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How to get Thailand Tourist Visa in India (Bangalore/Chennai)

Thailand has ‘Visa on Arrival’ facility for Indian citizens. For our backpacking trip to Thailand, we decided to get our Thailand Tourist Visa in advance in Bangalore itself. It turned out to be a smooth and simple process as we completed all formalities of Visa application at VFS Global Center within an hour and collected our passports with Visa within a week. Click here to read all our blogs from our 10-day backpacking trip to North Thailand.

Why did we apply for Thailand Visa in advance

Here are our reasons why we decided to get our Thailand Tourist Visa in advance at Bangalore  –

  1. We read about few experiences where people had to wait for hours in line to get their Visa on arrival. We wanted to start our trip without any worries or being in line, so thought of applying upfront.
  2. Our flight was scheduled to land in Thailand at 4:30 AM in morning and we were not in the mood of being in Visa line in morning hours.
  3. Thailand Visa office opens at 8 AM. So we could easily apply and collect our Visa before our office hours.
  4. There is a fee difference of 1000 Thai Baht per person if you apply for Thailand Tourist Visa upfront. Visa fee at Bangalore office is 1000 Baht while fee for ‘On Arrival Visa’ is 2000 Baht . So you save almost 1000 Baht per person.

Where to apply for Thailand Visa in Bangalore

You can apply for your Thailand Visa in Bangalore at VFS Global Center in Shivajinagar. Both Indian residents and foreign nationals applying for Transit, Tourist and Non-Immigrant Thailand Visas can submit their applications at Thailand Visa Application Centre at VFS Globale Center.

Address: Thailand Visa Application Centre
Global Tech Park No: 11, 1st Floor, O Shaughnessy Rd
Langford Town, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025
Landmark: Hockey Stadium

Submission Timings & Passport Retrieval Timings08:00 to 12:00 – 13:00 to 15:00 (Monday-Friday) – It takes 5 working days for Visa processing. You may either collect your Passport yourself or can get it couriers. Courier charges would be additional.

Helpline No:- 022-67866003, between 08:00 to 17:00, Monday-Friday except Holidays.

Email: infothai.southin@vfshelpline.com

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VFS Global Bangalore – Here are the details for all the countries for which you can apply for Visa at VFS Global Center

What Documents do you need to apply for Thailand Tourist Visa

You can click here to download the complete checklist of the documents required for applying for your Thailand Tourist Visa. Here are our comments –

  1. Application Form: You can either fill the Visa application form online here or can download a copy, fill in paper and carry with you. For more details, you may refer vfs Thailand website here.
  2. Colour Photographs: Please adhere to guidelines as specified in Photo Specifications section here. Please go for Matter paper print for your photographs. Even if you are opting for Visa on Arrival, please carry photographs to avoid any last minute hassles.
  3. Visa Fee: Visa fee of INR 2000 is accepted only either by Demand Draft or Cash. No other mode of payment is accepted.  For more details, please refer Visa fee section below.
  4. Hotel Tickets and Flight Tickets: You need one copy for every person whom you are applying Visa for.
  5. Bank Statement: This is must and should be attested by bank to show your means for travel. Bank statement with enough account balance for one person in a group is enough. He/she only needs to give a declaration of sponsoring others for the trip.
  6. Evidence of Occupation: You may skip these documents. These are not mandatory.

Here is our application form picture for your reference. You may also refer a sample application here . Please note that for Local Guarantor, you may provide details of any person in India who knows you and is not travelling with you. For Guarantor, you can write ‘Self’ providing address of the hotel where you would be staying.

How to get Thailand Visa in Bangalore/Chennai in India
Thailand Visa Application Form with filed details – Please note that we have omitted certain confidential details.

What is the application fee for Thailand Tourist Visa

If you opt to apply for Thailand Tourist Visa in advance in India only, fee for Tourist Visa (single entry) is only 1000 Bhats (~2000 Indian Rupees) which is half of the fee of 2000 Thai Bhats what you pay for ‘On Arrival Visa’. So in case you are going in a large group, then it is advisable to save 50% Visa fee by applying for Visa in advance. They charge INR 315 per person service charges. Visa processing takes 5 working days and you may choose to collect your passport yourself. Otherwise, you may also get it couriered at your address by paying INR 215 per person. Though vfs website mentions that Demand Draft is the only applicable mode of payment, you can also pay for Visa fee in Cash. There are additional INR 60 per person charges in case you opt to pay by Cash. No other mode of payment (Credit/Debit Cards) are accepted. You may find updated details about Thailand Visa fees in ‘VISA FEES AND LOGISTIC FEES’ section here. Here is the summary of different charges applicable –

