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Differences of retirement visa in thailand vs. Thailand elite visa – Most asked questions 2022

RETIREMENT VISA IN THAILAND VS. THAILAND ELITE VISA 2022

We’re listing the most frequently asked questions on Thailand Elite visa in 2022 Part 2. Here are the questions.

WHAT ARE THE CLEAR DIFFERENCES OF RETIREMENT VISA IN THAILAND VS. THAILAND ELITE VISA?

Thai Elite is a worry-free option compared to the Retirement Visa from the application, during the 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 assistance for their 90 days report, a fast track at the airport immigration, lounge access, airport limousine, assistance in opening a bank account in local or foreign currency, a 24/7 call center and much more.

HOW MUCH IS THE 5-YEAR VISA IN THAILAND?

  1. Elite Easy Access – 600,000 THB
  2. Elite Family Excursion (minimum 2 persons) – 800,000 THB
  3. Elite Maxima Health – 1,500,000 THB

The above packages are all inclusive of VAT.

 

HOW MUCH IS THE 10-YEAR VISA IN THAILAND?

  1. Elite Family Alternative – 800,000 THB. Each additional family member has to pay the membership fee of 700,000 THB
  2. Elite Privilege Access – 1,000,000 THB

The above packages are all inclusive of VAT.

 

HOW MUCH IS THE 20-YEAR VISA IN THAILAND?

  1. Elite Superiority Extension – 1,000,000 THB (VAT included)
  2. Elite Ultimate Privilege
    • Membership validity of 20 years
    • It costs 2.14 million Thai baht with an annual fee of 21,400 Thai baht
    • The Elite Visa validity of 5 years and renewable for another 5 years (4 sets of 5-year multi-entry visa)
    • Members must be over 20 years old

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

HOW MUCH IS THAI RESIDENCY?

The cost of membership depends on the packages.  Each membership package has different benefits, validity, and cost. The Elite visa starts at THB 600,000 inclusive of VAT for 5 years of membership validity.

DOES THAILAND HAS A GOLDEN VISA?

There is no Golden visa in Thailand. If you wish to stay longer in Thailand, it would be suitable for Thai Elite Visa or LTR visa.

THAILAND ELITE FOR DIGITAL NOMAD. IS IT WORTH IT?

Thailand Elite is perfectly suitable for Digital Nomads. As business or retirement visas are not necessarily a good match for digital nomads, the Elite Visa answers to all nomads with numerous privileges to cater to members’ needs. With very little documentation needed, as well as the flexibility of applying from anywhere, regardless of whether 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 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.

HOW LONG IS THE THAILAND ELITE EASY ACCESS VISA APPLICATION PROCESS?

The entire application process could take up 1 month to 4 months. It depends on the nationality of the applicants.

HOW LONG IS THE THAI ELITE SUPERIORITY EXTENSION VISA APPLICATION PROCESS?

The entire application process could take up 1 month to 4 months. It depends on the nationality of the applicants.

HOW LONG IS THE THAI ELITE ULTIMATE PRIVILEGE VISA APPLICATION PROCESS?

The entire application process could take up 1 month to 4 months. It depends on the nationality of the applicants.

HOW LONG IS THE THAI ELITE PRIVILEGE ACCESS VISA APPLICATION PROCESS?

The entire application process could take up 1 month to 4 months. It depends on the nationality of the applicants.

HOW LONG IS THE THAI ELITE FAMILY PREMIUM VISA APPLICATION PROCESS?

The entire application process could take up 1 month to 4 months. It depends on the nationality of the applicants.

HOW LONG IS THE THAI ELITE FAMILY EXCURSION VISA APPLICATION PROCESS?

The entire application process could take up 1 month to 4 months. It depends on the nationality of the applicants.

HOW LONG IS THE THAI ELITE FAMILY ALTERNATIVE VISA APPLICATION PROCESS?

The entire application process could take up 1 month to 4 months. It depends on the nationality of the applicants.

I’M BRINGING MY FAMILY TO THAILAND. WHICH THAI ELITE OPTION CAN I INCLUDE MY WIFE AND KIDS?

  1. It depends on the membership validity.
  2. Elite Family Excursion – 5 years membership validity.
  3. Elite Family Alternative – 10 years membership validity.
  4. Elite Family Premium – subject to the validity of the core member

WHAT ARE THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE PROGRAMME OPTIONS?

The main differences between the program options are the term of residency (either 5, 10 or 20 years), the nature of the airport transfer services, and other complimentary services included in the package.
All options have common features:

    • airport immigration express services (elite personal assistance through immigration and access to executive lounges)
    • access to a 24-hour contact center
    • Elite personal assistant
    • VIP lounge at the airport
    • Executives lounge

Ready to become a Thailand Elite member? Chat with us now at www.thaielite-express.com for more information.

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.

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Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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