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Thailand Elite Visa for Digital Nomads, is it possible in 2022?

Digital nomads are discovering the advantages of the Thailand elite visa

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In a recent study we identified 12 factors for digital nomads to consider when looking for a location to settle.  A quick comparison to Thailand immediately shows why that country is becoming so popular.

First is the visa situation – it must be relatively quick, easy and cost effective.  Second their living depends on the internet, so they need reliable and efficient internet.

Further items are more discretionary.  Climate is a high priority for many seeking sunshine.  The standard of living must be good and its cost affordable.  Local infrastructure – electricity, water, public transport – must be reliable and affordable.

The tempo of life should be suitable and not too frantic and there must be plenty of activities to keep them entertained.  The culture must be accessible and friendly, the language not too big a barrier and the food offer choices they enjoy.

The last two prerequisites are a central location and a good airport, so they can fly out to travel and visit friends and those friends can come to see them.  Plus, ideally, they would like a local expatriate community for friendship, support and to exchange suggestions on any issues.

Why is the Thailand Elite-Visa in demand?  A review of the Thailand Elite-Visa

In terms of the Thailand Elite-Visa, costs start at 600,000 THB for 5 years, which is between USD 2,000 and 3,000 per year at the time of writing, an extremely cost-effective option.

The processing usually only takes only about 6 weeks from start to finish, so it is fast.   The Thai Elite-Visa also has a host of privileges, so see below for more details.

Why do Digital Nomads like Thailand so much?

The average temperature in Bangkok, according to Bangkok.climatemps.com is between 28°C and 32°C (80°F and 89°F) through the year.

What is the cost of living in Thailand?

The standard of living in Thailand is excellent for expatriates and the cost in general is about one third of a similar standard in the USA or Western Europe (Livingcosts.com).  Rent is about a quarter.  So, the average nomad can enjoy a substantially more luxurious life for a lot less money.

What is it like to live in Thailand with a Thai Elite Visa?

The infrastructure is excellent in Bangkok and Wi-Fi reliable (crucial for nomads), with several suppliers to keep prices down.

Thailand is famous for its relaxed atmosphere; hence stress levels are fairly low.  Snow sports are definitely out, but everything else you can imagine is available.
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Is it easy to live in Thailand? Is there a language barrier?

Thai culture is highly tolerant and whilst the language is difficult, Thais all learn English at school, so there is always some around to help.  In the main areas staff in restaurants and stores speak English.

Most people like Thai food, however, Bangkok has literally thousands of foreign cuisine restaurants and there are many to try whatever your taste.
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Is it easy to travel into and around Thailand?

Geographically it is highly central with nearly 20 countries within 4 hours by air and the airports are major international and domestic major hubs, with hundreds of flights daily from which to select.

Finally, whatever your nationality there is a large expatriate community already in place so you will have people to talk to and from whom to get advice.

What are the details for the Thailand Elite-Visa?

It is a long-term residency fee-based visa with a number of benefits that you can obtain for periods of 5 years to 20 years, as determined by the package you pick. It can be renewed every 5 years and allows multiple entries.

What are the main Thailand Elite-Visa packages? 

There are a large number of packages offered.  Some are listed below, but you should talk to experts about which one best meets your needs.  It could save you a lot of money and effort.

What are the prices for a Thailand Elite-Visa?

Please review the main Thailand Elite-Visa packages and prices.

What are the main benefits of the Thailand Elite-Visa?

As mentioned, there are many other options, with different advantages and privileges.  Some of those benefits can include:

  • A fast track for immigration and passport control upon arrival and departure
  • Complimentary round-trip limousine
  • Complimentary use of an airport lounge
  • Government concierge services for business networking & immigration services and gaining a driver’s license & bank account with foreign currency capabilities
  • Special discounts at selected partners such as duty-free shops, hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls – these are too many to list, so go to the website listed below.

How long does it take to get a Thailand Elite-Visa?

As noted, 6 or 7 weeks is usually all the time it takes to process and the visa can then be collected on landing at Bangkok airport, from any overseas Thai consulate or from Immigration in Bangkok.

How can I ask questions on the Thai Elite-Visa?  

We did mention getting expert advice earlier.  Thaielite Express has been authorized as a General Sales and Services Agent by the government since 2013.  If you are considering a Thai Elite-Visa they can advise on what option will suit you best and explain the details.

Where can I get advice on the Thailand Elite-Visa?

You can also find out more at Thai Elite Visa costs, as well as by visiting their website .  Or you can send them questions by email.  You can even apply with them online by clicking here!   They are very professional and reply almost always within 24 hours.

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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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