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Old Yesterday, 05:45 AM   #67726
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You can't trust people to have adequate insurance for anything COVID related. Government is doing the right thing.



If it's 43k baht for 9 months it's not too bad.
Maybe not bad for people like you, we don't all got that easy 9-5 money.
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Old Yesterday, 07:26 AM   #67727
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Maybe not bad for people like you, we don't all got that easy 9-5 money.
Arenít we supposed to have easier money ? Lol
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Old Yesterday, 01:03 PM   #67728
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Here are some meals from asq quarantine hotel. A friend of my girlfriend just went trough it. 3 meals a day from few options and she could order more, additional meals not free anymore probably. For a thai person hotel, meals and covid19 tests are free, they only have to pay for embassy airplane ticket. A foreigner has to pay for everything + 43k insurance.







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Old Yesterday, 04:31 PM   #67729
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Lol

So what foreigners are they letting in? just ones married to thais?

Also in the news they're 'considering' giving permanent residence to foreigners that buy condos. Didn't say anything about a minimum price though https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30394652
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Old Yesterday, 04:41 PM   #67730
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Looks like prison food.

So people are paying top dollar to go to a country that is on the verge of collapse and where locals are getting ever more persecutory / violent towards westerners?
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Old Yesterday, 07:23 PM   #67731
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Food looks ok to me, what did you expect? Obv the quarantine and the up to 43k insurance are going to be major deterrents to the common folk. Some rich peeps may pay it in order to get back in, some may need to for tax reasons or stuff, but obv tourism is not gonna be back in any significance until they come up with something better. There was talk of travel bubbles back in HK before I left last week incl. one with Thailand. Kind of you have to be tested before and after then you're good to go. Knowing my HK govt it is gonna take forever before something if anything comes out of that but other govts may be better up to the task.
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Old Today, 02:02 AM   #67732
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If Thailand's goal is to stay Covid free (it's not), then I don't see any issues with their requirements. Not going to argue if it's the best strat or not but that's their decision so far but $5,000+ just to get into the country. **** me, just go to Tahiti or something for that cost.
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Old Today, 07:03 AM   #67733
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Food looks ok to me, what did you expect? Obv the quarantine and the up to 43k insurance are going to be major deterrents to the common folk. Some rich peeps may pay it in order to get back in, some may need to for tax reasons or stuff, but obv tourism is not gonna be back in any significance until they come up with something better. There was talk of travel bubbles back in HK before I left last week incl. one with Thailand. Kind of you have to be tested before and after then you're good to go. Knowing my HK govt it is gonna take forever before something if anything comes out of that but other govts may be better up to the task.
My buddy who is in his 50's and coming from Murica (Is there a higher risk country?) paid 15,000bt for his Covid insurance.
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Old Today, 07:30 AM   #67734
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Anyone done the Police Clearance Certificate lately? I probably have to get one soonish, not sure should I make a visit to BKK / Nana at the same time or better to pay 5k to some company (or like $350 for siam legal wtf), that still requires a visit to police station for fingerprints
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Old Today, 08:00 AM   #67735
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Re: Ask us about Thailand!

I'm currently in Bangkok and enjoying the covid free atmosphere. Given my personal situation of not needing tourists money nor want more tourists at venues I go to, I like that Thai gov is careful to not add covid risks.

If I was working in the tourism industry, and only have a few months of funds left before I'm homeless, I would be quite pissed and would join in on the protests this weekend hoping for a new regime.

If for some reason l didn't decide to go to Thailand last year, I would take up this new visa in a heartbeat. It's like heaven here relative to the hellish covid and fires in the Bay Area.

This new visa isn't for typical tourists who have jobs w 2 to 4 weeks vacation, which is the large majority of people. It's for those who are wealthy or those who was already planning to work remotely and want to enjoy covid free beaches. I'd guess this group of expats probably amounts to less than 1% of the numbers of typical tourists. But this group of expats stay in the country at least 30x longer, and spend correspondingly.

This group doesn't really targets the tourism industry in terms of spending. Their spending helps thai economy in general.

I read somewhere that thai gov, for the long term beyond covid, is targeting "higher quality" tourists over volume, and this looks like a step towards that goal.
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Old Today, 08:39 AM   #67736
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Lol

So what foreigners are they letting in? just ones married to thais?

Also in the news they're 'considering' giving permanent residence to foreigners that buy condos. Didn't say anything about a minimum price though https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30394652
This option exists already. It's probably the most convenient option how to stay in TH long term. You'll get renewable 1 year visa and will be able to renew it forever as long as you keep your money in TH. Better than elite visa where you can't get your money back.

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You can either buy real estate, put money into a fixed deposit account at a bank in Thailand, or purchase government bonds to quality under Thailand’s investor visa program.

Investing in a combination of those assets also works. You can purchase a 5 million baht condo and put another 5 million in a term deposit. Buying multiple properties works too – just as long as you meet the 10 million baht minimum.

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Old Today, 11:06 AM   #67737
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This option exists already. It's probably the most convenient option how to stay in TH long term. You'll get renewable 1 year visa and will be able to renew it forever as long as you keep your money in TH. Better than elite visa where you can't get your money back.
Best convenient option to stay in Thailand longterm... if you have 300k.
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Old Today, 11:08 AM   #67738
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Not to mention 300k to invest in Thailand of all places, net should be ~100mm if that’s your intentions.
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Old Today, 01:04 PM   #67739
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I see that Thailand looking at giving residency to people that buy condos. Unless you have play money or are a money launderer that doesn't care, people aren't going to invest money in an already overheated condo market.

Plus residency can be taken away at any time. Completely meaningless.

If they were willing to let foreign investors being Thai citizens with no strings attached that's another matter, but Thais are too racist to let a white or black face with a Thai citizen.

It would be great being Thailand right now in some ways, but it's not worth jumping through all the hoops if not already there.
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