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1 minute ago, Sheryl said:

 

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

If people are presenting non-Thai policies to check that it meets the cover would be quite challenging I would think. 

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2 minutes ago, Sheryl said:

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.

Does this mean that Immigration officials will be checking insurance documentation on arrival at the airport?

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1 minute ago, Jingthing said:

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

Only in so much as it sets out that exact scenario for a second entry made on an OA effective oct31st 2019. Whether it means when the visa was issued or when the entry was made is a bit confusing

 

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1 minute ago, lupin said:

Only in so much as it sets out that exact scenario for a second entry made on an OA effective oct31st 2019. Whether it means when the visa was issued or when the entry was made is a bit confusing

 

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Exactly. Not clear. My guess is that they mean to say it will be enforced on entries even with original visas older. But whether the border officers actually do that is another question. 

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3 minutes ago, ThaiBunny said:

Does this mean that Immigration officials will be checking insurance documentation on arrival at the airport?

In theory yes. 

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2 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

Exactly. Not clear. My guess is that they mean to say it will be enforced on entries even with original visas older. But whether the border officers actually do that is another question. 

If the second entry on an exempted OA were to require health insurance, I can see a lot of people who try a bounce 3 days before the OA expiration date getting stamped in for a total of 3 days 😮

 

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1 minute ago, lupin said:

If the second entry on an exempted OA were to require health insurance, I can see a lot of people who try a bounce 3 days before the OA expiration date getting stamped in for a total of 3 days 😮

 

Well if so, this could be seen as a way to "crack down" on the long standing "loophole" of people being able to get close to two years out of a one year visa. Not saying this was their intention. I don't try to read their minds. 

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21 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

Well if so, this could be seen as a way to "crack down" on the long standing "loophole" of people being able to get close to two years out of a one year visa. Not saying this was their intention. I don't try to read their minds. 

Agree... it'd be one hell of a conversation for the unsuspecting OA holder at the border or airport though.

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39 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

Exactly. Not clear. My guess is that they mean to say it will be enforced on entries even with original visas older. But whether the border officers actually do that is another question.

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The above highlighted line indicates it is only for new OA visas issued after October 31st. One issued before that date would not have any remarks about the insurance.

For the 2nd entry they would be looking at the remarks and if the insurance was less than a year they would only stamp a person in until the date it expires unless a person present that a person had extended the insurance coverage for another year already.

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11 minutes ago, khm2412 said:

Another report from this morning - October 18th - confirming the situation at Phetchaburi Immigration.

 

"I encourage everyone to check on their own personal circumstances and situation, but here’s our experience and insight:

We talked with the Sr. Immigration officer at Phetchaburi office;

He indicates the law (after October 31, 2019) requires all new OA Visas, AND  any annual retirement extensions based on those visas to have health insurance."

 

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Another report from this morning - October 18th - confirming the situation at Phetchaburi Immigration.

 

"I encourage everyone to check on their own personal circumstances and situation, but here’s our experience and insight:

We talked with the Sr. Immigration officer at Phetchaburi office;

He indicates the law (after October 31, 2019) requires all new OA Visas, AND  any annual retirement extensions based on those visas to have health insurance."

 

 

 

Not old news.  Only a few hours old and just a confirmation of the post yesterday stating the same thing.  I hope this information is useful for those in the Phetchaburi area with extensions of stay renewals happening soon, so that there are no surprises when they turn up at Tha Yang.

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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.
Pacific Cross is saying you can add on 40k OPD cover to an existing policy. They are well aware of the new visa rule so m8ght also be willing to let you extend earlier. Call them.

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3 hours ago, Jim P said:
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.

Oh, they will be. Just not clear yet if they will ask it only for visas issued after 31st or also for new entries on visas issued earlier, especially second entries. Watch this space after the 31st.

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