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Does COVID Mark the End for "Part Time Expats" in Thailand?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing the notion of so-called "part-time" expats.  

It has been my opinion these past few months that COVID-19, I shouldn't say COVID, it doesn't have anything to do with this disease, it has to do with the government response associated with the disease, if perhaps this response could mark the end of the notion of “part-time” expats.

What are we talking about?  Well it is kind of a common thing if you live in Thailand you will oftentimes especially during the high seasons where you will see folks, you will talk to them you will say "Are you an expat?" They will say "yeah I am an expat but I spend half my time here, I spend half my time back home", or "I spend 4 months back in the US" or "4 months back in the UK", whatever. They don't spend all their time in Thailand. They are not dedicated full-time to living in Thailand. 

At least for 2021, I definitely would say 2020 but it looks like 2021 as well, I think we are going to see a lot fewer of those folks. It is possible especially now where they have opened up the O-A Retirement Visa category, there are certain folks that may be here on Business Visa categories or Elite Visas that may not spend all their time in Thailand, but just the cumbersome nature of getting into Thailand right now, all the quarantine requirements, in my opinion it is very likely we are going to see a lot fewer of these so-called "part-time" expats; probably for the bulk of 2021. Hopefully by quarter 4 of 2021, I would hope earlier, I would love to see it in Q1 of 2021, we will see a lot of this stuff lifted but that remains to be seen. If things remain on the current trajectory that they are currently moving at, I think we will probably not see a lot of "part-time" expats back for some time.