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BANGKOK 16 July 2019 11:09
Agusts

Ways to stay 6 months in Thailand

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In light of possible health insurance requirement for retirement visa/extension etc. that I'm on now , I was thinking alternative solutions for myself that usually stay only about 6 months in Thailand every year.

 

I'm just not prepared to pay 50k baht a year for something I never use, and before you say but you might, I'm happy to pay out of my pocket if and when needed, anyways.... 

 

I think getting a METV also a pain in the back side, with lots of document requirement that I don't want to waste my time on. So that leaves SETV which is easy and quick for me to get with my UK pass in London. Or no visa at all...!

 

So option 1- I come with no visa, get 30 days, pay and extend another 30 days inside, then border run and repeat 2 more times,  total 6 months.

 

Or 2- Get SETV that gives 2 months, extend 30 days inside,  then border run for another 30 days plus 30, this gives 5 months, but that may be enough or another border run if needed. 

 

My question is, do they now permit this, I did option 2 couple of years ago for 5 months stay,  not sure it's okay now, also option 1 could be harder I guess...?

 

Anyone doing any of the aboves these days or any other suggestion...? 

 

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Right now, your plan of 5-6 months per year on SETV and visa exempts with the first entry each year through an airport and other entries by land should be OK. Whether it will be OK in another year or two is hard to say.

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It would be beneficial to many if someone knowledgeable on this subject could layout the options for those who can NOT now meet the long stay requirements. 

 

Best option are?

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It would be beneficial to many if someone knowledgeable on this subject could layout the options for those who can NOT now meet the long stay requirements. 
 
Best option are?
I stay for 6 month in Thailand. If I am unable to get a ling stay visa due to insurance or a yearly extension due to unavailability of agents, I would resort to a tourist visa + extension and a second tourist visa + extension. How easy it is to get a TV from Singapore now?

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The requirements for METV aren't that different to SETV, and it does save hassle in the long run - the only real difference is you have to show 200,000 baht (equivalent) bank balance. I find it hard to believe you'd get any problems staying 6 months a year on a METV. On exemptions or SETVs you might get some raised eyebrows but not likely to get denied as long as you don't do blatant border runs (out-in same or next day). When you do the border run(s) stay at least a few nights out of Thailand and you'll be fine.

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How about getting a new Non-Imm OA visa in home country?  

Leave thailand and come back in before it expires, get another year and repeat?

Until the thai embassy/consulate in farangland makes this undoable, isn't it a better option?   

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8 minutes ago, Nowisee said:

How about getting a new Non-Imm OA visa in home country?  

Leave thailand and come back in before it expires, get another year and repeat?

Until the thai embassy/consulate in farangland makes this undoable, isn't it a better option?   

The assumption is that the mandatory health insurance for O-A will start in July so METV is going to be far better

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How easy it is to get SETV in the neighbouring countries for UK passport now,  I thought they no longer give this in the surrounding area...!?

 

METV requires other documents on top of bank statements, plus hotel booking, return flight booking and more expensive,  then you still have to exit Thailand and return, what's the point unless you want to go in and out 10 times ...!

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How about getting a new Non-Imm OA visa in home country?  
Leave thailand and come back in before it expires, get another year and repeat?

Until the thai embassy/consulate in farangland makes this undoable, isn't it a better option?   
That's what I am doing now for my 6-month stay in Thailand. But the looming insurance may be a show stopper unless they accept my catastrophic insurance. Otherwise, I will shop for an agent to get a new extension every year.

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6 minutes ago, onera1961 said:

That's what I am doing now for my 6-month stay in Thailand. But the looming insurance may be a show stopper unless they accept my catastrophic insurance. Otherwise, I will shop for an agent to get a new extension every year.

Sent from my JKM-LX2 using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
 

You could try Indonesia, it’s quiet there at the moment!!

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32 minutes ago, Agusts said:

How easy it is to get SETV in the neighbouring countries for UK passport now,  I thought they no longer give this in the surrounding area...!?


AFAIK, it was the METVs that got tricky, SETVs are still the bread and butter for most consulates. I generally don't have to show tickets and I have not once been asked to show bank statement printouts.

As you are British, would you happen to be of Irish descent or resident in Northern Ireland?

If so, getting an Irish passport is well worthwhile. Apart from being able to continue moving freely in Europe after Brexit, you can massively reduce your risk of problems with Thai immigration by alternating between your UK and Irish passport.

This is not illegal but, when visa running, it does obscure the fact that you were in Thailand a few days ago, and the consulates might be more relaxed about giving you an SETV if your passport does not already have a recent one.

Always good to have a backup passport anyway, and I always fill all the pages in my passports before the ten years is up, even though I get the ones with extra pages.

 

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