visa on arrival

  • Visa Information

    Guide to obtain a Thai visa on arrival as a cruise ship passenger

    If you are in the process of arranging a journey to the Kingdom of Thailand, particularly as a maritime passenger, there is one pivotal document that you must secure – the Thai Visa on Arrival (VOA). However, this should not cause undue stress; obtaining the VOA is less intricate than it may initially seem. Thailand offers numerous venues where you…

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    Thailand’s visa on arrival guide: Smooth entry for a perfect holiday

    Preparing for a journey to the illustrious Kingdom of Thailand? Renowned for its captivating landscapes, exquisite cuisine, and dynamic cultural tapestry, Thailand invites travellers with its array of attractions. However, before indulging in this bizarre destination, one pivotal step remains: obtaining your visa on arrival (VoA). For those envisioning serene beachside retreats or engaging in the hustle and bustle of…

  • World News

    Bali requests no visas-on-arrival for Russians, Ukrainians

    Bali has requested that the central immigration agency cancels visa-on-arrival for Russian and Ukrainian nationals. The move comes after at least four Russian citizens were deported this month for visa violations, and following repeated warnings from immigration authorities about working on tourist visas. Governor I Wayan Koster requested the Ministry of Law and Human Rights to cancel the visa-on-arrival facility…

  • Visa Information

    Thailand plans to extend 45 day visa free stays until year end

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand will propose extending the 45 day visa exemption on arrival policy until the end of the year to boost tourism recovery. In September last year, Thailand’s Cabinet approved the temporary extension of visa on arrival and visa exemption on arrival for the High Season. Between October 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023, foreign tourists arriving…

  • Visa Information

    New tourist visa waivers being proposed to CCSA for next week’s meeting

    More proposals are heading to next week’s crucial CCSA meeting where Thailand’s Covid taskforce is poised to make several key changes to the reopening of the country and existing restrictions. Among the latest proposals to be tabled next week are changes to tourist visas. The Tourism Authority of Thailand, with support of a wide variety of tourism associations and players…

  • Thailand video news

    Thailand News Today | Thailand to target “wealthy foreign tourists”

      Thailand’s deputy health minister is hoping to see an end to Covid-19 by the end of this year, despite the risk of new variants. Satit Pitutecha made his prediction yesterday, saying Thailand is proceeding with its plan to declare the virus endemic. The World Health Organisation has yet to make any recommendation on according the virus endemic status. Satit…

  • Thailand video news

    Thailand News Today | Nok Air’s latest investment failure is costing the airline millions

      Thailand’s Covid situation is continually improving and is expected to be declared an endemic disease more than half a month earlier than expected. According to the Ministry of Public Health, his office originally planned to declare Covid an an endemic disease on July 1 this year. Yesterday, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Kiatiphum Wongrajit announced that Thailand now plans to…

  • Thailand video news

    Thailand News Today | Crashed China eastern flight possible “intentional nosedive”

    Black box data on crashed China Eastern 737 suggests possible “intentional nosedive” Investigators are now examining further if the crash of China Eastern Airlines 737-800 on March 21 was indeed due to “intentional action on the flight deck”. The early reports say that there is, so far, no evidence of a technical malfunction. The Wall Street Journal reported this week…

  • Thailand video news

    Thailand News Today | Thai parents fear vaccine side effects on children

    A German woman who had been missing for 7 days, has now been found. 75 year old tourist Barbara Elisabeth Monika Glag Lange was found safe in the สิรินาถ National Park along the northern west coast of Phuket. Last week it was reported that the lady had headed off for a morning walk from her hotel in Mai Khao. From…

  • Thailand video news

    Thailand News Today I Still no idea what “endemic” in Thailand means

    As the west holds concerts in packed stadiums without masks, here in Thailand we still have no idea what endemic means for us. According to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, the National Communicable Diseases Committee has STARTED talking about post-pandemic measures when the coronavirus is declared endemic in Thailand, and whether travellers should still wear face masks. Speaking to Thai…

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    Thailand News Today | More competition for thai taxis!

