Australian Visa for Thai

 

Applying for a Visa - VFS Bangkok

Important note: it is now possible to apply for a tourist visa for a Thai national online. I would recommend using this facility if the applicant is outside of Australia. I have created a new page detailing the process of applying this way. If you would like to use this method you can go to the Visitor e600 Visa Online Applications page.

The Australian Embassy in Bangkok has contracted the collection and correlation of visa applications to VFS (Thailand) Ltd. This company does not process the application but transfers them to the embassy for processing.

The VFS office is located at:
Australian Visa Application Center
The Trendy Office Building
28th Floor
Sukhumvit Soi 13, Klongtoey-Nua
Wattana, Bangkok 10110

It is possible to contact them on 02 118 7100 (during office hours) or via email at info.diacth@vfshelpline.com
 
The VFS office working hours are Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm. They are closed for holidays as shown below. They will only accept applications between 8:30am and 3pm. Passports can be collected between 10:00 am and 4:30pm.

There is a VIP service that costs an additional 3000 Baht per applicant.

The will also accept applications on Saturdays between 9:30am and 12:30pm for an additional fee of 2100 Baht. I wouldn't recommend either of these options unless you have no other options.

Day Date (2018) Holiday
Monday 1 January New Year's Day
Tuesday 2 January New Year’s Eve (in lieu of 31 December)
Friday 30 March Good Friday
Friday 13 April Songkran Festival
Tuesday 17 April Songkran Festival (in lieu of 15 April)
Monday 11 June H.M. The Queen’s Birthday
Monday 30 July H.M. the King’s Birthday (in lieu of 28 July)
Monday 13 August H.M. Queen Sirikit’s Birthday & Mother’s Day (in lieu of 12 August)
Monday 15 October King Bhumibol Adulyadej Memorial Day (in lieu of 13 October)
Thurday 26 October The Royal Cremation Ceremony of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Wednesday 5 December National Day & Father’s Day
Tuesday 25 December Christmas Day
Wednesday 26 December Boxing Day
Monday 31 December New Year’s Eve

Lodging an application

There are two ways to lodge an application. The first way is to deliver the application package personally to the VFS office in Bangkok. The second is to lodge an online application. Details of the online aplication can be found on the Visitor e600 Visa Online Applications page. What follows is applying at the VFS office.

VFS office Australia

Before attending the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) run by VFS you must make an appointment. You can do this by using the Schedule an Appointment page.

The AVAC office is easily reached by using the sky train or taxi. If using the skytrain make your way to Nana station and walk along the northern side of Suhkumvit Road until you find Soi 13. The office is on the right side as you head north on Soi 13.

On entering the building head to the back to find the lifts. Go the the 28th floor and find the office is either straight in front or to the left of the lift depending on which one you use.

After going through security you will be greeted by a receptionist who will issue you ticket with a number. You will then be let into the room by a security guard. This centre also performs the same services for UK visa applicants. The Australian counters are the first ones on the left as you enter.

The number will again be called for the application to be submitted. The person will check that the application meets the minimum standard before acceptance. Once this is complete payment is required and the mode by which the result is to be issued (collected from same office or sent via courier) is noted.

From the 3rd of May 2016 biometric data (photograph of face and an electronic fingerpint) will be collected at the same time that the application is lodged. Those submitting an online application may not be asked to provide this information (at the time of writting (28 May 2016) I have no idea how often this wil happen). Here is a link to the announcement of this change: Introducing the collection of biometric information for Australia visas

There are two sets of fees applied to the application once it has been accepted. The fee that the embassy charges is 3850 Baht (June 2018). This is paid in cash to the person accepting the application. They do not take credit cards for any of the fees.

The other fees applicable is a processing fee and a courier fee that VFS charges. These fees currently total to 1096 Baht including VAT.

The process takes between 5 and 10 minutes if you have all the required documents together and no need for further documents.

If Chiang Mai is closer to you there is a application centre there.

The next page will details exactly what an application that has a high probability to be approved should contain. You may wish to come back to this page once you have the application package ready to submitted.

 

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