Thaivisa has spoken with Immigration at Prachuap Khiri Khan in a bid to try and clear up some confusion surrounding the recent announcement regarding mandatory health insurance for Non-Immigrant Visa O-A.
The office told Thaivisa that the new requirements only affect people seeking Non-Immigrant Visa O-A, as obtained from people's home country.
The requirement for mandatory health insurance does not affect those people who stay in Thailand on a Non O extension of stay based on retirement.
The requirement also does not apply to those staying in Thailand on a marriage extension or an extension of stay based on being a parent to a Thai child.
The US Embassy has added to concerns that the Thai authorities are gearing up to requiring expats to get health insurance.
The US Embassy has just issued an advisory:
Thailand remains one of the most popular retirement destinations in the world. Great culture; great food; great people. And as US citizens age, Thailand also offers access to excellent health care, provided at world-class private hospitals by
internationally trained doctors. But you need to be able to afford it.
Sadly, we at the Embassy in Bangkok have seen many instances where US citizens discover, too late, that essential, high-quality health care is out of financial reach and their options are limited. As you contemplate your own preparedness, we
urge you to plan for a few key expenses: medical treatment, nursing care, and, if necessary, medical evacuation.
The Nation newspaper will stop its print editions and go fully online from July 1, when the independent English-language daily turns 48.
Somchai Meesen, chief executive officer of Nation Multimedia Group Plc (NMG), said the decision by the management was aimed at halting The Nation's financial losses, in addition to expanding its market.
Over the past five years, The Nation has lost Bt30 million a year on average, he said.
The CEO, citing a survey, pointed out that only 36% of The Nation's readers are based in Thailand while the remaining 64% live overseas, including 25% in the United States. He said that meant most of the newspaper's readers did not buy its paper
editions, and they read its reports and articles from the website and through different digital platforms.