Travel to Thailand from India


Indian Passport

(Updated last April 17, 2023)

People travel to find the exotic. Many westerners find India exotic. So what do Indians find exotic?

As travel restrictions ease across the world and travel conditions return to normal, thousands of Indians are leaving their country to enjoy the tropical weather, sunny beaches, and exquisite cuisine of Thailand.

From January 2023, Thailand has removed many of its travel restrictions and entry requirements for Indian citizens.

These are the major changes that will affect Indian travelers:

  • Thailand Travel Insurance is still highly recommended for Indians who are traveling to Thailand and returning to India.
  • All mandatory hotel quarantine has been removed.
  • Thailand Pass is no longer required for Indian Citizens travelers entering Thailand.
  • All travelers do not need to provide proof of vaccination before arriving.
  • Wearing masks is no longer compulsory.
  • The TM6 arrival card has been temporarily removed when entering Thailand.
  • Indian passport holders are eligible to obtain Visa on Arrival with a permit to stay of 30 days.

The Thai Embassy and Consulates in India have resumed their visa services, and it is once again easy for responsible Indian visitors to enjoy a worry-free holiday in Thailand.

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Required Documents for Travel to Thailand

Please have the following documents ready.

  • Passport with at least six month validity
  • Visa or visa exemption qualification
  • Buy Thailand Travel Insurance
  • Boarding pass to be presented at Passport Control
  • Hotel booking confirmation if asked by Immigration Officer
  • Note: Vaccination record no longer required

Incorrect documents will delay the entry screening by rules from the Thai immigration bureau and its Thai immigration officials.

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Easy Steps for Entering Thailand from India in 2023

Apply for a Thai Visa

Visa on Arrival for Indians

Indian citizens are again allowed to enter Thailand under the Visa on Arrival scheme. There is a restriction in place that Indian citizens can visit Thailand under this program for a maximum stay of 30 days.

If you would like to stay in Thailand longer, you will need to apply for a visa at your local Thai Embassy.

Long Term Visas for Indians

Tourist Visa

Indian citizens may apply for a Tourist Visa from the Thai embassy or consulate. There is the normal 60-day tourist visa that can be extended for additional 30 days.

Thai Elite Visa

If you wish to make Thailand easily accessible for many years to come, or are perhaps thinking of relocating permanently, it is worth having a look at the Thailand Elite Visa.

The Thai Elite Visa allows Indian citizens to live in Thailand for 5, 10, even 20 years. Thai Elite members do not need to worry about some of the eligibility criteria needed when applying for other long-term visas.

The Thai Elite visa is exclusive and offers a host of benefits to holders. If you want to enjoy “Thai life” for the long term, you can read more about the Thailand Elite Visa.

Non-Immigrant Visa

Foreigners may also apply for a wide range of non-immigrant visas:

  • Non-immigrant B Visa – for conducting business or employment
  • Non-immigrant O visa – for visiting Thai spouse and family
  • Non-immigrant ED visa – for students of recognized institutions in Thailand and their Parents or Legal guardian
  • Non-immigrant O retirement visa – for those who wish to retire in Thailand
  • Non-immigrant OA and OX visa – for those who wish to obtain a Thailand retirement visa for long stay (it differs from type O visa)

The above visas can be organized with a local Thai Embassy or Consulate in India. The paperwork can be quite involved, but there are companies that can help.

Siam Legal International is a reputable company in Thailand that has offered visa assistance to Indians for years. They are well versed in Thai immigration policies and processes. If you would like to streamline your long-term stay in Thailand, it is worth contacting them. You can reach Siam Legal at www.siam-legal.com.

To apply for a Thai visa, please visit the following websites:

Mumbai: https://mumbai.thaiembassy.org/

Vaccination status and entering Thailand

From January 2023, Citizens from India will be able to enter Thailand with any proof of vaccination status. However, for travelers returning to India, you are required to have a COVID test in Thailand before your flight to India.

Book your Flight to Thailand

Most international airlines are flying into Thailand and follow the rules of the arrival country. If you are transiting through another country, it is best to check with the airline if you need to complete any tests for that country.

Book a Hotel

To find and compare the best hotels available in Thailand, visit Agoda. They allow free booking and cancellation, confirm bookings with hotels and their web page is easy to navigate and compare hotels.

You need to enter an address when traveling to Thailand. The accommodation can be a hotel, home or a friend’s address.

