Thai immigration form/ card is given inside the flight by cabin crew once you board the flight to Thailand. Thai immigration form has two parts: Arrival card and departure card.
You only need to fill in the arrival card while arriving in Thailand. Departure card needs to be left blank. About the departure card, we talk later in the post. The New Arrival card and departure card looks like this:
Here is the Old Arrival and Departure Card:
Step by step guide on how to fill Thai immigration form:
The family name is similar to your last name or surname is given in the passport. For example, if your name is Vaibhav Singh Rajpoot. Rajpoot will be your last name or family name. Vaibhav Singh will be your first name and middle name respectively.
Visa number field should be left blank. However, if you have already taken the visa in advance, which is rare, you can fill out the visa number.
Address in Thailand:
Many of us would not have an address in Thailand. In this case, you can fill out the address of the hotel you have already booked or you intend to book.
There is also another side of the leaflet where you need to fill in the further details. Another side looks something like this:
Type of flight:
Mostly it is a scheduled flight. Charter is for those who come with a chartered plane. That means they come in their private plane.
From/ Port of embarkation:
This means the place or city from where you have boarded your flight to Thailand.
If you planning to go to Koh Tao island, here is the complete Koh Tao Travel Guide
Next city/ Port of disembarkation:
In this field, you need to fill in the name of the city where you intend to go after your Thai visa on arrival date is expired. For different countries, Thailand offers different duration of visa on arrival stay. For some countries, it is 30 days. For India, it’s 14 days. For example, if you are going to Malaysia after staying in Thailand for 14 days, then you should fill in Malaysia’s city name as your next city. In case, you are returning to India after the 14 days of visa on arrival then the Indian city where you will land should be your next city.
Understand that this form is not your visa on arrival form. Visa on arrival form is different. As the name suggests, this form is for the immigration purpose and it does not guarantee your visa. However, it is submitted along with the visa form once you arrive in Thailand.
Here is the link to Thailand Visa on Arrival Guide
Once you submit the Thai immigration form along with visa form at the visa on arrival counter. They keep the arrival form. Departure form is pinned along with the passport.
So you need to fill in the departure card while you are departing from Thailand. In case you lose the departure card, you can also get them at the airport immigration counter once again.
Here are some of my Thailand travel experiences which might help you in planning your trip:
- Ko Lanta Travel Guide
- Phi Phi Island Travel Guide, Thailand
- Koh Tao island Travel Guide
- Tips for Indians traveling to Thailand