Long Time Stay
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Nov 19, 2012 12:58 PM Last Post By: PhiMeow
Nov 16, 2012 11:45 PM
Nov 17, 2012 12:13 AM
1You need to get a double entry tourist visa if you can, but a lot of embassies in Asia only issue single entry - i think it depends on wherever immigration staff haave had their morning brew or not. = 1000THB
You then enter Thai and get stamped in for 60 days. Then at the end of the 60 days, goto the nearest immigration office and pay 1900thb for a 30 day extension. When this is up, leave the country and either
a) if you have double entry, re-enter Thai and you will get your 60 day which you can then extend etc etc
b) if you have a single entry, you need to goto an embassy in Laos or Cambodia or Malaysia or Singapore etc etc and obtain another tourist visa. Technically you can have 3 TR visas back to back.
Nov 17, 2012 12:57 AM
Nov 17, 2012 1:09 AM
3Try to get a triple entry tourist visa back home, get it close to your intended departure (visa validity is 180 days, which means you need to activate your last entry before the expiration date).
Doing this ensures you can stay for a maximum of 9 months, with extensions.
Of course you need to obtain a re-entry permit (1000 baht) each time you hop into Cambodia, or use the hops after each 90 days for your second and third entry, taking into account the 180 days visa validity date.
Nov 17, 2012 4:30 AM
Nov 17, 2012 3:05 PM
Nov 17, 2012 9:30 PM
It's not that much really.
800,000 baht (NZD $32,000) in the bank or 65,000 baht/month income (NZD $2,600) or a combination of these.
How much does it cost to retire in NZ? At the minimum about the same as what you would put into the bank in Thailand ($32k) as a ONE OFF deposit. While money is in the bank, it earns interests as well.
The actual cost to retire in Thailand is, at the basic level in BKK about NZD $15k-$19k p.a. (I can live on less, have done the calculations) but this is basic living with not much travel and going out.
Nov 18, 2012 12:33 AM
7@PM I have really crappy wifi in a coffee shop so don't have the opportunity to find where I read this, but as far as i'm aware it's been this way for a while. Of course, it's at the discretion of immigration. In my 4 + years living in Thailand I have heard of only KL turning down applications based on the 3 back to back rule, but Vientienne has become the new Hull in regards to visas :)
Nov 18, 2012 9:50 AM
Nov 18, 2012 10:52 AM
9@8 Not with an Non Immigrant O based on retirement, as a one year extension can be obtained (in country). Once that extension is obtained (by complying with all the requirements), there is no need to leave the country, only a 3 months reporting is necessary, which can be done by fax. This has been the case for many many years already.
Nov 18, 2012 11:03 AM
Nov 18, 2012 11:33 AM
Nov 19, 2012 5:29 AM
Yes I am aware that the O stands for Other. I did not go with a retirement visa I went with the "over 50 qualification". I have looked at 2 Consular websites since I posted at No.10. Both of them indicate, one most positively, that you must leave every 90 days. On the other hand a missive from the Thai embassy (2001) indicates as you do in post No.11. So there you have it, confusion reigns maybe.
Just checked my old passport I was on a non immigrant Visa category O in 2009. So the information that I was given then, must leave every 90 days, supercedes the embassy information. So either the situation has changed or the consulates have it wrong.
Nov 19, 2012 6:19 AM
13@12 Normally you enter on a non immigrant O, once you meet all the requirements you go to immigration (in Thailand) to recieve your one year extension. In case of retirement this means being over 50 and have sufficient money in a Thai bank account or a monthly income. Once you receive the one year extension, you do not have to leave the country and you can make do with 90 days reporting (via fax).
Of course if you somehow don't meet the requirements for the one year extension, in case of a multiple entry, you have to leave after 90 days and activate another entry.
Nov 19, 2012 6:56 AM
Glad you said normally because that certainly was not the case. There is at the consulate near my home a difference drawn between retirement and over 50's. I did not provide any information on finance whatsoever. I also got the visa in the uk before I left.
I simply looked at the Thai website and the consular one. Got conflicting and confusing info, so I phoned the consulate and they simply said bring in the form. passport, photos and the fee Nothing Else. 12 minutes was all it took and I got a 1 year visa. I must admit that what I read on the consular website I took a gospel and simply adhered to the "90 day rule" as it was what I intended anyway. Maybe if I had known of, and tried the report by presence or fax option I would have discovered that there were alternatives to leaving. Just begs the question why is the online advice unreliable?
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