Thailand Visa Charges at vfs Global Center Bangalore - How to get Thailand Visa in Bangalore/Chennai in India
Thailand Visa Charges at vfs Global Center Bangalore

Our Experience of applying for Thailand Visa in Bangalore

We had reached the vfs Global Center at 8 AM itself. Staff was prompt to guide us to the Thailand Visa Application Center at first floor. There is a token counter from where you can get your token and wait for your turn. There were very few people and we were the first for the day to apply for Thailand Visa. Official at the counter checked our documents and guided us to another counter for Visa fee payment. There is also a xerox center and ATM on the first floor itself.

Post paying Visa fee and charges, we again went to the Visa counter and official took all our documents and passport. He gave us an acknowledgement receipt and asked to collect our Passports and Visa after 5 working days. Please note that only one person in the group is required to apply for Visa and collect passport after 5 working days. It is not mandatory for all people to be present at either of the instance.  We finished within an hour (including xerox of few documents and cash withdrawal from ATM). In morning, it was not crowded but during day time, it may take some more time depending on the number of people in line. Happily we came out and collected our passport after 5 days without any hassles.

How to get Thailand Visa in Bangalore/Chennai in India
Happy selfie after applying for our Thailand Visa

Thailand ‘Visa on Arrival’ Experience

Update post our trip: In the morning, when we landed in Thailand, there was a long queue for ‘Visa on Arrival’. Later, when we connected with another Indian couple in Bangkok, they told us that it took them around 3.5 hours to get their Visa. It was a tiring experience and they actually had to alter their plans as they had lost good number of hours from their schedule.

Visitors holding passport from specific countries can apply for a Visa on Arrival (15 days validity) at the airport for temporary visit – Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

Process for applying – Visa on Arrival (as written on Bangkok Airport)

  1. Request a visa application form from an officer (Form TM 88)
  2. Complete the form and attach with a photograph sized 4×6 cm which was taken within last 6 months (There is  also a booth near Visa on Arrival counter where you could get your photographs at 200 Baht)
  3. Required Documents
    • A return ticket that had the confirmed return date within 15 days
    • A completed arrival and departure card (Form TM 6)
    • Means of living as required by immigration law: 10,000 baht per person/20,000 baht per family
  4. Submit the visa application and all documents to an officer and receive your queue number.
Queue at 'Visa on Arrival' counter at Bangkok Airport, Thailand - Trip to Thailand, Visa for Thailand
Queue at ‘Visa on Arrival’ counter at Bangkok Airport, Thailand

Thailand Immigration Experience: Arrival & Departure

Update post our trip: Immigration for Thailand was a smooth experience. Immigration form was provided by AirAsia in flight itself and you can fill it up early to save time later. There were 3 queues – first for Thai Nationals, second for the citizens of ASEAN countries and third for remaining international travellers. Second and Third queues were finally going to same counters, so if you observe vacant counters in ASEAN queue, you may also get through this line. There were boards showing the estimated wait time basis your position in queue. It took us around 30 minutes to get our immigration completed.

Please note that they will give a part of immigration form post stamping your passport. Please keep this slip till you return as it will be asked at the immigration counter while your departure. While coming back, all immigration counters were free and it took us just couple of minutes to get our passports stamped and go ahead.

Hope this information helps you. Please feel free to comment in case you need any additional details. You may refer vfs Thailand website for more details.

Edits –

  • Locker Charges: In case, you are carrying laptop, they charge INR 100 per locker for valuables. So you may save some bucks by not carrying your laptop. (Inputs from our friend, Shankit)
  • Only Cash being accepted – Now the payment is accepted only in Cash and there are no cash handling fees anymore. So go prepared with Cash. (Inputs from our reader – Vishal Dhiman. Please refer comments)
  • Change in Visa fee – From May 15, 2018, Visa fee is supposed to be revised to INR 2500 pr person. Please do confirm us in case anyone of you apply post May 15. (Inputs from our reader – Rihtak, Please refer comments)

Happy Exploration!!

