Thailand is Now Visa-Free for Indians

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  • 28/12/2023

The Southeast Asian country Thailand is also known as the Kingdom of Thailand. Earlier, the country was known as Siam. It is one of the most loved tourist destinations known because of its tropical beaches, ancient ruins, etc. Thailand is ranked eighth in world tourism ranking, and 6% of the country's economy comes from Tourism only.

From Emerald Buddha Temple to Pattaya’s energetic nightlife, tourists will stay energised in the nation. Indian tourists love to travel to Thailand. It is the fourth largest tourism crowd for Thailand after South Korea, Malaysia, etc.

So, as a token of appreciation after following the footsteps of Sri Lanka, Thailand has announced a temporary Thailand visa-free for Indians for up to 30 days till May 2024.

Let's learn the nuances of the visa waiver program of Thailand.

Why the Need to Start Thailand No Visa for Indians?

India is the top-rated inbound market for Thailand tourism. In 2019, the country had received around 2 million visitors from India alone. Further, in 2022, India has gained the second position as a source of tourism for Thailand.

The country whose significant chunk of the economy comes from tourism and whose one of the leading markets is Indian nationals doesn't want to disappoint the travellers.

Many times, the process of a Thailand visa for Indians can be challenging which affects their travel plans. Also the delay in Thailand visa processing is also a significant setback for Indian travellers.

Considering all of that, they have launched temporary Thailand visa-free for Indians up to 30 days from November 10 2023 to May 2024.

Other than this, there are 64 Thailand visa-exempt countries, including Ireland, Canada, Laos and more.

Benefits of Thailand Free Visa for Indians

As mentioned, many tourists from India visit Thailand every year. However, individuals need to undergo the process of Thailand visas for Indians. Other than this, applicants from Indians also need to pass the Thailand visa on arrival rules such as providing proof of funds, accommodation and more. All this process is time-consuming. Other than this, the visa application fee for Thailand is ₹4721, which is not refundable if the visa gets rejected.

With Thailand having no temporary visa policy for Indians, tourists can invest in focusing on travel itineraries and other things instead of doing visa procedures.

Places to Explore by Indians Under Visa Waiver Program of Thailand

When it comes to attraction sites, Thailand has plenty of options to keep tourists engaged. Some of the well-known places worth visiting in Thailand are:

Bangkok- The very first city to visit in Thailand is Bangkok, which is also the capital of the country. The city is packed with fun-filled activities in amusement parks, floating markets, energetic street life and more.

Phuket- Another place on an Indian traveller's list is Phuket, which is a well-known island destination known for its nightlife and beaches. From witnessing Big Buddha to a historic old city, Phuket is packed with sightseeing attractions.

Ayutthaya- This was earlier used to be the capital of old Siam, which is now Thailand. It is the best place for history buffs who love exploring archaeological and historical sites. It houses UNESCO heritage sites like Historical Park, Wat Mahathat and more.

Sukhothai- This is another listed UNESCo world heritage site that lies in Thailand. The place Sukhothai is known for its ancient ruins like palaces, statues, temples and more. The popular tourist attraction in Sukhothai is Wat Si Chum, which attracts millions of tourists every year.

Krabi- Last on our list is Krabi, which is situated on the Andaman Sea; the destination is well known for its beautiful beaches and limestone cliffs. The Phi Phi Island and Four island tour is popular among the tourist list. The adrenaline-rush travellers also love to do rock climbing here.

Importance of Having Travelling Insurance While Visiting Thailand

There is no compulsory requirement to have travel insurance for Thailand from India. However, with a travel insurance plan, individuals can secure themselves from potential financial emergencies such as loss of baggage, medical emergencies, trip curtailment and more.

Also, to offer convenience to travellers based on duration of trip, travel frequency and more, Tata AIG's international travel insurance is the best option. Further, buying a travel insurance plan is an easy process with no extensive paperwork.


Thailand is undoubtedly on the Indian tourist list after its free visa policy, which is valid up to March 2024. Other than this, Thailand also has a visa-on-arrival facility for travellers wishing to travel after March 2024. In that case, individuals don't have to carry out the visa procedure from here; they can get the visa at Thailand airport. However, the eligibility criteria need to be met for the same.


Is a free visa on arrival for Thailand applicable for Indians?

As per the foreign ministry of Thailand, Indian nationals who wish to visit the country after November 10 2023, need not have any visa. This temporary Thailand-free visa policy is only valid up to March 2024.

How much cash should I carry to Thailand?

Individuals travelling to Thailand can carry up to 20,000 baht, which is ₹47219 in cash.

What is the best time to visit Thailand?

The best time to explore the beautiful country of Thailand is between November to early April. And since there is a Thai visa waiver for Indians, then you can indeed plan a trip.


Information last updated Dec 23. While this information is sourced reliably, visa requirements can change. For the most current visa details, visit the official Consulate/Embassy website.

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