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Change visa type O/A to O over 50 (retirement)

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no need to prove the source of the money.”

 

 

It was a requirement to show that 800,000 transferred from overseas when got my 1st extension at Bangkok immigration (Chaeng Wattana), 

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“Why do you regard Health Insurance as outrageous? It would seem a good idea if you are living in Thailand, there is no free Healthcare. What is outrageous is the size of hospital bills. “

 

 

 

That’s why we are required to keep 400,000 in bank at all time, 12 months a year if we are not on monthly transfer type. 

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39 minutes ago, The Theory said:

 

That’s why we are required to keep 400,000 in bank at all time, 12 months a year if we are not on monthly transfer type

Or maybe that requirement (supposedly) makes it more complicated for "agents" to work their magic and/or generates more income for them.

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On 5/15/2019 at 8:55 AM, allane said:

It is certainly possible, I know someone who did it. However, I doubt that will obviate this brand new requirement for health insurance, which is so new that we have very few details.  I renewed my annual Extension of Stay for Retirement in March, so won't be doing so again for another 10 months.

Agreed.. Already immigration have stated that 'on renewal' of the 'visa' which is all incorrect terminology and leads to massive confusion.. However as the visa doesnt get renewed, only the permission of stay, then logically it is going to apply incountry. 

 

Budget for the insurance or create other future plans. 

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2 hours ago, xylophone said:

See this from the Phuket News..............It includes those applying to "renew" their one year permits to stay. Surely this refers to the retirement extensions we renew every year?

 

“The insurance policy must provide up to B40,000 coverage for outpatient treatment and up to B400,000 for inpatient treatment during their stay in the Kingdom of Thailand,” Dr Nutthawut said.

The requirement applies to all new applicants for one-year non-immigrant O-A visas, and for those applying to “renew” their one-year permits-to-stay, he said.


www.thephuketnews.com/cabinet-approves-mandatory-health-insurance-for-long-stay-visas-71424.php#kimf7zlHsmOva8Uu.97 

The link you provided includes the following text.

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

Although this link also mentioned, http://hss.moph.go.th/show_topic.php?id=2808 certainly left it ambiguous.

 

Phuket News, as did 103FM, may have got the idea of the phrase renewing a visa (which is impossible) , is actually any extension obtained. We need to see this clearly stated before running around buying up insurance.

 

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2 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

The link you provided includes the following text.

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

Although this link also mentioned, http://hss.moph.go.th/show_topic.php?id=2808 certainly left it ambiguous.

 

Phuket News, as did 103FM, may have got the idea of the phrase renewing a visa (which is impossible) , is actually any extension obtained. We need to see this clearly stated before running around buying up insurance.

 

Yes I agree, however what "threw" me was his use of the words......and for those applying to “renew” their one-year permits-to-stay, he said.

 

Never heard that used before...........???????????

 

 

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34 minutes ago, xylophone said:

Yes I agree, however what "threw" me was his use of the words......and for those applying to “renew” their one-year permits-to-stay, he said.

 

Never heard that used before...........???????????

 

 

There is also the opening paragraph...

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.

 

I don't understand how an Immigration Chief in Thailand, would expect to receive an order relating to Visas which are vetted and issued at various Embassies and official consulates all over the world except in Thailand, unless he means at the airport. Suggesting he expects to check people entering with a Non Imm OA  for medical insurance. 
 

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On 5/15/2019 at 10:11 PM, jacko45k said:

Currently there is no requirement for health insurance to obtain an Extension of Stay. Nor have any plans been announced. 

It appears an inaccurate news report is causing a lot of concerns. 

Thanks, I hope that you are right.

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On 5/16/2019 at 8:49 AM, ubonjoe said:

No

It will have no effect. It is only for new OA visa application at a embassy or consulate.

 

On 5/16/2019 at 8:50 AM, wozza said:

Thank you 

 

Ubon Joe, 

Will this apply to extensions in Thailand too?

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2 minutes ago, Deerculler said:

Will this apply to extensions in Thailand too?

No it will not.

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I think I asked you before. Was not sure.
Thank you very much.


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On 5/16/2019 at 8:49 AM, ubonjoe said:

No

It will have no effect. It is only for new OA visa application at a embassy or consulate.

In the original thread with a news story about insurance being approved, there was a statement by a women in the news story part that did say extensions would require proof of insurance.

I don't know if that was accurate or not but the statement was there

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I read that too. That is why I asked Ubon Joe to confirm what I asked him before.


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2 minutes ago, AAArdvark said:

I don't know if that was accurate or not but the statement was there

I suggest you read the most recent article about it where it clearly states it only for OA long stay visa applications.

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22 hours ago, jacko45k said:

There is also the opening paragraph...

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.

 

I don't understand how an Immigration Chief in Thailand, would expect to receive an order relating to Visas which are vetted and issued at various Embassies and official consulates all over the world except in Thailand, unless he means at the airport. Suggesting he expects to check people entering with a Non Imm OA  for medical insurance. 
 

But, given that particular office's notorious reputation for rogue practices, it would, I think, be unwise to rule out altogether the possibility of them deciding to apply this requirement to annual extensions under the guise of a local rule change - regardless of whether or not they receive an order to this effect from the bigwigs in Bangkok.

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