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THAILAND RETIREMENT VISA AND THAI ELITE

PRO AND CONS OF THAILAND RETIREMENT VS THAI ELITE VISA

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The Elite Easy Access membership card is a popular option for business travelers who make frequent trips to the Kingdom of Thailand. Find info on https://thaielite-express.com/

 

Did you know living in Thailand doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds? Eliminate your worries on visa overstays, reporting trips to Thai Immigration Bureaus, and simply live the life you desire in the tropical paradise. Life can get so much easier when you become a Thailand Elite Member; you become a friend of Thailand.

It’s a simple decision to obtain your 5-years privilege visa access to Thailand, starting from USD 20,000.

A Thailand Elite Membership takes you on a proactive journey to strengthen your relationship with Thailand. Membership confers the right to stay in Thailand with a Privilege Entry Visa (PEV), with applicant subject to the approval of the Thailand Immigration Bureau. The PEV will be affixed when applying at any Royal Thai Embassy, Royal Thai Consulate General, and Thai Immigration Bureau in Bangkok or Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Phuket or Chiang Mai International Airport. Every member will enjoy many exclusive business & leisure excursions, and undoubtedly, the ultimate advantages in hassle-free airport immigration and transfers.

Many travelers always ponder the advantages of Thai Elite vs the retirement visa. Below is a good summary of the differences between each option.

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

Retirement Visa Thailand Elite Visa

The basic Thailand Elite starts with Elite Easy Access, with an individual membership fee of 600,000 THB for a 5-years visa.

Thai Elite Visa privileges include:

  • Arrival and departure ‐ VIP greeting and assistance by an Elite Personal Assistant on flights (arrivals and departures)
    • Expedited immigration formalities and passport-control processing
    • Access to exclusive arrival and departure lounges
    • Complimentary limousine transfer available 24 times per calendar year from the airport to the individual’s residence or hotel, and from the individual’s residence or hotel to the airport on international flights
  • Government concierge ‐ to assist with the 90-day report, business networking, immigration service processes, opening a bank account, obtaining driver’s license
  • King Power duty free benefits and special discounts at restaurants, hotels, spas, golf courses, dining establishments, and popular shopping centers
  • 24-Hour Member Contact Center (English service available daily & Korean, Mandarin, Japanese service available only from 6.00 am–9.00 pm Bangkok standard time ‐ UTC +7)
  • Possibility to open a multi-currency account in Thailand with internet banking, Thai driving license and Thai tax number

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

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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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