Are you looking for an easy way to stay in Thailand? The Thailand Elite visa might be the best solution! The Thailand Elite visa offers a long-term stay option that allows visitors to stay in the country without any administrative hassle.
This 2023 guide explains everything you need to know about the Thailand Elite visa, including its benefits and how to obtain it for an unforgettable travel experience in Thailand.
What is the Thailand Elite Visa?
The Thailand Elite Visa is classified under the tourist visa category (Privilege Entry Visa “PE”) in Thailand. Designed for foreigners engaged in business, digital nomads, retirees, investors, and families looking to settle in Thailand, the Elite visa allows for a one-year stay in Thailand without any additional paperwork upon each entry into the country.
The Elite visa is a multiple-entry visa that is renewable for 5, 10, or 20 years, with an extendable stay duration of one year for each entry. The visa holder can have an uninterrupted stay in Thailand without the need to leave the country. Additionally, the member doesn't have to experience visa runs, visa conditions, paperwork, and immigration services for 5–20 years.
How to Become a Thailand Elite Member?
Applicants can apply from anywhere, and membership to Thailand Elite has no age restrictions, income requirements, or private medical insurance conditions. However, applicants are required to have and maintain the following qualifications:
- No visa overstay records in Thailand
- Be allowed to stay in Thailand in accordance with the immigration laws or any related law of Thailand
- Hold a foreign passport from an accepted country (citizen from an eligible country, non-sanctioned countries*)
- Not have been declared a person of unsound mind, incompetence, or quasi-incompetence; and
- Not have been sentenced by a judgment of imprisonment in any countries (except for an offense committed through negligence)
The Thailand Elite membership application process is simple and secure, with very few documents required: a passport copy, membership application form, and a passport-sized photo. The entire process can be achieved through the online application portal or by email. Once the application is approved, an approval letter will be sent, along with a guide on how to pay the Thailand Elite Visa program membership fee. Once the Thailand Elite office receives full payment, they will issue an Elite member number, which means the applicant's visa is ready to be affixed.
Where will I receive my Elite Visa?
Your Thailand Elite visa will be affixed to your passport (a minimum of 3 pages is required) at:
- Airports (Bangkok Suvarnabhumi or Phuket airport) upon arrival of the international flight
- Immigration at Bangkok Chaeng Wattana
- Royal Thai consulate in your country of residence
Refer to the detailed application process on this page: How to Become a Thailand Elite Member?
What are the advantages of Elite visa?
The Elite visa comes with benefits depending on the chosen membership:
- The member does not have to experience visa runs, visa conditions, extensions, paperwork, and dealing with immigration services for 5 to 20 years.
- VIP escort by EPA upon arrival and departure, round-trip limousine service between the airport and residence/hotel.
- Exclusive access to airport lounges and concierge services and accelerated processing of passports and immigration procedures.
- Personalized assistance for the 90-day reporting.
- Simplification of banking operations in Thailand.
- Free annual health checkup in selected international hospitals.
- Exclusive access and discounts to spas, golf courses, hotels, travel agencies, cooking schools, department stores, Muay Thai gyms, and other leisure activities.
- Exemption from taxes on any income earned outside Thailand.
- Possibility of obtaining a tax identification number.
- Assistance in obtaining a driver's license.
- 24/7 customer service assistance.
How much does the membership cost?
The membership fee depends on the chosen membership package. Each Thailand Elite membership package has different benefits, validity, and cost:
Elite Easy Access (individual membership)
- Membership validity: five years
- Membership fee: THB 600,000 NET (approx. €16,520/$16,550)
- No age limit and anyone can apply
- Membership upgrade: with an additional THB 400 000, you are entitled to upgrade to Elite Superiority Extension's 20 years program
Click here to see all details about the program: Elite Easy Access
Elite Family Excursion (family membership)
- Membership: At least two persons from the same family
- Validity: five years
- Membership fee: THB 800,000 (VAT Included) for 2 persons
(THB 400,000 each)
- Additional member fee: THB 300,000 for each additional member
- Conditions: married couple OR Children OR Parents of the principal member (proof required such as a marriage certificate or birth certificate)
- Additional member validity: valid for a period equal to the remaining duration of the principal member
- If you want a family member to have their own Thailand Elite Visa membership, getting this package instead of having 2 Elite Easy Access memberships can save you THB 400,000.
Click here to see all details about the program: Elite Family Excursion
Elite Privilege Access
- Membership validity: ten years
- Membership fee: THB 1,000,000 NET (VAT Included)
- Additional validity : valid for a period equal to the remaining term of the core member
- Additional membership fee: THB 800,000 (VAT Included) / each
Click here to see all details about the program: Elite Privilege Access
Elite Family Alternative (individual & family membership)
- Membership validity: 10 years
- Membership fee: THB 800,000 (VAT Included)
- Additional member fee: THB 700,000 / each
- Additional member validity: valid for a period equal to the remaining term of the core member
Click here to see all details about the program: Elite Family Alternative
Elite Superiority Extension (individual membership)
- Membership validity: 20 years
- Membership fee: THB 1 million (approx. €27,500)
- This is the most economical membership formula over the long term.
Click here to see all details about the program: Elite Superiority Extension
Elite Ultimate Privilege (individual & family membership)
- Membership validity: 20 years
- Membership fee: THB 2 millions
- Transfer fee: 20% of Prevailing Rate*
- Annual fee: THB 20,000*
- This is the membership that offers the most benefits and privileges
Click here to see all details about the program: Elite Ultimate Privilege
The Elite Visa offers a wide range of benefits and privileges, allowing you to stay in the country without constraints. Select the membership that best suits your needs and take advantage of all the benefits it offers. If you have any questions or need additional information, feel free to contact us.