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Non-Immigrant Visa category ‘O’


In order to apply for this type of visa applicant must be 50 years of age and above on the date of submitting an application.

From 11 November 2020, holders of Non-immigrant O (Retirement) visa are entitled to apply for a Certificate of Entry (CoE) to enter Thailand under Thai Government’s Covid19 measures. Please see instruction for CoE application at  11. Non-Thai national who hold a valid Non-Immigrant O (Retirement Visa) or a valid re-entry permit (Retirement)


Applicants can ONLY apply in person for a visa, no longer than 90 days before your traveling date from Monday – Friday from 09:00 – 12:00 hours. (except our national holidays) and applicants have to make an online appointment at in order to submit your visa application at the counter of Visa Section, Royal Thai Embassy in Bern
Please kindly note that visa application takes approximately 5-7 working days after the receipt of completed required documents.

Required Documents

1. Original passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months of the day of your departure from Thailand

2. Applicant must hold an ordinary passport of Switzerland or must have permanent residence / residence permit in Switzerland (Permit C)

3. Completed visa application form

4. 2 recent passport-sized photographs taken within the past 6 months (3.5 x 4.5 cm.)

5. (Not required at the moment) A copy of travel booking or ticket reservation (from Switzerland to Thailand, one way or round trip)

6. A copy of Financial confirmations in the past 3 months; a bank statement from private or saving account (in Switzerland or Thailand) showing a deposit at the amount equal to no less than 800,000 THB or a monthly pension income certificate no less than 65,000 THB.

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

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

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

7. A copy of insurance certificate indicate that applicants have insurance for out-patient not less than 40,000 Baht and for in-patient not less than 400,000 Baht

8. An original criminal record issued from the country of applicant’s from country of permanent residence. The certificate must not be valid more than 3 months. It must state that the applicant is not registered in the criminal record.

9. An original medical certificate issued from the country where the application is submitted. Applicant must not have prohibitive diseases as indicated in the Ministerial Regulation No. 14 (B.E 2535) which are (1) Leprosy (2) Tuberculosis (3) Elephantiasis (4) Drug addiction, and (5) third phase of Syphilis. The certificate must not be valid more than 3 months

 10.  Apartment/house rental/buying contract in Thailand (at least the first two months).

11. For non-Swiss nationals, a copy of valid residence permit to stay in Switzerland

12. Visa Fee in cash only : 80 CHF for three month with single entry

13. 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.

14. For Chinese passport holder, if duration of stay is longer than 90 days, the visa process will take up to 3-4 months.

15. For Nigerian, Afghanistan, Iraq, and North Korea passport holder, please kindly find more information on Note at How to apply for a visa