52 thoughts to “How to get Thailand Tourist Visa in India (Bangalore/Chennai)”

    1. Hi Krisha – Thanks for pointing it out but above address in your comment does not seem to be the correct. Please refer vfs official webpage here – http://vfs-thailand.co.in/Chennai/contact_us.html#2

      It mentions the address that we had gone for our visa (Directions: VFS Global Center) –
      Thailand Visa Application Centre
      Global Tech Park No: 11, 1st Floor, O Shaughnessy Rd
      Langford Town, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025
      Landmark: Hockey Stadium

      We had gone to the same address just one month ago and got our Thailand visa. So, this is tried and tested 🙂

  1. Hi Am arjith,
    last month am go to thailand using single entry tourist visa, in thai immigration willnot allow to entering in thai, because of insufficient fund, the immigration officer seal the passport and return back. i need the details , 1.how many days after can i apply new turist visa. 2 . is possible to
    visit again

    1. Hi Arjith

      We are not sure of the rules in this case. Will suggest to reach Thai embassy through email and phone. You can find contact details here.

  2. Hi,

    This was really explained and i have applied and got the visa.. Initially i was thinking of on-arrival visa, But after reading your blog i thought it better to apply for visa from here itself..

    Do we need to have anything else as i got visa already, I mean any specific amount of money etc etc. Me and my wife is travelling this month

    1. Great Raju. You will not require anything else for Immigration. Once you land in Thailand, head to Immigration line directly. Officer voer there will check your passport and visa and will stamp it with an immigration receipt. Do remember to keep this receipt as it has to be returned once you would be leaving Thailand. Have a nice trip, guys 🙂

  3. Hello,

    Is it mandatory to get the account statement attested from the bank? Wont the printout work from the net banking? Also how do i give a declaration for the account for dependent as I am travelling with my wife?

    1. Hi Sooraj, it was mandatory to get attested copy. Just a printout would not work. For dependent declaration, you can submit that on a plain paper just writing that you both are travelling together and one of you would be taking care of all expenses for both.

    2. Too late a reply for the question. But in general for the benefit for all future travelers. It is not needed to get the account statement to be attested by the bank. At least the Thai consulate document checklist does not specify the same. However, VFS may be requested for the same.
      To be on a safe side its better to also attach a photocopy of an international credit card

  4. Super helpful post. Thanks for this. It made the application so much easier.

    Thanks for taking the time to sharing this in such a detailed manner

  5. This is good information
    Few additional information which may be useful
    1. One person can apply for himself and other too. Say spouse
    2. Go early as possible, by 10 am travel agents would go with bunch of applications and they take a long time
    3. So not carry laptops, iPads, hard disks, you have to deposit them in the counter and it is charged 100 per hour
    4. Along with the application you have to also submit a check list, the check list is available in Thai visa website
    5. If you are paying for your spouse, you should also write a letter of undertaking saying you will cover expenses for your spouse, the letter should be addressed to the general consulate office, Thai Embassy, Chennai
    6. Even if your are covering expenses of your spouse, each application must have a bank statement
    7. Every application should be attached with a copy of passport, self attested.
    8. The VFS counter for Thailand is not in Shivaji Nagar any more, it is in Shanthi nagar,

  6. Hi, Thanks for the detailed information. It has been really useful as it helped us to get all the required documents in place for the submission. The process was very smooth and we could complete it in less than 45 min.

  7. Hi,
    Excellent information. We have been to Bangkok couple of times but this year we want to go for more than 20days and want to explore the north of the country.
    If we apply through VFS , would it be possible to stay more than 20days? I can see from the picture you have posted , the visa validity is for 3 months, so i guess it should be possible to stay more than 20days.

    1. Thanks Barry. Actually on arrival Visa has limited validity but if you apply in advance, you can stay for longer period.

  8. Fantastic post…will they accept foreign tourists too…? Non Indian nationals can apply? Do we have the same bank statement requirements?

    1. Thanks Niki. Yes, they do accept application from foreign tourists but we are not sure of the process and documents required. Will suggest to either check their website for details or have a quick visit to enquire.

  9. Thanks for the detailed post. I had a question, on seeing the Visa fee document, the picture that you have posted here, I can see there is no Multiple Entry Tourist VISA mentioned. But I thought there is one such visa. Do you have any information about the same?

    1. Yes Vishal, there is one multi-entry visa. We had applied for single entry and thus above mentioned form and process are from that perspective only. We know that you can apply for multi-entry visa too at vfs but are not sure of the process. Will request to check vfs site or call them once.

      1. Hi Amar, thanks for the info. I did apply for the same here in Bangalore. I would like to tell that now the payment is only accepted in cash. You might want to update that after confirming yourself as well.

