Thailand Elite Visa


Thai Elite Visa

What is the best Thai Visa for someone wanting to stay long in Thailand? Is it the Thailand Privilege Visa (or Thailand Elite Visa), Thai Retirement Visa, Thailand Marriage Visa, Thailand LTR Visa or a Non-immigrant Business Visa? This featured article will offer a comprehensive look into the world of Thailand visas for foreigners wishing to live in Thailand.

Thailand Elite Visa

The Thailand Elite Visa is a Privilege Entry Visa given to Thailand Privilege Card members. It is categorized as a long term tourist visa allowing residency in Thailand along with benefits for a period between 5, 10, or 15 years (with a 20-year package only available via invitation) depending on the chosen package in exchange for a membership fee. Thailand Privilege Visa program is managed by the Thailand Privilege Card Company Ltd under the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

  • The Thailand Elite Visa is a 5-year renewable multiple-entry visa with an extendable 1-year length of stay per each entry.
  • The Thailand Elite visa holder can have an uninterrupted stay in Thailand without the usual need to leave the country every 90 days as with the other visa types.
  • The Elite Visa holder can utilize the privilege points to be represented by the Thailand Elite staff on the 90-day reporting as required by Thai Immigration.
  • Thailand Elite card holders will receive expedited immigration formalities and passport control processing when arriving in Thailand

Thailand Elite Visa Qualifications

The applicant for the Elite visa program must have and maintain to have the following qualifications:

  • Holder of a foreign passport
  • Being allowed to stay in Thailand in accordance with the immigration laws, which means the applicant has no overstay record in Thailand
  • No minimum age requirement for Thailand Elite Visa program. Applicants under 20 years of age must provide parental authorization during the application process.
  • 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

The application for the Thailand Elite Privilege Card membership and the Thai Elite Visa may take 1 to 3 months.

Thailand Elite Visa Cost

The Thailand Elite Visa cost is based on the membership program. There are different Thailand Elite membership programs available to obtain a Thailand Elite Visa, each varying in validity, benefits, and cost, as follows:

Elite Gold Membership Package

Thailand Privilege Visa GOLD Membership

  • Membership program validity of 5 years
  • Provides a 5-year multiple entry visa
  • It costs 900,000 Thai Baht with no annual fee
  • Provides 20 privilege points per year
  • No age restriction; Elite members can apply at any age

Elite Platinum Membership Package

Thailand Privilege Visa PLATINUM Membership

  • Membership program validity of 10 years
  • Provides a 5-year multiple entry visa, renewable for another 5 years
  • It costs 1.5 million Thai baht with no annual fee (main applicant)
  • It costs 1 million Thai baht with no annual fee for additional applicants
  • Provides 35 privilege points per year
  • No age restriction; members can apply at any age

Elite Diamond Membership Package

Thailand Privilege Visa DIAMOND Membership

  • Membership program validity of 15 years
  • Provides a 5-year multiple entry visa, renewable for another 5 years twice through the 15-year membership duration
  • It costs 2.5 million Thai Baht with no annual fee (main applicant)
  • It costs 1.5 million Thai Baht with no annual fee (additional applicant)
  • Provides 55 privilege points per year
  • No age restriction; members can apply at any age

Elite Reserve Membership Package

Thailand Privilege Visa RESERVE Membership

  • Membership program validity of 20 years or more
  • Provides a 5-year multiple entry visa, renewable another 5 years thrice throughout the 20-year membership duration. After the 20 years is up, Thailand Elite members can apply for another 5-year visa
  • It costs 5 million Thai Baht with no annual fee
  • Provides 120 privilege points per year
  • Only available to applicants via an invitation
  • No age restriction; members can apply at any age provided they have the invitation

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How to Apply for Thailand Elite Privilege Visa

1. Application for Thailand Elite Membership and Background Check

Application for Thailand Elite Membership

You can apply for the Thailand Privilege Entry Visa program whether you are in Thailand or abroad. All you need to do is to send a soft copy of your passport and application form to an accredited Thailand Elite Privilege Visa agent.

Siam Legal is one of the authorized general sales and services agent of the Thailand Privilege program. They will work with the Thailand Privilege Head Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Immigration Bureau to do immigration and criminal background checks.

The entire process may take 1 month for most nationalities and up to 3 months for special countries, with 4 to 6 weeks for the background check.

2. Thailand Elite Membership Fee Payment

Thailand Elite Membership Fee Payment

When the applicant has passed a background check and the application has been approved, the applicant will be instructed to transfer the membership fee. 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 a bank transfer or credit card payment. The applicant will have 30 days to make the payment.

3. Thailand Elite Membership Acceptance

Thailand Elite Membership Acceptance

After completing the payment or bank transfer, the applicant will receive the Membership ID and instructions on how to receive the visa within 5 to 10 working days upon successfully paying their membership fee.

4. Thailand Elite Visa Issuance

Thailand Elite Visa Issuance

The Thailand Elite member can affix the Thailand Privilege visa at the local Thai embassy or consulate in his/her respective country once the membership ID has been received. If it is not convenient for the applicant to collect the visa from the Thai embassy, it is also possible for the Thailand Elite card holder to obtain the Thailand Privilege visa upon arrival in Thailand at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Chiang Mai Airport, or Phuket Airport with the help of an Elite Personal Assistant.

In case the Thailand Elite member is in Thailand, the Thailand Elite agent may arrange the visa issuance at the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok.

 

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Thailand Elite Visa Frequently Asked Questions

Thailand Elite Visa Program FAQs

What is the Thailand Elite Visa?

The Thailand Elite Privilege Visa is a special visa introduced in 2003 by the Tourism Authority of Thailand that aims to attract affluent visitors, businessmen, investors, and expats to stay in Thailand long-term. It is a visa classified as a Privilege Entry Visa that is valid for 5 years with multiple entries without having to deal with so much paperwork or visits to the immigration office.

The Thailand Elite Visa holder will be allowed to stay in the country for up to 1 year on each visit.

How long is the Thailand Elite Visa application process?

The Thailand Elite membership program and Thailand Elite Privilege Visa application process may take a total of 1 to 3 months depending on the nationality of the applicant and in case of immigration or criminal record of the applicant. In terms of background checks, the whole process could last between 4 to 6 weeks.

Do any Thailand Elite application documents need a notary stamp or to be certified?

No. It is not required for the Thailand Elite Privilege Visa application forms and copy of passport to be notarized or to be certified. A scanned copy sent through email or photocopy of these documents is sufficient. The application form are also not required to be notarized when applying for the Elite membership.

What is the passport validity that is required for this Elite visa process?

