Thailand Visa Types, what type of Visa should you get
Most people can get a 30 day permission to stay stamp when they enter Thailand at any of the international airports in Thailand. You must be able to show means of being able to leave Thailand within that 30 days such as a confirmed onward or return air ticket, see note below. Simply telling them you could travel out of the country by bus or car won't work. The so called visa runs are no longer allowed as they were before. If you try to re-enter on the same day you exited you will more than likely be refused entry into Thailand. The rules frequently change with regards to visa runs.
Thai immigration will almost never ask you to verify your return or onward air ticket because the airline will always check before you are allowed to board. This sometimes gives people the impression they can get away with trying to come to Thailand on a oneway tickett without a visa.
Travelers from the following countries can obtain this 30 day permission to stay at the airport.
Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and N. Ireland, USA, and Vietnam.
Sixty day tourist visa
Some canal ways in North Pattaya
The Pattaya Bay Lighthouse.
North Pattaya called Nakluea
Fishing boats on the island Koh Larn
Thai fishing boats in Ban Ampur
A retired Thai fishing boat in Ban Ampur.
A Derelict motor cycle at the Burapha Bike Week held in February near Pattaya
Thai fishing boat down in Ban Ampur, which is south of Pattaya about 8 Km.
The Wat in Bang Seray south of Pattaya about 12 Km.
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Retirement extension,,,, this is the one to get for extended stay
Sixty day tourist visa is good for one entry, upon entering you will receive sixty days. At the end of that sixty days you can apply for a thirty day extension at any immigration post, this will give you another 30 days for a total of 90 days. This type of visa is applied for outside of Thailand at any Thai Embassy usually in your home country before comming to Thailand.
The non-immigrant type “O” visa is available as either a single entry, for a 90 day stay, or as a multiple entry, 12 month visa.
The single entry “O” visa allows you to spend up to 90 days within Thailand, And that can be extended for an additional 30 days for a fee of 1,900 Baht at the immigration office, thereby giving you a total of 4 months. After that you could exit and re-enter Thailand for a 30 day stamp at a land crossing or 30 days at the airport. Or you could travel outside Thailand to obtain a tourist visa or nonimmigrant “O” visa.
The 12 month multiple entry type "O" visa allows you to leave and re-enter Thailand an unlimited number of times during that 12 month period. Every time you enter Thailand you will receive a stamp in your passport permitting you 90 days stay in Thailand. Also at your option this 90 day stamp can be extended for an additional 30 days at immigration for a fee of 1,900 Baht. After that you will have to leave Thailand and re-enter to receive another 90 day stamp in your passport. There are many companies that can assist you with transport and visa requirements to the nearest border crossing to get a new 90 day stamp in your passport. These border run services as they are called, cost as little as 1,800 Baht up to around 2,500 Baht for the VIP treatment. Everything is included such as the visa fee for the neighboring country, and some include breakfast and lunch.
A one year multi entry visa is good for one year, effectivly if you did a visa run just before the visa expires you could actually end up with an additional 90 days making a total of 15 months stay. Furthermore after that last three months have run out you can still get an 30 day extension for 1,900 Baht at any immigration office.
Retirement visa is basically an
extension of the "O" visa, you are required to posses a valid "O" visa before you can apply for the retirement extension. to qualify you must be fifty years old or more. Have suitable income of 65,000 Baht per month or 800,000 Baht in a Thai bank for no less than 60 days the first time then for three months apon renewal or a combination of both. Some immigration offices can issue you an "O" visa and then give you a retirement extension all at the same time, if you qualify. After you receive your retirement visa you will be required to report your address every ninety days. Reporting your address is very easy and it only takes about five minutes at the immigration office. Below is a list of what you will need when applying for your retirement visa extension.
You will need the following when applying for your retirement visa.
*On the second year renewal your bank funds must be on deposit for at least 90 days
American Outreach Dates;
UDON THANI: March 2018
PHUKET: March 2018
PATTAYA: June 2018
The new 10 year Thailand retirement visa was first proposed in November of 2016 and has recently been approved by the Prime Minister of Thailand as a way to promote Thailand as a medical and wellness hub, for retirees. This Visa requires more money on deposit in a Thai bank than the one year retirement visa does. Also holders of this visa must keep adequate health insurance throughout the term, and undergo a criminal background check. The 90 day address reporting will still be required. The new10 year visa is good for 5 years and can then be renewed for another 5 years. This visa allows for a person to exit and return as many times as they want. This visa does not allow for employment inside of Thailand.
Here is a list of the 14 nationalities eligible to apply.
The United States of America, Canada, The United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Northern Ireland and Japan
Do not ever overstay your visa
At all cost do not overstay your visa. If you are caught by immigration even for one day overstay you will be jailed. Jails or detention centers in Thailand are horrific places. If you can imagine your worst day ever in your life, Thai jails and prisons are much worse, even for one day. Then take that worst day ever and multiply it by weeks , months or even years.
The Jails and detention centers are firstly way overcrowded, which makes the place stink to high heaven. There are no beds to sleep in you are sleeping shoulder to shoulder with the other inmates, your pillow is from what ever piece of clothing you came in with. The food is horrible at best and is not at all nutritious, so over time your health will go down hill. Most of the time you are crowded into a room with nothing to do. More info here SUAN PHLU
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