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Why are Japanese Nationals a Major Growth Area for Thailand Elite?

The number of Japanese people living in Thailand is approaching 100,000, making Thailand’s the 4th highest population of Japanese outside of Japan itself (after the United States, China and Australia).

Japanese members with the Thailand Elite

The number of Japanese people living in Thailand is approaching 100,000, making Thailand’s the 4th highest population of Japanese outside of Japan itself (after the United States, China and Australia).  The number of Japanese members with the Thailand Elite is increasing each year.

What sort of Japanese nationals are coming to live in Thailand long term?

There are several sources for this Japanese exodus.  Large Japanese corporations or government organizations send a large proportion of people as expatriates.

A second smaller group is individual business people or entrepreneurs who feel that they have a better chance of setting up their business and opportunities in Thailand than in their more expensive Japanese homeland.

More recently young people working in Japanese contact centres and other business process outsourcing firms providing Japanese-language services are a significant number.  Plus digital nomads, increasingly compose a percentage of these Japanese expatriates shifting to Thailand.

Lastly, there is a significant group of investors, particularly in real estate, who have relocated to Thailand.  This is not just those who are investing in Thailand itself, but financiers with interests regionally across South East Asia who choose to base in Bangkok.

What are the supports for Japanese people in Thailand?

The Japanese Trade Centre in Bangkok has made a big difference as many Japanese companies see it as a very powerful support.  Couple this with the opportunities they see in Thailand and the forces become clear.

Why are so many Japanese coming to Thailand?

There are several other less apparent key factors in talking to all these groups.  First, Thailand’s relatively low cost of living means that, even with a lesser salary than they might receive in Tokyo, they can actually have a better lifestyle.  They particularly cite apartment rental where they can afford a 4, 6 or even 8 times larger apartment in Bangkok.

Other concerns are better weather, a more relaxed environment without the social pressures of Japan, the ease of regional travel and the variety of things to see and do.  In this last respect the proliferation of golf courses around Bangkok and the Japanese obsession with the sport are a consideration for many.

Why is there a surge in popularity of the Thailand Elite Visa among Japanese?

An interesting development over the last few years is the growth in the numbers of these Japanese gaining their residence visas through the Thailand Elite program.  Today a startling 10 % of all Thailand Elite Visa holders, originating from around the world, are from just one country – Japan.  Further, the number using the Thailand Elite Visa is growing by the hundreds each year.

They see the Thailand Elite program as being good value for money; they like the Japanese language support; and they hear from many compatriots about the advantages.

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What is the Thailand Elite Visa?

This visa offers residency in Thailand for a period of 5 to 20 years with benefits, in exchange for a membership fee of at least THB 600,000 (USD 17,000 at the time of writing). The authorities grant your visa for periods of 5-years and it is renewable.  It allows unlimited multiple entries.

For travellers, the Thailand Elite Visa offers VIP greeting and escort on arrival and departure by Personal Assistants on international flights, as well as exclusive Fast Track immigration and passport control upon arrival and departure.  Plus, there are complimentary round-trip limousine transfers (for selected programs) and complimentary use of Miracle arrival and departure lounges.

Does the Government provide a concierge program to assist Japanese?

There are also extensive Government concierge services for business networking & immigration services. They can also help with facilitation of Thai driver’s license and Thai bank account opening with a foreign currency.

There is no requirement with the Thailand Elite Visa for medical insurance and membership gives substantial special discounts at selected partners such as duty-free shops, hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls.

Japanese speaking customer support staff is available at the Thailand Elite support centre, one of the most attractive elements. This is both a valuable tool and a huge reassurance to many.  Whatever the situation they can reach someone who speaks Japanese fluently to act and assist.

To find out more about the Thailand Elite Visa, please visit www.thaielite-express.com or our newly launched Japanese website https://thaielite-express.com/ja/.

Thaielite Express has been an authorized General Sales and Services Agent since 2013. We hope that with our guide, you can better comprehend Thai Elite Visa costs and benefits and find a 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, Turkish, and Chinese languages. We reply within 24 hours.

