THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO MOVING TO THAILAND WITH THE THAI ELITE FAMILY EXCURSION VISA

Are you an expat moving with your family to Thailand? If you’re compelled to pack up your family with kids in tow and adventure to Thailand to settle, this article’s going to make life much easier for you.

Thailand, Your Second Home
Thailand Elite family excursion Visa

There’s more to Thailand than its dazzling culture, warm climate, ornate temples, and beautiful beaches and fresh coconuts. Bangkok concrete jungle can surprise you every passing year and boasts a calendar full of activities that suit all interests. Modern luxury shopping malls, state-of-the-art theatres, and incredible entertainment venues are right around every corner. There are plenty of delicious restaurants and food stalls to sample and choose, or order home delivery from anywhere to your home cheaply.

For expat couples, living in Thailand can quantify for a better overall quality of life. Dining out in exquisite restaurants is a normal way of life, therefore date nights are always on the calendar. The beaches and other relaxing exotic destinations are a few hours drive by car or plane. Weekends can be spent shopping in weekend markets and café hopping.

For expat families that are looking to relocate to Thailand, family-friendly activities and destinations are various, from underwater aquariums, public parks, indoor playgrounds, water parks, and so much more. In-city housing rentals are competitive and value-for-money, ranging from duplexes, houses, or spacious condominiums. Nannies and childcare are plentiful to choose from to take care of your loved ones (however choose wisely). Private international schools offer top quality Western education programs. Expat families can even splurge on having a driver, starting at a monthly cost of just few hundred dollars, Family life in Thailand centres around great food, and you’ll never run out of music-laden, family-fun Western or authentic Thai restaurants to dine in.

There’s no such thing as free healthcare in Thailand for expats. International health insurance policies can assure that you and your family will be cared for at world-class, English-speaking hospitals and its amazing hospitality.

Thailand’s a land of opportunities for those who sees it. And those that do see it, fall in love with Thailand and its easy-living lifestyle.

The Expat Communities in Thailand

Thailand and its attractive low-cost of living welcomes millions of tourists every year, and tens of thousands of long-term residents. The foreign community in Thailand is constantly growing, ranging from retired couples, working professionals, digital nomads, corporate professionals on expat packages, to businessmen with family members. The largest majority of expats are natives from England, the United States, India, Australia, and Thailand. The expats community are mostly based in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and in the Southern Islands such as Koh Tao, Koh Samui, and Krabi.

Thailand Visas for Expats Living in Thailand

There are different types of visas for foreigners to stay in Thailand. For short term visas, travelers will receive the normal tourist visa (30/60/90 days tourist visa) when visiting Thailand. Those looking to do internship or Thai courses will receive the education visa (Non-immigrant visa ‘ED’). For expats looking for long term residency, there are visa solutions as per following:

Non-Immigrant Visa “B” (For work)

Expats who are looking to work in Thailand must apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa at the Royal Thai Embassies or Royal Thai Consulates-General nearest to you.  You must be granted a work permit before starting work. The visa fee is 2,000 Baht for single-entry with three-month validity and 5,000 Baht for multiple entries with one-year validity. An annual renewal is required with a list of documentations you’ll need to show.

Three-Months Non-Immigrant Visa “B” (Business only)

Expats visiting Thailand for business purposes may apply for a three-months Non-Immigrant Visa “B”, allowing them to visit Thailand as often as required and can remain in Thailand.  This type of visa may be issued to businessmen for multiple-entries.  It is not applicable to family members.

Non-Immigrant Visa “O-A” (Retirement)

This type of visa may be issued to applicants aged 50 years and considering to retire and reside in Thailand for a period not exceeding 1 year without the intention of working. Employment of any kind is strictly prohibited. Yearly renewal is required, and there may be additional expenses for renewal processing.

