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Foreigners who would like to come to Thailand for tourism purposes for a longer period of time than 30 days may visit the Thai embassy or consulate in their country to apply for a tourist visa. This visa valid for 60 days
- Visa Application Form
- Return flight ticket
- Proof of financial capacity to support oneself while in Thailand such as bank statement, cash, travel checks
- Visa Fee
Tourist Visa can be done by mail/ post or in person. Either way, expect the visa processing to be concluded in 2 business days. A double entry visa is also provided so decide before hand if you would need this type so you can indicate in your visa application. A double entry visa saves you the hassle of applying a re-entry permit when you leave Thailand. It also provides a longer period of stay which is 120 days.
Tourist Visa Extension
Extension is provided for a normal tourist visa for a period of 30 days. Hence, a single entry tourist visa with extension allows the foreigner a 90 day stay in Thailand in total. A double entry tourist visa, on the other hand, can provide the holder a total of 180 days stay. Extension are done at the Immigration Office. Anticipate extension fee at the rate of THB 1,900.00
This type of visa is issued to the foreigner who is married to a Thai national and need the requirements of the immigration bureau. The Thai marriage holder is entitled to stay for a full year in Thailand without the need to exit the country.
- Legally Married to Thai – This is substantiated through a Marriage Certificate.
- Financial Requirement – This is met through either of the following 2 means:
- 400,000 THB in a Thai Bank account for 2 months before the visa application, or
- a Monthly income of at least 40,000 THB with a letter from the Foreigner’s Embassy to Verify this Income,
- Police Clearance
- Medical Certificate
Once completing the required documents for the visa application, you may lodge your visa application at the nearest Thai embassy or consulate in your country and obtain an initial NON-O VISA valid for 90 days. This can be extended in Thailand at the Immigration Office before it expires.
“A one year Extension of stay Based on Retirement” This type of visa is valid for 1 year and can be renewed every year at the Thai embassy in your own country, in the country of residence or can be always be obtained from the Thai Immigration inside Thailand.
- The applicant must be 50 years old or older
- Financial Requirement can be met in 3 ways
- 800,000 THB in a Thai Bank account.This can be proven through an update bank book or passbook and a bank letter stating that the money had been deposited in the account from an oversea source for not less than 2 months.
- A monthly income (pension) of not less than 65,000 THB. This would have to be obtained with an affidavit of monthly income from the applicant’s embassy or consulate in Thailand to prove it.
- A Combination of bank account and yearly income with a total of THB 800,000. The update bank book and a letter of your embassy have to be shown to support this financial requirement.
- Police Clearance
- Medical Certificate
Application for an initial non-immigrant visa from the Thai embassy or consulate in your home country or country of residence. Once you have entered Thailand you will have to apply for the one year extension of your visa at the Immigration office in your location. Please note that you will have to be in Thailand for 60 days before you can file your retirement application at the immigration office or you must have at least 21 days left in your current permit to stay.
Providing that you fulfill all the conditions and provide all the documents required (including a proof of address in Thailand) you will be granted a one year extension and permitted to stay in Thailand for 1 year.
A foreigner on a visa exemption stamp or a tourist visa can obtain a retirement visa given that the foreigner already meets the requirements for the non-immigrant O visa and for the one year extension application. The visa applications can be done at the immigration office in Thailand.
Non B Visa & Work Permit
Under the Alien Occupation Act foreigners are prohibited from working in Thailand. For an individual who wishes to extend his non-immigrant visa for business purposes, he/she must submit the application, and his/her work permit for renewal together with other supporting documents.
Applying for and obtaining a work permit is often a source of frustration for foreigners because the whole process involves dealing with both the Immigration Department and the Labour Department, each of which have their own rules and regulations. A work permit is only good as long as the visa is valid but a one year visa will not be granted unless the person had been given a work permit.
In most cases an individual who desires to obtain a work permit must first obtain a type B Non- immigrant Visa at a foreign Thai Embassy or Consulate.
Once the person has entered Thailand, he must then apply at the Labour Department. During the period that person is waiting for his work permit, he is not permitted to work. A work permit must always be renewed before the date it expires otherwise an entirely new application must be made. If the work permit and visa expire on the same day, it is advisable to report to the Immigration Department a few days before in order to obtain a new long term visa or temporary extension.
To obtain a Work Permit you will require:
- Registered Capital, the minimum amount of 2,000,000 THB paid up in registered capital per work permit,
- Thai Employees, the minimum is 4 Thai employees per work permit,
- Tax, VAT and Social Security Fund,
- Requirements Documents
- Application form (WP 2),
- 3 5x6cm photos,
- Letter of Employment form & a company letter written by the Director to explain the reason why the applicant will work in the company,
- Copy of Company Affidavit including objectives,
- Copy of Company Registration Certificate,
- Copy of List of Shareholders,
- Copy of Company Financial Statement and the copy of Corporate Income Tax,
- Copy of Personal Income Tax of the Thai employees (Phor Ngor Dor 1),
- Copy of VAT Registration (Phor Phor 1)
- Organization Chart,
- Copy of passport and visa,
- Copy of Education Certificate and resume of previous employment,
- Map of place of business, &
- Health Certificate.