Ethiopia is on the list of 21 countries whose citizens have access to a Thailand visa on arrival. It means that Ethiopians are no longer needed to go to a Thai embassy to get their visa. Instead, they can get one at the immigration checkpoints. What is even better is that they can apply online with the help of iVisa. iVisa provides an excellent visa expediting service that is meant to make your application process more comfortable.
What must you do?
The quick answer is not much. However, you need to provide some valuable information so that iVisa can do its business. Basically, you need to provide the things from the list below:
Passport – you should have an easy time getting a passport, and if you already have one, take a look at when it expires. The passport needs to maintain its validity for another 30 days (at least) from your date of departure to Thailand.
Return flight ticket – the Thailand visa on arrival allows you to spend only 15 days inside the country. The immigration officer will ask you to show a confirmed return flight ticket within the 15-day period.
Proof of accommodation – you need to have a hotel reservation or a signed letter from a host that states you have a place to live while in the country.
Valid e-mail address – once you apply on iVisa, they will send you an application form that you need to fill in before your trip. They will send you the document above via e-mail, which is why you need to make sure that the address you provide is valid.
Means of payment – by applying online, you owe a service fee to iVisa. You can make the payment using a credit or a debit card, and if you have an account on Paypal, you can use that as well.
Visa cost and processing time
The cost of a Thailand visa for Ethiopian citizens is the same as for everyone else. It costs 2000 THB (approximately $65), and you need to pay for it at the immigration checkpoint in Thailand. However, iVisa’s service needs to be paid when you apply online, and the cost depends on the processing time you select. Here are your options:
Standard processing – people who apply online often choose this option because it costs less than the other two options. The total amount is $20, and your application takes just 1 business day to be processed.
Rush processing – this option shortens the waiting time to only 2 hours. The cost, however, is a bit higher. This option costs $50.
Super Rush processing – this is the fastest option you can hope for. It costs $70, but your application is processed in as little as 15 minutes. It is ideal for people who want their visa as soon as possible.
When you arrive in Thailand, keep in mind that the service counter where you pay for your Thailand visa on arrival accepts only Thai currency. You can make direct ATM withdrawals, or you can exchange currency.
A Thailand visa for Ethiopian citizens is now more accessible than ever. iVisa has created a simple but efficient online system that can spare you the trouble of going to an embassy or wasting time in line at the service counter in Thailand. It only takes 10 minutes to apply online, and with the small effort it implies, it is worth the $20.
Note: you can apply online using iVisa only if you travel to Thailand by air and you land at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok.