Thai Guardian Visa for South African Parents
A Guardian Visa is a great way for families from South Africa with Children to move to Thailand.
South African parents accompanying their children to school in Thailand will be granted a guardianship visa. It is available to families whose parents are not in Thailand to work. A guardianship visa can be obtained if the child attends a private school, private high school or private university in Thailand.
A Guardian Visa can only be applied to one parent per child. In order to have a Guardian Visa for both parents they must have two children enrolled in School in Thailand.
Once you are in Thailand with your initial 90 day Non Immigrant O Guardian Visa you can file for your year extension 45 days after entry.
To Extend your initial 90 day visa you will be required to submit the following original documents along with a Photocopy:
- Application form (T.M.7)
- A letter from the school confirming your South African child’s enrollment. (International schools know what letter is required)
- One passport photo that is signed on the back by you.
- South Africa Passport page with identification details
- South Africa Passport page with Non-Immigrant visa stamp
- South Africa Passport page with last arrival in Thailand stamp
- Arrival card (T.M.6)
- Each child’s South Africa passport page with identification details
- Each child’s South Africa birth certificate
- House registration or lease agreement, with a copy of the property owner’s ID card and signed & dated.
- Bank statement over the past 3 months.
- A bank letter confirming THB 500,000 has been deposited into your Thai Bank account. (The account must be in your name). This is to provide proof that you have suitable funds available to support your long term stay in Thailand.
The funds are required to be in the account 30 days before application in the first year, in subsequent years the full amount of the funds need to be in the account for at least 3 months prior to application. This Requirement is compulsory and if it is not met, the Thai Government will not give the Guardianship visa extension.
Many thousands of South Africa parents choose to live in Thailand under a Guardian Visa. It is a great option for South Africa families if the parents are not working in Thailand.
Thai Elite Visa for South African applicants
The Thai Elite Visa is designed to be a long term (5years+) hassle free visa for South Africa citizens looking to have Thailand as their home, or second home.
The Elite Program in Thailand is a way to obtain a long term residence visa for South Africa nationals. Long-term visas are issued to South Africa applicants by the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sport, which is under the authority of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations (DFAI). The visa has 8 versions each with a specific set of requirements, costs and benefits.
The visa is valid for 5 years, regardless of the package selected, and can be extended for up to 20 years for South African applicants without having to apply for 20-year status. Depending on the option chosen, the South Africa applicant will receive a 5-year extension of the visa for a total of 20 years.
This allows for a stay in Thailand of up to 20 years and a visa for 5 years or an extension for 5 years. Each visa extension is free of charge.
This is a great option for expats and South African business people who frequently travel to Thailand. This program is ideal for South Africa Citizens who are wanting to avoid the hassles of annual renewals of business visas and prefer to skip them all together by obtaining this single long term visa.
If approved, you will receive an official letter and invoice from the Thai Embassy for the entry fee and a Thai Elite Visa card. The visa will be issued within 2 weeks of receiving full payment and you can then live in Thailand for the duration of the visa.
Thai Marriage Visa for South Africa applicants
Any South Africa citizen who has married a Thai and wishes to stay and live with their partner in Thailand will require a visa to do so. For many married South Africa Citizens, the Thai Marriage Visa is the best option. A Thai marriage visa can be obtained if the South African applicant is married to a citizen of Thailand.
There are certain requirements that have to be met in order for a Citizen of South Africa to be able to secure a Thai Spouse Visa as the spouse of the Thai citizen and it is not a visa that is automatically granted to you upon marriage. A Thai Marriage Visa can be obtained by those who have registered marriage with a Thai Citizen. After your Marriage Registration in Thailand you will be eligible to apply for a Thai Marriage Visa under the category of being a Citizens of South Africa and having a Thai Spouse.
How to obtain a Marriage Visa and Immigrate to Thailand from South Africa
A South Africa Citizen will be eligible to apply for this visa and Immigrate to Thailand once they settle their Marriage Registration with a Thai Citizen. After the Marriage Certificate has been issued to you by the District Office you can proceed with the Thai Marriage Visa Application.
Before you start your Thai Marriage Visa application as a Citizen of South Africa Immigrating to Thailand, ensure you have enough days remaining on your current Thai visa. Obtaining your Marriage Visa takes some time and the current visa in your South African passport must be valid during that time for you to legally remain in Thailand through the process. It is recommended to have at least 3 weeks remaining on your current visa.
After securing the Marriage Registration Documents and making sure the current Thai visa has enough days remaining, the South Africa applicant you must check they can meetthe financial obligation of having 400,000THB deposited into a Thai Bank account.
