Thai Retirement Visa Requirements

Always Check With The Official Thai Govenment Websites For Thai Visa Requirements

First of all I advise you to be careful when obtaining advice the non-official Thai government websites (including this one), or at least always check the official Thai governement websites after you have looked at the others.

I include this website in the category of websites to be careful about for one very good reason. When I posted this page the information was bang up to date. But the Thai government can change the requirements at any time (as they have as you will learn below) and I do not check every day to see what is changed.

I cannot be responsible if you make decisions based on what is on this website, because I have advised you to go check the official thai government websites.

However, that does not mean that this web page is useless. Far from it. It is one of the best sources of information about the official Thai governement websites and the requirements for a Thai visa that you need to retire in Thailand.

As far as I know it is the only website that clearly tabulates the differences between a Thai “O” Visa and a Thai “O-A” Visa.

What Type Of Visa you Need To Retire In Thailand

If you simply want to retire to Thailand with your Thai wife and do not want to do anything special, like working, then you need a Non-Immigrant Visa type “O” (“O” means “Other”) or type “O-A”. (“O-A” means “Other – extended stay”)

The Differences Between The “O” And The “O-A” Visa

In brief, the two types of visa are similar, the main differences being:-

  • The “O” visa allows you stay for a maximum period of 90 days (after which you have to leave Thailand but you can return the next day)
  • The “O-A” visa allows you stay for one year
  • The “O-A” application requirements are more onerous.

The following table summarises the requirements and differences for each kind of visa and is based on the information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website:-

“O” Visa “O-A” Visa
Evidence of adequate finance:
20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family
Evidence of adequate finance:
A copy of bank statement showing a deposit of the amount equal to and 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 totalling not less than 800,000 Baht.
Visa Fee:
Single Entry: 2,000 Baht
Multiple Entry: 5,000 Baht
Visa Fee:
Multiple Entry: 5,000 Baht
Visa Validity
Single Entry: 3 months
Multiple Entry: 3 months or 1 year
Multiple Entry:1 year
Period of Stay:
3 months.
Can be renewed by leaving and re-enteringCan be extended by another year
Period of Stay:
1 Year
Can be extended by another year
Reporting to immigration:
Not required
Reporting to immigration:
Every 90 days
   
Documentation Documentation
Application Form Application Form 3 copies
Passport 3 month visa: 6 months
Passport 1 year visa; 18 months passport
Passport 18 months passport
Photograph Photograph X 3
Evidence of Finance Evidence of Finance:
Bank Statement Letter of Guarantee from the bank
Birth Certificate -
Marriage Certificate
(Presumably to Thai National?)
Marriage Certificate
(Presumably to Thai National?) Notarised. (This is not clear)
  Personal Data Form
  Notarised letter of no criminal record
  Medical Certificate
Other Eligibility: Other Eligibility:
None Must 50 years old or over
  No criminal record in Thailand or home country
  No prohibitive diseases
Non-Thai documents to be translated into Thai language  

What You Need To Qualify

There are various websites quoting the requirements to qualify for a Thai Retirement visa and they do not all say the same thing which is very confusing.
Some websites are official Thai govenrnemnt and others are commercial or personal websites (like this one). The information on the commercial and personal websites has beeen copied from the official Thai websites and is sometimes out of date, as you will see below.

How Much Income Do You Need To Qualify For A Thai Retirement Visa?

To qualify for this visa (in brief) you must be over 50 years old, married to a Thai and have an income of 65,000 Baht (at current 30 Baht/$ = $2,167) per month (But see below) or 800,000 Baht (at current 30 Baht/$ = $26,667) cash in the bank.

This 65,000 Baht/month seems to be a new figure, it used to be only 40,000 Baht/month (at 30 Baht/$ = $1,333/month) and several websites still show that amount. To try to clarify this confusion I have visited several Royal Thai Embassy and Royal Thai Consulate websites with the following results:-

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Royal Thai Embassy In Washington DC (USA)

Monthly Income Required:
65,000 Baht/month”A copy of bank statement or evidence of adequate finance showing a deposit of the amount equal to and 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 totalling not less than 800,000 Baht.”

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Royal Thai Embassy in London (U.K.)Monthly Income Required:
£900.00 per month (at current 49 Baht/£ = 44,100 Baht/month)”Category “O” with multiple entries Pension earners or Applicants over 50 years of age, following document is required;- Pension statement if the applicant is a pension earner, or- Proof of income with a minimum of £900.00 per month or- Thai Spouse visa with a copy of marriage certificate and passport or Thai ID of spouse”

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The Royal Thai Consulate Birmingham (U.K.)Monthly Income Required:
“Evidence of adequate finance (20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family)”

Note, this is not at all clear. If two people (man and wife) is it 20,000 X 2 + 40,000 = 80,000 Baht? And is this capital in the bank or monthly income?

