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3 hours ago, domdom said:

Hello

 

If their idea is to have a 440.000 bahts warantee from farangs, why not ask them to deposit 440.000 bahts more into one account.. ?? at least this money would be here and not subject to disclaimer of waranties.. At least the money would be here and would not be spent in a low warantee insurance duplicating with your home country insurance

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Baht it is baht. No such thing as bahts!

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7 minutes ago, Jim P said:

I`m six months into my first O-A visa which I acquired in London. Will I need insurance on my first extension application next April? I actually have 5m baht insurance and a relatively comprehensive policy but I have forgone outpatient cover in return for a 20% discount. One of the requirements is that outpatient is covered and therefore I would lose that discount. I`m wondering how they will police it, will they be able to read my full policy at immigration ?

Which office will you be extending at? 

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5 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

Which office will you be extending at? 

Jomtien

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14 minutes ago, Jim P said:

I`m six months into my first O-A visa which I acquired in London. Will I need insurance on my first extension application next April? I actually have 5m baht insurance and a relatively comprehensive policy but I have forgone outpatient cover in return for a 20% discount. One of the requirements is that outpatient is covered and therefore I would lose that discount. I`m wondering how they will police it, will they be able to read my full policy at immigration ?

 

No. And neither Immigration nor Thai Embassies/consulates are going to even try.

 

You have to get a signed certificate from the insurer stating that your policy meets Immigration requirements including the outpatient cove. You can see the form on the longstay.tgia website, go to O-A visa then guidelines.  A similar form will be issued to people buying policies from the Thai companies listed.

 

People newly applying for an O-A visa after the 31st will need to show this form to the Embassy or Consulate where they apply. The Embassy/Consulate will make a notation of some sort next to the visa and that is what the Immigration officer will look for when stamping you in the first time.  At the second entry it appears you will need to show the certificate at the airport or border crossing. It remains to be seen how they will set that up to (hopefully) avoid long delays for the entire line of people.

 

The Police Order clearly says that any-one already entered on an O-A visa is exempted for the length of permission to stay so you are good through then but the rest is unclear.

 

It is unclear at this point whether people making second entries (which is not an extension application, it is an entry under a still valid visa that will trigger an additional one year permission of stay)  under O-As issued before the effective dateof Ocotber 31  will be required to show proof of insurance, some think yes, some no and what the Imm officers at airports and border crossings will think we don't yet know. . Watch this forum for reports after 31 October.  (people making second entry under an O-A issued after 31 October there is no question, they will need to show proof of insurance).

 

If it is your intention to apply for an in-country extension of stay after the visa expires, rather than leave and come back in just before that time to get another 12 months,  (1) you will have to show either 800,000 baht in a Thai bank seasoned for 2 months before you apply or transfer if 65,000 baht from abroad monthly and (2) there is complete lack of clarity across Immigration offices as to whether in that case you need insurance, best to ask at the office involved (and ask again closer to the date as this is an evolving situation).

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1 minute ago, Jingthing said:

Maybe bad news then as I recall someone posted a notice that they will be enforcing this on O-A based extensions and I think they want the Thai insurance. That could change tomorrow and it isn't even 31 October yet. You'll have to follow that. Also I'm surprised more people aren't mentioning this problem. Insurance policies are usually written based on ONE YEAR terms right? So your proof of insurance almost definitely won't be for the exact dates of your next extension unless you take great pains to make sure that it is. Seems to me a huge issue. 

That`s the way I understand it too, my extension is in April but my policy will only have 6 months to run at that time. Not worried about the provider it is with Pacific Cross, one of the quoted companies. Guess we will just have to wait and see what happens over the next few months.

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On 10/17/2019 at 11:35 AM, Pedrogaz said:

Seems like good news. I had decided to leave LOS because of the insurance requirement effected to enrich the hospitals and insurance industry....a sledgehammer to crack a $10-15 million problem, which is a drop in the ocean compared to the size of the tourist industry. 

It now makes sense....if you are here on marriage or retirement, you need money in the bank or an income. If you are on a non-OA visa from abroad you need nothing in a Thai bank, and so need insurance.

Yes, for the first time that does make sense. Fingers crossed it stays this way and doesn't get incorrectly enforced by some IO.

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15 minutes ago, Jim P said:

Jomtien

 

Sorry, just saw this.

