Thailand Elite Visa | Premier Thailand Law Firm | June 2024
 

Thai Elite Visa (June 2024)

Thailand Privilege Entry Visa for Long Stay

What is Thai Elite Visa?

The Thailand Elite Visa is a long-term tourist visa under the privilege entry visa program managed by the Thailand Privilege Card Company Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary under the Ministry of Tourism and Sport.

Thailand Elite Visa Program

The purpose of the Thailand Elite Visa program is to promote Thailand to the affluent and high-earning foreigners through issuing a privilege entry visa and offering an opportunity to obtain a long-term multiple entry visa and the right to live in the country for up to 20 years. This includes individuals such as digital nomads wanting to avoid visa runs, retirees who don’t want to be stressed with the new complicated regulations that have been regularly changed, or investors and business people needing to travel in and out of Thailand several times a year.

What are the Benefits of Thailand Elite Members?

  • The Thailand Elite members can have an uninterrupted stay in Thailand without the usual requirement to leave the country every 90 days or do visa runs, unlike other visa types.
  • Elite Members have access to exclusive perks and benefits such as liaison and assistance via the Elite Personal Assistant (EPA) service upon arrival and departure.
  • The Thai Elite Visa holder can request a Thai Elite Staff to conduct their 90-day reporting on their behalf as required by the Thai Immigration Authorities.
  • The Thai Elite Visa holder will receive expedited immigration formalities and passport control processing upon arriving in Thailand
  • The Thai Elite Visa holder will also enjoy other benefits such as airport transportation services, complimentary golf green fees, spa treatments, and annual hospital check-ups as well as a host of shopping, hotel, resort, and dining discounts and experiences.

What are the qualifications for Thailand Elite?

The applicant for a Thai Elite Visa must meet and maintain the following qualifications:

  1. Holder of a foreign passport
  2. Being allowed to stay in Thailand in accordance with the immigration laws, which means the applicant has no overstay record in Thailand
  3. No age limit is required for this program.
  4. Not having been sentenced by a judgment to imprisonment in any country except for an offense committed to negligence
  5. Not having been adjudicated bankrupt
  6. Not having been declared as a person of unsound mind, incompetence, or quasi-incompetence

Are there any restrictions when it comes to nationality in applying for the Thailand Elite Visa?

There are some countries that are restricted to apply. Listed below are the said countries:

  • Africa: Central Africa, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome, and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, and Sudan.
  • Middle East: Algeria, Iraq, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen
  • Asia: North Korea, Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri-Lanka
 

Thai Elite Visa Cost

The Thai Elite Visa cost will depend on the membership program. There are different Thailand Elite membership programs available for the Thai Elite Visa, each varying in validity, benefits, and cost, which you may review below:

  1. GOLD Membership
    • Membership validity of 5 years
    • It costs 900,000 Thai baht with no annual fee.
    • You have the option to upgrade to this from the Elite Easy Access package.
    • No age restriction; applicants can be any age.
  2. PLATINUM Membership
    • Membership validity of 10 years.
    • A 5-year multiple-entry tourist visa, renewable for another 5 years.
    • It costs 1.5 Million Thai Baht with no annual fee.
    • You have the option to upgrade to this from the Elite Privilege Access, Elite Family Alternative, or Elite Superiority Extension package.
    • For additional family members there is a fee of 1 Million Thai Baht.
    • No age restriction; applicants can be any age.
  3. DIAMOND Membership
    • Membership validity of 15 years
    • A 5-year multiple-entry tourist visa, renewable twice for 5 additional years
    • It costs 2.5 Million Thai Baht with no annual fee.
    • You have the option to upgrade to this from the Elite Ultimate Privilege package.
    • For additional family members there is a fee of 1.5 Million Thai Baht.
    • No age restriction; applicants can be any age.
  4. RESERVE Membership
    • Membership validity of 20 years
    • A 5-year multiple-entry tourist visa, renewable three times for 5 extra years each
    • Is only available to applicants via invitation.
    • It costs 5 million Thai Baht with no annual fee.
    • You have the option to upgrade to this from any Thai Elite Visa.

NOTE: Starting January 1, 2024, applicants must pay an application fee of 50,000 THB prior to starting their background check. This will serve as a deposit which will be deducted from the full amount of the package. The amount will be refunded if the applicant has been rejected during this stage of their application.

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How to Get Thailand Elite Visa?

  1. Start your Application and Due Diligence Process

    You can start the application for the Thailand Elite Visa wherever you may be, whether in Thailand or abroad. All you need to do is to send a scanned copy of your passport, a passport-sized photo of yourself, a signed PDPA form and a completed application form to an accredited General Sales and Services Agent (GSSA) such as Siam Legal. Then, the agent will work with the Thailand Elite Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Bureau to do immigration and criminal background checks. The due diligence process may take 1 month for most nationalities and up to 3 months for special nationalities.

  2. Approval and Payment of Membership Fee

    Once the due diligence process is complete, an approval letter is issued along with instructions on how to remit payment for the Thailand Elite Visa cost. The membership fee ranges from 900,000 Thai baht to 2.5 million Thai baht depending on the membership package the applicant has applied for. The payment for the membership fee can be made through local or international bank transfer or online payment.

