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"The Stranded": Highlighting the plight of expats unable to return to Thailand; #2 Retirees


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1 minute ago, Mike Teavee said:

The person you responded to might be getting mixed up with Foreign Currency Deposit accounts (FCDs) which are not covered by Deposit Protection, only THB accounts are covered. 

 

 

 

 

Which means he is still wrong/misleading does it not?

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15 minutes ago, MRToMRT said:

SCB easy app still says "only available to Thai nationals" if you try to use it for an international transfer. 

 

 

I have used K-bank app to send money to Australia and I am not a Thai National nor an Australian. 

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53 minutes ago, fangless said:

That does not help if the bank demands you to appear in person with your passport as some do for some accounts.

On my internet banking When I have tried to add a new "payee" to my list of people to send money to, I get a message to go to the branch as I cant do this on line. 

So I guess you can only transfer money to an international account if you already have the recipient approved after a branch visit. Not good if you are stuck overseas

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8 hours ago, Peabody said:

Anyone on the "retirement" extension have any success in getting it renewed at their local consulate, or do we all just lose those too?

We are all out of luck.

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5 minutes ago, biggles45 said:

On my internet banking When I have tried to add a new "payee" to my list of people to send money to, I get a message to go to the branch as I cant do this on line. 

So I guess you can only transfer money to an international account if you already have the recipient approved after a branch visit. Not good if you are stuck overseas

Not true with the K-Bank app. 

 

You put in the amount, currency, recipient details and account number and hit send. 

 

Cheap, easy and fast (for a bank). 

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Off topic posts and replies about setting up cryptocurrency accounts to transfer money out of Thailand have been removed.  A person may be able to do that while they are in Thailand, it does seem to apply to retirees who are stranded outside of Thailand trying to access their funds. 

 

As stated in the OP:

 

  • Thaivisa notes that others with money in the bank have found it problematic to withdraw funds if they are not personally present in Thailand, even through legal proxies.

 

 

Some inflammatory posts and replies have been removed. 

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There are many more peoe in the same boat. J'm kne of them. Have lived in TH since 2004. Went back to Europe in Jan for family matter. At first my country shut the airport, then TH did. My possessions are in Bkk. I wonder if an OA visa would be possible to get?

Or with EU FoM live in  a low risk country for a few months, register residency and apply for this new single entry visa from there?

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54 minutes ago, Mark mark said:

... Hi from Mark mark ! ... I do not write too much anymore. I am stranded in Adelaide Australia. The Upside is we have no CV 19, and few social restrictions and we do not have to wear masks .... The down side is that I am most defiantly, and well definitively …. STUCK !!! @#$%^&)&^ .... Whichever way you look at it.

 

Things have improved a bit as a pacific Prime broker got me Insurance with LMG ... which is a Thai insurance Company that IS on their list, and well at 64 + and at that age if you have not got some sort of medical history ? … Well you are not Human right ... but let’s not go on down that road !!! …

 

But I got it and now can apply for an -OA visa and continue the frustrating, hurdle jumping, and see how much you can reduce the costs ??? Game !!! ??? And just hope for the best. ??? ... As you all here are indicating. …

 

… Like greatest condolences to all here, stranded also … Just like me but possibly in much worse situation

 

(If you can get a Thai AIS ? Sim and have roaming switched on, then you can transfer Money around from your account IN Thailand … and well Credit cards are just a Godsend !!! But let’s also not go down that road either, just by saying …Well if you stay in Thailand, or anywhere for any length of time … you SHOULF financially set yourself up as best you can.) …

 

... And also let’s not forget everywhere else, and everyone else, that have just been totally <Deleted> by the usual Circumstances of Birth, … and NOW this Bloody Virus, and the ? Crazy ? Well pretty serious reaction. And well the Dead ! A Real thing !!! And also the total destruction of some of those that do get it's Bodies !!! And the destruction of the mentality of a VAST proportion of the world’s Population also.