You need to have at least 12 months remaining in the validity of your passport at the time of application. However, in case you have less than 5 years, the Thai Embassy or Immigration Bureau will affix the Thailand Elite visa sticker based on the expiration date stated in your passport. The remaining validity of your Thailand Elite 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.

Do I have to appear in person for the Thailand Elite application?

No, it is not required to personally appear during the Thai Elite membership application. You will be represented by a sales agent during the membership application. However, your presence is required during the issuance of the visa whether it is at the Thai Embassy abroad, at Suvarnabhumi airport, or at the Bangkok immigration office.

What are the required documents for application for the Thai Elite Visa?

The required documents for the application of the Thailand Elite membership are a copy of the profile page of your passport, a colored ID photo with a white background, a duly accomplished Thai Elite Visa application form, a signed PDPA form, and a copy of proof of relationship for any family member applying with the main applicant.

Is there an income requirement to apply for the Thai Elite visa?

There is no income requirement to apply for the Thailand Elite visa program. The applicant only needs to pay the membership fee which will range from 900,000 Thai baht to 2.5 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.

How does the Thai Elite visa differ from the Thai Retirement visa?

The Thai Elite Visa differs from the retirement visa in such a way that the financial requirement or membership fee is non-refundable. The financial requirement for a retirement visa is deposited in the visa holder’s bank account as his/her own savings. The retirement visa must be renewed every year whereas the Thai Elite visa does not need to be renewed every year. Both Thai Elite Visa and Retirement Visa require 90-day address reporting

Can Thai Elite Visa holders buy real estate in Thailand?

Just like other foreigners, Thai Elite Visa holders can own condominiums in their own name. If applicants wish to acquire land and build a house, they can obtain a long-term lease on the land (for up to 30 years). They will need to apply for a construction permit to build the house in their own name. This way applicants can own the house and have a secured long-term lease on the land.

Why choose Siam Legal as your Thailand Elite Visa Agent?

Siam Legal Thailand Privilege Official GSSA

Siam Legal is the authorized General Sales and Services Agent (GSSA) for Thailand Privilege membership in Thailand. The firm provides the following services on top of the services provided by an Elite agent:

  • 24/7 VIP phone number (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.

Thailand Elite by Siam Legal

Siam Legal Thailand Elite Visa Team

Your Thailand Elite Visa application will be handled by Siam Legal staff in Bangkok

Comparing Other Long-Term Thailand Visa for Foreigners with Thailand Elite Visa

Here are other types of long term Thai visas available to foreigners who wish to live or move to Thailand:

Thai Retirement Visa

Thai Retirement Visa

Benefits of the Thailand Retirement Visa

Having the Thai retirement visa delegates a lot of benefits to those choosing to apply for it. The retirement visa can offer the following perks:

  • The retirement visa can be extended every year provided you meet the eligibility requirements. If your visa is about to expire by the end of the year, you need not worry and will only have to renew it to continue staying in Thailand.
  • Holders of a Thailand Retirement Visa can stay in Thailand for an entire year uninterrupted. This means you do not need to fly home at one point during the year.
  • Thai retirement visas also come with 5 year and 10 year options, as well as options that enable the visa holder to enter and exit the country multiple times within a year.

Advantages of having the Thailand Elite Visa over the Thailand Retirement Visa

The Thailand Elite Visa sometimes will seem more preferable to apply for over the Thailand Retirement Visa. This can be because of the following:

  • The Thailand Elite Visa application can be completed entirely online. A representative on their behalf will instead be coordinating with Immigration Officers in Thailand on processing the application. Applying for this saves the time and hassle of having to book flights to Thailand or changing flights back home, and having to present yourself at the embassy. Applying for the Thailand retirement visa usually requires applicants to be stationed in Thailand for the entire process, especially if applying for the O-Retirement visa. This also includes extending the visa. While there are cases of applicants applying for and being approved for it overseas, the chances are much, much lower than if applying for it locally.
  • Having insurance, while recommended, is completely optional for the Thailand Elite Visa. Some retirement visa options such as the O-A Retirement visa require health insurance, sometimes ones with a coverage of over 100,000 THB, the amount increasing yearly. Being obligated to purchase insurance on top of the visa can be an expensive endeavor for a lot of people.
  • The Thailand Elite Program does not have any financial or medical certificate requirements or bank amount limits that need to be met to be considered for the program. Applicants applying for a Thai Retirement Visa must have 800,000 THB in savings within their bank account for the Non-Immigrant OA visa, while those apply for the Non-immigrant OX visa need 3 million baht. If they lack this amount in their bank accounts, then they need to meet the required monthly income amounts.
  • A good benefit of having a Thai Elite Visa as opposed to a Retirement visa is its flexibility. With a Thai Elite Visa, the retiree can choose either a 5 year, 10 year, or even 15 years option. This helps the retiree live in Thailand long enough to decide whether this is the right location for them to retire in. Sometimes retirees will apply for a retirement visa in Thailand and then move over there only to realize after a couple of months that it’s not a right fit for them. This could pose problems for their retirement visa or make it so that the money they spent for it was such a waste.
  • Visa holders of a Thai Retirement Visa also do not gain access to the VIP-level perks offered by the Thailand Elite Visa, such as easier 90-day reporting sessions and complimentary immigration fast tracking at airports.

Thai Marriage Visa

Thai Marriage Visa

Benefits of the Thai Marriage Visa

For those considering the Thailand Marriage Visa, there are benefits involved:

  • For one, the marriage visa is extendable every year, so you won’t need to be worried about not being able to continue it after its expiration date. Applying for an extension is also very convenient in the sense that you can apply for it entirely within Thai borders. The fact that you don’t need to leave Thailand can seem very enticing to any foreigner, especially given that it lets them save money on plane ticket costs and also time (traveling to another country is a long, tedious procedure that can take an entire day).
  • Being a holder of a marriage visa also allows you to obtain a work permit in Thailand. This enables workers to be able to provide their services to benefit the Thai economy along with local businesses and startups. Having a work permit also provides many options for the visa holder with regards to money making opportunities.
  • The marriage visa offers the holder a validity period of one year, but can be renewed annually while the holder is in Thailand. This allows the holder a chance to stay in the country uninterrupted without having to leave.

