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  1. The article quotes > The extreme detour of the recurrent laryngeal nerves, about 4.6 metres (15 ft) in the case of giraffes,[26]:74–75 is cited as evidence of evolution, as opposed to Intelligent Design. The nerve's route would have been direct in the fish-like ancestors of modern tetrapods, traveling from the brain, past the heart, to the gills (as it does in modern fish). Over the course of evolution, as the neck extended and the heart became lower in the body, the laryngeal nerve was caught on the wrong side of the heart. Natural selection gradually lengthened the nerve by tiny increment
  2. Many examples of 'unnecessary' physical features that later proved to have a useful function after all. Imo it is somewhat arrogant to presume that the current science status knows 'better' than nature's intelligent design. More relevant in current times and taking this one step further I daresay that our immune system with its multi-layered protection barriers, when not challenged by unhealthy lifestyle and pollution, will do a far better job than the Sorcerer's Apprentice 'only solution'...
  3. Because of overall healthier life-style, out-door life and less obesity Thailand will not be hit as hard as some other countries. But I agree that corona is here (in the world that is) and will stay. The Magic Bullet Vaccine is no solution, strengthening your immune solution is. You cannot hide from life, which is what social distancing, mask-wearing and vaccination propagate....
  4. On of the fastest, cheapest and most transparent ways to transfer money from your home-country bank-account to your Thai bank-account is TransferWise. I did PM you a Guideline document on TransferWise and how to ensure that - whichever Thai bank you are transferring the funds to - that you can get hold of the IO-required evidence that the funds originated from abroad. > To access your PM-message just click the letter-icon next to your profile when logged in to the Forum.
  5. UJ already responded, but just to confirm/clarify for you. 1 - Anybody can now apply for a 60-day SingleEntry TouristVisa at any Thai Embassy/Consulate abroad. 2- When you enter Thailand on that SETV you will be stamped in with a permission to stay for 60 days The first 14 days of those 60 days you will have to spend in the ASQ Hotel you opted for when you applied for the CoE (Certificate of Entry) like anybody currently entering Thailand. 3 - When coming out of quarantaine, you then need to open a personal Thai bank-account and transfer +800K THB to that bank-account with fore
  6. Since you mentioned in your original post that it would be your 'first retirement Visa' I presumed that you planned or actually did enter on the 60-day Tourist Visa, because ONLY applicants on a Tourist Visa (or those having entered Thailand VisaExempt) can apply for the 90-day Non Imm O Visa at their local IO. My initial response and the PM I did sent you were based on that presumption. However, you now indicated that you are staying in Thailand on a 'medical Visa' and hence you can only apply for an extension of stay, and your options are limited to what the initial Visa on which you e
  7. Ground-breaking and peer-reviewed article published two days ago in NATURE, the UK's leading multidisciplinary science journal. > https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-19802-w Title of the article: Post-lockdown SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid screening in nearly ten million residents of Wuhan, China. Abstract: Stringent COVID-19 control measures were imposed in Wuhan between January 23 and April 8, 2020. Estimates of the prevalence of infection following the release of restrictions could inform post-lockdown pandemic management. Here, we describe a city-wide SARS-CoV-2 nu
  8. See my earlier response and UJ's confirmation of it being correct. But the question is WHY would you do a border-hop at the end of the 3-months the 90-day Non Imm O Visa will provide after you successfully applied for it from the SingleEntry 60-day Tourist Visa? To apply for the 90-day Non Imm O Visa you would need to meet the financial requirements for that application, and subsequently applying for the 1-year extension of that Non Imm O Visa only requires you to maintain the financial proof you provided for the 90-day Non Imm O Visa application.
  9. Somebody please correct me < @ubonjoe ? > but I thought that you can extend the STV two times in-countrty, but that you then have to leave Thailand, because the STV does not allow you to apply for a 90-day Non Imm O Visa while in country. Now that is of course no issue if at the end of your 2nd extension (max 9 months) the borders would be open again, because you could then do a simple border-run and return VisaExempt which would then allow you to apply for a 90-day Non Imm O Visa in country (you could of course also apply for the Non Imm O Visa at the Thai Embassy/Consulate of the coun
  10. Hi Jim, No problem. It is difficult keeping up with the almost daily changes on options to return to Thailand. Many of the Embassies/Consulates websites have not yet been updated on these latest changes (the usual Thai chaos/confusion we are all accustomed to and love so much...). Attached the link to the thread (obviously quite popular).
