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

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As I said a few months ago if they demand that I have a health insurance policy to stay here I will leave.

Not because I think that health insurance is a bad thing it's just because I'm 70, have three existing preconditions (diabetes 2, hypertension, gout) and the amount I'm asked to pay annually is 90% of the required cover. That is not insurance it is robbery so bye bye Thailand hello Cambodia!

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20 hours ago, peter14 said:

Well all foreigner exodus  and the retire one that will not buy fridge car home  schootforntheir wife or gf... making immigration harsh will NOT help anyone come back .. Thailand soften your stance or loose all...

This 800000 in the bank is putting our lives at risk we are the only ones with money in bank if you do not use an agent getting scared

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4 hours ago, chrissables said:

Then this whole thread is about nothing! 🙂 Why are Phuket Immigration even talking about it.

The "reporter" who wrote this news article just doesn't understand what she is talking about.

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On 8/3/2019 at 4:00 AM, LivinLOS said:

Every time its explained so poorly.. 

 

There isnt an O-A visa extension or renewal anyway.. There is a 12 month in country extension (of the permission of stay), on the basis of retirement, that can be given to anyone who satisfies the conditions for that retirement class. 

 

No one in authority so far has said it will be applied to retirement extensions. It 'may' be applied to O-A visa applications outside the country (but isnt yet) and it is applied for O-X visas applied for outside the country. 

 

Everything else is fear mongering at this point. 

What’s fearful about it ? if you can’t afford it you shouldn’t be here

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On 8/3/2019 at 7:08 AM, madmen said:

'owever, as of Wednesday (July 31), no Royal Thai Embassies or consulates abroad contacted and checked by The Phuket News made any mention of the mandatory health insurance requirement in their details of visa requirements for O-A visas."


Was never going to see the light of day with the rip off premiums

Move along now folks nothing more to see

An Ostrich will always be an Ostrich. 

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5 hours ago, LivinLOS said:

it has to be one of the specific approved policies.. not just 'any policy of that amount of cover'.. 

https://longstay.tgia.org/

I believe if you read the ministers letter it does say other policies.  Now if you want to go along the half full headline in this topic don't mention that.  If the person was trying to write a factual headline he would have written, "No Insurance required for new O-A visas."

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6 hours ago, chrissables said:

 Why are Phuket Immigration even talking about it.

To mentally prepare the people for imminent enforcement.

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2 hours ago, Caine said:

What’s fearful about it ? if you can’t afford it you shouldn’t be here

And yet so many are.. Look at all the...

 

6 hours ago, rocketdave said:

As I said a few months ago if they demand that I have a health insurance policy to stay here I will leave.

 

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1 hour ago, marcusarelus said:

I believe if you read the ministers letter it does say other policies.  Now if you want to go along the half full headline in this topic don't mention that.  If the person was trying to write a factual headline he would have written, "No Insurance required for new O-A visas."

Currently, for the O-X visas those are the only legal policies.. 

 

What future plans or enforcement happens is anyones guess. 

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On 8/3/2019 at 12:01 PM, GeorgeCross said:

mandatory health insurance.. buckle up its coming 😞

Please tell me when. I don't add to an already confusing situation by embarking on speculation. 

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7 hours ago, chrissables said:

Then this whole thread is about nothing! 🙂 Why are Phuket Immigration even talking about it.

Exactly.

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2 hours ago, marcusarelus said:

I believe if you read the ministers letter it does say other policies.  Now if you want to go along the half full headline in this topic don't mention that.  If the person was trying to write a factual headline he would have written, "No Insurance required for new O-A visas."

Those visa are applied for at embassies/consulates, Phuket immigration will have no knowledge about that.

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On 8/4/2019 at 4:18 PM, lkv said:

To mentally prepare the people for imminent enforcement.

It would be enforced in home countries not Phuket as it's a O-A visa not available in Thailand.  

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5 hours ago, marcusarelus said:

It would be enforced in home countries not Phuket as it's a O-A visa not available in Thailand.  

Any insurance, if required for other visa categories will be local insurance, following the O-X model.

 

Furthermore, it's unfair for people that use non O extensions not to be insured, they could get sick also?

 

That's what Phuket Immigration is likely doing, trying to get us all used with the idea of mandatory local insurance for all long stays, regardless of visa type.

 

Time will tell if I was right or wrong.

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