Australian Visa for Thai


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 page.

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
28th Floor
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
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 and 4:30pm.

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.

Day Date (2016) Holiday
Friday 1 January New Year's Day
Monday 22 February Makha Bucha Day
Friday 25 March Good Friday
Wednesday 13 April Songkran Day
Thursday 14 April Songkran Day
Friday 15 April Songkran Day
Friday 20 May Visakha Bucha Day
Monday 13 June Visakha Bucha Day
Tuesday 19 July Asamha Bucha Day
Friday 12 August HM The Queen's Birthday
Monday 5 December HM The King's Birthday
Friday 25 December Christmas Day
Monday 26 December Boxing Day
Thursday 27 December Christmas Day (in lieu)

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).

VFS office Australia

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 13.

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 use.

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 noted.

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 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 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 to submitted.