Travel to Thailand from UAE

Travel to Thailand from UAE

Travel to Thailand from UAE

Marhaban, are you a citizen from the United Arab Emirates looking forward to traveling to Thailand? Do you need guidance on how to enter Thailand? If you do, then you are in the right place.

Big changes!

From May 1, 2022, how a citizen from the UAE enters Thailand will depend on their vaccination status. All visitors are required to apply for a Thailand Pass but the documents you need to provide can vary.

Previously, the Thailand Pass could take up to 7 days to approve, but with Thailand easing its travel restrictions there are fewer documents to check and approvals are much quicker.

Visitors from the UAE can now enter Thailand by following these simple steps.

5 Step Guide to Entering Thailand

Thailand is easing its travel restrictions, but there are still things you need to do to be granted entry into the country. Below are the steps that you need to take.

1. Apply for a Thai Visa

Citizens from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may enter Thailand without a visa because the UAE is included in the countries listed in the Visa Exemption Scheme of Thailand. The Visa Exemption Scheme, however, only lets UAE citizens stay in Thailand for 30 days maximum.

If you want to stay longer than 30 days, you need to apply for a Thai visa. Here are the Thai visas you can apply for:

  • SMART Visa
  • Special Tourist Visa
  • Non-Immigrant Visa (for retirement, for a long stay, for work, etc.)

Those are some of the Thai visas you can apply for, but if you want something more, you can apply for a Thai Elite Visa, a privileged multi-entry visa that lets you stay for more than 5 years in Thailand.

For a Thai visa application, download this Thai visa application form. You will have to:

  • Type the answers or the necessary details asked in the form because, strictly, a handwritten application form is prohibited or not accepted.
  • Print the filled-in visa application form, print 2 of them.
  • Gather 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.

  • Royal Thai Embassy, Abu Dhabi
    Villa 65, Al Shumous Street, End of Dihan Street, Street No.21, Al Zafranah Area, Near to Abu Dhabi General Headquarters, the General Directorate of Central Operations, Traffic & Patrol Directorate, Abu Dhabi
    Contact details: +971 2 557 6551 or [email protected]
  • Royal Thai Consulate-General, Dubai
    Villa 35, Al Jali Street, Community 366 Umm Suqeim 3, P.O. Box 51844 Dubai, the United Arab Emirates Near Raffles International School West. Opposite Jumeirah Beach Hotel)
    Contact Details: +971 4 348 9550 or [email protected]

The issuing of a visa is really nothing more than a type of pre-entry clearance. It doesn’t give you permission to travel to Thailand. Thailand’s immigration authorities reserve the power to reject entry into Thailand at the port of entry.

Before you move on to the next step, there is something you should know about entering Thailand.

Vaccination status updates and entering Thailand

From May 1, 2022, Thailand Pass application and approval requirements will depend on a traveler’s vaccination status.

  • Fully Vaccinated travelers will no longer need to apply to enter Thailand under the Test & Go or Sandbox scheme (Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus Sandbox). A vaccinated traveler does not need to book 1 night’s accommodation in an approved SHA+ hotel or complete an RT-PCR test on arrival.Fully vaccinated foreigners will need to provide proof of insurance and their vaccination certificate when applying for Thailand Pass. Thai Nationals only need to provide their vaccination certificate as insurance is not required.

    Unvaccinated children under 18 years old may travel with vaccinated parents without quarantine.

  • Unvaccinated travelers will be able to enter Thailand under the existing 5-day Alternate Quarantine scheme. OR
  • Unvaccinated travelers will be able to avoid the 5-day Alternate Quarantine by completing an RT-PCR test and uploading the result into their Thailand Pass application. The test cannot be older than 72 hours before their arrival date.

As you can see, the requirements for entering Thailand will depend on whether or not you are vaccinated. All UAE citizens will require a confirmed flight, Covid-19 insurance and an approved Thailand pass.

