Ultimate Guide to Thailand Retirement Visa: Everything You Need to Know

Many questions constantly come up about the Non Immigrant “O-A” Visa or as most call it, the "Retirement Visa". So let’s get you up to speed on how to obtain and renew one.

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If you plan on coming to Thailand for less than 30 days for most countries citizens can get a “Visa Exempt” stamp which will allow them a temporary stay of 30 days.

Note that all this information is subject to change any any given time.


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Visa Forms

Click Here to Download Visa Forms – You can download in Adobe pdf format or Microsoft Word format


On Forms Page – Click on the link to download the form
If you don’t have a pdf reader, you can download the PDF Exchange Viewer (free download) to fill in and print forms saved in Adobe pdf format.

NOTE: Many times it is easier to obtain your VISA before you leave your home country. Thai Consular Offices (not the regular Thai Embassies), are usually much more helpful and responsive than the typical Embassy. Plus, most transactions can be done by mail. But note that the criminal record check that will be required when applying for the “O-A” Retirement Visa in your home country as well as a check checkup usually isn’t required when applying from within Thailand. (Note some consulates now cannot grant an O-A Retirement visa. In that case you will need to contact and deal with an Embassy.

To locate a Thai Consulate in your area, do a Google Search for “Thai Consulate”.

Requirements for a Non-Immigrant O (Visa) and One Year Retirement Extension from Within Thailand

STEP 1: OBTAIN A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA


Requirements

  • Passport (at least one year remaining before expiration)
  • You must be holding nationality or permanent residence of the country of application
  • Proof of Funds

STEP 2: OBTAIN A ONE-YEAR RETIREMENT EXTENSION
Requirements:

  • Must be 50 years old and above
  • Passport with at least 6 months before expiration (signed copies of each page)
  • Non-Immigrant Visa
  • Departure Card TM.6
  • Proof of meeting Financial Requirements
  • Thai Bank Book (original)
  • Letter from your Thai Bank
  • Three (3) 4×5 cm photos, with full face taken
  • Employment of any kind is strictly prohibited (including volunteer work).

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be aged 50 years and over (on the day of submitting application).
  • Applicant not prohibited from entering the Kingdom as provided by the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979).
  • Having no criminal record in Thailand or in the country of his/her nationality, or the country of his/her residence.
  • Not having prohibitive diseases (Leprosy, Tuberculosis, drug addiction, Elephantiasis, third phase of Syphilis) as indicated in the Ministerial Regulation No 14 B.E. 2535.
  • You must have at least 6 months validity on your current Passport (I have heard that some Immigration offices only require 1 year remaining)

Required Documents for First OA

Required Documents for First O-A “Retirement” Visa (from home country) and Non-Immigrant O Visa with One Year Extension for Retirement

Note: If applying from outside Thailand you may need 3 or 4 copies
If applying from inside Thailand you may only need 1 or 2
copies

1. Application For VISA form PDF|(TM.87)

Application For VISA form DOC|(TM.87)

2. Photo’s – (Passport-type photo, 2” x 2”, color, front-view, taken within 6
months, and write your name and last name on the back of each photo).
They never check the photo for signature, but it is the law.

3. Copies of your passport (photo page and every page with a Thai visa or Thailand arrival stamp) Sign every copy preferably with blue ink.

NOTE – Most Immigration offices no longer requires this form but it’s possible some offices might.

4. Financial Requirement

OPTION 1 – 800,000 Thai Baht in a Thai Bank Account

  • Copies of Bank statement. Deposit verification letter from your Thai Bank.
    (if needed) stating the balance of your savings account (800,000 Baht). SEE UPDATE BELOW
    Normal bank fee to draft letter is about 100 to 200 baht.
    NOTE: Letter from Bank cannot be over 7 days old.
  • Evidence that the income is of pension or Social Security sources

If using 800,000 Baht to meet financial resources:
a. First (Initial) Application – Needs to show funds have been on deposit at least 2 months before applying.
b. Subsequent (renewal) Application – Needs to show funds have been on deposit for at least 3 months before applying. (NOTE: Since March 1st of 2019 on the day you apply for a extension of stay based upon retirement, the 800k baht only needs to be in the bank for at least 2 months prior to the filing date AND at least 3 months after being granted permission.)

