A Thai retirement visa is available for foreign nationals over 50 years of age who wish to retire in Thailand. This visa can be applied for in Thailand or while overseas, at a Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate. When applied for within Thailand it is officially known as a Non-Immigrant O-Long Stay Visa. When applied for outside of Thailand it is known as a Non-Immigrant OA-Long Stay Visa.
A Thai retirement visa will allow you to stay in Thailand for a period of 1 year (12 months), and it can be renewed annually. There are no limitations on the amount of times you can renew a Thai retirement visa as long as you continue to meet all the visa requirements. This visa can be applied for as a single or multiple-entry visa.
Important: A Thai retirement visa does not allow you to work in Thailand. Foreign citizens who hold a Transit Visa (“TS”) more then 30 days or Tourist Visa (“TR”) 60 days and wish to engage in business activities in Thailand may apply for a change of type of visa (from Tourist Visa to Non-Immigrant Visa). The granting of change of type of visa and extension of stay is at the discretion of the immigration officer.
Step 1: Apply for a Non-Immigrant-O visa Or Non-Immigrant-OA visa
Step 2: Apply for validity of one year in Thailand
It is important to note that renewal of a Thai retirement visa is subject to the same requirements as when applying for the visa for the first time. In addition to this, any proof of funds in your Thai bank account must have been deposited and cleared at least 3 months prior to your visa renewal application date.