Visa on Arrival in Thailand Bangkok and Phuket on Indian Passport

My Experience with Thailand Visa on Arrival in Bangkok and Phuket: Indian Passport

There are a million posts and articles about how to get your Visa on Arrival in Thailand. But my recent two trips to Thailand and a lot of travellers asking me about the process, makes me want to write about my experience in getting Visa on Arrival in Thailand – I hope it helps someone who is going to Thailand in the near future.

Visa on Arrival sounds so easy and quick, and it certainly is both those things as compared to getting a Visa in advance from the embassy of the country you’re heading to. It becomes especially tough if you don’t reside in the metro cities where all these embassies are located. Like me!

I went to Thailand twice between September and October 2016, so this information is pretty fresh and first hand. Also, the fact that I landed in Bangkok on the very day they changed their Visa on Arrival Fee, makes it relevant.

[ Here’s a cute Passport Cover for all you travel addicts reading this travel blog. Thank me later 😉 ]

On my first trip to Thailand, I took a flight from Delhi to Bangkok. I had to fly to Phuket, after getting my Visa on Arrival in Thailand from Bangkok. As soon as the flight landed in Bangkok, I headed towards the Visa on Arrival counters. I filled the immigration form while in the line.

Now, I landed in Bangkok very early in the morning and the line at the counter was huge even at the wee hours of the morning, when not too many flights were landing.  Keep in mind that the Visa on Arrival line sometimes takes up-to an hour and a half!

Bangkok is the biggest hub for Visa on Arrival in Thailand, and is hence the most crowded one as well.

The Bangkok airport is HUGE. If you are there as a first timer and are running short of time, it will feel confusing and way too big to be running to catch a flight. Take it from me, I missed a flight from here and was in a state of complete panic – but that’s a story for another post. All I’m saying it, be careful of time at the Bangkok airport. And if you have to catch a connecting flight from Bangkok airport after getting your Visa on Arrival in Thailand, make sure you have plenty of time between the two flights.

[ I want to add here that I had to charge my phone at this time because the battery was almost out. So I want to also mention that do carry your power bank or a good quality Universal Adaptor to charge your phone at international airports or hotels. I have this one from Secro and it has worked amazing for me for almost 6 international trips now. ]

After standing in the line for so long, I started to worry about catching my connecting flight to Phuket, which was now in two hours. That is when I saw an airport official with a “Domestic Transfers” board in her hand. I went to her and after seeing my tickets, she rushed me to a faster counter where I submitted the required documents etc and was given the Visa on Arrival in flat ten minutes.

So, if you have a connecting flight from Bangkok to another Thai destination, look for the domestic transfer counter for faster processing of the visa.

Now, coming to the documents you require for Visa on Arrival in Thailand. You can see the complete list on Thailand Tourism’s official website, but I will tell you my experience.

I had everything the official website said I should have for the Visa on Arrival in Thailand. However, they did not ask to see my bank statement, my hotel reservation or anything else.

I was asked to show my return ticket, which I had a print out of. They need one passport size photograph to be attached to the visa on arrival form, so keep that handy. This photograph should be recent (six months) and without glasses. They also have a photo booth at the airport, so you can get a picture there as well, but it means losing time.

The Visa on Arrival Fee in Bangkok, Thailand is 2000 Bhat. (As in Sept 2016)

You must have this in cash, in the local currency of course. They do not accept US Dollars or any other currency, so either carry it from India or get it exchanged at the Bangkok airport before you stand in the line for the Visa.

The Visa on Arrival fee in Bangkok used to be lesser, but it was changed to 2000 Bhat in September 2016.

For my next trip to Thailand in Oct 2016 – just a week after my first one – my entry point in Thailand was directly Phuket. I took a flight from Delhi to Phuket, with a four hour transit in Kuala Lumpur. Phuket also has a Visa on Arrival counter and it is much, much faster because it is less crowed.

The Visa on Arrival Fee in Phuket, Thailand is 2200 Bhat. (As in Oct 2016)

The other documents required are the same.

At the immigrating counters, for both these trips, they asked to see my return ticket and in Phuket, they saw my hotel reservation as well.

