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UK Tourist Visa for a Thai National

A UK tourist visa for a Thai wife or Thai girlfriend is also commonly referred to as a UK holiday visa. This visa is given to a Thai National to allow them to travel to the UK on holiday to experience the differences in culture between Thailand and the United Kingdom, meet your family and make sure that if you both wished, Your Thai girlfriend or Thai wife would be comfortable settling in the UK before you continue your marriage considerations.

We take care of all online and paper application forms and associated letters and are completely hands-on from start to finish whilst constantly communicating to update local and overseas customers on the application progress so you can relax and leave it to us

An English owned and managed company with bilingual English / Thai staff who will help your Thai partner through the entire process with no hassle and full support from the beginning of the process right up until you receive your visa

We are a well respected company and affiliated with the Pattaya Expats club. Our team go above and beyond to offer simply the best visa service in Thailand with additional benefits not offered by any other company such as an airport concierge for solo travellers.

I like to call the UK Tourist visa for a Thai the acid test, to make sure that you and your Thai partner are suited to living in your own country because it is a totally different experience than when you are on holiday in Thailand. A UK tourist visa is very sensible and the service I initially offer all my clients for their first application. A UK Tourist visa for a Thai is not designed to allow you to reside with your Thai partner in the UK. It is exactly what it says: A UK Tourist / UK holiday visa and many re-applications are not permitted. The British embassy in Bangkok will take notice if you apply too frequently.

A UK Tourist visa for a Thai is available as a 6 month, 1 year, 2 year and 5 year visa but please be aware that you can only spend a 6 months period in any one year in the UK. So if you are awarded a 6 months holiday for your Thai girlfriend or Thai wife then after 6 months in the UK together your Thai partner must then spend 6 months back in Thailand before reapplying or the British embassy will assume these visas are being used to reside in the UK illegally, “so be careful.” Just because you have had one visa does not mean you will get another.

Our UK tourist visa for your Thai partner service

Successful visa applications to the UK for a Thai national are predominantly about, presentation, documentation and impression. You must give the embassy officer the feeling that you are genuine applicants, not manufactured. The problem is that most Thai’s are fairly poor and don’t have an incentive to return to Thailand. Therefore the documents are so important to contribute to a positive decision.

At Key Visa, we have specialized in obtaining UK visas for Thai wife’s, Thai girlfriends and boyfriends and transsexuals for 15 years. Knowing how to present a visa application is the key factor to success. Taking care of your Thai partner in Thailand is a major part of our service offered to all clients because, most of the time, you are overseas not knowing what is going on and so we take it upon ourselves to babysit you both through the full process. Key Visa’s owner, Darren, is British and is the contact for the foreigner while the application is being processed.

Because the embassy tends to award visas on the merits of the documentation and presentation it is imperative that you and your Thai partner consider using professional services to complete and present your UK Tourist visa application, or the exercise can very easily end in tears. Do not be over confident: The clearing officer at the British embassy can, and will try to, find numerous reasons to refuse a UK tourist visa for a Thai.

View our information on how to prove your relationship is genuine.

Why is it so difficult? Because not every Thai national is going to the UK for the correct reasons or planning on returning.Below we have given the service offered and also the procedure we take when applying for a UK tourist visa or other associated visas.

If you are unable to come to Thailand to travel back with your partner, there is no need to worry about them travelling alone through strange airports and getting stressed when they arrive in your country alone. Our airport concierge service can meet your partner directly from their flight, escort them through the airport and through immigration to meet with you at a pre-arranged point in the airport.

  • We start by advising the sponsor and the Thai applicant of the documents required.
  • Our English staff deals with the sponsor and our Thai staff deals with your partner, which is important.
  • When the documents are received we collate and do the translations that are needed.
  • We advise if we feel any documents are missing or if there is anything that needs amending.
  • We prepare the online application for the client with no mistakes and register it.
  • We pay the fees online whilst doing the online application.
  • We write all associated letters for you and your Thai partner with the necessary wording.
  • We book the appointment to submit the visa application with your Thai partner.
  • We make sure that your Thai partner says the correct information to the officers, which is important.
  • We then track and check the status of the application every single day.
  • When the decision has been made on the visa application we then will collect the application and passport and visa on behalf of your Thai partner from the Embassy in Bangkok.
  • We then advise you when the visa has been issued and invoice you for the remaining balance.
  • We also train your lady how to be polite and say the correct information to the Immigration in the UK when the documents and passport have been collected
  • Or we can post this to your Thai partner’s home if they so wish if they do not wish to travel to Pattaya.

