This is your basic rules on the retirement visa. There are a number of retirement locations in Thailand. Those who prefer the nightlife prefer to retire in Pattaya while those who want a more rural lifestyle tend to retire in Hua Hin to the southern part of Thailand. In order to retire in Thailand you need to be over the age of 50 for the Thai retirement visa.

Retirement Visa

Retirement Visa for Thailand

Of importance you will note that this visa does not allow you to work in Thailand even if it is volunteer work. You will need to apply for a Thai work permit in order to work in Thailand even if it is on a volunteer bases.

Now in order to qualify for the Thai “O-A” visa or retirement visa you will need to be over the age of 50 and also meet the financial requirements set out by Thai immigration. The visa process starts with applying for the initial 90 day retirement visa at a Thai Embassy in your country or a Thai Embassy in Asia. You will not need many documents for this visa. Note that you can also convert a tourist visa to a retirement visa without leaving Thailand. The following documents are normally needed for the visa:

  • 1.       Copy of your passport;
  • 2.       Retirement application form;
  • 3.       Police Clearance Certificate;*
  • 4.       Health Certificate.*

Once the Embassy has issued the 90 day retirement visa you will need to extend this visa in Thailand as soon as you enter Thailand again. You now have 3 months to apply for the 12 month extension once you are in Thailand. The visa extension documentation now become more complex. Don’t wait until the last minute to extend the visa. The immigration lawyer in Thailand will need at least 30 days to prepare and submit all the documents. The documents needed are the following documents:

  • 1.       Copy of your passport;
  • 2.       Extension application form;
  • 3.       Police Clearance Certificate;*
  • 4.       Health Certificate.*
  • 5.       Copy of your Thai bank book showing 800,000THB in your account; OR
  • 6.       Copy of your Thai bank book showing an income of 65,000THB per month;
  • 7.       Copy of a map to your address in Thailand.

Depending on where you get your income from you will need to show this. If it is part of a pension then you will need copies of these which need to be submitted.

Retirement Visa for ThailandRe-Entry Permits:

Once the visa has been extended. Should you wish to leave Thailand and return then you need to apply for a re-entry permit before you leave Thailand. If you don’t do this your 12 month extended visa will be cancelled as soon as you stamp out of Thailand. This means you would need to start the whole process again when you return.

90 day Reporting:

The extended visa allows stipulates that you will need to inform Thai Immigration every 90 days as to where you live in Thailand even if you have not moved since the visa had been extended. There is a fine for not reporting or reporting late.

You can view more Thai articles on retirement in Thailand as follows:

  • –   Moving to Thailand
  • –   How to open a bank account in Thailand
  • –   Retirement locations in Thailand
  • –   Converting a Thai Tourist visa to a Retirement visa

For more information and assistance contact a visa agent in Thailand or speak to an immigration lawyer for assistance and guidance.

 

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