I am a retired 60 year old American and wish to be able to travel freely in Thailand. However, I have no intention to rent or buy a condo as I prefer to stay in hotels year around. I would probably stay in Thailand 6 to 8 months per year with occasional trips outside of Thailand. I’ve been doing this the last 5 years utilizing the visa on arrival, but would now like not to travel so much.
Will I be able to obtain a multiple entry retirement visa without a permanent address in Thailand? I have no problem meeting the financial requirements.
One of the requirements when applying for the one year extension of stay based on retirement is the proof of permanent residence in Thailand. Documents such as purchase agreement and lease contract are needed during the application. While some immigration offices accepts a 3-month condominium or apartment lease period, a longer contract may be required in other provinces.
An option for those who do not want to rent or buy a house or place to live in is to have someone in Thailand (can be a local or a foreigner) who can provide sponsorship for his accommodation. The sponsor will just need to write a letter to attest that he is permitting the foreigner to stay in his place. Along with the letter, a valid passport or Thai ID must be provided as well.
Once the one year extension is obtained, the 90-day reporting of address in Thailand (as a requirement for retirement visa holders) can be done online. Basically, the holder of the visa just needs to fill out the online visa reporting application form and he then gets a confirmation on the details of his next reporting date a few days later. No document as proof of the address will be required to be presented during this process and, therefore, the foreigner will be able to do the reporting even if he is in a different province.