[ I stayed at the stunning Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa, so check it out if you’re planning a trip to Phuket. ]

The immigration form that you are required to fill in, also asks for the details (Name of the hotel, address) of your stay in Thailand, and also your contact in Thailand. For the latter, you can give name and contact number of your friends in Thailand, if any, or of your travel agent/website’s Thai representative. I had someone both the times, so I am not sure if you can leave it blank. Best is to ask your hotel / booking agent / travel website or agency beforehand.

I usually like to keep all these documents handy and neatly organized, so I bought this cute handbag organizer and it has made my life very easy. ]

After the immigration is done and your passport is stamped, keep the other half of your immigration slip because it will be stamped by now and you will need it when you go back. I lost it during my first trip, and they gave me a new one easily, but it’s quicker to keep it safe.

That’s it. Not tough at all, but even easier if you know what to expect.

One more thing people have asked a lot – There are currency exchange counters everywhere in Thailand, and you can get SIM cards with data on the airport or outside very easily. So don’t worry about those things.

I should also do a post on Travel Insurance because I think it is something very important that most vacationers overlook. I promise I will do it soon.

So, have a great trip to Thailand.

Happy Travelling!

(And in case you noticed, all pictures in this article are from my Instagram account. It would be great to see you there as well. I’m @adicrazy on Instagram)

Post Author: Aditi Mathur Kumar

Author of 2 books. TEDx Speaker. Travel Writer. Blogger. Addicted to Travel & Books. Digital Media Strategist. Social Media Girl. Army Wife. Mom. Curious. Crazy.

31 thoughts on “My Experience with Thailand Visa on Arrival in Bangkok and Phuket: Indian Passport


    (December 14, 2016 - 12:32 pm)

    Hi Aditi,

    Thanks for sharing this very important process of on arrival visa for Bangkok travel. Me and my wife has decided to visit Bankok after marriage and we want to to apply for it .


    (February 13, 2017 - 11:46 am)

    Hello Aditi
    I have booked a flight from Bangalore to Siemreap (Transit at Bangkok ), BLR – DMK – REP. I have a 6 hr transit at the Bangkok airport with AirAsia.
    I planning come out of the airport with the transit visa.Can u provide the requirements/charges and information for the transit visa in Bangkok DMK airport


    (February 13, 2017 - 8:35 pm)


    I’m traveling to Phuket next month. The hotel booking confirmation has got only my name on it. How can other travelers show proof of accommodation? And we’re arriving at Phuket at different times in the day.
    Thanks in advance.

      Aditi Mathur Kumar

      (June 30, 2017 - 10:56 am)

      I don’t think 6 hours is enough time for a transit Visa, but I could be wrong because this is a scenario I haven’t experienced. Please keep me posted on this, once you go.
      (Also, apologies for the super late reply. Don’t know how I missed replying to this. 🙁 )


      (November 16, 2017 - 4:16 pm)

      Hey Anshul
      I am also facing the same issue,, since u have already travelled, kindly advice me on this..thanks..

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    (March 21, 2017 - 12:22 pm)

    I will be travelling From Bangalore to Tokyo and have a lay over of 8 hours in bangkok.
    Do i need a Transit visa .I wont be going out of airport .

    Oscar Vinson

    (May 4, 2017 - 9:41 pm)

    Hi there,
    Thanks a lot for this informative post — you really Thai it all up neatly!
    And thank for being thorough with details; I liked hearing about the fact that there are currency exchange counters everywhere, and you can get the SIM cards with data easily — no worries:)
    Your writing makes me want to visit this charming country even more.

      Aditi Mathur Kumar

      (June 30, 2017 - 11:15 am)

      Hey Raj, you won’t need transit Visa. Just go straight to transfers. But make sure you don’t have to collect your luggage at Bangkok, because then you might need to go through immigration, which means getting a Visa.

      Aditi Mathur Kumar

      (June 30, 2017 - 11:17 am)

      Thank you Oscar, makes me feel so good about deciding to write this one. Keep reading 🙂


    (August 22, 2017 - 5:35 pm)

    I have always wanted to visit Thailand, it is my dream country. The whole place looks beautiful. This blog makes me feel like I NEED to visit! Definitely keep writing more blogs, I really enjoyed reading this.

