Indian Visa issuance at Thailand: Important changes

Jan 15

Many foreign nationals have been traveling to Thailand for issuance or renewal of their Indian visas. There have been some changes in the past few weeks which affect the issuance/renewal of Indian Visas from Indian Embassy at Thailand. The prospective applicants should call the Indian Embassy or VFS centre, before making their final travel plans, to confirm their eligibility for the visas sought.

As of today, here are the major procedural changes:

1. All Non Thai nationals who do not have a work permit/ residence permit in Thailand for at least the last two years are not eligible to apply for a Business Visa( BV) or an Employment Visa( EV) at Indian Embassy at Bangkok. They must apply for BV or EV at their country of origin.

2. All non Thai nationals can still apply for Tourist Visa( TV) or Entry Visa( XV) at Indian Embassy at Bangkok. They are not required to have two year work permit/ resident permit in Thailand. A personal interview with a consular officer is required for issuance of X visa.

3. The Government of India recent notification regarding tourist visa states “If a foreign national applies for Tourist Visa frequently i.e within one month of expiry of the previous Tourist Visa, the Indian Missions/Posts abroad would refer such cases to MHA (Foreigners Division) for clearance before grant of fresh Tourist visa”. So the applicants applying within one month of expiry of tourist visa should take a note of this restriction.

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