2. Book a Flight

Flights are available from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Thailand. The following mentioned airlines have the said available flights:

If you follow social media, you may hear the term “sealed flights” mentioned. With the removal of Test & Go, sealed flights are no longer required, so citizens of the UAE are free to enter Thailand at any international airport and then transit domestically to anywhere in Thailand.

3. Book a Hotel

When booking a hotel, you will need to find an approved SHA+/AQ hotel. These hotels Alternate Quarantine packages for unvaccinated travellers.

  • Vaccinated travelers or unvaccinated travelers who complete a 72-hour pre-departure RT-PCR test are welcome to book any accommodation. There are no quarantine requirements.
  • Unvaccinated UAE citizens who choose to complete the 5-day Alternate Quarantine will need to book a hotel that is SHA+ approved and offers Alternate Quarantine packages.

The package will include transport from the airport to the hotel, 5 nights of accommodation, meals and services, and an RT-PCR test before you leave.

During the 5 day quarantine, you will not be allowed to leave your room.

For the best deals and less hassle hotel booking, visit Agoda.

4. Purchase COVID-19 Insurance

As a foreign traveler, you are required to purchase COVID-19 insurance. When purchasing COVID-19 insurance, make sure the following coverage is included:

  • A minimum coverage of at least $10,000 USD
  • It will cover medical insurance.
  • It will cover life insurance.
  • It will cover unexpected costs caused by COVID-19 incidents.

Please make sure that the coverage will last during your full stay in Thailand.

For reliable and best COVID-19 insurance you can ask, choose AXA Sawasdee Thailand.

5. Apply for Thailand Pass

To apply for Thailand Pass, head over to You will need the following documents.

Vaccinated travelers:

  • Your passport profile page
  • Flight itinerary to confirm the arrival date
  • A certificate of full (2 doses) vaccination
  • A medical insurance policy with at least USD$ 10,000 minimum coverage

Unvaccinated travelers NOT doing Alternate Quarantine:

  • Your passport profile page
  • Flight itinerary to confirm the arrival date
  • An RT-PCR test result no more than 72 hours before your arrival date
  • A medical insurance policy with at least USD$ 10,000 minimum coverage

Unvaccinated travelers doing Alternate Quarantine:

  • Your passport profile page
  • Flight itinerary to confirm the arrival date
  • Confirmed booking of SHA+ hotel 5-day Alternate Quarantine package
  • A pre-booked RT-PCR test on arrival (if not included in your package)
  • A medical insurance policy with at least USD$ 10,000 minimum coverage

To obtain a QR entry code and Thailand Pass ID, travelers will have to:

  • Register at Thailand Pass web portal
  • Input personal details
  • Upload the required documents per their vaccination status
  • Receive a confirmation email after registration (within seconds after registration)
  • Wait for the Thailand Pass approval (normally within 1-3 days)

Once approved, you will receive an email with your QR Entry Code and Thailand Pass ID.

Thai authorities understand that flights are not 100% reliable and people may have undue delays or cancellations. With this in mind, there has been a recent amendment that your travel dates can change by up to 7 days without having to apply for a new Thailand Pass.

If you need assistance with the Thailand Pass application, do not hesitate to reach out for professional assistance.

Preparing your documents for smooth travel

Everything is booked and approved. You are ready to fly.

We live in a digital age, but things can go wrong with electronics. To ensure a smooth entry into Thailand, there are a few things you can do to help yourself and the Thai Immigration Officers at Passport Control.

To avoid delays when entering, it is best to print a hard copy of the following documents:

  • Thailand Pass QR code
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Hotel booking confirmation (Alternate Quarantine)
  • Pre-departure RT-PCR test result (unvaccinated)
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Covid-19 recovery certificate (if previously tested positive)
  • TM6 – This is the blue card they give you on the plane.
  • TM8 – Health Declaration Form

If you provide these documents, you can get to your hotel quicker and Immigration staff will appreciate the effort.

COVID 19 Insurance:

COVID Travel Insurance Thailand

SHA+ Hotels in Phuket:

Book SHA Plus Hotel here

Thailand Pass Support by Siam Legal:

Thailand Pass Support

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