25 FEBRUARY 2019
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As the latest country to do away with traditional visas, Thailand has introduced a new system that it says will enable a faster, more convenient arrival into the country for travellers from 21 countries.
Created in cooperation with outsourcing and technology services specialist VFS Global, the new eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service is available at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueng airports in Bangkok, plus Phuket and Chiang Mai airports.
VFS Global CEO Zubin Karkaria said: “The system offers visitors the conveniences of avoiding long queues and eliminates the need to complete application forms on arrival and arrange for paper documentation or local currency which travellers find challenging after a long flight.”
If there is an urgent visa requirement for travel to Thailand, passengers can also use an online Express eVOA service which for an additional service fee gives eligible travellers their eVOA decision within 24hr for short-notice travel requirements.
Online applications involve three simple steps. Applicants visit the evoa website, complete the application form, upload documents and pay online, then receive the e-visa on arrival by email in 24-72hr.
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