If you are a foreign national who wishes to retire in Thailand, you may be eligible for a Retirement Visa (Non-Immigrant O-A Visa). The Retirement Visa is designed for people who are at least 50 years old and wish to spend their retirement years in Thailand.
To apply for a Retirement Visa in Thailand, you will need to have the following documents:
- A valid passport with at least 18 months validity remaining
- A completed visa application form
- Two recent passport-sized photographs
- Proof of financial means, such as a bank statement showing a minimum balance of 800,000 baht or an income certificate showing a monthly income of at least 65,000 baht
- A health certificate issued within the last 3 months stating that you have no contagious diseases
- A criminal record check issued by your home country’s police department or a Thai police department
You can apply for a Retirement Visa at a Thai embassy or consulate in your home country or in any other country where you are currently residing. The processing time for a Retirement Visa application can vary depending on the embassy or consulate, so it is recommended that you apply well in advance of your planned travel dates.
It is important to note that a Retirement Visa allows you to stay in Thailand for up to 1 year, but you will need to report to the Thai immigration office every 90 days to confirm your address and status. You are not allowed to work in Thailand while holding a Retirement Visa.