 

Why will you extend rather than make a second entry? That's what people usually do on a new O-A visa, re-enter just before the visa expires and you get an additional 12 month stay. No need to meet the extension financial requirements.

 

As above might or might not need insurance doing that but this fact will becomke evident pretty soon.

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24 minutes ago, Jim P said:

I`m six months into my first O-A visa which I acquired in London. Will I need insurance on my first extension application next April? I actually have 5m baht insurance and a relatively comprehensive policy but I have forgone outpatient cover in return for a 20% discount. One of the requirements is that outpatient is covered and therefore I would lose that discount. I`m wondering how they will police it, will they be able to read my full policy at immigration ?

The bottom line is we cant answer that yet... How this is being applied from one office to another is different and although Jomtien is one of the offices that has said you will need insurance for your situation, that may very well change.

 

You're in the lucky position right now that you can wait till after the 31st and see how this is going to be applied over the next few months.

 

Perhaps more importantly, anything anyone says now is likely going to be irrelevant by the time you have to start looking into this.... your best course of action is contact/visit Jomtien a month or 2 before you are due to extend... by which time this lunacy will at least have some historical continuity for each office.

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1 minute ago, TSF said:

Yes, for the first time that does make sense. Fingers crossed it stays this way and doesn't get incorrectly enforced by some IO.

 

I take it you haven't been reading the reports.

 

Chiang Mai, Jomtien, Koh Samui, Prachinburi and I think a few others are reported to say it applies for any extension of stay of someone who entered under an O-A.

 

Other IOs in other places say differently.

 

remains to be seen if central Imm will do anything to clarify matters.

 

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2 minutes ago, Sheryl said:

 

Sorry, just saw this.

 

Why will you extend rather than make a second entry? That's what people usually do on a new O-A visa, re-enter just before the visa expires and you get an additional 12 month stay. No need to meet the extension financial requirements.

 

As above might or might not need insurance doing that but this fact will becomke evident pretty soon.

You right Sheryl, it will in fact be April 2021 as I will be doing exactly that. Things should be pretty clear by then. I can`t see immigration asking for insurance at the airport or border.

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Just now, Sheryl said:

 

Sorry, just saw this.

 

Why will you extend rather than make a second entry? That's what people usually do on a new O-A visa, re-enter just before the visa expires and you get an additional 12 month stay. No need to meet the extension financial requirements.

 

As above might or might not need insurance doing that but this fact will becomke evident pretty soon.

That's a very good point but my understanding is that immigration's intention is to enforce the insurance requirement on such entries. So if they do if such a person has one month left on their complying policy, they would only get a one month stay rather than a year. It's hard to imagine that border officers would have the bandwidth to really enforce that but like you say, wait and see!

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6 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

That's a very good point but my understanding is that immigration's intention is to enforce the insurance requirement on such entries. So if they do if such a person has one month left on their complying policy, they would only get a one month stay rather than a year. It's hard to imagine that border officers would have the bandwidth to really enforce that but like you say, wait and see!

My understanding of this was that the second entry on an OA (bounce before actual visa expiration date) will require insurance only if the VISA was issued after oct31st, in contrast to those offices mentioned already that will enforce for all subsequent extensions after oct31st if underpinned by a previous OA

 

but again, all anyone can do is wait to see how in fact this will be applied

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1 minute ago, lupin said:

My understanding of this was that the second entry on an OA (bounce before actual visa expiration date) will require insurance only if the VISA was issued after oct31st, in contrast to those offices mentioned already that will enforce for all subsequent extensions after oct31st if underpinned by a previous OA

Where did you get that understanding? I didn't see that clarified either way in the police order, did you?

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4 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

That's a very good point but my understanding is that immigration's intention is to enforce the insurance requirement on such entries. So if they do if such a person has one month left on their complying policy, they would only get a one month stay rather than a year. It's hard to imagine that border officers would have the bandwidth to really enforce that but like you say, wait and see!

 

The part that is unclear is if they will enforce for entries on O-A visa issued before Oct 31 effective date.  We will soon find out.

 

They will definitely enforce for entries on visas issued after then,  and it is clear they will stamp people in only for the duration of their insurance so people will need to renew policies before making last entry on the visa.  Most insurers will  allow renewal a month or two before policy expiration date.

 

Doesn't really take much bandwidth to ask for a single sheet of paper and check the name and dates on it.

 

However Jim P does not currently have a compliant policy

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