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The solution to staying in Thailand for 5 years to 20 Years

Stay in Thailand for 5 to 20 years with longest-term visa

A rapidly rising number of travellers are looking to move to Thailand for longer periods, or even permanently.  The Thai Elite-Visa is the key because it is hugely attractive to many and has levels explicitly for long-term stays.

What are the Thailand Elite Member longest-term visa packages? 

The Elite Ultimate Privilege (Grand Package) is for a 20-year visa and costs THB 2,140,000, (about USD60,000 at time of writing or the equivalent of USD 3,000 per year) with an annual fee of THB 21,400 (USD 600).

How can I stay in Thailand for 20 years?

The Elite Superiority Extension also gives a 20-year visa and costs THB 1,000,000 (USD 28,000 or USD 1,400 per year).  The difference lies in the extra benefits that are available with higher levels.

How can I stay in Thailand for several years?

There are many other types of membership for lesser time periods (5 years to 20 years) and for lower costs.  For more information, please visit the website Thai Elite Visa costs .  This also lays out the different benefits.

What are some of the benefits possible with a Thailand Elite Visa?

Those benefits can include a free limousine to and from the airport when flying, a fast track through immigration and use of an airport lounge.  There are also discounts with spas, golf, health centres, shopping malls, duty free, hotels, restaurants and other selected partners.

As well, an official concierge helps with setting up bank accounts, getting a drivers license and any government or immigration requirements.

Is the cost of living in Thailand lower?

A second advantage of living in Thailand is a high standard of living, but at a low cost.

According to Numbeo.com and Livingcost.org, the cost of a mid-level life style in an average United States city is 195% higher or almost 3 times that of Bangkok.   Groceries cost 83 % more, a restaurant 235% and rent is 260% greater in the United States versus Bangkok.

Further, that is Thailand’s capital, the most expensive place to live in the country.   The beach resort of Pattaya, about 2 hours from Bangkok is 25 % cheaper; Chiang Mai the main centre in the mountainous north is 35 % less; so is Phuket; as are most of the other cities.

Stay in Thailand long-term.
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Staying in Thailand for 5 years to 20 Years

What unique places other than Bangkok can I live in Thailand?

Given the services available and the outstanding rental and lifestyle many foreigners, especially retirees and digital nomads, choose to live outside of Bangkok.

Where should first timers to Thailand live?

First timers always seem to like the Thai beach areas which can be beautiful and very laidback.  Phuket, Hua Hin and Pattaya, all on the beach are very popular.  Phuket is an island, but has its own international airport, so many regional executives base there.

It is a major tourist area, so there are lots of restaurants, movie theatres, shopping malls and things to do, from any type of water sports to golf to motorbikes and 4-wheel driving.   But apart from the few tourist zones, it is basically living on a relaxed tropical island – with all the modern conveniences!

Nonthaburi on the northern outskirts of the capital, Hat Yai down south and the 4 centres of Esan are all popular.

Where should couples stay?

The other very popular destination for resident foreigners is the mountains in the north of the country around Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.  Again, there are all the infrastructure and services you could want.

For couples the mountains in the north are cooler, very beautiful and there are some amazing places to live, more like super luxury designer condominiums in the States, but for very little money.

How can I get all my questions answered?

For questions, you can go through our website Thaielite Express, the authorized General Sales and Services Agent for Thai Elite for 10 years. We can provide you the information that you need to know and help you to decide the best Thailand Elite Visa program for you, answer all your questions, and even help with the application process.

You can visit our website, and find out more about Thai Elite Visa information also the fee of the programs, as well as details on the various privileges. You can also send the questions directly which usually replies within a day. You can even apply for the Thailand Elite Visa online via the website.

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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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