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Entering Thailand with Thai Elite Visa

Over the last few months there have been a number of rumors online and announcements made by Thai agencies that Thai Elite was either delaying current applications or not accepting applications at all.  Despite the rumors Thai Elite Express, powered by Harvey Law Group, a licensed sales agent of the program since 2013, clarifies the rules and timeframes necessary for both existing and new members to enter Thailand with a Thai Elite visa.

 

Applying for Thai Elite visa

Thai Elite has not suspended the application process despite what others may have said, in fact, old, new and future prospects can apply for the program regardless of whether they are already in Thailand or currently living outside of Thailand. With the surge of applications since July 2020, (approaching 5 times higher than seen in the past), this has resulted in the average processing time slightly increasing to 6 to 8 weeks instead of the usual 4 weeks’ lead time.

Obtaining your Thai Elite Visa after approval

Upon the issuing of the approval letter, payment being made and the issuance of a membership member, those already in Thailand must request Thai Elite Member Contact Center to make an appointment with Bangkok Central Immigration Department at Chaengwattana Government Complex Building (a prior notice of 5 to 7 days is usually required). The appointment normally takes 15 minutes and given the booking is pre-registered at a certain day and time, members will not have to wait or queue to get their Visa.

For those who are in Thailand under a non-expired valid visa, you should cancel this visa first before booking your appointment at the Immigration Department, so it is recommended you check with your agent or Thai Elite of the process involved.

Given the surge of numbers for the Thai Elite visa in particular those from overseas, the procedure for new Thai Elite members is a little longer. From our experience the processing time is approximately 6 to 8 weeks

Step by Step Process

  1. Check with your local Royal Thai Consulate that they agree in principle to issue the Thai Elite visa (most Consulates like London, Paris or Singapore now accept). Please check with us for other locations.
  2. Request Thai Elite Member Contact Center to (i) make an appointment at the selected Royal Thai Consulate overseas (2-4 weeks) and (ii) obtain authorization from Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs to apply for Certificate of Entry (“COE”).
  3. Once authorization is granted, make an appointment with local Royal Thai Consulate to get your Thai Elite visa sticker and submit your application for COE (2-4 weeks).
  4. Get your COE, fly to Thailand and undergo the 14 days’ quarantine in Thailand at Thai Government Quarantine locations or Alternative State Quarantine locations (ASQ).

Any existing and new Thai Elite members who have already entered Thailand have completed the 14-day quarantine and are now enjoying the pleasures of Thailand. Other members are still under quarantine but are due to have completed the quarantine soon.

As you may already be aware, there are a few other categories of visa holders who are allowed to enter Thailand other than the Thai Elite Visa. However, this is where the Government allocates COEs to enter Thailand but it is subject to consideration of a number of different factors such as number of applicants, flights available and vacant quarantine rooms.

Given the ranging factors including limited number of flights and quarantine space, Thai Elite is aware that existing or new Thai Elite members may have to wait before flying to Thailand.

As a direct result, Thai Elite decided to grant an additional 6 months’ validity period for all visas paid before September 30 and furthermore, they have decided to grant an additional 3 months’ validity period for all visas paid before December 31, 2020. In addition, all new members will be entitled to specify the starting date of their visas (at the same time of when payment is made), in the event they do not wish to enter Thailand immediately.

 

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

Summary

Whilst the process to enter Thailand may include a number of steps, these additional steps have been both positive and encouraging to our clients as it is clear the process is being streamlined to ensure a smooth arrival in Thailand.

Thai Elite Express has been an authorized General Sales and Services Agent since 2013. We hope that with our guide, you can get a clear picture of the Thai Elite Visa costs and benefits to help find the most suitable option for you.

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 are able to support English, French, German, Japanese and Chinese languages. We aim to reply within 24 hours.

***Please note the above information is subjected to change.

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

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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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