As you might already know, Thai government have waived Visa on Arrival fees for 2 months at the end of 2018. Now we have great news for everyone who couldn't use visa fee exemption on time - Thailand Visa on Arrival fees waiver is extended in 2019 and you will be able get free Visa on Arrival for few more months!
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.
Thailand Visa on Arrival Fees
Current Thailand Visa on Arrival fees are 2000 THB (~60 USD) per person so the exemption of these visa fees is a really attractive offer to a big number of Chinese, Indians, Taiwanese and other foreign visitors.
Thailand Visa on Arrival Free
Visa on Arrival fee exemption was implemented between November 15, 2018 and January 13, 2019 so far. However, now the Cabinet announced that Thailand Visa on Arrival fee exemption will be extended until April 30, 2019. If you are planning to celebrate Chinese New Year or Songkran Festival in Thailand, now you can make it significantly cheaper!
An extension of Visa on Arrival fee exemption was published by the Cabinet on 8th of January, 2019. Visa on Arrival fee waiver extension from 14 January 2019 to 30 April 2019 IS FINALLY CONFIRMED. Confirmation in the Royal Gazette (in Thai language) can be found here: Visa on Arrival Fee Exemption Confirmation.
Thailand Visa on Arrival fee waiver is currently extended until 31 October 2019. More details: Extension of Thailand Visa on Arrival Fees Waiver 2019.
HOT NEWS! Thailand Visa on Arrival fee waiver should be EXTENDED for 6 more months! It means that once the new decision will be finally confirmed Thailand Visa on Arrival will be issued for free until April 2020. For more information check: Thailand Visa on Arrival for Free until April 2020.
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Thailand Visa Free 2019
What does it mean? You can get Thailand visa free in 2019 & 2020 as Thailand visa fees on arrival are as follows:
- Thailand visa fees on arrival August 2019 - 0 THB
- Thailand visa fees on arrival September 2019 - 0 THB
- Thailand visa fees on arrival October 2019 - 0 THB
- Thailand visa fees on arrival from November 2019 to April 2020 - 0 THB (waiting for final confirmation)
- Thailand visa fees on arrival from May 2020 onwards - 2000 THB
Don't forget that even Thailand Visa on Arrival is free during this time, you still need to submit all the required documents except of visa fee. All required documents for getting Thailand Visa on Arrival are listed here: Thailand Visa on Arrival.
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 was changed: 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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