There is no better time to unwind and recharge other than during the Eid holidays and with five long days ahead, why not elevate your short break by opting for an escape at a beautiful destination. Last minute travel planner from United Arab Emirates travelling to Thailand can now get a Thai eVisa On Arrival within 24 hours.
In line with the Government of Thailand’s initiative to promote tourism, the Immigration Bureau of Thailand has partnered with VFS Global to offer the new eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service that enables a faster and more convenient arrival process through dedicated eVOA Immigration counters.
The process includes completing a simple online eVOA application form and uploading documents in a seamless process before departure on thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com from the comfort of home and receiving the eVOA within 24-72 hours by email. For last minute travel planners, Express eVOA service is also available for quicker processing at an additional service fee for a decision within 24 hours. Currently, there is a waiver on Thailand visa fees and travellers opting for the eVOA need to only pay for the service fee.
eVOA eliminates the uncertainty about getting the eVisa On Arrival, as travellers get it before their departure. Travellers can breeze through immigration using dedicated eVOA counters and avoid the long paper-based Visa On Arrival queues. As all documentation is submitted at the time of application, there are no forms to be filled or documentation to be carried. Since the fees were paid online, there is no cash payment in local currency needed anymore.
Mr. Vinay Malhotra , Regional Group COO – Middle East, South Asia & P.R. China, VFS Global said: “It is an honour for us to work with the Immigration Bureau, Royal Thai Police, to roll out the new Thailand E-Visa On Arrival (eVOA) service for expats in UAE. We have always been firmly committed to working with our client governments to enhance the overall visa application experience for applicants and to make each journey a memorable one.”
Arriving at the international airport of Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket or Chiang Mai in Thailand, nationals of the following 21 countries can apply for eVOA: Andorra, Bulgaria, Kingdom of Bhutan, Peoples Republic of China, Cyprus, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, The Republic of Fiji Island, Republic of India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Taiwan-China, Ukraine and Uzbekistan
In addition, VFS Global has launched a dedicated helpline specifically for UAE applicants. Queries and appointment requests to be directed to the call center number +971 42055721 or communicate with the customer care at firstname.lastname@example.org