As of April 2020, the Non-Immigrant O-A Visa is not being issued for entry into Thailand until further notice.
Often referred to as a Retirement Visa, it is usually shown on Thai Embassy/Consulate websites as being a “Long Stay” Visa because upon arrival in Thailand, the holder will be admitted to stay for one year from the date of entry or until the date their approved health insurance policy expires.
This Visa can be obtained only from the Thai Embassy/Consulate from your country of residence.
To qualify for this category visa, you must meet the age and financial resource requirements for retiring in Thailand. Holders of this category of visa are not permitted to work.
What are the requirements for the category O-A Visa?
Applicant must be at least 50 years of age and meet one of the following financial requirements:
Applicant must also furnish a Medical Certificate stating they are free of certain diseases/conditions and a Police Report that the applicant has no criminal record.
Applicant must be medically insured for the entire period of stay in Thailand with the following coverage: Outpatient benefit with a sum insured of not less than 40,000 baht, and Inpatient benefit with a sum insured of not less than 400,000 baht. The insurance for obtaining the Visa does not have to be from a Thai company provided the health insurance company will provide the required Foreign Insurance Certificate. However, this is not the case for extensions of stay - see below.
To determine the specific documents required to meet these requirements, visit the Embassy/Consulate website where you will apply.
Visit this website http://www.thaiembassy.org/main/ for a list of Thai Embassy/Consulates with link to their website.
How long can I stay in Thailand and how many times can I enter using the Category O-A Visa?
Normally upon entry to Thailand, the permitted stay is one year from date of entry. The O-A Visa should have a validity period of one year from date of issue. Further, they are usually Multiple entry which means you may leave and re-enter Thailand as many times as you wish during the validity period of the Visa. Even if you arrive on the last day of the validity period, you would normally receive another one-year permitted stay.
However, effective for Category O-A Visas issued on or after October 31, 2019, the rules have changed. The permitted stay is limited to the period of health insurance coverage, which the Embassy/Consulate should note in your passport next to the Visa.
Can my spouse or dependent children also enter Thailand?
Can I extend the Permission to Stay within Thailand?
Yes, you can apply for a one year extension at a Thai Immigration Office within Thailand. However, Thai Immigration requires the health insurance policy to be from a Thai company listed on the Thailand General Insurance Association (TGIA) website. There are no exceptions to this rule.
NOTE: If you enter Thailand on Visa Exempt or Tourist status and meet the requirements for retiring in Thailand, you can apply for a Non-Immigrant "O" Visa (this is not an O-A Visa) - click here for requirements. Also, for extensions of the "O" Visa, there is no health insurance requirement. You can also apply for the "O" category Visa at a Thai Embassy/Consulate, but probably not in your country of residence if they offer the category "O-A" Visa, e.g, the Thai Embassy/Consulates in the USA will not issue a Category "O" Visa for purpose of retirement, they will only issue category "O-A" or "O-X" Visas for that purpose.
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