For a 6 months UK tourist visa our total fee for all of the above is ฿30,000. Included in our fee are all costs incurred during the visa application including embassy fees, translations, etc., at no increase in the quoted price.

Our company policy is you only pay a 10,000 baht deposit to start the process and then no more money until the visa has been awarded, meaning there is no financial risk to you or your partner just as stated on our home page. Only when the visa has been awarded do you pay the 20,000 baht remaining balance. No visa, no charge. The deposit that was originally paid we use to pay the Embassy so in reality we are not being paid anything until success is achieved.

If for any reason the visa was not given we would take it on the chin and redo the visa application, paying the embassy fee ourselves. When the visa is eventually awarded you still only pay 20,000 Thai baht.

Click on the questions below to read the answers

Can a UK Tourist visa be granted to a Thai lady who worked in a Bar?
The answer is yes of course a UK tourist visa for a Thai national is open to all applicants as long as they have the correct paperwork and guidance the meeting place e.g. a bar or night club is a small and unimportant part of a UK Tourist visa application the British Embassy is more interested in the ongoing relationship that the place the relationship began which is why using Key Visa to present the visa application to the UK is important.
If we have had one tourist visa to UK is it easier the second time?
When you have had one tourist visa to the UK and your Thai partner has returned on time then the second and third visa application to the UK will be looked upon more favorably as long as you have both kept withing the boundaries of the tourist visa to the UK. You must remember that when you apply the documents you supply have to be complete the same as your first application including photographs of you both in the UK on holiday, do not do as we have seen before where clients have presumed they can do themselves the second time and only produced half the documents required.
How long should we wait before applying for another UK tourist visa?
The unwritten rule is if your Thai partner spends the full six months in the UK on the tourist visa then they have to spend 6 months back in Thailand as the rule is one visa in a one year period, the reason is UK tourist visas should not be used for residing in the UK with your UK partner they are for visiting and holidays, so remember the rule unless it has mitigating circumstances one visa in a one year period. Visas to the UK can have many pitfalls.
How Do I Save Skype Messages & Record Calls?
As technology is improving, moire and more people are using the internet from all walks of life and ages. A popular choice of communication is Skype which we find most of our clients use to contact their Thai girlfriends from the UK, Australia or Ireland. But as we have seen, Skype is not easy to obtain records from so you can chat for hours and after months of great service, have no records to show. This does not help when applying for a visa. Please be aware that continuing using Skype is great but most people are not aware you can download a conversation log from Skype which is free. This logs all calls and chat in a printable form and allows you to keep all records. I am constantly being told in my office “We use Skype but we cannot get records”, now you have no excuse. Look up Skype Log View and download it. It allows you to keep all your records which is great because with all visa applications, the more contact information we have, the more chance we have of getting you a visa. Make sure before you download anything free you have virus checked it first.
A massive massive thank you to Darren worked wonders for my wife and I! Probably one of his hardest but so professional and confident. Strongly recommended using a reputable company like Key Visa.
5 / 5 stars
Neil Walker

I did a search of the internet, looked at quite a few sites but kept coming back to Key Visa. Asked a friend who lives in Pattaya and who attends the ExPats Club if he could recommend Darren? He instantly returned my email and said there wasn’t anyone better or more trustworthy in the visa business, so on his recommendation I contacted Key Visa and started the process to obtain a six month tourist visa for my Thai girlfriend to visit the UK.
5 / 5 stars
James Bremner

Would like to say thank you to Darren and his team at Key Visa he did a great job getting my partners visa first time to visit England, Cheers again Darren
5 / 5 stars
Bernie Mullen

My name is Mr. Darren McGarry and I am the owner and the main visa consultant of Key Visa Company. I have given you my procedures and inclusive costings for the UK Tourist Visa application and you will see there is no financial risk and that the fee is reasonable. I find that when the visa has been awarded most clients feel they are happy to have paid a professional company to obtain and present the visa application to get it correct first time.