After being granted permission, after 3 months, the applicant can withdraw funds BUT must have
the remaining balance in the bank account of no less than 400,000 baht.

This will also apply if you open a new bank account or move these funds. The new account has to have this amount of “seasoning time” in the same account prior to submitting your application or renewal.

UPDATE: Starting March 1 2019 there has been a MAJOR change: that for those applying using funds in a Thai bank account to support their application, a minimum of B400,000 must be kept in the account throughout the year. Under the new rules, the B800,000 must be in the account at least two months before applying for the visa (permit to stay) and must remained in the account for at least three months after the visa has been issued.

OR OPTION 2 – Income Method
IF YOUR COUNTRY IS STILL ISSUING AFFIDAVITS – A Notarized Affidavit of Income from your Embassy, with a monthly salary of no less than 65,000 Baht.

NOTE: Letter from Embassy or Consulate cannot be over 6 months old. Some offices though will not accept them over 30 days old though. I suggest downloading the directive in Thai officially stating that they are valid for 6 months.

Note that the Canadian Embassy does require proof of the income.

If using your Embassy Letter certifying income, it MIGHT need to have a stamp from the Department of Consular Affairs, which is located in Bangkok (this is a new requirement reported as of the end of March 2016 – you may wish to check with your local Immigration office to see if it still being required before making a trip to Bangkok to get it).

NOTE: Some Immigration offices will not accept it unless it has been verified by the Department of Consular Affairs. This applies only to application for a Non-Immigrant “O” Visa – the stamp is not required if only doing an extension of stay. The Department of Consular Affairs fee is 400 baht for regular processing or 800 baht express processing (same day). You may wish to check with your local Immigration office to confirm this requirement is still in effect before traveling to Bangkok:
Legalization Division, 3rd floor
Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
123 Chaeng Watthana Road, Bangkok 10210
Telephone: 02-575-1056/59 Email: consular04@mfa.go.th
Service hours: 08.30 – 14.30 hrs. (Closed on Saturday – Sunday and Public Holidays)

If no income affidavit is used then the new requirements state that applicants must be able to show “pension” income transferred into a Thai bank account (from out of the country) in the amount of 65,000 Thai Baht monthly for the year. Leniency will be shown for the 1st year under the new directive. You can read their use of the term “pension” in the new directive to mean any source of income you have available to transfer from outside Thailand into a Thai bank account. More than likely they’re not going to be trying to investigate what kind of sources of income you’re sending here…. They just want to see the money coming in from outside the country.

NOTE if using the income requirement, applicants must receive at least B65,000 per month. Any financial statements from banks and copies of bankbook records proving this income already being received should be provided.

OR OPTION 3 – Combination Method
NOTE: This option appears to ONLY be available for the citizens of countries whose embassies are still issuing income affidavits. A COMBINATION of options 1 and 2. (BANK ACCOUNT + monthly income x 12 (proven by an income affidavit) = all equaling THB 800,000)

5. (If obtaining an O-A visa from your home country) – 4 copies of Police Clearance (Must be notarized) Stating the applicant has no criminal record (issued by the authority concerned of his/her nationality or residence. The verification must be no older than 3 months.
An Aussie member said he got his criminal background check through the Australian Post Office. I see you can do it also online.
In USA you can try to see if there is a Live Scan location near you or contact your local police or sheriff office.

NOTE: The Police Clearance is not required if the “Non-O” (Non Immigrant Visa is applied for from inside Thailand

6. 4 copies of a Medical Certificate. To see a sample Certificate Click Here. Most clinics and Hospitals have blank forms. (Must be notarized) Issued from the country where the application is submitted, showing no prohibitive diseases as indicated in the Ministerial Regulation No. 14 (B.E. 2535) (Leprosy, Tuberculosis [T.B], Elephantiasis, Drug addiction, Alcoholism, 3rd step of syphilis) with the name and address of the doctor. (the certificate must be valid no more than 3 months)

NOTE: Medical Certificate – This is usually not required if the VISA is applied for from inside Thailand

7. Medical Insurance
When applying from your home country for an O-A visa as of Oct 31, 2019 a medical insurance policy is required to obtain the visa.
NOT REQUIRED IF applying while in Thailand

