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Elderly expats given lifeline regarding mandatory insurance requirement for Non-Immigrant “O-A” visas

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The embassies are NOT going to get into the business of certifying insurance documents issued in a home country.

Good Question...and why do they continue to punish OA Visa holders and leave O Visa holders unscathed ? Extensions now are absurd...because my OA obtained in 2017 needs insurance(s) and the guy in the

Image composite for reference only   Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved new rules that will help people aged over 70 purchase health insurance as part of the application for a Non-Immigr

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<<the applicant must submit additional documents with their O-A application such as the letter of refusal, plus securities, deposits>>
not sure what this implies, anyone?

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Some articles on this new proposal by "The Cabinet" mention...


deputy spokeswoman for the government, said it would apply to all holders of the one-year, non-immigrant visa (NIV).



There are other mentions of COVID-specifc insurance.


And the ability to self insure, proof of a bank account with 3,000,000 baht.



Early days, nothing approved/gazetted, so a bit confusing, but this does seem to be about more than just the option for OA's to source their insurance from companies putside of Thailand.



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19 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

See number 8 here in Thai




Yes, that is certainly quite a bit more clear than various news reports.


Interesting that there is a distinction, in the new guidelines, which covers the permission to stay (along with the initiall visa issuance,a nd the option to self-insure).





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41 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

There is nothing in the summary of the cabinet meeting about any thing other than OA visas.

See number 8 here in Thai (I used google translate on it) https://www.thaigov.go.th/news/contents/details/42740

As said it is not final yet. It could be months before anything appears in a immigration order or a change of the requirements at a embassy or official consulate.



So the report about everyone on all visa extensions requiring 100K insurance in the future is essentially wrong? Only OA is mentioned in the link you provided (at point 8). 

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With an O-A visa you get the benefit of not needing to leave the country every 3 months. Only logical that insurance requirements for 1 year are higher than for a max 3 months stay with an O or B.

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