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Hi All,

 

If I have a 1 Year Non-Imm O-A visa from the Thai embassy in London, and want to extend it in Bangkok, will I just have to show c.£20,000 in a UK account with no fund requirements in a Thai bank?

 

Just checking to make sure that extension does not require the need to show any funds in a Thai bank or income coming into Thailand....

 

Thanks.

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For extensions to non O-A you require exactly same financials as per extension to non O.

800k in Thai bank in your name only. For 2 months prior to application for extension and maintained for 3 months post application date then not below 400k and back up to 800k 2 months prior to the date you attend imm for next extension.

Also you will require insurance.

If you opt for income method then deposits into Thai bank of 65k for 2 months prior then continue every month. Min deposit per month 65k. Messy option however many use income method.

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Remember you can also use the monthly income method of not less than 65,000 THB per month for the previous 12 months using the monthly deposit method into your Thai bank account from your home country bank.  You will need to obtain 12 months of statements from your Thai bank showing the FTT transactions monthly if not using the 800K THB in your account for the previous 2 months without going below the 800K.  Remember that you will also need to show a 1 year Thai insurance policy certificate as well.

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Thanks guys. Thats a shame, as I am in Thailand about 6 months per year so it may be better to go the tourist visa route if/when things begin to get more back to normal...

 

Of course I guess I can just apply for a new non O-A each year...

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Just now, Dazzler said:

Thanks guys. Thats a shame, as I am in Thailand about 6 months per year so it may be better to go the tourist visa route if/when things begin to get more back to normal...

 

Of course I guess I can just apply for a new non O-A each year...

When borders are open you can actually obtain 2 years out of each non O-A..

 

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DrJack, let's assume I come back into Thailand on April 25, 2021, just before my visa expires on April 30 2021.

 

If I leave Thailand again say on June 30th 2021, does the visa then expire, or can I come in and out after April 25 as often as I like until April 25 2022?

 

If I am free to come in and out after April 25, do I need a re-etry permit each time?

 

Thanks!

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OP.... The O-A is a multiple entry visa with a life of 12 months from issue, its life cannot be extended, it expires on it's date of expiry. Each time you enter  during that year you will be given a 12 month permission of stay or less depending on the life of your medical insurance. (Also during Covid  there are extra requirements like a  COE, Covid insurance and 2 weeks quarantine. )

So during the life of the Visa you can come and go on  the Visa itself. When it expires, presumably you are sitting in Thailand with a long permission of stay, If you now wish to leave, a Re-Entry Permit is required to keep any Permission to Stay alive, if not, it is lost. You would need to return before the Permission to Stay Expires.

When near the end of that permission, a 12 month Extension based on marriage or retirement is possible. This will require money in a Thai bank (800,000 baht) or income from outside Thailand, again into a local bank of 65,000 baht each month in the case of retirement.

It is important to understand the differences between Visas, and Extensions. In the main (some exceptions), Visas you obtain from Thai Embassies or Consulates outside Thailand (and they will expire per the date on them), Extensions (to the permission to Stay) are obtained domestically. 

Just to add to the confusion, many people call Extensions 'Visas', even the Immigration people themselves..... an old, much argued, issue on this board. 

 

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9 hours ago, Dazzler said:

Thanks guys. Thats a shame, as I am in Thailand about 6 months per year so it may be better to go the tourist visa route if/when things begin to get more back to normal...

 

Of course I guess I can just apply for a new non O-A each year...

you can get 2 years in Thailand with a non imm 'O''A' visa, just requires a border bounce/ fresh entry before the expiry date of the visa issued by London

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8 hours ago, jacko45k said:

OP.... The O-A is a multiple entry visa with a life of 12 months from issue, its life cannot be extended, it expires on it's date of expiry. Each time you enter  during that year you will be given a 12 month permission of stay or less depending on the life of your medical insurance. (Also during Covid  there are extra requirements like a  COE, Covid insurance and 2 weeks quarantine. )

So during the life of the Visa you can come and go on  the Visa itself. When it expires, presumably you are sitting in Thailand with a long permission of stay, If you now wish to leave, a Re-Entry Permit is required to keep any Permission to Stay alive, if not, it is lost. You would need to return before the Permission to Stay Expires.

When near the end of that permission, a 12 month Extension based on marriage or retirement is possible. This will require money in a Thai bank (800,000 baht) or income from outside Thailand, again into a local bank of 65,000 baht each month in the case of retirement.

It is important to understand the differences between Visas, and Extensions. In the main (some exceptions), Visas you obtain from Thai Embassies or Consulates outside Thailand (and they will expire per the date on them), Extensions (to the permission to Stay) are obtained domestically. 

Just to add to the confusion, many people call Extensions 'Visas', even the Immigration people themselves..... an old, much argued, issue on this board. 

 

Thanks for that jacko45k.

 

Can you confirm that once I am on my extension i.e. after the original visa has expired:

 

1. I can come and go on the extension for a period of 12 monhs from the extension stamp date?

2. Each time I leave Thailand on the extension I need to get a re-entry permit to allow re-entry on the extension?

3. During the period of the extension there is no requirement for 800k in a Thai bank or 65k transfers?

 

Thanks!

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17 minutes ago, Dazzler said:

Thanks for that jacko45k.

1> You would need a multiple re-entry permit. And Covid restrictions to be lifted.

2> A single each trip (1000 baht) or multiple (3800 baht) for the term of the Extension.

3> The 800k must be retained for 3 months into the extension, then can be drawn down to 400k for 7 months. 800k for 2 months preceding a new extension OR 12 months of 65,000 baht deposits demonstrated. During a second year still on the Visa (before it expires) there are no financial obligations. 

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15 minutes ago, Dazzler said:

Thanks for that jacko45k.

 

Can you confirm that once I am on my extension i.e. after the original visa has expired:

 

1. I can come and go on the extension for a period of 12 monhs from the extension stamp date?

2. Each time I leave Thailand on the extension I need to get a re-entry permit to allow re-entry on the extension?

3. During the period of the extension there is no requirement for 800k in a Thai bank or 65k transfers?

 

Thanks!

You can buy reentry permit. 1000 single entry.

3800 multi entry.

If using money in the bank, it's required for 2 months prior to application then maintained for 3 months after then not below 400 and raised back up to 800 two months prior to the day you apply for next extension

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3 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

1> You would need a multiple re-entry permit. And Covid restrictions to be lifted.

2> A single each trip (1000 baht) or multiple (3800 baht) for the term of the Extension.

3> The 800k must be retained for 3 months into the extension, then can be drawn down to 400k for 7 months. 800k for 2 months preceding a new extension OR 12 months of 65,000 baht deposits demonstrated. During a second year still on the Visa (before it expires) there are no financial obligations. 

Re 3.,  I would be on a Non O-A issued showing money in a UK Bank.

Are you saying that to get the extension of the O-A I would then need to show 800k in a Thai bank (or 65k transfers)?

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4 minutes ago, Dazzler said:

Re 3.,  I would be on a Non O-A issued showing money in a UK Bank.

Are you saying that to get the extension of the O-A I would then need to show 800k in a Thai bank (or 65k transfers)?

Yes I am... and your O-A visa would effectively be expired.

You would be applying for an Extension of an O-A Permission to stay and that requires proof of funds in Thailand.

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