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I am in Thailand. My retirement extension renewal is earliest 1st November 2020.  After renewal I want to travel to the UK this year  and see my sick Father before he dies.  The UK  lockdown rules are changing on a daily basis but if I decide to take that risk what is the current return process for a valid retirement extension holder?  I assume I will need to budget for test and quarantine which I am OK with although i'd like to choose where. 

 

Has any retirement extension holder done this recently? 

 

 

 

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OP, you can renew your retire extension, 1 year and a re-entry permit etc At the moment you cannot return based on a retire extension,  but I think its maybe safe to presume sometime in the next 12 mo

I am in Thailand. My retirement extension renewal is earliest 1st November 2020.  After renewal I want to travel to the UK this year  and see my sick Father before he dies.  The UK  lockdown rules are

OP, I believe unless you have extensions to a non O-A you will not be able to return if indeed you have extensions to a non O based on retirement. You would be best to exit Thailand without a ree

Although your have a visa u will still have to apply, with specified documentation to the Thai Embassy in UK .. they will require u to take 2 tests before u leave ..1 within 48 hrs of departure ..

Family, officially married, work visa acceptable to return but retirement visa?? ..need to check.

Quarantine is seriously strict ..you'll be told where u can stay for 14 days under police supervision at your own expense (,,budget 40k bt) ..

Other may add some additional points ..or corrections ..

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i don't think retirement extension holders on the list of people allowed to return to Thailand, to enable a coe ( certificate of entry)  from the  London Thai embassy

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Did you initially enter with a non-O or non-OA visa?

If your extension is based on a non-O visa you will currently not be allowed to enter.

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23 minutes ago, jackdd said:

Did you initially enter with a non-O or non-OA visa?

If your extension is based on a non-O visa you will currently not be allowed to enter.

Extension from OA can return ?????

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26 minutes ago, jackdd said:

If your extension is based on a non-O visa you will currently not be allowed to enter.

That is for Retirement extension grandfathered on Non-O.

 

However, if the Extension of the Non-O is based on the holder being either married to a Thai or supporting his Thai-born children, I understand that they can apply for the CoE and get on the 'repatriation' wait list.

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3 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

I believe O-A and O-X added to the "list"

Good update if confirmed. The RTE in London's listing has been a bit dynamic of late.

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Sorry to hear about your father.

How quickly do you need to get back to Thailand? Obviously, no one relishes the thought of winter in the UK but there are repeated indications that the Thai government is manoeuvring to properly re-open by the start of next year so that they can catch the all-important Chinese New Year peak season in February.

The Thai government are now clearly aware that the expensive quarantine requirement is a barrier, so, we might see the option to replace that requirement by, instead, showing certification of vaccination. If the Cambridge vaccine works, it will be distributed initially to frontline NHS workers and, then, to citizens in order of risk and age. The roll-out may be underway by the time you arrive but I have no idea how long it might take for you to become eligible. Still, worth being aware that the current procedures and expenses relating to getting back into Thailand may radically change within the next few months.

 

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If you decide to go back, just do not renew your current extension. Apply for a Non-OA from home and return on that with all that is necessary for returning and entering. You can as it is today, not re-enter on a Non-O based on retirement.

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7 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

That is for Retirement extension grandfathered on Non-O.

 

However, if the Extension of the Non-O is based on the holder being either married to a Thai or supporting his Thai-born children, I understand that they can apply for the CoE and get on the 'repatriation' wait list.

That's correct. 

I'm guessing the OP in not married or parent of Thai as he did not mention it.

 

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15 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

That's correct. 

I'm guessing the OP in not married or parent of Thai as he did not mention it.

 

Agreed and he also hasn't mentioned if he owns a condo who are also now permitted to apply for a CoE.

 

Just hoping to pre-empt the inevitable questions that pop up as a thread matures from those unfamiliar with the different categories of Non-O and their extensions.

 

Here's a hypothetical for you. If a foreigner married to a Thai or with Thai-born siblings has a valid Non-O Extension that has been issued against Retirement and a valid re-entry permit for that Extension, can that foreigner apply at the RTE in London for a CoE based on being married/having children?

 

Many retirees switched from Marriage Extensions to Retirement Extension simply to avoid the ball-ache of the former's annual renewal. The RTE London's website doesn't specifically state if they qualify for a CoE or otherwise.

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