Free Thailand Visa on Arrival this Winter for 21 nationalities

Thailand remains one of the most popular destinations for luxury and budget travellers alike. Many people head to Thailand because of the ease of obtaining a Visa on Arrival, without any considerations. Now, the good news is that the Thai government has decided to waive off the 2000 Thai Baht fee for the coming two months, in order to boost tourism revenue.Free Thailand Visa

Between December 1, 2018, and January 31, 2019 tourists from 21 countries are exempt from paying the short term Thai Visa on Arrival (VOA) fee. The countries are

  • Andora
  • Bulgaria
  • Bhutan
  • China
  • Cyprus
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan

These visas are available at 40 immigration checkpoints including international airports such as the ones in Bangkok and Phuket. You can stay in Thailand for a maximum of 15 Days with this Visa. Do note that the short-term VoA cannot be extended.

Getting a short stay Visa on Arrival in Thailand is a breeze. All you need is a return ticket, a recent 4×6 cm photograph, a proof of income. You fill in the VoA form, hand over the fee at the designated counter and you should get your Visa. I’ve done this before and the whole process for me took about 20 minutes.

Thailand continues to be a tourism powerhouse with over 35 million people visiting the country last year. Indian travellers formed a sizable chunk of this number with over 1.2 million Indians arriving in Thailand during the same period. With no-frills carriers like GoAir and IndiGo ramping up capacity and adding new routes, such as the Mumbai-Phuket one, that number should keep growing.


Thailand’s decision to waive off the Visa fee is a good move for tourists and the local tourism industry alike. If you are travelling to Thailand during these two months, you can save quite a bit of money.

Will you be travelling to Thailand this winter because of the free Visa on Arrival?


  1. i am travelling on 07 jan 2019 for 7 days ….what i need to do to get VOA at waived fee ,…..what is the process for it … i need to fill any form in prior before reaching Thailand or can i get everything done on Thailand airport itself ….

  2. I am traveling to Thailand during Christmas? Where is the link to this Visa free regime could not find one . Our travel desk is not aware. Also there used to be an accelerated visa on arrival by paying extra, is that provision still available? (One can save 30-45 min during peak season)

      • Unfortunately, even after extensive googling I could not find any link, including Thai embassy. Only one news thread found on India today . Would appreciate if get some pointers

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