A visa gives you permission to enter the country for a specific length of time for a specific reason. You enter for that length of time whether it's on the first day of the visa's validity or on the last. As far as @Faz's take on the retirement extension goes, I have no first-hand experience with that. So I would go with what he says. I think that would depend on convincing the immigration agent to only stamp you in until the expiration of the extension and not for the entry permitted by the extension. What confuses me about this is: Do you get an extension of the O (Ret.) visa, or an extension of permission to stay? I've seen it written up as both. Hopefully, he can weigh in and clarify and correct me.
Hello BS - I've cut your post down to make it easier to focus on my reply - I have read the above but should that say at the end "unless you are entering on a re-entry" ?
To be clearer, I think, (I fully accept its me that's not thinking straight) - but if I have a non-o marriage visa and are re-entering on that visa on lets say Nov 1st and that visa expires on lets say Nov 20th - then I only need insurance to cover those 20 days right ? (so could buy the minimum 30 days cover?)
Thanks for this @JamesE . It’s a nightmare navigating your way through this at the best of times. My normal routine is a 60 day tourist visa which I then extend by 30 days at a cost of 1900. I then take a short holiday to Malaysia or Vietnam and then come back in on a VE for 30 days. That way I stay for at least 4 months plus a short holiday elsewhere. Now I really am not sure which way to play it should I return early next year?
I think the issue with the return flight relates more to the visa application. As I read it, if I want a 60 day tourist visa, I will need to show a return flight within that 60 day window. This was never a problem before as I explained above. I always got a 60 day tourist visa and they never asked for flight information.
As things stand I may well leave it until March or April. This all needs to be much simpler, but appreciate these are difficult out times.
Thanks again for your insight
The 70% herd immunity is old thinking. With the delta variant it needs to be 85% fully vaccinated. And that should be 85% of the ENTIRE population. Almost impossible to achieve. I think they will start to open bars and nightlife once they have vaccinated 70-75% of people. For a month or so things will be ok and then problems will rise slowly. Then there will be a major outbreak which they will say they have contained. Then they will realise they haven’t and a much wider shut down of nightlife will take place. Unless you have a reason to holiday in Thailand then don’t bother. If, dare I say, you are looking to party and enjoy the adult entertainment on offer in Thailand, then I’d suggest forgetting it until at least June 2022 or later. Sorry but I think that’s the reality of the situation.