Purchase your Travel Insurance

For travelers from and into India, it is mandatory  to purchase a Travel Insurance policy before traveling to Thailand.  The insurance must be valid for the duration of your stay in Thailand plus 7 days.

Insurance is one of those things that is better to have and not need than need and not have. Travel insurance doesn’t just cover COVID Comprehensive travel insurance will also cover:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Personal injury & accidents
  • Missed or delayed flights
  • Damage to belongings
  • Loss of luggage

The most important thing to know about insurance is that foreign travelers are not eligible for any form of free medical care in Thailand. No matter the circumstance, if an Indian citizen needs medical attention, they will need to pay for it. Depending on the severity, this could amount to thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses.

There are multiple reasons to protect yourself when traveling. Many visitors to Thailand choose AXA Insurance Thailand. It is a trusted company that offers comprehensive insurance to travelers from around the world. Their policies are straightforward with good coverage.

Some advantages to AXA Insurance are:

  • Recognized and trusted by Thai authorities and medical facilities.
  • Easy to apply online and approved in minutes.
  • Competitive pricing and cover.
  • Has no 14-day waiting period and covers COVID-related incidents, including asymptomatic cases.
  • Provides customers with a convenient 1-Page Certificate of insurance. This certificate contains all relevant information needed by medical professionals or if making a claim.

To see the cover offered and organize your insurance to Thailand in minutes. Visit AXA Thailand.

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Arriving in Thailand – Best Practices

So what can you expect when landing in Thailand? Here are a few things that will help you enjoy your trip and show respect to local Thai people.

Wearing Masks

Wearing of masks is no longer compulsory but still recommended when in public places. You see that many Thai people (and visitors) still wear masks when out and about. It is recommended to wear a mask when visiting restaurants or public venues. You will not get in trouble if you don’t wear a mask, but it is a case of “do as the locals do”. It is about respect and consideration.

TM6 Arrival Cards

The Thai government has temporarily removed the need for visitors to complete the blue arrival card known as TM6. Their aim is to ease congestion at airports and remove another form that holiday makers need to complete. This initiative is in a testing phase, but it is hoped that the removal of TM6 will be successful and the change will become permanent.

Paperwork to Prepare

Though Thailand Pass is removed, and travelers do not need to provide proof before entry, it is best to prepare a few documents before arriving.

  • Certificate of Travel Insurance
  • Visa on Arrival Form
  • 1 passport size photo
  • 2,000 THB visa on arrival fee
  • flight booking and hotel reservation

This will speed up your processing time before leaving your country, or if asked to provide vaccination or testing proof in a random check. These documents can be presented in digital form, but airlines, Immigration, and Health Officers will appreciate the extra effort if you print them.

Following the above advice will ensure you have a smooth trip to Thailand and can enjoy a few weeks of well-deserved vacation in the tropics.

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220 Comments

  1. Vishwajeet
    October 20, 2022
    Reply

    Hi
    Would like to know if it is mandatory to get rtpcr test or any other forms to be filled traveling back to home country from thailand to india for non vaccinated kids age 13 and 8.

    • October 20, 2022

      Dear Vishwajeet,

      Regarding your trip to India, I recommend for you to check with the airline or your government’s travel bulletin.
      Thank you.

  2. Siddhant
    October 19, 2022
    Reply

    Hi, I am an Indian passport holder. Travelling to Thailand on 5th of November to 12th of November. How to apply and get visa. I see on one website https://thaievisa.go.th/ that e visa can not be taken and visit consulate in person, this is contrary to what I read here. what to do?

    • October 20, 2022

      Dear Siddhant,

      This website cannot be used for application in India. You are not eligible to apply for a visa through Thai E-Visa system. Please apply for a visa in person at the nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate.
      Thank you.

  3. Mitul
    October 3, 2022
    Reply

    Hi,

    Me, my wife and my son (10 yrs old) plan to arrive in Thailand on 26th October 2022 for 8 days vacation to celebrate his birthday. While my wife’s and my passport expire on 30th October 2023 (more than 6 months), our son’s passport expires on 27th March 2023 (less than 6 months). Will my son still get a visa?

    • October 3, 2022

      Dear Mitul,

      Yes, that is acceptable as long as the passport of your son is still valid when you arrive back to your country.

