Applying for a Visa – VFS Bangkok
The Australian Embassy in Bangkok has contracted the collection and correlation of
visa applications to 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:
Thai CC Tower
Unit 2 & 3, 34th Floor
889, South Sathorn Road Yannawa
It is possible to contact them on 02 672 3476 (and /77 /78 /79) or via email
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.
||New Year's Day
||Makha Bucha Day
||Songkran Day (in lieu)
||Coronation Day (in lieu)
||Visakha Bucha Day
||Asamha Bucha Day
||HM The Queen's Birthday
||HM The King's Birthday
||Additional DFAT Holiday
||New Year's Eve
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 VFS office is easily reached by using the sky train or taxi. If using the
skytrain make your way to Surasak station and take the short walk and make your
way to the 34th floor.
On entering the office you will be greeted by a security office and be asked what
you business is. You are then required to put your details into a log book before you are issued a number and
allowed to enter.
The wait time can vary but it will not be long before you are called to a table. You
can use this time to photocopy any required documents that you need to.
Once you are called to the table you application is looked at to make sure that it
meets the minimum standards. Just remember that an accepted application has a high likelihood of being
approved if the application is well prepared.
There are two fees applied to the application once it has been accepted. The fee
that the embassy charges is 4150 Baht (from 1st Sept. 2013). 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.
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 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
to to submitted.