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Calligraphy Sep 20th, 2009 10:21 AM

thailand visa
I have just booked my tickets to bkk in november. another attempt to get to that country since my travel plans were ruined last november!. Now they go again!

However my question is thailand visa. Indian passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival for visits upto 15 days. How difficult is this at the airport or should i get the visa in usa before I leave?

rhkkmk Sep 20th, 2009 11:06 AM

it is part of the regular entry procedure....they give it to nationals for countries that have agreements with them....not sure about india...

make sure they allow visa on arrival for indians....they do for usa citizens, but it is a 30 day visa....its free

mrwunrfl Sep 20th, 2009 01:03 PM

OP is correct that Indian pp holders can get a 15-day VOA in Thailand.

Application for visa on arrival

* Arriving passengers wishing to apply for a visa on arrival must fill in the application form (TM. 88) which is available at the Visa on arrival counter in terminals 1 and 2 at Bangkok International Airport.
* The form TM. 88 (formerly TR 15) together with the application fee of 1,000.- Baht must be handed in at the Visa on arrival counter. The fee is payable in Thai Baht only. Currency exchange service is available at the bank counters near the Visa on arrival counters.

MichaelBKK Sep 20th, 2009 06:13 PM

mrwunrfl seems to be cut-and-pasting extremely outdated information. First, there is only one terminal at Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The OLD airport had two terminals.

Also, the visa fee has been waived since June of this year, until March of next year. This is true whether you apply for a visa on arrival or a visa at embassies and consulates (but only true of tourist visas).

The Visa on Arrival counters usually aren't too crowded, but the process does add a lot of extra time at the airport after a long flight. If you have the time, I would suggest you get the visa before you go.

khunwilko Sep 20th, 2009 07:59 PM

OK - US visitors don't get Visa on arrival - they just get a stamp - they don't need a visa for 30 days.
India I believe is diffenet - if you get a "VoA" you go to tthe desk in the airport befiore you go to immigration.
. How long are you staying? if it's over 15 days, you might want to check with the Thai consulate and see if longer visas are avaiable before you leave Indian.
As mentioned above the visas are free at present, there is often however an"Admin" fee especially at Honorary Consulates, who have not been compensated for this "freebie".

mrwunrfl Sep 20th, 2009 09:38 PM

That info is from the Thai embassy webpage. Was looking to see if you could get a copy of the form online but did not see a link.

MichaelBKK Sep 21st, 2009 12:38 AM

Sadly, Embassy web sites are one of the worst places to go for up to date information. Last time I checked, the US sites for Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam were all out of date, with inaccurate information.

For Thailand, the ministry of foreign affairs' site is generally more accurate, and has forms for download:

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