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 will update the website at a later date. Here is a link to the information: Visitor e600 Visa Online Applications. For the time being skip to the What to Include page for details of what you should submit with
the application unless you what to proceed with a conventional application.
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 cost 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.
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||Asamha Bucha Day
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||HM The King's Birthday (in lieu)
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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 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 a little to the right of the lift.
You will be greeted by a receptionist who will want to see the Thai passport and two
copies of the details page and one copy of any used pages in the passport. A ticket number will then be
issued. The number will be called before going through security.
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
There are two fees applied to the application once it has been accepted. The fee
that the embassy charges is 3550 Baht (July 2015). 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 600 Baht including VAT. There will also be another fee if you indicate that the result is to
be delivered via a courier.
The process takes between 5 and 10 minutes if you have all the required documents
together and no need for further documents.
If you are not in Bangkok you can send the application from one of 16 Thai Post
offices. Here are the locations of Thai post offices that accept Australian tourist visa applications. You will
pay all the fees detailed above plus a courier fee depending on the weight of the package (up to 500g is 550
Baht up to 1000 baht for 5kgs!). There is no need to send the original passport. You only need to send a copy of
the passport details page and any used pages in the passport. The person accepting the package will check that
it meets the minimum requirements. Payment is by cash only. The result is returned to the applicant via
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