Thailand cancels “Visa on Arrival” for 18 countries


Update: The decission to cancel the Visa on Arrival for 18 countries (read below) was put on hold until further notice. There will be another meeting on March 17th, 2019.

Thailand is pulling the reins of immigration rules again in the fight against the spread of the corona virus.

The Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday that the regulations for issuing the “Visa on Arrival” and visa exemption for three other countries had been lifted for 18 countries.

Until now, nationals of the 18 countries or territories concerned had been able to apply for a “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) when entering the counters of the immigration authority.

The following countries are affected by the revocation of the Visa on Arrival: Bulgaria, Bhutan, China (including Taiwan), Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and Vanuatu.

The visa waiver affects travelers from South Korea, Italy and Hong Kong.