Do I need a visa for Thailand?

Do I need a visa for Thailand?
iVisa | Updated on Oct 23, 2019

When planning a trip to Thailand, ‘Do I need a visa for Thailand?’ is one of the first questions you ask yourself. After all, it is a foreign country, so the visa policies can be quite different from one state to another. As for Thailand, the answer is: yes, unless you are from a visa-exempt country. Sometimes, countries sign visa waiver agreements, which means that their citizens do not need a visa to cross the border. However, if that is not the case with you, then you need a visa.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa to enter Thailand?

It will depend on your nationality. Currently, eVisa only offers a pre-arrival registration for a Visa on Arrival. Please, use our visa checker to see if you are eligible for this document.

If the visa is zero cost, why do I need to pay?

Apply ahead and avoid wasting hours lining in the airport waiting to complete the visa will make things easier for you. To obtain an eVisa with iVisa, you just need a few minutes of your valuable time, then, we do the rest. That is the reason we charge you a small amount, and you will be able to have you eVisa in as little as 48 hours.

What is a Thailand VOA (Visa on Arrival)?

Visa on Arrival (VOA) is a program where citizens from 28 countries can obtain their visas once they enter Thailand, at the immigration checkpoint.

Please note that we DO NOT issue the actual visas. It's a pre-registration service provided to certain nationalities, entering Thailand via Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang Airport, Phuket Airport, Chiang Mai Airport, Chiangrai Airport, Hua Hin Airport, Samui International Airport, Sukhothai Airport, Surat Thani International Airport or U-Tapao International Airport.

How long is the maximum stay in Thailand with a VOA?

With a Visa on arrival, you will be able to stay in Thailand for a maximum of 15 days Per Entry with Single Entry.

Also, this VOA expires 15 days after arrival.

What are the documents that I need to apply?

For the application process, you will need a few things to provide so that iVisa can expedite your application form. Here is a list of what is required of you:

  • A valid passport – each applicant needs to have a valid passport that remains as such for at least another 30 days from the date of arrival in Thailand. Failure to comply leads to a rejected application.

  • Confirmed return flight ticket – the Thailand visa on arrival will allow you to spend a maximum of 15 days within the country. Once you arrive, the immigration officer will ask you to present a confirmed return flight ticket within that 15-day period.

  • Proof of accommodation – a hotel booking confirmation or a letter from a host should be enough. All you need to show is proof that you have a place to stay during your stay.

  • Valid e-mail address – after you apply, iVisa will send you an application form that you need to submit to the immigration office in Thailand. They will send it via e-mail, so make sure that you enter an accurate e-mail address.

  • Means of payment – the service fee you owe to iVisa needs to be paid during the application process. You can do that using a credit or a debit card. Since PayPal is quite a popular payment method these days, iVisa accepts that as well.

What are the processing times and prices?

iVisa gives you the opportunity to get your document as fast as possible with three options:

  • Standard processing– this is the most commonly selected option because it is the cheapest. It costs USD 35.00, and your application is processed within 6 days, so basically is just one day. This is a great option to do it a night before traveling, so you don't have to worry the next day about it.

  • Rush processing– this time, your application is processed within 4 days, and you will be charged USD 50.00.

  • Super Rush processing – this option is fantastic for people who want their visa application on their way to the airport with no lines ahead. It takes 48 hours for the visa on arrival application form to arrive in your email inbox, but you need to pay USD 70.00 for the speed.

Click here to start your application online.

How does the Thailand pre-registration VOA work?

Until recently, the only way to get a visa for Thailand was to go to the Thai embassy. However, in 2015, the Government of Thailand decided to launch a Visa on Arrival program for some countries. As a result, today, there are 21 eligible nationalities that can apply for a Thailand visa on arrival online. You can get help from iVisa, and for a small fee, you can avoid standing in line at the service counters once you arrive in Thailand. It is a simple but brilliant solution.

PLEASE NOTE: Our service does NOT provide an actual Visa. We will provide you with a pre-registration document that must be presented upon entry to receive your actual Visa on Arrival. For passengers who would like to apply for Visa on Arrival to travel in Thailand, there are two service counters provided by Suvarnabhumi airport before reaching the Immigration on the 2nd level.

How can I apply for a Thailand Visa?

As for the application process provided by iVisa, you should know that it is quite straightforward. For your convenience, iVisa offers a two-step application process that you should be done within as little as 10 minutes. Also, if you need any help, you can call iVisa’s support service 24/7. Someone will help you every step of the way. These are the steps:

  1. The first step is quite basic. You need to provide your personal information such as name, address, passport info, and so on. You must also choose a processing time, but keep in mind that your choice determines the cost.

  2. The second step consists of payment and revision. Before you submit your application, make sure that all the information you provide is 100 % accurate. Once the request is processed, corrections are impossible to make.

You can start your application here, just check first that your nationality is the right one and that you select the proper options to start.

Is it safe to use iVisa to get my Thailand visa?

Yes, it's totally safe. We are a professional team providing official eVisas since 2013. Many people believe that online information can easily leak and that their personal info is at a higher risk of getting into the wrong hands. But with our services you're far from that. We provide maximum safety for your personal information.

I have more unresolved questions, where can I find more information about it?

If you're looking for a better resolution, and probably personalized attention, then click here and start chatting with one of our customer service representatives who'll be pleased to assist you. You can also click here to find more information about this visa.

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