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40 minutes ago, Melbun said:

You have to think ahead. That's why a lot of jokers here are pissing their pants. No forward thinking and no contingency plans. Too many ostriches burying their heads in the sand hoping it will all fizzle out "It Won't"

You seam to have an axe to grind.

I suspect it's because you can't, and will never be able to afford,  to live here.

Why else are you going on about something,  that does not effect you.

as a tourist. :coffee1:

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Just for info. none of this has been approved by immigration to implement.  They will need to approve it (if in fact they do) and set rules accordingly.

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3 hours ago, Nemises said:

My AU credit card provides complimentary travel insurance for my 11 month yearly Thai “holiday”. I’ll just flash the Imm Office my credit card. Too easy. 

Does the Insurance provided by the AU credit card provide, in the Thai language, a explanation of bneefits and a Certificate of Cover? Not Easy. Hard. This is the final "nail in the coffin" for retiring to Thailand.  

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23 hours ago, Gecko123 said:

If medical self-insurance translates to higher financial deposit requirements, are visa agents now going to get into the "self-insurance" business as well? No doubt.

 

Just looks like more opportunity for corruption to me. Insurers selling overpriced policies to people forced to buy them, or visa agents gouging foreigners and immigration officers taking bribes to circumvent these regulations.

 

If Thailand's so worried about getting stuck with unpaid medical bills from foreigners, why, pray tell, have they required that retirees tie up 800K for 5 months and 400,000 baht permanently on a year round basis? Money which could be used in a medical emergency? And if Thailand's so worried about getting stuck with unpaid medical bills from foreigners, why didn't they consider allowing foreigners to buy into the national health care system? Especially, foreigners who have Thai family here?

 

And how about simplifying immigration requirements, Thailand? There'd be so much less stress. Fewer expats having heart attacks, strokes, nervous breakdowns, abusing alcohol, suffering from insomnia, eating disorders and anxiety from worrying about their next 90 day report, TM-30 report, bank letter, or visa renewal. Less stress equals less burden on Thailand's health care system.

 

What'd'ya say, Thailand?

That's a great lecture, very convincing. Next time try to go to a zoo and lecture monkeys who try to steal your stuff. See how that works out for you. 

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9 hours ago, Deerculler said:

Most of us are seniors who have retired here.
Getting insurance cover for pre-existing medical conditions is next to impossible.
Has anyone got a sensible answer please?


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Not saying to do this but I guess many will just lie.

 

If your goal is to just get the insurance to qualify to stay here.

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11 hours ago, JetsetBkk said:

 

Nothing about extensions?

 

"According to Nattawuth, the new rule applies to both new applicants for the non-immigrant visa (O-A), which offers a stay of up to one year, and those wishing to renew their visa. Each renewal is valid for one year."

 

 

This from the Phuket News.   Of course we'll have to wait and see what the actual Police Order says, but at face value, the new requirement is only for an O-A visa, and not the Non Imm O visa extensions that most of us have (retirement/marriage/dependents etc).   The O-A is already different, as it can only be applied for in your home country or country of permanent residence.   It also requires both medical and police certification, neither of which is required by local Immigration Offices.

 

UPDATE: Phuket Immigration Chief Col Kathathorn Kumthieng confirmed to The Phuket News today (May 14) that he has been informed of the new requirement but that he has yet to receive an order for his office to start applying it when processing applications for one-year Non-Immigrant O-A permits-to-stay.

Col Kathathorn also confirmed that the new insusrance requirement applies only to Non-Immigrant O-A "retirement" visas.

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9 hours ago, Jingthing said:

Is Siam Reap super polluted?

Zero pollution (beyond the normal Asian trash thrown around).

Air was completely clear, there was a bit of field burning between Poipet and Siem Reap, but it didn't seem to hang around.

Very similar to Chiang Mai ten years back in the social 'feel', I really liked it.

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21 minutes ago, bkk6060 said:

Just for info. none of this has been approved by immigration to implement.  They will need to approve it (if in fact they do) and set rules accordingly.

If it hasn't been approved why did they say the cabinet has approved it?

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14 hours ago, zydeco said:

I've seen this problem before among posters. You still think of the 800,000 as YOUR money. But it's now THEIR money.

Absolutely correct...and now they want more!  How are we going to come up with that?  What are the options now?  Other countries? Philippines? Vietnam? Cambodia? Bali? Malaysia? etc.....We can all see where this is going.  This is only the begging.  There will be more requirements of all kinds.  Just give it a little more time.  BJ is gone, but his legacy continues. Times are very quickly changing...get Plan "B" ready... 

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On 5/14/2019 at 4:48 AM, Orac said:

 


Yes - the over 50 bit does imply just retirement extensions but not clear if they will include those of us on marriage extensions.


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The statement is quite clear... those over the age of 50 require health insurance... on any long term visa.

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1 hour ago, Mike Teavee said:

It doesn't matter whether it was 1 or 1,000, the simple answer is enough to make the Thai government to believe that it's a problem and feel the need to introduce compulsory health insurance for all of us

 

P.S. I don't know how many people were abusing Visa Exempts either, but my answer would be the same, I.E.  Enough...   

I'm thinking its based more on greed, there is always someone lurking behind the curtain looking to feed from the trough, Thai's are more than willing.

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