FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Visa applications for Thailand may be declined or rejected if the traveller does not meet all the necessary criteria, which can include reasons such as an unclear travel purpose or incorrect photographs.
The requirements for a Thailand visa application can vary depending on the specific visa type you are seeking. In some cases, applicants make the mistake of applying for the wrong visa category. For instance, a Thailand business visa is designed for those attending conferences and seminars, while a Thailand tourist visa is meant for individuals visiting the country for tourism purposes. Failing to provide documents that accurately represent your business activities or the purpose of your visit can lead to the rejection of your Thailand visa application.
Errors such as misspelled names, inaccuracies in personal information, or typographical mistakes can lead to visa rejection or printing errors.
The processing time for a Thailand visa can vary depending on the jurisdiction. It is advisable to apply well in advance of your intended travel date to account for any potential processing delays.
Here are the processing times for different jurisdictions in India:
- North jurisdiction (New Delhi): 4 Working Days
- South jurisdiction (Chennai): 4 Working Days
- West jurisdiction (Mumbai): 5 Working Days
- East jurisdiction (Kolkata): 4 Working Days
Certainly, Thailand visa categories typically necessitate proof of accommodation, which can include a hotel reservation, and a return ticket as integral components of your visa application. It’s essential to carefully review the specific requirements corresponding to the type of visa for which you are applying.
Depending on your visa type, the option to apply for an extension may be available. Nevertheless, extensions are typically granted on an individual basis and could be contingent upon specific conditions. For detailed information on visa extensions, it is advisable to get in touch with the Immigration Department of Thailand or the relevant authorities.
Common reasons for Thailand visa rejections among Indian applicants may involve incomplete or inaccurate documentation, selecting the wrong visa category, or not meeting the specific criteria for the chosen visa type. It’s crucial to meticulously adhere to the provided guidelines and requirements.
Yes, applicants can monitor the progress of their visa application by utilizing the “Track Your Visa Application” link on the respective location’s website.
Generally, there are no specific age restrictions for Thailand tourist visas for Indian citizens. However, minor individuals under 18 years of age, may be required to provide additional documentation, such as a consent letter from parents or guardians, along with their birth certificate.
The photo requirements for your application are as follows:
- Photo size: 35mm wide by 50mm high
- Taken within the last 6 months
- Full face without headgear
- Only studio-taken photos will be accepted; scanned photos are not acceptable
- The photo must have a white background
- Selfies are not allowed.
As per the Immigration Act of Thailand B.E. 2522 (1979), individuals falling into any of the following categories are prohibited from entering Thailand:
- Those without a genuine, valid passport or an acceptable alternative travel document, or with a valid passport but lacking a proper visa issued by the Royal Thai Embassies, the Royal Thai Consulates General, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, except for those meeting visa exemption criteria. The specific conditions for visa issuance and visa exemption are outlined in Ministerial Regulations.
- Those who do not possess adequate means of subsistence upon entering the Kingdom.
- Those entering Thailand with the intention to work as unskilled or untrained laborers, or in violation of the Alien Work Permit Law.
- Individuals with mental instability or afflicted with diseases specified in Ministerial Regulations.
- Those who have not been vaccinated against smallpox, inoculated, or undergone prescribed medical treatments for disease protection and have refused such vaccinations administered by the Immigration Doctor.
- Individuals who have been imprisoned by the judgment of a Thai Court or through a lawful injunction or judgment of a foreign country’s court, except for cases involving minor offenses, negligence, or those specified as exceptions in Ministerial Regulations.
- Those displaying behavior that could pose a potential danger to the public, likely to be a nuisance, or constitute a threat to public peace, safety, security, or national security, as well as those with arrest warrants issued by competent officials of foreign governments.
- Those suspected of entering Thailand for purposes related to prostitution, human trafficking, drug smuggling, or other forms of smuggling that contravene public morality.
- Individuals who do not meet the financial requirements or bond specified by the Minister under Section 14 of the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979).
- Persons prohibited by the Minister under Section 16 of the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979).
