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
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
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 email@example.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
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.
||New Year's Day (in lieu)
||Makha Bucha Day (in lieu)
||Songkran Day and Good Friday
||Visakha Bucha Day
||Asamha Bucha Day (in lieu)
||HM The Queen's Birthday (in lieu)
||Family and Community Day
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 send it via courier at selected
Thai Post offices (the postal service will soon be discontinued - see note below).
The Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) run by VFS 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
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
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
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 fees applied to the application once it has been accepted. The fee
that the embassy charges is 3800 Baht (July 2016). This is paid in cash to the person accepting the
application. They do not take credit cards for any of the fees.
The other fee applicable is the service fee that VFS charges. This fee is currently
895 Baht including VAT. There will also be another fee if you indicate that the result is to be delivered via
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