Today my husband went to apply for the Thai retirement visa at Chiang Mai immigration office at Promenada. The office opened at 8.30 am but we saw many people get in the line when we arrived. We got the latest queue of today. The officer told us to come back again at 3 pm. We came back to the immigration office at 2 pm and waited there until they called our number. The process is simple. The officer checked all documents, took a photo and we paid 1900 baht which is the Thai retirement visa fee. The visa is good only 1 year. If you are planning to go outside of Thailand while you are holding the Thai retirement visa, you should apply for the re-entry permit as well.
Here is the document you need to apply for the Thai retirement visa.
- Copy of every page from your passport
- 1 photo 4×5 cm size
- The bank statement (The date must be the date before you apply for the visa) – You can ask for the bank statement from your Thai bank. We use Bangkok bank. The fee is 100 baht and we get it on the same day.
- Copy of every page from your bank book – You must update the bank book the same day as you apply for the visa. The officer told me that.
- You need at least 800,000 baht in your bank book and the money must come from outside Thailand and stay in the bank for at least 3 months.
- 1900 bath for the fee