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A quick guide about Thailand visa process

Here you find a quick, but comprehensive summary of items to be noted as part of your visa application to Thailand.

Know everything about Thailand visa process

The below is a comprehensive summary of items that comes handy while you start preparing your Thailand visa application.


For Thailand, one can avail the visa on arrival at one of the airports in Thailand. However, it may take 2 to 6 hours in queue, at the immigration counters; hence best recommended to apply the visa prior to the travel. For Indian passport holders, Thailand visa process involves the following,

  1. Document Preparation: Preparation of documents (refer the below checklist for more details) usually takes around 5 to 6 days.

  2. Submission: The documents shall be submitted & paid online. Further, the passport and other documents need to be submitted to the Embassy, which can be done personally or through a third party.

  3. Processing: Embassy officials will start the approval process with the review of your documents. It usually takes around 8 to 10 working days for the whole approval process.

  4. Despatch: The stamped passports will be couriered to you directly, or to the address that you’ve requested it to. Usually, the duration of the entire process is about 15 to 20 days, including the despatches. However, during the peak travel months, this could go up to 25 working days.

Summary: To summarise, the visa processing for Thailand is a quite straightforward one, as long as one knows the steps involved and plan in advance. It’s best to initiate the process at least 30 days prior to the travel date, to be able to accommodate any unforeseen delays.

Thailand Visa Document Checklist

Here we have tried summarising the key documents to be prepared while applying for your visa for Thailand.


Please note the below key aspects before starting your work on documents,

  1. Prepare all documents in A4 size

  2. Ensure that all the scan copies are clear and readable

  3. Do not staple any of the documents

  4. Embassy may ask for additional documents, during the approval process

The below is a summary of documents needed as part of the Thailand visa processing.

  1. Original Passport along with the photocopies of the applicant,

    1. Must not be older than 10 years, with at least 6 months validity

    2. Must have at least 2 blank pages to affix visa

    3. Must submit all the old passports along, if any

    4. Two copies of the front & back pages of the passport, duly attested

  2. Online visa application form (2 copies), duly signed

  3. Two recent coloured photographs,

    1. Must be less than 3 months old, not used earlier for any visas

    2. Should be of 45 MM X 35 MM in dimensions, with 80% head coverage

    3. Should be on a white background, matte finish non-smiling, not scanned/stapled

  4. Covering letter - to be addressed to The Visa Officer, The Embassy of Thailand, mentioning the duration of visit, purpose, expenses, details of all applicants with their names and passport numbers

  5. Flight tickets, for onward & return

  6. Hotel confirmation vouchers, for all the nights, with the hotel name, address, telephone number and email ID, along with the payment receipts

  7. Original and updated bank statement for the last 6 months, with the bank’s seal and signature of the authorised person at bank, having at least 52,000/- towards expenses for each traveller.

  8. Income Tax Returns (ITR) files for last 3 years

  9. Address proof, if the applicant has passport that's issued in a city other than New Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata - address proof on company's letter head, signed & sealed by authorised signatory

  10. Occupation proof, as per below

    1. For Employed applicants,

      1. Employment certificate/offer letter

      2. NOC/leave letter sanctioned by authorised official

      3. Payslips of last 6 months

    2. For Proprietor/owner applicants,

      1. Cover letter on company’s letter head

      2. Company’s original bank statement, with bank’s seal & signature

      3. Income Tax Returns (ITR) of the company for last 3 years

      4. Company memo/partnership deal/establishment license

    3. For Students applicants,

      1. Leave letter or report card issued from School

      2. School ID

    4. For Sponsored applicants,

      1. Proof of sponsorship and/or private accommodation

    5. For Retired applicants,

      1. Proof of retirement

      2. Pension statements of last 3 months

      3. Proof of regular income generated by ownership of property or business

  11. For applicants who has family/friends in Thailand

    1. Invite letter along with the ID card of the Thai citizen

    2. Invite letter, work permit, copy of work visa & passport if the invite is from non Thai citizen

  12. For business visas,

    1. Covering letter from the company in India

    2. Invitation letter from the company in Thailand, mentioning the details as below,

      1. Information of the applicant (name, gender, passport number, DOB)

      2. Purpose of visit, financial documents, travel dates, duration

      3. Information about inviting company (name, contact, gender, business details)

FAQs on Thailand Visa Processing

We understand that you may have many questions in mind, before you apply for your visa. Some of them may get answered below. For any more queries, write or call us,


Q. Should I submit my passports for visa approvals?

Yes, your passports must be submitted as part of the processing. The visa approval comes in the form of stamping on one of the pages on your passports.

Q. Will VisaBadge help in preparing the documents?

Yes, VisaBadge is an online tool that helps you apply visas. We will take care of your document preparation, verification, submissions and tracking of visas, until the receipts at your place.

Q. Will VisaBadge help in getting appointments for document submission?

Yes, we will help in getting appointments with the respective Embassies.

Q. What is the cost of Thailand visa processing?

The visa processing charges to be paid online while submitting the visa form is Rs 2999/-. The pricing of various services that VisaBadge offers is available on

Q. How much time it takes for the visa processing?

The usual duration for the visa approvals, as per the Consulates is around 8 to 10 working days. However, this may change based on the nature and type of visa, peak/off-peak time in the year, etc.

Q. Is it mandatory for me to appear at the Embassy personally?

No, it's not mandatory to visit the Embassy personally. The submissions can be done through third party as well

Q. Will VisaBadge team help in tracking the visa processing status?

Yes, we will keep the status of your visa tracked and updated on your My Visas page.

Q. Can VisaBadge team influence Embassy officials in getting the visas approved?

No, the officials at the immigration department are not directly connected to any of the agents or the applicants, unless they have a question specific to your application. It's NOT recommended to solicit an immigration official directly.

Q. Should I book my hotels & flights, before applying for the visa?

Yes, the onward & return flight tickets along with the hotel confirmation vouchers are mandatory to be completed before you apply for the visas.

Q. Will there be a refund of the fees paid, in case of visa rejections?

The fees paid to the Embassies is NOT refundable.

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