Citizens from four chosen countries will be able to obtain a Thailand eVisa online by the end of the year. The new Thai eVisa will be trialled in four test countries: the UK, France, China, and the UAE, eliminating the need to go to a Thai embassy or consulate to apply.
The Thai Director General of the Department of Consular Affairs, Mr. Chatree Arjanchan, said the eVisa will be launched in several more countries in 2019 after the trial period has been observed.
At the moment, citizens of the UK, France, and the UAE can enter Thailand for periods of up to 30 days without a visa, and Chinese travelers can enter for up to 15 days with a visa on arrival. The new electronic visa for Thailand will allow these four nationalities to stay in Thailand for periods longer than 30 days.
The application process will be straightforward to complete. Applicants will need to complete the online form by entering a range of information and the whole process will only take a matter of minutes.
Easier access to one of the world’s most popular destinations
Bangkok already welcomes more visitors than any other city in the world and the eVisa for Thailand will make it even easier for tourists to visit the country. The popularity of Thailand as a holiday destination continues to grow for many reasons including its paradise islands, ancient Buddhist temples, vibrant nightlife, and incredible food.
The eVisa will save travelers time during the application process and at the Thai border. Visitors will have already been pre-screened by the authorities before they have arrived in Thailand.
Travelers from the four eligible countries will be able to enter Thailand by presenting their eVisa, along with their passport, to the Thai border authorities. The eVisa will be attached to a specific passport so the details on the two documents must match.
The hassle-free application process
It will be straightforward and quick to apply for the visa for Thailand. Applicants will complete the visa application form by entering a range of basic data such as their full name, address, email address, date of birth, passport information, and travel dates. There will also be some questions related to security.
Applicants will need to meet the basic Thailand visa requirements to successfully apply. This includes having a valid passport from one of the eligible countries, completing the application accurately, and paying the visa fee using a credit or debit card.
The Thai authorities have not yet announced how long the visa processing time will be. Similar eVisa registration procedures around the world typically take between 24-72 hours.
The vast majority of applications will be approved and the eVisas will be sent to applicants electronically. The Royal Thai Embassy has announced that a specialized team will begin training for the new application process imminently.