Emirates is the first airline given a permission to resume commercial flights to Thailand. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has granted the permission for Emirates Airline to resume their commercial flights on the route Dubai-Bangkok-Dubai from 1 September to 24 October 2020.
Even if the first reaction of the Royal Thai Embassy in Abu Dhabi put some confusion as they were denying that commercial flights can be used to travel to Thailand, with the latest announcement they confirmed that booking of Emirates flight from Dubai to Bangkok will be valid when applying for Certificate of Entry at the Royal Thai Embassy in Abu Dhabiin Abu Dhabi or the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Dubai.
Who can fly from Dubai to Thailand?
The original announcement from the Royal Thai Embassy in Abu Dhabi was that only non-Thai Nationals are allowed to take these flights from Dubai to Bangkok and not the Thai Nationals, who should be going back to Thailand with repatriation flights arranged by the Royal Thai Embassy in Abu Dhabi or the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Dubai only.
However, addition comments from representatives of the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Dubai indicate that Thai people can travel to Thailand by Emirates if they choose to book and stay at an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) accommodation at their own expense instead of relying on State Quarantine (SQ) facilities that are provided for Thais returning on repatriation flights only.
As it’s not an official announcement yet, for Thai nationals we would suggest contacting the Embassy or the Consulate-General directly before booking Emirates flight from Dubai to Bangkok.
Pay attention that tor taking a flight to Thailand, you must get Certificate of Entry (COE) first!
Who can apply for Certificate of Entry in UAE?
The eligible groups of non-Thai nationals who are eligible to apply for Certificate of Entry in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the following:
1. Members of diplomatic missions, consular representatives and international organizations (DCIOs) in Thailand, including their spouse, children and parents;
2. Spouse, children and parents of Thai nationals holding legal documents to prove the relationship with the Thai national;
3. Holders of certificate of residence or a person who has been permitted to have residency in Thailand, including spouse and children;
4. Holders of a valid Work Permit or a person who has been granted permission to work in Thailand, including spouse and children;
5. Students in any educational institution under approval of Thai authorities, including parents or a guardian;
6. A person in need of medical treatment, including one accompanying person, except COVID-19 treatment (an applicant must contact the hospital in Thailand directly to apply and request for approval).
Preparing to travel from Dubai to Thailand
The Royal Thai Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Dubai offer the following suggestions to those non-Thai nationals who are eligible and would like to enter the Kingdom of Thailand by taking an Emirates flight from Dubai to Bangkok:
1. An eligible person may make flight reservation directly with Emirates and subsequently submit required documents such as Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) or Alternative Local State Quarantine (ALQ / ALSQ) booking confirmation and insurance document covering the treatment of COVID-19 in Bangkok with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD, to the Embassy or the Consulate-General in order to obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) into Thailand as well as an appropriate visa (required visa type depends on the group of visitors you belong to).
For more information and queries, you should contact:
The Royal Thai Embassy in Abu Dhabi
- Phone: +971 2-557 6551 ext. 111
- Facebook: Royal Thai Embassy Abu Dhabi
The Royal Thai Consulate-General in Dubai
- Phone: +971 4348 9550 ext. 31 , 32
- Facebook: RTCGDXB
Before planning you visit there, check detailed information about getting Thai Visa in Dubai.