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Retirement Visa and Entry/Re-entry
« on: March 06, 2016, 08:30:01 AM »
Talking to a Friend with a question - I lost my way.
Any thoughts please ?
If you have a Retirement Visa, that you obtained whilst in Thailand, are you allowed to leave and re-enter once ?
Or if you want to leave and re-enter once - do you need multiple entry.
In which case an RV without Multiple Entry is just a 'Stay' visa for one year and you can't leave and re-enter at all without a 'Multiple', which curiously, will would be needed for just one trip . . . .
AAaaaarggghhhh !
 

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Re: Retirement Visa and Entry/Re-entry
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2016, 10:13:42 AM »
In my experience one can obtain a re-entry permit for a single or for multiple re-entries. When I needed to go abroad I always got a single re-entry-permit, valid until the date of my extension of stay.

I wonder how one obtained a "visa whilst in Thailand", which is something hard for me to imagine, since visas as "permits to enter" are issued by the embassies and consulates abroad only.

If one entered Thailand with a single-entry visa, a re-entry permit or a new visa is needed, if Thailand is to be entered  again.

If one entered Thailand with a multiple-entry visa, he can re-enter Thailand as long as that visa is valid, every time getting a new "Permitted to stay" stamp in the passport.

To keep an already approved extension of stay, a re-entry permit is needed. Leaving Thailand without a re-entry permit invalidates an already approved extension of stay.
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Re: Retirement Visa and Entry/Re-entry
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2016, 12:49:36 PM »
JF thanks - re. your second sentence - e.g. enter with a 90 day Visa and convert it to Retirement Visa when here.
Can you then leave and re-enter on that RV without extending the RV to a multi-entry RV ?
Re-entry permit ?
Thanks.
 
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Retirement Visa and Entry/Re-entry
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2016, 03:22:04 PM »
Hi Roger,

you still have problems with the terminology. The Non-"O"-visa entered with wasn't extended on the basis of retirement, the PERMISSION TO STAY was! So you need to talk about a RETIREMENT-EXTENSION (of stay).

If the visa entered with has become invalid by now, because it was only a single-entry visa or because the deadline for further entries has run out, one cannot enter with that visa again.

If one is in the country, already holding a valid EXTENSION OF STAY, a RE-ENTRY PERMIT (that functions like a visa) valid until the expiration of your extension of stay can be obtained. If one plans to leave Thailand and come back more than once until the extension of stay expires and needs to be extended again,  a multiple re-entry permit can be purchased, but one doesn't have to. It's a matter of personal disposition.

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Re: Retirement Visa and Entry/Re-entry
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2016, 02:20:51 PM »
Yes JF - problems with the terminology. Thank you. I deny being entirely thick and I've only been doing it for 6 years so far !

My own Non-Immigrant 'O' visa from the UK allowed me to enter Thailand and stay 90 days. I then got an 'Extension of stay' up until 20 October 2016 and a permit for 'Multiple re-entry' until that date. Quite clear and terminology OK ?
(Reading the actual stamp, the 'Stay permit' lapses if one leaves Thailand without a Re-entry permit, single or multiple).

You have also answered my Friend's question - of course he must get a Re-entry permit before visiting his Mum in June. Otherwise his unexpired permit to stay, on the grounds of retirement, will lapse.

Your help appreciated - ATB

 

 



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