    Girish Nair

    (September 10, 2017 - 6:35 pm)

    We are flying to Koh Samui from Mumbai by bangkok airways.
    6:50 am landing at bangkok then 8:15 am flight to Koh samui
    considering both bangkok airways , both travel issued in same ticket do we need to get VOA at bangkok or can have VOA at koh samui considering short time for connecting flight? and walking distance from international to domestic duration ?

    Robert D.

    (September 22, 2017 - 9:27 am)

    I did visa on arrival not so long ago. I wish i knew about the USD requirement (!). I think this site is pretty cool on visas as it covers everything

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    (September 22, 2017 - 10:39 am)

    thank you very much for sharing such a nice post.

    ajay kumar

    (October 23, 2017 - 6:46 pm)

    nice post thanku for sharing this post with us.


    (October 31, 2017 - 3:07 pm)

    hi is 3 hours enough time to get visa on arrival n n to catch a flight to phuket from bangok

      Aditi Mathur Kumar

      (November 17, 2017 - 11:03 am)

      Yes, should be enough but hurry and ask for special assistance at the Visa on Arrival counter, just to be sure you don’t miss the connecting flight. Have a good trip!

      Aditi Mathur Kumar

      (November 17, 2017 - 11:05 am)

      Yes, they can. Ek baar website ka terms & conditions padh lena. Have a good trip!


    (December 28, 2017 - 4:01 pm)

    After having the on arrival visa, can we get the domestic flight from BKK to HKT easily without booking?



    (February 7, 2018 - 12:55 pm)

    Thailand is really best for the rest, Tour reduces your stress,

    Navdeep Singh

    (February 26, 2018 - 6:55 pm)

    Hi Aditi,
    I booked New delhi to Phuket direct flight with Thai Airlines on 5-03-18 with my friends . Our layover is at Bangkok ( Suvarnabhumi Airport ) for 1h 35m. At the time of booking we thought that we will get VOA at Phuket Aitport. Now I got to know that we have to take VOA at Bangkok. Now i am worried about VOA and my connecting flight to Phuket. Is it enough time to take the next flight?
    I also downloaded VOA application. Is it right to fill the application in advance ?
    Please reply soon.

      Aditi Mathur Kumar

      (February 26, 2018 - 7:04 pm)

      Hi Navdeep, as per my experience, at the VOA counters you will find officials holding signs, urging passengers who have connecting flights to approach them. You will have to find them and they will take you to the express VISA counter where it will be done under 15 min or so. Keep the VOA application filled in and ready, that will help a lot in saving time. I will also ask my friends who travelled last month, and update you if I learn something new. Have a good trip!

        Navdeep Singh

        (February 27, 2018 - 9:02 am)

        thank you very much. i want to ask you two more questions.
        1 How much time it takes to reach VOA counter after arrival ?
        2 How much time it takes to catch next flight to phuket after getting visa ?


    (July 12, 2018 - 2:38 pm)

    I am also planning Thailand tour thanks for sharing this blog to making my journey easy.


    (August 24, 2018 - 5:02 pm)

    Dear Aditiji
    I had ticket book from Delhi to Phuket as you have 4 hours transit in Kuala Lumpur and I will reach Phuket on 03rd Dec-18 so what documents will requird at the time of visa and can I get local currency at Phuket Airport ?


    (December 2, 2018 - 7:10 pm)

    Hai Aditi!
    We will land in Bangkok at 4.30 and planning to book a flight to phuket at 6.30. Is it possible to complete VOA Process in the mean time considering that both flights belong to different airlines. Or is it possible to take VOA at phuket Airport?
    Pls reply soon we are traveling next week

    The Thus

    (April 16, 2019 - 10:52 pm)

    Nice share Aditi,
    thank you for sharing this such information with us its really very helpful and informative…


    (June 1, 2019 - 12:28 pm)

    Good tips are given for getting visa on arrival at Bangkok and phuket which is very useful for the tourist who are going to visit Thailand.

    Rashi Kohli

    (September 12, 2019 - 1:00 pm)

    I have been through the blog and would love to say that you have shared the mixture of joy and information in a beautiful way. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful blog. I am looking forward to share this with my travel mates.


    (November 4, 2019 - 3:28 pm)

    Amazing tips are given for getting a visa on arrival in Bangkok and Phuket which is very useful for tourists who will visit Thailand……..Thanks for sharing this….

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