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Missing the point.  Health insurance is a great thing to have......getting overcharged for poorly designed health insurance with inadequate coverage is not a great thing.  That's the issue for many.  

Apparently not all immigration officers have gotten the message it does not apply to a visa issued prior to October 31st. I seems the person that stamped you in to  the country for a year was awa

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1 minute ago, ubonjoe said:

Apparently not all immigration officers have gotten the message it does not apply to visa issued prior to October 31st.

I seems the person that stamped you in the country for a year was aware of that.

That was my understanding Joe of the dates but could not get through to them and one of them said she would lose her job if she allowed me in without insurance 

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1 hour ago, brianj1964 said:

and I had 30 days to get it and take it to the immigration and they would then allow me 12 months.

Interesting statement. A person with an unused Non-Imm-OA, gets a 30 day stamp,  and can go to immigration in Thailand and get a 12 month stamp later. As I have said, this may explain why  insurance is mentioned in the police order relating to retirement extensions. 

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27 minutes ago, bangkokbanjo said:

Well, I have my OA issued in October and am arriving in two weeks.  I got the insurance anyway, just to be safe .  It's an outside policy , but I downloaded the form from the official Thai website and have the necessary signatures for that.  Hopefully, I won't have any issues 

Hi Bangkokbanjo,

When it turns out that health-insurance is indeed required even when entering on a pre Oct 31 issued OA Visa, yours would be an interesting case.

Border immigration officers have been instructed to check the OA Visa for health-insurance notes from the Embassy/Consulate that issued the OA Visa.  Your OA Visa does not carry such notes as it was issued pre Oct 31.

But you do have the health-insurance certificate that is required for post Oct 31 applications for an OA Visa.

Please keep us posted of your experience on entering.

Note: Hopefully in 2 weeks the present mess/confusion will have been sorted out by then.

 

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36 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

Why would they refuse entry when a person is eligible for a 30 day stamp? 

That's not the point. The point is that he had a valid O-A Visa issued prior to October 31, and the IO still didn't understood the instructions in the police order released in April this year.

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3 minutes ago, brianj1964 said:

They told me without the insurance they would give me a 30 day tourist visa and I would have to arrange the insurance with a Thai company and tthen return to immigration and be allowed to use the O/A. I was at the passport control for 2 hours trying to argue my case 

 

I urge you to complain back to the Embassy/Consulate which issued the visa.

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58 minutes ago, Andrew Dwyer said:

Seems about right.

They are saying “ you need the insurance, we will give you 30 days to get it then stamp you in for a year “

At least they are not refusing entry.

 

However, as he got stamped in for a year it just shows that Thai immigration are as confused as the rest of us !!

An immigration officer at the largest airport in Thailand is supposed to be able to read a police order in thai and understand it. And if they don't understand, why not ask someone who should know? The police order was released in April,over 6 months ago. 

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