A decade ago there appeared to be diverse ways to stay in Thailand long-time period. There turned into a piece of wriggle room inside the interpretation of the tips, and there was usually ‘approaches and means’ of securing a visa (nudge nudge, wink, wink). But the screws are being tightened on expats, retirees and lengthy-stayers who are finding their alternatives to preserve residing inside the Land of Smiles diminishing fast, either through modified policies or a greater rigorous enforcement of the prevailing rules.
ThaiVisa has penned a piece of writing today about new utility hints for British residents for Immigrant Type O visas and some of the real-lifestyles implications the changes might also bring…
Following the statement earlier this month that visa candidates in the UK and Ireland now should follow on line, the Royal Thai Embassy in London has up to date its website regarding the requirements for Single Entry Tourist Visas and different Non-Immigrant Visas.
Aside from applications now having to be made on-line, some of the most extremely good changes are that Non-Immigrant Type O (a couple of access) are now not issued through the Royal Thai Embassy in London.
Online reaction has been quick and sad…
• Tourist visa policies keep tightening, basically because of a minority of people who preserve trying to abuse every loophole and crack in the machine to live long-term for purposes apart from tourism. A few horrific apple f * picking it up for all people else – Moe666/ThaiVisa
• It’s getting harder and harder for folks who want to stay long term in Thailand – Nev/ThaiVisa
• The doorways are remaining hastily. That’s why I’ve transferred my assets lower back to my US bank account. My Non O expires in October. Time to bop to friendlier seashores – RichMac/Facebook
Non O (Multi-Entry) visas are legitimate for three hundred and sixty-five days, but the holder of the visa is needed to go away to Thailand every ninety days.
The Non-O (Multi-Entry) visas supplied comfort to a few foreigners, especially folks who are married to a Thai but who possibly paintings overseas and then return to Thailand multiple instances in step with year.
For instance, the Non-O (Multi Entry) visas are a famous desire among offshore workers who paintings on rotation and are stepping into and out of Thailand several instances per yr.
Others really preferred no longer having to address immigration in Thailand and could gain the Non-O (Multi Entry) from the Thai Embassy in London when they back to the United Kingdom say for an annual vacation.
Non-O (Single Entry) are nevertheless issued by the Royal Thai Embassy in London, but that best presents a live of 90 days.
ThaiVisa reports that the necessities for Non-Immigrant Type O (unmarried entry best) from the Thai Embassy in London are as follows:
For based baby (age below two decades): A reproduction of beginning certificate, a replica every of employment letter, passport and visa of the figure who is going to work in Thailand, and a duplicate of registration of the organization or agency in which the discerning will work
For accompanying spouse: A reproduction of marriage certificates, a duplicate each of employment letter, passport and visa of the main spouse, and a copy of registration of the company or agency in which the partner will work
For accompanying a Thai partner: A replica of marriage certificates, a duplicate of Thai passport/a replica of Thai ID of the spouse, and (3 months financial institution statement showing month-to-month profits of extra than £1,500.)
For accompanying a Thai baby : A replica of Thai birth certificates, a duplicate of the Thai toddler’s passport/Thai ID, a duplicate of marriage certificate to a Thai spouse or divorce paper/toddler custody paper (in case of divorce), and (3 months bank statement showing month-to-month profits of extra than £1,500.)
For working at an NGO/volunteer paintings: An official recommendation letter or employment letter from NGO or business enterprise which undertakes volunteer work in Thailand, registration file of NGO or volunteer company
For pensioner (aged 50 or over): A replica of pension statement if the applicant is a pensioner, or a replica of 1-month financial institution statement showing your profits from the pension, or three-month bank announcement of at least £10,000
Offshore people who used to gain a Non O (Multi-Entry) from the Thai Embassy in London may also alternatively now enter Thailand on traveler visas or visa exempt entries however once a person has a records of back to back vacationer visas or numerous visa exempt entries in their passport, it’s far increasingly probable they’ll come under scrutiny of an immigration reliable whilst seeking to input Thailand at an airport or land border crossing.
ThaiVisa says it’s additionally well worth noting that Non-O (Multi-Entry) based totally upon marriage are still available close by Thai Embassies and Consulates.