    A leading epidemiologist has questioned Thailand’s rush to declare Covid endemic as infections and deaths surge. Dr. Chakrarat, director of the Bureau of Epidemiology, is suggesting officials slow down a bit, as he casts doubt on the wisdom of trying to declare the virus endemic by July 1. Despite raising the country’s alert level to level 4 on February 21,…

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    Thailand News Update | Thai suicide rate skyrocketed during pandemic

    On Saturday, Thailand’s Department of Mental Health has reported the drastic impact of Covid-19 on mental health, with its director-general revealing that the suicide rate in Thailand is 5.9 times what it was in pre-Covid days.The department’s data found that people are 2.1 times more likely to develop stress, and 4.8 times more likely to develop depression, than they were…

  • Guides

    Visa Exemption Rule – 56 countries to enter Thailand without a visa

    Thailand has suspended all Tourist Visa Exemption Schemes with all countries as a measure to control the number of COVID-19 imported cases since the onset of COVID-19. To increase the number of tourists, the government lifted the suspension in early December 2020. Passport holders from 56 countries/territories can visit Thailand for up to 45 days under the Tourist Visa Exemption…

  • Visa Information

    On-arrival tourist visa might be extended to allow 45 day stays

    Thailand’s on-arrival tourist visa might be extended from 30 days to 45 days to lure more visitors. The extra 15 days added on would make up for the mandatory 2 week quarantine required for those entering the country. National Security Council secretary general Nathapol Nakpanit, who leads a business easing committee, says the committee members plan to propose the idea…

  • Thailand News

    Foreigners on short-term visas warned they must leave Thailand by September 26

    Don’t overstay your welcome… Thai Immigration officials are warning foreigners on short-term visas that they must make arrangements to leave the country before September 26. A visa amnesty in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic was recently extended until that date, but it looks like authorities want to make clear there will be no further extension, except in…

  • Covid-19 News

    Government cancels cancellation of visa-on-arrival, visa-free travel

    In yet another abrupt U- turn, the government yesterday withdrew its suspension of visa-on-arrival status for 22 countries and territories over the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, less than 24 hours after issuing the order, citing the “need for more research.” The areas affected are Bulgaria, Bhutan, China (including Macau, China and Taiwan), Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru,…

  • Tourism News

    Minister proposes bars stay open till 4, free visas to revive tourism

    Thailand’s sports and tourism minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn told an extraordinary meeting in Bangkok’s Amari Watergate hotel yesterday that he proposes giving free visas to Chinese and Indians tourists, and allowing bars and other entertainment venues to stay open until 4am. That is the embattled minister’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis that continues to devastate Thailand’s tourism. Pipat asked for…

  • Covid-19 News

    Thailand considers suspending visa-on-arrival for Chinese

    The Cabinet committee responsible for “preventing emerging diseases” will meet today to roll out various measures in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak affecting the region, according to Thai Public Health Minister Anuthin Charnvirakul. One proposed measure is the temporary suspension of visa-on-arrival for Chinese nationals, in line with the Chinese ban on outbound group tours. Anuthin stressed that the…

  • Tourism News

    Visa-on-arrival passengers from 18 countries can now apply online

    PHOTO: travellingsands.com Visitors from 18 countries, entitled to visas-on-arrival, are being advised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to apply online for their e-visa. Thai Residents reports that nationals of Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan and Vanuatu are all exempt from paying the 2,000 baht…

  • World News

    Six more countries now get visa-on-arrival into Myanmar

    Around Thailand the possibilities for foreigners travelling is growing with visa-free arrivals, waived fees, no paperwork and quick processing at Immigration ports. Now, the Myanmar government is introducing new regulations to facilitate easier access as another step towards opening up the country to the world, and tourism. Starting this week, tourists from six countries – Australia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain…

  • Thailand News

    Thai Cabinet extends waiver of Visa On Arrival fees

    Thailand’s Cabinet has extended the waiver of the fees for ‘visa on arrival’ for some foreign tourists to Thailand. The waiver of the 2,000 baht VOA fee will be extended to at least October 31. The fee had previously been waived until January 14 this year in a bid to boost tourism. It was then extended until April 30 and has…

  • Thailand News

    Exemption of visa on arrival fees to boost Chinese New Year

    The exemption of fees for visa on arrival is expected is expected to boost Chinese arrivals during the Chinese New Year festival. The National News Bureau of Thailand is reporting that visitors from 21 countries are getting their visa on arrival fee waived until April 30, 2019. Those 21 countries are Andora, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Taiwan, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan,…

  • Thailand News

    Rolling out the e-visas – cutting time in immigration queues

    Thailand has officially launched its new e-Visa on Arrival (E-VOA) application system. This way foreigners from approved countries will be able to apply for their visa before their travel date, online, and avoid paperwork and approval when they arrive. The new system is expected to cut processing times to little more than one minute when passengers arrive and is seen…

  • Thailand News

    Arrivals up 20% – visa fee waiver

    The Tourism and Sports Ministry is sprouting anecdotal evidence that tourist arrivals are up a massive 20% for the second half of November. This follows the hastily prepared visa-on-arrival fee waivers for 21 countries, introduced on November 15 and intended to run through to January 13 next year. New visitors from India are part of the bounce back in tourist…