THAILAND ELITE 2021: TOP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q1: I am immigrating to Thailand. What’s the process?
Ans: Immigrate to Thailand/ Moving to Thailand Checklist

While you immigrate to Thailand, you need to consider what are your immigration options. Moving to Thailand thanks to an Elite Visa is simple and fast. Every steps are clearly defined in the following checklist:

  • Submit the application form together with a copy of bio page, Thai visas and Thai immigration stamps in your passport, as well as a picture
  • The immigration runs a background check
  • Once the background check has been approved, a letter of approval is sent by email
  • Only then, the membership payment is required
  • After confirmation of payment, you receive a welcoming letter
  • Your membership card is ready about 14 working days after
  • You can affix the visa either at a Thai consulate or an international airport in Thailand or at the immigration center in Bangkok.

Q2: What’s the easiest way to live in Thailand?
Ans: How to live in Thailand, Thai Elite Visa 2020, Move to Thailand, How to live in Thailand for a year, Live in Thailand permanently

The Thai Elite Visa is the easiest and fastest way to live in Thailand, whether you are planning to move to Thailand permanently, to live in Thailand for a year or planning on traveling regularly in and out. Indeed, with the Thailand Elite Residence Program, you find the answer to how to live in Thailand and secure the right to live in Thailand for up to 20 years.

Q3: How do I live in Thailand Long Term?

Applying to a Thailand Elite program is a viable and easy solution to stay and live for a long period of time in Thailand. Only Thailand Elite can offer you a 5,10 or 20 years membership and ensure the renewal of your visa during the validity of your membership. All other non-immigrant visa options are limited to a validity period of 1 or 2 years.

Q4: Is Thailand Elite Visa for sale?
Ans: Thaielite visa for sale, Thailand Elite Visa Official Website, Thailand Elite Visa for sale

As stated on the Thailand Elite Visa Official Website, different package to fit the needs of its members are offered. The Thailand Elite Visa for sale are as follows:

  • Elite Ultimate Privilege (Grand Package), 20 years visa (5 years renewable), THB 2,140,000 (Annual Fee THB 21,400);
  • Elite Family Premium, visa validity subject to validity of core member of Elite Ultimate Privilege, THB 1,000,000 (Annual Fee THB 10,000);
  • Elite Superiority Extension, 20 years visa (5 years renewable), THB 1,000,000;
  • Elite Family Alternative, 10 years visa (5 years renewable), THB 800,000 and for each additional family member THB 700,000;
  • Elite Privilege Access, 10 years visa (5 years renewable), THB 1,000,000 and for each additional family member THB 800,000;
  • Elite Maxima Health, 5 years visa, THB 1,500,000;
  • Elite Family Excursion, 5 years visa, THB 800,000 for 2 persons and for each additional family member THB 300,000;
  • Elite Easy Access, 5 years visa, THB 600,000.

Q5: What’s the difference between a retirement visa in Thailand and being a Thailand Elite member?
Ans: How to retire in Thailand, Retirement Visa Thailand, Problems retiring in Thailand

Problems retiring in Thailand can be solved with an Elite Visa. To retire in Thailand, the Elite Visa is a worry-free option compared to the Retirement Visa from the application, during holding period to the renewable. The Elite is the solution to your question on how to retire in Thailand for the following reasons:

At the application: Contrary to a Retirement Visa, the documentation is minimal (a copy of your passport, a picture and the form filled and signed). Plus, unlike for a Retirement Visa, no agent fee is charged and no medical insurance is required.

During the holding period: Thailand Elite can assist its members in the 90 days report. You can enjoy a fast track at the airport immigration, the lounges and airport limousine. You can open a bank account in local or foreign currency. You can apply to a tax ID. In addition to a 24/7 call center, Thailand Elite can dispatch a personal assistant to help you with your governmental and administrative applications such as a Thai driving license.

At the renewal: The Elite Visa offers you an easy renewable of the Privilege Entry Visa for the duration of your membership. Contrary to a Retirement Visa, there is no money to be hold in the member bank account and no medical insurance is required.

Q6: What’s the Thailand Elite Visa situation during COVID-19?
Ans: Thailand Elite Visa Covid 

Taking into account the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, Thailand Elite Visa is offering a 3-month extension to new member for application submitted and payment of the membership fee completed before June 30, 2021.

