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Medical Visas for Thailand

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As the title of this video suggests we are discussing Medical Visas for the Kingdom of Thailand. 

A lot of people are not overly familiar with Medical Visas but it is a category under the O miscellaneous category in which one can obtain lawful status here in the Kingdom. 

I recently obtained information from, specifically from the Phnom Penh Embassy; so the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh's website. We are going to go ahead and put this up there. Quoting directly, and the title of the page is: Thailand Visa: Visa for Medical Treatment.

Period of Stay

Medical tourist visa. The holders of this type of Visa are initially granted a period of stay in the Kingdom not exceeding 60 days.

Non-immigrant Visa O medical treatment- The holders of this type of visa are initially granted a period of stay in the Kingdom not exceeding 90 days unless otherwise instructed by the Office of Immigration Bureau.

Extension of stay

Those who wish to stay longer or may wish to change their type of Visa, must file an application for permission at the Office of Immigration Bureau. 

Let's be clear. It is not really possible to get a Medical Visa if you don't really have a medical issue. I think that might be a question on some people's lips is "Oh, can this be used to stay in Thailand because if I go get a Tylenol every quarter or something and maintain my status that way?"  No, you really do need to have a medical treatment that is being undertaken. Generally speaking medical visas are sort of a liaison process that happens between one's primary physician or specifically hospitals. The bigger hospitals here in Thailand especially in Bangkok, I know for a fact BNH as well as the Bamrungrad Hospital both liaise rather frequently with the Thai Immigration apparatus for those of their patients that are foreigners in the Kingdom in order to maintain their lawful status in Medical O Visa status.

So the thing to take away from this video is it is possible to get a medical visa for Thailand but it cannot be used pretextually. You really need to have a medical issue in order to have this Visa issued and extended.