Thailand Retirement Visa

Thailand has over the years become a hot spot in Asia for retirement as the cost of living is low, crime levels are far lower than Europe or Spain and the weather is great most days of the year. Many people see Thailand as an excellent place for retirement. The Kingdom of Thailand has about 76 provinces that offer different attractions, cultures, and experiences. It is for these reasons that many foreigners are drawn to retire in this country every year.

The application process for retirement visa in Thailand is pretty straightforward. Over the years, however, this has become a rather confusing subject to many due to the inconsistency in the immigration processes. Not only are the processes varying in the Thai Embassies and Consulates around the world but also with some rules in different immigration offices all across Thailand.

Consider the following guidelines if you wish to retire in Thailand.

Eligibilities

  • The client must be at least 50 years of age or over during the time of the application.
  • The client must meet the financial requirement which could be any of the following:
    • Security deposit of 800,000 baht in a Thai bank; or
    • A monthly income or pension of 65,000 baht; or
    • A total of 800,000 baht combination of personal bank deposit and income or pension for the entire year.

Processing of Visa Application

There are at least two ways on how to get a visa to retire in Thailand:

  1. Application outside Thailand.

    A foreigner who meets the age requirement set by the Thai Embassy (in their country) can directly apply for the 1 Year Non-Immigrant OA visa from their home country. Application for this type of visa requires the applicant to submit a police clearance and medical certificate.

  2. Application inside Thailand

    Getting a 1 year visa extension inside Thailand based on retirement requires an initial application for a Non-Immigrant O visa. The Non-Immigrant O visa is usually applied at the Thai Embassy in the applicant’s home country, but it can also be obtained inside Thailand. However, the applicant must already meet the financial requirement if they wish to go with the latter.

    In addition, applicants of Non-immigrant O visa extension in Thailand must provide evidence of their address in Thailand. Processing of visa extension is done at the immigration office in the same area, or usually the one nearest to their location in case there is none in their city or province.

Renewal of Extension

Once the applicant has obtained a one-year extension of stay based on retirement, the extension can be renewed every year within Thailand. The renewal application must be done prior to the expiration of the current visa. The procedure for renewal is the same as for the initial application, and therefore this should be an easier task for retirees who are able to obtain an extension before.

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159 thoughts on “Thai Retirement Visa”
    1. Dear Glenn Armitstead,
      Good day.
      No, renewals or extensions can only be done INSIDE THAILAND at Immigration Offices.
      Thank you.

    1. Dear Ann,
      Good day.
      No, renewals or extensions can only be done INSIDE THAILAND at Immigration Offices.
      Thank you.

  1. I wonder if you could clarify for me how much money has to be retained in one’s bank account, and for how long, after being granted a one-year retirement visa? I have seen contradictory reports about this. Many thanks.

    1. Dear Paul,

      Good day.
      Actually, you need to maintain your 800,000THB in your bank account constantly, however, if you will need to withdraw some of the amounts please just make sure to complete the 800,000THB again at least 3 months before the scheduled renewal of your retirement visa. otherwise, your visa renewal will be rejected if Immigration saw that your funds from your bank account are lacking.

      Thank you.

    1. Dear Terrence Pearce,
      Good day.
      No, you must renew 30 days to 45 days before the due date.
      Thank you.

  2. I have not been able to open a bank account in my name as I am not a citizen/resident. How can I open an account?

    1. Hi Grant,

      You are able to open a bank account as long as you have a long term lease agreement or a reference letter from your embassy in Bangkok. You may also retain a service of a company such as Siam Legal to assist you with the opening of a bank account.

  3. Hi There – the 800k requirement for a retirement visa – is there a problem if more than double this amount is in a joint bank account and has been there for approx 8 months??

    1. For Bangkok and Hua Hin, the officers at the immigration office will accept the joint account with your spouse as long as it is more than 1.6 million in total and it has been sitting for more than 2 months at the time of application.

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