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18 minutes ago, wasabi said:

I want to be in Thailand 6-9 months a year so I thought METV was perfect for me and my wife. However using METV's; and passing the 5 month mark we started getting increasingly thorough interrogations upon reentry to Thailand by immigration and threats of not being allowed entry. I was saddened by this because we thought we found a low cost way to fit our part-time Thai lifestyle. We found short term rentals via Airbnb and contacts while in Thailand. As long as you stay at least 30 days Airbnb is legal BTW.

 

After going back to the USA my wife and I debated what to do and settled on getting Thailand Elite visas. (We are both under 50) I would have loved to keep doing recurring 9 month METVs since it is obviously way cheaper, but it became clear this was not a stable way for us to stay here. The cost of the TE visa was steep but if we keep this up for a few years it will pay for itself. I am also glad to not have to sweat coming in and out of the country anymore.

Yes, in your case being under 50 years of age and wanting to stay longer than 6 months a year in Thailand, the EliteVisa is the only 'relaxed' option available.

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3 hours ago, Peter Denis said:

On an METV (MultipleEntry TouristVisa) you can stay almost 9 months in Thailand, when doing a border-run just before your 6 month Visa validity date expires, then being stamped in again for a 60-day permission to stay which can be extended with 30 days.

Obviously you cannot use METVs continuously, because when doing so you would be staying longer than the unofficial 180 days a year in Thailand, and would be considered 'not a genuine tourist' by thai border-immigration.  Using 2 METVs with some months in your home-country in between would not be a problem.  But when staying longer than 180 days a year, from the 3rd one on you might be questioned on entry and in worst case even denied entry.  So inc case of staying longer than 6 months a year in Thailand applying for a Non Imm O - retirement Visa and subsequent 1-year extensions is the cheapest/easiest way of staying long-term legit in Thailand.

 

Yes, but OP asked for up to 50/50 between Thailand and home-country – and as you say yourself, more than 180 days become a problem. But your suggestion might have interest for other readers...🙂

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I worked in Bangkok for many years and then left for my home country almost 20 years ago.  At the time I thought that I would someday return to retire in Thailand.  The more time I spent out of the country the urge to retire there became less and less.  I have been to Thailand many times in the intervening years, sometimes for a month at a time.  Now I'm down to just thinking about visiting Thailand for 4-5 months a year over the northern winter.  When that day comes I was thinking about getting a 90 day non-immigrant visa and then either another 90 day non-immigrant visa 90 or if that is not allowed a 60 day visa.  Like I said earlier, I don't intend to stay six months in Thailand.  I don't really want to go through all the paperwork for a retirement visa when I don't plan on staying in the country over six months in a year. 

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3 minutes ago, Hanuman2547 said:

I worked in Bangkok for many years and then left for my home country almost 20 years ago.  At the time I thought that I would someday return to retire in Thailand.  The more time I spent out of the country the urge to retire there became less and less.  I have been to Thailand many times in the intervening years, sometimes for a month at a time.  Now I'm down to just thinking about visiting Thailand for 4-5 months a year over the northern winter.  When that day comes I was thinking about getting a 90 day non-immigrant visa and then either another 90 day non-immigrant visa 90 or if that is not allowed a 60 day visa.  Like I said earlier, I don't intend to stay six months in Thailand.  I don't really want to go through all the paperwork for a retirement visa when I don't plan on staying in the country over six months in a year. 

 

 

Actually, the paperwork for a retirement is not that much greater than for a Non-Imm O visa. In practical terms it is better now that multiple entry ) visas are not available in your home country. It is a more a question of whether you want to keep required funds in a Thai bank account. Your plans suggest that a single re-entry permit would suffice so you save 2,800 Baht vs a multiple.

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