Advantages of having the Thai Elite Visa over the Thai Marriage Visa

In some cases, it’s preferable to apply for the Thai Elite Visa instead given the following benefits:

  • When you apply for the Thailand Elite Visa, you only apply for one visa valid for 5 years. A Thailand marriage visa requires applicants to have applied for a non-immigrant O visa first. Then they will receive a 90-day visa and then you can apply for the marriage visa. The applicant will also need to apply for a re-entry permit. Being forced to complete multiple applications can feel time consuming and expensive to many.
  • Both holders of a Thailand Elite Visa and holders of a Thai Marriage Visa will also be required to complete their 90-day reporting while residing in Thailand. Thai Elite Visa however grants holders support from Thai Elite Agents. Thailand Elite members can send their documentation to the agents who will report them on their behalf to the Immigration Officers. This is convenient for those who do not want to present themselves in person.
  • A Thailand Elite Visa is simpler and less complicated to apply for, if you married a Thai person in another country outside Thailand. For the Thai marriage visa, you must complete the following steps:
    • Gather documents pertaining to the marriage certificate.
    • Get said documentation stamped and verified at the embassy in Bangkok.
    • Have the document translated into Thai and then taken to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    • Take the marriage certificate into an Amphur to obtain Kor Ror 22.
    • Apply for the marriage visa.
  • Applicants who apply for the Thailand Elite Visa, will not need to fulfill any financial or banking requirements. For the Thai Marriage Visa, applicants need to have at least around 400,000 THB within their savings account or alternatively, they require at least 40,000 THB per month to be transferred into their account on a monthly basis.
  • The Thai Elite Visa grants additional VIP-level perks to members that they won’t get if they applied for the Thai Marriage Visa. These complimentary benefits include:
    • Support in opening a Thai bank account.
    • Support in acquiring a Thai driver’s license.
    • Access to exclusive VIP lounges at airports.
    • Immigration fast tracking via the fast tracking lane.

Thai Business visa

Thai Business visa

Benefits of the Thai Business Visa

The Thai Business Visa can be desirable based on the following perks:

  • Being a holder of a Thai Business Visa comes with the complimentary add-on of being able to apply for a Thai work permit. This is perfect for foreign nationals who not only want the privilege of being able to experience Thailand, but also want to be able to work here.
  • A Thai Business visa holder is able to open up a business within the country. This can be extremely enticing towards aspiring business owners.
  • The cost to apply is very affordable. If interested, you can choose to pay 2,000 THB for a single-entry visa with 3-months worth of validity, or shell out 5,000 THB for a multiple-entry visa with a years’ worth of validity.
  • There are also a number of different options for the Thai Business Visa that the applicant can choose, providing a list of choices with their own benefits and differences. Examples include:
    • Non-Immigrant B visa (Business): geared towards foreign nationals that want to apply for a work permit to either work in the country or establish businesses.
    • Non-Immigrant B-A visa (Business Approved): geared towards foreign nationals looking to merely invest in or start a business in Thailand.
    • Non-Immigrant IB visa (Investment and Business Visa): geared towards foreign nationals hired by the Board of Investments to work on investment related projects.
    • Non-Immigrant B (Teaching) Visa: geared towards applicants looking to teach in Thailand.

Advantages of having the Thai Elite Visa over the Thai Business Visa

  • Acquiring the Thai Elite Visa is cheaper and more stress-free. Acquiring a work permit as a business owner comes with tough requirements. Starting a business in Thailand is a very expensive venture and business owners will often need 2 million THB worth of capital invested in order to qualify for the work permit, along with having hired at least 4 staff members (all must be of Thai nationality).
  • You need to meet a couple of requirements in order to be able to acquire a Thai Business Visa. These include:
    • Having a job offer (if you want to work in Thailand).
    • Having an investment (if you want to invest).
    • Having an invitation entitling the applicant to set up a business venture within the country (if you want to conduct business here).
    • Having a sponsorship from either a Thai Business Partner or entity.
  • Holders of a Thai Business Visa do not benefit from the Thai Elite Visa’s unique VIP-level perks:
    • Assistance with the mandatory 90-day reporting.
    • Support in opening a Thai bank account.
    • Support in acquiring a Thai driver’s license.
    • Access to exclusive VIP lounges at airports.
    • Immigration fast tracking via the fast tracking lane.

Thai SMART Visa

Thai SMART Visa

Benefits of a Thai SMART Visa

The Thai SMART Visa comes with a list of benefits for those interested:

  • Holders of a Thai SMART Visa will be permitted to only present themselves at immigration institutions for compulsory reporting once every year, rather than every 90-days.
  • The Thai SMART Visa holder, their spouse and their children do not need a work permit in order to work in Thailand. This saves them time from submitting an application and having to carefully meet requirements.
  • You do not need to apply for a Thai re-entry permit in order to gain access into the country everytime you leave.
  • There are different packages to choose from regarding the Thai SMART Visa, depending on your experience and situation:
    • SMART Talent Visa (T) : available to science and technology experts earning 200,000 baht per month and employed by one of the ten targeted industries.
    • SMART Investor Visa (I): available to investors who invest 20 million baht into companies using technology in their manufacturing process or deliver services. NOTE: These companies also must be in one of the ten targeted industries.
    • SMART Executive Visa (E): available to senior managers with at least a Bachelor’s degree, ten years’ work experience, and earn a minimum of 200,000 baht per month. Senior managers must be employed by companies in one of the ten targeted industries.
    • SMART Startup Visa (S): available to entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Thailand. To be eligible, you must deposit 600,000 baht in Thailand, have health insurance, and set up a company in one of the ten targeted industries within your first year.

Advantages of having the Thai Elite Visa over the Thai SMART Visa

  • Applicants applying for a Thai Elite Visa can choose from a list of 5, 10, and even 15-year visas. SMART Visas are granted to applicants only for a maximum of 4 years (4 x 1-year extendable visas). After those 4 years are up, the visa holder will need to leave Thailand.
  • There are no financial or employment requirements to apply for the Thai Elite Visa. To qualify for the SMART visa, depending on the option you’ve selected, you need to meet certain financial or employment requirements. For instance with SMART Visa Ts, you need at least 100,000 THB income per month (or at least 50,000 THB if you are working for a startup) and need to be a highly qualified professional.
  • Holders of a SMART Visa do not gain any sort of access to the VIP-level benefits provided by the Thai Elite Visa. Thai Elite Visa holders earn benefits such as:
    • Access to exclusive VIP lounges at airport establishments,
    • Assistance from a representative to open a Thai bank account.
    • Assistance in acquiring a Thai driver’s license.
    • Special immigration fast tracking at airports.
    • Exclusive support for the mandatory 90-day reporting procedure.

Conclusion

Having a Thai visa is essentially your golden ticket into the Land of Smiles and a jumpstart to your Thailand experience. Out of all alternatives, the Thai Elite visa would be the most convenient and hassle-free option if you aspire to live in Thailand long-term. If you ever feel intrigued by the Thai Elite Visa and all the options available, feel free to consult one of our professionals to measure which visa package is best suited to your needs. We can receive any inquiries on the web form above or in the comment section below.