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Tony Squibb
Tony S.
08:43 20 Nov 19
Good and quick service
Richard Barton
Richard B.
12:38 14 Nov 19
Darren and his staff provide a great service at a reasonable price and I would recommend them to anyone.
Leslie burridge
Leslie B.
04:37 14 Nov 19
Shaun Davies
Shaun D.
18:55 31 Oct 19
Hi Darren, I dont usually do reviews but couldn't let this go without giving you a quick mention, than you to you and your staff for making my visa run to Cambodia absolutely perfect, such an easy process, will be using you from now on thank you
John Martin
John M.
09:10 28 Oct 19
Used the place a while ago great service .
Jim Owens
Jim O.
07:43 26 Oct 19
Very efficient and well priced service. No complaints.
Dave M Inskip
Dave M I.
10:20 23 Oct 19
Top man Darren!!😁
Jeremy Hook
Jeremy H.
08:08 14 Oct 19
Excellent service I was very impressed
Danny
Danny
14:46 09 Oct 19
Thank you Darren and his team for successfully getting a visa for my girlfriend Duangphon, Very professional and got exactly what we wanted ( A 6 month visa to the UK), I recommend Key Visa to anyone who wants a visa done right the first time from real professionals and I will always be using Key Visa for my girlfriends Visa in the future, We’re absolutely delighted 😁
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Asbestos Discount Removal 20% D.
02:46 25 Sep 19
Darren and his team have sorted out a new English renewal passport for me in the past, and is now in the process of organising my son his first British passport so he will have both Thai and British passports available for his future, this I believe is very important for any foreigner likewise in my similar situation.I always find Darren’s professionalism second to none, he does a first class job every time and when I get the chance I always recommend his service to anyone wanting to get things organised quickly and efficiently.I am here in Thailand ten years and know after vast experience it always pays to use the best and get the job done right the first time, and to do this Darren is defiantly the man.Thanks Key Visa And Your [email protected] Harry
chris moss
chris M.
02:49 22 Sep 19
Good efficient not easy to find at first but well worth finding
Paul Allen
Paul A.
10:19 20 Sep 19
Been using Darren for years !!! I will not use anyone else the service is simple first class !!! Do not go anywhere else REALLY
Grahame Coleman
Grahame C.
03:40 11 Sep 19
Good service. Straight talking.
Jean Baptiste CAUDAL
Jean Baptiste C.
10:03 30 Aug 19
Great service great staff
Edmond Schauf
Edmond S.
10:55 16 Aug 19
Totally satisfied customer great job Darren thank you very much
derek carney
derek C.
14:43 13 Aug 19
This company were superb. Helped in every way. Fantastic..l was lost without their help..Class..My son is Thai.their help was immense...Massive thanks
simon goodley
simon G.
01:29 08 Aug 19
Great service, very professional. I am from UK, my wife from Lithuania and our adopted son is from Hong Kong. Darren and his team sorted out my retirement visa and my family's right of abode in Thailand with no issues at all. Highly recommend the service and fees are very reasonable. 5 stars!!!
Wendy Brown
Wendy B.
04:57 29 Jul 19
I have nothing but awesome things to say about Darren and his team. I am not the easiest client being quite highly strung i tend to ask 500 questions about the same thing, every answer was met with patience and explanatory info. Professional affordable HONEST service with minimal effort from my side - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL TRAVELLING IN THAILAND AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Roger Pearn
Roger P.
12:12 28 Jul 19
Best visa company in pattaya
Scott Mitchell
Scott M.
07:49 23 Jul 19
Adequate and as promised. Done with no bother. When non conforming issues came up, I go to Darren.
chris marsh
chris M.
03:06 17 Jul 19
Absolutely the best place to go for visas, extremely helpful and efficient.
Dean Weeks
Dean W.
08:23 29 Jun 19
