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DUBAI - Emiratis and expatriates in the UAE can fly to Thailand even with a last minute twist of holiday plans and without a visa even after the three-month period after the waiving of a visa is over.

By Lily B. Libo-on

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Published: Sat 14 Mar 2009, 1:26 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 8:24 PM

Earlier, the Thai government granted a three-month period where the visa is waived for tourists bound for Thailand. The rules now allow for potential visitors to pack up their bags and make sure they have a passport with six months validity and a return ticket.

Thai Consul General Pasan Therapak told Khaleej Times that Emiratis and other tourists can still apply for a month’s extension of their visa for free within the three months’ period.

“Even if it is the third month, they can still be granted one more month for free,” he said.

Emiratis can also continue to visit Thailand after this period without visa because UAE is among the 41 countries exempted from the visa requirement. “For information on the 41 countries, expatriates can check the website,” he said.

He also said expatriates belonging to 21 other countries, can get their visas upon arrival after the visa waiver is over. Visa on arrival, he said, is provided at 24 designated international checkpoints and applicants should submit a duly filled out application form with the applicant’s 4 x 6 recent picture.

Expatriates from the neighboring countries of Thailand, which are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations do not need any visa at all to enter Thailand and stay is allowed for 30 days.

However, if they enter through the immigration checkpoints at the borders, they will be allowed to stay only for 15 days each tim.

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