 

Immigration Consultant ThailandRex Baay
Senior Immigration Consultant
Siam Legal International
Rex joined Siam Legal in 2009 and throughout his 14 years of experience at the firm, he handled more than thousands immigration cases for Thailand. He has great knowledge of Thai non-immigrant visas such as business visas, Thai marriage visas, retirement visas, and Elite Visa Thailand. 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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221 Comments

  1. Florent
    December 26, 2023
    Reply

    Hello Rex,

    If I receive income from abroad (Hong Kong,) with a family visa (Ofamilly – child) in Thailand.

    Is it possible to obtain a tax identity number to pay taxes on foreign income?

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Best regards

    Florent

    • May 30, 2024

      Yes, it is possible to obtain a tax identification number (TIN) in Thailand if you receive income from abroad while holding a family visa (Non-O visa for family reasons). You can register with the Thai Revenue Department and provide necessary documentation such as proof of income and visa status. Once registered, you can pay taxes on your foreign income.

      For precise details and assistance, consulting with a tax professional or the Thai Revenue Department is advisable.
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-elite-support

      Best regards.

  2. Helena Laakso
    November 24, 2023
    Reply

    What are other requirements to get visa? And i’m looking 5 years visa and I have enought money to pay 1 person visa straight away! And i am private trader which means i have my own business and online clients? Can i get visa straight away if i have money to pay it?

  3. PETER
    November 5, 2023
    Reply

    Good Morning,

    My name is Peter a United States citizen and 60+ years of age.

    I am currently travelling in Thailand on a 6 month Multi Entry Visa expiring in February 2023.

    I am inquiring for information regarding the process, required documents and cost of applying for a one year renewable multiple-entry visa

    Thank you for your kind assistance.

    Peter

  4. Fabien
    October 29, 2023
    Reply

    Hello,
    What is the best option to choose for visa as to be able to open a business in Thailand. For instance renting a bar or restaurant and running it.
    Kind regards.

    • May 30, 2024

      To open and run a business in Thailand, such as renting a bar or restaurant, you should apply for a Non-Immigrant B (Business) Visa. This visa allows you to apply for a work permit, which is necessary for operating a business in Thailand. The Thailand Elite Visa, while offering long-term stay benefits, does not permit work activities. Consulting with an immigration expert or legal advisor can help ensure all requirements are met for your business venture.

      Kind regards.

  5. Dev
    October 10, 2023
    Reply

    What amount of time does it usually take for an individual holding an Indian passport to complete the processing?

    • October 10, 2023

      Hi Dev,

      May I please know what type of visa you are interested with. For Thailand Elite Visa, it’s 1-3 months.

      Thank you!

  6. Taciana
    September 20, 2023
    Reply

    Hello dear team,

    My name is Taciana Mirandelle, I’m 29 years old and I’m from France.

    To make it short ;

    At the beginning of September my partner and I decided to apply for an Elite 5-year visa. My husband sent his application on time, but I had a few problems because I had misplaced my passport and didn’t have a copy of it.

    So I sent in my application on September 16.
    But I have all the proof that I filled out the form on time, on the 12th of September.

    My question is this: given that my partner sent in his application on time, isn’t it possible to prove that I also intended to send it in?

    I can pay late fees it’s not a problem but I can not pay the new price (900 000baht) and I really really want to have the chance to live and experience the culture of Thailand.

    Thanks for your time and understanding.
    Taciana

  7. Grayson C Heffner
    September 9, 2023
    Reply

    Thanks for this very useful content. Just one question: for the Thailand Elite Visas, are multiple reentries allowed or do you need a reentry permit every time you leave Thailand and return?
    Thanks!

    • September 10, 2023

      Hi Grayson,

      The Thailand Elite Visa is a long-term elite privilege visa issued to Thailand Privilege members. This visa is affixed to your passport and allows you to fly into and out of the country without needing to apply for a re-entry permit.

      For more frequently asked questions about the Thailand Elite Visa, please visit this link: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-visa/thailand-elite-visa-frequently-asked-questions

      Thanks!

  8. Anthony Southon
    September 3, 2023
    Reply

    To whom it may concern.

    Hi
    My name is Anthony, I’m looking to travel from a village close by to Bangkok.
    On the 06/09/2023 ( Wednesday) into the city of Bangkok.
    I’m looking at the possible options of an extension of my stay.
    I arrived in Thailand on the 17/08/2023 with a visa exemption of 30 days.
    Due to fly out on the 12/09/2023.
    Im hoping to make an appointment if possible on the afternoon of the 06/09/2023 with your office.
    I will need to also discuss further inquiries about marriage and immigration to Thailand.
    I estimate an appointment of 1 hour maybe needed.
    Look forward to you response.
    Thanks
    Anthony.

  9. Dane
    August 23, 2023
    Reply

    Dear Team

    I am interested in applying for the Elite Superiority Extension Visa (20 years) and have the following questions.

    1. Is there a deposit required when sending the application?

    2. What is the time period for full payment to be made upon successful completion?

    3. Is there a minimum period of stay required in Thailand within any one year. Can you be out of the country for an extended period within any 5 year term of the visa?

    Many thanks for your help.

  10. Morakinyo
    August 17, 2023
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    Are foreigners from African allowed to work or school in Thailand and can I migrate with my spouse.

    • June 6, 2024

      Hello, Morakinyo.

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

      The Thailand Elite Visa does not allow the holder to work in Thailand. For your question regarding education, you would need to apply for an ED Visa if you are planning to study at an institution. However, you will still be able to retain the privileges of your Thailand Elite Visa.

      For more information about the Thailand Elite Visa, you can click here: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-visa/thailand-elite-visa-frequently-asked-questions

  11. Shaun
    August 3, 2023
    Reply

    What is the exact requirement of not having been made bankrupt?
    If it’s at the time of application, then that is clear that you are not or have not been bankrupt.
    What if you are made bankrupt during your elite visa? Are you then judged to have broken the terms and your visa can be at risk? Or do you just lose your privileges?

  12. William Johnson
    July 25, 2023
    Reply

    Rex,

    Can I take care of all Elite Visa requirements without visiting a Thai Consulate in my home country (USA)? If this is not required, how then will I receive the official visa to be added to my passport?

    I plan to live in Nan Province with my Thai wife once we return to Thailand in 2024. Does Nan Immigration recognize the Elite Visa?

    Finally, after paying the fee for my Elite Visa, do I also need to maintain a special Thai bank account for the normally-expected THB 800,000 or is this not required under the terms of an Elite visa?

    • August 23, 2023

      If you are not a holder of a Thai Elite Visa, you can contact me directly, and I will assist you with the application process.