The bank account must be in your own name and the funds must have been in your account for at least 3 months prior to making your Thai Marriage Visa application. If this is not the case then you will need to wait until the funds have been in your account for 3 months before making your application. Alternatively, you can provide evidence of monthly income above 40,000THB per month.
The initial visa that will be given to you as a South Africa Citizen is valid for 3 months and before that 3 month period expires you can renew your visa for a 1-year extension. These yearly extensions can continue as long as you continue to comply with the requirements of the Thai Marriage Visa.
Thai Marriage Visa Requirements for a South Africa Citizen immigrating to Thailand
Requirements a Thai Marriage Visa application for a South Africa applicant
- Passport ( Your South Africa passport must be valid for at least 6 months and must have 2 blank pages)
- Copy of your Thai marriage certificate ;
- Copy of your Thai partner’s ID card
- Copy of your Thai Partner’s Tabian Baan (House Registration Papers)
- Copy of a map to your residence in Thailand
- Copy of photos showing you and your partner together (House, Inside of the House, Family Picture, Outside of the House)
- Copy of your bank book showing 400,000 THB in your bank account deposited at least 3 months prior to your visa application or a copy of your income showing 40,000 THB per month in income
- Bank Guarantee and Bank Statement
Being South African, your Marriage Visa for Thailand can be renewed inside Thailand as long as you are able to meet the requirements of the Thai department of Immigration.
What happens if I get a Divorce?
If you divorce your Thai Partner, your South African Non-Immigrant O Marriage Visa will become invalid and you will be required to leave Thailand immediately. In some cases, you may be allowed to remain in Thailand until the Thai Marriage Visa expires, but you must first check at a Thai Immigration Office.
Thailand Tourist Visas for South Africa applicants
If you are visiting Thailand as a tourist from South Africa you will need a tourist visa. A tourist visa is a stamp in your South Africa passport or document needed so you can stay in Thailand for a specific period of time for the purpose of tourism. It is stamped into your South Africa passport upon arrival at the airport in Thailand or it can be obtained before you travel through a Thai embassy or consulate in South Africa.
Requirements for a Tourist Visa for Thailand from South Africa
- South Africa Passport or travel document with a validity not less than 6 months
- Visa application form (filled out)
- One(1) recent 4x6cm. photograph
- Round-trip air ticket or e-ticket (paid in full) (showing you intend to leave Thailand before your tourist visa expires)
- Proof of financial means (20,000 baht per person/40,000 baht per family)
Thai Tourist Visa Fee:
Length of Thai Tourist Visa for South Africa applicants
If you arrive in Thailand from South Africa through an international airport you will be stamped a 30 or 60-day permission of stay depending on whether South Africa made a bilateral agreement on visa exemptions with Thailand. If you enter Thailand via a land border, you will be stamped a 45-day permission of stay as a tourist, after which you will have to exit the country again, on or before the expiration date.
Immigrate to Thailand from South Africa on a Retirement Visa
The Retirement Visa for Thailand is available to South Africa applicants who are at least 50 years of age and who do not work in Thailand. The visa is designed to allow South Africa Citizens to Retire in Thailand. This visa allows you to live in Thailand as your home or second home.
The Thai Retirement Visa visa for South Africa Citizens can be renewed every year and the renewal process can be carried out inside Thailand. This is a long-term Thai visa, which entitles the holder to a one-year stay in Thai. You can renew your Retirement visa for Thailand every year thereafter. Initial applications for Thai Retirement visas can be processed in any country outside Thailand.
Requirements of a Thai Retirement Visa for South African applicants
- You must be 50 years of age or over and
- You must meet one of these financial requirements:
a – Show a deposit of THB 800,000 in a Thai bank account for 2 months prior to the visa application or
b – Show a monthly Income of 65,000 THB (not earned through working)
To prove that you meet the financial requirements you will be required to provide the following documents.
You will provide an updated Thai bank book or passbook together with a bank letter stating that the money had been deposited into the account from an overseas source not less than 2 months ago. The overseas source does not need to be South Africa, it can be any overseas source. Please note that the required amount in your bank account must be at least 3 months old before you can renew your visa.
In the case of proving the income, a letter from the South Africa Embassy in Thailand verifying your monthly income; or should the embassy not issue an income letter, you will provide 12-months of bank statements showing a regular deposit of 65,000 baht into a Thai bank account.
You will also need proof of address and a utility bill or lease in Thailand.
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