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Thailand Elite Visa

Thailand Elite Visa
When a person plans for a trip (business trip, vacation trip, or any trip), there will always be paperwork to worry about before proceeding to that specific trip of yours. It even adds to the stress when the place that you go visit or your favorite place, that you always have to deal with the same paperwork over and over every time you take that trip, and that specific trip only has limited days to stay. In Thailand, the Thai government has a solution for that, it is called the Thailand Elite Visa.

Thailand Elite Visa was introduced in 2003 after the Thai government set up and approved the Thailand Privilege Card Company that was proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. That is right, it is a Privilege Entry Visa that comes with your Thai Privilege card membership. And it is by far the most convenient and stress-free visa to use to enter and to live in Thailand with.

What is Thailand Elite Visa

The Thailand Elite Visa is a long-term visa given to the Thailand Privilege Card members. It is under the category of Tourist Visa or Privilege Entry (PE) Visa. It is a residence program allowing a foreigner to stay in Thailand for 5 years, 10 years, or 20 years depending on the package that you have chosen in exchange for the membership fee.

It is for anyone who comes regularly to Thailand but has no time to process the paperwork to enter the country or paperwork to renew the visa every single year. It aims to attract affluent visitors, businessmen, investors, and expats who regularly fly in and out in Thailand or those who want to live in Thailand.

Here is a list of why it is convenient and stress-free:

  • The Thailand Elite Visa is a 5-year renewable multiple entry visa that allows you to stay for an additional year after each entry. Thai Elite members for 10 or 20 years will receive 2 sets and 4 sets of 5-year visas respectively.
  • The Thailand Elite visa allows the holder to stay in Thailand continuously unlike those other types of visas that require you to leave after 90 days or have a limitation of 90 days.
  • On the 90-day reporting required by Thai Immigration, the Thai Elite Visa holder will be represented by Thailand Elite staff and not you.
  • When landing in Thailand, Thai Elite Visa holders will undergo faster immigration and passport control procedures as well as airport transfer services.

Benefits of Thailand Elite Visa

By getting a Thai Elite Visa, one can say that you are in for a treat. Here is another list of reasons why it is convenient and stress-free.

  • Airport Services. The Thai Elite Visa and membership comes with airport services. There will be someone who will pick you up and escort you to a fast-track lane at immigration.
  • Special Discounts. The Thai Elite Visa holders and Thailand Elite Membership gives you discounts on specific activities that one member does, like shopping discounts or sports activities discounts. You can even get a discount on their private jet and yacht.
  • Long-Term Stay. The Thailand Elite Visa gives you the chance to choose the number of days or years of your stay in the country and you do not have to worry about paperwork every time you come over.
  • ASQ Booking and COE Assistance. Knowing that you are required to book an Alternative State Quarantine location during the Covid-19 pandemic, Thai Elite Visa has made it easy for you. They help you by giving a list of ASQ locations to choose from and when you already chose your location, they will help you book the place on your behalf.

Thailand Elite Packages and Fees

Overall, there are 7 different packages you can choose from the Thai Elite Visa. Here are the choices you can choose from:

1. Elite Easy Access (Popular)

  • Thai Elite Visa validity of 5 years
  • It costs THB 600,000 with no annual fee
  • You have an option to upgrade to Elite Ultimate Privilege
  • No age restriction; members can be any age

2. Elite Family Excursion (Popular, minimum of 2)

  • Thai Elite Visa validity of 5 years
  • It costs THB 800,000 with no annual fee (2 persons)
  • For additional family members, there is a fee of THB 300,000

3. Elite Family Alternative

  • Membership validity of 10 years
  • The Elite Visa validity of 5 years and renewable for another 5 years
  • It costs THB 800,000 with no annual fee
  • For additional family members, there is a fee of THB 700,000

4. Elite Privilege Access

  • Membership validity of 10 years
  • The Elite Visa validity of 5 years and renewable for another 5 years
  • It costs THB 1,000,000 with no annual fee
  • For additional family members, there is a fee of THB 800,000
  • No age restriction; members can be of any age

5. Elite Superiority Extension (Popular)

  • Membership validity of 20 years
  • It costs THB 1,000,000 with no annual fee
  • The Elite Visa validity of 5 years and renewable for another 5 years (4 sets of 5-year multi-entry visas)

6. Elite Ultimate Privilege

  • Membership validity of 20 years
  • It costs THB 2.14 million (with an annual fee of THB 21,400
  • The Elite Visa validity of 5 years and renewable for another 5 years (4 sets of 5-year multi-entry visas)
  • Members must be over 20 years old

7. Elite Family Premium

  • Applicable only to family members of Elite Ultimate Privilege members
  • Membership fee of THB 1,000,000 with an annual fee of THB 10,000
  • Membership and Thai Elite Visa validity will be based on the membership and visa validity of the Elite Ultimate Privilege family member
  • Visa is renewable after 5 years (4 sets of 5-year multi-entry visas)

How to Apply for Thai Elite Visa

In applying for the Thai Elite Visa, it is so easy that you do not need an agent or a third person to do it for you. It is stress-free and really made for convenience. Here is the process that you will go through upon applying for the Thai Elite Visa:

  • Application. Wherever you are in the world, you can apply for a Thai Elite Visa. Just fill in the necessary details and documents requested in this application form. Once submitted, they will do a thorough criminal background check on you and wait for the result for 4-6 weeks.
  • Membership Fee. If the result already came and was approved, you are paying the fee depending on your chosen package. The payment can be made online or by bank transfer.
  • Acceptance. Once the payment of the fee is done, you will receive the membership ID and instructions on how to receive the visa.
  • Issuance of Visa. The Thai Elite visa can be obtained at the Thai embassy or consulate in the member’s home country. Another option, if the applicant is already in Thailand, the Thai Elite visa can be affixed at the Bangkok Immigration office.

Qualifications for Thailand Elite Visa

  • One must be a holder of a foreign passport.
  • One is allowed to stay in Thailand in accordance with the immigration law. Also means that one must have no overstay record in Thailand.
  • There is no age limit except Elite Ultimate Privilege.
  • One must have no criminal record or must have not been sentenced by a judgment to imprisonment in any country except for a specific offense committed by negligence only.
  • One must not have been adjudicated bankrupt.
  • One must not have been declared as a person of unsound mind, incompetence, and quasi-incompetence.

Thailand Elite Visa amidst COVID-19

One of the privileges given to Thai Elite Visa holders during Covid-19 is the fact they are given assistance once approved, like the ASQ booking assistance and COE application privilege. So, there is less to worry about. As has been stated earlier, when acquiring a Thai Elite Visa, they have given you a more convenient and stress-free way for you to stay in Thailand.

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