Thailand’s Immigration Bureau and its partner VFS Global have launched a new e-visa on arrival system, which will be available as of Feb. 14, for foreign tourists from 20 countries. During a press conference held in Suvarnabhumi airport, attended by Thai deputy prime minister Prawit Wongsuwan, Surachate Hakpal, commissioner of the Immigration Bureau stressed the urgency to launch the e-visa on arrival service.
According to VFS Global, travelers to enter Thailand at Suvarnabhumi airport, Don Mueng airport of Bangkok, Phuket airport and Chiang Mai airport can apply for the service before their trip. Eligible travelers can apply online for eVOA for Thailand by visiting thailandevoa. vfsevisa.com, and upload the necessary documents as well as pay applicable fee with Mastercard, Visa, Union Pay, Wechat Pay or Alipay.
Then, travelers, if processed correctly, would receive a pre-approved eVOA code which they can print out for reference. VFS Global said travelers will receive their pre-departure travel authorization online within three days and they can pay an additional fee to get one within 24 hours. VFS Global CEO Zubin Karkaria said they would maintain the security and integrity of the visa applying process. Passengers flying with Thai Airways can click the Thailand e-visa on arrival when buying air tickets on their website, mobile applications.