ThailandChina first, then rest of world to follow.

Thailand visa applications to go online

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Queues for visa stamps will soon be a thing of the past at Thailand’s immigration posts.
Queues for visa stamps will soon be a thing of the past at Thailand’s immigration posts. Photo Credit: GettyImages

From February 15, the service will be available in Beijing and from March 1 in other cities in China, The Nation reports. It will be available in Britain and France starting on April 1, and in all countries with Thai embassies and consulates within three years, according to Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Chinese nationals will become the first able to apply and pay online for Thai visas. 

From February 15, the service will be available in Beijing and from March 1 in other cities in China, The Nation reports. It will be available in Britain and France starting on April 1, and in all countries with Thai embassies and consulates within three years, according to Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

More than eight million foreigners applied for Thai visas last year, of whom 85% sought tourist visas, with Chinese travellers constituting the largest proportion. 

Fee payments will be supported by KBank’s electronic payment system to accommodate cross-border transactions in more than 126 currencies. 

The Thai tourism industry recorded total international arrivals of 31.25 million in January-October 2018, up 7.84%. China headed the list with more than nine million arrivals.

All regions grew except the Middle East and Oceania. Visitors from East Asia totalled 21.5 million (+9.71%), Europe 5.2 million (+4.24%), the Americas 1.2 million (+3.01%), South Asia 1.60 million (+10.75%), Oceania 766,119 (-1.74%), Middle East 635,311 (-6.29%), and Africa 158,630 (+8.41%).


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