Thailand is a popular destination for Indian tourists. While visiting Thailand, we suggest that you observe basic precautions and safety measures to make your trip enjoyable and hassle-free.
Please take a minute to read the following:
- Before Arrival
- Valid passport, with at least 6 months validity, from the date of arrival.
- One application form.
- Two colour photos (35mm x 45mm), not older than 3 months, taken against a white background.
- Covering letter mentioning data the name of the person responsible for bearing the expense of the trip, along with all particulars including hotel name, address and contact details.
- Air ticket (preferably showing departure after 5 working days of the Embassy).
- Hotel confirmation mentioning the names of all applicants/guests.
- Photocopy of credit card with original credit card statements of last 6 months.
- Last 6 months bank statement with original bank seal and a minimum balance of Rs.20,000/person.
- Original currency exchange slips of at least USD 500 (five hundred USD)/person/week with applicant’s name.
- Proof of accommodation – if intending to stay with relatives and friends, applicants must provide invitation letter along with a copy of their ID/passports. In case they are not Thai nationals, applicant must provide their working records in Thailand (e.g. work permit, letter from company they are working).
Please exchange money only from authorized sources. At the airport, there have been some cases where tourists were found to be carrying counterfeit currency passed on to them by exchange brokers in India. If you exchanged money prior to arrival, keep the receipt as proof.
- At Airport
Payment for Duty Free Items
While buying duty free items at Suwarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, please ensure that payment for each selected item is made at the nearest counter. Items selected from shelf should not be put in any of your personal belongings (such as a carry bag) till payment is made, as recordings by CCTV installed at each outlet could convey a different perspective. Also, do not carry any item outside the designated shop area (as marked on the floor) before making payment.
- Safe custody of Passport
Avoid keeping passport and money together in same bag. It might be better to keep passport in a secure pocket of personal clothing to minimize risk of it getting lost. As per Thai regulation a visiting foreigner is required to carry his/her passport as proof of identity.
Always carry a photocopy of your passport (copy first page, last page, current visa page and any page with renewal information) and keep it separately from your passport. If passport is lost or stolen, lodge a report at Police Station of the area and get its English translation done. Apply for Emergency Certificate at the Embassy afterwards with requisite documents as per details given on Embassy website.
- During your trip
Be careful while strolling in crowded markets/shopping malls and in public transport to avoid incidents of pick-pocketing and petty theft.
Take care of your belongings and do not leave them unattended, for example on shopping carts.
Avoid brokers and touts offering unsolicited advice, services and unrealistic offers.
Be careful while hiring speedboats/jet skis at Pattaya or other beaches. People who rent these out may charge exorbitant amounts from you for any dent or even a scratch. The Embassy has received reports of entrapment by such people.
- Useful Information for Indain Toursit visiting Thailalnd
(1) Tourism Authority of Thailand Call Center # 1672 Operating hours: 0800- 2000 hours daily (for tourism information)s
(2) Thai Tourist Police Call Center # 1155 Tourist Assistance Center Operating hours: 24 hours daily ( for emergencies)
(3) Bureau of Prevention and Assistance in Tourist Fraud Ministry of Tourism and Sports 4 Ratchadamnoen Nok Road, Wat Somanas Sub-District Pom Prap Sattru Phai District, Bangkok 10100 Operating hours: 0830-1630 hours, Monday to Friday Tel: 02356-0650, Fax 02356-0655 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
(4) Bureau of Prevention and Assistance in Tourist Fraud At Suvarnabhumi Airport Operating hours: 24 hours daily Tel: 0 2134-4077
(5) National Institute for Emergency Medicine
In case of emergency, tourists having seriously injured or severely ill can contact hotline of National Institute for Emergency Medicine by phone at 1669. They and their network will provide help immediately.
(6) Thai Travel Clinic
Thai Travel Clinic is a special clinic of Hospital for Tropical Diseases providing comprehensive medical care. Their services include: pre and post travel counseling, recommendation of travel vaccine, malaria protection and prophylaxis as well as diagnosis and treatment of tropical diseases.
Monday – Friday 8.00 am – 3.30 p.m. (For walk-in clients )Monday- Friday 8.00am- 4.00 p.m. (By appointments) Close on public holidays.
Tel: +66 2 306 9100 ext. 1405, 1414 (8.30 a.m. – 16.30 p.m. office hours)
+66 2 306 9100 ext. 1410 (After office hours)
(7) Tourist Police Division
Tourists can contact the hotline of Tourist Police Division by phone at 1155 that is available 24 hours.