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The assumption is that going to Thailand from Pakistan isn’t a big deal – visas are easy, and it’s cheap! But now that the Boy and I are planning a quick weekend trip to Bangkok/Phuket this November, the visa process doesn’t seem as simple as we thought.

We reached out to a number of travel agents who claim to manage the visa process for you, before deciding to do it ourselves. The visa fee is PKR 4000, and the agents would charge their own premium on top of that. But the main reason for applying ourselves is so we can walk you all through the process too!

Here are the two ways to apply for a Thai Tourist visa from Pakistan (spoiler: we went for the 2nd method!):

1.Through a Travel Agent

Visa Type: Tourist, Single Entry

Validity: 3 months

Stay: 60 days/entry.

Visa Fee: PKR 4,000

Processing time: 12 working days, not accounting for Embassy holidays.

Required Documents:

  • Completed Visa Application Form (The form will be automatically downloaded) – 2 copies
  • Your original passport, which should be valid for at least the next 6 months post-travel date.
  • Personal covering letter, mentioning: name, passport number, purpose of visit, date of travel, and other important information.
  • Two photographs on a white background.
  • Letter from the organization owned by/employing the applicant, mentioning: the relation of the applicant to the organization, no objection for the applicant’s travel, date of leave that the applicant took, and other important information.
  • The organization’s registration paper (Excluding governmental or international organization – this means if you’re working in a large MNC where you can’t easily get the registration documents for the company, it’s fine).
  • Two copies of applicant’s CNIC card.
  • Two copies of applicant’s passport, only for the page with information of passport holder.
  • Confirmed and non-refundable air ticket.
  • Documents relating to accommodation (Hotel bookings, even from online sites)
  • Applicant’s original bank statement covering at least 1 year, and a certified covering letter from the bank.
  • Other relevant supporting documents (marriage certificate if a married couple is travelling, etc)

Documents Drop-off Locations (verified until Feb 2017):

  • Gerry’s International Ltd. (Isb, Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Peshawar, Quetta & Sialkot)
  • Jamal Sons Travels and Tours, Islamabad
  • Menaal International Travel and Tours, Islamabad
  • Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, Islamabad
  • Ayaan Travel Time Tours
  • Omar Travels Agents and Tour Operators
  • Avantgarde Travels (Pvt) Limited, Islamabad

2. Directly via Consulate

This was our method of choice, and is easier than the travel agent route!

Fill out two application forms, collect all the documents given above, and go to the Thai embassy directly at 9 am on any working day (try to get there before 9).

A visa officer will go through your documents there and then, and if they are complete, ask you to pay Rs. 4000, and give you a date to collect your passport on. This date is usually exactly 7 days from the date of application submission.

The two things you need to keep in mind:

  • Make sure you take cash
  • Go as early in the morning as you can – this process involves a lot of waiting, and can take the whole day.

The best time to go to Thailand is between December and March. Once the Boy and I get there and back, I’ll upload this post with photos from the trip. Until then, Happy Travel-Planning! <3