Moving and Traveling to Thailand. Visas, Thai Bank Accounts, Housing, Health Care and More.
There are various styles of striking that are taught by professionals across the planet where you will receive top notch training, but the ability to immerse yourself in Thailand’s unique and raw form of Muay Thai training is something that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
You won’t get the full experience that this sport provides unless you immerse yourself in the culture; there is much more to Muay Thai than just fighting, it’s about tradition, the technical art of movement and self-discipline.
The better prepared and educated that we are on the challenging endeavor we are about to face, the higher our chance for success is. There are things you need to know before fighting and then there are things you must know about moving to, or visiting Thailand for an extended period of time; committing everything you have to the living the Muay Thai lifestyle.
If you are ready to understand what is so unique about the art form called Muay Thai, otherwise known as the “Art of Eight Limbs” then pack your bags and we will see you in the land of smiles. Here is your information regarding visas, bank accounts, housing, school, and health care before your departure rapidly arrives:
- U.S citizens are allowed entry in to Thailand with no prior visa requirements but are only allowed to stay for 30 days, options are available to extend the visa up to 60 or 180 days by applying for the 60-day and 6-month tourist visa options. If you choose not to leave the country before your visa expires, you have the right to apply for a 30-Day visa extension at your nearest Thai Immigration office, a 1900 baht fee is charged for the extension which is about $55. It is recommended you first try 3 months of training in Thailand to see if you have what it takes before jumping in to long term expat options. Toughing it out for a few weeks, and making it part of how you live are two experiences that tremendously differ.
- A work visa can be obtained if you can line up work in Thailand, an application must be sent by the employer and if it is approved you are issued 12 months entry.
- Overstaying your visa in Thailand can come with serious repercussions first issued in fines of 500 baht ($15) and up to 20,000 ($560) baht per day. Longer overstays may mean a ban of entering the Kingdom of Thailand.
- You may apply for an education visa which is valid for 1 year and yes you can study Muay Thai.
- Achieving permanent residency takes some time, only 100 applicants from each country will be accepted each year and you must apply between October and December each year, for full details visit the Thai Embassy.
Opening a Bank Account
- ATM withdraw fees and foreign exchange fees can add up so opening a bank account can save you money if you are planning on living in Thailand.
- Thankfully you are able to open an account and only need a $15 deposit, most banks require a work permit, but not all, seek the ones most prominent in your area.
- A physical address in Thailand will need to be presented.
- Most expats choose to rent because rent is cheap and you can find good prices on fully furnished places. You can live comfortably for as low as 250-400$ a month (rent).\
- Buying a property in your own name as a foreigner is not an easy process and is actually not allowed by law, only Thai citizens are allowed to buy real estate.
- You can however, purchase the property through a limited company or with a lawyer’s help.
- A 30 year leasehold is another option available.
- The only other option is to buy property in conjunction with a Thai citizen, 51% must be owned by the local citizen.
- All public schools are taught in Thai so must foreigners look for private schools, the International Schools Association of Thailand is a great place to find the right school for your family. The International Schools Bangkok and English Schools in Thailand are also good resources to refer to.
- This is one of the more important factors when coming to fight, you must make sure you are covered before you step in to the ring.
- Health care is free for Thai citizens, but not foreigners.
- There has been huge advancements in the medical industry in Thailand over the past years but services are still not up to par with North America and the UK.
- Expats living in the country without citizenship will need to buy health insurance as well as short term visitors will want to purchase travel insurance.
- Government run facilities are significantly cheaper to visit. Treatment may be as low as 20% of the cost of a private hospital.
About the Author of this Article: Ross Campbell spends much of his time traveling and writing for International Moving Companies. Ross has enjoyed the Muay Thai action in Thailand and is always looking forward to exploring the land of smiles.
Paul Banasiak is a Muay Thai fighter/addict, 9x champion, trainer, and fitness professional currently living, training, and fighting in Thailand. After leaving medical school without looking back, he decided to fully follow his passion of helping others become the best version of themselves, creating MuayThaiAthlete.com. A website for those who are already passionate individuals that want to take their life,mindset&training to the next level.
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