By far the best sources of information is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Kingdom of Thailand

Monthly Income Required:??Q: I heard that Thailand is a nice place to stay after retirement. Is there any special kind of visa for retirees?A: Yes, there is special visa called Non-immigrant “O-A” (Long Stay).

Foreigners who are 50 years of age or older who wish to stay in Thailand for a long period and do not have any intention to work in the Kingdom may apply for such visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General in their respective country.The holder of “O-A” visa is allowed to stay in Thailand for 1 year from the date of first entry, and is also able to apply for an extension of stay afterwards.Please see the qualifications and requirements for application and relevant information in the website (www.mfa.go.th)

NOTE: www.mfa.go.th is the same Ministry of Foreign Affairs website!

This Is The Information You Need About Thai Retirement Visas

However, I did find this very useful information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at http://www.mfa.go.th/web/2482.php?id=2493:-

Ministry of Foreign AffairsMonthly Income Required:

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NON-IMMIGRANT VISA

1. REQUIREMENT

This type of visa is issued to applicants who wish to enter the Kingdom for the following purposes:-

- to perform official duties (Category “F”)

- to conduct business / to work (Category “B”)

- to invest with the concurrence of the Thai Ministries and Government Departments concerned (Category “IM”)

- to invest or perform other activities relating to investment, subject to the provision of the established laws on investment promotion (Category “IB”)

- to study, to come on a work study tour or observation tour , to participate in projects or seminars , to attend a conference or training course , to study as a foreign Buddhist monk (Category “ED”)

- to work as a film-producer, journalist or reporter (Category “M”)

- to perform missionary work or other religious activities with the concurrence of the Thai Ministries or Government Departments concerned (Category “R”)

- to conduct scientific research or training or teaching in a research institute (Category “RS”)

- to undertake skilled work or to work as an expert or specialist (Category “EX”)

- other activities (Category “O”) as follows:

to stay with the family, to perfrom duties for the state enterprise or social welfare organizations, to stay after retirement for the elderly, to receive medical treatment, to be a sport coach as required by Thai Government, to be a contestant or witness for the judicial process.

2. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

2.1 The applicants must submit the following relevant documents depending on the purpose of their visit.

- Visa application form completely filled out

- Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months. The validity of 18 months is required for one year visa application.

- (4 x 6 cm) protograph of the applicant, taken within the past six months

- Evidence of adequate finance ( 20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family )

- Birth Certificate (“O”)

- Certifcate of Marriage or its equivalents (“O”)

- Transcript / Letter of acceptance from the concerned schools/universities or institutes (“ED”)

- Letter from Thailand’s Board of Investment. (“IB”)

- Official Note certifying the purpose of travel from the Government Agencies /Embassies and Consulates / International Organizations / State Enterprises inThailand. (“F” / “B” / “ED” / “M” / “R”)

- Letter of approval from the Ministry of Labour (To obtain this letter, the prospective employer in Thailand is required to submit Form WP3 at the Office of Foreign Workers Administration, Department of Employment, Ministry of Labour Tel 02-2452745, 02-2453209 or at a Provincial Employment Office in the respective province.

Further information is available at www.doe.go.th/workpermit/index.html) (“B”)

- Letter from a company stating the objective of the visit to Thailand (“B”)

- Document showing correspondence with trading partners in Thailand. (“B”)

- Letter of invitation from companies qualified to employ foreigners. (“B”)

- Employment contract indicating rationale for employing the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualifications (document must be signed by authorized managing director and affixed the seal of the company) (“B”)

- Copy of Work Permit issued by the Ministry of Labour (only in case the applicant has previously worked in the Kingdom ) (“B”)

- Copy of corporate documents; namely 1) list of shareholders 2) business registration and business license 3) company profile 4) details of business operation 5) list of foreign workers stating names, nationalities and positions 6) map indicating the location of the company 7) Balance sheet, statement of Income Tax and Business Tax (Por Ngor Dor 50 and Por Ngor Dor 30) of the latest year 8) Alien income tax return (Por Ngor Dor 91) and 9) Value-added tax registration (Por Ngor Dor 20) , etc.(“B”)

- Copy of educational records of the applicant and letters of recommendation from the prior employers, identifying job description and length of service time. (“B”)

- Document indicating the number of foreign tourists (for tourism business only) ,or document indicating export transactions issued by banks (for export business only)(“B”)

2.2 The document to be submitted for non-immigrant visa application is contingent upon necessities and appropriateness of purposes stated in the application form.