Pursuant to the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of Thailand, dated 2 April B.E. 2562 (2019),
approving in principle for the stipulation of health insurance as an additional requirement for Non-Immigrant ‘O-A’ (Long Stay) visa application, the Royal Thai Embassy has introduced the following requirements for the said visa application:
Effective from 31 October 2019 , the 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 THB (or the equivalent in your currency), and

– Inpatient benefit with a sum insured of not less than 400,000 THB (or the equivalent in your currency)

The applicants must submit the following:

9.1. Health insurance policy document issued by a Thai or foreign insurance company (a foreign policy is accepted on the initial application. Renewals will require a Thai policy), stating that the applicant is medically insured for the period and with coverage as mentioned above:

(a) In case of a foreign insurance company, the applicant must submit the original insurance policy document with 2 copies;

(b) In case of a Thai insurance company, the applicant must submit 2 copies of the insurance policy document or, if available, the original insurance policy document with 2 copies. A list of Thai insurance companies participating in the scheme can be found here: http://longstay.tgia.org

9.2. Foreign Insurance Certificate as stipulated by the Office of Insurance Commission and Health Insurance of Thailand, which must be completed, signed and stamped by the insurance company. The form can be downloaded here: Foreign Insurance Certificate Form

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

IMPORTANT – This is a good time to explain a VERY important distinction.

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Difference between applying from within Thailand or from your home country

When you apply from your own country you will receive an O-A visa. This is NOT what you will receive when applying from within Thailand. When applying to stay in Thailand for purposes of “Retirement” you will not get a O-A visa. From within Thailand you will be given a one year extension based on the requirements needed for retirement, age, money, etc., on to a Non Immigrant 90 day visa. So to receive the one year extension from within Thailand you either need to enter Thailand with a 90 day Non Immigrant (Non-O) visa or obtain one within Thailand. Nowadays Thai immigration is able and willing to void a visa that is not a Non-O visa and grant one. Here are the steps that will happen if you arrive with a visa exempt stamp or a Tourist visa.

First, when applying to stay for “retirement” the “Retirement” is not a visa. It is ALWAYS an extension of one year added to a Non-O visa. There is no retirement visa issued within Thailand. The same applies to “Marriage” extensions. Hence when coming into Thailand on another type of visa immigration will void your “Tourist” visa or visa exempt etc. and issue you a “Non-O (Non Immigrant) visa” which having been issued in country immediately becomes “used” or initiated (no border crossing needed). Then the next step will be to add the one year “Retirement” extension to the Non-O visa.

NOTE that ANY visa becomes void if the holder leaves the border of Thailand unless they either have a “Multiple Entry” visa OR have purchased a single or multiple entry “Re-entry Permit” that allows entry and egress from the country without voiding the current visa a person is staying in Thailand on.

So at this point immigration has issued you a Non-O visa for purpose of “Retirement” based upon you documenting that you comply to the retirement extension requirements but at this point you do not have a “Retirement” extension (visa), only a Non Immigrant (Non-O). Immigration is smart enough to know that applicants want to get as much time as possible from their visas they obtain and seeing that the Non-O visa they have issued to you for your one year retirement extension is a 90 day visa, just like all Non-O visas are, they will let you get the 90 days use of it before they will add the one year “Retirement” extension to it, basically giving you 15 months (90 days + 12 months). So when you (or just your passport) go back before the 90 days are up, the immigration officials will then add the one year retirement extension stamp to your Non-O visa adding the 365 days to the date at the end of your 90 days allowed for your Non-O visa. You will also get a new cute little stamp saying you are forbidden to work on that extension.

From that point, every year from then on, assuming you never void your original Non-O visa, you will just renew that extension for another period of one year. Every time adding the extension to that same Non-O visa you now have. If you plan on leaving Thailand during these one year periods then EVERY time you renew the Non-O for a year based on retirement you should also purchase a single or multiple re-entry permit at the same time. If not, you will need to buy one at an immigration office or purchase one in an airport before departure so as not to void the Non-O visa upon leaving.

So to sum it up, if you are applying for your first retirement VISA in Thailand, you will first be issued an “O” (Non-Immigrant) Visa. Then you will return to immigration 3 months later (within 30 days of the “O” Non-Immigrant expiration), with the same paperwork, to get a one year (Retirement) extension.

When acquiring the “retirement” allowance this way as opposed to getting it in your home country, as stated above, you will not need a police clearance and most likely not need a medical cert either (the med cert will be up to the specific office or officer but most likely not be needed).

