To get a Thailand retirement visa you must apply for a retirement or marriage visa.  You can get a Thailand retirement visa if you are 50 years of age or over you can show proof at least 800,000 Baht in a Thai bank account or an income or 65,000 Baht per month.  If you can show proof at least 400,000 Baht in a Thai bank account or an income of 40,000 Baht per month you can apply for a marriage visa.

If you use the income method as proof of funds, you must be able to demonstrate that the funds are from overseas and that they have been paid monthly directly to your Thai bank account.

On a Thailand retirement visa you are not allowed to do any work, not even voluntary.  To work in Thailand you need a Business Visa to get a work permit.  However, you can get a work permit if you are married to a Thai citizen.u have a marriage visa.

Thailand’s Non-immigrant ‘O-A’ (retirement) Visa offers you either a single or multi-entry for 12 months and is renewable annually.  If you plan on frequent trips outside Thailand, then you should choose a multi-entry.  If you will only leave a couple of times or less, then you should opt for a single entry visa.  On a single entry visa before you leave Thailand you must visit the immigration office and apply for a re-entry permit, failure to do this before you leave will result in your visa being cancelled.  The visa gives you certainty for 12 months providing you complete the 90-day reports. These are just a matter of visiting our local immigration office to check-in, a very simple process which takes around 15 minutes. Annual renewals can also be done at our local immigration office.

There were a few things my husband knew he would need to feel comfortable in any overseas destination. A local population that was used to dealing with foreigners, had no issue with their presence, and a good level of English-speakers was key for him. He was also on the lookout for an expat community that was welcoming and supportive. On all fronts, he has succeeded here in Thailand.

The expat community have been exceptionally open-hearted and played a key role in helping him find his way around and get settled.  He also found the locals to be extremely welcoming, especially when they realized that he was happily making their beautiful country his new home. Making an effort to fit in and learning a little bit of the language and culture also went a long way.

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