What’s the difference between the Thailand visa on arrival and Thailand eVisa?

Thaland visa on arrival

Around 35 million people visit Thailand every year with the desire to explore the verdant jungles, towering temples and aquamarine water surrounding its paradisiac islands. However, depending on your nationality and the amount of time for which you wish to visit, you may require a visa in order to travel to Thailand.

Eligible citizens can get the Thailand visa on arrival either from queuing at the border or to save time and hassle, via the online Thailand eVisa on arrival application. The Thailand e-Visa on arrival (eVOA) has been designed to modernize the application process by giving travelers the alternative to obtain an electronic visa which is obtained by completing a quick and simple form online.

As the Government of Thailand is currently waiving the 2,000 Baht visa on arrival additional payment for online applications until the 31st of May 2020, applicants will be able to save money until this date. Travelers from 18 countries are able to obtain the eVOA online, or alternatively obtain a visa on arrival by queuing up and applying for one at the Thai border.

Differences between the Thailand visa on arrival and the Thai eVisa

The Thailand visa on arrival and the Thailand online visa are the same type of visa. Both allow the traveler to spend up to 15 days in Thailand for purposes of tourism. In order to apply for either visa, the applicant is required to have a passport valid for a duration of at least 30 days upon arrival in Thailand.

Both are also available to the following 18 eligible nationalities:

The only difference between the eVOA and the visa on arrival is the application process. Those who wish to submit a visa on arrival application are required to wait in line when entering Thailand at a border checkpoint. The average wait is around 2 hours, meaning that visitors lose some of their travel time queuing.

Travelers are required to present a range of supporting documents when applying at the border, including proof of return flight tickets, proof of sufficient funds to cover the stay in Thailand, and an address where they will stay during their trip.

Those who apply for the Thai VOA at border checkpoints are also required to pay a visa fee of 2,000 THB, only payable in Thai THB. Applicants for the eVisa online are not currently required to pay this fee, as it is being waived by the Government of Thailand.

Applying for a Thai eVisa

Requesting a Thai eVisa on arrival online is much more simple than obtaining the visa on arrival at Thai border points. It was introduced to expedite the process of obtaining a Thai tourist visa for eligible citizens.

The simple online form can be completed in around 20 minutes, and applicants receive an approved Thai eVOA sent directly to their email inbox.

Applicants are required to complete the Thai eVisa application with basic information, including

  • Personal details
  • Passport details
  • Trip details

An email address is required for the purpose of sending and receiving your visa, as well as a valid form of visa payment (valid debit or credit card).

Documents needed for a Thailand visa upon arrival

Travelers arriving in Thailand should ensure that they travel with the correct documents in order to receive an approved tourist visa at the Thai border. Necessary documents for the Thai tourist visa on arrival are:

  • Valid passport from a country eligible for Thai visa application (with at least 30 days of validity)
  • 2,000 THB for the visa fee (payable in cash in Thai currency)
  • Proof of a return flight within 15 days of your stay

Documents needed for a Thailand online visa

Applicants applying for a Thai eVisa will be required to provide the following documentation:

  • Valid passport pertaining to a nationality eligible for visa application
  • Personal details to be given in the application form
  • A valid credit/debit card which is valid for the visa payment fee
  • Information of your stay in Thailand e.g. travel dates
  • Contact number and email address

Note: Ensure all details are correct as failure to provide accurate details could cause the rejection of your travel visa.

Find out more about the requirements for online visa application for Thailand.

What type of visa do I need?

At present, applicants can request a visa on arrival at the Thai border or a Thailand eVisa through the online application before traveling, saving time, money and hassle. Travelers should check whether they require a visa in order to enter Thailand.

It is also still possible to visit an embassy or consulate to obtain a standard Thailand tourist visa.

Many nationalities can visit Thailand visa-free, yet need to apply for a visa depending on the amount of time they wish to spend in Thailand.

At present, various South American countries can travel to Thailand for up to 90 days visa-free and many European countries for 30 days. US and Canada passport holders can also visit Thailand for up to 30 days without requesting a visa.

Get the Thailand eVisa

The Thailand eVisa is a simple matter of completing an application form online and receiving your approved visa via email. Once approved, the traveler is able to print a copy of the approved eVOA to present at Thai border control upon arrival and avoid waiting in the visa on arrival application queue.

The holder of a Thai evisa is simple required to present the following documents to gain expedited arrival to the country:

  • The traveler’s passport with one blank page for an entry stamp
  • A printed copy of the approved Thailand eVisa on Arrival
  • Return airline tickets to leave the country within 15 days
  • Confirmation of accommodation booking in Thailand
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover the stay in the country