We have been fielding some calls of late from people wishing to move or travel to Thailand. Yes, you can – Thailand has opened its borders. But of course, nothing is that easy in 2020 and extra rules do apply.
Thailand depends heavily on tourism with some estimates having tourism as much as 15% of GDP. Hence Thailand has been hit hard by Covid and not surprising it is eager to open its borders and get the economy ticking again.
There are currently no visas on arrival. The Thai Gov’t is (rightly) keeping strict controls on those that are entering their country. Also, as part of the visa application process you will need to provide certain requirements as part of the application process.
All visas applicants must apply through the Thai consulate/embassy in your home country.
This visa is open to citizens of counties considered to be low risk. Australia is one of them.
Citizens of higher-risk countries 60-days only get the visa granted for 60 days. That’ll keep the Covid out and who are we to complain – those are the rules. It’s Thailand!
The 90-day visa can be extended twice to give a maximum of 9-months in the country.
Travel to Thailand now and you may get some extra special attention. Thailand ‘enjoys’ about 40 million tourists each year. This year it expects only 8 million – or around 20%. This means substantially empty streets, bars, restaurants etc. They are eager to have you back and are offering amazing deals on just about everything.
We will be updating all visa and property sections of our web site soon. We’ll keep you posted when this happens.
You must have medical or travel insurance that covers Covid for the length of stay. Insurance must be a minimum cover of USD$100,000 for Covid medical treatment, and THB 400,000 for other medical and accident cover.
Although it is only a requirement to have this cover in place for the initial visa period and not for the period of any visa extensions, for obvious reasons we highly recommend the cover be in place for the total period of your stay.
For the longer stay visas – the O-A and O-X visas, your medical insurance will also need an additional THB 40,000 in outpatient cover.
If you are an Australian or permanent resident, you cannot leave Australia unless you have an exemption. These include such reasons as being an essential worker for Covid aid, for medical reasons, it’s in the national interest etc.
For a great majority of us, these reasons will not apply. However, there are real and easy reasons to be exempt and be able to leave Australia. These include:
Of course, this is easy if you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident. If you are an Australian or permanent resident, you will be considered an ‘ordinary resident in another country if your travel movements show that you have spent more time outside of Australia than inside over the past 12-24 months. This automatic exemption is useful for retirees and other ex-pats that were living overseas prior to Covid.
If you’d like more information or have any questions, please feel free to call 1800-961-377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let the team at Retire to Asia help make your dream lifestyle a reality.
Over 20 years experience helping people live a better life in SE Asia. Having worked in financial services in Asia I understand the challenges when moving to and living in a new country. I have travelled extensively throughout the region and experienced what SE Asia has to offer to retirees.
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