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To fully comprehend how Thailand Elite member works in a simple and easy-to-understand terms, the article first starts off with all its terminology. Yes, you hear it right, terminology. Many agents often show you instantly a comparison table or an infographic table of each package, which seems like a thoughtful move, until you realize the fees are still not clear. At Thaielite Express, we will clarify the different definition of ‘fees’ that range from “membership (fee)” to “additional membership (fee),” and etc.

Together we will explore all cost requirements you are to encounter both before and after your successful application. Some costs, such as membership fee are a prerequisite, and some, such as additional membership fee, is an option of which you can exercise both before and after your status as a Thailand Elite member.

After an educative session on all of Thailand Elite terminology, we will move to study the comparison table. While a certain fee can occur in some packages and not in others, an overall comparison is an important factor to help you fully understand Thailand Elite in its full glory and selecting your most suitable option. Apart from cost requirements, an infographic table will also feature all complimentary privileges a Thailand Elite member is entitled to receive within each membership package.

This article functions, to put it simply, as a complete guide for you. Ready? Here we go!

Thailand Elite Visa Terminology

There is a total of seven primary terms involved in Thailand Elite’s memberships that you need to know. Understanding them is, as mentioned above, a contributing factor to finding your rightThailand Elite Membership Package:

Thailand Elite Visa Costs

A membership fee is a core component of Thai Elite’s cost requirement—a prerequisite for a successful application. The Thailand Elite Visa belongs to a tourist visa section. The membership fee is to be paid within 3 months after the approval of your application.

To be granted a Thailand Elite Ultimate Privilege membership, for example, an applicant must pay a membership fee of THB 2,000,000 (VAT excluded).

Additional Membership Fee

Thailand’s such a great country. Why enjoy it alone? Thailand Elite extends the long-term residency visa option for applicants’ his/her family members. Family packages are available, such as Elite Family ExcursionElite Family AlternativeElite Family Premium, where the Core Member applicant has the option to add his/her immediate family members with his application.  Of course there’sadditional fee to pay, however additional family members receive a discounted and great value rate. After all, being together as a family is priceless.

NOTE: The term “Core member” refers to the main applicant who is allowed to add on his/her “Next” or legitimate family member(s). It is important to note that an additional member(s) granted must be your immediate family members, such as legitimate parent, step-parent, married spouse, children, step-children, and civil union.

Thai Elite Visa Transfer Fee

A transfer fee refers to an option in which a member is allowed a one-time transfer of the remaining validity of the privilege entry visa to another person, and to exercise such an option comes with a fee payable at 20% of the prevailing application fee at the time of the transfer.

Suppose you now own an Elite Ultimate Privilege membership of which an application fee is, as of now, THB 2,000,000 (VAT excluded), your transfer fee is thus THB 400,000 (20% of THB 2,000,000 excluding VAT).

NOTE: This option (and thus its fee) is included only in two membership packages including Elite Ultimate Privilege and Elite Family Premium.

Thailand elite Visa Annual Fee

For a certain package that offers more privileges than others, there is an annual fee.

This fee is, again, included only in Elite Ultimate Privilege and Elite Family Premium—the two most ultimate packages of all.

Thailand Elite Visa Upgrade Fee

An upgrade fee refers to an option in which an Elite Privilege Access member can upgrade to full membership status, or Elite Ultimate Privilege, with an upgrade fee of THB 1,500.000 (VAT excluded).  

As mentioned, this option is applicable for the Elite Easy Access Membership. The membership is designed as an individual long-term residency visa for a person who might, one day, upgrade to Elite Ultimate Privilege.

Thai Elite visa 90-Day Report

Under Thai law, a foreigner must perform a reporting for each 90-day period of his/her continuous stay.  If you have stayed in Thailand for a year, for example, you would need to report to the Immigration Office four times. If you, however, left Thailand at any point, your 90-day period would be reset to zero. Only upon re-entering Thailand do you begin again your 90-day period, in which day one starts at such re-entering date.

With Thailand Elite Privilege Visa Memberships, the 90-day report, fortunately, is free of charge and done through Thailand Elite personal VIP concierge. The reason we included it here in cost consideration is that if for some reason, you do not perform the reporting, you may incur a fine.

Thai Elite visa Stay Extension

To comprehend what is a stay extension, one must understand first what is, after all, a stay here. The term refers to a length of time one resides in Thailand. For all Thai Elite packages, a one-year length of stay is granted. But if you wish to continue to stay longer than that, e.g., for a continuous period of over 365 days, you must apply for a stay extension.

A lot of applicants mistake a stay extension as a membership validity. If you look for information about Elite Easy Access, for example, you see how you can get a membership validity of 5 years. That figure is not your permitted length of stay, but rather visa validity. No matter how long your “membership validity” is, say 20 years, you can reside in Thailand for 20 continuous year as long as you apply every year for an extension of stay. Extension of stay is free and is a mere formality to be conducted at the Thai Immigration Bureau.

The term “membership validity” is, to put it simply, a life expectancy of your card, a period during which your Thailand Elite visa and your membership as a Thai Elite member is valid, not your permitted length of stay per entry.

Thai Elite Visa Comparison and Privileges

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

Thailand Elite Visa Costs

Table 1. Comparison of Cost Categories and Privileges Among Individual Membership Packages. Missing here is the Elite Family Alternative at 800,000 THB for 10 years visa validity; it is also an individual membership]

NOTE: The Thailand Elite Visa program offers a total of seven membership packages. Of all its seven memberships, four can be classified as individual membership, and three can be classified as a family membership. This article features only information among individual membership packages, for more details on family membership packages, please visit our previous article, here.

As illustrated in Table 1, all packages require a Core membership fee. For an additional or family membership within a package, only Elite Privilege Access grants such option. The Elite Ultimate Privilege does the same but puts its additional family membership in another separate package, Elite Family Premium.

As mentioned above, the annual fee and transfer fee are included only in Elite Ultimate Privilege, and for an option to upgrade to Elite Ultimate Privilege, one can do so only as an Elite Easy Access member.

The two requirements, 90-Day Report and (optional) Stay Extension, are applied to all membership programs. You should not, again, mistake the term “validity” here as a permitted one-year length of stay.


The differences in the amount of membership fee affect all areas of privileges. But, as we always advise our clients, the most suitable package is not the one that gives you the most but rather precisely what you need.  If you and your family members are, for example, certain that golf or spa is not quite your thing and health is more your priority, then there is no reason to go for something other than a package that prioritizes such a lifestyle and routine of yours.

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

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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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