2.3 Consular officers reserve the rights to request additional documents as deemed necessary.

2.4 Copies of company documents must be signed by Board of Directors and affixed the seal of the company.

2.5 In the absence of a required document, a letter explaining the unavailability of such document must be provided.

2.6 The applicant must sign on each page of the copy.

2.7 Documents in foreign languages must be translated into Thai. If translated into English, it should be notarized by notary organs or the applicant’s diplomatic/ consular mission.

3. VISA FEE

2,000 Baht for single entry and 5,000 Baht for multiple entries.

4. VALIDITY OF A VISA

Single-entry and multiple-entry visas are valid for three months. Multiple-entry visas could also be valid for one year.

5. PERIOD OF STAY

The holders of this type of visa are initially granted a period of stay in the Kingdom not exceeding 90 days unless otherwise instructed by the Office of Immigration Bureau.

6. EXTENSION OF STAY

Those qualified persons can obtain an additional one year stay permit counting from the date of entry in the Kingdom pertaining to the Office of the Immigration Bureau’s regulations on extension of stay. The extension of stay is at the discretion of the Immigration officer.

N.B. Applicants wishing to stay in the Kingdom longer than 90 days have to file their application either at the Thai consular mission aboard or at the Office of Immigration Bureau in Bangkok located on Government Center B, Chaengwattana Soi 7, Laksi, Bangkok 10210, Tel 0-2141-9889 (or website at (http://www.immgration.go.th).

The consular officer must refer the case to the Office of Immigration Bureau for approval. Upon receiving approval, the consular officer may issue the visa as instructed by the Bureau

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Ministry of Foreign AffairsMonthly Income Required: ??

Non-Immigrant Visa “O-A” (Long Stay)

This type of visa may be issued to applicants aged 50 years and over who wish to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 1 year without the intention of working.Holder of this type of visa is allowed to stay in Thailand for 1 year.

Employment of any kind is strictly prohibited.1.

Eligibility

1.1 Applicant must be aged 50 years and over (on the day of submitting application).

1.2 Applicant not prohibited from entering the Kingdom as provided by the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979).

1.3 Having no criminal record in Thailand and the country of the applicant’s nationality or residence.

1.4 Having the nationality of or residence in the country where applicant’s application is submitted.

1.5 Not having prohibitive diseases (Leprosy, Tuberculosis, drug addiction, Elephantiasis, third phase of Syphilis) as indicated in the Ministerial Regulation No. 14 B.E. 2535.

2. Required Documents

- Passport with validity of not less than 18 months.

- 3 copies of completed visa application forms.

- 3 passport-sized photos (4 x 6 cm) of the applicant taken within the past six months.

- A personal data form.

- A copy of bank statement showing a deposit of the amount equal to and 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 totalling not less than 800,000 Baht.

- In the case of submitting a bank statement, a letter of guarantee from the bank (an original copy) is required.

- A letter of verification issued from the country of his or her nationality or residence stating that the applicant has no criminal record (verification shall be valid for not more than three months and should be notarised by notary organs or the applicant’s diplomatic or consular mission).

- A medical certificate issued from the country where the application is submitted, showing no prohibitive diseases as indicated in the Ministerial Regulation No.14 (B.E. 2535) (certificate shall be valid for not more than three months and should be notarised by notary organs or the applicant’s diplomatic or consular mission).

- In the case where the accompanying spouse is not eligible to apply for the Category ‘O-A’ (Long Stay) visa, he or she will be considered for temporary stay under Category ‘O’ visa. A marriage certificate must be provided as evidence and should be notarised by notary organs or by the applicant’s diplomatic or consular mission.

3. Channels to submit application

Applicant may submit their application at the Royal Thai embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General in their home/residence country or at the Office of the Immigration Bureau in Thailand located onGovernment Center B, Chaengwattana Soi 7, Laksi, Bangkok 10210, Tel 0-2141-9889.

4. Visa fee

5,000 Baht for multiple entries

5. Recommendations for foreigners with Non-Immigrant Visa “O-A” (Long Stay) while staying in the Kingdom.

5.1 Upon arrival, holder of this type of visa will be permitted to stay in Thailand for 1 year from the date of first entry.

5.2 At the end of the 90-day stay, the foreigner must report to the immigration officer in his or her residence area and report again every 90 days during his or her stay in Thailand. The foreigner may report to the police station if there is no immigration office in his or her residence area.

5.3 Foreigner may report to the competent authority by post and should provide the following:

- A report form (Tor Mor 47).

- A copy of passport pages showing the foreigner’s photo, personal details, and the latest arrival visa stamp.

- A copy of the previous receipt of acknowledgement.

- A self-addressed envelope with postage affixed.