 

I think that the Virus is caused basically, by Over Population, like how it spreads any way ...  And it was the norm really !!! Just waiting to come to us ! ? Well, … AT us !!! …. Like the countries that have the most trouble with it are ? Usually Over Crowded ? And also cold, so the people like congregation in side !!! ??? ... And countries with BIG socially interacting Families, … or friends. ... I think ?

 

... So I have the Insurance, so well I think that we all will need that probably ? From Now on !!! … Like they were talking about / trying to force all of us Retirement Non 0 visa holders, in to get it from June ? July last year !!! And well, NOW they have the opportunity just to "DO it" ... and I think that they will stick with this.

 

Still with reasonably cheap, (Choose a very High Excess, as you will probably never be lucky ? Well unlucky enough to have to use it any way, and also exclude extra services, except what the NON –OA requirements are, … and it is then cheaper, … and accept the Exclusions with the same reasoning, ...  and yes it could be cheap ???) …. Yes renewable, Insurance ! That suites the NON -OA Visa requirements ... Then you are in the game for the duration I suppose ? …... and hopefully sooner than later … but well if I live long enough, … it could still be later when I get to use it.

 

… Yes WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN ? … Well the Guys here that thought that we all SHOULD HAVE KNOWN ... that the Lock down was coming, sure did get it Right ... Though the SARS epidemic and HIV and other Problems before that were highly contagious, and were killing People … But ALL of them, didn’t close the whole world down !  Like this Animal to Human Malady, CV 19 Has. ... So well maybe we could be excused for missing it this time ? ....

 

And well I think that they now are refusing to recognize the NON -O Visas (Like I have got) .... So time to apply for a NON -OA Fellas !!! Right ! ? 

 

And good luck to you !!! …. Maybe see some of you on a Repatriation Flight ! ? Or in the BKK airport !!! ... Right ? ... Let's Hope !!!

 

And yes … let’s look at the big picture also and pray for the Dead and the Dying ! … And the long term Crippled.

 

Mark mark.

 

And thanks to Richard xxx ? And the others on here who have helped me … and others quite possibly I hope.

 

And to Rooster for his objective Kindness that he still puts in to his weekly column also.

 

 

Hey mark, and how much was this ubeaute insurance, surely better priced than pacific with decent coverage?.

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2 hours ago, Airalee said:

I haven’t seen anything other than the fact that deposit insurance drops next August to ฿1,000,000 (postponed for a year from this past August when it was supposed to change).  
 

Do you have a link where it shows the difference between protection offered to Thai nationals vs Foreigners?  I have not seen any mention of this anywhere (until your post).

I was told this by a Thai colleague so cannot confirm with a link. 

 

I will speak with him again this coming week as to where he obtained the information.

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1 hour ago, Neeranam said:

Why not? I class myself as an immigrant. 

Me too. 

 

Foreign business owner with PR and I will apply for Thai citizenship in the future.

 

I have no intention of leaving and I made plans to amend my residency status to remain here permanently over 12 years ago after 18 years here.

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8 hours ago, Peabody said:

Anyone on the "retirement" extension have any success in getting it renewed at their local consulate, or do we all just lose those too?

Hi and Yes...And just before it expired Oct 2 the consulate gave me a new one... apparently that is not too hard if you are not in the UK...I was in Italy. I got back because I was married, and I was on Emirates...the flight was important because of favorable airline policies and TH government approval for them to operate flights to here. The catch is that the new visa is a 90 day thing that I can renew 3 times- not my usual one year thing. Complicating this is that after 10 months away my wife has moved on and is forcing me into a divorce... no happy return to the LoS 

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Sorry   but cut your losses and run

Thailand  is the last place on earth  you will want to be at  soon

Do all you can to get  your  family  out  sorry  but   Thailand is not Thailand now  is  soon to be Communist  China 

Good  Luck Thailand 

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