To qualify for a retirement visa in Hua Hin as from 1st March 2019 you must be 50 years of age or older.
The application for a retirement visa can be made from either your home country of residency or once you have arrived in Hua Hin.
To apply for a retirement visa from your home country of residency you would need to contact your local Thai consulate. The visa type is known as a Non-OA visa.
To apply for a retirement visa in Hua Hin, it is advisable that you first get a 90-day, non-O visa from your local Thai consulate in your home country of residency before travelling.
If this is not possible for whatever reason, it is possible to arrange at some Thai immigration office, but the process can be complicated & expensive.
The next requirement for the one-year retirement visa is that you either have 800,000 Baht in a Thai Bank account in Hua Hin in your personal name for 3 months before applying then once the visa is granted you will need to keep the 800,000 Baht in your account for another 3 months, thereafter you can reduce the balance to 400,000 Baht for the following 7 months, before having to top the account up again to 800,000 Baht 2 months before reapplying. If you don’t follow these terms and conditions immigration won’t extend your visa when you next apply. You can use a Foreign Deposit Account at a local Thai bank in Hua Hin holding any currency equivalent to 800,000 Baht.
The alternative is to use a combination of both deposit and income. You then can show bank states of your local Thai bank account in Hua Hin showing an income equal too, or greater than 65,000 Baht per month. This income must be monthly, If you miss a month, immigration won’t extend your visa in the future regardless to value of the income over 12 months. Immigration might also ask you to prove where the money came from.
The next requirement is proof of residency in the Hua Hin area. For that you must have at least a 6-month rent contract, supported by copies of the property owners ID card & house book or if you own or lease a property the supporting paperwork will be required.