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Mandatory health insurance for ‘Long Stay’ visa starts October 31

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Foreigners applying for a Non O-A visa will be required to purchase health insurance from October 31, according to Thaivisa.

NonImmigrant VisaO-A” (Long Stay)

This type of visa may be issued to applicants aged 50 years and over who wish to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 1 year without the intention of working. Holder of this type of visa is allowed to stay in Thailand for 1 year.

“The requirements, first mooted back in May, are now confirmed in a police order posted on the Immigration website. Applicants are required to have 40,000 baht outpatient coverage and 400,000 baht inpatient coverage.”

According to the order, health insurance is not required for those applying for an extension of stay based on retirement and only applies to Non O-A visas. Non O-A visas are obtained from an embassy or consulate outside of Thailand. Full details of the new requirements can be found HERE.

As of yet, there is no information on the new insurance requirements on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and at the time of posting O-A visas are still being issued without insurance.

Thaivisa understands an official announcement is due to be made at a press conference in Bangkok later on Wednesday (9 October).

SOURCE: ThaiVisa

 

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