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Retirement in Thailand?
(as issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of
VISA ISSUANCE FOR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE
[NON-IMMIGRANT "O-A" (LONG STAY)]
This type of visa will be issued to applicants aged 50 years or
above wishing to take retreat in the Kingdom at least for the
period of one year.
QUALIFICATION OF THE APPLICANT
A foreign national whose age is 50 years or above (on the date of
submitting the application).
Not being prohibited from entering the Kingdom under the
Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (A.D.1979).
Having no criminal record against the security of Thailand and the
country of his/her nationality, or the country of his/her
Having the nationality of or the residence in the country where
his/her application is submitted.
Not having prohibitive diseases (Leprosy, Tuberculosis, Drug
Elephantiasis and Third step of Syphilis) as indicated in the
Ministerial Regulation No.14 (B.E. 2535)
Not being allowed to work in Thailand.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR VISA APPLICATION
A passport with validity not less than 18 months
Three copies of visa application form completely filled out.
Three passport-sized photos of the applicant taken within the past
A personal Data Form
A copy of bank statement showing a deposit at the amount equal to
not less than 800,000 Baht or an income certificate (an original
copy) with a monthly income of not less than 65,000 Baht, or a
deposit account plus a monthly income totaling not less than
In the case of the bank statement, a letter of guarantee from the
bank (an original copy) is to be shown as well.
Verification stating that the applicant has no criminal record
issued from the country of his/her nationality or residence (the
verification shall be valid for not more than three months and
should be notarized by notary organs or the applicants
CHANNELS TO SUBMIT VISA APPLICATION
Applicants can submit their applications either at the Thai
embassy / consular missions where they have their permanent
residence or at the Office of the Immigration Bureau in Thailand.
(Address: Section 1, Sub-Division 1, Immigration 1, Immigration
Bureau, Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Sathorn District,
Bangkok 10120. Telephone 287-4948 (direct line) or 287-3101-10
Please be advised that the following applicants are eligible to
apply for this type of visa in the country:
Applicants undergoing Health Rehabilitation Program in hospitals
or Health Centers. These organizations will apply on behalf of the
Applicants who are spouses / parents / children of applicants
Applicants to whom the agencies or organizations approved by the
Office of the Immigration Bureau have applied for visa on their
behalf. The above mentioned applicants must have qualifications
stated in 1 and 2.
The Consular missions will be notified to issue visa to the
individual applicant when the Office of Immigration Bureau has
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE ALIENS WHILE STAYING IN THE
When completing the stay of 90 days in the Kingdom, the alien
shall report to the competent authority and repeat it every 90
days with the immigration officer in the alien's residence area,
or report to the police station in the alien's residence area if
there is no immigration control there. (In order to report to the
competent authority by mail, the alien shall do as follows
The Report Form (Tor Mor 47) together with a copy of the passport
pages showing the alien's photo, personal details, and the latest
arrival visa stamp as well as a self addressed envelop with
postage affixed, shall be forwarded, by 7 days before the due
date, by acknowledgement of receipt mail to the Immigration
Bureau, Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Sathorn District,
In the case of conducting any following reports, the Reply Form
for the previous report shall be enclosed as well.
At the end of the one-year stay, the alien who wishes to extend
his/her stay shall submit a request for the extended period at the
Immigration Bureau with documented evidence of money transfer, or
a deposit account in the Kingdom, or an income certificate, at the
amount of not less than 800,000 Baht, or an income certificate
plus a deposit account at the total amount of not less than
800,000 Baht a year. Extension for one year at a time will be
granted to this group of people as long as they meet the
requirements as earlier stated and is at the discretion of the
If the alien's spouse wishes to extend his/her stay as well, the
marriage certificate shall be produced.
For further information visit www.mfa.go.th
Can I have a bank account in Thailand?
Yes you can, we can advise you on the advantages and disadvantages
of the various local banks together with the foreign banks that
operate in Thailand. We can arrange appointments for you to meet
with bank staff and assist you in opening bank accounts with your
chosen bank. Internet banking is available from most of the local
banks and we can help with setting up these accounts also.
Can my children get a good education?
Due to the extensive "Foreign" work force employed in Thailand
with multinational companies such as GM, Chevron, Siemens,
Kellogs, San Miguel, Alstom and Dow Chemicals, all having major
manufacturing plants here in the Eastern Seaboard region. There is
no shortage of fine, English and American curriculum International
Schools. We can advise you on the current curriculums,
accreditation, reputation, transportation and school fee
What if I get ill in Thailand?
The Eastern Seaboard is very fortunate in having several extremely
well equipped, world class hospitals, including Bangkok Pattaya
Hospital, Pattaya International Hospital and in Bangkok the famous
Bumrungrad Hospital. We can provide you with an assessment of the
benefits of each of these hospitals, introduce you to the staff,
and register you with the hospitals. We can also advise you on
international standard medical insurance cover with companies such
as A.I.A., BUPA, AXA, Blue Cross and Royal & Sun Alliance.
Can I own and drive a car in Thailand?
It is reasonably easy for foreigners to own a car or motorcycle in
Thailand, all you need is the correct visa, and an address in
Thailand certified by the local immigration police.
A foreigner can drive a car or motorcycle in Thailand using an
international driving permit. However for long term residents it
is necessary to acquire a Thai driving license. This is
automatically issued to those carrying an international driving
permit , you will also require proof of address(obtained from the
local immigration police), a medical certificate and your passport
along with recent passport photographs. If you do not have an
international driving permit then you will require all of the
above and have to sit a written and practical test. We can arrange
appointments for you to meet with the local transportation office
and assist you in obtaining the necessary documentation.