Thai Visa Advice 2019 Retirements

Everything You Need to Know About the Thai Retirement Visa  Updated 2019

What is a Thai Retirement Visa?

New updates for 2019

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I have been here on a retirement visa for 10 years and have found our that We can no longer prove income by going to our embassy and getting an affidavit. We must now prove income with social security and/or pension letters.


All foreigners entering or living in the Kingdom of Thailand must have a valid visa. Therefore, Thailand offers a whole host of visa options to arriving foreigners. Each of which is issued for a specific purpose, i.e. tourismeducationworkmarriage, etc.

But, I probably should inform you that Thailand technically does not have, nor has it ever issued a so-called “Retirement Visa”. The term retirement visa is actually just a nickname for what Thai immigration authorities refer to as a “Non-Immigrant ‘O’or ‘A’ Long Stay Visa”.

This type of visa allows the holder to remain in Thailand for a period of one year. However, unlike most other Thai visas, the O/A visa can be renewed annually without having to exit the country as long as the applicant still meets all of the Thai government’s requirements for the O/A visa every 365 days, which is precisely the length of time the visa is valid.

Because the majority of O/A visa holders within the Kingdom are retirees, the O/A Long Stay Visa has come to be known unofficially as the “Retirement Visa”. Therefore the two names are more or less interchangeable.

The O/A or retirement visa, however, is not issued exclusively to retirees and pensioners. It can also be issued to anyone who meets this visa’s requirements and wishes to reside in Thailand for a period of 90 days up to one year.

How Long Does a Thai Retirement Visa Last?

The Thai retirement visa lasts for one year. However, it can be renewed year after year without having to leave Thailand as long as the visa holder continues to meet all of Thailand’s immigration authority’s requirements.

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Retirement Visa to Thailand

Things You Need To Know About The Thai Retirement Visa

  • Thailand retirement visa is the popular term for “Non-Immigrant OA-Long Stay Visa”.
  • The visa can be valid either for a single entry or multiple entries.
  • This is a long-term Thai visa that entitles the holder a stay of 1 year in Thailand.
  • The visa is renewable every year and the renewal process can be done inside Thailand (requirements for the visa renewal still apply).

Basic Requirements for Thailand Retirement Visa

  • Applicant must be 50 years of age or over
  • You must meet the financial requirement: security deposit of THB 800,000 in a Thai bank account for 2 months prior to the visa application.
  • Other documents that may be required to be presented (e.g. Police Clearance and Medical Certificate).

Retirement Visa Application Process

The application for the Thai retirement visa can be processed either in your country of residence or in Thailand. All necessary documents stated above must be submitted to the Thai embassy or consulate in your country.

Application for the Non-Immigrant OA Visa in your home country:

  • All necessary documents stated above must be submitted to the Thai embassy or consulate in your country.
  • Please note that not all the Thai embassies or consulates in your country may be able to issue this type of visa.

Application for the Non-Immigrant O Visa and extension in Thailand:

  • It is required that you apply for a 90-day initial non-immigrant visa from the Thai embassy or consulate in your home country prior to your application for a retirement visa in Thailand
  • You will have to wait for 60 days to be in Thailand before you can file your retirement visa application at the immigration office or you must be on the last 30 days of your current permit to stay.
  • Proof of address in Thailand (utility bills, rental agreement, etc.) is also required.

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