sometimewoodworker wrote: ↑October 26, 2019, 9:17 pmA 1. If you do not intend to travel outside Thailand before February 2020 you do not need insurance until just before your trip. Immigration officials are extremely unlikely to do anything until you need to extend a permission to stay.pipoz4444 wrote: ↑October 26, 2019, 8:31 pmSo, if one is currently on an existing Non Imm O-A Visa, where the 12 months runs out in February 2020,sometimewoodworker wrote: ↑October 26, 2019, 4:48 pmThe wording is that extensions of stay (for retirement) where the original visa entry was a Non-OA need insurance issued in Thailand. There is a document that may be accepted for foreign issued insurance.
It does not say that extensions of stay (for retirement) where the original visa entry was a Non-O need insurance.
Immigration officials may ask for insurance for all extensions of stay (for retirement) but that is not what is stated in the English translation.
Q1. Does this latest revelation from them indicate or suggest that I will need to take out a Thai based Insurance on 01 November 2019
Q2. Or does it indicate or suggest that I will need to take out a Thai bases Insurance before February 2020, i.e. before I attempt to extend my Non Imm O-A Visa (in January 2020) for a second/another 12 months
I should say that I already have in place International Insurance Cover, current until 30 June 2020, but they (the Tahi Immigration) will probably ignore that .
A 2. The wording is that, YES you must have insurance when you reenter Thailand with a current OA Visa after October 31
Also even if you can get the form signed that validates your foreign insurance you would NOT get a 1 year permission to stay it would expire on the same day as your insurance 30 June 2020 not the expected January/February 2021
FWIW you can never extend a visa, you can exist before the multiple entry visa expires and get a new permission to stay.
I am on a Non Imm 0-A Visa, having entered Thailand on it in late March 2019. It was stamped when I entered as good until 27 March 2020
I have left Thailand and returned to Thailand four times since March 2019. Most recently having taken a trip to a neighboring Country and returned to Thailand onn 19 October 2019, with no questions asked, at the Bangkok Airport
Bangkok: Very recently I put a question to a person reasonably senior in the Thai Immigration Department in Bangkok.
Question: If I travel outside of Thailand on the 24 November 2019 and then return on 01 December 2019, will I need to have my Long Stay Visa insurance in place before I leave Thailand, so that I can return and stay/continue on with my 12 month multiple entry Non Imm 0-A Visa, through to March 2020.
Answer: Was an unequivocal "NO, you do not need to take out your Long Stay Insurance for this planned trip at the end of November 2019, because you are already on a 12 month multiple entry Non Imm 0-A Visa, which doesn't expire until March 2020.
Udon Thani: Today I visited Udon Thani Immigration and asked the same question about my planned trip in late November 2019. I was referred to their Supervisor there. Today's Answer from the Udon Thani Immigration Supervisor, was - NO, you do not need to take out your Long Stay Insurance for this planned trip at the end of November 2019, in order to be able to return and continue on your Non Imm 0-A Visa. But you will need our Long Stay Insurance in place before you extend you our Long Stay Visa in February/March 2020.
Two Immigration Departments, and the same answer from both. I don't need my Long Stay Insurance in place before I travel in and out over the next 3 or so month. Only need it when my Long Stay Visa comes up for Renewal/Extension