Unless border-restrictions and quarantaine rules would be lifted at the end of the 60 day permission to stay a Single-Entry Tourist Visa will provide you (and which can be extended ONCE for an additional 30 days at an Immigration Office), it would be very inconvenient for you having to leave the country and apply for a new 60-day Tourist Visa at a Thai Embassy/Consulate abroad (or re-enter Visa Exempt) like you used to do.
With no view on border-restrictions and quarantaine rules being lifted AND wanting to stay 130-150 days, it would be advised to go for one of the following options:
#1 - Apply for the 1-year Non Imm O-A Visa at the London Thai Embassy > that Non Imm O-A Visa can provide you with almost 2 years of Immigration hassle-free stay in Thailand with NO need to park/transfer funds to a personal Thai bank-account, and NO need to apply for extensions at your local Immigration office. Although the Non Imm O-A Visa is often referred to as a 'retirement Visa' you do NOT need to be retired or receive pension to apply for it, you only need to be +50 years of age to be eligible for that Visa and meet the additional requirements.
#2 - Apply for the 90-day Non Imm O Visa at the London Thai Embassy > you can do that for reason of retirement (i.e. over 50 years of age) or for reason of marriage (married to a Thai national). Once in Thailand and in the last month of the 90-day permission to stay that Non Imm O Visa will provide you on entry, you can then apply at your local Immigration Office for a 1-year extension of stay based on that original Non Imm O Visa. Be aware that when doing so you would need to provide evidence of having seasoned either 800.000 THB or 400.000 THB (retirement / marriage) on a personal Thai bank-account for at least 2 months at date of application.
#3 - Entering Thailand VisaExempt or on a 60-day Tourist Visa > those options will provide you with a 45-day or 60-day permission to stay on entry (and both can be extended ONCE for an additional 30 days). When you still have at least 15 days (some Imm Offices require 23 days) left on the permission to stay, you can then apply at your local Immigration Office for the 90-day Non Imm O Visa (either for retirement or for reason of marriage). And in the last month of the 90-day permission to stay that Visa will provide you, you can then apply for the 1-year extension of stay based on that original Non Imm O Visa < see #2 >.
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In your case option #3 will probably have your preference, as it allows you to 'bet' whether border-restrictions/quarantaine rules would be lifted by the time your VE or TV permission to stay expires (and you could use the ONE time 30 day extension on both). If restrictions are lifted by then, a simple border-run, on returning VisaExempt can provide you with an addition 30+30 day permission to stay, and would bring your total days on 45+30 (VE) or 60+30 (TV), thus providing a total 135 days when having entered Visa Exempt or a total of 150 days when having entered on a 60-day Tourist Visa.
And if crossing the border is still to cumbersome by the time your permission to stay expires, you could then apply for the 90-day Non Imm O Visa at your local Immigration office.
In a decision that should drastically help the Phuket Sandbox and stimulate the economy, the CCSA gave initial approval to an order to allow selling and consuming alcohol in restaurants starting October 1. Thailand has had a national ban on alcohol consumption in groups and in businesses for months, with a recent crackdown on violators, but the rule would only apply to Phuket. While the order does not reopen nightlife entertainment venues such as bars, nightclubs, pubs, and karaoke, it does allow beer and alcohol to be sold in restaurants and allows patrons to drink there. The rule applies to […]
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