      For the official visa sticker, you have two options: you can either collect it at the Thai Embassy in the USA or upon your arrival in Thailand. This can be done at one of the three airports: Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi), Phuket, or Chiang Mai. To have a smooth process, please inform the Thai Privilege staff of your arrival date so they can guide you through the VIP lane and have the visa sticker prepared.

      You don’t need to worry about your Thai bank account; once the payment is made, the process is completed.

  13. Paul
    July 24, 2023
    Reply

    Hi I am currently in Thailand studying Thai on an Education Visa. I have just applied for an Elite visa and that has been refused. The Education visa is due to end in August 2023. Can I obtain a tourist visa and reapply for an Elite VIsa in September 2023 and is that likely to be approved. Thanks for your help.

    • June 6, 2024

      Hello, Paul.

      You can apply for a Thailand Tourist Visa, but it can only be applied for before coming to Thailand, not within the country. In regards to your concern about the Thailand Elite Visa application, it is recommended that you apply for a Thailand Elite Visa through a certified GSSA to maximize your chance of approval.

      For more Thailand Elite Visa inquiries, you can fill out this form: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-elite-support

  14. James M
    July 23, 2023
    Reply

    I am an Indian citizen residing in Qatar. I recently purchased an apartment in BKK.
    I was informed by one of the building management staff that there is some kind of multiple-entry visa I can apply for based on the fact that I own property in Thailand. What kind of visa would I be able to apply for?

  15. Robert Schuster
    July 11, 2023
    Reply

    Trying to get a retirement visa using my monthly pension. Traveling there in Nov so I’ll need it during that time and I’m aware I can also initiate it in-country.
    What is my best option? I can also go to the nearest consulate (Los Angeles) to initiate it.

    • June 6, 2024

      Hello, Robert Schuster.

      It is possible to apply for a Thailand Retirement Visa outside of Thailand. However, you must see if your nearest Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate provides this service.

      For immigration-related questions, we recommend that you join the community here to learn more about how to enter Thailand: https://howtoenterthailand.com/

  16. john
    July 11, 2023
    Reply

    My wife (Thai national with US citizenship as well) and I have been married 24 years. As we near retirement, we plan to continue living in the U.S. but would like to spend 3-4 months in Thailand each year.
    Which visa would best meet our needs …Multiple Entry Tourist, Marriage, or Elite?

    • June 13, 2024

      Hello, John.

      We recommend that you get the Thailand Elite Visa, as the Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa will not allow you to remain in Thailand for 3-4 months without having to leave the country on several occasions. Though the Thailand Marriage Visa will allow you to remain in Thailand for an extended period of time, it will need to be renewed every year and you will have to continue to prove that you fulfil the requirements.

  17. Erica Cheong
    July 4, 2023
    Reply

    Dear Sir/ Mdm

    I would like to ask are people with history of non-o volunteer visa eligible for Thai Elite Visa?

    Regards
    Erica

  18. Bjarne Brogaard Pedersen
    June 24, 2023
    Reply

    I’m very interested in the 5 year solution, are the above up to date?
    I am leaving for Thailand next month. Can I enter on tourist visa and then get the elite visa in Thailand?

    • June 27, 2023

      Hi,

      Yes, the information on this page regarding the Thailand Elite Visa is up-to-date.

      While entering on a tourist visa and then applying for Thailand Elite Visa is possible, the processing timeframe can range from 1 to 3 months. This means you can enjoy Thailand on your initial visa, but be aware of the waiting period before you gain full Thai Elite membership benefits.

      If you have any further inquiries about the program or application process, feel free to ask. I can assist you in exploring the different package options (just like the Thailand Elite Visa 5 year Gold Membership) to find the most suitable one for your needs.

      Thanks!

  19. Alex
    June 20, 2023
    Reply

    Hello Rex,

    I’m interested in the 10 year elite privilege access visa.

    Q1. My Australian Passport will be expired in JUNE 2024, is it okay to apply the elite visa RIGHT NOW or should I RENEW my passport then apply it later?

    Q2. DURING I AM STAYING in THAILAND as a tourist, can I apply the elite visa and get my visa sticker on my passport, OR should I apply it abroad, ie) in Australia?

    Q3. When I pay for the elite visa, can I transfer the visa membership fee FROM MY THAI GF’S BANK ACCOUNT?

    Q4. When I apply the elite visa, can I attend your office in person?

    I’m looking forward to hearing you soon. Thanks so much.

    • August 23, 2023

      Hi Alex,

      I recommend renewing your passport before applying for an Elite Visa.

      You can apply for an Elite Visa in Thailand or in Australia. If you are in Thailand, I can help you apply and you will get the sticker at the Immigration Office at Chaengwattana in Bangkok.

      If you choose to use a different bank account to pay for your Elite Visa, please make sure that you include your full name and specify the purpose of the payment. Alternatively, you can use a credit card linked to your Australian bank account for payment.

      Yes, you can come to the office to apply for the Elite Privilege Access visa.

  20. Dan
    June 5, 2023
    Reply

    Hi Rex

    Who can you apply for the elite visa through? How can you check they are accredited agents?

    Thanks

  21. Kreo
    May 26, 2023
    Reply

    Hello there –

    What’s the difference between upgrading from Elite Easy Access to Elite Superiority Extension or Elite Ultimate Privilege?

    • August 6, 2023

      Dear Kreo,

      Thank you for your interest in the Thai Elite Visa.
      Regarding your inquiry, there are some differences between Elite Superiority Extension and Elite Ultimate Privilege. Elite Ultimate Privilege cost is 1.4 million THB and you can add your family members (They will apply for Elite Family Premium package). There is an annual fee of around 20,000 THB for the Elite Ultimate Privilege. Elite Superiority Extension costs 400,000 THB, and cannot add family members and there is no airport limousine service.

      Kind regards,

      Rex Baay

  22. John
    May 9, 2023
    Reply

    Are there certain nationalities that can’t apply for elite visas or all nationalities can apply? If there are nationalities can’t apply, can you tell me what nationality is that?

    • May 15, 2023

      Hi John,

      For Thailand Elite Visa, the applicant must not be from the following UN-sanctioned countries:
      Asia: Afghanistan, North Korea, Pakistan
      Africa: Central Africa, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan
      Middle East: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Yemen

      For more frequently asked questions – click here: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-visa/thailand-elite-visa-frequently-asked-questions

      Thanks!

  23. Elizabeth McDonald
    April 28, 2023
    Reply

    I would like to arrange a meeting when I am in Bangkok, 4th , morning of the 5th or 6th of May to discuss Elite visa or alternatively a retirement visa. I would like your company to handle these. I tried calling your phone given but no answer. Please let me know if a meeting is viable.

