Earlier last year I wrote about how Thailand planned to make most of the holiday season by removing visa-on-arrival fees.

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As per the latest news, Thailand has extended visa waiver till April which includes two major festival. Chinese New Year and Songkran.

Earlier Thailand used to charge 2000 Baht (equivalent to Rs 4000 roughly) on arrival.

My Experience

As so many countries are participating in Visa Waiver, I saw long queues for Visa on Arrival section. You still have to get a visa on arrival stamp.

I am mentioning about Bangkok only. Most queues last around 2 to 3 hours unless you are landing at day hours. Most of the queue is from 10 PM to 10 AM. If you are landing outside that time, you won’t be that inconvenienced.

From India now, you can directly fly to Phuket and Chiang Mai. If you use another carrier that requires you to have stopover like Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, Malaysian Airlines or any other – you may fly to various other destinations like Koh Samui, Pattaya, Chiang Rai to mention few.

However, you can pay 200 Baht (Rs 400) to get on fast track queue and face much shorter queue time.

So in case you land at a time where you see long queues and would like to make the best use of the time, I recommend using this.

Also Thailand is offering E-Visa which has a separate queue. However, all the agencies are charging around $20 for convenience fee.

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