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Updated May 2024

Thailand is located in the heart of Southeast Asia, the land of smiles and of the free, encompassing an ecosystem as diverse as its cultural tapestry. It waits for global travelers seeking a getaway to heaven on earth. 

Wego has broken down crucial information for you if you are a resident of the UAE looking forward to traveling to Thailand. Keep reading to learn more!

Thailand’s Latest visa news

On 28 May 2024, The Kingdom of Thailand announced that from 1 June 2024, longer visa stays will be granted for 93 countries, which includes the UAE. The stay period has been extended from 30 days to 60 days.

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 30 days, which was the previous rule. However, it has been extended to 60 days, coming into effect from 1 June 2024. Hence, if, for any reason, the resident is planning to stay for more than 60 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 is valid for 3 months under the single-entry scheme and 6 months under the multiple-entry scheme. Visitors can stay up to 60 days and can also extend the stay period with an additional fee.

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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 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 a 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

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

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