    I have also contacted you via email previously but received no answer

    Phone: 0986574633

  24. Paul Sumner
    March 7, 2023
    Reply

    My wife (western) and I (westerners) wish to retire to Thailand on a retirement visa. Will we have to provide 2 x 800,000baht? I have had conflicting reports some say that only I have to satisfy the condition and other say that both of us have to satisfy the condition.

    • June 5, 2024

      Hello, Paul Sumner.

      You and your spouse will each need to provide a deposit of 800,000 THB to qualify for a Thailand Retirement Visa.

  25. Martz
    January 10, 2023
    Reply

    Is it ok for me to travel to Thailand with a Tourist Visa – (60days) 2-4x in a year?

    If so, will I be allowed to extend per trip as well?

    • February 17, 2023

      Dear Martz,

      It is not a problem to do it 2x. However if you will do it 4x in a year, that will make immigration officer doubt that you are a genuine tourist.
      Thank you.

    • Gaurav
      April 28, 2023

      1. What are the perks I can get for Elite Easy Access, the 600K THB for 5 years.

      2. Is there’s any hidden charges?
      3. I’m from India can I apply for Elite Easy Access?

    • August 23, 2023

      Hi Gaurav,

      With Elite Easy Access, you will receive several perks, including airport services, access to the airport lounge, and up to 24 short-haul (50KM or 80KM) car services per year.

      There are no hidden charges.

      Yes, you can apply for Elite Easy Access. However, it will take 2-3 months to get approval.

    • Nicholas Burling
      June 1, 2023

      Can I open up a Thai bank account easily if I have a Thai Elite Visa

    • June 1, 2023

      Yes, Thailand Elite Visa holders can easily open a Thai bank account. Which Thailand Elite program are you interested in?

  26. Mike
    December 17, 2022
    Reply

    Is it legal to work on a Elite Visa as a digital nomad in Thailand? I’m registered abroad and also pay taxes there. No business with Thai people.

    • December 26, 2022

      Dear Mike,

      It is acceptable to be on Elite Visa and continue working for a company abroad. You cannot work for a Thai company nor deal with Thai clients.
      Thank you.

  27. Jonah Gan
    December 12, 2022
    Reply

    My friends, a couple from China are planning to retire in Thailand. Can you help to apply for them a Thailand Retirement Visa.

  28. Holly Mac
    December 7, 2022
    Reply

    Does the Elite Family Excursion (minimum 2 persons) include my husband? We have no children, so can myself and my husband purchase this visa to come together?

    • December 26, 2022

      Dear Holly,

      Yes, the application has to be you and your husband. You can apply for the background check at the same time and you can get the visa sticker at anytime you wish after you have received the Welcome Letter.
      Thank you.

  29. Raul
    November 17, 2022
    Reply

    With 5 years Thailand Elite Visa, how many times can I leave and enter Thailand?

    • December 26, 2022

      Dear Raul,

      Good day.
      Regarding your inquiry, the 5-year visa sticker is valid for multiple entries. Technically, there is no limit on the number of times you can enter and exit Thailand within this 5-year period. Each entry will allow you to stay for a maximum of 1 to 2 years without the need to leave Thailand.
      Thank you.

  30. Arash Hafezi
    November 13, 2022
    Reply

    I am Arash . I am interested in moving to Thailand to buy a business and to live there too. I am an American citizen and would be following the Treaty of Amity process in order to legally own the business. Would I have to get a business visa to move or would getting the Thailand elite visa allow me to stay and buy my business too?

    Thank you,
    Arash

    • May 30, 2024

      Hi Arash,

      To legally own a business in Thailand through the Treaty of Amity, you would need a Non-Immigrant B (Business) Visa to apply for a work permit. The Thailand Elite Visa offers long-term stay benefits and conveniences but does not permit business operations or work activities. Therefore, you would need the Non-Immigrant B Visa to move to Thailand, buy, and run your business.

      For more details, consulting with an immigration expert is advisable.
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-elite-support

  31. Claude
    September 24, 2022
    Reply

    Hello, is it possible to pay in crypto, if so, how is the procedure. If not, is it possible to pay other than by bank transfer.

  32. Chris
    September 21, 2022
    Reply

    Hi there,
    Thanks so much for your article. For the Elite Family Premium, the 1 Million Baht membership payment is clear. I also understand the much smaller annual fee. Does the 1 Million have to be paid for each 5 year renewal period?
    I’m just curious how that works.
    Thanks!

  33. Mahmood Marwan Abdulahad
    September 18, 2022
    Reply

    Hello sir
    We want to travel to Thailand. We hold Iraqi passports.
    Our visa expires on 15/11/2022
    We can enter the country on 6/11/2022 and stay for a month??
    Thakns

  34. Ng P S
    September 6, 2022
    Reply

    I am 58 years old and interested in retiring in Thailand. However, I was wondering if I could apply to learn to read and write in Thai before applying for the visa. Are there study visa which I can apply? If yes, what are the procedure and cost of it. Thank you.

    • June 21, 2024

      Hello, Ng P S.

      You do not need to apply for a specific visa to learn Thai, so long as it is not at an institution.

      For immigration-related questions, we recommend that you join the community here to learn more about how to enter Thailand: https://howtoenterthailand.com/

  35. louis
    July 30, 2022
    Reply

    hello…. i am planning on applying for the elite visa program online, but i don’t have plans of visiting thailand for now (probably in 2 years to come) can i apply for the elite visa and not visa thailand for more than two years?

  36. Paul
    July 25, 2022
    Reply

    Hi,

    I’m thinking to move to Thailand

    We have made an offer on a property and intend to open a business as director and buy with the company.

    I see they offer Perminant residency or Golden Visa for 10m Baht investment.

    Could I deposit the 10m into a Thai bank account, apply for the permanent visa, open a company then invest the 10m into thai property such as a villa..?

    Would this be suitable for the Thai golden visa?

    We actually intend to invest around 40m thai Baht in total, but that will take a few more months to raise the finance.

    Does all this seem possible?

    What is the fee for arranging it?

    How long does the process take.?

    Thank you for your time.

  37. Justin Hoffman
    July 24, 2022
    Reply

    I need help with a visa for entering and leaving Thailand at least 4-6 times a year.

    I currently live in pattaya Thailand now for the last 3 years.

    I first had a volunteer visa for one year and now I have a work visa from a visa company

    I always have issues entering back into Thailand.

    Can you help me with the correct visa?

  38. Mohammed
    July 4, 2022
    Reply

    Hello.

    I am planning to visit Bangkok and Phuket soon! I have purchased insurance from AXA. I will stay for 30 days. Do I need to get a visa or anything else? Or is my AXS insurance enough for me to visit?

    Thanks!

    • June 6, 2024

      Hello, Mohammed.