First class from start to finish got my three kids English passports we had problems the English side wanting letters from my ex Darren even dealt with that at no extra costFantastic serviceBig thank you from the 4 of us
Mark Campbell
Mark C.
08:26 24 Jun 19
Fast, efficient and easy
Lyn Woodley
Lyn W.
11:33 22 Jun 19
Key Visa (Darren) are a brilliant Company always very helpful and professional. I would highly Reccomend them
christopher dunstan
christopher D.
10:42 21 Jun 19
Always very helpful and not too expensive
William Lowrie
William L.
11:01 10 Jun 19
Excellent service from Darren McGarry and his colleagues...Due to my UK Passport renewal application being submitted from here in Hua Hin to Darren & his colleagues in Pattaya later than anticipated, my new passport arrived back in Darrens office in Pattaya on the eve of my flying back out to work the next day....Post from Pattaya to Hua Hin would take approx 3 more days....No problem....Darren organised courier service by taxi from Pattaya to Hua Hin that night to ensure I had passport ready for flying out next day....(well worth the additional cost of taxi to ensure delivery....)...Very good service.....
Napas Meehan
Napas M.
21:22 18 May 19
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Mark G
Mark G
12:57 19 Apr 19
Good job...nice staff
nik bhalla
nik B.
12:19 12 Apr 19
We wanted to get our Thai/English baby son (8 months old) a UK passport, after several emails to Darren I was more than satisfied to proceed with him.We saw him on the 8th March 2019 in his office in Pattaya, Darren is a sound, friendly man, and after he checked the paperwork we bought, we were on our way after 20 minutes.We received my son’s first uk passport today (12th April 2019) - posted to my wife’s address in Khon Kaen.Can’t thank you enough for simplifying the passport procedure and giving us the confidence that we would get his passport easily.Thoroughly recommend this company.👍🏽🙏🏽🇹🇭🇬🇧
Mark Hampson
Mark H.
10:53 03 Apr 19
Excellent Service. If you want a Visa this is the only place. If you've tried the rest try the best...
Marius Terblanche
Marius T.
14:47 28 Mar 19
Simple, easy arrangements and efficient and affordable service for my visa run.
john thacker
john T.
00:33 07 Mar 19
Really helpful for any information being going here for years .
Robert Wright
Robert W.
07:09 22 Feb 19
Darren is extremely helpful with friendly staff
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100% Red Pill C.
09:12 19 Feb 19
If you need to renew your british passport or if you need any other advice or visa service. This is the only place to do it with. Darren the guy who set up and owns key Visa, is Ultra proffessional, answered every single email and question for me, put my mind at ease and I had alot of weird quesrions. Very patiently answerd. The process was simple quick convenient, He even took care of the transfer of my Thai Non O marry visa into my new passport. The whole process cost me just B10,000 that included the cost of my new uk passport, the letter from uk emnbassy to transfer my Non O 1 year marry visa and his fee. Financially It's a no brainer. The travelling hotels food and train tickets aloan would cost more than that. I just downloaded the nessasary forms filled them in sent it all to Darren. He did the rest. Brilliant, proffesional 100% trustworthy service!. I give Darren and Key Visa. 10☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ highly recomended. PS sorry it took a while to send in my review Darren mate. Thanks again for everything.
Paul Burke
Paul B.
16:25 18 Feb 19
Great service from Darren and the team when renewing my retirement visa. I will be using them again.
Christian Veren
Christian V.
06:24 17 Feb 19
Bronwyn Hooper
Bronwyn H.
08:20 29 Dec 18
Friendly reliable service. Great value for money.
Paul Ellis
Paul E.
13:32 24 Nov 18
Cathy Rodger
Cathy R.
07:37 23 Oct 18
Darren is a great help. Helped me with exactly what I need without wanting money upfront. More helpful than thai visa express (that Paul just wanted money before he knew the situation!!)
Christopher Walton
Christopher W.
09:42 14 Oct 18