  4. sachin
    September 28, 2022
    Reply

    Hi ,
    As per the news , after 1 oct 2022 VOA extend to 30 days , is this apply for E visa also ? (for india)

  5. Pallabi
    September 26, 2022
    Reply

    Hi,
    I have an Indian passport and my passport is expiring on 10th jun,2023 and i am travelling to Thailand on 10th dec,2022 and leaving Thailand on 20th Dec,2022. Since the expiry date of my passport will be less than 6 months, will i be given a visa on arrival to Thailand,and enter and leave Thailand without any issues?

    Regards
    Pallabi

  6. Sai
    September 23, 2022
    Reply

    Hi,

    In https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-visa/visa-on-arrival, One of the criteria is “Hold a genuine passport with a valid expiry of more than 30 days.” .

    Do we need to hold a passport with minimum of 6months validity or More than 30 days?

    I am planning to come to Phuket on Nov 4th and my passport is expiring on March 2023. am I allowed for tourism purpose?

    I am Indian working in Australia

  7. Vikram
    September 23, 2022
    Reply

    Can i get 2 entry visa for thailand.. I need to plan krabi in one entry for 3 days and later next time in another entry pattaya and Bangkok for 5days…

    In this regard do I need to evisa twice or any option in one go for 2 entries

    I’m Indian citizen working in Malaysia

  8. Rudreshwar Sen
    September 19, 2022
    Reply

    Two questios:
    We will arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport by Thai flight and leave a few hours later by Bangkok Airways for Siem Reap from same airport. Will we need a transit visa? We will not exit the airport.

    On our way back, we plan to come by cab from Cambodia to Bangkok, can we get Thai Tourist visa at the border with Cambodia or should we get our visa from India before starting our holiday?

  9. Elflieda Shingnaisui
    September 13, 2022
    Reply

    Can I fly to Krabi from India but return from Bangkok instead of Krabi? Would love to shop in Bangkok before returning to India. Thanks.

  10. Manoj
    September 13, 2022
    Reply

    1. I am travelling from Mumbai to Bangkok on 25th November for 10 days. How many days before travel I can apply for Thai Visa.

    2. Can I apply for visa at Thai Embassy at Nariman Point, Mumbai instead of VFS.

  11. Joby Varghese
    September 12, 2022
    Reply

    Hi
    I am Joby Varghese and India citizen. If I want to travel from Cambodia to Bangkok by road can I get on arrival visa from the boarder?
    What are the documents should I provide?
    Please give details
    Thanking you
    Joby Varghese

  12. Harsha
    September 11, 2022
    Reply

    We are travelling Thailand with 8 months baby…do we need a passport for baby??

  13. Manish kumdu
    September 8, 2022
    Reply

    My passport will be expiring in March, 2023,
    Am i eligible for 7 days tourist visa to thailand ?

  14. Vijay Choudhary
    September 6, 2022
    Reply

    how much does e-visa cost for Indian citizen and how can I apply it from India ?

  15. Wasim
    September 3, 2022
    Reply

    I’m from India. What is the process of getting multiple entry visa, how much does it cost and validity ?

  16. Shyam
    September 3, 2022
    Reply

    Hello. I am Indian official passport holder. I am scheduled to travel to Laos via Bangkok along with my wife and daughter (also official passport holders). There is a layover of 14 hours at Bangkok. Do we need to have transit visa for transiting through Bangkok.

  17. Tanveer
    August 31, 2022
    Reply

    Can I ride Scooty with my Indian Driving license in Thailand ?

  18. Deepak Kapoor
    August 28, 2022
    Reply

    Hi,

    I am travelling to Bangkok, in Sep last week, from India and planning a road trip down to Phuket.
    Would I need ‘international driving permit’ in addition to valid Indian driving license ?

  19. Varun
    August 28, 2022
    Reply

    Hi I am planning to travel to Thailand tomm with Indian passport but my passport is expiring on 18 February 2023. Am I eligible to travel from india. Pls advise it’s urgent

  20. Manish Jalan
    August 25, 2022
    Reply

    I reached Bangkok three days before with my family
    Do I need any test report for my daughter who is 12 years old and is unvaccinated
    My flight for India is on Sunday from Bangkok

    Do I need any test for my daughter of 12 years old

  21. Madhu
    August 24, 2022
    Reply

    I am travelling to Thailand from India on 27th Aug 2022 (in 2 days)
    I am planning to stay for 16 days, can I apply for Visa on Arrival?
    (I noticed the 15 days restriction of Visa on Arrival today)

  22. Anuj
    August 19, 2022
    Reply

    How much show money we will be requiring, if we are traveling for honeymoon.

