eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) services for travellers to Thailand

By Angel Chan

DUBAI 7 April 2019: Thailand eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) services to citizens of 21 nationalities are being offered to enhance the convenience of their entry into Thailand.

eVOA allows applicants to apply online and receive a travel authorisation before departure – this eVOA can be shown at dedicated Thailand immigration counters on arrival at major Thailand airports, allowing travellers to pass through in minutes.

The initiative to promote tourism has been implemented by the Immigration Bureau and Royal Thai Police in partnership with VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide.

Zubin Karkaria, CEO, VFS Global Group, said eVOA service was launched in February 2019. It essentially allows travellers to reduce time spent at major airports in Thailand as it enables a faster and smoother immigration clearance process through dedicated eVOA Immigration counters. This is especially beneficial for travellers as several international flights land into Thailand in the early morning hours – and after an overnight flight, travellers are all very keen on exiting the airport and getting to their hotel as quickly as possible without standing in long queues, filling up paper forms and changing currency at the airport to pay for the visa fees.

For travellers eligible to apply for eVOA, it means completing a simple online eVOA application form before departure, uploading documents and making the fee payment in a seamless process on https://thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com/ from the comfort of their home or office, and receiving the eVOA in 24 to 72 hours by email.

They do not need to carry physical copies of documents or photographs with them to Thailand or complete complicated physical visa application forms on arrival or pay visa fees in Thai Baht on arrival. This ensures a very simple and quick arrival process in Thailand – something that every traveller wants after a long flight. Travellers can submit the application online on their own or via travel agents or via any VFS Global Visa Application Centre.

Nationals of the following 21 countries can apply for eVOA:

Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, People’s Republic of China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Kataria said the eVOA eliminates the uncertainty about getting the Visa On Arrival.

In case of urgent travel, using the Express Service can get one the eVOA within 24 hours. Currently, there is a waiver on Thailand visa fees until April 30, 2019. During this period, travellers opting for the eVOA need to only pay the service fee to get the new convenient and time-saving eVOA. Travellers who enter Thailand at the Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in Bangkok, and at the Phuket and Chiang Mai airports, can use this service.

Dubai Gazette