PoI Maj-General Surachet Hakpal, Acting Commissioner Immigration Bureau, Thailand officially launched the e-Visa on Arrival (E-VoA) system on November 20, that is expected to cut visa processing time to as little as one minute.
The E-VoA is free, however, the online visa is priced at THB 525 and the visa applied through VFS is for INR 2700 for Indian nationals.
Surachet presided over a ceremony to launch the new system, which has been used on trial basis at Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports since November 15. The launch ceremony was held at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
He said that the new system has been available at Phuket International Airport since Monday and will be adopted in Chiang Mai on November 26 and to Krabi soon after. The new system was launched under the concept of “Fast & Convenient Entry to Thailand” targeted at citizens of Taiwan and 20 countries.
Passport holders from those countries can register their request for a visa on arrival in advance at www.evisathailand.com. The request can be made 30 days in advance or at least 24 hours in advance. Once the tourists arrive at the airports under the E-VoA system, they can show their passports at specially marked counters to obtain a visa in just one minute, rather than a one-to-two hour wait, said Surachate.