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The Process of Getting a Retirement Visa

Posted on 29 July 2014 by ABPC

The process of obtaining any visa in Thailand can be quite complicated but this is a brief guide to the things that you will require to get the process started.  Initially you will need to obtain a Non-Immigrant Visa.  To do this you will need your passport, and proof of funds (THB800,000 in a Thai bank account, income of THB65,000 per month or a combination of both totalling THB800,000).


After you have obtained your initial Non-Immigrant Visa and so long as you are over 50 years of age you can then apply for your 1 year Retirement Visa.  For this you will need:

  • Passport (signed copies of each page)

  • Non-Immigrant Visa

  • Departure Card TM.6

  • Proof of meeting Financial Requirements

  • Thai Bank Book (original)

  • Letter from your Thai Bank

  • Three(3) 4×5 cm photos, with full face taken

Once you have your Retirement Visa you will need to report to Immigration every 90 days.  Although this can be frustrating, it is a fairly quick process especially if you go earlier in the day.  If you need to leave Thailand for whatever reason you will need to obtain a re-entry permit prior to travel.  This will enable you to continue staying in Thailand on your existing visa.


When it comes to renewing your Retirement Visa you will need to go through most of the above process again.  You will not need a new Non-Immigrant Visa so long as you are renewing the visa in Thailand and your existing visa has not expired.  If it has, you will need to leave the Kingdom and obtain another Non-Immigrant visa from a Consul or Embassy outside of the country and begin the whole process again.

As the process can be quite complicated and drawn out it is always advisable to use the services of a reputable visa company such as Five Star Visa that operate out of the Sportsman Pub on Soi 13, Pattaya Beach Road.  A reputable company will have years of experience and will know exactly what is required.  They will be able to check all your documents thoroughly to ensure that everything is in order.   If anything is missing they will be able to tell you there and then rather than you going back and forth to Immigration.  The service may cost marginally more than if you were going to do it on your own but it will certainly take away a lot of the stress and this again goes for renewals as well.

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