Retired visa in Thailand

how this could be arranged?

better in or out of the country?

I see from your profile that you're from England so I'll refer to information given by the Thai Embassy in London. First of all, if you look at the FAQs on their website (https://london.thaiembassy.org/en/publi … 236972c562) you'll note that they're pointing you in the direction of the Non-immigrant “O-A” (Long Stay) visa. This isn't the visa you need.


The visa you need is the Non-Immigrant Type O (Retirement (pensioner aged 50 or above with a state pension who wants to stay in Thailand for no longer than 90 days) - single entry only), which is not only cheaper than the Non-immigrant “O-A” (Long Stay) visa but also has less onerous conditions attached to it. You apply for both of these visa types in the UK.


About a month before your visa expires (90 days from date of entry to Thailand in the case of the Non-Immigrant Type O visa) you apply at an Immigration Department office in Thailand for a one year extension, which costs 1900 baht (see https://visaguide.world/asia/thailand-visa/extension/ for details). Note that to meet the financial requirement you will have to open a bank account almost as soon as you arrive in the country and deposit THB 800,000 in it, as you need to prove to the Immigration Officer that the money has been deposited for a minimum of two months before you apply for the visa extension.

Forgot to post the link for the Non-Immigrant O visa. It's https://london.thaiembassy.org/en/publi … bd000733c.

Let me try that link again as it seems to be broken. https://london.thaiembassy.org/en/publi … 3bd000733c

Hi 👋 myself and my husband are hoping to retire to Koh Samui in a few months. Is the 800,000 baht deposit requirement to be doubled for a couple?

Hi 👋 myself and my husband are hoping to retire to Koh Samui in a few months. Is the 800,000 baht deposit requirement to be doubled for a couple?
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Yes,in separate bank accounts. You can also go for the so called combination method, 1 part pension and 1 part money in the bank. Let's say you have 30,000 baht/month in pension. That's 360,000 baht in a year. Then you just need 440,000 baht in the bank. Per person,that is. Less pension,more money in the bank.

Combination method cant be use in every Immigration Office as have being report multi times over at thaivisa (aseannow)

So if that the goal, Be sure to stay in a area it is allow. (I know what the police order say, But this is Thailand)


Some office want the money in the bank to be season.

Other only want the money in the bank on the day you go to Immigration.

And some want to see you still have it the money 90 days after you get a new stamp.


So again, Be sure to check it out what the Immigration Office want in the area you going to stay in.

And dont wait to check it out, So you might not have the time to meet the requirements.




At my Immigration Office what they want change every year.

So i normal get the paper needed to all of it, Bank letter to prove the money being there for 12 month and it is mine, Income letter from my Embassy.

And last 6 month of bank transfer into my Thai bank, Copy from my bank book, I update it every month 6 month before i have to go to Immigration office, As that what my office check.


A few times my Immigration Office dont care about my income letter, and want transfer money in per month/year plus money in the bank to use the Combination method.


Season money or not have being 50/50 for me, And once i have to return 90 days later to show i still have the money in my bank account.


Only trying to let you know, It is a good idea to try find out what the office want in the area you going to live in.


Kindly.

Combination method cant be use in every Immigration Office as have being report multi times over at thaivisa (aseannow)
So if that the goal, Be sure to stay in a area it is allow. (I know what the police order say, But this is Thailand)
Some office want the money in the bank to be season.
Other only want the money in the bank on the day you go to Immigration.
And some want to see you still have it the money 90 days after you get a new stamp.

So again, Be sure to check it out what the Immigration Office want in the area you going to stay in.
And dont wait to check it out, So you might not have the time to meet the requirements.



At my Immigration Office what they want change every year.
So i normal get the paper needed to all of it, Bank letter to prove the money being there for 12 month and it is mine, Income letter from my Embassy.
And last 6 month of bank transfer into my Thai bank, Copy from my bank book, I update it every month 6 month before i have to go to Immigration office, As that what my office check.

