You can live in Thailand if you are older than 50 and are able to apply for a retirement visa in Thailand. This visa is also known as the Thai "O-A" visa in Thailand. Note that you need to be at least 50 years old, meet the financial requirements and also the medical requirements for this visa. We have listed the process below but that visa rules do change so check with an immigration attorney first.
When you apply for the retirement visa at the Thai embassy in your home country this visa is valid for 90 days once you enter Thailand. There are not many requirements for when you apply for this visa at the embassy. The following documents are needed when you extend this visa in Thailand for 1 year. Most provide the documents to an immigration lawyer in Thailand as the process can become complicated if you have a DUI or the documentation is incorrect. Check with a lawyer first to ensure that everything works and that you do not need to leave the country again to restart the process. The following is needed for your extension:
- - Copy of your passport;
- - Copy of your Thai bank account showing 800,000THB in it;or
- - Copy of your Thai bank account showing an income of 65,000THB per month;
- - Copy of a criminal clearance from your home country;
- - Copy of a medical certificate.
Note that if you have a DUI it is best to allow an attorney to deal with this matter. Provide the immigration lawyer all the documentation as above and there is also a medical test for retirement in Thailand. This is to show that you do not have a transmissible disease such as late stage syphilis or HIV/AIDS. Also note that you can show a combination of income and deposit in a Thai bank account. Allow you attorney to work this out for you.
If you need more information then call us toll-free from the US or the UK and allow us to assist you with your retirement visa and customs clearance for when you goods from home come to Thailand. You have 6 months to bring your goods into Thailand once the visa has been granted. Walk into any of our offices in Thailand or speak to us online for more information and assistance.
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