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  1. While I do plan to take a vaccine in Thailand, when more choice becomes available, the question is being raised. The vaccine producing companies seem to be wanting country government sign-ons as official partners in the vaccine usage. I suspect one of the major considerations here is protection of the companies from any immediate or long term negative health results liability.

  2. 17 hours ago, worgeordie said:

    Chiang Mai Immigration has been asking for 12 month statements

    for at least a year,it just duplicates what is in your bank book,which

    has to be updated the same day you go for extension, just extra cost

    and hassle for the retiree.

    regards Worgeordie 

    Agreed. I have always used the 65K a month transfer to meet the income requirement. But I use a agency as they keep up with any changing nuances at CM Immigration. As it would cost me 200 baht, plus 100 baht for the required bank statements and the agency costs 500 baht for this same service ... well, their charge of 200 baht more is a value ... handle it, handle it. Of course, they also do my 90 day reports, extension of Stay renewal and the associated O-A required insurance (hope to change visa in the future.

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  3. 18 hours ago, Sheryl said:

    Headline fails to explain the in car requirement is only if you have a passenger with you.

     

    They are nto requiring people driving alone to wear a mask inside their car, that would be ridiculous.

    Ridiculous also starting to drive home tomorrow. Koh Samui to Chiang Mai with wife and Daughter. Mask in the car, an enclosed space with family members who live together? Step outside the car and we are in “public space” with mask, but in the car? Same as being in the current resort room ... critical thinking skills lacking ...

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  4. On 4/25/2021 at 11:04 AM, Emdog said:

    I've posted in other threads about abysmal US state dept decisions regarding expats: "depend on local resources"... also some notice that embassy staff around world has been give vaccines.

    Fair to assume that "staff" would include the numerous Thai nationals that work at US embassy, consulate. Don't begrudge that, get jab where ever you can, but something seems intrinsically wrong with lack of concern shown by state dept with us rabble abroad. If they gave a damn about us, they would be working to get us vaccinated ASAP.

    Seems the only "service" embassies care about would be our funeral services.

    The USA would certainly not want to suggest that, for example, those US citizens who earned Medicare benefits should be treated equally with US citizens who earned military retirement Tricare benefits available worldwide. True a claim that all US citizens are due healthcare by the US is really over the edge for a country that does not provide a national healthcare program like every other democracy provides for its citizens.

  5. 19 hours ago, BritManToo said:

    There's no requirement to buy insurance, I've not had any in the past 12 years.

    I don't have any (beyond government minimum vehicle). My most expensive medical bill was 3,500bht for 3 nights in government hospital with gall bladder infection. My pal's most expensive bill was 40,000bht in a government hospital, toppled off his m/c and broke his hip, fully paid for by government minimum m/c insurance.

    Each person’s experience may be quite different. Chiang Mai, 2015 ... heart attack and at the end of the week a “mini stroke” from placement of the stent, plus 2 angioplasties. Total bill 411,000 baht. My insurance paid $5,000 USD and I paid the balance of $6,000 USD.

  6. 19 hours ago, BritManToo said:

    There's no requirement to buy insurance, I've not had any in the past 12 years.

    I don't have any (beyond government minimum vehicle). My most expensive medical bill was 3,500bht for 3 nights in government hospital with gall bladder infection. My pal's most expensive bill was 40,000bht in a government hospital, toppled off his m/c and broke his hip, fully paid for by government minimum m/c insurance.

    Each person’s experience may be quite different. Chiang Mai, 2015 ... heart attack and at the end of the week a “mini stroke” from placement of the stent, plus 2 angioplasties. Total bill 411,000 baht. My insurance paid $5,000 USD and I paid the balance of $6,000 USD.

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  7. On 4/23/2021 at 10:06 AM, Pilotman said:

    No, further more, I'm not at all sure why anyone would want to fully integrate/assimilate and in effect, reject their own heritage. They are not, or should not be, mutually exclusive. That is why I cannot understand those who go for Thai citizenship. 

    Understood. The appeal for me would only be to be relieved of the onerous immigration requirements. Even with that, I would not want to give up my US citizenship. I suppose I feel a strong obligation to my DNA which helped found the country.

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  8. 4 hours ago, petedk said:

     

    I agree with you and would have happily paid the 300 Baht.

     

    On the other hand I pay social security. Shouldn't that cover the cost?

     

    The other big NO NO was the fact that the price increased from 300 Baht to 500 Baht when it was foreigners only that had to pay. That is pure GREED and nothing else.

    Have faced the duel pricing on occasion. Even with my poor Thai language skills I can say, “sorry but I have lived in Thailand for 10 years and can only pay the same price as other residents” (Kon Thai).

  9. 23 hours ago, worgeordie said:

    I am going to Chiang Mai Immigration in a few days, for retirement extension not marriage, so I hope things go much smoother for me, but I have this feeling

    in my gut,it might be different this time.......

     

    I also have the worry that the bank will not be closed, because of covid, 4 Bangkok banks have already been closed because of Covid, collect the bank statement

    tomorrow....I hope. 

     

    regards Worgeordie

    A decade retired in Chiang Mai, Thailand and the only concern (until Covid) has been changes to my long term status at Royal Thai Immigration changes and various office interpretations.

  10. 19 hours ago, Shannoblic said:

    Thank you foreverlomsak.

     

    I have written into my will that all assets in Thailand will become the property of my wife and that my children [both adults with families, my UK wife is deceased] in the UK are entitled to any UK assets.  Do you think that is sufficient?

     

    The will is properly drafted and signed by two independent witnesses - this is the UK law on wills which I followed.

    I have two Wills. One for all assets in Thailand (sole beneficiary my Thai wife) and a separate US Will (beneficiaries my two American Sons).

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  11. 19 hours ago, Damrongsak said:

    I got Pfizer.  My wife got Moderna. She had fever, tiredness, chills and a headache, especially after the second dose. I had a slightly tender/sore spot on my arm for a half day after the second shot. 

    Problem is, if there is not substantial data pointing to a sustained issue ... well, each of us is subj3ct to our own particular body chemistry.

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  12. 7 hours ago, smedly said:

    this what happens when you have highly educated people appointed to high office in a 3rd world country

    Outside where there are any other people? I am not confronting only asking is common sense is to be applied. Driving my car with only my own family today? I am fully supportive of steps to protect us, just looking for application of critical thinking?!

  13. 6 hours ago, NZAMBOY said:

    My health, age, and financial situation seems to be about the same a yourself...i have recently  gotten a quote from Pacific Cross of 78k baht/year with 300k baht deductible and 5m limit...so my question is how have you been able to get a quote of 11,400 baht...

    cheers

    LMG 200,000 deductible. A I say, I just look at it as a tax to remain until I can change Thai Visa type when travel becomes possible. I further rationalized by figuring a trip over to, say, Vietnam and returning to change to an “O” Visa for reason of retirement would cost me more than the 11,400 baht.

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