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Clarification of insurance and extensions since 31/10.

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I entered in 2006 on an O-A and have been doing uninterrupted extensions in Bangkok since then.

 

I did my most recent retirement extension last week (7 Nov) at CW. No one asked about insurance. The extension was approved for the normal one year.

 

How did he do his extension LAST WEEK 7 NOV.   7 Nov was this past Wednesday. 

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2 hours ago, Mango Bob said:

I entered in 2006 on an O-A and have been doing uninterrupted extensions in Bangkok since then.

 

I did my most recent retirement extension last week (7 Nov) at CW. No one asked about insurance. The extension was approved for the normal one year.

 

How did he do his extension LAST WEEK 7 NOV.   7 Nov was this past Wednesday. 

Actually it was Thursday. And speaking now that was last week.

 

Of more concernto me is that a very reliable TV member asked about this at CW on Nov 6 (for the second time) and was told insurance is required.

 

So either (1) there was a change in policy at CW late on the 6th/early on the 7th, or (2) different officers there are doing different things, or (3) this report did not actually involve a retirement extension based on entry on an OA.

 

Would be worth finding out which as there are many members needing to do extensions at CW in the near future.

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7 hours ago, tgeezer said:

That is what I would expect to be the case, and what I have been trying to explain, and what many people refuse to believe.  The visa used to enter the country is irrelevant once one is in the extension process.  

I assume that those who want to believe otherwise have a history of skirting around the rules and being screwed with and can not believe that they are finally in the country legally.  

It depends on the Immigration Office:

 

per PHUKET Immigration Volunteers:

 

Medical Insurance:

If the retirement extension is based on a original Non-OA visa (Issued at the Thai Embassy in your home country) then a medical insurance has to be shown and included in the extension based on retirement.
Please use the following link https://longstay.tgia.org  to get more information about the required health insurance and the accepted health insurance companies.

If the retirement extension is based on a (single entry) Non-O visa or from a conversion from Non-B or a extension based on marriage etc then the health insurance is NOT required for the extension based retirement application.

http://piv-phuket.com/long-stay-extensions/retirement/

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Just now, Pib said:

That's good news to hear.  But don't get mad at me for asking, but can you post a copy (redacted as necessary) of the "latest" Visa in your passport....hopefully the OA visa you mentioned.

 

I believe the same request was made previously of this same poster in another thread, and it was rather indignantly refused.... 

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Just now, Pib said:

The the answer was the same....since my latest visa from Christmas past was the OA Visa I would require insurance next time.

 

Pib, didn't you also have two different separate phone call conversations with the Immigration hotline on the subject of O-A based extensions of stay needing or not needing insurance.

 

And as best as I recall, in one call they told you yes, and then in the other call they told you no???

 

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2 hours ago, Sheryl said:

Actually it was Thursday. And speaking now that was last week.

 

Of more concernto me is that a very reliable TV member asked about this at CW on Nov 6 (for the second time) and was told insurance is required.

 

So either (1) there was a change in policy at CW late on the 6th/early on the 7th, or (2) different officers there are doing different things, or (3) this report did not actually involve a retirement extension based on entry on an OA.

 

Would be worth finding out which as there are many members needing to do extensions at CW in the near future.

Sheryl,

  That may had been me you are referring to....I did "not" get to talk to the CW immigration officers again on 6 Nov when I was there....I had wanted to but the place was packed with customers....I had never seen it some packed in the 11 years I've been going to CW....no free immigration officer to talk to. 

 

   But I did get to talk to two immigration officers in "mid Oct" regarding the insurance issue and both were very clear that due to my OA Visa from 2008 which I've got 11 retirement extensions of stay from (now on my 11th) that I "would" require insurance when I apply for my next retirement extension of stay in late 2020.  Both reviewed my passport...when they saw that old OA visa they delivered the bad news. Both said I would need to get a Non-O to avoid the insurance requirement.

 

Pib

 

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