Thailand Elite members can enter Thailand by quarantine in Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) for at least 14 days. To enter Thailand, additionally to the Elite visa would be requested a proof of a negative RT-PCR test, a Certificate of Entry (COE) and a medical insurance covering Covid-19 of min. 100,000 USD.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has finalizing the Phuket Sandbox project according to which Phuket will open to fully vaccinated foreign tourists against Covid-19 from July 1, 2021. The exact details have yet to be published in the Royal Gazette. The latest updates are available on the following link: https://www.tatnews.org/2021/06/initial-information-phuket-sandbox/

Q7: I’m coming to Thailand with my family. Which program is best for us?
Ans: Thailand Elite Visa Family, Thailand Elite for family

The Thailand Elite for family most popular package is the Elite Family Excursion. It grants 5-year membership to a couple at 800,000 THB only, and an additional fee of 300,000 THB per additional family member.

However, a 10 or 20-year membership are also available as Thailand Elite Visa Family. Hence, please contact us if you wish to receive advise on selected packages.

Q8: I’m coming to Thailand as an individual. Which program is best for me?
Ans: Thailand Elite Easy Access, Thailand Elite Membership packages, Elite Visa Thailand 2021, Thai Elite Visa 2021

For an individual, the most popular Thailand Elite membership package is the Thailand Elite Easy Access. It grants you a 5-year membership at 600,000 THB. It can be considered as the Thai Elite Visa 2021.

However, depending on the length of your stay and other personal factors, a 10 or 20-year membership may be considered. Hence, please contact us if you wish to receive advise on other available packages of Elite Visa in Thailand in 2021.

Q9: If I purchase a Thailand Elite Visa, Can I work in Thailand?
Ans:
Thailand elite visa work permit

There are absolutely no restriction being a Shareholder or Director of a Thai company as a Thai Elite Visa holder. You can also work from home for an employer overseas. Finally, after becoming an Elite member and obtaining your Thailand Elite Visa, you can also apply to a non-immigrant Business Visa and a Work Permit allowing you to work in Thailand for a Thai company.

Q10: Is Thailand Elite Visa considered a permanent residency visa?
Ans: Thai permanent residency, Thai permanent residence, Thai permanent residency 2021

The Thailand Elite Visa is a long-term visa categorized under Tourist Visa (Privilege Entry Visa “PE”) allowing residency in Thailand along with benefits for a period of 5, 10 or 20 years renewable depending on the selected package.

The Elite Visa is different from a Thai Permanent Residence Visa. One can apply to a Thai permanent residency at the Royal Thai Immigration Office, after 3 consecutive years on the same non-immigrant visa and if qualified to an eligible category (Thai language skills and min. income/taxes paid in Thailand).

Q11: What’s the benefits of Thailand Elite Visa? Who can benefit most from the Privilege Visa?
Ans: Permanent Residency in Thailand, Permanent residence Thailand benefits

Elite Visa benefits are different from the Permanent Residence benefits in Thailand, none the less they are not to be neglected. Both a permanent residency in Thailand and an Elite Visa would allow you to stay for a long period in Thailand. Generally, the additional and specific benefits of the Elite Visa are:

  • Complimentary limousine service from airport to your hotel / residence or from your hotel / residence to airport
  • Expedited immigration formalities and passport control processing
  • VIP greeting and escort on arrival and departure by Elite Personal Assistants
  • Exclusive arrival & departure lounges
  • Complementary Spa access
  • Complementary Golf access
  • Annual Health Check
  • Government concierge’s assistance: business networking, immigration service (90-Day Report), facilitation and assistance in the processing of a driver’s license or in opening a bank account
  • Member Contact Centre: opens 24 hours a day, seven days a week, operating in several languages: 24/7 for English and 6.00 am- 9.00 pm (Bangkok’s standard time GMT +7) for Korean, Mandarin and Japanese
  • Duty free Shop benefits and special discounts at selected partners, hotels, dining establishments and shopping malls

Please note that the benefits may vary depending on the package selected. Hence, please contact us if you wish to receive an accurate list of advantages for a specific package.

Q12: How is the cost of living in Thailand?
Ans: Cost of living in Thailand

The cost of living in Thailand would depend on the location of your main residence, your lifestyle and preferences. You would be able to live humbly at an extremely affordable cost or spent time in the most luxurious places. Regardless of your lifestyle, Thailand is considered to have an attractive and light tax system.

Q13: How long does it take to process a Thailand Elite Membership?

Ans: Depending on the COVID-19 situation, and applicant’s current residence, the average Thai Elite Membership approval period takes approximately 4 weeks. Currently, it is announced fully vaccinated foreigners can enter Thailand starting from July 1, 2021. Upon submission of the application, the immigration services will perform a background check on you which may take 1 to 3 months.

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Thaielite Express is powered by Harvey Law Group (HLG) Thailand, the 1st 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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