VILNIUS - No more long waiting at the border. To boost tourism, Thailand is offering citizens of Lithuania a new “0ne minute” express eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service from Feb 14, just in time for St Valentine celebrations.
The new service is provided by VFS Global, the world leader in government services technology, with the Immigration Bureau of Thailand. The eVOA service will be available as of 14 February 2019.
In three simple steps, eligible travellers can apply online for eVOA for Thailand by visiting thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com anytime, anywhere or get assistance at VFS Global visa application centres across the globe.
Lithuanians can apply on-line and make an e-payment any time regardless of embassy working hours, and the Thai government also waived a 2,000-baht, visa-on-arrival fee for visitors from Lithuania and other 20 countries until April 30 in a bid to boost the number of tourists.
Once the tourists arrive at airports, they can show their passports at specific counters to obtain a visa in just one minute, rather than a one-to-two-hour wait, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueng airports in Bangkok, as well as at Phuket and Chiang Mai airports flying by Thai Airways and other airlines.
Under the new system, people can receive their travel authorisation online prior to departure within 24 to 72 hours. Visitors will be able to use the eVOA service from 30 days to at least 24 hours before arriving in Thailand.
Thailand last year welcomed a record 38.27 million tourists, up 7.5% from 2017.