Australian Visa for Thai

 

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:
Australian Visa Application Center
The Trendy Office Building
28th Floor
Sukhumvit Soi 13, Klongtoey-Nua
Wattana, Bangkok 10110

It is possible to contact them on 02 672 3476 (and /77 /78 /79) or via email at info.diacth@vfshelpline.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 3pm and 4:30pm.

Day Date (2014) Holiday
Wednesday 1 January New Year's Day
Friday 14 February Makha Bucha Day
Monday 14 April Songkran Day
Tuesday 15 April Songkran Day
Friday 18 April Good Friday
Monday 5 May Coronation Day (in lieu)
Tuesday 13 May Visakha Bucha Day
Friday 11 July Asamha Bucha Day
Tuesday 12 August HM The Queen's Birthday
Friday 5 December HM The King's Birthday
Wednesday 24 December Additional DFAT Holiday
Thursday 25 December Christmas Day
Friday 26 December Boxing Day
Wednesday 31 December 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.

Note: details about the location and procedures at the VFS office below need reviewing. This is due to the relocation of the office. The details provided above are correct. The nearest BTS station to the new office is Nana. If you have lodged an application at the new office I would love to hear of the procedure and your thoughts. Please see the contact page if you have some information to share.

 

The VFS office is easily reached by using the sky train or taxi. If using the skytrain make your way to SurasakVFS office Australia 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.

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