Such documents must be sent to the Immigration Division 1, 120 Moo 3, Government Center B, Chaengwattana Soi 7, Laksi, Bangkok 10210 and must be submitted 7 days before the end of every 90-day period. A receipt of acknowledgement will be given and should be used for future correspondence.

5.4 Foreigner who wishes to extend his or her stay shall submit a request for extension of stay at the Office of the Immigration Bureau with documented evidence of money transfer or a deposit account in Thailand or an income certificate showing an amount of not less than 800,000 Baht or an income certificate plus a deposit account showing a total amount of not less than 800,000 Baht.

A one-year extension of stay shall be granted at the discretion of the immigration officer to the foreigner as long as he or she meets the above requirements.

Obtaining A Thai Resident Permit

The Thai Immigration Immigration Bureau Website

Gives useful information on obtaining a Thai Resident Permit, but nothing on the prerequisites for a Thai non O visa.

Permament Residency Permit

The following is from a seminar with head of the Work Permit Department at the Labor Office Rhuchuchai Potha and Immigration Investigative Division officer Witthaya Singmanee at the Imperial Mae Ping on Wednesday, June 7, 2011.

“Retirement visas were introduced and he reiterated the qualifications; must be age 50 or over, and must have either 800,000 baht in a Thai bank or a pension of 65,000 baht a month that must be certified by the Consulate or a combination of both.

He added that the money must be in the bank for a minimum of 3 months on the first application.

Permanent residency was introduced and while he said applications are taken usually once a year, he is not sure when the next announcement will be.

He said a non-immigrant visa for 3 years is necessary, and either working in Thailand, having invested in Thailand or married to a Thai national will offer eligibility to apply for permanent residency.

Khun Rhuchuchai pointed out that if you obtain PR you must still get a work permit to work.”


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4 Responses to “Thai Retirement Visa Requirements”

  • Jeff:

    I am living in the USA and I receive disability  I receive    1250 a month and I can not make ends meet.  i would like to move to thailand.   What steps do I need to do to move to Thailand?    Would I be able to afford to live in Thailand on $1250 a month?  My needs and wants are simple.  I would require to rent a small home or apartment.  All I need is  one bedroom, kitchen, living room, bathroom, computer, electricity, refrigerato, stove,  food, and satelite dish.   Can I rent an apartment or home in a nice area that I would be able to afford?   How would I get to the grocery store?   Can I get americain food?  What city or town would you suggest I check out to move to?   I want to move there because I cant afford to live in the USA on 1250 a month.   What would my expenses be in Thailand?   What legal steps would I need to take to live there, and stay there on a retirement visa.   How much do I need a month to live there.  I would like to live in a nice area.   I do not have expensive taste, but I want to live in  a clean  and crime free town or city, or near the beaches.  I want to be able to afford a quality lifestlye.  Not a luxury lifestyle, I seek a quality of life      livestlye.    You can answer me here and or at   Rubnstein@aol.com.   Please help me.    OH, any websites that you can recommend to me, or we can be pen pals on line   and network.  Your info is appreciated.    Thank you,    Jeff

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    admin Reply:

    Hi Jeff and thank you for your questions about cost of retiring in Thailand.

    I know it’s been over a month since you posted your comments and questions an I do apologise for taking so long to reply.

    The reason for this is twofold:-

    Firstly, events in my life have been a bit tumultuous to say the least as you will appreciate if you have been reading my latest posts “Retiring In Thailand on 29 July 2013″

    Secondly, you raise a lot of questions. Sure you can life in thailand on $1,250 a month but what kaind of lifestyle will you be able to lead? that is the question.

    Your question is so typical of the many queries I get about the cost of living in Thailand that now I am actually retired to Thailand I am making a study of the subject.

    For the first couple of months living here in Pakchong (Pak Chong) Thailand I am making a note of all my expenditures. These will be posted on a new section of the website dedicated to Cost of Living in Thailand.

    This Cost of Living in Thailand section of the RetiringInThailand.net website will answer your questions beyond doubt.

    But I would warn you. Thailand is not expensive like Europe, buyt now it is far from cheap. if you want cheap I would suggest you look at Cambodia.

    Jeff, I’ll email you when the Cost of Living in Thailand section is ready with the basic information you need. In the meantime may I suggest that you Join the Announcement List so that you are kept fully up to date with the valuable information posted on this website?

    Chok Dee
    Good Luck

    Alan and Kanyah Brown
    Surfin’ the World

    http://retiringinthailand.net

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  • Jim Norfleet:

    How does one go about setting up a bank to receive retire monies?
     

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    admin Reply:

    Hi Jim and thank you for your question. I think I have explained on the Post I Couldn’t Believe How Easy It Was To Open A Bank Account In Thailand how to do it.

    Does that answer your question? If not and if you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    Best Regards

    Alan

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