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On 5/14/2019 at 10:22 PM, Don Mega said:

other than renew the visa what else could it mean ?

you cant renew a visa

 

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22 minutes ago, AYJAYDEE said:

you cant renew a visa

 

Renew: to increase the life of or replace something old.

 

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1 hour ago, Don Mega said:

Renew: to increase the life of or replace something old.

 

that would apply to the permission to stay, not the original visa

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On 5/14/2019 at 7:11 AM, Sticky Wicket said:

Read between the lines, 40 billion dollars left the country in cash last year in one transaction. 

What? Pls explain.

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On 5/14/2019 at 7:18 AM, Sticky Wicket said:

Not many people get away without paying . They would nail you to the bed if needed be. 

 

Only people who die with nothing leave a big fat bill.

 

I knew a guy who died, long story short, he owed 500k due to his ex gf moving him from govt to private while he was in a coma.

The hospital were absolutely beside themselves. Umpteen meetings  and people getting fired. They didn't even cremate him, left him to rot in a temple until he was just bones.

Years ago I had dengue, checked myself into a hospital. Upon discharge they literally drove me to an ATM. I was furious because I was still weak. I understand their position but I recall vividly I could barely muster the strength to make the transaction. They did nothing for me aside from care, no meds aside from paracetamol and a drip. Semi private hospital 'outside Bangkok'.

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If you have diabetes,nearly every condition is excluded. So a health policy is senseless.


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Just my 2 satang:

 

Doesn't do any good to look at your current Thai policy, immigration will want to idiot prrof it for the IOs and board certain people on the gravy train so you will need to buy of of the selected policies.

 

High deductible? Nope imo there will be a list of insurers that have paid handsomely to be in that gravy train of "preferred insurers".

 

There is no way foreign embassies will sign off on local policies, imo not even their own national coverage eg NHS or Medicare most of these don't have (much) international coverage.

 

Next, the policies guaranteed to be a scam, no hospital will take or bill direct. That leaves you on the hook to hassle out your scam policy.

 

OA for now, but we all know where it's headed. I suspect I'll be in US with wife when I hit 62.

 

Wonder about all the broke ass English teachers on B visas? No way schools will pay for coverage of foreigners or will just be another reason to import 20-30 yo Filipinos.

 

It's not the policy, I welcome a good policy but we all know the racket here. Worthless policies, full of holes, deny payment. The time I would very much think about up and bolting would be when after paying into insurance X years, needing the insurance to pay up and them denying me on some bs pretense. Govt approved policy? Boom I'm gone.

 

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On 5/15/2019 at 10:42 AM, mercman24 said:

one can rock up to Cambodia and have none of this shit, i am seriously looking to moving now, i have always, self certified, can get money here in 1.5 days, (now im gona get a reply , (wat if, wat if, etc) and yes i know the spelling , ok

Great idea Mercman24.  

Vietnam is another option: 1 yr ME Visa no hassle issued in 1-4 days for $55 US. NO reporting to mama every 90 days, NO 800/400 BS deposit, NO health insurance, safer roads, great food, etc...

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4 minutes ago, Number 6 said:

Wonder about all the broke ass English teachers on B visas? No way schools will pay for coverage of foreigners or will just be another reason to import 20-30 yo Filipinos.

Teachers are earning Thai salary which includes payments into social security. So yes, the schools are paying to cover them.

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3 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

Teachers are earning Thai salary which includes payments into social security. So yes, the schools are paying to cover them.

Public schools. Privates will have their own insurance. Both are usually weak below the best international schools.

 

The question is whether that coverage will be acceptable later under the new scheme. Perhaps they know they can get blood from a stone anyway.

 

I left a school, but hold a card hoping it's not dead. Is it possible for me to continue? I'd heard it was. I'd asked my wife to help sort this but she's dropped the ball. Pls message me bc I'm desperate for this information. Anything... website, phone number English. Even Thai if need be.

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Like most here I am s little confused.
I have been here for nine years.

I am on the O-A extension. The said extension due again next August 27.

Is the insurance required for the extension?


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Are you sure about that? I am not sure O
-A even existed 9 years ago.

Most people here on retirement extensions obtained it after entry with (or conversion to) a regular "O" visa not O-A visa.

O-A visa can only be obtained at an embassy or consulate in your home country and is relatively new.

Check your passport for the original visa
your extensions refer to. If you have been issued a new passport since then they will have entered a stamp with the initial visa details. Post pix here.


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I'm pretty sure the O-A did exist nine years ago and before that as well. It would be interesting to know exactly what year it started though. 

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14 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

I'm pretty sure the O-A did exist nine years ago and before that as well. It would be interesting to know exactly what year it started though. 

Certainly was in 2008, that's when i got mine

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I first came here on a O-A retirement from my own country.
After one year I crossed into Cambodia and came back into Thailand. At the end of that second year I went to immigration and got an extension to that visa.
I have been on extensions since then.
I am doing extensions now. It is no longer a visa


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I first came here on a O-A retirement from my own country.
After one year I crossed into Cambodia and came back into Thailand. At the end of that second year I went to immigration and got an extension to that visa.
I have been on extensions since then.
I am doing extensions now. It is no longer a visa


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Same for me and no doubt many others .

The danger is our respective IO’s might have other ideas and cause grief .

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