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On 10/11/2019 at 1:59 PM, rocketdave said:

I also can't understand how some people get hospital treatment without paying, a friend went into hospital in Rayong and had to pay 10,000 Baht on entry before they would even look at him. His bill was less than that and he got a refund of the balance.

 

What are you on about. You say he got treatment without paying but then you say he paid 10,000 and got a refund on the balance.

 

At a guess, he still got ripped off. Treatment for whitey is not free.
 

 

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I just got the insurance required from a company outside Thailand.  They signed the required certificate as well.  Details below:
 
I stay in Thailand for six months every year and spend the other six months in the US.  I always get an OA visa because I truly don't like doing visa runs, (ME tourist visa I would still need a visa run and also I would need to be employed or a student).  You can make an OA Visa last two years if you return to Thailand prior to the Visa expiring.  This year, I needed a new OA Visa.  The confusing part to me was I can get my visa prior to Oct 31, but I will be arriving the end of November.  There have been multiple opinions on whether I would need the insurance since it comes into effect after the 31st, but arriving after that.  Not wanting to take the chance on being rejected when I arrive in Thailand, I decided to secure the insurance (I usually got Travel Insurance, which frankly had a lot more coverage).  I secured a global insurance plan from Regency they have specifically for Thailand.  They sent me the policy and the signed legal document i need to confirm the coverage.  No issues at all.  
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Thanks for that and good to know Regency will sign. Have you submitted their certifucate to an Embassy yet? Please post details ... which Embassy/Consulate and how they respond. Also may I ask your age? And how long polucy renewal is guaranteed for?

I would encourage anyone wanting to go the foreign policy route to purchase a policy through a Thailand based broker specializing in health insurance for expats. They are well aware of the new requirements and will help get the certificate as well as provide any needed help with claims afterward.

For that matter I would advise going through a broker if deciding to buy a policy from one of the local companies as well. Perhaps even more so, as from my research many of them have very limited ability to communicate in English and many of the policies gave important limutations that an applicant might not realize....and claims problems seem to be more common with Thai companies.

Note that it is still unclear if foreign policies will be accepted after the first entry on an O-A. Though should be by the time you need to make a second entry (clear, I mean. I can't say whether clear yes or clear no).

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13 hours ago, bangkokbanjo said:

secured a global insurance plan from Regency they have specifically for Thailand.  They sent me the policy and the signed legal document i need to confirm the coverage.  No issues at all. 

Thanks for the info. Are you talking about these packages? I don't see one specifically for Thailand. 

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8 hours ago, Exploring Thailand said:

Thanks for the info. Are you talking about these packages? I don't see one specifically for Thailand. 

Crazy prices. I can get insurance from UK based company for a fraction of the prices quoted.

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On 10/16/2019 at 6:27 PM, Tanoshi said:

If/when the US start to use the E-Visa application system, then the 'O' Visa will be available for retirees over 50 years old.

That will be good news for @Sheryl but the the bad news starts with trying to use the new e visa system. I think a 1st year college student could have done a better job with the software, its appalling.

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13 hours ago, jimn said:

That will be good news for @Sheryl but the the bad news starts with trying to use the new e visa system. I think a 1st year college student could have done a better job with the software, its appalling.

Agreed, but it works fine using IE or Edge as your browser.

 

A friend in the UK was cursing, swearing and ripping his hair out trying to register and apply for the SE Non O Visa. I told him to try IE or Edge.

An hour later I received the message 'done'.

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52 minutes ago, Tanoshi said:

Agreed, but it works fine using IE or Edge as your browser.

 

A friend in the UK was cursing, swearing and ripping his hair out trying to register and apply for the SE Non O Visa. I told him to try IE or Edge.

An hour later I received the message 'done'.

Yes I have been using Edge, its still not good though. I have just been playing around with it for when I when I will use next year. FYI, I recommend anyone in the UK thinking of using the Evisa system to avoid it if you can. I believe Hull and Glasgow will accept face to face applications. In fact Hull will accepted copies of the documents by e mail and they forward to London. You then visit Hull after London approve the visa to get the visa sticker. I dont think they accept postal applications though.

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10 minutes ago, jimn said:

Yes I have been using Edge, its still not good though. I have just been playing around with it for when I when I will use next year. FYI, I recommend anyone in the UK thinking of using the Evisa system to avoid it if you can. I believe Hull and Glasgow will accept face to face applications. In fact Hull will accepted copies of the documents by e mail and they forward to London. You then visit Hull after London approve the visa to get the visa sticker. I dont think they accept postal applications though.

Correct, no postal option available at Hull.

Submit documents online by email, then take original documents to obtain Visa in person after approval by London.

A friend just applied for the SE Non O based on marriage at Hull. After 5 days he received an email stating he'd forgotten to send proof of finances (bank statements) Doh!

He emailed them Tuesday, so hoping for a reply to collect his Visa early next week.

 

If you live in Portsmouth, a trip to Hull would be a bummer.

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