Saudi Arabians need a visa to enter Thailand. There are numerous different types of visas available from Thai embassies and consulates which serve different purposes and are valid for various lengths of time.
However, for short trips of up to 15 days, the process if much easier as there is the option of a visa on arrival. This means avoiding the hassle of physically going to a diplomatic office to apply for a visa.
Can Saudis Obtain an Electronic Visa on Arrival in Thailand?
Yes, Saudi Arabians are eligible for the new eVisa on Arrival (Thailand eVOA) for Thailand. Before it was launched, Saudis had to queue up in long lines, complete the paperwork, and wait for the Thai authorities to approve their application. The electronic visa on arrival saves time and hassle as the online application, and the processing, are completed in advance.
The online visa application only takes a few minutes to complete, and then, Saudis can join a fast-track queue when they arrive. To promote the new Thai eVOA for citizens for Saudi Arabia, the government is currently waiving the visa payment of 2,000 baht (approximately 61USD) until April 30, 2019. After this date, Saudi travelers will have to pay the full amount.
Thailand eVisa on Arrival Requirements for Saudi Arabians
Travelers must meet the visa requirements for the Thai eVOA for Saudis to successfully apply. It is necessary to have a passport issued by Saudi Arabia and meet the following conditions:
- Pay the visa fee using a credit or debit card (only after April 30, 2019)
- Provide proof of sufficient funds for the duration of the stay (10,000 baht per person or 20,000 baht per family)
- Provide the address of the place of stay in Thailand (such as the hotel address)
Thai eVOA documentation requirements for citizens of Saudi Arabia
Saudi travelers also have to provide some documentation on arrival in Thailand, in addition to meeting the above requirements. It is necessary to present the following at the Thai border:
- A Saudi Arabian passport (with at least 30 days remaining)
- A passport photo (which meets the specifications)
- A completed arrival card (issued on the plane to Thailand)
- Proof of a return ticket or onward travel (date of travel must be before the eVOA expires)
How to get a Thailand Electronic Visa on Arrival for Saudi Arabian Citizens?
The application process for the Thailand electronic visa on arrival for Saudi Arabians is quick and simple. The Thai online eVisa application form can be completed between 30 days and 24 hours before the intended date of arrival.
When completing the form, applicants should carefully revise all the information they provide. Even small errors such as typos could lead to delays or even visa rejections. Once submitted, the application form is processed by the Thai authorities, who quickly approve the visa in the vast majority of cases.
To submit the application, a fee needs to be paid using a credit or debit card(not required before April 30th). If approved, the Thailand eVOA is sent to the applicant by email (to the email address provided on the application). Saudis can print a copy to present at the Thai border to gain entry.