Thai government just waived Thailand Visa on Arrival fees for 2 months at the end of the year 2018 and the start of 2019 in order to attract more visitors to Thailand.
Thailand Immigration Bureau and related authorities are currently evaluating possibilities to attract more tourists to the country as the numbers of tourists started to decrease after the boat accident in Phuket in July of 2018. One of the measures considered is an implementation of Thailand Visa on Arrival fees reduction or waiver.
Thai Visa on Arrival can be issued for the citizens of 21 countries, including China and India. Full list of the countries eligible for this kind of Thailand visa can be found here: Thailand Visa on Arrival.
Current Thailand Visa on Arrival fees are 2000 THB (~60 USD) per person so the reduction or exemption of these visa fees would be very attractive to a big number of Chinese, Indians and other foreign visitors.
Visa on Arrival fee exemption will be implemented for the holiday season between December 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019 between November 15, 2018 and January 13, 2019.
HOT NEWS! Thai Visa on Arrival fee exemption is extended. For more information check: Extension of Thailand Visa on Arrival Fees Waiver 2019.
Visa on Arrival fee exemption was confirmed by the Cabinet on 6th of November as they are expecting to increase tourist arrivals by about 30%. However, when the deal came to the issuance of the law, during this week the dates of Visa on Arrival fee exemption were once again changed and now are as mentioned above. The decision is final and the law confirming this decision in Thai language can be found here: Confirmation of Visa on Arrival fee exemption.
In the meantime, read more about getting Thailand Visa on Arrival at the most popular points of entry to Thailand:
- Visa on Arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
- Visa on Arrival at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport (DMK)
- Visa on Arrival at Phuket International Airport (HKT)
- Visa on Arrival at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
- Visa on Arrival at Krabi International Airport (KBV)
HOT NEWS! The list of countries eligible for Thai Visa on Arrival and Thai Visa Exemption will be changed soon: Thai Visa Policy Changes: New Thai Visa on Arrival & Thai Visa Free Countries Added.
E-Visa Thailand (E-VoA) online application system for Thailand Visa on Arrival was implemented in November 2018.
However, it looks like that this e-Visa Thailand system failed to live up expectations and the new Thailand eVisa on Arrival system was launched but it hardly improved the situation. More info: New Thailand eVisa on Arrival (eVOA) by VFS Global.
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