      If you are entering Thailand through the Visa Exemption Scheme and do not plan to stay longer than the allowed number of days, then there would be no need to apply for a Tourist Visa.

      For more information related to immigration, join the community to learn more on how to enter Thailand: https://howtoenterthailand.com/

  39. Jodie Smith
    June 28, 2022
    Reply

    Hello, I would like to apply for the Elitevisa but I have a 5 day overstay on my passport, can I still apply?

    • February 17, 2023

      Dear Jodie,

      Yes, it is possible to apply for the Elite Visa as long as the overstay has been cleared already and you have paid the overstay fine and left Thailand. You can apply for the Elite Visa while abroad or when you return to Thailand.
      Thank you.

  40. Felix
    June 27, 2022
    Reply

    I am now in Thailand on a 30 day tourist visa which I am extending for 30days.
    Thereafter I want to apply for a Thai retirement visa.
    Is this possible in the circumstances?

  41. Bobguide
    June 22, 2022
    Reply

    Thanks a lot for sharing this article as I find it amazing and it has been very useful

  42. Onn Bachar
    June 8, 2022
    Reply

    Hello
    What is the best suitable visa for me and my wife and our two kids which are 4 and 6 for 5 years or 10 years?
    And what is the cost?
    Thank you

  43. Yu Zhijian
    May 25, 2022
    Reply

    i would like to do Elite Visa for my business !

  44. Terry
    May 6, 2022
    Reply

    I have a criminal record and was jailed for 5 years when i was a teenager 30 years ago , will this prevent me from applying for an elite visa ?

  45. Michael William Bragg
    May 4, 2022
    Reply

    I am planning travel to Thailand unvaccinated. Should my negative PCR test be 72 hours before leaving the US or arriving Thailand? It is a long flight.

    • June 7, 2024

      Hello, Michael William Bragg.

      Your COVID-19 test should not be older than 72 hours before departure from the US.

  46. Cory
    April 23, 2022
    Reply

    Hello, I want to come stay in Thailand for 40 to 50 days. Can I do this? Do I need a Visa? Do I need Thai pass?

    • June 7, 2024

      Hello, Cory.

      If you are a national from one of the eligible countries, you may enter Thailand through the Visa Exemption Scheme and remain in the country for a total of 60 days. However, if you are not eligible for it, you may apply for a Thailand Tourist Visa to enter and remain in Thailand for 60 days.

  47. Kim ha
    April 19, 2022
    Reply

    hello there , I live in Canada and I have. Canadian passport I would like to open another business thai visa . Can you able to help ?

  48. Barbara
    March 5, 2022
    Reply

    I have many questions

  49. Archie
    February 6, 2022
    Reply

    Need information on the Elite visas pls.
    Zambian passport residing in india.

  50. Lucy Argent
    January 20, 2022
    Reply

    Hi Rex

    Is there a fee for children all under the age of 5?

  51. Adrian Anderson
    January 14, 2022
    Reply

    Good afternoon
    I am applying for an elite visa. Who do I send completed form too and also I completed a police visa application in United Kingdom which shows no previous convictions so can I use this as proof of no convictions or does the Thailand embassy have to do their own checks delaying approval.

  52. jube
    January 13, 2022
    Reply

    I’m married a thai national can i a apply for the thai elite visa.

    • August 23, 2023

      Hi Jube,

      You are allowed to apply for a Thai Elite Visa if you are married to a Thai national. However, you cannot hold both a marriage visa and a Thai Elite Visa simultaneously; it’s a matter of choosing one or the other.

      If you’re interested in applying for a Thai Elite Visa, you can complete the application form and provide scanned copies of your passport’s profile page (in color) along with a photograph of yourself against a white background.

      Once it’s completed, you can send it over to us and we will send it over to Thailand Privilege on your behalf.

  53. omid tavakkol
    January 1, 2022
    Reply

    Hi
    Me and my wife are going to apply for thai elite visa (5 years) . We are iranian and we live in oman now . Can we open personal account in thailand ?

    Regards

    • June 10, 2024

      Hello, Omid Tavakkol.

      Yes, you and your wife can open your own personal bank accounts here in Thailand with the Thailand Elite Visa.

  54. Marshall
    December 30, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Rex Baay,

    Do I need an interview to get a Thai Elite Visa?
    Do I need to prove the source of the money to have Thai Elite Visa?

    Thank you.

  55. Jan Gentry Chiong-Tam
    December 17, 2021
    Reply

    Hello

    My name is Jan and i would like to visit Thailand for 1 yea. I would like to start in Nov 2022, I know i will need to quartine for 10 – 14 days. After spending 1 year traveling throught Thailand I want to travel over to Vietnam. My intent is to stay in Phuket for 5-6 months, then go to chiang Mai thailand for 3-4 Months with the remaining of the time in Bangkok. While in Phuket if it is visable would like to visit some of the outlaying countries Covid permitting. What would you suggest I apply for. I leave near Chicago and can make an appointment for March 2022.

  56. Peter G
    December 14, 2021
    Reply

    Hi,

    For the Thai Elite Visa, once obtained, do I automatically get permanent residence status in Thailand? If not, then what are the requirements?

    • December 14, 2021

      Dear Peter,

      Good day.
      No, the Thailand Elite Visa is a long stay tourist visa valid for 5 years allowing you to stay in Thailand for 365 days each time you enter Thailand within the duration of your visa.
      Thank you.

    • S
      April 19, 2022

      Hello,what are the payment methods for the membership?thank you.

    • June 10, 2024

      Hello, S.

      You can pay for the Thailand Elite Visa in any of the following manner:

      • Credit card or debit card
      • Mobile banking
      • Banking transfer
      • Alipay
      • Cryptocurrency
      • Cash (must be in Thai Baht and deposited through a Krung Thai bank only)
    • James Kyleson
      August 10, 2022

      Does “history of unsound mind” mean that a person with a history of psychiatric problems cannot move to Thailand under the elite visa? I have a history of depression in my early 20s, so I would be able to get a medical certificate which says I no longer have this condition.

    • June 7, 2024

      Hello, James Kyleson.

      We have sent you an email regarding this concern. If if slipped through the cracks, please fill out this form: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-elite-support

  57. ROBERT TIMOTHY HABLE
    December 4, 2021
    Reply

    Rex, I will be getting married next October in Thailand and I am a U. S. Citizen. I would like to hire your firm to do the process for the Thai Marriage Visa. Please contact me at your earliest convenience.

    Respectfully,
    Robert

  58. Sjaakie
    November 5, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    I am Sjaakie a dutchy with pension in Thailand since 10 years.
    All well, but there came a change O-A visa holders have to get a medical insurance.
    That is not nice to come with that, this is horrible, I am 70 + years old and getting a healthcare insurance will be difficult, toooo expensive if available. Now again a change of the rules during the game! Have to get an insurance on level 100.000 US$ !! What to do now?
    Hope to get an answer from you.

