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Can anyone tell me just exactly what is a NON (O-A) visa.  I am on a Marriage Visa and will be renewing very soon......does anyone know if a NON (O-A) visa includes a Marriage Visa? 

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1 minute ago, Tingtau said:

Can anyone tell me just exactly what is a NON (O-A) visa.  I am on a Marriage Visa and will be renewing very soon......does anyone know if a NON (O-A) visa includes a Marriage Visa? 

What does it say in your passport?

I can't quite read it from here.

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6 minutes ago, utalkin2me said:

If you don't want people to skip out on hospital bills, tighten up your policies, or don't get into the care taking business in the first place!

 

That is the problem here. This is all the hospitals' problem, and it gets superimposed onto people. 

 

It is like credit. If you are a credit card company and do not want defaults, get out of the business or tighten up your lending habits. 

 

This is the hospitals' problem, can't be said enough. If you do not like the business, get out. But they do love it because profits are obscene. 

Its not so much skipping and not paying, its also just the extra burden on the public system. Ex-pats without insurance (even when they pay) tend to use the cheaper public hospitals that are already stretched, have lots of patients and waiting lists etc.

Make ex-pats get insurance and it moves them into private hospitals freeing up the public system.

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On 5/14/2019 at 4:40 AM, LongTang said:

 

Don't worry, A translation of the insurance policy to Thai signed by a notary will probably be added to the endless list of things one has to prepare.. 😭

 

 

 

and if so MORE money has to  BE paid.....to have something notorised can cost 2k baht and possibly more !!!...

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I think we all start a petition ......fast to reverse this....I am not able to....can anyone put it up on change.org.....and we all sign...

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I have written to my friend who works for Nation.... let me see check how true is all this?

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5 minutes ago, hashmodha said:

I have written to my friend who works for Nation.... let me see check how true is all this?

Thai visa is owned by Nation, most of their information and reports comes from Nation stories. The OP comes from a Nation report.

Writing to the Nation to ask if information on a Nation owned forum is true ??????

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9 minutes ago, hashmodha said:

my friend who works for Nation.... let me see check how true is all this?

It's the Nation, therein lies your answer already.

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12 hours ago, rott said:

I do not know any and according to the likes of you I must be at the bottom of the pile as I have spent much time here in Pattaya bars.

 

So how come you mix with all these low-lifes? Ah I get it you are a top surgeon at a govt hospital. No that cannot be it you do not go near such places.

 

Come on tell us, how do you know so many disgusting people?

If you think your at the bottom you must be 🙂

 

Mix it up with low-lifes, not me, top surgeon at a govt hospital, nope, retired with two past degrees and I love the bars, especially the ones with those sweet girls.

 

I didn't say they were disgusting people, you did !

 

 

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“The Devil is always in the details”.

I see two issues with the program:

1.  Hypothetically speaking a 50+ person goes to a Thai Embassy/Consulate to apply for the Non Imm O-A in the future.  This person is fully qualified and is told he must purchase Health Insurance.  Therefore, if he purchases Health Insurance then the application is guaranteed to be approved?  I doubt any Embassy/Consulate can much such an assurance.  

2. Hypothetically speaking the same person applies for the Non Imm O-A but does not intend to depart for Thailand for several months.  Does this mean this person must also purchase Thai Health Insurance even though he will not be in the country for months.  

 

I have checked the Los Angeles Thai Consulate website and so far no mention of this new law.  I will probably go to the same Consulate to apply for another Non Imm O-A sometime next year and I will see if any new requirements are implemented.  

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16 minutes ago, hashmodha said:

I think we all start a petition

Better a massive street demonstration, focusing against the outpatient part in particular.

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3 minutes ago, sqwakvfr said:

“The Devil is always in the details”.

I see two issues with the program:

1.  Hypothetically speaking a 50+ person goes to a Thai Embassy/Consulate to apply for the Non Imm O-A in the future.  This person is fully qualified and is told he must purchase Health Insurance.  Therefore, if he purchases Health Insurance then the application is guaranteed to be approved?  I doubt any Embassy/Consulate can much such an assurance.  

