Retiring in Thailand

If you are the holder of a Non-Immigrant Visa, are age 50 or older, and meet financial requirements, you may extend your permitted stay by one year and renew the extension annually.

Thailand also permits a retiree's spouse to obtain an extension for the same period as that granted to the retiree.

The parents over the age of 50 or children not over the age of 20 of the retiree or retiree's spouse can also obtain an extension for the same period as that granted to the retiree.

These dependents must also be the holder of a Non-Immigrant Visa (usually Category "O") obtained from a Thai Embassy/Consulate outside of Thailand.


Financial Requirements for Extension by Retiree

Evidence of:
  • At least 800,000 baht on deposit in a Thai bank
OR
  • A monthly income equivalent to at least 65,000 baht per month
OR
  • A combination of funds on deposit in a Thai bank and when added to 12 months time monthly income totals at least 800,000 baht.
Note: There are no additional financial requirements for dependents of the Retiree to apply for an extension of stay, which when granted, will correspond to that of the Retiree's.  Dependent applications can be made at the same time as the Retiree's or at any time during the Retiree's extension period.


Documents Required for the Retiree

The following documents will need to be submitted to the Thai Immigration Office serving your geographical area of residence - Chonburi (Pattaya) requires one of each - other Immigration offices may require more:

  1. Form TM.7 Application for Extension of Stay in the Kingdom
  2. Photo (4 x 6 cm)
  3. Photocopy Form TM.6 Departure Card (received upon arrival)
  4. Photocopy of Passport Pages showing showing - Identity/Photo, Non-Immigrant Visa, & Latest Permisssion to Stay Stamp
  5. Support for meeting financial requirements - this may differ between Immigration Offices in Thailand
  6. Proof of Residence - this may differ between Immigration Offices in Thailand.
  7. If the visa used for entry into Thailand was  Category O-A, proof of health insurance from a Thai company listed on the TGIA website. Most Immigration Offices including Chonburi (Pattaya) require the period to coincide with the extension of stay, i.e. one year coverage beginning on the renewal date (if renewal date begins on October 1, 2020,  insurance cover must begin on October 1, 2020).

Note: Although the issuance of a Category O-A Visa  by a Thai Embassy/Consulate allows the use of a non-Thai company, Thai Immigration Rules for extensions of stay require it be from a Thai company listed on the TGIA website to obtain an extension of the permitted stay.

Click the button below for a list of the documents required by Chonburi (Pattaya Immigration for meeting Financial Requirements & Proof of Residence.

Chonburi Immigration



Documents Required for spouse of the Retiree 

Documents 1 through 4 listed above and the following:

  • Copy of the Retiree's passport pages showing identity/photo, Non-Immigrant Visa, Latest Permission to Stay Stamp showing their extension date.
  • Marriage Certificate or other proof of relationship from a governmental agency.


Documents Required for the child of Retiree or Retiree's spouse

Documents listed above 1 through 4 and the following:

  • Copy of the Retiree's passport pages showing identity/photo, Non-Immigrant Visa, Latest Permission to Stay Stamp showing their extension date.
  • Proof of relationship, usually such as Birth Certificate or adoption registration or other proof from governmental agency of the relationship.


Documents Required for the parents of Retiree

Documents listed above 1 through 4 and the following:

  • Copy of the Retiree's passport pages showing identity/photo, Non-Immigrant Visa, Latest Permission to Stay Stamp showing their extension date.
  • Proof of relationship, usually the Retiree's Birth Certificate or other proof from governmental agency of the relationship.


If documents for a Retiree's dependent  are not in English

Immigration will most likely want the translation certified by the Legal Section, Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs located in Bangkok You may wish to inquire beforehand as to whether you will need to have the documents translated and certified -  Chonburi (Pattaya) Immigration usually requires a certified translation.

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