Thailand's Immigration Bureau and its partner VFS Global will launch a new e-visa on arrival (eVoA) system on Feb. 14, for foreign tourists from 20 countries.
The new eVOA service will offer travelers a whole new experience when applying for a Thai visa as they can fill out the electronic form and make an e-payment any time regardless of embassy working hours.
Once the tourists arrive at airports, they can show their passports at specific counters to obtain a visa in just one minute, rather than a one-to-two-hour wait, according to Chief of Immigration Police Surachate Hakparn.
Travelers can apply for eVOA at https://thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com, and will receive their pre-departure travel authorization online within three days.
The 20 countries eligible for the system include Andorra, Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Taiwan (China).
The service will be available in Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket and Chiang Mai international airports, and other airports later this year.