Fully online visa is for the end of the year!

In a video published on his social network (available at the end of the article) by Christopher Wright, a Thai-British star of local television but an English teacher in the country, The Thai MFA highlights the benefits of its current “e-Visa” process, but also informs about future developments in this system.

“Our e-Visa system is simple, fast and convenient, but there is more. By the end of this year, the e-Visa system will offer a complete one-stop service, completely online from start to finish until your visa is approved. This means that foreign nationals will no longer have to bring their passports to Royal Thai Embassies or Royal Thai Consulates in order to have a visa sticker pasted. Christopher Wright announced, thus, that by the end of the year 2021, the current “e-Visa” process will be completely online and dematerialized into a true electronic visa process, simply and quickly from his living room or his workplace. received.

The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs also specifies that “The e-visa system will be upgraded to link airports with Thailand’s Advanced Passenger Processing System (APPS), which will allow airlines to verify visa holder information prior to arrival in Thailand”.

Eligible nationalities, types of visas offered online, prices and procedures are yet to be confirmed.The implementation of a completely online e-Visa may change the current process which requires a visit to an embassy or consulate.

During the health crisis of COVID-19 and its variants, it is mandatory to obtain a COE (Certificate of Entry) certificate of entry, with a Thai visa in case of stay for more than 45 days.

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Irrespective of travellers’ vaccination status, Thailand must observe a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival, with the exception of fully vaccinated travelers who may arrive directly to Phuket or Koh Samui without having to undergo strict quarantine. .

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