The Thailand Elite Visa is a long-term visadesigned to attract higher earners into Thailand. It offers visa holders the opportunity to obtain long-term multiple entry visas and the right to live in Thailand for up to 20 years. There are many additional benefits of the Thai elite visa such as assistance on 90 day reporting, expedited immigration and passport control at Thai international airports and complementary add ons such as airport transport, golf, spa treatments and annual health checks.
The Elite multiple entry visa is valid for 5 years, 10 years or 20 years.
The Elite allows a maximum length of stay of 1 year for each entry, however, it can be extended for 1 year until the visa expires. The Elite visa is also renewable for up to 20 years in total.
Nationals of all countries are allowed to apply for the Elite visa except for those from the following countries:
You can apply for the Thailand Elite visa in Thailand or abroad, you just need to send an application and passport copy to Baan Smile, who will work with the Thailand Elite visa office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Immigration Bureau.
Tiers and Prices:
You should pay the membership fee for the tier of Thai Elite Visa that best suits your needs. Prices for different tiers are mentioned above.
The application process for a Thai elite visa membership can take anywhere from 3 weeks up to 2 months depending on the country of your nationality, and your immigration record.
Ideally, having at least 5 years of validity is beneficial because the Thai Elite Visa validity is based on the validity of your passport. Make sure you have at least 3 blank pages on your passport.
No, you do not have to be present. Baan Smile will represent you during the application stage.
You need a copy of your passport, passport pictures, Thai Elite Visa application form, and a copy of your proof of relationship for the family member you are applying for.
No, there are no financial requirements, applicants only need to pay for the Thai Elite membership fee depending on the tier that best suits their needs.
A driver’s license is a universal requirement. Every country requires them from anyone who wishes to pilot a four-wheeled or two-wheeled vehicle in its jurisdiction. Thailand is not an exception, and it’s a sign of good sense if, right now, you’re thinking about getting a driver’s license in the Kingdom. If you have a Thai Elite visa then members would get a 2-year Thai Driving License. Members can submit their application at any Department of Land Transport office in the country. An Elite Personal Liaison service can assist members with the document submission process at the Department of Land & Transport Chatuchak office, upon request.
There are a lot of people curious about Elite visa, what is Elite visa?
The Thailand Elite Visa is a long-term visa given to the Thailand Privilege Card members. It is categorized under Tourist Visa (Privilege Entry Visa “PE”) allowing residency in Thailand along with benefits for a period between 5, 10, or 20 years depending on the chosen package in exchange for a membership fee.
Whenever you apply for any visa in Thailand you always need to bring a copy of your passport and it's always required to have a copy of your documents so this also applies if you are applying for an Elite visa. A copy of the identification page of your passport will be sent to the Immigration office for a due diligence check. This is to insure that you are not on the blacklist, watching-list, or anything that would prevent you to obtain the Visa.
There is no income requirement to hold the Thai Elite Visa. The applicant only needs to pay the membership fee which will range from 600,000 Thai baht to 2 million Thai baht. Although there is no income requirement, one of the requirements to qualify as a member is that the applicant has not been adjudicated bankrupt.
Hi - from what we know, you would pay income on income earned in Thailand.
For example, we have customers who open a bank account here and transfer money from their home country into that account in Thailand.
They would pay tax on the interest earned on that money in Thailand. But not the money (principal) itself.
As always, if the amount of money is significant, then it would be a good idea to talk to a local accountant. We can certainly get you in touch with one.
That being said, its always good to have options. If you are planning to come soon, we recommend you keep your Australian based accounts and transfer money to live on while you're in Thailand. Then as you get more “comfortable” being here, you can transfer more funds as needed.
Ideally, you need to have at least 5 years remaining in the validity of your passport. However, in case you have less than 5 years, the Thai Embassy or Immigration Bureau will affix the Thai Elite Visas based on the expiration date stated in your passport. The remaining validity of your visa will then be affixed to your new passport. It is also good to note that you need to have at least 3 blank pages in your passport.
Elite Personal Assistant is a person who serves and facilitates all Thailand Elite members at Bangkok and Phuket International airports (International flights only).
Elite Personal Liaison service is a person who serves and facilitates all Thailand Elite members with,
To able to work legally in Thailand you need to have a working visa, but if you want to work under your Elite visa then it is illegal unless you qualify for Flexible Plus program which allows certain Thailand Elite members to convert their PE Visa to a Non-immigrant visa and obtain a work permit.
The Flexible Plus program is a special program for foreigners who are interested in investment and special privileges to work in Thailand.
Of course, a lot of you always look for a benefit for what you paid for, as you know Thai Elite visa is 5 years visa and it cost a lot to get this kind of visa but paying a lot means having good benefits as well.
The benefits may vary depending on the package chosen hence please contact HLG if you wish to receive a comprehensive list of advantages per package. Generally, the benefits are:
Complimentary limousine service from the airport to your hotel/residence or from your hotel/residence to the airport
Expedited immigration formalities and passport control processing
VIP greeting and escort on arrival and departure by Elite Personal Assistants
Exclusive arrival & departure lounges
Complementary Spa access
Complementary Golf access
Annual Health Check
Government concierge’s assistance: business networking, immigration service (90-Day Report), facilitation, and assistance in the processing of a driver’s license
If you guys are wondering if you are capable of this visa then giving you the qualifications for a Thai Elite visa will clear your heads up
These are the qualifications for a Thai Elite Visa;
The applicant/member must have and maintain to have the following qualifications:
- Holder of a foreign passport
- Being allowed to stay in Thailand by the immigration laws, which means the applicant has no overstay record in Thailand
- No age limit is required for this program apart from the Elite Ultimate Privilege (Grand Package) which requires one to be at least 20 years old
- Not having been sentenced by a judgment to imprisonment in any country except for an offense committed to negligence
- Not having been adjudicated bankrupt
- Not having been declared as a person of unsound mind, incompetence, or quasi-incompetence
NOTE: The application for the Thai Elite Privilege Card membership and the Thai Elite Visa may take 1 to 3 months.
If the validity duration of your present passport is insufficient or less than five years, the privilege entry visa will be issued by the current passport’s expiration date.
When you receive your new passport, you will need to take the old passport and new passport to an embassy and have the visa transferred to the new passport. The visa will be valid until the original 5-year expiry date.