Retirement Visa

A Thailand Retirement visa allows you spend your best years indefinitely in the Kingdom. It's the easiest, cheapest and most flexible option if you are 50 years or older. Planning to get here on a tourist visa? Baan Smile can help you change it to a retirement visa.

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Who is this visa for?

The Thailand O-A visa is for foreigners aged 50 years and up who want to retire in Thailand for a up to a year at a time. You will also be able to renew it easily each year as long as you continue to meet all the requirements.

How long does it last?

This visa is valid for 1 year.

Is it renewable?

It is renewable every year and it can be renewed inside Thailand without having to leave the country as long as you continue to meet all the requirements.

Which countries qualify?

Nationals of all countries are qualified to apply for this visa.

Where to apply?

Baan Smile can help you apply before entering Thailand, or if you are already here in Thailand. It is an easier process with less requirements if you are already in Thailand on a tourist visa, visa on arrival or visa exemption.

Application Requirements Inside Thailand

  • You must be at least 50 years of age
  • Passport with at least 18 months of validity

Application Requirements Outside Thailand

  • You must be at least 50 years of age
  • Must have no diseases including leprosy, Tuberculosis, Elephantiasis, drug addiction, and third stage of Syphilis
  • Have no criminal record in Thailand and your country of nationality/residence
  • Have a Thai medical insurance policy during your entire stay in Thailand for inpatient or outpatient care
  • Passport with at least 18 months of validity
  • Completed application form and three passport photographs were taken within the last 6 months
  • Financial Documents
  • Certificate of criminal record clearance from your country of nationality
  • Medical certificate from the country of application or Thailand stating that you do not have any of the aforementioned diseases mentioned earlier in this list
  • Insurance policy documents
  • Prepare a visa fee of 5,000 THB (USD 150)

If you have a spouse or a child under 20 years of age, they can also apply for the O-A or the O visa by providing the following documents:

  • Marriage certificate (spouse) in addition to the documents stated above
  • Birth certificate (child)

Financial Requirements

  • You must EITHER have a minimum security deposit of 800,000 THB in a Thai bank account OR have a monthly income of 65,000 THB \OR a combination of the two resulting in at least 800,000 THB per year
    • In the case of the security deposit, you will need to provide an updated bank book together with a letter of guarantee.
    • In the case of monthly income, you will need a letter from your embassy in Thailand certifying that income.

After Getting the Thailand Retirement Visa

Once you get the Thailand Retirement Visa, you can enter the country within the duration that the visa is issued. However, there are certain rules that all expatriates in Thailand have to comply with. One is that you have to apply for a Thai Re-Entry Permit if you want to leave and the other is that you have to report your address to Immigration every 90 days while you continue to live there.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Thai O-A visa cost?

The visa application fee is 5,000 THB per person

Do I still have to do the 90-day reporting with the O-A visa?

Yes, you still have to report your current address to the Thai Immigration office every 90 days.

Do I need the re-entry permit when leaving Thailand?

Yes, you need to apply for a re-entry permit everytime you leave Thailand, or you can get a yearly re-entry permit at the time you get your visa.

Can I work in Thailand with the O-A retirement visa?

No.

Can I apply for the O-A visa from within Thailand?

Yes, in addition to applying from your country of nationality/residence before entering Thailand, you can also apply for this visa extension from within Thailand if you have already entered through the visa exemption stamp, tourist visa, or other forms of Non-Immigrant visas. Please contact Baan Smile if you want to change your tourist visa to a retirement visa while you are inside Thailand.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Thai retirement visa multiple entry?

Can I live permanently with retirement visa in Thailand?

What are things that retirees shouldn't do in Thailand?

Wherever you are in the world there is always things that you can and can't do this goes same in Thailand. Following a few simple rules of Thailand etiquette will not only prevent you from accidentally offending someone. Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles” but the famous Thai smile has many meanings. Although Thai people are very forgiving of infractions, particularly when committed by farang (foreigners), observing these basic dos and don'ts will keep them smiling.

These are the things you should'nt do in Thailand ;

Don't point your feet: Pointing your feet at someone, raising your feet higher than someone's head, or simply putting your feet on a desk or chair are considered extremely rude in Thailand. 

