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Phuket Immigration in the dark over new ‘10-year’ visa

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Phuket Immigration in the dark over new ‘10-year’ visa

The Phuket News

 

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Foreigners wait outside Phuket Immigration. Photo: The Phuket News / file

 

PHUKET:-- An officer at Phuket Immigration today confirmed that the new 10-year “long-stay” visa for foreigners aged 50 or older announced by Cabinet this week will come into effect next Thursday (Dec 1), but said that the Phuket office had so far received no official notice about the requirements.

 

Although the initial query from The Phuket News this afternoon (Nov 25) was received with confusion, the call was finally handed over to one official who agreed to give comment, but declined to be named.

 

“It is true that the Cabinet has approved this new visa and has also temporarily waived for three months the fees for single-entry tourist visas for certain countries (see story here),” the officer said.

 

“Both will take effect on December 1, but our office has yet to receive any official notice (about these), so I cannot give any more details on this,” he added.

 

Col Apisit Chaiyanuwat, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, announced that the new 10-year visa had been approved following the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (Nov 22).

 

The visa will be valid initially for five years and could be renewed for another five, he said.

 

Full Story: http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-immigration-in-the-dark-over-new-10-year-visa-60012.php#htL1zUUxPdoFhELI.97

 
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Properly have been answered before. But has they being talking about the 1 year extension, like the most of us get down here Non 0 + 1 Year extension as many call retirement visa.

 

I was thinking about the old 2* 60 days TV suddenly become 1 Time only (60+ 30 days Extension), after implantation of the new 6 month TV

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This was no surprise to me that Phuket Immigration would not know anything. Far too soon for 'instruction' to filter down the slow chain. And anyway it's only 5 years to start with. 

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14 hours ago, Wilsonandson said:

No details but will be enforced in 5 days time.

 

Madness!

Yes you cant make it up. Left hand not know what the right hand do. We all know what the right hand is doing ?

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14 hours ago, LivinginKata said:

This was no surprise to me that Phuket Immigration would not know anything. Far too soon for 'instruction' to filter down the slow chain. And anyway it's only 5 years to start with. 

and 10,000 baht each 5 years...

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2 minutes ago, tontraveller said:

and 10,000 baht each 5 years...

Currently 1900 per year = 9500 for 5 years.. 

Same, same, but one trip to Immigration instead of 4. 

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At some point in the dim dark foggy past I think Phuket must've declared independence, and we all just missed it...

 

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7 minutes ago, tontraveller said:

and 10,000 baht each 5 years...

This 5 year visa was aimed at boosting medical tourism. You need B3Million in bank untouched for 1 year and then you have to prove that you have spent at least 50% on medical bills, accommodation, houses etc. You also need to take out medical insurance basic cover for B100,000 at B8-11,000/year depending on age up to 70 year of age. There would probably need to be a yearly medical prior to each renewal which could cost up to B17,000/year.

 

It would seem that this is just another variation of the Elite Visa Scheme and would not replace the normal 1 year permission to stay.

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15 hours ago, Good Lord said:

Time for many folks to marry I guess...until they crack down on that!

Is this visa just for retirement? I don't see that written anywhere, but someone said the same thing to me yesterday.

 

If this does phase out the one year extension process, I can see a mass exodus of foreigners. Who wants to tie up 3,000,000 baht for the sake of not doing an annual extension, seems crazy to me. Actually most foreigners I know could not put 3,000,000 in a bank account.

 

What about people like me who are on yearly extensions and are married here for years?

 

It sounds like the whole thing is an illogical mess.

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8 minutes ago, Estrada said:

" ...  and then you have to prove that you have spent at least 50% on medical bills, accommodation, houses etc."

 

 

Estrada  -  can you please confirm your source for this part of your post. I find it quite worrying.

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Estrada said:

This 5 year visa was aimed at boosting medical tourism. You need B3Million in bank untouched for 1 year and then you have to prove that you have spent at least 50% on medical bills, accommodation, houses etc. You also need to take out medical insurance basic cover for B100,000 at B8-11,000/year depending on age up to 70 year of age. There would probably need to be a yearly medical prior to each renewal which could cost up to B17,000/year.

 

It would seem that this is just another variation of the Elite Visa Scheme and would not replace the normal 1 year permission to stay.

Are you suggesting you would have to pass a medical to get insurance, and then only until age 70?

They've linked this visa to medical tourism, but it seems you need to be fit enough to pass the Insurance company medicals to be able to apply.

Catch 22?

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