- Those who have been deported by the Thai Government or foreign governments, had their right of stay revoked in the Kingdom or abroad, or were expelled from Thailand at the expense of the Thai Government, unless individual exemptions are granted by the Minister.
Indeed, passports issued outside the Region/Jurisdiction can be accepted, but this is contingent upon meeting specific Terms & Conditions and providing the required documentation. To stay in the Region for a duration of 2 months or more, the following documents can be used for support:
- Letter of Employment within the Jurisdiction
- Utility Bill
- Bank Statement
- Ration Card
- PAN Card
- UID Card
- Letter of support from the employer for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) group and official travel
- Marriage Certificate and/or proof of engagement/marriage
These documents are necessary to support your stay in the Region when applying for a visa or entry.
For information on visa fees, kindly refer to the “Visa Fees” section corresponding to the visa type of your interest.
In fact, this is true. Foreigners who fit into any of the 11 categories listed in Thailand’s Immigration Act of B.E. 2522 (1979) are prohibited from entering the country if one of these criteria is “having no appropriate means of living upon entering the Kingdom”, without sufficient financial support, visitors run the risk of becoming an economic and social burden on the country they are visiting.
In accordance with this, people holding tourist visas must be able to show that they have sufficient money, equivalent to at least 20,000 Baht per person or 40,000 Baht per family, as per the Notification of the Ministry of Interior dated May 8, 2000. For travellers who apply for on-arrival visas, they must also show proof of sufficient finances, which must total at least 10,000 Baht per individual or 20,000 Baht per family.
Thai Immigration Officers are improving the process of welcoming foreign tourists by implementing random assessments of their financial capabilities upon arrival at all entry points. In situations where tourists cannot furnish proof of sufficient financial means, officers will evaluate each case on an individual basis to determine whether entry should be granted. It’s crucial to highlight that these random inspections occur before tourists are permitted to enter and pass through Immigration checkpoints.
First and foremost, it is crucial for all travellers to verify the validity of their passports, ensuring they have a minimum of six months of validity, and to carry round trip air tickets. For individuals holding tourist visas or those eligible for tourist visa exemptions, it is of utmost importance to demonstrate sufficient financial resources, amounting to at least 20,000 Baht per person or 40,000 Baht per family. On-arrival-visa tourists should also be capable of confirming that they possess adequate funds, equivalent to at least 10,000 Baht per person or 20,000 Baht per family.
Ensuring that you have the correct visa for your intended purpose of visit is equally crucial. Visas for entry into the Kingdom of Thailand are typically issued by the Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General.
For comprehensive information regarding Thailand’s Visa and Visa Exemption Scheme, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at www.mfa.go.th.
It’s essential to distinguish between a visa’s validity and the duration it allows for your stay. Visa validity refers to the period during which the visa can be used to enter Thailand. Typically, visas are valid for three months, although there are instances where visas may have a validity period of six months, one year, or even three years. The determination of the visa’s validity period is at the discretion of the Royal Thai Consulate-General and is specified on the visa sticker.
In contrast, the length of your stay is determined by an immigration officer upon your arrival at the entry point and depends on the type of visa you hold. For example, the duration of stay for a transit visa is limited to 30 days, while for a tourist visa, it does not exceed 60 days, and for a non-immigrant visa, it does not exceed 90 days from the date of arrival. The granted duration of stay is recorded on the entry stamp. Travelers who wish to extend their stay beyond this period have the option to apply for an extension at the Immigration Bureau offices located in Bangkok, specifically on Soi Suan Plu, South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120. You can contact them at Tel 02 2873101-10, or visit an Immigration office in other provinces. For more information on the process of extending your stay, please refer to the Immigration Bureau website at www.immigration.go.th.
The visa fee for a Tourist Single entry/Transit Visa can be paid in Indian Rupees (INR) using any payment method, except for Non-immigrant categories and Tourist Multiple Visa, where payment is accepted only by demand draft made out to the Respective Embassy/Consulate.
DU Digital service fees can be paid through any accepted payment method at DU Digital Thailand Visa Application Centers.
