As per the latest statement issued by the Civil Aviation of Thailand and MoCA, Thai and Indian airlines are now allowed to offer flights through the travel bubble scheme between the two countries, allowing citizens and visa holders to travel between Thailand and India. Commercial flights between the two countries have been suspended since March 23, 2020 on the onset of Covid-19. According to the arrangement, commercial flights between the two countries will be allowed to fly passengers of Thai, Indian, Nepal and Bhutan nationalities as well as other nationalities that have visas to enter both Thailand and India.
Sharing details, the note from Tourism Authority of Thailand, India office mentioned that foreigners and Thais travelling to India are required to hold a valid Indian visa and Indian nationals and foreigners travelling from India to Thailand must hold a valid Thai visa. According to the ministry, the airlines must make sure all the passengers meet the requirement for entry before issuing boarding passes to the passengers to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Indian tourists make up a large portion of Thailand’s tourism market, with more than 1.96 million Indian tourists visiting Thailand in 2019. On an average, Indian tourists spend seven days and approximately 45,000 baht in Thailand. Thai Airways, Thai Smile and Indian carriers such as IndiGo, SpiceJet and Go First have already shared their proposed flights schedule connecting Bangkok and Phuket with Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru.
In another update, the Royal Thai Embassy in New Delhi has informed that processing time for all types of visa applications received for an availing a Thai visa in India will be four days effective February 28. The embassy in an order further asked applicants with their respective visa facilitator VFS Global or BLS International for more details and visa queries.