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Retirement Visa

The Thailand retirement visa is a popular term for "Extension of Stay Based on Retirement”. It is an extension of a Non-Immigrant O Visa or Non-Immigrant OA Visa if you apply for it abroad. The visa can be valid either for a single entry or for multiple entries. It is a long term Thai visa that entitles the holder stay for 1 year periods in Thailand. The visa is renewable every year and the renewal process can be done inside Thailand. Yes, you need to re-apply every year.

Documentation Required 

The application for the Thai retirement visa can be processed either in your country of residency or in Thailand. All necessary documents stated below must be submitted to the Thai embassy or consulate in your country. If you are doing this process in Thailand we can help you with everything you need.

  1. Applicant must be at least 50 years of age or over

  2. Applicant must have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity and 2 empty pages

  3. Must meet any of the following financial requirements:

    • Security deposit of THB 800,000 in a Thai bank account for 2 months prior to the visa application

    • Monthly Income from a foreign source of 65,000 THB

    • Combination of security deposit and annual income with a total of 800,000 THB

  4. Supporting documents are as follows:

    • In case of security deposit, you will provide an updated bank book or passbook together with a bank letter stating that the money had been deposited to the account from an overseas source for not less than 2 months.

    • In case of income, a letter from your embassy in Thailand verifying your monthly income;

    • In case, your embassy does not issue an income letter, you will provide a 12-month bank statement showing a regular deposit of at least 65,000 baht into a bank account.

  5. Other documents that may be required to be presented: (see Special Notes below)

    • Police Clearance

    • Medical Certificate

    • Health Insurance

Note 1 - Police Clearance - not usually required
Note 2 - Medical Certificate - required
Note 3 - Health Insurance - required

his is a new rule and it specifies that the applicant or visa holder must have health insurance not be less than 40,000 baht for outpatient and 400,000 baht for inpatient medical fees. Policies can either be purchased from domestic or foreign insurers, but the sum of foreign policies must not be less than the amount stipulated

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