To submit your application at the DU Digital Thai Visa Application Centre, there is no appointment system in place for Thailand. You can simply visit the DU Digital Visa Application Centre with your printed application, checklist, and the necessary documents required for visa application.
Applicants have the choice to have their visa application documents delivered by courier, but this service comes with an additional cost. The courier charges are INR 590 per applicant for all regions across the country. These supplementary service charges can be settled at the Visa Application Centres when making the payment for the visa application.
LIST OF COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE CONCLUDED AGREEMENTS ON THE EXEMPTION OF VISA REQUIREMENTS WITH THAILAND
List of Countries which have concluded agreements on the exemption of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic or official or service/special passports with Thailand and permitted to stay for a period of not exceeding 30 and 90 days
20. The Netherlands
7. Costa Rica
23. The Philippines
9. Czech Republic
26. Russian Federation
28. Slovak Republic
29. South Africa
14.Thai (including Liechtenstein)
16. Korea: Republic of Korea
TOURIST VISA EXEMPTION
Passport holders from 40 countries and Hong Kong SAR do not require a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes if their stay in the Kingdom does not exceed 30 days.
The applicant must possess instrument of means of living expenses 20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family accordingly.
– Please also be advised that ordinary passport holders of 40 countries and Hong Kong who intend to engage in certain activities are eligible to apply for a visa when entering the Kingdom if their qualifications meet the conditions set forth by the Office of Immigration Bureau. For more information, please contact the Office of Immigration Bureau, Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120, Tel. (662) 287-3101-10 or at website http://police.go.th
List of 41 countries and one region is as follows:
1. Australia: Commonwealth of Australia
21. Kuwait: State of Kuwait
2. Austria: Republic of Austria
22. Luxembourg: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
3. Belgium: Kingdom of Belgium
4. Brazil: Federative Republic of Brazil
24. Netherlands: Kingdom of the Netherlands
5. Bahrain: State of Bahrain
25. New Zealand
6. Brunei Darussalam: Negara Brunei Darussalam
26. Norway: Kingdom of Norway
27. Oman: Sultanate of Oman
8. Denmark: Kingdom of Denmark
28. Peru: Republic of Peru
9. Finland: Republic of Finland
29. Philippines: Republic of the Philippines
10. France: French Republic
30. Portugal: Republic of Portugal
11. Germany: Federal Republic of Germany
31. Qatar: State of Qatar
12. Greece: Hellenic Republic
32. Singapore: Republic of Singapore
13. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
33. Spain: Kingdom of Spain
14. Iceland: Republic of Iceland
34. South Africa: Republic of South Africa
15. Indonesia: Republic of Indonesia
35. Sweden: Kingdom of Sweden
16. Ireland: Republic of Ireland
36. Switzerland: Swiss Confederation
17. Israel: State of Israel
37. Turkey: Republic of Turkey
18. Thai: Republic of Thai
38. United Arab Emirates
39. United Kingdom: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
20. Korea: Republic of Korea
40. United States of America
41. Vietnam: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
List of countries which have concluded agreements on the exemption of visa requirements for holders of ordinary passports with Thailand and permitted to stay for a period of not exceeding 30 and 90 days
3. Hong Kong SAR (***)
4. Macau SAR (***)
4. Republic of Korea
5. Russia (Since 24 March 2007)
(***) According to the Agreements on Exemption of Visa Requirements between Thailand and Hong Kong SAR and between Thailand and Macau SAR, all types of Thai passports including diplomatic and official passports shall be exempted from visa requirements for a visit of not exceeding 30 days to Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR.
NB: Nationals of countries which hold Agreements on Visa Exemption Requirements with Thailand intending to work or stay in Thailand beyond the agreed bilateral arrangement must apply for an appropriate visa before entry into Thailand in order to submit the application for work or stay permit.
If you are unable to submit your application in person, you have the alternative option of having it submitted or collected by a travel agent or a designated representative. Your chosen representative must present a letter, signed by you, authorizing them to act on your behalf. Additionally, your representative is required to carry a valid photo ID for verification purposes.