Efficient service. I use them every year to get my certified letter from the British Embassy to support my Pension Income for my Retirement Visa. Unfortunately from 14th December 2018 the British Embassy will no longer certify income letters. No one yet knows what new arrangements will be put in place by Pattaya Immigration!
Neil Robinson
Neil R.
14:58 21 Sep 18
They dealt with renewal of my UK passport efficiently
Carl Furber
Carl F.
09:09 20 Sep 18
i would advise everyone to use KEY VISA .Darren and his staff got my girlfriends visitor visa quickly and efficiently. She spent 6 months in England and thoroughly enjoyed it.Now we are waiting for a Settlement VISA , fingers crossed.For me personally,,,,, too much paperwork ,,,,,,,Darren and his thai staff kindly guided us through this effortlessly.Good luck to this company for the following years.Regards Carl Furberand Lalita Naiyo.
Anthony Plummer
Anthony P.
00:12 16 Sep 18
Very helpful.
mark hickman
mark H.
15:35 16 Aug 18
Ralph Scott
Ralph S.
06:28 30 Jul 18
Simon Gwee
Simon G.
06:36 28 Jun 18
Outstanding service and a very fair price. Darren and his team are very professional and no -nonsense. Real value for money and I would definitely recommend!
Alan Bangaysuko
Alan B.
02:13 13 Jun 18
Friendly polite service with the experience and knowledge to help your every need
Graham Lamb
Graham L.
20:44 28 Nov 17
Very professional and polite service. Will be using them again soon and would recommend them .
Cristiano Volpe
Cristiano V.
16:10 27 Feb 17
Mark Pugh
Mark P.
07:49 06 Feb 17
The best visa agent in the area. Covers the whole process.
Paul Gee
Paul G.
08:04 25 Dec 16
An excellent service, from the owner Darren, in getting my retirement Visa . Unlike some similar visa services, which may do it cheaper, Key Visa has a proper office with support staff etc. , and did a no-hassle job within the timescale promised. I would definitely use them again.
Mark Rothschild
Mark R.
05:26 09 Nov 16
I am an Australian Darren was able to get my girl friend a visa no hassels (dont listen to any advice from thai people or what you read on websites just pay the money and get the visa)
Erica Waichman
Erica W.
17:53 18 Jan 16
Darren, thank you so much to you and your team for sorting out my husband's Australian settlement visa. I am convinced that we couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Therz Ganiquem
Therz G.
07:56 18 Jan 16
Darren and his team are always really helpful whenever I have questions about visas in Thailand.
Ray Cassar
Ray C.
08:01 07 Jan 16
Popped in for some advise today and Darren was upfront and honest with his advice. Will definitely be using for my wifes future visa requirements. Thank you
Suwichada Garvey
Suwichada G.
08:52 04 Nov 15
Matt Page
Matt P.
18:33 22 Aug 15
Thank you Darren and team for helping to get an Australian settlement visa for my Thai wife, Nok and I are really enjoying living together in my home country and we cannot thank you enough for everything you did to help us through this very difficult process.
Rhiannon Caldwell
Rhiannon C.
12:45 03 Dec 14
A big thank you to Key Visa for your help in obtaining my first visa. I was worried because I have heard so many people get denied but with your company it seemed to be easy. Darren and his staff were so courteous and helpful and they were with me every step of the way. Thank you again Key Visa, I could not have done this without your help. ขอบคุณมากคะ
Michael Nordström
Michael N.
06:40 10 Nov 14
Top notch service! Here is finally a company you can trust to get things done. They know all the rules and regulations so no need to show up three or four times with various documents and no hidden costs.
Chad Faith
Chad F.
03:42 19 May 14
A friend introduced Key Visa Thailand to me and I have to say that my experience with them has been a most satisfying one. My girlfriend's tourist visa to the UK was arranged within such a short time that it amazed me! Everyone around me told me it would be difficult but Key Visa really made my day. This is an A+ service that deserves two thumbs up!
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