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First of all apologies if this has been covered recently. I can find comments relating to it but I am still unclear where I stand hence the question. 
 

I am currently in the UK and have a current O-A Extension of Stay based on Retirement with a Re entry Permit due to expire March 2021. I have current Thai insurance obtained for my extension last year. 
 

This was extended from an original Non Immigrant O-A Retirement Visa obtained from the Thai Embassy in London in 2017.  
 

Apologies if I have not used the exact correct terminology above. 
 

This is what the website currently says for a Non Immigrant O-A:

 

For long-stay visa holder (Non-Immigrant O-A/O-X)

While Thailand still puts in place travel restriction, foreign nationals who are holder of Non-Immigrant O-A and O-X can apply for the Certificate of Entry to go to Thailand.  If your spouse wishes to go to Thailand with you, both of you must apply for O-A/O-X visa (non-O retirement visa is not permitted).

Required documents : 

  1. Your passport copy
  2. Copy of your O-A/O-X visa 
  3. Copy of health insurance policy which covers COVID-19 related medical expenses in Thailand no less than 100,000 USD for the whole period of your stay in Thailand
  4. Declaration form
  5. A copy of flight confirmation
  6. A copy of ASQ booking confirmation

If your visa has expired, you have to apply for a new visa. You must meet the requirements for O-A/O-X visa. Please see our visa page for more detail.

must meet the requirements for O-A/O-X visa. Please see our visa page for more detail.

 

My question is am I eligible to apply in my current situation with a valid extension, or does the line above in bold mean I have to re apply for a new Visa? 
 

Many thanks
 


 

 

 

 

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Just fill in the online COE request (first stage which does not need any flight or hotel details) and they will pre-approve or disapprove usually within a few hours. Then you will have your answer 100

Embassies are not familiar with 'extensions of stay' as the latter are only provided by local Immigration offices.  Just like these local IOs call everything a Visa even if in 95% of cases thy me

An extension of stay is not a visa.   A re-entry permit is not a visa.   A sticker or a stamp with the word "Visa" on it is a visa.

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To my understanding you are eligible.

 

Note the COVID insurance requirement,  This is additional to O-A insurance requirement.  If your O-A insurance is less than $100k then you will need another policy. Otherwise will need a letter from the insurer stating COVID is covered.

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Thank you both. 
 

It was the wording re the “If the visa has Expired, you have to apply for a new visa” that kind threw me because correct me if I’m wrong but technically it has expired. 
 

I asked the embassy the same question and they just sent the above link which I already knew despite me explaining my personal situation. 
 

 

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51 minutes ago, Sheryl said:

To my understanding you are eligible.

 

Note the COVID insurance requirement,  This is additional to O-A insurance requirement.  If your O-A insurance is less than $100k then you will need another policy. Otherwise will need a letter from the insurer stating COVID is covered.

I am currently with Pacific Cross but I don’t think the coverage is sufficient. I will check and if necessary pay for the upgrade. 

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1 hour ago, Kadilo said:

t was the wording re the “If the visa has Expired, you have to apply for a new visa” that kind threw me because correct me if I’m wrong but technically it has expired. 

your original post says  " am currently in the UK and have a current O-A Extension of Stay based on Retirement with a Re entry Permit due to expire March 2021."

 

due to expire March 2021.    so why do you say "technically it has expired"  ?

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13 minutes ago, rumak said:

your original post says  " am currently in the UK and have a current O-A Extension of Stay based on Retirement with a Re entry Permit due to expire March 2021."

 

due to expire March 2021.    so why do you say "technically it has expired"  ?

I mean the visa has technically expired after a year (2018), the extension is until March 2021. ......or am I talking Donald?

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Just now, Kadilo said:

I mean the visa has technically expired after a year (2018), the extension is until March 2021. ......or am I talking Donald?

well, i don't know what talking Donald means   lol      but,  the answers you have received with positivity are based on the fact that your last extension is NOT EXPIRED.    

Don't think too mutt   ........    ( but if you do,  having a still valid extension means that your Visa has NOT expired).   

My original Visa was from like 20  years ago.   I just continually extend it each year . 

 

seems like your main issue is satisfying the insurance requirements.  good luck.  

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just to add ............... i have learnt not to ask questions that might confuse "officials".    

I try to get my sht together beforehand and present what i think is needed/wanted ,

then cross fingers and hope they won't complicate things.  If they do i follow as well as i can

 

the problems with returning to thailand are there are MANY complications that might pop up as

the "list"  is so extensive.  From anecdotes on TV,  much depends on the individual embassies that

members are dealing with.   Some a pain,  some no answers,  and some helpful

 

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42 minutes ago, rumak said:

just to add ............... i have learnt not to ask questions that might confuse "officials".    

I try to get my sht together beforehand and present what i think is needed/wanted ,

then cross fingers and hope they won't complicate things.  If they do i follow as well as i can

 

the problems with returning to thailand are there are MANY complications that might pop up as

the "list"  is so extensive.  From anecdotes on TV,  much depends on the individual embassies that

members are dealing with.   Some a pain,  some no answers,  and some helpful

 

Talking Donald = talking sh.ite, like the Trump man. I’m sadly from Essex and we use a lot of these kind of eupherisms (I think that’s the right word). 
 

Thanks for your help  It’s good to know if I am able to go, I have the right eligibility. The insurance part I can sort, the main problem is getting enough time off work to be able to jump through all the hoops. 
 

I will sit tight til the new year and see if there are any more developments before i jump in.  
 

Thanks again. 

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You should allow for the possibility, in fact for the strong likelihood, that the Thai embassy will not give you a Certificate of Entry (COE) on the basis of your retirement extension but will ask you to apply for a new non-O/A visa.

 

One of the requirements for the COE is clearly a valid visa, not a valid extension of stay.

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21 minutes ago, Maestro said:

You should allow for the possibility, in fact for the strong likelihood, that the Thai embassy will not give you a Certificate of Entry (COE) on the basis of your retirement extension but will ask you to apply for a new non-O/A visa.

 

One of the requirements for the COE is clearly a valid visa, not a valid extension of stay.

As I posted earlier, this is where my confusion laid re their line on the website:

“If your visa has expired, you have to apply for a new visa”

 

So now I have 3 people saying I should be ok, and yourself saying it’s very unlikely. 
 

Why should I need to get another new Visa when my current extension is perfectly valid and in date. Or is it just another money grab?

 

 


 


 


 

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In a rational world, you would not need to ask your question. As it is, your question is a good one. It seems logical that a permission to stay, protected with a reentry permit, from an original Non O-A visa would qualify. However, as you yourself say, the original visa has expired, and there is little difference between an extension of stay from an original Non O and an extension from a Non O-A. They may actually require you to apply for a fresh Non O-A visa. If @MRToMRT is correct, trying for initial approval of the CoE may, indeed, be the way to get a straight answer from the embassy.

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