We are currently in Phuket and got here on an “E-Visa on Arrival” using our Indian Passports. The process for getting this e-visa was as follows:
- No more than 30 days before travel, visit this link and fill in the application form: https://thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com/thailand/online/home/index
- Do online payment for regular service
- Visa is received via Email after 2-3 working days
I took printouts of this visa and arrived in Phuket.
At the Phuket Airport, I couldn’t go directly to the immigration counter. I had to first go to a separate E-Visa On Arrival counter (adjacent to the normal Visa on Arrival counter). I handed in the passports, arrival card and visa printout.
They took about 15 minutes to process the visa and stamp our passports. 2 or 3 flights had arrived at the same time (from India and China) – so the load on the E-Visa counter was high.
After getting the passport stamp, we had to go through immigration and follow the normal process.
Overall, it was a bit faster than getting a full visa on arrival, but still took some processing time upon arrival.
Earlier this year (2019) I visited the UAE on my US Tourist (B1/B2) Visa. Pretty seamless process. At checkin I wasn’t asked any questions about visa. Indian emigration saw my US visa and waved me through.
On arrival in Dubai, these are the steps:
- Just before entering the immigration queue, there is a counter for Visa on Arrival.
- You have to go there and purchase the visa on arrival – it cost me about AED 120.
- If you go straight to the immigration counter, without purchasing the visa on arrival, they will send you back to purchase it.
Simple. No questions asked. And about half the cost of applying for the visa before traveling.
Recently visited Mauritius with my family. All 3 of us on Indian Passports. Had no trouble getting entry with visa on arrival. It was totally worth it!
My wife and I were in Transit for 12 hours in Sri Lanka – Colombo airport. There is a separate visa counter before immigration. We simply went there filled their form and gave our passports. Were given a transit visa on arrival for no cost (I think it was limited to 2 or 3 days stay only).
Wife and I landed at Mahe Airport in The Seychelles last month. Had to fill out an immigration form and a health declaration. The immigration officer asked us for our return tickets. Then stamped a permit on the passport and let us through. No trouble at all and super easy. The permit was set to expire on our date of departure as per the ticket – no grace period of any sort there.
There is no excuse to not go to Seychelles. No visa and its only a 5 hour direct flight from Mumbai. The photos below should inspire you further!
A friend recently traveled to Nicaragua. She has valid USA work permit visa. She got a visa on arrival at Nicaragua.
My wife and I recently visited both Hong Kong and Macau on our Indian passports. Our passports were brand new with new previous visas from any country. We were issued visas on arrival and allowed entry into both HK and Macau with no questions asked, no visa fees or any other complication. We got 14-day stay permissions. Both regions no longer stamp visitor passports, but instead give you a small paper slip with details of how long you can stay – try not to loose this slip.