BUT you WILL be asked (most likely) to produce evidence showing your current residence address in Thailand – In the past, this was not always required, but based on several reports it is now required for initial and renewal applications for extensions. Here is what you will most likely need – but this requirement is evolving, so there could be changes.

BUT YOU CAN GET ALMOST a 2 YEAR STAY FROM AN O-A VISA OBTAINED IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY – Check out our site posting titled, How to get a 2 year Retirement Visa

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DOCUMENTATION SHOWING PROOF OF RESIDENCE
From the latest reports, these are the documents that will be required:

1. If you rent from a Thai owner, you will most likely be asked for a photocopy of their Tabian Baan (blue house book) and their Thai ID card – they may also require that the photocopies be signed by the owner.
2. If you own your condominium, you will need to provide a copy of the Chanote (land deed) showing you as the owner.
3. If your residence is owned by your Thai Company Ltd, you will need to provide a copy of the Chanote showing the company as owner and your company documents showing you as the Managing Director.
We have not yet received any reports of what documentation may be required if you are renting from a non-Thai owner of the property. But most likely a lease with the owners signature and a copy of their passport signed by them.

*** A marriage certificate must be presented as evidence if the applicant wishes to have his/ her spouse stay together in the Kingdom. But if his /her spouse is not qualified for the retirement Visa, the spouse will be considered for the Non-Immigrant Visa Type “O” or Temporary Resident.

Visa Fees

Application Fee 1,900 Baht

Make sure to get a receipt of payment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For those using a visa service MAKE SURE you tell them when they return with your passport you want to see your visa receipt from the immigration office. It should look like this.

Also of note to those using a visa service. Your first and only appearance for the retirement visa will be at the Immigration office upon its approval. You must appear in person with your passport and sign the visa paperwork in the presence of the Immigration staff. Bangkok immigration says this about obtaining the visa through an agent. http://bangkok.immigration.go.th

Question : Does the alien have to contact in person if he/she wishes to apply for extension of temporary stay in the Kingdom? It is possible to have an agent to do for the alien?
Answer : Application for extension for temporary stay in the Kingdom must be made only in person.

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Online Appointment Queue for Thailand Immigration Offices

You have probably heard about now being able to schedule your appointment online for your Visa renewal. It works. After you have made your appointment, It will display your confirmation which you need to print out. They will also send you a confirmation email.

NOTE: They only accept “10” scheduled appointments per day. After that, you have to go and stand in line for a number. This is not to be used for your 90 day reporting (Only for initial application or renewal of Visa).

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Reentry Permit Single and Multiple

VERY IMPORTANT!

Upon arriving in Thailand, the holder an “O-A” Visa (Retirement) will be permitted to stay in Thailand for 1 year from the date of first entry. During the one-year period, make sure that you hold an O-A visa from your country that has the “Multiple” entry designation. Because without it if he or she wishes to leave and re-enter the country, he or she is required to apply at the Immigration office for re-entry permit (single or multiple) before departure or the O-A visa will become void.

WARNING: If you leave the country without holding a valid “Multiple” entry visa or obtaining a re-entry permit, the permit to stay for 1 year (O-A Visa) shall be considered “VOID”. Leaving the country with either of these would mean you would need to apply for a new Visa!

If you don’t have a multiple entry visa OR have obtained a one-year visa extension from within Thailand and you think you might leave Thailand one or more times in the year, you can apply for a single or multiple re-entry permit. OR make sure if applying for an O-A visa in your home country that you obtain and pay for a “Multiple” entry “O-A” Visa. This way you could avoid having to apply for a re-entry permit every time you leave Thailand.

Re-Entry Permit from within Thailand (Form TM 8) Click Here to Download Form
Single Entry – 1000 Baht
Multiple Entry – 3800 Baht

Documents Required

  • Form TM8
  • First page of Passport showing picture
  • Passport page showing latest VISA stamp
  • Passport page showing expiration date of passport
  • Copy of Arrival Card (your passport may have the Departure Card stapled inside)
  • 1 photo – Passport-type photo, 2” x 2”, color, front-view, taken within 6 months, and write your name and last name on the back of each photo

NOTE: A Multiple Entry Permit is only good until the expiration date of your current Visa. EX: If you purchase a Multiple Entry Permit 2 months before the expiration date of your Visa, the Multiple Entry Permit will only be good for 2 months.

