Thailand Tourist Visa
Thailand is a country in south-east Asia. It is renowned for its sandy beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples depicting Buddha figures. Bangkok, the capital city houses the famous temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Pattaya and the trendy Hua Hin beach resorts are close by.
Thailand is known for fantastic food, martial arts, beaches, and several temples. It also has several well-known islands which have numerous tourist resorts.
Literally meaning “the Land of the Free”, the official name of Thailand is the Kingdom of Thailand.
Located in the heart of Mainland Southeast Asia, Thailand is a multi-ethnic nation with a population of over 64 million.
Thailand consists of two broad areas geographically, a main part in the north and a comparatively smaller peninsular extension towards the south. The main body of the country is surrounded by Laos (in the north and east), Myanmar (to the west), Cambodia (to the southeast), and the Gulf of Thailand (in the south).
Bangkok, also known as Krung Thep “the City of Angels”, is the capital of Thailand and the main urban center in the country. Other big cities in Thailand are, among others, Pattaya, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, and Chiang Mai.
Thai is the national and official language. Other languages spoken in Thailand are English, Chinese, and Malay.
Thai Bhat – with the currency abbreviation of THB – is the official legal currency in Thailand. The Bhat, one of the oldest currencies in circulation (dating back to the 13th Century), is regarded to be among the strongest Southeast Asian currencies.
Prominent tourist destinations in Thailand include –
· Similan Islands
· Ko Phi Phi
· Khao Yai National Park
· Sukhumvit, prominent nightlife areas
· Royal City Avenue (RCA)
· Patong Beach
· Monkey Beach
· Sukhothai Old City
· Central World, Bangkok
WHY VISIT THAILAND
There are many reasons that make Thailand worth visiting. These include –
- A year-round destination
- Something for everyone
- Cheap to visit
- Lush jungles
- Global and truly cosmopolitan atmosphere
- A kingdom of marine wonders
- Rich history and culture
- Cheap and different modes of transportation available
- Above 1,500 miles of coastline
- Unique markets
- Amazing nightlife
- Thai Festivals, such as Loy Krathong
Thailand is among the most visited countries in the world. From family holidays to full moon parties, and from adventure sports to diving sites, Thailand offers foreign visitors a sense of wonder and anticipation for what comes next.
THAILAND TOURIST VISA
There are two kinds of visas if you are traveling to Thailand. One is the tourist visa which allows you to stay in Thailand for a period of three months, however, the maximum duration of stay can be for 60 days. The other is the Visa on arrival with which you can stay in the country for 15 days.
You can apply for this visa at the Royal Thai Consulate-General, which is in three cities-New Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata. You will get your passport back in 3 working days if your application is complete.
Documents required for the visa application:
- A valid passport with six months validity
- Three passport size photos
- A copy of your completed and signed visa application form
- Details about your itinerary
- Proof of hotel bookings, flight bookings
- International Health certificate on Yellow Fever Vaccination
- A cover letter from the ‘primary applicant’ or the individual incuring travel expenses which describes the reason for the travel
- If you are a businessman, a cover letter from your company stating your position and length of service
- Bank statement of last three months
Dos and Don’ts for a Thailand tourist visa:
A tourist visa must be applied 4 weeks before the scheduled travel date.
You must fill out the visa application form carefully and correctly. An incomplete form will be refused.
Bring both photocopies and originals of all the supporting documentation to the Thai Embassy when submitting the visa application form.
Be prepared to supply additional documents if requested by the embassy authorities.
Any false or fake documents that you provide will lead to serious trouble.
Never distort or conceal facts.
Cost of Visit visa:
CategoryFeesSingle Entry VisaINR 2,500Multiple Entry VisaINR 12,000
Visa on arrival:
The visa on arrival can be obtained at major international airports in Thailand. This visa is valid for 15 days.
How Y-Axis Can Help
- Advise you on the required documentation
- Advise you on the funds that need to be shown
- Fill out the application forms
- Review your documents for the visa application
I have an Indian passport. How long can I stay in Thailand on my VoA?
You can stay in Thailand [for the purposes of tourism] for up to 15 days.
Am I eligible for Visa on Arrival for Thailand?
As per the Ministerial Regulation of the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Thailand, those holding valid passports from certain countries can apply for VoA at Thailand’s 48 designated immigration checkpoints.
Those with valid passports from selected countries can apply for VoA at Thailand’s 48 authorized immigration checkpoints, according to the Ministerial Regulation of the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Thailand.
Countries eligible for Thailand’s Visa on Arrival for the purposes of tourism are –
China [excluding Hong Kong and Macau]
Papua New Guinea
Can I work in Thailand on my tourist visa?
Foreigners that enter Thailand are not permitted to work, unless they are granted a work permit. Those intending to work in Thailand must have the appropriate visa for being eligible to apply for a work permit.
After submitting your application, you must stay in Thailand for 15 days to await approval. The Immigration Office will then stamp a 90-day “Non-Immigrant” Visa on your passport. You must also extend it before it expires.
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