Don't touch someone's head: While the feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest parts of the body, the head is revered as the most sacred. Never touch someone's head or hair - this includes playfully ruffling a child's hair.

Don't point: Pointing at someone is considered rude in many cultures but particularly so in Thailand. If you must indicate a person, do so by lifting your chin in their direction. When motioning for someone to come over, don't use fingers pointed upward; make a patting motion with your fingers straight and palm toward the ground.

Don't lose your cool: Shouting, blowing your top, or displaying strong emotions is generally frowned upon in Thailand. 

Don't disrespect the king: Never disrespect the king or images of the king, this includes currency.

Don't throw things: Tossing an object or money in someone's direction is rude. Take time to hand things to people properly, face-up, preferably with your right hand. Unfold money when paying someone.

How long you can stay in Thailand with a retirement visa?

What are the things retirees need to follow in Thailand?

Following the cultutal in etiquette will help you have a peaceful and happy life in Thailad.

These ate the things you need to follow in Thailand ;

Remove your shoes: As in many Asian cultures, removing your shoes before entering a temple or visiting someone's home is essential. Some businesses, restaurants, and shops also ask that you remove your shoes. If unsure, just look to see if there is a pile of shoes at the entrance, or check to see if the staff are wearing shoes.

Use your right hand: The left hand is considered dirty, as it is sometimes used for "toilet functions." Always use your right hand to pass objects to someone and when paying. Touch your left hand to your right forearm (showing that it is safely out of reach) if you wish to show extra respect.

Eat with a spoon: The proper way to enjoy delicious Thai food is with the spoon in your right hand and fork in your left. Use the fork to rake food onto your spoon; the fork never goes into the mouth. Chopsticks are usually only used for noodle dishes and treats such as spring rolls.

Show respect to monks: You will encounter many monks in places such as Chiang Mai; treat them with respect. When greeting a monk, be sure to show respect, and monks receive a higher wai than ordinary people; monks do not have to return your gesture. Women should never touch a monk, brush a monk's robes, or hand something to a monk. Monks should be allowed to eat first at ceremonies and gatherings.

Smile: The "Thai smile" is famous, essential to Thailand etiquette, and Thais show it whenever they can. Always return someone's smile. Smiles are used during negotiation, ​in an apology, to relax whenever something goes not as planned, and just in everyday life.

Do retirees pay taxes in Thailand?

Is Thailand dangerous for retirees?

Can I work as a digital nomad in Thailand with retirement visa?

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How late can I renew my Thai retirement visa?

Is it easy to get retirement visa to Thailand?

How much is health insurance for expats in Thailand?

How much do I need in the bank to retire in Thailand?

How to apply for a retirement visa and what agency can assist you?

Please read our requirements for the retirement visa.

We have agents standing by that will help from the beginning right through the end. All you have to do is sign documents and pay the fee.

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Which part of Thailand is best for retirement?

The best places to retire in Thailand are Koh Samui, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hua Hin. Each of these places offers up a unique lifestyle destination and a nice environment. 

Let's talk about each place that we mentioned above and what you can do!

  • Koh Samui - Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand so this mean that there are so many beaches for retirees to enjoy such as Silver Beach, Thongson Bay, Chaweng Beach etc. Koh Samui not only famous about beacher but they also have beatiful temples around like Big Buddha and Wat Ratchathammaram.
  • Pattaya - Pattaya is a well known place not only for retirees but with every tourist. Pattaya also have a lot of nice beaches like Jomtien Beach. The most thing that the tourist know this place is because the nightlife in Pattaya is crazy they do have cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs. Pattaya is famous for the Walking Street, Floating Market and the temple that they called Sanctuary of truth.
  • Ching Mai - Chiang Mai  is the largest city in Northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand. If you enjoy going to Buddhist temples, then there are over 300 for you to visit in Chiang Mai. Night markets are plenty too.
  • Phuket - Phuket is famous for a number of things like exotic beaches, vibrant nightlife, colorful night markets, delicious seafood, white marble Big Buddha and if you are an active retirees then you will definitely enjoy scuba diving.
  • Hua Hin - Hua Hin have a lot of beautiful, powdery sand beach, numerous seaside seafood restaurants, a lively night market, numerous beach activities, and some great inland activities, not least of which is golfing at some of Thailand's most renowned courses.

So its really depends on retirees which place they prefer the most. 

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