Walk-in consultancy is welcome at our Bangkok office at 1 Empire Tower, River Wing East, 29th fl., Tower 2, Unit 2904 South Sathorn Road, Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120 Thailand, Tel: +66 2 670 1848.

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Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible for Thai elite visa?
The applicant/the Member must have and maintain to have the following qualifications: Being allowed to stay in Thailand in accordance with the immigration laws or any related law of Thailand.(no overstay record) Holding foreign passport. Not having been sentenced by a judgment to imprisonment in any countries except for an offense committed through negligence. Not having been adjudicated bankrupt. Not having been declared as a person of unsound mind incompetence, or quasi incompetent.
How long can I stay in Thailand with Elite Visa?
Thailand Elite offer a 5,10 or 20 years membership and ensure the renewal of your visa during the validity of the membership. Each time a member goes through the Thai immigration, he/she will automatically get a one-year visa stamp in his/her passport until expiration of the membership. If the member happens to stay for more than 1-year consecutively in Thailand, then a simple renewal at the immigration office will grant another 1-year visa stamp.
Is Thailand Elite a scam?
The Thailand Elite Visa is a program initiated and approved by the Royal Thai government in 2003. The Thailand Privilege Card Co., Ltd, which runs the Elite Visa program is a fully owned subsidiary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, under the Ministry of Tourism and Sport. ThaiElite-Express empowered by HLG Law Firm is an authorized sale agent.
Can I work with Thailand Elite?
After becoming an Elite member and obtaining your Thailand Elite Visa, you can apply anytime to a non-immigrant business visa and a work permit allowing you to work in Thailand. You also have the option of applying to the Elite Flexible Plus, invest at least 1 million USD in Thailand either in real estate, a limited or public company, or in stock exchange, and be granted a work permit.
How do I pay for Thailand Elite?
The payment is required only after submission of your application, the immigration background check by the Thai immigration, and receipt of the Approval Letter by email. Applicants could then choose to proceed to their membership fee by local or overseas bank transfer, credit card or depositing money to Thailand Elite bank account directly.
Is the Thailand Elite visa for Digital Nomads?
The Thailand Elite Visa is perfectly suitable for Digital Nomads. As business or retirement visas are not necessary a good match for digital nomads, the Elite Visa answers to all nomads with numerous privileges to cater members’ needs. With very little documentation needed, as well as the flexibility of applying from anywhere, regardless abroad, on arrival, or within Thailand. The process is seamless and fast. Moreover, from a study by The Instant Group, Bangkok has recently been voted as the world’s second-best city to work in as a digital nomad (best city in Asia). This is down to the innumerable benefits in which Bangkok brings, which are but not limited to; Internet broadband speed, culture, scenery, transportation, weather, affordability, cuisine, and more. Having already welcomed 35 million digital nomads from all over the world, in 2021, it’s forecasted that there would be more arrivals to the Land of Smiles with constant technological and infrastructure improvements.
What is the long term visa available in Thailand?
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 a 5,10 or 20 years membership and ensure the renewal of the visa during the validity of the applicant membership. As of today, all other non-immigrant visa options are limited to a validity period of 1 or 2 years.
Thailand elite vs Retirement 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. At the application time, for an Elite, the documentation is minimal, and no medical insurance nor proof of funds is required for instance. During the holding period, Elite members enjoy numerous privileges such as an assistance for their 90 days report, a fast track at the airport immigration, the lounge access and airport limousine, assistance in opening a bank account in local or foreign currency, a 24/7 call center and much more. The Elite Visa offers you an easy renewable of the Privilege Entry Visa for the duration of your membership.
What is the long term visa available in Thailand?
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 a 5,10 or 20 years membership and ensure the renewal of the visa during the validity of the applicant membership. As of today, all other non-immigrant visa options are limited to a validity period of 1 or 2 years.
Is the Thailand Elite Visa legit?
The Thailand Elite Visa is a legal and legit program under Thai law to stay long-term in Thailand. The “Thailand Elite” is operated by Thailand Privilege Card Co., Ltd. It has been initiated in 2003 by the Royal Thai Government itself. The company is fully owned subsidiary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, under the Ministry of Tourism and Sport.

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