When it comes to visas, a lot of people are interested to know how much is going to cost them. It is a natural concern, especially for people who travel on a budget. But even if you do not travel on a budget, the cost of a visa should be low so that you can enjoy other things with the money you would spend on documentation.
The first option you have, if you travel to Thailand, is to visit a Thai diplomatic mission. However, that implies several things. First, embassies function during business hours, so you may have to take a day off work. That in itself means that you actually lose a day’s work, thus money. Also, depending on where you live, you may have to take a trip, which again costs you some. Embassies cannot be found in every major city (in most countries.)
The second option, and the best so far is to apply online. That, of course, if you are eligible. At the moment, only 21 nationalities are eligible for a Thailand visa on arrival, for which you can apply online. However, if you are lucky enough to qualify, the cost of a Thailand visa is close to insignificant.
The cost of a visa on arrival, when you make an online request, depends on which processing time you choose. iVisa provides three excellent options that suit every need and every pocket. They are as follows:
Standard – this is the most commonly used option primarily because it is the cheapest of them all. It costs $20, and your application is processed within 1 business day.
Rush– this time, your application is processed within just 2 hours, and you will be charged $50.
The best thing about an online application is that you can you complete it day or night, from the comfort of your own home. No off day work, no trip, and no hassle. It is the holy grail of visa applications. All you need is a laptop or smartphone with an internet connection, and you are all set.
However, the fees above are owed to iVisa. That is how much you must pay so that you avoid filling in the application once you arrive in Thailand. Once you arrive in the country, you need to pay for the visa on arrival itself. That implies another cost. The price of the visa is 2000 THB (about $65,) and you need to pay it at the service counter at the immigration checkpoint. Even so, you just pay and receive the stamp. No more waiting in line to fill in the application because iVisa will send it to you via e-mail. It is as simple as that.
The immigration officer in Thailand will ask you to make the payment only in Thailand’s currency. You can find ATMs, but keep in mind that international credit or debit cards imply a higher cost of withdrawal. If you make a withdrawal in Thailand, you will lose about 220 THB.
iVisa does not come with extra costs, and you will be notified if there are any additional fees. However, that is highly unlikely. What you see displayed on their website is the exact amount you will be charged so you can rest assured that your credit card statement will not come with any surprises.