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Cabinet announces 10-year ‘long-stay’ visas for senior tourists

Cabinet announces 10-year ‘long-stay’ visas for senior tourists

BANGKOK: The Cabinet on Tuesday (Nov 22) extended to 10 years from one the long-stay visa for foreigners aged 50 or older but they must report to immigration police every 90 days.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 23 November 2016, 07:05PM

It was not made clear whether the 10-year visa would replace or complement the existing one-year visa option. Photo: The Phuket News

It was not made clear whether the 10-year visa would replace or complement the existing one-year visa option. Photo: The Phuket News

The visa will be valid initially for five years and could be renewed for another five, Col Apisit Chaiyanuwat, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, said.

The visa fee was set at B10,000, he added.

In addition to the age requirement, the visa requires eligible foreigners to have a monthly income of at least B100,000 or a bank deposit of at least B3 million, to be maintained for at least one year after receiving the visa.

Eligible applicants must also have health insurance coverage for at least US$1,000 (about B35,590) for outpatient care and $10,000 (about B 355,900) or more for inpatient care per policy per year.

They must also report to immigration police every 90 days.

The revised rule aimed to promote medical and wellness tourism in line with the government’s policy.

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The target groups for the visa are long-stay visitors from Australia, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Taiwan and the United States, Col Apisit said.

It was not made clear whether the “10-year long-stay visa” would replace existing visa options or become a new visa option for people wanting to stay in the country long-term.

Also on Tuesday, to lure more tourists to the Kingdom the Cabinet resolved to temporarily waive for three months the B1,000 fee for tourist single entry visas and to halve the B2,000 visa-upon-arrival fee for tourists from 19 countries from Dec 1 to Feb 28.

The 19 countries are: Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Tourism authorities said the three-month tourism promotion measure was aimed at boosting the number of visitors by 350,000 and generating income of B28 billion.

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missyou | 03 January 2017 - 10:08:08

swerv and ematt: perfectly summarized, thanks! As a resident in TH for many years I'm too fed up with the permanent unsubstantial whining. This is THEIR country not ours; accept it or leave. This doesn't exclude controversial discussions, as long as applied in a civil manner, and not like the guy called jogi. I'm somewhat surprised about the discussion referring health insurance. The d...

ematt | 29 November 2016 - 12:17:30

Hmmm.... Not sure who SIr Burr is referring to, but for the record, I have zero  interest in Social Warfare nor am I in any way "outraged" - just commenting. And by the way, I speak strictly for myself; never on "other people's behalf". 

Sorry if my comments struck a nerve...

Sir Burr | 28 November 2016 - 12:48:03

Strewth! A bunch of namby-pamby Social Justice Warriors being outraged on other people's behalf.

swerv | 28 November 2016 - 11:36:11

ematt: Could not have put it better myself.
I am sick of the whingeing, moaning, disrespectful attitude  towards Thai people, Thailand and Phuket.
Why are these people  still here if everything is so bad?

ematt | 28 November 2016 - 09:56:34

Kurt, Rorii, Jogi... As a guest in this country for over 15 years, I feel lucky and privileged to be able to reside here on a full time basis. As such, I make it a point not to criticise Thai people, Thai culture, or the Thai government. Unlike your good selves.

In the case of immigration policy, you might consider that it is the responsibility of the government to do what it is best for Thaila...

ematt | 28 November 2016 - 09:24:11

Captain Jack... "international investment from global corporations"? Yes please.  Dirtbag foreigners over 60 with no money in the bank and no health insurance? No thanks.

CaptainJack69 | 25 November 2016 - 21:17:10

Way to go Thailand, this is how to integrate yourself into the global community, to attract international investment from global corporations, to strengthen your economic position in the ever smaller world of the 21st century, to enrich your countries pool of educated hard-working professional people, that's right, by encouraging pensioners to move here. That's what I call progress, NOT.

Joe12 | 25 November 2016 - 19:57:33

Rorii...contrary to what you say, I am a highly intelligent individual. I have not been critical of anything, but agreeing with mirth, ematt's insightful comment. The article is very clear concerning the current state of the law. I find Kurt's comments are unintelligible. 

Kurt | 25 November 2016 - 15:47:29

@ jogi, Interesting comment you wrote. 
But just keeping it to the Retirement visa thing ( not talking about tax and income technicalities), if government skip the health insurance thing, probably there will be a group of expat people to pay interest.

