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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Indian Passport and Thailand Tourist Visa

Attention Indian Passport Holders,

If you want to go holiday in Thailand, either apply for a Thai visa from India or get the visa on arrival at the airport. The visa on arrival allows you to stay in Thailand for a period of 15 days and no extensions are allowed. The visa from India allows you to stay in Thailand for a period of up to 2 months and this visa can be extended. The sad part is that we Indians cannot apply for our Thai visa at any other embassy from around the world. This totally sucks for those looking to travel from one country to another without entering India.

I don’t know why we have been placed in such a category, but it seems like there are a lot of illegal Indian immigrants in Thailand and hence the rule. Whatever the true reason may be, I hope the Indian and the Thailand governments should work something out. It is us travelers who have to face the brunt.

I found all of this when I went to apply my Thai visa at the Thai Consulate in Vientiane, Laos. Not the best way to find out, but for the time being I am happy that there is at least a 15 day visa on arrival at some of the land borders between Laos and Thailand.



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