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2 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

Is that an  O visa from the UK ?

Yes. You have to be married or a parent to a Thai national. There is no minimum age for this visa.

I will also point out that the Non O is issued by the Department of Immigration and the Non O-A is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The NON O is not meant to be a retirement visa but many people get this visa and then obtain 1 year extensions. Loads of discussions in this sub forum.

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50 minutes ago, tso310 said:

Yes. You have to be married or a parent to a Thai national. There is no minimum age for this visa.

I will also point out that the Non O is issued by the Department of Immigration and the Non O-A is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The NON O is not meant to be a retirement visa but many people get this visa and then obtain 1 year extensions. Loads of discussions in this sub forum.

A non-o visa can be issued for many reasons by a embassy or consulate. It can be issued by immigration for a few specific reasons.

A non-o visa can be issued to those that are 50 or over for retirement to qualify for a extension of stay based upon retirement,

You are mixing up visas and extension of stay.

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Do I understand this correctly?  

I should be eligible for  CoE as I am married to Thai and have been living in Thailand on Non O retirement extension until June 2021.  

 

Am I assured of getting a CoE, as it seems I have to book flight and ASQ before this is issued?  So several thousand ££ at risk if the CoE is refused?

If I go into Thailand on existing visa, must I have medical insurance to June 2021, (when my visa expires,) or can I get in with medical insurance for  3 months.

Any recommendations for medical insurance for Covid only, to satisfy CoE requirements.

Can I chose any flight into Thailand that is offered on the Internet.  I usually book through Expedia and they have several flights for he date I am thinking of.

Nothing has been said here, but I assume that all ASQ hotels will take booking using UK credit card?

Any advice or experience would be welcome

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9 minutes ago, Robin said:

I should be eligible for  CoE as I am married to Thai and have been living in Thailand on Non O retirement extension until June 2021.

Your current permission of stay stamp is June 2021? 

So have left Thailand after June  this year with a reentry permit?. I'm confused.

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9 hours ago, Peter Denis said:

Two questions:

- Why is this unfortunate?

- What other loopholes are you referring to that need closing?

 

Some people use the monthly transfer method and you don't need to keep 800 k locked up in the bank. 

 

Some people do recycle the money....

 

Or ask agent for help and other loopholes.

 

 

 

 

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38 minutes ago, EricTh said:

We are talking about the retirement and not the marriage extension.

Not my area of expertise but there are loads of threads in this sub forum of recent experiences. I don't know of anyone who has a Non O that is not legally married.

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10 hours ago, DrJack54 said:

Your current permission of stay stamp is June 2021? 

So have left Thailand after June  this year with a reentry permit?. I'm confused.

Hi drJack54 and @Robin,

That situation is not exceptional at all.

While in Thailand he applied in June (4-5 months ago) for a 1-year extension of stay based on his original Non Imm O Visa for reason of retirement.  He was then provided with the 1-year permission to stay till June 2021.

A couple months later he exited Thailand and bought a re-entry permit to protect that 1-year permission to stay.

He now wants to return and since he is married to a Thai national he is eligible for the CoE.

But of course he is somewhat worried that his Re-Entry Permit protected permission to stay of his original Non Imm O Visa, would not be accepted by the Embassy when applying for the CoE (making his flight and hotel-booking then not usable).  I would advise him to check with the Embassy beforehand about this possible issue, but would be surprised if they would insist on him applying for a new Visa when the permission to stay of his current one is still valid till June 2021. 
Note also that there have been reports of applicants booking refundable flights as well as cancelable ASQ hotel-bookings.

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13 hours ago, Robin said:

Do I understand this correctly?  

I should be eligible for  CoE as I am married to Thai and have been living in Thailand on Non O retirement extension until June 2021.  

 

Am I assured of getting a CoE, as it seems I have to book flight and ASQ before this is issued?  So several thousand ££ at risk if the CoE is refused?

If I go into Thailand on existing visa, must I have medical insurance to June 2021, (when my visa expires,) or can I get in with medical insurance for  3 months.

Any recommendations for medical insurance for Covid only, to satisfy CoE requirements.

Can I chose any flight into Thailand that is offered on the Internet.  I usually book through Expedia and they have several flights for he date I am thinking of.

Nothing has been said here, but I assume that all ASQ hotels will take booking using UK credit card?

Any advice or experience would be welcome

 

 

If you are in Uk or on UK passport just go to https://coethailand.mfa.go.th and complete the CoE first stage. There are two stages to the application the first is he "pre-approval" for which you do not need the tickets or ASQ booking, they just assess you basis details and visa status. Anyone can do this who is not sure if their visa qualifies or not. You will need to upload a copy of your visa inside the app.

 

I am not sure if this online system is same for other countries because my experience is limited to my ow use of the app? 

 

I did and got an answer (which was an approval to proceed to the second stage which requires ASQ and flight booking) within the hour.

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