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Indians told to take visa from Thai embassy to avoid rush at Bangkok

With Christmas and New Year around, the rush of tourists to Thailand has begun, especially as all covid restrictions are off. There are long queues at the Bangkok airport for visa-on-arrival. If you don't like the crowds, opt for the shoulder season.

Why is Thailand a world famous destination?

NEW DELHI, Dec 4: The Royal Embassy of Thailand has advised Indians planning to visit Thailand to obtain their visas from the Thailand embassy or consulates to avoid long queues and wait time at the Bangkok airport for visa-on-arrival as the rush has increased manifold due to the reopening of the Thai borders to tourists after the covid pandemic and the approaching New Year.

Thailand's Ambassador to India Pattarat Hongtong stated that the staff strength at the airport is being raised to handle the rush of on-arrival visa applicants. Thailand has dropped all the mandatory covid requirements like vaccine certificates and test results for tourists. The immigration applicants also are adding to the wait time at the counter. The country has had 3.78 million tourists this year so far.

Thailand's visa outsourcing services provider VFS Global has said eVOA (Electronic - Visa On Arrival) can help the passengers reduce their waiting time at airport immigration counters. For e-visa, travellers can submit their form online to get travel authorisation within 24 to 72 hours. For tourism purposes only, this online visa is for a stay of up to 15 days.

Thailand had organised a ‘Amazing Thailand Fest 2022’ from November 25 to 27 in New Delhi to encourage more Indians to travel to Thailand.

The number of Indian tourists travelling to Thailand under the e-visa facility has jumped over seven times this year, according to a report by VFS Global.

"Between March 2022 and October 2022, applications increased by seven times," VFS Global said.


Thailand is world famous for its beaches, Buddhist temples, variety of food, mesmerising landscape and nightlife. Tourism is the country's economic mainstay. Thailand, called the Land of Smiles, has an eternal attraction for people from across the world.

The main reason is its quiet environs and the hospitable people!


The average temperature of Thailand ranges from 18 to 38°C. After months of rainfall comes visitor-friendly November, December, January, February, March and April.

The dry season kicks off in most parts by November, but not in some destinations and it still rains in some places even till December and the summer begins by April-May. Besides, Christmas-New Year time is the most crowded and costly and continues so for over a month. Therefore, February, March and April will be the ideal. Thereafter it gets hotter and the monsoon is July through September everywhere.

(Cheap season: If going for the 'cheap' time means getting drenched, you could opt for the shoulder season and still save much!)

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