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1. Doubt that many with PR are locked out, and any other VISA/extension is just permission for a temporary stay. Really not much sympathy, nobody forced them to leave the country.   2.

Those with existing or new OA visas can get a certificate of entry now and I not don't think it will much longer before they can get one with a one year extension of stay based upon retirement. I

My preferred option is to stay in Thailand. I'm not worried about security. All the turbulence in Bangkok is a long way from me. The pandemic could go on for quite some time, it's accelerati

5 hours ago, DogNo1 said:

Regular tourist visas and non-O visas are not available.  

There is a new single entry tourist visa available now in low risk countries. it requires 500k baht in a bank account for 6 months to apply for it.

In some cases a non-o visa can issued. For example if married to or the parent of a Thai.

As wrote before I expect the may soon allow those with valid extensions of stay with re-entry permit for retirees. But if it expires the problem would be getting a single entry non-o visa at the majority of embassies and official consulates.

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I had planned to go to Vietnam to avoid Songkran I was very lucky that my flights were cancelled before I actually left. Two weeks later I would have been locked out of Thailand for who knows how long. I do have a daughter in Thailand but even then it seems that many people with retirement Visas and dependents in Thailand are having extreme problems coming back to Thailand especially from countries with lots of covid19 cases. I do like visiting local countries but that will be some years away before it's possible. 

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23 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

Those with existing or new OA visas can get a certificate of entry now and I not don't think it will much longer before they can get one with a one year extension of stay based upon retirement.

IMO at the this time it would be best to stay in the country unless the trip needs to be done urgently.

Ubonjoe, are you saying that currently only people applying and getting a new O-A visa or people who still have time left on their O-A visa's are allowed back into thailand. 

 

And not people who have a O-A visa and have a extension of stay granted for another year based on the O-A visa? 

 

If that's the case I didn't realise that. 

And as always thank you for your help. 

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23 hours ago, BritManToo said:

1. Doubt that many with PR are locked out, and any other VISA/extension is just permission for a temporary stay.

Really not much sympathy, nobody forced them to leave the country.

 

2. I doubt international travel will ever be as cheap and easy as it was (next 10 years), flights will be expensive, borders will frequently close, conditions to enter countries will be expensive and restrictive. Now that most of the foreigners have gone it's much much easier to extend my permission to stay in Thailand because immigration offices are empty instead of being packed.

 

Choose a country, stay in it until you die ....... is the obvious answer.

Even for those who can't get insurance because of existing  health problems. or are just too old.

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