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The Benefits of Obtaining a Thailand Elite Program for Long-Term Stay in Thailand 2023

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Thailand Elite Program for Long-Term Stay Living in Thailand 2023

(Content updated January 31, 2023) What distinguishes the Thailand Elite Visa from so many other Residency-by-Investment programs is that the Thailand Elite program visa is the world’s first country level membership exclusively for expats seeking to live in Thailand.

What are the main features of the Thailand Elite program?  Is it a Privilege Entry Visa?

Focusing first on the practicalities.  The Thailand Elite Visa (also referred to as the Thailand Privilege Card or Thailand Elite Program Membership) is a long term, 5 to 20 years visa.  Its duration is 5 to 20 years and its classification is as a Tourist Visa (Privilege Entry Visa or “PE”).

What does the Cost of living in Thailand?

There are different packages with different levels.  The least expensive Thai Elite Visa is the Elite Easy Access membership for individuals at THB 600,000 (approximately USD 18,000, at this time).  The most expensive is Thai Elite Ultimate Privilege program at THB 2,140,000 (about USD 65,000) in which you’ll receive 20 years residency status. Check out all of Thailand Elite visa programs available here.

So, what are the Thailand Elite Program Card benefits?

First of all, it is a multi-entry visa – you can enter and leave the country as often as you like.

Long term Thai visas usually require proof of medical insurance.  The government waives the need for medical insurance with the Thailand Elite Visa.

Second of all, you get to avoid the time-consuming headaches when it comes to immigration matters. Thai Elite will assist you to complete the 90-days reporting visits required for all foreigners living in Thailand. Thailand Elite will be assisting you every step of the way.

Third of all, you’ll be welcome back to Thailand as a VIP. There’s the Thailand Elite program assistant to meet you at the plane gate, golf cart service at the airport if your gate is considerably far, fast track immigration lane for you and your family, VIP limousine pick ups and drop offs to your residence, and many more. Our only question is, What’s not to like?

Does the Thailand Elite Program have a member call centre for Japanese, Chinese and Korean?

Next are the additional privileges. As a Thailand Elite program member, you’ll receive government concierge assistance.  (Please note that not all of these are available with every package.)   These include a 24-hour a day, 7 days a week call centre for members, with speakers in English, and in office hours also Korean, Mandarin and Japanese, to assist with any inquiries and problems.

Does the Thailand Elite Program Member Visa have a concierge service?

As well there is a government concierge who can help with paperwork from immigration, applying for a Thai driver’s license, opening a Thai bank account and similar issues. The Thailand Elite concierge could also assist in liaison with other government sectors upon your inquiry- whether for business or leisure. A private assistant will also greet you at the airport for all arriving and departing flights to help with any necessary arrangements.

Stay in Thailand long-term.
With a Privilege Entry Visa
that is valid from
5 years up to 20 years.

What airport services do you get with the Thailand Elite Membership?

On any trips overseas you will get access to the fast track into or out of Thai passport control and immigration. In addition, a complimentary chauffeured car to and from the airport and use of the Thai Elite Lounges on both arrival and departure.

Can I get a Thailand Elite Family Visa to cover my family members?

It is one of the easiest programs also for your dependent family members.  Most of the different packages can include them, with or without an additional fee, depending on the package. These family packages such as Thailand Elite Family Premium, Thailand Elite Family Extension, Thailand Elite Family Alternative, Thailand Elite Superiority Extension, and Thailand Elite Privilege Access are eligible to include family members such as legally married/civil union spouses, children (no age limitation) and grand-parents.

What are the eligibility requirements for the Thailand Elite Visa?

A majority of the programs have no age restrictions and the only nationality restrictions are to certain sub-Saharan, Middle Eastern and other states, like North Korea, facing international restrictions.  People from Europe, North America, South America, the Caribbean, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, China and India are all eligible.

Is it correct that there are discounts and promotions for Thailand Elite Visa holders?

Perhaps most intriguing of all is an array of discounts.  These include savings at spas, golf courses, and on other recreational activities; on short-haul and long-haul travel; free annual health checks; discounts on restaurants, gyms, schools, resorts, hotels, shopping malls and duty free.

Do I have to pay tax in Thailand on the Thailand Elite Visa? Are there events and activities?

Another benefit is a tax exemption on income earned outside Thailand and the right to buy property, shares or investments in Thailand. There are also various events and activities with Thailand Elite Program Membership, including both social and business mixers.

How long does it take to process my application for a Thailand Elite Visa?

Processing time is excellent, as from first submitting a completed application with all the necessary documents, it is usually only 45 days.  The required documents for submitting an application are minimal, normally consisting of the application form, a copy of your passport and a photo.  For dependents you need to show a proof of relationship, such as a birth certificate or a marriage license. Thaielite-express can guide and assist you through the application upon your request.

Is Thailand Elite a good visa program? Best places to live in Thailand

Bastien Trelcat, Managing Partner of Harvey Law Group, a global law firm specialising in investment immigration and residency and citizenship-by-investment points out, “Thailand Elite program membership is a residency program that offers advantages for any affluent expats seeking a fast and seamless stay in the Kingdom. For a direct investment in exchange of a membership, there are no other options this advantageous for Thailand that can provide guaranteed residency up to 20 years.”

“If you’d like more information,” suggests Mr. Trelcat, “please feel free to visit www.thaielite-express.com, a subsidiary website of Harvey Law Group, focused solely on Thailand Elite  program Membership. We are seeing more and more expats applying online themselves in a matter of minutes. We offer guided application assistant as well.”

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.

Stay in Thailand long-term.
With a Privilege Entry Visa
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5 years up to 20 years.

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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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