A few times my Immigration Office dont care about my income letter, and want transfer money in per month/year plus money in the bank to use the Combination method.

Season money or not have being 50/50 for me, And once i have to return 90 days later to show i still have the money in my bank account.

Only trying to let you know, It is a good idea to try find out what the office want in the area you going to live in.

Kindly.
[email protected] done that

I answered the post about Koh Samui and as far as I know the combination method is allowed at Samui Immigration.Do you know something I don't?

Nope, I dont know about Koh Samui


That why i say go and ask for them self.

NEVER trust any thing from a forum or people when it come to stay here.

So many wrong, Not complet answer again again.


I learn the hard way to never trust people or forum about my stay here when i move here.

And a trip to Immigration Office to be sure, I all ways advice people to do when coming here...


Kindly.

Nope, I dont know about Koh Samui
That why i say go and ask for them self.
NEVER trust any thing from a forum or people when it come to stay here.
So many wrong, Not complet answer again again.

I learn the hard way to never trust people or forum about my stay here when i move here.
And a trip to Immigration Office to be sure, I all ways advice people to do when coming here...

Kindly.
[email protected] done that

I answered the post because I know that Samui immigration accepts the combination method.

If you know how to use Google,then you can check it out yourself. You don't seem to understand that I've been living in Thailand many years, and you're not helping anyone when your posts aren't  correct.

Leeds Forever.


I post correct information for my Office, Like i writ it was.

Even same office might have different rules, I have same person giving a list what needed, And return 2 hours later when i return to same person, Now want something else.


I learn that the first year here, And still the same here nearly 12 years later.

That come from me using 3 Immigration Office, Close friends from 2 other Immigration Office, And have no count of how many more over Thailand with same "problems" i got to know over the years here.


If you live here long, You know that the way it is here.


I never use google for importend thing, As google dont give you fact, Only link to site that might or might not have the correct information on that site.


I know you can google and copy past, And like it. That you.

But as many have told you on here, We not all that way when looking for answer.


And i all ready say, NEVER to trust anything from a forum & people about something so importend as you stay here in Thailand (or any other country) or you might end up with problems.

As this can be fix easy with a visit to Immigration Office early on to be "sure", I advice to do it.


But people can do what every they want, Only give input about how it can be here.


Have a nice day all out there and enjoy life.


Kindly.

@Retiree I'm only staying for 90 days now so the Non Immigrant O visa will do for me. I won't be needing an extension this time.I have to apply for the visa online as the Thai Embassy London advises this.

@saulzadka

You can extend from Tourist to a 1 Year Non O Retired Visa With not less than 20 remainings days of Visa in Your Passport .

  I know an immigration officer located in the northeast of Thailand that can help you out .

@kevh Yes , the best option if You're planning to stay for 90 days in Thailand is to apply your visa in Thai Embassy in the country where you Are .

@saulzadka
You can extend from Tourist to a 1 Year Non O Retired Visa With not less than 20 remainings days of Visa in Your Passport .
I know an immigration officer located in the northeast of Thailand that can help you out .
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You can change from a 60 days tourist visa to a 90 days Non-immigrant O based on retirement at the local immigration office. Then after ~60 days into those 90 days,you can apply for a 1 year extension of stay. It's not a visa. 

@Leeds forever! Correct. I did it, despite some immigration officers saying I couldn't.

@Jean Christian76 I decided to go for the single entry Non O visa in the end. Applied for the evisa online and it was approved in 24 hours👍If we do decide to go Vietnam during our stay,apparently we can leave Thailand then re enter under visa exemption scheme which will give us another 30-45 days,which will be fine for what we need.

@Jean Christian76 I decided to go for the single entry Non O visa in the end. Applied for the evisa online and it was approved in 24 hours👍If we do decide to go Vietnam during our stay,apparently we can leave Thailand then re enter under visa exemption scheme which will give us another 30-45 days,which will be fine for what we need.
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You can use a re-entry permit if you're coming back before the visa expires. Cost: 1,000 baht.