Free Thailand Visa on Arrival through October 2019

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. Last year, the Thai government decided to waive off the 2000 Thai Baht fee between November and January 2019, in order to boost tourism revenue.Free Thailand Visa

Between November 15, 2018, and January 13, 2019 tourists from 21 countries were exempt from paying the short term Thai Visa on Arrival (VOA) fee. Then, the Thai Government extended the period when you could get a free Visa on Arrival between January 14 to April 30, 2019. The good news now is, that the Thai Government has extended the period when you can get a free Visa on Arrival between May 1 to October 31, 2019. The countries that can get free VOA 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. Here is the official circular. Since you won’t be able to decode it, here is the Google Translation.

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 until October 2019, you can save quite a bit of money.

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


  1. Dear Sir,

    my family of 3 wants to go to Japan via Bangkok . While going, we will stay 2 nights in Bangkok and after japan visit of 9 nights we will again come to bangkok for 2 more nights to stay.
    Please clear will VOA exemption in Thialand will workout for us during 2 points of entry in to thialand – First from india and 2nd while from Japan.

    Please clear .

  2. Hi. Im going to thailand on next week on business purpose. How much i need to pay for business visa multiple entries? Somehow i heard the visa is free. Confius..

  3. HI, we are planing on june -2019, can we are eligible free visa on arrival, if yes than why their online application have payment option USD 79 – for VISA ON ARRIVAL.

    ok, and more, if we filled online visa form, than why they saw 2000 bath pay at the time of immigration – shock !!!!

    need a favorable reply

    • Hi Gautam,
      Even though the VoA is free to claim till Oct 31st 2019 only if you’re flying in to Thailand and claiming the same at one of the 40 immigration check points, however if you wish to apply for an eVisa prior to visiting Thailand then the visa fee is THB 2000. It’s up to you whether you wish to avail a free VoA upon arrival or get an eVisa for THB 2000

  4. m travelling in end of august…can i apply for free visa on arrival today as today (30th april) is last date…
    quick reply is appreciated

    • Visa Validity is 30 days, so apply for in Aug first or second week. You will get the Evisa in 1 or max 2 working days.

  5. I m from India I want to travel in May month. Can you plz tell me. Is there any extension for VOA free… We are many people wants to travel in May month so plz extend the VOA free the date till june2019..

  6. can u extend on arrival free visa in may and june month..May and june month is holiday season so every one wants to travel summer trip to bangkok…

  7. Hi. I’m visiting phuket on 23rd May to 31st May. Is there a way i can save on visa by booking Visa in April ? Pls guide.. I’m new to this

  8. I m going to thailand on 30th april 2019 & returning on 6th may 2019, m i eligible for free VOA, as i m there till 6 may?

  9. I am from India. As ON ARRIVAL for Thailand is free till 30th April 2019. We just wanted to know if the date would be extended .

    • I am from India. As ON ARRIVAL VISA for Thailand is free till 30th April 2019. We just wanted to know if the date would be extended .

  10. Hi

    Can you please suggest me that my passport will expire in july month and im travelling in april month, so it will be safe and will be allowed to us?

  11. Can this initial 15-days VoA be converted into work permit in Bangkok? I have a job offer but I wish to take advantage of the visa fee exemption.

  12. Hi!
    I have a small issue related to VOA: I made a mistake in calculating the 15 days that are permitted with visa-on-arrival. I arrive in Bangkok on the 1st of April and have a return ticket on the 16th of April. It’s now too late to get a tourist visa for 30 days. Any advice/tips on what to do? Will I be permitted into the country?

    I am from Latvia if it helps.

  13. Hi.
    I am going to Thailand on 26th April and coming back on 2nd of May 2k19. Do i need to pay for visa or i’ll qualify for visa exemption criteria??

  14. Hi, Thanks for sharing this information!
    I’m travelling abroad first time, what all the documents do we carry to get Visa in Phuket airport? Apart from passport size photos?


  15. Hi,i am planning to enter thailand on the 17th Of March 2019 until the 2nd if May 2019,am i entitled to a free VOA? Since i am from Mauritius

  16. I just applied for the E-Visa on their website by paying the required fees. I hope they will come forward and make a refund.

  17. Hi,
    VFS global and Thai embassy in India is saying that there is no official information regarding this.. I have to visit Thailand on 31st Jan. How can I confirm this?

  18. This is great news, thanks for sharing. Hope we see new routes to Thailand from Indian carriers.
    Do you know if there are any bilaterals with Thailand and how many seats Indian carriers are entitled to?

  19. VOA queues at BKK airport at horrible at times and take minimum of 30 mins and maximum upto 2 hours. However over the years I’ve found the following tricks.

    Trick # 1 – If you are reaching when a lot of flights from China, India, DXB, AUH arrive it’s better to pay 200 THB for fasttrack VOA (counters for which are towards the left of the regular VOA counters).

    Trick # 2 – try to be seated at the front rows, use the loo on the aircraft before you deplane and make a dash towards the VOA counters as soon as you land. Dont waste time filling up the VOA form. Get in the queue and then fill in your form.

  20. This is a mixed bag for me!
    After hearing horror stories of long queues for VOA, I decided to apply from the Mumbai embassy via VFS on 10th Jan! Now waiting to see if VFS refunds the money!

  21. I recently went there. They don’t ask for income proof. Just form with photo, and return ticket copy. It’s better to take the photo otherwise you will pay much more at airport to get clicked for photo

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