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I guess loads of people are asking why we cant return to Thailand on a O retirement Visa?..Its a visa that we obtained in Thailand and have to hold 800,000b almost all year round which is a big commitment.Its shouldn't be about your visa as long as you respect thailand rules.Come on does this O retirement visa have Covid 19 virus all over it?

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When a group of people control a neighborhood they are called mafia. A larger group is called organized crime. Largest group to control mankind uses a much more innocuous term:  government

Unless you're a Burmese truck driver.

They disappeared last night when a software update was done. That is on a list of fixes to be done.

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17 minutes ago, rumak said:

When a group of people control a neighborhood they are called mafia.

A larger group is called organized crime.

Largest group to control mankind uses a much more innocuous term:  government

One of their most preferred henchman are "insurance companies" . MANDATORY !

 

and so the sly move to get O holders to have to switch to O-A  where ins. is required

Insurance is now required anyway because of covid, so doesn't matter which kind you have

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The other question is about what happens if we can't return before it expires? Would we be able to renew at the consulate in our countries of origin? I can't get the consul to answer the phone in New York, Washington, or LA to even ask questions. Then again, there are likely no answers at this time, hence, don't call us we'll call you

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33 minutes ago, Jonathan Swift said:

Insurance is now required anyway because of covid, so doesn't matter which kind you have

those of us who are in thailand on O visa do not need to buy any kind of insurance,  sir

 

if coming from outside..... yes        but others report must get O-A visa to enter which means need to meet the insurance requirement

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According to the Thai consulates in New York and Washington DC Non O retirement visa holders can apply online for a certificate of entry. I have been referred to a certificate of entry page at the Washington DC Thai consulate and it appears that non O retirement visa holders can get the re entry permit as long as all conditions are met such as a pre booked authorized "semi commercial" (whatever that means) e ticket and a paid quarantine booking. Here is the form website https://thaiembdc.org/onlinevisaapplication/. and here is a screen shot of the form showing the non O category in the drop down menu. This appears to be the information needed by everyone with retirement visas who are confused. Good luck to everyone. It's about to get cold here in Connecticut and my furnace is out. Haven't seen a winter or snow here in 7 years, brrrrrrr!

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23 hours ago, ruby1 said:

So why isn't royal Thailand embassy in London doing the same?

It's the MFA in Thailand that decides, i'm sure the London embassy has pointed this out, but hopefully it won't be long till the situation changes here

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23 hours ago, ruby1 said:

So why isn't royal Thailand embassy in London doing the same?

I guess the Royal Thai Embassy in Germany is more accommodating.

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On 10/16/2020 at 9:44 PM, Jonathan Swift said:

According to the Thai consulates in New York and Washington DC Non O retirement visa holders can apply online for a certificate of entry.

The page you posted states at the top to make sure you have read another page.  That other page rules you out the way I read it.

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Curious that the posted page refers to a "Residence Permit", it would be far clearer if the word "Retirement" appeared somewhere.  Under normal circumstances does the US Thai embassy even issue a non-O for retirement, I thought they only offered the O-A.

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On 10/17/2020 at 11:22 AM, ruby1 said:

So why isn't royal Thailand embassy in London doing the same?

Because its a different situation to the US. TG916/917 flies every Sunday. Thai does not fly to the US and so there is no need to organise tickets on other airlines. The system in the UK changed a few weeks ago and you now can book direct with Thai then get your COE etc from the Embassy. For farangs COEs are also now given for flights by Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, Lufthansa, Singapore and I think KLM. BA have been trying to get permission from CAAT but so far no go. From a private Facebook page I'm in for Brits wanting to get to Thailand the number has certainly travelling has increased since the COE issuing change. 

Social distancing on the TG917 appears to have been discontinued as this pic from yesterdays flight shows. In flight entertainment also appears to be still inoperative as its was when my wife flew in September.

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