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90 Day Notice of Address (TM 47)

Announcement: There is now a Immigration Office in Lampang to do your 90 days report only.

They are located at the Old Police Station on Bunyawat Road (Third Floor) near the city market.

Phone Number: 089-433-0099 / 083-152-6417
Open: They are there on the First and Third Tuesday of each month
Hours: 11 AM to 2 PM
Appointment: No appointment is necessary

Latitude: 18.290372140246333

Longitude: 99.50236916542053

NOTE: You can now do your 90 day notice 15 days prior to expiration and 7 days after expiration.

Every 90 days, the alien must report, his or her current address, to the Immigration office on Form TM47. The foreigner may report to the police station if there is no immigration office in his or her residence area.

Download Form TM 47 Click Here

Documents Required:

  • Form TM47
  • First page of Passport showing picture
  • Passport page showing latest VISA stamp
  • Passport page showing expiration date of passport (If different from 1st page)
  • Copy of Arrival Card (your passport may have the Departure Card)
  • Proof of address (Ex: copy of Rental Agreement). On subsequent visits you need proof only if your last 90 day reporting was not at your current address.

Warning: The notification must be made within 15 days before or 7 days after the period of 90 days expires. Penalty for failure to report on time is 2000 Baht fine. If a foreigner who did not make the notification of staying over 90 days is arrested, he will be fined 4,000 Baht.

Notes: If a foreigner leaves Thailand and re-enters, the 90 days starts over and that day counts as day 1 of the 90 days upon re-entering.

By law if you move during this 90 day period, you are suppose to notify your change of address to immigration within 24 hours. If you fail to do so, you can face a fine of 5,000 baht. But I doubt this is ever enforced. To report the change, use Form TM 28 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

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90 Day Notice of Address Online Reporting

NEW! Online 90 Day Reporting for long term visas

Here is a link to do your 90 day reporting of your address when living on a long term Thai visa.

Note I have used this online option many times and it works well if you understand the nuances. We have a member site posting on how to do the 90 day reporting online. It’s titled, Doing your 90 Day Reporting Online.

NOTE: 90 day reporting is required for all one year extensions such as Marriage, Business etc. You can use this online reporting for all 90 day address reporting requirements.

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Extension of your Visa after 1 Year (TM 7)

A foreigner who wishes to extend his or her stay after the initial one year period has the option to return to their home country to obtain an O-A Retirement Visa OR shall submit an application for extension of stay at an Office of the Thailand Immigration Bureau. You must do so before the expiration date on your Visa stamp in your passport. You can submit your paperwork 30 days before your Visa expires (Chiang Mai 45 days).
Don’t wait until the last minute. If you have a problem, you may not be able to renew before your Visa expires.

Documents Required:

1. Form TM 7 – Click Here to download PDF form to print out by hand or HERE to download a fillable PDF form.

Example of completed TM7 application front side

Example of completed TM7 application back side

2. 1 photo – Passport-type photo, 2” x 2”, color, front-view, taken within 6 months, and write your name and last name on the back of each photo).

3. Documentation of meeting the 800,000 Baht financial requirement. Copy of Bank statement.

800,000 Thai Baht deposit verification letter from your Thai Bank (SEE ABOVE). Normal bank fee for this is about 100 to 200 baht.
NOTE: Letter from Bank cannot be over 7 days old.

NOTE: If using 800,000 Baht+ to meet financial resources:
a. First (Initial) Application – Needs to show funds have been
on deposit at least 2 months before applying and remained 3 months after and never fell under 400,000 Thai Baht during the year.
b. Subsequent (renewal) Application – Needs to show funds
have been on deposit for at least 3 months before applying and remained 3 months after and never fell under 400,000 Thai Baht during the year. (NOTE: Since March 1st of 2019 on the day you apply for a extension of stay based upon retirement, the 800k baht only needs to be in the bank for at least 2 months prior to the filing date AND at least 3 months after being granted permission.)

OR

A Notarized Affidavit of Income from your Embassy (SEE ABOVE) , OR proof of 65,000 Thai Baht monthly deposits coming from abroad (SEE ABOVE)

OR

Combination of a BANK ACCOUNT Balance + INCOME x 12 = THB 800,000 (SEE ABOVE)

4. Copy of every page of your bank saving book for the past year (Sign every copy preferably with blue ink) Some Immigration Offices may only require pages for 6 months.

