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3 hours ago, Jingthing said:
If people are presenting non-Thai policies to check that it meets the cover would be quite challenging I would think. 

 

As I have explained repeatedly Imm will not examine policies. Full stop.

They will look for:

1. Embassy notation (first entry O-A issued after 31st only) OR
2. Certificate issued by the insurance company. One page standard form.

Not clear at this time if they will accept this form on letterhead of a foreign company at other than 1st entry.

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Does this mean that Immigration officials will be checking insurance documentation on arrival at the airport?
Yes. But only documentation as described above.

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In view of report that previously posted flier regarding CM Imm rules was forged and inaccurate, it and all posts citing it hsve been removed.

 

Origin is under investigation.

 

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2 hours 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."

 

So, based on the discussions, your understanding is that insurance is only required for new O-A visas issued after 31 October 2019 and any subsequent annual retirement extensions based only on those new O-A visas issued after 31 October 2019?  Is that correct?  This was my initial thought when reading the police order. Thanks.

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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."
 
That statement seems to address those who get an O-A visa starting October 31 but does not address whether people who arrived with O-A visa in the past and are currently on extensions of stay are required to have insurance when applying for future extensions. It is that ambiguity that fuels these discussions.

Yes, this is exactly why I was asking in case he had any further clarification. In my case, it would be whether insurance is required for a first annual retirement extension based on a previously issued pre-31 October 2019 O-A visa.


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6 minutes ago, yamadajr said:


Yes, this is exactly why I was asking in case he had any further clarification. In my case, it would be whether insurance is required for a first annual retirement extension based on a previously issued pre-31 October 2019 O-A visa.


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Yes. That is the final link in the chain.

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12 minutes ago, flexomike said:

I came in on an OA in 2016, been on extensions since according to what is being said I have to have insurance for my next extension, but my friend who came at the same time on an  O doesn't,  this is what doesn't make sense, but we both need 800,000 in the bank 

 

At this point, I'd say it's not certain that extensions of stay from pre 10/31/19 O-A visas will be covered by the insurance rule.

 

But, it's say it's increasingly looking like extensions of stay from O-A visas issued from 10/31/19 onward are likely to fall under the insurance rule.

 

But there's no clear or official interpretation on anything of this relating to extensions of stay as yet that has come forth from Immigration HQ -- just interpretations being offered at various outlying Immigration offices that members here are reporting.

 

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I have not read the 22 pages, but somebody sent me this text; look at the last paragraph 

For the first year, they accept that we get a foreign insurance, but the second year, they say we must buy an insurance in a thai compagny

 

http://longstay.tgia.org/home/guidelineoa

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Aforek said:

I have not read the 22 pages, but somebody sent me this text; look at the last paragraph 

For the first year, they accept that we get a foreign insurance, but the second year, they say we must buy an insurance in a thai compagny

 

http://longstay.tgia.org/home/guidelineoa

 

 

Yes. We've seen that. You should contact the insurance companies and inquire about their policies. I mean ask them about the real policies not on the government website. Ask if they will meet the new Immigration requirements.

 

I appreciate that there may be difficulties with giving up insurance in your home country. I'm just making the point that there are legitimate policies to be purchased with the Thai companies.

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30 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

At this point, I'd say it's not certain that extensions of stay from pre 10/31/19 O-A visas will be covered by the insurance rule.

 

But, it's say it's increasingly looking like extensions of stay from O-A visas issued from 10/31/19 onward are likely to fall under the insurance rule.

 

But there's no clear or official interpretation on anything of this relating to extensions of stay as yet that has come forth from Immigration HQ -- just interpretations being offered at various outlying Immigration offices that members here are reporting.

 

my biggest worry is that I am leaving the country for five days in mid November, what are the chances they don't let me in because of lack of insurance, could get ugly, I already have my re-entry permit

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