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Thailand’s eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service is now live

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Thailand’s eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service is now live

 

 

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Thailand’s new eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service is now up and running and available to visitors from China, India and nineteen other eligible nations.

 

At a media event on Friday, Immigration chief Surachate Hakpal said the eVOA service was available to tourist at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai and Phuket airports.

 

The new eVOA service eliminates the need for tourists to fill in paperwork on arrival and avoid getting stuck in long queues at Immigration.

 

Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate said that 89 people, mostly from China and India, had used the service since it went live on February 14th.

 

Applications for eVOA are made through https://thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com/

 

Currently the eVOA is available to nationals from Andorra, Bhutan, China, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

 

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From April 1st, it is planned that nationals from Britain and France will also be able to use the service.

 

Tourists can apply from 30 days up to 24 hours before they are due to arrive in the country.

 

There is also an express eVOA for passengers who may urgently need to travel to Thailand.

 

Passengers travelling on Thai Airways can also apply for eVOA when buying flight tickets on the airline’s website.

 

This isn’t the first time Thailand has launched its eVOA system.

 

The old system was launched last year but was cancelled after foreign tourists complained it didn’t work properly.

 

Thai immigration then partnered with VFS Global and a new system was designed.

 

Commenting on the new eVOA service, Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate said: “With the eVOA service, we are proud to offer a new age digital solution which enhance the overall experience for the modern day traveller who seeks to visit Thailand from 21 countries across the globe.

 

“In our cooperation with the world's largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions VFS Global, we aim to effectively meet the objective of increasing tourism to the country through this solution especially taking into consideration, the all-important security aspect that allows pre-check of travellers prior the arrival, as it offers time to the Immigration Bureau for effective assessment.”

 

 

 

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-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-02-16

 

 

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23 minutes ago, seajae said:

great but they have not done US and Australia, even Russia and these 3 are all major tourism countries for Thailand, really have to wonder why they did countries with few tourists first, maybe because it was easy and required less work

What China and India???

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3 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

The above is only to submit applications online so it is a misleading statement since the applicant still has go to the embassy to complete the application.


Any further details on that? I thought from April 1st I was going to be able to get a visa by applying online and picking up on arrival, like when entering Vietnam, so that isn't the case? 

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11 minutes ago, bananafish said:


Any further details on that? I thought from April 1st I was going to be able to get a visa by applying online and picking up on arrival, like when entering Vietnam, so that isn't the case? 

No it is not going to work that way.

Have a look at this video. https://thaievisa.go.th/Images/sliders/e-visa.mp4

Or here: https://thaievisa.go.th/Home/

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4 hours ago, seajae said:

great but they have not done US and Australia, even Russia and these 3 are all major tourism countries for Thailand, really have to wonder why they did countries with few tourists first, maybe because it was easy and required less work

Hey, what about U.K. ? 

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37 minutes ago, Wiggy said:

Interesting choice of date. Lol. 

Plus nationalities bearing in mind that it's 3 days after Brexit!

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1 hour ago, ubonjoe said:

No it is not going to work that way.

Have a look at this video. https://thaievisa.go.th/Images/sliders/e-visa.mp4

Or here: https://thaievisa.go.th/Home/

And, it should be mentioned, that once this system is fully live, it appears that postal applications won't be possible. That means that I and people like me, who live in UK and want an SETV, will have to travel to the Embassy in London to get their visa whereas hitherto, one could apply by post - my latest one was posted to the embassy on the Monday and my PP with visa arrived back on the Thursday which was excellent service.

I'm definitely NOT impressed with this new"improvement"!  :angry:

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I’m shocked they even knew these countries existed-isn’t Fuji water?

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5 hours ago, seajae said:

great but they have not done US and Australia, even Russia and these 3 are all major tourism countries for Thailand, really have to wonder why they did countries with few tourists first, maybe because it was easy and required less work

Well people from China are the number one tourists, so it would make sense for them to start with China.

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1 minute ago, Splash210 said:

Well people from China are the number one tourists, so it would make sense for them to start with China.

Yep the Chinese looking to visit countries less polluted than their own.  Thailand is slightly not as bad as China.  But it soon will be

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