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Thailand Retirement Visa Introduction

If you’re serious about retiring to land of smiles you’ll need to have a Thailand retirement visa.

It’s essential that you get a retirement visa so you can stay in the country for extended periods of time. You shouldn’t be worrying about visas or constantly having to border-hop for one and three-month tourist visas at this stage in life.

Getting a Thailand retirement visa has become a little more difficult in recent times. Years ago, visa laws were lax and could be easily obtained if you had money or contacts. Nowadays, it just isn’t that simple.

With strict (5-10 year) blacklisting punishments being imposed on people who overstay, it’s even more important to have your visa documentation in check.

In order to reside in the Land of Smiles with comfort and peace of mind follow our guide on how to get your Thailand retirement visa.

Where do I get my retirement visa from?

You can apply for your retirement visa at any Thai embassy or consulate in your home country, or you can apply at a Thai embassy in Thailand when you arrive.

Getting your visa outside of Thailand

If you want to obtain your retirement visa before entering Thailand you’ll need to visit a Thai embassy or consulate in your home country.

It’s important to note that most, but not all Thai embassies in foreign countries issue this type of visa. So, you’ll need to give them a call or send them an email and check that retirement visas (non-immigrant OA visa) are available from their offices.

When applying for a retirement visa outside of Thailand, it will be a non-immigrant OA visa that you’ll need. This type of visa allows you to stay in Thailand for one year, which then can be renewed each year.

Non-immigrant OA visas are available in either single-entry or multiple-entry.

Before you get carried away, you’ll need to double check you qualify and can meet the requirements for obtaining a Thailand retirement visa in the first place.

Check here for Non-immigrant OA Application requirements

Getting your visa in Thailand

Before you can apply for your retirement visa, you’ll need to enter Thailand on a 90-day, non-immigrant visa. You should contact the Thai embassy or consulate in your home country about acquiring this first.

This will give you a 90-day stay in the country and after you have been in Thailand for 60-days, you are then eligible to apply for your retirement visa, which will be valid for one-year.

Again, check here for Non-immigrant OA Application requirements

Thailand retirement visa requirements

Whether you’re already in Thailand or sorting the visa out at home, it is imperative to know if you qualify and will meet the requirements.

STEP 1: Getting your non-immigrant visa


  • Valid Passport (with at least one year remaining before its expiration date)
  • Proof of permanent residence in Thailand (official document with your name on the address
  • Proof of your funds (bank statement details)
Step 2: Getting your one-year Thailand retirement visa


  • You must be 50 years old or over
  • Valid passport (signed copies of every page)
  • Have a non-immigrant visa
  • Your Departure Card TM.6
  • Proof of funds meeting financial requirements (see below)
  • A Thai bank book and a letter from your Thai bank with proof of deposits
  • 3 4x5cm passport-style photos of your full face

Meeting the financial requirements

You can’t simply rock up to immigration with your documents and expect to get a Thailand retirement visa without proof of funds.

Retirees and other long-term visa applicants need to verify their income before obtaining a visa.

In the past, visa applicants could simply show funds and bank statements from bank accounts back in their home countries. However, most international embassies in Bangkok cannot now officially certify or notarise those bank statements from foreign banks any more like they did in the past.

The only way to ensure you meet these financial requirements is to transfer the required funds directly to your Thai bank account.

It’s important to have the requisite funds in your Thai bank 90 days before you apply for the visa. You cannot simply transfer the money to your Thai bank account a few days before applying for a visa. The money has to stay there to show you have enough funds to live in Thailand.

The financial requirements for obtaining a Thai retirement visa are as follows:

  • Proof of 800,000 THB in a bank account (or) monthly income of at least 65,000 THB.
  • This could also break down as a combination of (Bank Account + Income = 800,000 THB).

Single or Multiple Entry Visa?

Even after you have obtained your Thai retirement visa, there are other ongoing issues that you will have to deal with.

You might want to fly in and out of Thailand during the annual visa period. If you do, you’ll need to know the difference between single or multi entry visas before you apply.

Single-entry Visa

If you plan on flying out of Thailand during the 12-month visa period, on a single-entry visa, you will need a re-entry permit or your visa will become invalid. If you don’t plan on leaving Thailand during the 12 month visa period then you don’t need to worry about doing anything.

Re-entry Permit

Re-entry permits are needed when you have single-entry visas and plan on leaving Thailand. You can apply for re-entry permits at the same time you apply for your retirement visa.

Here is a list of requirements you will need to fulfill to get your re-entry permit:

  • TM8 Form
  • A copy of the first page if your passport that shows the picture
  • A copy of your passport pages with your latest visa stamp
  • A copy of passport pages with your expiration date
  • Copy of your Arrival Card
  • 1 photo sized 2”x2”, colour with a front view taken within the last 6-months with your name on the back
Multi-entry Visa

Sometimes people like to use Thailand as a base to explore other places in Asia, or want to fly home for short periods of time to see family and friends or for emergencies.

If this sounds like something you will be doing, you will need a multi-entry visa.

If you get a multi-entry visa you don’t need any re-entry permits and won’t have the hassle of getting them each time you want to leave the country, much like you would if you had a single-entry visa.

90-Day Reporting

When you have your one-year Thailand retirement visa, you will still have to report to your local immigration office every 90 days.

Those who have a multiple-entry visa can re-enter Thailand and can fly or travel out of the country and come back every 90-days, but if not, you will have to undergo the 90-day reporting procedure.

Here is a list of Thailand retirement visa requirements and items you will need to take to the immigration office for your 90-day reporting:

  • A copy of the first page if your passport that shows the picture
  • A copy of your passport pages with your latest visa stamp
  • A copy of passport pages with your expiration date
  • Copy of your Arrival Card
  • Proof of address in Thailand such as copy of Rental Agreement

If you have a Thai retirement visa and are not planning to go anywhere over the course of the next 12-months, you will need to adhere to 90-day reporting at your local immigration office.

Thailand Visa Services

When it comes to applying for your Thailand retirement visa or other immigration-related services, it is extremely important to get things right at the first time of asking.

Whether you are ‘going it alone’ or utilizing the services of a visa company, knowing the right path to take can simplify the whole process of dealing with Thai immigration.

We always get asked the question about if it is possible to obtain a retirement visa without paying for the services of a visa company? Is it recommended to use a visa company or not?

If you are confident of dealing with Thai immigration and already have experience obtaining visas in Thailand, going it alone will definitely save you some cash.

However, if you want a smooth hassle-free experience and want to ensure you give yourself the best possible chance to get a Thailand retirement visa, using a visa company is essential.

If you are unsure of whether or not to use a visa company to obtain your visa, or are wondering how a visa firm could benefit you in other ways, here are some reasons to utilize the services of a trusted visa company:

  • Quickest & easiest path to obtaining a Thai retirement visa
  • Getting expert advice on Thai immigration rules
  • Visa companies have experience dealing with Thai law
  • Can help you to set up a Thai bank account if needed
  • Up to date knowledge on latest visa requirements

Thailand Retirement Visa Summary

As long as you qualify, meet the financial requirements and you follow the correct procedure, you will easily obtain a retirement visa.

Remember to get a multiple-entry visa if you plan on leaving and returning to Thailand over the 12-month period.

And make sure to get proof of finances in place at least 90-days before submitting your documents for your Thailand retirement visa.

If you don’t want the added stress or hassle applying for the visa yourself, its best to seek the professional services of a visa company.

That’s it! You’re one step closer to that dream retirement in Thailand.

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