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29 minutes ago, elliss said:

 Correct. Chinese are the wanted ones . 

Chinese language is now being encouraged ,  to learn in junior schools .

The great white hunters from the west , big money .

Now History ..

 

Not in the schools the wifes grandkids go to. They are encouraged to take extra English lessons. Working out very well so far. Not aware of anyone teaching or learning Chinese.

 

Perhaps another legend from the barstools of Pattaya and Patong?? Must be true.

 

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So when this stupidity and paranoia ends? this government is going from the silly to the ridiculous, let the government tell us how many non-o visa holders have treated in Thai hospitals and didn't ha

This demand for health insurance goes hand in hand with the government demanding hospitals charge expats multiples of what they charge Thais for the same mediocre procedure...   Way to go Th

I do not have a problem requiring visitors to have health insurance; it is simply a good idea.   However, the quote above leaves me speechless. Are there any valid figures to show a lack of

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The way that I see it is that they changed the financial requirements for the "O" visa extensions recently so that both the marriage and the retirement extensions had to have their money in a Thai bank account, they also increased the time frame for the money in the bank for the retirement extension 800,000 baht for 5 months and 400,000 baht for the remaining 7 months but they could not change the amount of money required for the O-A visa 800,000 baht or force the issue about it being in a Thai bank account. So by instigating this insurance issue it is forcing those on the O-A visa to either put their money into a health insurance that is in Thailand or changing their visa to an "O" visa and putting their money into a Thai bank account

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9 minutes ago, emptypockets said:

Yes you are the only one. The rest of us will sit back and calmly assess the situation when and if if it develops.

May I ask what visa/extension of stay you currently possess?

 

It was the Department of Health that came up with the idea about a mandatory health insurance for O-A visa holders, not Immigration. 

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22 minutes ago, HeyHeyHey said:

When they gonna demand health checks, and 3rd party insurance of the hundreds of thousands prostitutes?

or millions of tourists?  flop the cock at passport control is taking biometrics to a new level. Syphilis..check..gonnohrea ..check..... whoa whats this...???  Get the female Io's to identify.....ok its a dick, OMG  only bigger...pass..12 month permission/compulsory stay...smiles all round and free accommodation.

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3 minutes ago, Russell17au said:

The way that I see it is that they changed the financial requirements for the "O" visa extensions recently so that both the marriage and the retirement extensions had to have their money in a Thai bank account, they also increased the time frame for the money in the bank for the retirement extension 800,000 baht for 5 months and 400,000 baht for the remaining 7 months but they could not change the amount of money required for the O-A visa 800,000 baht or force the issue about it being in a Thai bank account. So by instigating this insurance issue it is forcing those on the O-A visa to either put their money into a health insurance that is in Thailand or changing their visa to an "O" visa and putting their money into a Thai bank account

They didn't change the requirements for marriage visa holders, only for retirees with 1 year extensions. Marriage visa holders don't need to keep the money in the bank after the application.

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Just now, Max69xl said:

They didn't change the requirements for marriage visa holders, only for retirees with 1 year extensions. Marriage visa holders don't need to keep the money in the bank after the application.

Yet!

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11 minutes ago, Max69xl said:

They didn't change the requirements for marriage visa holders, only for retirees with 1 year extensions. Marriage visa holders don't need to keep the money in the bank after the application.

They changed the marriage extension requirement with the money having to be in a Thai bank, before that if you used the income method your money could be in a bank in your home country. They made it that all money for both the retirement extension and the marriage extension all the money had to be in a Thai bank whether you used the seasoned money or you used the income method. Many people opted for the "O-A" visa so that they did not have to put their money into a Thai bank account so therefore Thailand did not have control over that money.

 

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14 hours ago, TheAppletons said:

I'm relatively certain that 80,000 number includes extensions of stay for retirement applied for within Thailand, not 80,00 new applicants for O-A visas.  Unless you think the number of retirees in Thailand doubles every year.

 

This report (https://news.thaivisa.com/article/38177/the-mystery-of-exactly-how-many-expats-live-in-thailand) says:

 

"According to figures in the 2019 Thailand Migration Report, there are just 150,707 expats residing in Thailand, of those 72,969 are retirees."

The Appletons!  Wasn't that the comic gang in the Old National Lampoon magazine?  Oh that was fun to read back in my high school and college days.

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26 minutes ago, Russell17au said:

The way that I see it is that they changed the financial requirements for the "O" visa extensions recently so that both the marriage and the retirement extensions had to have their money in a Thai bank account, they also increased the time frame for the money in the bank for the retirement extension 800,000 baht for 5 months and 400,000 baht for the remaining 7 months but they could not change the amount of money required for the O-A visa 800,000 baht or force the issue about it being in a Thai bank account. So by instigating this insurance issue it is forcing those on the O-A visa to either put their money into a health insurance that is in Thailand or changing their visa to an "O" visa and putting their money into a Thai bank account

A pretty succcint summation of the situation.

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Just now, Max69xl said:

You only need the 400k in the bank 2 months before applying.

Open question. What is that 400k (or 800k) supposed to be for?

 

IMO, it was always there to pay for your emergency here abroad to be able to cover yourself (i.e. hospital bill), book a ticket back home and you are out. Gov protected, no troublemakers.

 

If you now can't even touch it, because the rules changes to keep the money in the account for 6 month shifts ... for what is it?

 

 

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1 minute ago, Max69xl said:

You only need the 400k in the bank 2 months before applying.

That's right but ALL money must be in a Thai bank account whereas before the money on the income method could be in a bank account in your home country and not in a Thai bank account and that is what the income letters were for.

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5 minutes ago, Max69xl said:

You are just another paranoid whiner. If you are actually living in Thailand full time, why don't you leave? 

Oh stop this 'why don't you leave" thing!

 

If you are on that level, why even share experiences on here?

 

Either shut up or leave then? 

 

It's a discussion forum ... nothing else!

Easy ... just discuss your opinions of life in Thailand, whether it's your opinion or not.

 

What a disappointing quote and discussion killer to read! 

 

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Max69xl said:

They didn't change the requirements for marriage visa holders, only for retirees with 1 year extensions. Marriage visa holders don't need to keep the money in the bank after the application.

If I'm not mistaken you seem to be doing a !180degree spin on you previous opinion?

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