  11. You cannot apply for a 90-day Non Imm O Visa from the STV (limited only to low-risk covid countries). But irrespective of age/nationality, you can now apply for the 60-day TouristVisa (which is not the same as the STV) and which would allow a subsequent 90-day Non Imm O Visa application. Since a few days also the requirement to have 500K THB seasoned for 6 months on your bank-account has been scrapped (as it was obviously blocking many to apply for that Visa option as nobody in his right mind keeps 500K unmoved for 6 months on a regular bank-account).
  12. Op did not mention it, but from what he wrote I presume he would enter Thailand on the new 60-day TouristVisa, which would allow him in the last 15 days of the permission to stay that Visa would provide him on entry, to apply for the 90-day Non Imm O Visa at the IO of the province where he intends to stay.
  13. Yes, that makes sense, I simply took over what my contact wrote but he probably misinterpreted the response he got. So indeed, it looks like the insurance would be valid on your 1st day in Thailand provided that you bought it with start-date 15 days earlier.
  14. I know you stated this before, but attached here a correspondence from someone that contacted PacificCross about this issue, and the response was that it is 15 days from arrival that are not covered. There is a 15 day waiting period after arrival in Thailand, according to a reply he received to the question as to why there is 15 day exclusion clause. Here is the text he received in response to this question: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "The purpose of this condition is that in the past we had people buying
  15. You are most probably referring to the VisaFriendly policy offered by PacificCross.. That's indeed an option when you are over 75 years of age and need coverage for both the mandatory Non Imm O-A Visa compliant insurance and the 100.000 US $ covid-19 treatment insurance. However, be aware that these PacificCross policies only cover you for covid-19 after 15 days when arriving in Thailand, and after 15 days in-country the risk of catching covid is as good as zero, so a bit like selling you an umbrella but only allowing you to open it when the sun shines.
  16. Hi, I was surprised to read that your World Nomads travel-insurance policy covers covid-19 treatment in Thailand. I normally use them too when I need travel-insurance and they are excellent. However, their website STILL says that their travel-insurance policies do not cover covid-19 treatment. World Nomads will probably reconsider, because their main competitor for 'on the fly' travel-insurance Safety Wings DOES include covid-19 treatment as part of their travel-insurance package. The conditions and premiums for World Nomads and Safety Wings are approx same, but obviously when you need
  17. There is no need for engaging an agent or a legal firm for something as simple as applying in-country for a 90-day Non Imm O Visa. >> I did PM you a comprehensive Guideline document for long-stay in Thailand for +50 years of age, which outlines all the details and options of such application. To access your PM messages just click the letter icon next to your profile when logged in to the Forum.
  18. Dr Yong, the famous virologist form Chulakorn University, recommends wearing full hazmat suits for ALL domestic trips. The motto being 'You Can Never Be Sure Enough' and 'Never Let Your Guard Down', advice that proved 100% effective to curb the risk of sudden T-Rex attacks.
  19. The 60-day SETV can be used as 'entry-ticket' to Thailand and allows to subsquently apply at your local IO for a 90-day Non Imm O Visa for reason of retirement. Those from countries that do not provide the Non Imm O Visa for retirement (e.g. USA or Australia) and that cannot meet the requirements for a Non Imm O-A Visa, could now use that 'tourist option' and once in country apply for the 90-day Non Imm O visa for reason of retirement and subsequent 1-year extension of that Visa.
  20. Does border-immigration not ALSO want to see the expiry date of your covid-19 insurance policy. I understood that they would stamp you in for whichever is shortest: the permission to stay your Visa entitles you to, or the expiry date of that coivd-19 insurance policy.
  21. The actual issue was about the period for which you have to subscribe to the mandatory US 100.000 US $ coverage of covid-19 treatment insurance. The Thai Embassy websites indicate that you should be covered for the length of your intended stay, and in practice it is required to subscribe for a period aligned with the permission to stay the Visa on which you will enter, will provide you. That means that when entering on a Non Imm O-A visa, you are required to subscribe to that mandatory covid-19 insurance for a full year (for a US or UK citizen the TGIA covid-19 only policy would cos
  22. Yes , you are correct . It is irrefutable evidence that the transfer originated from abroad, ut indeed you might encounter the rogue Imm officer that might not accept such TW receipt (although I did not see any reports of such receipts not being accepted).
  23. Hi Lee, Be aware of the following. Yes, Kasikorn is one of TWs partner banks, but contrary to Bangkok Bank, when the money arrives at their HQs (even when you clicked the "long term stay in Thailand" as reason for the transfer), Kasikorn Bank HeadQuarters will not act on that info but will simply transfer the funds to your local Kasikorn branch, where they will show up as a 'domestic' transfer. But you can order your local Kasikorn Bank branch to provide you with so-called Credit Advice receipts for such transfers on a monthly basis (free) as proof of each monthly transfer. I
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