5. Copy of Passport – have at least 6 months validity on your current Passport.
Some immigration offices require 1 year or 18 months validity (Sign every copy).

Copy these pages:

  • First page of Passport showing picture
  • Passport page showing latest VISA stamp
  • Passport page showing all previous VISA stamps
    NOTE: If you get a new passport they will put a stamps in your new passport with the previous visa stamps dates. The next year you only need to make a copy of the page showing the dates of the previous Visas.
  • Copy of Arrival Card (your passport should have the Departure Card stapled in it)

6. Evidence of your current address– if you rent, a photocopy of lease/rental agreement – if you own a condo, a photo copy of your house book or other evidence of ownership. Although some have reported that this information was not requested, it was requested of me last time I renewed so I have included it in the checklist and suggest you have copies available as you may be asked for it. Better to have it with you in case they ask you for it.

7. Fee 1900 Baht

NEW: After you finish with the Immigration Officer, you will have your picture taken digitally by their computer.

NEW: Some Immigration Officers will hand you a form to sign. The information on this form spells out all of the penalties if you overstay your visa.

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.

NOTE: The Immigration Officers, at their discretion, may ask for additional information.

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Renewal procedure for Disabled Persons

If you are going to Immigration to renew an “O-A” Retirement Visa for someone who is disabled and cannot go themselves, there are three (3) additional steps:

1. You need a letter from the disabled person’s Doctor (Addressed to Immigration) stating why he cannot go to Immigration himself.
2. You need a photo of Passport holder showing why he/she cannot go to Immigration. Example: Photo of him sitting in a wheel chair.
3. The Immigration Officer has a worksheet (in Thai) that they use. It has to be signed in 2 places. You will have to bring it back to the disabled person and have him/her sign it and return to Immigration to complete renewing Visa. You should not need to get in the queue again.
NOTE: On some occasions when you renew the Visa for a disabled person the Immigration Officer will allow you to sign their worksheet for the disabled person so make sure to have your passport with you just in case. Also some Immigration Offices might require a Power of Attorney in order for a third party to renew the Visa for a Disabled person.

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Overstaying Your Visa Fines and Penalties

VISA Overstay: If an individual does not depart Thailand prior to expiration of his/her Airport permit or Visa, the individual is considered to be in the country illegally. In order to depart Thailand, it will be necessary to pay an overstay fine of 500 Baht per day, up to a maximum of 20,000 Baht.

NOTE: As of August 2014, there are now stiffer penalties for overstaying your visas.

Anyone overstaying their permitted time in the Kingdom by more than 90 days will be forbidden from re-entering the country for at least one year. However, a proposed lifetime ban for foreigners overstaying for 10 years or more was not included in the new rules.

For overstaying foreigners who present themselves to immigration at international airports or border crossings, the re-entry bans are as follows:

  • Overstay more than 90 days forbidden 1 year
  • Overstay more than 1 year forbidden 3 years
  • Overstay more than 3 years forbidden 5 years
  • Overstay more than 5 years forbidden 10 years

The rules are significantly tougher for those who are apprehended before presenting themselves at a departure point:

  • Overstay less than 1 year forbidden 5 years
  • Overstay more than 1 years forbidden 10 years
  • Those overstaying less than 90 days who present themselves to immigration are subject to a 500 baht- per-day (US$15.65) fine, up to a maximum of 20,000 baht.

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Dependents of Retirees (Spouses)

If the applicant’s spouse will be accompanying him or her, a copy of the applicant’s valid marriage certificate must be presented as supporting
documentation and should be notarized. This can be done by the foreigners consulate or embassy. If the applicant’s spouse is not qualified for the retirement visa (e.g. not age 50+ or age 50, but not enough income), the spouse will be considered for the Non-Immigrant Visa Type “O” or Temporary Residents.

Documents needed by spouse

TM 7 CLICK HERE To Download Form

Example of completed TM7 application front side

Example of completed TM7 application back side

All the same documents you would submit for a “Retirement Visa” above plus your “Marriage Certificate” translated to Thai/English and Certified.

Instead of a “Retirement Visa” the spouse will be considered for the Non- Immigrant Visa Type “O” or Temporary Resident

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