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


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47 minutes ago, nickmondo said:

i do not agree.

Should have no problem with online banking.

the only problem could be receiving an OTP to a thai phone if you do not have the phone with you and roaming activated.

 

You don't even need that. I regularly receive text messages in Canada on my AIS Sim even if I have no credits left... As long as your number is valid. 

 

I even set up my Canadian bank account with 2 step banking by adding AIS number. I get the text message code free of charge while logging in Canada. Canadian Sim charges me 30 cents. 

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4 minutes ago, DJ54 said:

Last notice was in August 2019 from 10 mil to 5 mil to 1 mil

baht effective August 2020. It wasn’t a sudden announcement...

 

 

4 hours ago, fangless said:

 

From August 11, 2019 Thai Baht Deposits are protected under the Deposit Protection Agency Act up to a maximum of 5 million baht per one depositor per financial institution until August 10, 2021.

More information available at Deposit Protection Agency website www.dpa.or.th

 

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1 hour ago, alex8912 said:

Great post but very fake news.

In the UK the O-A is now being issued in less than a week (incl post) and CoEs in hours. I know quite a few people who are coming back now and next month. 

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19 minutes ago, MRToMRT said:

In the UK the O-A is now being issued in less than a week (incl post) and CoEs in hours. I know quite a few people who are coming back now and next month. 

Hoping to do just that next Thurs

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53 minutes ago, Mr Meeseeks said:

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.

As all good immigrants should! 

Some long-term visitors don't realize how lucky they are being able to stay here permanently with easy requirements compared to other countries. 

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11 hours ago, rooster59 said:

I have held a legal Non-O Retirement Visa since 2016.

Not to be facetious, but is there such a thing as a not-legal Non-O Retirement Visa?

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6 minutes ago, praguecr said:

Not to be facetious, but is there such a thing as a not-legal Non-O Retirement Visa?

Yes via "facilitating" agent "not-legal" visa where the rules are bent or broken by the agent as opposed to "assistance" agent legal visas where old fogies like me get the agent  to do the leg/paperwork for me while I sit in the bar.  

 

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11 hours ago, rooster59 said:

There has got to be someone in the Thai Government that cares!", he concluded

Ironic, since he worked for a government department that has a long history of not caring to successfully audit their own budget. 🤭

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It's curious all think they have "valid visa" when in fact they were canceled the moment they entered Thailand. If they don't understand the basic legalities of their presence in Thailand, I fear for them being able to negotiate a return. And why do people take the situation personally...they all chose to leave Thailand in the middle of a pandemic...and now are offended they can't return at their own whim.

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For all of you stick outside Thai I hope you can find a smoother way back if you choose. No need to crack anyones nut as to why it they got caught out...  I was fortunate was supposed to go to Singapore Airshow last minute the business I was visiting at show cancelled..  so I consider myself lucky...

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