Mandatory Health Insurance for ‘Long Stay’ Visa Holders Now in Effect

by Admin on October 31, 2019

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Thai immigration officials have confirmed that those applying for or renewing Non-immigrant O-A Visas will now be required to purchase health insurance.

The Non-immigrant O-A visas (“long stay”) allow individuals aged 50 and up to stay in Thailand without working for up to one year.

According to the Thai immigration website, O-A visa petitioners must have a health insurance plan that covers at least 40,000 baht worth of outpatient care and 400,000 baht worth of inpatient care.

Immigration authorities state that mandating health insurance for longterm visitors aged over 50 will significantly reduce the burden placed on the Kingdom’s healthcare system.

Thailand immigration attorneys note that the change only applies to O-A visa petitioners, however. Not those living in Thailand on retirement visas.

The new O-A health mandate officially went into effect on October 31, 2019.

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