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Why I applied for a Retirement Visa

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1 hour ago, rastlin said:

Now, I know, compared to some of the horror stories posted here this is nothing.  She looked at a computer screen, asked a few questions and stamped me through.  Big deal, right?... But the thing is it really did *feel different*

"Big deal, right?"

Exactly.   And actual events trump your "feelings" (which were wrong) every time.

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OP, thinking your plan of obtaining a non o based on retirement best path.

If you decide to use money in bank method, your best to just lock away 800k in a Thai bank. 

You mentioned "retirement Visa". Sometimes that is used to refer to a non O-A. That previously been good option for you as you return home often and and could obtain new O-A every 2 years. 

However now with the useless Thai insurance requirement thinking non-O best option.

You can do conversion to non o from visa exempt entry or tourist visa at imm in Thailand or could obtain one in Thai consulate nearby country.

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2 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

OP, thinking your plan of obtaining a non o based on retirement best path.

If you decide to use money in bank method, your best to just lock away 800k in a Thai bank. 

You mentioned "retirement Visa". Sometimes that is used to refer to a non O-A. That previously been good option for you as you return home often and and could obtain new O-A every 2 years. 

However now with the useless Thai insurance requirement thinking non-O best option.

You can do conversion to non o from visa exempt entry or tourist visa at imm in Thailand or could obtain one in Thai consulate nearby country.

 

Hi DrJack54:

 

     Actually, I had purchased the health insurance previously as I spend a lot of time in Thailand and my U.S. insurance does not cover me here in Thailand.  I purchased an Etna policy that a friend of mine recommended as he had open heart surgery here in Thailand and the insurance covered everything.

 

     Visa requirements aside, I think it is wise to have health insurance of some sort in this county as things happen,  especially as we get older!

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7 hours ago, Gweiloman said:

OP, I commend you on your decision. You spend about 5-6 months a year here as well as owning your own condo so going down the retirement route is a no-brainer. 
I have never understood why long term stayers still insist on trying their luck with tourist visas and visa exempts. 

Because the retirement visa extension financial process is not liked by many, especially US or UK that no longer do embassy income letters.  Now one has to tie up 800k baht in a thai bank, or make monthly transfers into a Thai bank account.  Transferring money monthly into a foreign bank in a foreign country in which a person may only spend 6 or 7 months of each year is a poor use of monies.  not to mention possibly having to deal with the Thai insurance garbage (OA only mostly at the moment).  So getting two SETVs of 60 day each and extending by 30 days is a viable alternative, not to mention a few 30 day visa exempt that require no advance planning or applications. 

 

  Now this fellow seems to have a condo so leaning towards dealing with the retirement visa extension route may make more sense to him.  The SETVs themselves require advance planning and coordination themselves.

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16 hours ago, Lacessit said:

You will have to time your appearances here to fit in with the annual extension. Perhaps you knew that already. Miss the extension date by being elsewhere, and the process will have to be repeated all over again.

 

I am not so sure that where the OP writes "retirement visa" and "multi entry retirement visa", he means retirement extension.

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OP you should clarify what you mean by a "Rertirement Visa". A Non OA applied for in your own country, which if used right can give 2 years stay but now has insurance requirements or an "Extension of Stay" in Thailand based on a Non O or for that matter a Non OA. The replies you get will vary depending on what you mean.

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