    • August 19, 2022

      Dear Anuj,

      For the proof of funds, it is 10,000 THB. You will apply for your visa on arrival at the Bangkok airport right? The visa on arrival fee is 2000 THB.
      Thank you.

  23. Mohammed Rahaman
    August 18, 2022
    Reply

    Is thai pass n insurance mandatory? Arriving on 20 August

  24. Taruna
    August 18, 2022
    Reply

    I n view of yesterday’s bomb blast in south Thailand,is it safe to go to Phuket and krabi on 23august

  25. Ram
    August 16, 2022
    Reply

    Hi
    I am traveling to Thailand from India in November 2022. One of us is a US citizen and the other is Indian citizen. I understand visa on arrival is available for Indian citizens. Does the Indian citizen need to carry a photo? Can I pay in USD?

    There is a minimum amount to be shown (about 20000) Do I need to carry this in cash? Is a bank statement in dollars enough?

  26. Chand Nandwal
    August 13, 2022
    Reply

    Hello,
    Good morning

    I’m an Indian passport holder and I’m traveling to Thailand for 3_4 days.
    So do I need account statement? And how much money I need to maintain in my account? It will be same applicable for my partner or not?

  27. ricardo joseph dsouza
    August 11, 2022
    Reply

    I own an apartment in Bangkok for the last 10 years but haven’t been there for 3 years. Can i apply for a 90 day tourist visa?

  28. MOHAMED
    August 10, 2022
    Reply

    Hi Yord Bro,
    Iam an indian citizen i scheduled to travel with my wife & minor son aged 6 years to thailand for a trip of 3 nights & 4 days this aug. My son’s passport has a validity of only 5 months. Some say at least six & some say three. Can you pls clarify my query???? We will be denied entry am worried??? Thank YOU !!

    • August 11, 2022

      Dear Mohamed,

      If the child is traveling with a parent whose passports are more than 6 months, then it won’t be a problem.
      Thank you.

  29. Prithwish Saha
    August 8, 2022
    Reply

    Hi. I am an Indian citizen. I am visiting Bangkok on 16th August for 3 days and from there I will go to Australia as currently I live in Australia on a visa. What documents I need in Thailand for visa on arrival? Thanks in advance

  30. Kashyap T K
    August 8, 2022
    Reply

    Hi,

    I am traveling from India to Thailand (landing at Phuket) with my 7 year old daugther on 9th Aug. She is not vaccincated, is it neccessary for a RTPCR test to be done?

    Regards,
    Kashyap

  31. Harmanjeet Singh
    August 8, 2022
    Reply

    Hi Yordmanu,

    I am visiting bangkok on 10-Aug-2022 along with my family from India for tourism. I hold an Indian Passport.

    Please confirm
    Do I still have to pay Thb 2000 for visa on arrival
    As I just came to know that now we don’t have to pay that.

  32. Sanjana J S
    August 3, 2022
    Reply

    I will be visiting Thailand in November with my cousins. I want to know how much currency should we be carrying with us as a group in bhat.

  33. Rahul Singh
    August 2, 2022
    Reply

    What all documents are accepted for financial proof ?

  34. Sakshi
    July 31, 2022
    Reply

    Does child aged 2+ need to have RT-PCR , if they are travelling with vaccinated adults

  35. Mr BARUN DAS
    July 27, 2022
    Reply

    I m holding a indian national passport issued from UK, is on arrival visa valid for me? plz advice.

    • July 29, 2022

      Hi Mr. Barun,

      Yes, you can apply visa on arrival.

      Thank you

    • Tamal Nath
      August 27, 2022

      Hello. Planning to visit Thailand in the 1st week of January’2023.
      Does my son, who is 13+ yrs old require RT PCR test? He is already taken 2 shots of Corbevax which is currently being given 12 to 14 yrs kids in India.

    • August 29, 2022

      Hi Tamal,

      2 doses is fully vaccinated, no RT PCR needed for fully vaccinated.

      For more information about travel to Thailand, please check this link:
      https://www.siam-legal.com/legal-guide/how-to-enter-thailand-2022-guide.pdf

  36. Prasham Jain
    July 27, 2022
    Reply

    Hi Yordmanu

    I am visiting Phuket on 10-Aug-2022 along with my family for six days from India for tourism. I hold an Indian Passport.

    Please confirm
    1. Visa on arrival is available and what is the fees , need to paid in USD or Thai Bhatt
    2. Is Insurance mandatory
    3. Any other document