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Health Check: Phuket Immigration confirms mandatory health insurance for O-A ‘retirement’ visas not in force

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5 hours ago, Sjohno said:

If you read further into the article an interesting comment is made (see below) and it appears that the new 800000 baht or 65000 baht/per month ruling for O-A visa has seen an exodus of 2400 expats from Phuket (or a halving of applications) to elsewhere or have they have made other visa arrangements. Apply that ratio across the country and it would be a significant amount of people with their lives uprooted! 😳

 

Col Kathathorn on Wednesday was unable to give a specific number of foreigners staying in Phuket on an O-A visa.

However, he did confirm that Phuket Immigration from January through December last year issued extensions to stay to 4,909 foreigners staying in Phuket on some form of Non-Immigrant O type visa.

From January to July this year, Phuket Immigration issued extensions to stay to 2,422 persons staying in Phuket on a form of Non-immigrant O type visa.”


Read more at https://www.thephuketnews.com/health-check-phuket-immigration-confirms-mandatory-health-insurance-for-o-a-retirement-visas-not-in-force-72365.php#AMS0P6FIOb9s2fpM.99

 

 

There is no new rule for retirement extension. You've always had to show the 800k or 65k a month.  Also the 4909 was for 12 months.  The 2422 is only 6 months. So looks like nobody left. Hi

However, this is Thailand and numbers from any news or govt department are almost always incorrect.

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There are currently no foreigner staying in Phuket on an O-X visa, Col Kathathorn confirmed.

I'm not really surprised …    🤓

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1 hour ago, ericthai said:

There is no new rule for retirement extension. You've always had to show the 800k or 65k a month.  Also the 4909 was for 12 months.  The 2422 is only 6 months. So looks like nobody left. Hi

However, this is Thailand and numbers from any news or govt department are almost always incorrect.

No new rule? What about the change of seasoning rules. Previously, they wanted to see the 800k spent on living expenses. Now, you're only allowed to spend 400k during seven months. That seems like a pretty big rule change to me.....

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Perhaps insurance company/companies are behind the constant 

posting anout insurance an effort in increase revenue....

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3 hours ago, kevinmartyn said:

I'm 64 and just received a quote for medical cover in Thailand and the quote was over $6,500.00 USD per Year. OMG. I do not have that amount of spare cash per year! The quote was not the cheapest and there were others in exceeding 10,000 USD. Mm...

I am 59 and the quote from the USA medical insurance is 1200 USA dollars month plus a 6700 USA dollar yearly deductible so 6500 USA dollars  a year sounds cheap to me. I pay 1700 USA dollars  a year for one million USA dollars of coverage in Thailand. Very cheap and will increase every year I get older. That is a fact of life. But to simply say I cannot afford health insurance is not a sensible option IMO. Everyone on earth should have health insurance no exceptions. Unless they are so poor they cannot eat or pay for rent. Then they should be provided health care by their home country not a foreign country. But living in a foreign country as an immigrant is not a right but a privilege that costs money. I don’t care if you own a condo and pay for your wife and kids. Blah blah blah. You have to be able to financially take care of yourself and that includes paying for medical al bills caused by accidents and getting sick when you are old. 

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39 minutes ago, DJ54 said:

Perhaps insurance company/companies are behind the constant 

posting anout insurance an effort in increase revenue....

for sure the insurance mafia would love a legally mandated windfall - you know behind the scenes lobbying/grafting is going on, hell they're the pro's lol...

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God forbid.......it would be simple black n white.

 

Whar does “ not in force mean.?”

 

If you have had Retirement Visa for many years and just renewed it WITHOUT medical coverage..........does that mean it is “in force” and therefore you are exempt from insurance requirement?

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Just now, Captain 776 said:

God forbid.......it would be simple black n white.

 

Whar does “ not in force mean.?”

 

If you have had Retirement Visa for many years and just renewed it WITHOUT medical coverage..........does that mean it is “in force” and therefore you are exempt from insurance requirement?

I understood this ( no idea if this is correct or not) to be.........it only applies to anyone applying for a new “O” after the date they formally make it required.

 

Is that a correct understanding?

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3 pages in and as usual we have 2 1/2 pages of rhetoric and BS by people completely unaffected by it. This is about PHUKET Immigration fer farksake.

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1 minute ago, Psimbo said:

3 pages in and as usual we have 2 1/2 pages of rhetoric and BS by people completely unaffected by it. This is about PHUKET Immigration fer farksake.

Lolol theoretically........IF it applies there, it should apply to all........have not ever seen any separation anytime there is a news release on it

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10 hours ago, GeorgeCross said:

mandatory health insurance.. buckle up its coming 😞

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11 hours ago, Sjohno said:

If you read further into the article an interesting comment is made (see below) and it appears that the new 800000 baht or 65000 baht/per month ruling for O-A visa has seen an exodus of 2400 expats from Phuket (or a halving of applications) to elsewhere or have they have made other visa arrangements. Apply that ratio across the country and it would be a significant amount of people with their lives uprooted! 😳

 

Col Kathathorn on Wednesday was unable to give a specific number of foreigners staying in Phuket on an O-A visa.

However, he did confirm that Phuket Immigration from January through December last year issued extensions to stay to 4,909 foreigners staying in Phuket on some form of Non-Immigrant O type visa.

From January to July this year, Phuket Immigration issued extensions to stay to 2,422 persons staying in Phuket on a form of Non-immigrant O type visa.”


Read more at https://www.thephuketnews.com/health-check-phuket-immigration-confirms-mandatory-health-insurance-for-o-a-retirement-visas-not-in-force-72365.php#AMS0P6FIOb9s2fpM.99

 

 

How much damage has this Phuket figure alone done to the countries income. Wait till it hits Pattaya.

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I have no idea what the OP article is talking about....

 

I've had a retirement extension of stay here for years, but I've never ever had an O-A visa or ever even come close to one. So why is Phuket Immigration talking about a supposed insurance requirement for O-A visas that they don't even issue...

 

Unless, they keep talking about it in terms of O-A visas, but what they really mean is to apply the insurance requirement in the future, if ever enacted, to retirement extensions instead or in addition to actual O-A visas that are issued via MFA (not Immigration).

 

BTW, there are LOTs of people here on retirement extensions of stay who've never had an actual O-A visa and didn't get their extensions of stay based on any kind of O-A visa... So what's all this supposed to mean for them?

 

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