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Updated September 2023

Following the severity of COVID-19 cases being reduced over the year, the precautionary measures in Thailand have now been eased. With the COVID-19 precautionary measures being eased, understandably, many travellers are looking to reacquaint themselves with Thailand’s extraordinary beauty and cultural uniqueness.

If you’re a UAE resident looking to travel to Thailand, here is a definitive breakdown of the Thailand visa for UAE residents.

Do UAE residents need a visa for Thailand?

No, UAE residents usually do not require a visa to enter Thailand, because the country, the United Arab Emirates, is included in the countries listed in the Visa Exemption Scheme of Thailand.

The Visa Exemption Scheme, however, only allows UAE residents, entering Thailand by air to stay for a period of 30 days, and those entering the Kingdom by land are granted a 15-day stay. Hence, if for any reason the resident is planning to stay for more than 30 days, they will be required to apply for a Thailand Tourist visa with an extended duration of stay.

How to apply for a Thailand tourist visa?

The Thailand Tourist Visa has a validity of 3 months under the single-entry scheme and 6 months of validity under the multiple-entry scheme. The visitors can stay up to 60 days without the need for an extension of stay, with the Thailand Tourist visa.

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To apply for a Thailand visa follow the steps given below:

  • Download this Thai visa application form.
  • Fill in by typing all the answers or the necessary details asked in the form. Please note that a handwritten application form is prohibited or not accepted.
  • Print two copies of the filled-in visa application form.
  • Gather all the required documents needed for the visa application that you are to apply for.

After that, bring your visa application form and the required documents needed for the visa application to the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulates located in the United Arab Emirates.

Thailand tourist visa requirements for UAE residents

Please note that all the documents provided must be in English. As per the information provided by the Royal Thai Consulate-General Dubai, the following documents will be required by UAE residents to apply for a Thailand tourist visa:

  • Typed and completely filled Thai visa application form.
  • Two passport size photographs of the applicant taken with a white background. The photographs should not be older than 6 months.
  • Original Passport, and its photocopy, with six months of validity, and a blank visa page to affix the visa sticker. The passport pages must show the applicant’s photograph, details, dates of issue and expiry.
  • A photocopy of the UAE residence visa, with a minimum of three months validity. GCC citizens can submit a photocopy of their valid Emirates ID.
  • Original Guarantee or a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for travelling to Thailand:
    • Sponsored by the company – an original No Objection Certificate issued on a proper company’s letterhead, duly stamped with
      the name of the signatory. (In English only)
    • Sponsored by spouse’s visa – a letter from a sponsor, a photocopy of passport and a UAE residence visa is required.
    • Sponsored by parent’s visa – a letter from the parent, a photocopy of the passport and a UAE residence visa is required.
      (Children below 15 years old must provide a No Objection Certificate, signed by both of their parents.)
    • Self-sponsored – The Consulate-General may request additional documents as deemed necessary.
    • The sponsor’s name as stated on the UAE residence visa must be the same entity as the signatory of the letter.
    • The investor, owner, or the partner of a company must provide a letter and a valid copy of the trade license.
  • A copy of the confirmed round trip airline reservation
    • The flight ticket must show an outbound trip from Dubai.
    • The ticket’s PNR number must be accessible on the airline system.
    • Agency bookings or e-mail bookings with no PNR number will not be accepted.
  •  A copy of the hotel confirmation letter (Alternative Quarantine (AQ), SHA+ hotels, or other approved facilities)
    • The hotel confirmation letter must start from the date of arrival in Thailand and cover the full trip.
    • The name of the person (including the names of the family member(s) or accompanying person(s) applying for a visa must be clearly
      stated on the hotel confirmation letter.
    • If the accommodation is booked under a different name, a letter, typed and signed by the person whose name appears on the confirmation letter must be provided together with a copy of their passport.
    • E-mail correspondence without hotel confirmation will NOT be accepted.
  • A valid health insurance policy with minimum coverage of 6,85,850 baht (73,460 AED). The insurance must cover the total duration
    of stay in Thailand.
  • A copy of the Covid-19 vaccination certificate (if applicable), that should clearly:
    • Confirm that the applicant has been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before their travel.
    • A handwritten COVID-19 vaccination certificate will NOT be accepted.
  • A bank statement will be required depending on the type of Tourist visa the applicant is applying for:
    • For a Single-Entry Tourist Visa, an original stamped 3-month bank statement of the applicant is required.
    • For a Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa, an original stamped 6-month bank statement of the applicant showing a maintained
      balance of not less than USD 6,806.42 (AED 25,000) per individual, or USD 12,251.56 (AED 45,000) per family (maximum four people) is required.
    • The name of the applicant must be clearly indicated on the statement.
    • In case of submitting the bank statement for a family, proof of relationship (a birth certificate and/or marriage
      certificate – in English) must be provided.
  • A visa fee of 400 AED (USD 108.90) for a single-entry tourist visa, and 1,000 AED (USD 272.26) for a multiple-entry tourist visa.

Please note that an online visa appointment is mandatory for each applicant, and can be made by visiting the Dubai Thai Embassy website. The Visa submission takes place from 9 AM to 12 PM, and the Visa collection takes place from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

There might be some additional documents required to be submitted by the Consulate. Please visit the Royal Thai Consulate-General Dubai Tourist Visa documents page from here, or contact them to get information regarding the additional documents required.

Thailand tourist visa cost

The cost for a single-entry Tourist visa in Thailand for UAE residents is 400 AED (USD 108.90), and 1,000 AED (USD 272.26) for a multiple entry Tourist visa. The visa fees are non-refundable.

Thailand vaccination requirements

Due to the nature of the pandemic, rules and regulations may change at a moment’s notice. However, following the severity of COVID-19 cases being reduced over the year, the precautionary measures in Thailand have now been eased.

Thailand has now scrapped its pre-departure RT-PCR testing requirement for vaccinated international travellers arriving in Thailand. International arrivals to Thailand are NO longer be required to register themselves for the Thailand pass and US$10,000 health insurance, thus welcoming all travellers with proof of either a certificate of vaccination or a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR or professional ATK (Antigen Test Kit) test result.


  • Everyone 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.
  • Travellers 5-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.

Latest news in Thailand

For safety purposes, there are several regions in Thailand that are advised not to travel in order to avoid the protests following Thailand’s general elections. The areas include the following:

  • Pattani Province
  • Yala Province
  • Narathiwat Province
  • Southern Songkhla Province, except for:
    • the areas north of and including the A43 road between Hat Yai and Sakom
    • the areas north-west of the train line which runs between Hat Yai and Padang Besar
  • Hat Yai to Padang Besar Train Line

This travel advice is still relevant in September 2023. Any changes to the travel advice will be updated in this section.


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