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I am in Thailand and due to renew my O-A visa mid February.  I have been relying on my excellent travel insurance up until now which expires 21 Dec (which I can renew).  I understand that I will need an "approved" O-A type health insurance policy when I go to Pattaya immigration to renew my O-A visa.  I had intended to take out the health insurance policy from Pacific Cross to begin 21 December when my travel insurance expires.  However, a friend has said that the health insurance must start on the same day as the new O-A visa.  Can anyone clarify this point please?  Also I read some time ago that some immigration offices may no longer ask for health insurance on renewal.  It would be very helpful if anyone who has recently used the Pattaya office to renew an o-A visa can share any up to date information on this point.  As always than you very much in advance to all of those who post positive replies.   

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11 minutes ago, Adelphi said:

I am in Thailand and due to renew my O-A visa mid February.  I have been relying on my excellent travel insurance up until now which expires 21 Dec (which I can renew).  I understand that I will need an "approved" O-A type health insurance policy when I go to Pattaya immigration to renew my O-A visa.  I had intended to take out the health insurance policy from Pacific Cross to begin 21 December when my travel insurance expires.  However, a friend has said that the health insurance must start on the same day as the new O-A visa.  Can anyone clarify this point please?  Also I read some time ago that some immigration offices may no longer ask for health insurance on renewal.  It would be very helpful if anyone who has recently used the Pattaya office to renew an o-A visa can share any up to date information on this point.  As always than you very much in advance to all of those who post positive replies.   

I just did my OA extension at Jomtein via an agent. 3,000 bht (total) for medical ins.

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19 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

Total for the full service please, include all costs?

13,000 for extension, 3,000 for Med Ins and 1,000 for single entry.  17,000bht for all.

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11 minutes ago, EVENKEEL said:

13,000 for extension, 3,000 for Med Ins and 1,000 for single entry.  17,000bht for all.

Thanks, just to confirm, the usual Extension fee (1,900) also included in all (17,000)?

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As Andrew said, LMG insurance is a convenient means for obtaining or maintaining the O-A visa. The 200,000 deductible is for each medical occurrence. Presumably, if one has had a serious accident, the 200,000 Baht deductible will be used up and then coverage will begin. 

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20 minutes ago, HerewardtheWake said:

As Andrew said, LMG insurance is a convenient means for obtaining or maintaining the O-A visa. The 200,000 deductible is for each medical occurrence. Presumably, if one has had a serious accident, the 200,000 Baht deductible will be used up and then coverage will begin. 

Up to 400,000 baht then you are on your own again 😯

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At Jomtiem/Pattaya Immigration you need your insurance starting the day you submit your visa extension request.

 

I normally do the visa extension myself but because of the new insurance requirement I used Chang Pattaya Services Co., Ltd.  They are the copy and visa service next door to the Jomtiem Thai Immigration office.

 

The charge was 22,000 Bt for everything, including 5000 Bt for the same health/accident insurance I got from my bank for 3000 Bt a couple of months earlier.  Expensive but a lot less than the judicious prices for insurance from the companies shown as "approved insurance companies" on the Thai Immigration web site, not that I was eligible in any case because of age.

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