June 21, 2023
Thailand Visa from Dubai
The Thai exemption scheme was introduced for certain nationalities, including Emiratis. So, nationals from UAE can enter Thailand visa-free for a period no longer than 30 days if they travel for sightseeing, relaxation, leisure, visiting friends, etc.
To cross the border without a visa, you must have a passport that won’t expire within 6 months, return tickets, and proof of financial resources (at least 10,000 Baht per person or 20,000 Baht for family).
In case of a longer stay in Thailand or a different travel purpose, a visa is a necessary document. Citizens from Dubai can obtain a Thailand tourist visa, a special tourist visa, a Thai elite visa, or non-immigrant permits (such as business, family, student, or retirement visas).
Besides, most of the restrictions related to COVID-19 were lifted. Wearing a mask or undergoing a quarantine is not required, but you still need vaccination or testing proof. Note that it is advisable to check all the information before the trip, as conditions may change.
Some nationalities who are not on the visa-free list may apply for an eVisa to Thailand and apply online. The process is very easy and convenient. Only three steps of visa application are necessary—completing the form, covering the fee, and waiting for the processing. If you come from the following country, you can apply for a Thai electronic visa:
- Papua New Guinea
- Republic of Cyprus
- Saudi Arabia
Do citizens of Dubai need a Thailand visa?
Nationals from Dubai don’t need a visa to Thailand if they intend to stay in the country for up to 30 days, with the possibility of an extension, for tourism-related purposes. However, longer stay or different travel reasons (business, work, studies, etc.) require obtaining a Thailand visa.
Thailand COVID-19 restrictions
As for now, most COVID-19 restrictions in Thailand have been lifted. There is no need to show insurance proof, get hotel quarantine, Thailand pass, or wear a mask anymore. However, unvaccinated travelers must complete the tests (RT-PCR or Professional Antigen Test) 72 hours before their visit to Thailand. Note that Thai Immigration and airlines will do random checks.
Thailand visa application from Dubai
There are two types of Thailand tourist visa: a single-entry permit valid for 3 months and a multiple-entry visa with a validity period of 6 months. To take part in a Thailand visa application, UAE citizens should:
- Complete the application form and provide the required information (name, surname, date of birth, nationality, etc.).
- Collect the necessary documents, such as a valid passport.
- Contact the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate and make an appointment.
- Bring the form and documents to the interview.
- Wait for the approval and receive the visa.
Don’t forget to submit your visa application earlier to avoid delays and other inconveniences.
What requirements must be met to get a Thai tourist visa?
If you want to visit Thailand for more than 30 days or not for tourism, you must apply for a Thailand tourist visa as a UAE citizen. To do so, prepare:
- a completed application form
- two recent face photos on the white background
- a valid passport for at least 6 months and a copy of it
- a copy of the residence visa (if you are a resident)
- No Objection Certificate or Original Guarantee (sponsored by the company, spouse, parents, or consulate in case of self-sponsoring)
- copies of tickets
- copy of the hotel confirmation letter
- a valid health insurance proof
- a copy of the COVID-19 vaccination certificate
- a bank statement
- funds for a visa fee (400 AED for a single-entry permit and 1,000 AED for a multiple-entry visa).
Some additional documents may be necessary. Visit the Thai embassy or consulate to learn more.
You don’t need to apply for a transit visa in case you stay in Thailand for less than 12 hours while waiting for the connecting flights, you won’t leave the transit zone, have the required documents for the final destination, and the flight is booked on the same ticket.
What entry documents do I need to prepare to visit Thailand?
Before the trip, prepare the following documents:
- an insurance certificate
- a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or test results
- a valid passport
- a tourist visa (if necessary).
You can speed up the procedures thanks to the preparations. Show the officers digital or printed copies of the documents, and everything will go smoothly.
Thailand visa types
There are several types of Thailand visa:
- Tourist Thailand Visa, or TR visa, can be used for visiting friends/relatives, relaxation, sightseeing, leisure, etc. It comes in two types: a single or multiple-entry permit.
- Business Thailand Visa, officially called a non-immigrant visa-B, is designed for conducting business, taking part in conferences/meetings, or investing.
- Education Thailand Visa, perfect for travel purposes related to education (studies, courses, lessons, internships, etc.).
- Marriage Thailand Visa, a person married to a Thai citizen can apply for this visa.
- Thai Retirement Visa, designed for travelers older than 50 years old.
- Thai Transit Visa that can be used for transit purposes.
- Permanent Resident Visa is a special visa type that enables one to live and work in the country.
- Diplomatic Visa can be used by diplomatic or official passport holders who need to conduct a mission in Thailand.
- Smart Visa for highly skilled individuals.