20,000 THB to show in addition to the visa fee to be paid for each member.

6. Visa on Arrival application form. This form is available free of cost in the visa on arrival areas of the airports/border crossings where visa on arrival is issued. The form can also be downloaded from this official link:

7. A passport sized photograph (4 cm x 6 cm) of the passenger, to be stapled on the visa application form.

8. The purpose of the visit must be tourism only, and any sort of employment in Thailand is prohibited for tourists.

Related: Watch YouTube video on Thailand Visa on Arrival Rules 2023

Visa on Arrival Fee

Thailand visa on arrival fee was 2000 THB per person at the time of writing or updating this article, and it is to be paid in Thai currency only. Usually, you will find a money changer’s counter in the visa on arrival area, but there are no ATMs there. The fee amount may change at any time, depending on the policy of the Thai government.

Fast Track Visa on Arrival Fee

Fast track visa on arrival is an option I recommend. With the fast track option, you need to pay an extra 200 Baht fee, which makes the total fee 2200 Baht per applicant. At the fast track counter, a lengthy scrutiny of documents does not happen, and the visa gets processed in under 10 minutes. It is a hassle-free way of entering Thailand under the visa on arrival scheme.

Length of Stay In Thailand

For the tourists opting for visa on arrival, the maximum permitted length of stay is 15 days, including the days of arrival and exit. This period cannot be extended.

The Process To Avail Thailand Visa on Arrival

The process to avail of Thailand visa on arrival involves the following steps:

1. Fill-up the visa on arrival application form, staple your photograph on it, and present the form at the document-check counter, along with your passport, other documents, and visa fee. Watch YouTube video on How To Fill Visa on Arrival Application Form.

2. Staff at the document-check counter may ask for additional information and may demand to see the cash you are carrying.

3. If your documents are found to be in order, you receive a token number and will need to wait for your turn to approach the visa processing counter.

4. When your token number is called, you approach the allotted counter where your photograph (webcam) and biometrics are taken, and a receipt is given to you for the visa fee paid.

5. Once the formalities are over, your passport is returned with visa stamp printed on one of the blank pages. The stamp indicates your day of arrival and the validity of the visa.

Airports and Other Checkpoints Where Visa on Arrival Is Issued

The Thai government immigration bureau website mentions that there are 51 border checkpoints where visa on arrival is issued. However, I could find a list of only 48 such checkpoints, and the same is reproduced below. I will update the list as and when I find more information.

Thailand visa on arrival is available at the following airports/land-border crossings:

  1. Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
  2. Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok
  3. Chiang Mai International Airport, Chiang Mai
  4. Phuket International Airport, Phuket
  5. Hat Yai International Airport, Songkhla
  6. U-Tapao Airport, Rayong
  7. Mae Sai Immigration Checkpoint, Chiang Rai
  8. Chiang Saen Immigration Checkpoint, Chiang Rai
  9. Chiang Khong Immigration Checkpoint, Chiang Rai
  10. Betong Immigration Checkpoint, Yala
  11. Sadao Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  12. Samui Airport, Surat Thani
  13. Sukhothai International Airport, Tak Immigration Checkpoint
  14. Bangkok Harbor Immigration Checkpoint, Bangkok
  15. Si Racha Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi
  16. Map Ta Phut 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 Harbor Immigraion Checkpoint, Songkhla
  23. Chiang Rai Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Chiang Rai
  24. Surat Thani Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Surat Thani
  25. Pattaya Immigration Checkpoint, Chonburi
  26. Khlong Yai Immigration Checkpoint, Trat
  27. Pong Nam Ron Immigration Checkpoint, Trat
  28. Aranyaprathet (Poipet) Immigration Checkpoint, Aranyaprathet
  29. Mukdahan Immigration Checkpoint, Mukdahan
  30. Tak Immigration Checkpoint, Tak
  31. Padang Besar Immigration Checkpoint, Songkhla
  32. Sungai Kolok Immigration Checkpoint, Sungai Kolok
  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, Prachaup Khiri Khan
  46. Phu Sing Land Border Checkpoint, Sisaket
  47. Satun Checkpoint at Koh Lipe Marine Port, Satun
  48. Trang Airport, Trang

E-visa on Arrival

E-visa on arrival for entering Thailand is a rather useless service provided by a private company, that costs an additional 560 THB. You still have to pay the regular visa on arrival fee. The only advantage of this service is a possible shorter wait time at the airport of arrival in Thailand. But there is no guarantee. I have seen tourists carrying e-visa and still waiting in the same queue as everyone else.

I have also observed that the applicants opting for the fast track option (paying 200 Baht extra) got priority over the e-visa on arrival applicants who had paid 560 Baht extra.

Therefore, I recommend the fast track visa on arrival.

Related: Visa-Free Entry For Indian Tourists To Thailand


All the information given in this article is obtained from reliable sources, is supplemented from personal experience, and is presented/updated on a best-effort basis. You may like to verify the information from other available sources.

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