Visas, Yellow House Book, and Pink ID were the topics at the Pattaya City Expats Club

Brian Chapman from Speedy Visa provides an overview on what is involved in obtaining a “marriage” Visa for Expats married to a Thai and wanting to reside in Thailand with their spouse.

The Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) had two guest speakers at their Wednesday, September 6, meeting. First up was Brian Chapman giving an overview of the types of visa available for entry into Thailand. He was followed by Barry Kenyon providing information about Expat ability to obtain a Thailand Yellow House Book and a pink Identity card.

Brian Chapman is with Speedy Visa which has 15 years experience in offering visa and other services; now from two offices in Pattaya. Using PowerPoint slides, Brian gave a broad overview of the different types of Visas for entry into Thailand inluding Tourist, Retirement (category O and O-A, and dependent spouse), Business, Student, and Marriage.

For retirement, he mentioned a Non-Immigrant O Visa can be obtained from Immigration in Thailand if one is at least 50 years of age and meets certain financial requirements. Or, one can obtain a Non-Immigrant O-A Visa in their own country, but that Visa does require one to have health insurance. For those that are married to a Thai, they can obtain a “marriage” Visa (Non-Immigrant O), but Brian noted the requirements are quite stringent.

He concluded by mentioning some of the reasons that may lead Expats to use the services of an Agency such as his. He also noted that his Agency in addition to Visas can assist Expats with obtaining Thai driving licenses, drafting wills & testaments, or handling legal problems as they have an in-house lawyer. To view a video of Brian’s presentation on the PCEC YouTube Channel, visit:

Brian Chapman listens as a member of the PCEC audience asks a question about the financial requirements to obtain and reside in Thailand on a “retirement” Visa.

Following Brian’s presentation, Barry Kenyon, foreign cases advisor to an international law office in Jomtien Beach Road Soi 5, spoke on the topic of “Is it worth applying for the yellow book and pink card?” He covered the pros and cons and explained the documentation needed. Barry is well known in the Pattaya Expat community as he was the British Honorary Consul in Pattaya consular from 1997 to 2010 and currently writes articles for the Pattaya Mail on subjects of interest to Expats.

Barry began by mentioning what the Yellow House Book and pink identity cards are and are not. They are an official confirmation of a foreigner’s principal address in Thailand and can be useful in some administrative contexts. They are not, a Thai Identity Card, proof of ownership of property, or proof you have invested financially in property.

Barry described the documents required and the procedure to follow for application which can be done at City Hall or at District Office(s). He said that it generally takes about one month for the process to be completed. To view a video of Barry’s presentation on the PCEC YouTube Channel, visit:

After the presentations were concluded, MC George Wilson brought everyone up to date on upcoming events and then conducted the Open Forum portion of the meeting where the audience can ask questions or make comments about Expat living in Thailand, especially Pattaya. To learn more about the PCEC, visit their website at https:/

MC George Wilson presents the PCEC’s Certificate of Appreciation to Brian Chapman from Speedy Visa for his overview of the various Visa requirements for entering and staying in Thailand.

Although being listed in a Blue House Book and obtaining a Thai Identity card is not available for non-Thai nationals, Barry Kenyon tells his PCEC Expat audience about how they can be listed in a Yellow House Book and obtain a pink Identity card.

MC George Wilson presents the PCEC’s Certificate of Appreciation to Barry Kenyon for his informative talk about Thailand’s Yellow House Book and pink Identity Card; what it is and what it isn’t.