  3. Membership Acceptance and Visa Issuance

    After completing the payment or bank transfer, the applicant will receive the Membership ID and instructions on how to affix the visa. The Thailand Elite member can affix the Thailand Elite Visa upon arrival in Thailand at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Phuket, and Chiang Mai Airports. In case the Thailand Elite member is already staying in Thailand, the Thailand Elite agent may arrange the cancellation of the previous visa and Thai Elite Visa issuance at the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok.

Why Choose Siam Legal as Thailand Elite Visa Agent?

We are the authorized General Sales and Services Agent (GSSA) for Thailand Elite membership in Thailand. Should you choose our firm to be your agent for your application, we provide:

  • 24/7 VIP phone number for legal and immigration concerns (priceless)
  • 2 hours of legal consultation with our legal advisor (value 10,000 THB)
  • 2 hours of immigration consultation (value 6,000 THB)
  • Free Notary Public service (one document, one-time value 3,000 THB)
  • Free Bank Account Opening Service (value 5,000 THB)

Siam Legal does not charge any fee to assist you.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Elite Visa Membership

Is there any income qualification for the applicant to be granted the Thai Elite Visa?

The Thai Elite Visa does not require you to have a certain level of income as long as you are able to pay the amount needed in applying for the specific package that you have chosen. And, as long as you have not been declared bankrupt at least once.

Is there any age limit for an applicant to be granted the Thai Elite Visa?

There is no age limit and applicants can be any age upon applying for one of the Elite Visa membership packages.

What are the Documents needed to apply for the Thai Elite Visa?

The applicant must have and submit the following:

  • Completed Thailand Elite Visa application form
  • Signed PDPA Form
  • Profile Page of passport copy (in color, with signature on display and matching signature on forms)
  • Passport-sized photo of the applicant against a white background (high resolution). In case of a family visa, one needs a copy of proof of relationship as the immediate family of the core member.
How long is the application process?

Usually, the application process takes approximately between 1 to 3 months, with 4 to 6 weeks for the background check. However, application processes may be a lot shorter this time around. It also depends on the applicant’s nationality and location. Some locations or countries are easy to connect and communicate, but some are hard to get through.

What is the minimum passport validity for this Thai Elite Visa application?

The minimum passport validity is at least 12 months to start the Elite application. Make sure that your passport has at least 12 months remaining validity period and 3 empty pages before applying for the Thailand Elite Visa.

What happens if I do not have 5 years of passport validity to receive the 5 years Elite Visa?

If the validity duration of your present passport is insufficient or less than five years, the privilege entry visa will be issued in accordance with the membership expiration date, however, the permit to stay entry stamp will be issued in accordance with the validity of your passport. After securing a new passport, you will be able to receive a new Thailand Elite visa sticker on your new passport with the remaining validity of your visa or membership.

Can I apply for the Thai Elite Visa even if I have a tourist visa?

As long as they haven't overstayed, then YES. Anyone on a tourist visa can easily switch to a Thailand Elite visa.

Can I apply for a Thai Elite Visa membership if I am holding a work permit?

Because the Thai Elite Visa is classified as a tourist visa, the holder of the Thai work permit is not eligible to apply for a Thai Elite Visa membership. Your Non-Immigrant visa must be canceled before your Thai Elite Visa is validated.

Can I work even though I am a Thai Elite member?

You will need to apply for a non-immigrant work visa, but YES. And this will have no bearing on the Thai Elite Visa’s validity. However, while you have a non-immigrant visa, you cannot hold a Thai Elite Visa at the same time.

If I already am a Thai Elite Member, do I need to do the 90-day report?

YES, you are still required to do the 90-day report. However, there is a special service that enables you to not go to the immigration physically. You can ask for assistance or can get help from the Thailand Elite help center with your 90-day report. This service is available to purchase via privilege points.

What if I failed to do the 90-day report?

It will be considered as late reporting. You will have to pay a late reporting penalty of 2,000 THB when you do your next 90-day reporting.

If I have a child, does my child need to have a visa to stay with me in Thailand?

Yes. Foreigners in general are required to hold a visa to stay in Thailand. However, children under the age of 15 are not subject to the overstay penalty.

Is it possible for someone with a Thai Elite Visa to buy real estate in Thailand?

One can own a condominium, but not land. One can build a building but they will not own the land. They are only allowed to lease the land and build their property over it.

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The application process for the Thailand Elite Visa seems easy and straightforward. It is the most convenient visa option to travel and enter Thailand with ease during this time or even after this pandemic.

Should you be interested in applying for a Thailand Elite Visa, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may call us for a free consultation or contact us via LINE and WhatsApp. Just scan with your phone any of the QR codes below.

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Rex Baay | Senior Immigration Consultant

Thailand Elite Authorized Agent

Rex joined Siam Legal in 2009 and throughout his 14 years of experience at the firm, he handled more than 2,000 immigration cases for Thailand. He has great knowledge of Thai non-immigrant visas such as business visas, marriage visas, retirement visas, and Thai Elite visas. He is also handling more complicated cases such as changing visas within Thailand. With a fluent grasp of English, he can provide a simple and easy-to-understand explanation about what to expect at every stage of the Thai Visa application process. He works hand-in-hand with our Thai immigration lawyer in Bangkok to assist foreign clients at the immigration office. His expertise can be invaluable to those in search of immigration assistance to Thailand. Feel free to contact him at our firm.

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