        1. Thanks so much Vishal. We will certain update it as an Edit. Really helpful for all of us 🙂

  10. Hi, I am traveling with my 2 friends on next month. We have some doubts regarding money. I have bank statement attested by bank and will be applying for visa next week. So at the time of traveling should v have the amount of 30000rs in our hand? means cash or ATM??

    1. No Nivash. Once your Visa is approved, no minimum money availablity would be checked again at the time of travel. So plan without having any worries about currency in hand.

  11. Do we have to carry cash while departed in Thailand if we already got visa from India?? We thought of applying some travel card / credit card. coz carrying cash may be stolen.

    1. Hi Aswanth, you may carry cash as per your need but there is no check from immigration authorities. So once Visa is provided, then at the time of travel no additional checks happen for currency.

  12. Hi,
    Thaks for the detailed explanation. I am trying to fill the online application but not sure what to fill in “Type of travel document:” under passport details.
    Can you please guide me.

      1. Thanks for the reply. And I’ll be applying visa for my wifi aswell. From your post I can understand that only person is needed to visit the office to apply for the visa.
        So I need to fill my wife’s application form and mine online and take it to the vfs global. And should I take any letter from my wife since I am applying visa on behalf of her?
        And I’ll be traveling on June so can I apply visa now ?

        1. Exactly Rihtak. You can apply on behalf of both and no additional letter from your wife would be needed. Just ensure that bank account documents are for you as you would be giving declaration that you would bear cost for both applicants. Yes, very much – you can apply now easily.

          1. Thanks for clearing my doubts.
            It is possible to show my bank statements and my wife’s aswell ? Or since I am applying visa it should be mine ?

          2. If individually you have attested for both, that should be fine. That would be independent of you applying for visa for both of you. You both can individually support your travel or one of you can support for both with a written declaration.

  13. Hi we r travelling on 14.5.18 and our flight ll land at bangkok at night 1am. … so I want to know is visa on arrival has the same rush as in the mornings they have….

    1. Hey Pooja – Not Sure about different rush hours but be sure that at least most of the passengers from your flight would go for it 🙂

  14. Hi, thanks for help, I have submitted my visa application. Just for your information from may 15 visa fee will be 2500 rs.
    And guys can you provide me the visa tracking url please ? And the procedure to track it.

    1. Thanks Rihtak so much!!. As far as we know, there is no URL to track your application but usually visa is processed within 5 working days.

  15. Hi amardeep your blog this thai visa is really helpful, I did my visa filling today in same format.

    But got to know from Google search that success rate from thai embassy is less these days. Is it true, if you guys have any info regarding on it?

    I applied with my wife today,though I have travelled two times to thailand alone in last 10 years but on visa on arrival method.

    Do I need to worry.?

    1. No Aj, we dont think that you have to worry. Thai authorities usually do not create any hassle for issuing tourist visas. Considering that you have travelled in past too, it should be fine. All the best, buddy 🙂

  16. Super helpful post! Thanks a ton for the information. However, I have a couple of questions of my own, and it would be great of you could help me out with them.

    Quick info: Me and my colleague are planning to visit Thailand in July. I have been to Malaysia before, but for my colleague, this would be his first international trip. We both work in IT sector in Bangalore, and can show the closing balance of our bank balance (in the most recent month’s statement) to be around 50k each. However, for the months prior to it (since they require 6 months statement), the average balance was pretty low. Would that be a concern? Also, we have our flights and hotels booked – and we can even show our payslips for the past 6 months. Would that help by any means? We just want our visa to get through.

    1. Thanks Rupinder :), Current balance will matter and not past balance. So do not worry on that part. Just carry your pay slips. We too had carried the same but they actually were not required.

    2. The bank balance on the day you submit needs to be 20000 baht or approx INR 44000 per person. Instead you can also provide a copy of internationally valid credit card (master, visa or amex) or else you can buy foreign exchange worth 20000 baht and submit the receipt

  17. Blog is very helpful!!!

    If we are staying in multiple hotels, should we submit anyone or from all hotels?
    Do we have any format or sample we need to follow for submitting the – “declaration that I would bear cost for both applicants”

    1. Thanks NM 🙂 For Hotel, you can provide details of the first hotel you are staying and for declaration there is no standard format.

    2. You can put one Hotel as Thai guarantor. But it would advisable to add copy of the hotel confirmation of all the hotel so that it was match the duration of your travel dates

Happy to hear from you

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