Visas In Thailand - The Retirement Visa

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Posted by Continent Property on September 23, 2022

How To Get A Thailand Retirement Visa

Every year people of all ages flock to Thailand for a holiday and many people leave with the intention of one day retiring to the beautiful Land of Smiles. There are many different ways to be able to stay in Thailand on a permanent basis, and one of them is to retire here. If this is something that interests you, you will need a Retirement Visa.

Thailand Retirement Visas - Find out how to get a retirement visa for Thailand

How Do I Obtain A Retirement Visa In Thailand?

Unlike other visas, the Retirement Visa is a little more straightforward, mainly due to its strict age requirements. To obtain a Retirement Visa in Thailand, you must meet these requirements.

Get A Non-Immigrant “O” Visa

The requirements for this are as follows:

– Valid passport with at least one year remaining and two empty pages
– Proof of residency in the country you are making a Retirement Visa application for
– Proof of funds totalling no less than 800k baht or a monthly income of 65k baht, or a combination of the two

Get A One Year Retirement Visa Extension

The requirements for this are as follows:

– Must be 50 years of age or above
– Valid passport with signed copies of relevant pages
– Your Non-Immigrant O Visa
– TM.6 Departure Card
– Proof of required funds
– Thailand Bank Book
– Letter of proof from your Thailand Bank
– Photos x 3 (4x5cm – Full face visible)

Get A Re-Entry Permit

A common misunderstanding with Visas in Thailand are the terms “Re-Entry Permit” and “Extension of Stay” . It’s not uncommon for Visa holders to think they hold them both or mistake which one they actually hold, when in reality both are needed. If you do not obtain both of these, your stay may be cut short.

The Extension of Stay is exactly that, it’s the date that is set that will dictate how long you can stay in Thailand before you will need to leave. A Re-Entry Permit allows you to leave Thailand during the duration of your Extension of Stay, but instead of completely voiding your visa, it will allow a new Extension of Stay to be set when you return.

You can visit your local Thailand Immigration Bureau to apply for a Re-Entry Permit at any time during your Extension of Stay.

Make Sure You Report Your Stay

Long term visas in Thailand generally come with a stipulation that you must report your whereabouts every 90 days. This is commonly known as an Address Report and is another quick trip to your local Thailand Immigration Bureau to confirm that you are still living in the same premises as originally reported.

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