2. Hypothetically speaking the same person applies for the Non Imm O-A but does not intend to depart for Thailand for several months.  Does this mean this person must also purchase Thai Health Insurance even though he will not be in the country for months.  

 

I have checked the Los Angeles Thai Consulate website and so far no mention of this new law.  I will probably go to the same Consulate to apply for another Non Imm O-A sometime next year and I will see if any new requirements are implemented.  

Insurance will be one of the requirements, the same as police check, medicial etc, just having it wont garentee a visa if you dont have the other requirements.

You need insurance, no police record, medical certificate to get the visa, whether you wait to use it would be up to you. They are not going to issue a visa and wait for you to qualify when you decide to travel to thailand. you could also rob a bank and get tuberculosis between getting a visa and the using it.

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33 minutes ago, Tingtau said:

Can anyone tell me just exactly what is a NON (O-A) visa.  I am on a Marriage Visa and will be renewing very soon......does anyone know if a NON (O-A) visa includes a Marriage Visa? 

This new rule does NOT apply for Non O based on Marriage or Extension of stay based on marriage. Its for Non O-A visa,

 

 

 

Non-Immigrant Visa  “O-A” (Long Stay)

 

This type of visa may be issued to applicants aged 50 years and over who wish to stay in  Thailand for a period of not exceeding 1 year without the intention of working. 

 

Holder of this type of visa is allowed to stay in Thailand for 1 year.  Employment of any kind is strictly prohibited.

 

1. Eligibility

            1.1 Applicant must be aged 50 years and over (on the day of submitting application).

            1.2 Applicant not prohibited from entering the Kingdom as provided by the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979).

            1.3 Having no criminal record in Thailand and the country of the applicant’s nationality or residence.

            1.4 Having the nationality of or permanent residence in the country where application is submitted.

            1.5 Not having prohibitive diseases ( Leprosy, Tuberculosis, drug addiction, Elephantiasis, third phase of Syphilis) as indicated in the Ministerial Regulation No. 14  B.E. 2535.

             1.6 Employment in Thailand is prohibited.

 

2. Required Documents

- Passport with validity of not less than 18 months.

- 3 copies of completed visa application forms.

- 3 passport-sized photos (4 x 6 cm) of the applicant taken within the past six

months.

- A personal data form.

- A copy of bank statement showing a deposit of the amount equal to and not less than 800,000 Baht or an income certificate (an original copy) with a monthly income of not less than 65,000 Baht, or a deposit account plus a monthly income totalling not less than 800,000 Baht.

- In the case of submitting a bank statement, a letter of guarantee from the bank (an original copy) is required.

- A letter of verification issued from the country of his or her nationality or residence stating that the applicant has no criminal record (verification shall be valid for not more than three months and should be notarised by notary organs or the applicant’s diplomatic or consular mission).

- A medical certificate issued from the country where the application is submitted, showing no prohibitive diseases as indicated in the Ministerial Regulation No.14 (B.E. 2535) (certificate shall be valid for not more than three months and should be notarised by notary organs or the applicant’s diplomatic or consular mission).

- In the case where the accompanying spouse is not eligible to apply for  the Category ‘O-A’ (Long Stay) visa, he or she will be considered for temporary stay under Category ‘O’ visa.  A marriage certificate must be provided as evidence and should be notarised by notary organs or by the applicant’s diplomatic or consular mission.

 

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1 hour ago, taipan1949 said:

BUPA Thailand told me that because I was hypertensive but maintained by a few little pills every day I had to sign a waiver stating that if I incurred any health problems due to it then I would not be covered. After a few years my rate was getting ridiculous and I also did not trust them as just about anything can be related to high blood pressure so I quit them.

 

Of course you have to be truthful on any insurance application, if not then you are throwing your money down the toilet as the cover would be void. However I assume they have no access to your overseas medical record, so in that scenario unless you were diagnosed in Thailand how would they know ?

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1 minute ago, nightfox said:

This new rule does NOT apply for Non O based on Marriage or Extension of stay based on marriage. Its for Non O-A visa,

Thats how I understand it , new OA is pretty clear but it will probably come down to what they mean by renew/renewal, I take it as permission to stay based on the OA, others see it as meaning all extensions and all visa's. 

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