A vacation there is on the to-do list of most people in their 20’s. Plus the price! You can flaunt your passport that bears a mark of overseas travel to Thailand in the same amount you would shell out for travelling luxuriously within India.
Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket are just the tip of the iceberg. Travellers often go crazy for the exotic wilderness showcased by its many islands.
What is a tourist visa?
If you are visiting a country for vacation or meeting relatives, you come under the tourist visa category. You are not allowed to conduct any kind of business or work on this visa. The purpose of your visa is to permit you to explore the country for a certain period.
As per Thailand govt, a tourist visa is valid for 60 days. You can use this visa for a single or multiple entries into the country during that time frame. However, an entry at a time can permit you a stay of not more than 15 to 30 days.
A few countries can avail Visa on Arrival and India is one of them.
The above holds valid unless you were denied prior entry earlier and/or are exempted from this due to certain conditions. In this scenario, you can apply for a visa prior to your journey from the Thai embassy in India.
Quick steps to get a Thailand tourist visa
Getting a tourist visa is normally not that easy but Thailand, being our neighbouring country gives Indians the liberty of ‘VISA on ARRIVAL’.
This means that you do not have to go about applying for a visa ahead like for other countries but just ensure that you fulfil some of their requirements to enter the country on arrival smoothly.
Step 1: Sufficient Funds
Thailand is not that expensive. To ensure that you can have a good stay that can cover your requirements and flourish their businesses, an individual should have at least 10000-20000 THB or 20000-40000 THB if travelling with family.
One Thai baht = Rs. 1.90 approx. So, ensure you have around Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 80,000 approx. ready.
Step 2: Book a Return Ticket
The country needs assurance that you will exit the country and not stay back illegally. Thus it is important that a clear form of exit is available prior to entering the country.
If you are returning to your homeland book a return ticket to there or if you are planning on visiting other countries – opt for flights that will take you there.
Buses or trains exiting the country (even visiting neighbouring ones) will not be a valid proof of exit and can lead the airport authorities to deny entry.
You need to have a return flight dated within 15 to 30 days of your entry to Thailand. Anything beyond that will not be applicable on ‘Visa on Arrival’ and they won’t let you enter the country.
Step 3: Hotel / Apartment Correct Address
It is a good idea to have prior hotel bookings or the address of the apt/hotel where you will be staying that can verify the destination of where you are headed. This place should be verifiable by the authorities.
Step 4: Valid Passport
To gain entry, your passport needs to be valid for at least 30 days from entry and it needs to be an Indian passport or one of the following countries: http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/visa-on-arrival.php
Step 5: Documents
You need to fill the visa form at the airport and submit passport sized photographs with it. Ensure to carry a couple of photos to avoid hassle later.
Step 6: Pay for Visa on Arrival
Once you land, the airport authorities will give you a ‘Visa on Arrival’ stamp. You need to pay them 2000 THB for it and it needs to be paid in Thai currency and cash only.
If you enter Thailand via the land border, you will be stamped a 15-day permission of stay as a tourist at the immigration, after which you will have to exit the country again on or before the expiration of your permission of stay.
For more information: Check out Thai Embassy website
Make sure to keep in mind the above points and your dream of enjoying the Thailand beaches will become a reality!