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Long Stay Visa (Non-Immigrant O-A)

For staying in Thailand maximum period of 1 year, the applicants must apply for Non-Immigrant Visa “O-A” (Long Stay) or so called Non-O-A Visa at the Royal Thai Embassy (when applying outside Thailand) or the Immigration Bureau (when applying in Thailand). 


The purpose of this type of visa is to promote long stay for foreign traveler to Thailand who is above 50 years old. You can apply for a multiple-entry Non-O-A visa and stay in the Kingdom for the maximum period of 1 year. The visa fee is 185 CHF.

Please kindly note that visa application takes approximately within 5-7 working days after the receipt of completed required documents. Applicant can ONLY personally apply for a visa 3-10 weeks before the travelling date at the counter of Visa Section at Royal Thai Embassy in Bern from Monday – Friday from 09:00 – 12:00 hours. (except national holidays)


Applicants’ qualifications and Required Documentation

  1. Age of 50 years old or over
  2. Applicants must hold an ordinary passport of Switzerland or must have permanent residence / residence permit in Switzerland (Permit C)
  3. Original Passport; must be valid for at 18 months from the date of travel to Thailand
  4. Three (3) Completed visa application form and 6 photographs (size 3.5 X 4.5 cm. taken within the last 6 months) 
  5. Two (2) copies of travel booking or ticket reservation (from Switzerland to Thailand, one way or round trip)
  6. Two (2) copies of Apartment/house rental/buying contract in Thailand (at least the first two months). 
  1. Two (2) copies of Financial confirmations; a bank statement (in Switzerland or Thailand) showing a deposit at the amount equal to no less than 800,000 Baht in the past 3 months, or an income certificate with a monthly salary of no less than 65,000 Baht.

- Cash in your private or saving bank account = 800,000 THB

- Cash in your private or saving bank account + your monthly income (12 months) = 800,000 THB

- Your monthly income (12 months) in total per year = 800,000 THB

8. Two (2) copies of Medical Certificate from licenced doctor; Applicants must have no forbidden diseases according to the Ministerial Regulation No. 14 (B.E. 2535) which include Leprosy, Tuberculosis, Elephantiasis, drug addiction and third stage of Syphilis. The certificat  must not be valid more than 3 months.

9. One (1) original and one (1) copy of medical insurance; Applicants must have Thai medical insurance during their stay in Thailand and medical claims for outpatient must not be less than 40,000 Baht, for inpatient must not be less than 400,000 Baht. Applicants must buy an insurance from a company which has been approved by the Office of Insurance Commission of Thailand, please click

10. Two (2) biography (CV, Resume)

11. One (1) original and one (1) copy of Certificate of criminal record clearance from country of permanent residenceThe certificate must not be valid more than 3 months.

12. Two (2) copies of evidence stating that applicants have insurance for outpatient not less than 40,000 Baht and for inpatient not less than 400,000 Baht. 

Please kindly note that when an applicant uses insurance company outside of Thailand, the applicant can not extend his/her stay in Thailand and must travel back to home country or recidence country to apply for a new visa every year.

13. Visa fee : 185 CHF in cash onlyfor one year with Multiple entry

14. In case that applicant’s passport shall be sent back by post, an envelope with applicant’s address and CHF 7 of stamps are required. The embassy does not accept any responsibility for any kind of loss or damage from post service.


Please kindly note as follows;

1) Cannot work in Thailand

2) Can purchase vehicle (under the provision of laws on motor vehicles).

3) Can purchase condominium (proceed in accordance with the Condominium Act).