Thailand Elite Visa

Thailand Elite Visa is a long-term visa given to the Thailand Privilege Card members. It is categorized under Tourist Visa (Privilege Entry Visa “PE”) allowing residency in Thailand along with benefits for a period between 5, 10, or 20 years depending on the chosen package. For example, the Thai Elite Easy Access membership is a 5-year multiple entry visa with an extendable 1-year length of stay per each entry. For Elite Privilege Access (10 years visa) and Elite Ultimate Privilege (20 years visa), the 5-year visa will be issued every 5 years. There are different membership programs customized for an individual, couples, and family members. As a Thailand Elite member, you and your family will enjoy an uninterrupted stay in Thailand without the headaches of visa runs, and your family’s 90-day reporting as required by the government will be represented by the Thai Elite staff. It’s a one-time membership investment.

The million-dollar question is – which visa makes your life easier? Backed by popular demand, Thailand Elite Visa can add value to an easy stay in Thailand, eliminating visa runs and its unexpected costs, and avoiding other time-consuming immigration procedures involving the Thai government, required to undertake by you and each of your family members. There are other benefits to being a Thai Elite Visa holder, such as fast track airport immigration, complimentary airport transfers, and an uninterrupted stay in Thailand. Many applicants to the Thailand Elite visa consider it an investment to a like-minded community of elite expats who are willing to spend for a peace of mind.

Top 4 Thailand Elite Membership Programs For Family

1) Elite Family Excursion – Membership Validity 5 years.
Fee for 2 persons: THB 800,000 VAT included (USD 24,000), Additional per family member: THB 300,000 (USD 9,090)

The Elite Family Excursion is available for a minimum of two people who want to acquire easy access to Thailand for up to five years. Enjoy the legendary Thai hospitality on arrival, with a dedicated Elite Personal Assistant to support you with airport formalities, as well as complimentary transfer services allowing you and your family to explore the ‘Land of Smiles’.
Family members that can be included as immediate family can be biological parent, step-parent, married spouse, civil union (with certificate legally issued by relevant authority having jurisdiction).

2) Elite Family Alternative – Membership Validity 10 years.
Fee for 2 persons: THB 1,500,000 VAT included (USD 45,000), Additional per family member: THB 700,000 (USD 21,200)

The Elite Family Alternative membership allows you and your family to visit Thailand to enjoy long vacations or just for short visits. Exclusive membership services include assistance when contacting government agencies such as the immigration department and the mandatory 90-day reporting procedure. Family members that can be included as immediate family can be biological parent, step-parent, married spouse, civil union (with certificate legally issued by relevant authority having jurisdiction).

3) Elite Ultimate Privilege & Family PremiumMembership validity: 20 yearsFee for the main applicant: THB 2,000,000 (VAT excluded) + THB 20,000 annual dues

Fee for each immediate family member: THB 1,000,000 (VAT excluded) + THB 10,000 annual dues

The Elite Family Premium option allows the immediate family of an Elite Ultimate Privilege member to apply for a Privilege Entry Visa. Benefits of this option include limousine transfers, complimentary golf green fees and spa treatments, and special discounts at hotels, dining establishments and leading shopping centers.

4) Elite Flexible One – Invest into a Real Estate for over THB 10,000,000 (USD 303,030) and receive a complimentary Elite Easy Access (Membership validity: 5 years)
The Elite Flexible One Program offers a 5-year multiple-entry visa for members that purchase properties worth THB 10 million with participating developers. With the Elite Easy Access 5-years residency membership program already valued at THB 600,000, prospect Thailand Elite card applicants will reap the benefit of owning property in Thailand.

Another advantage of the Thai Elite membership is you can apply here online, and only make one-time payment when your application is approved.

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Thaielite Express has been an authorized General Sales and Services Agent since 2013. We hope that with our guide, you can comprehend Thai Elite Visa costs and benefits better and find your suitable option. Should you have any questions, however, please do not hesitate to visit our website for more details on Thailand Elite Visa and Membership, or send your questions directly to us via email: bastien@thaielite-express.com. We support English, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese languages. We reply within 24 hours.

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