I not see the 'discrimination need' in this matter: 
1: short stay tourists, up to 5 months, ( 2+2 months, + a visa run) not need a hea...

swerv | 25 November 2016 - 14:39:37

Kurt: I was commenting on my own situation, don\'t know, don\'t care what situation other people are in.
My main comment was that this 10 year visa is not compulsory.

jogi | 25 November 2016 - 13:37:27

I see the ten year visa as a scam from a government run by military. next they may skip the healt insurance, to get more  expat to join this whatever you want to call it. STEP TWO 1'200'000 thb or 3'000'000 thb yearly have to be transver it to the LOS as income, and taxable for income tax. thai law and regulations change regulary on short/no notice.this money by 50 up retireing exp...

Kurt | 25 November 2016 - 13:00:24

Sorry to say, you not give usefull/correct info regarding your health insurance. 
Your info is just focused on your personal situation. Not very helpful.
People can google BUPA insurance and read:

Guarantee lifetime renewal of BUPA. 
...."Able to renew your policy with us lifelong if you applied before you are 60 years old!"....
BUPA throws you out at age 70, if you appli...

Kurt | 25 November 2016 - 12:32:09

@ Rich44,  Until yesterday you could renew your Multiple Re-entry visa on Phuket.
Different of what the Denver Thai Consulate told you.

Kurt | 25 November 2016 - 12:09:06

After all the reading of this subject, in PN and BP, a few things are not clear to me:
1: Is the visa fee of B10,000 for the initial 5 years and must be paid again for the next 5 years? 
2: Do you still have to go yearly to Immigration to renew your Multiple Re-Entry permit which you normally do same day as renewing your Retirement visa?
3: Can a expat choose? Remain with the 1 year Retirement ...

swerv | 25 November 2016 - 12:03:48

Guys: The 10 year visa is not compulsory so i don\'t understand the whinging.
Either you can afford it and have health insurance or you can\'t and don\'t.
Regarding health insurance, i have already checked some time ago. As i have been with BUPA Thailand 20 years they will continue with my insurance after the age of 70.

Rorii | 25 November 2016 - 11:32:20

emett, befote commenting, and making a complete ass, like Joe12 and swerv, of yourself, you should do some research. One suspects, with your comments your could be Joe12/swerv, under a different name. Now, show so intelligence, and tell us why you may not agree with kurt, or are you one of those idiots that have to read, and complain.

Timothy | 25 November 2016 - 09:59:15

Seems that swerv has a new name, ematt. Joe12 has quickly aligned with him. The only reason being, he also blindly lashes out at other commenters, without even trying to see their point. This new policy affects all expats on a one year visa. Now we must all go out and buy health insurance, and still do the stupid 90 day reports. Who does this new (5 year) visa help? Look at the issue and make a se...

Rich 44 | 24 November 2016 - 21:47:56

 As a 72yr retiree(also Veteran)in US. This year I added a USD $68,000, solar, off grid, electrical system to my 15 acre Colorado mountain home. Paid cash. Bank account is now below the B3m needed for 10 yr visa.
With an B77,000 monthly income seems I'm now out of luck for the 10 yr Visa. The Denver Thai consulate told me, 2 weeks ago, that I can no longer renew my 1 yr multiple entry visa be...

Kurt | 24 November 2016 - 19:59:29

I am a bit puzzled by that list of 19 countries of which citizens get a visa discount the coming 3 months.
Expect any tourist from Andorra, Cyprus, San Marino?
Cheap Charlie discount, knowing about the small population in these countries.
Not much lost of visa revenues to expect.

HOw about Malta? Malta is a member of the European Community. 
Why only Malta discounted, and not the other 26 E...

Joe12 | 24 November 2016 - 18:55:17

ematt...haha...good one...agreed.

Kurt | 24 November 2016 - 18:52:11

@ ematt.  Did you read the almost 100 comments about this announced program article in BangkokPost?
They all express the same thoughts as I did about it! 
Ematt, I suggest you read the 100 comments in Bangkok Post first, and than come back to me. Enjoy your reading.  :-)

And yes, why did the Thai immigration department not a survey first with a group of 300 expats?
It could have contributed ...

ematt | 24 November 2016 - 12:47:47

Once again, the government has apparently announced a program without checking with Kurt first. Can you believe it?

Kurt | 24 November 2016 - 11:11:34

Until 2007 you had to have a health insurance for renewing your retirement visa, than Immigration skipped that demand due to fact that many expats were kicked out their thai insurances by reaching age 70.
To me still a riddle why thai government not passed a law to oblige thai insurance companies to continue with 70 + expats.

So this 5/10 year Immigration Retirement thing is not realistic seen...

Kurt | 24 November 2016 - 10:46:37

For expats who are not yet 70 years old and want to have a International insurance, valid worldwide, including travel insurance ( except USA) I can suggest to check out " InterGlobal ". 
They have offices worldwide, including in Bangkok.
This worldwide insurance is not cheap, but they not terminate your insurance by age of 70.
In a way you can 'design' your own package. ( own ...

Bigaresort | 24 November 2016 - 07:00:16

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