    Elite ? 20 years? Could be, on this moment no insurance needed, but what tomorrow? Is that right no insurance yet? What to expect.
    Hope to hear from you.
    Do NOT show my email.
    Sjaakie

  59. James
    November 1, 2021
    Reply

    Hello i am a uk resident thats been living in spain the past month can i get a thai visa on arrival??

    • June 10, 2024

      Hello, James.

      Though you can not get a Visa on Arrival, you can enter Thailand through the Visa Exemption Scheme, which will provide you with a longer stay than the Visa on Arrival.

      For immigration-related questions, we recommend that you join the community here to learn more about how to enter Thailand: https://howtoenterthailand.com/

  60. mahendrakumar
    October 25, 2021
    Reply

    Hi sir,
    Am Mahe from India I need to stay for at least one year could you make me Ed or other types of visa.

  61. Cindy Christiansen
    September 25, 2021
    Reply

    With a Thai elite visa, 5 years, are there restrictions on international travel while on this visa?
    Eg, neighbouring countries for holiday or having to return to Australia for family reasons and then return to Thailand.

    Thank you for your time
    Cindy

  62. Jules
    September 10, 2021
    Reply

    HI Rex,

    My situation is a little complicated

    i am married to a Thai national and we have two children my family are based in Thailand but i am based in london.

    After two years of separation i will be coming to Thailand again soon, i hope, but i’m not sure what visa i need to apply for.

    I am planning to stay “as long as possible”, but i need to continue working remotely in the UK while i am in Thailand.

    I have plans to set up a company in Thailand that will provide outsourcing to some of my UK clients, hiring Thai nationals to work on UK and European clients in the IT sector. I will do this with my wife, or an existing Thai business, but no specific arrangements have been made at this time.

    Particularly is it better, while plans are unformed to apply for a simple spouse visa or should i look at SMART Talent Visa / SMART Startup Visa instead.

    Kind regards

  63. Dheeraj
    September 1, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex
    Good morning
    I am 50 yr old indian National.
    Capt by profession and would like to stay and visit thailand on regular basisi.
    I used to travel every year but due to pandemic have not traveled since last two years.
    Coumd you guide me appropriately about visa that will suit me. So that i can make two visit every year with stay of apprx a month.
    Best regards
    Capt dheeraj

  64. Philip Marker
    August 30, 2021
    Reply

    Thankyou for an excellent, informative article. I will continue to view this and related pages during and post COVID pandemic with the goal of moving to Thailand from NZ.

  65. Crystal
    August 26, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    Im interested in buying property in Bangkok. Currently, I am staying with Immigrant O visa. Is there a minimum amount to spend on property? What type of visa can I apply for that? Thank you in advance.

  66. marina
    August 21, 2021
    Reply

    my son and has wife want to apply the elite visa under ” Elite Family Excursion (minimum 2 persons)”
    Can they add me as the additional family member?
    What family member refer to? Do parents count as family member? Or just his immediate family: wife and children as family member?thanks

  67. Preetish Kumar
    August 1, 2021
    Reply

    I want to check visa options for me and my family under the permanent residency scheme.

  68. Stephen
    July 5, 2021
    Reply

    I want to know In COVID-19 period, Special Tourist Visa (STV) can apply Elite Visa or Retirement Visa or not?

  69. Lindsay Muggridge
    June 27, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Do I need to get a Non immigrant 90 day visa and pay new insurance before i get anELITE VISA or can i just apply for The ELITE VISA from Australia
    If I get an Elite Visa Do I

  70. Cressett Thursby-Pelham
    June 16, 2021
    Reply

    Hello Thai Embassy

    With the elite visa do I need travel insurance and covid insurance ?

    With the non-immigrant O visa it says I don’t need travel insurance but do I need covid insurance ?

    Kind regards
    Cressett

  71. Valentina Voronova
    May 16, 2021
    Reply

    how to get a visa for Thailand for senior
    I am 68 years old I am disabled

  72. Sebastian
    May 1, 2021
    Reply

    When aquiring a Thailand Elite Via, which additional documents do I need to enter during the COVID pandemic?

  73. Ashok Thakkar
    April 6, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Rex
    I am retired Indian Business man and am almost 68 years aged. I would like to have yearly tourist visa, can you please help me in getting one. I am planning to come to Thailand during 1st week of May’21 after taking my 2nd Covid-19 Vaccine. Am I allowed to enter Bangkok or Phuket or Chiang Mai without being quarantined if I have got both the jabs of Vaccines. I don’t want to be quarantined if I am in good health and Covid free. I don’t mind going through PCR test once I am in Thailand.
    Please suggest me.
    Regards
    Ashok Thakkar
    [email protected]
    Please mail me directly if possible

  74. damon stone
    April 5, 2021
    Reply

    Gday.
    Im 52 aussie . Looking to Retire Thiland with my Wife Khmer. and her 2 daughters. I would probably create a school and teach Cryptocurrency trading for new people. Along wit a Internet skills teaching those that want to learn. Mostly young but can do full very in depth learning of virtually anything any age .
    Defiantly Mine Bitcoin with mining rigs.
    What visa would you recommended. Unsure I would be earning a large amount it would be to Just chill and live on and do some days where i work teaching. The deposits. maybe 1 mill THB max . As I use my money to create money. If rather a smaller size.
    MY wife.. 30 children 8-9yo girls.
    What or how can i get them a visa that . is not a 4 people juggling visa and forever going to office. and renewing situation.
    Recommendations?
    Fees for this to be a trouble free You take care of everything and reminders if we forget check time renewal is due ?

  75. Belinda Huntington
    April 4, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    I am currently in Thailand on a 3 month single entry tourist visa. However, my partner works in Thailand and I would also like to work here. I am a qualified teacher with a South African passport. Is it possible to get a business visa without leaving the country so as to avoid all the admin that comes with reentry into the kingdom?

  76. Shadab
    April 3, 2021
    Reply

    Hi i am holding a non immigrant work visa and work permit wanted to bring my family wife and son here how can you help.

  77. Andreas Lindholm
    March 18, 2021
    Reply

    Thanks Rex for a very informative site!
    Will see you wonderful people as soon as Thailand open ! choke dee! 🙏

    • March 19, 2021

      Dear Andreas,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. Have a good day.

  78. Axel Aylwen
    March 16, 2021
    Reply

    I’m a British citizen resident outside Thailand, interested in an Elite 5 year visa. I understand this costs 500,000 Baht.
    What are the health insurance requirements please?
    Please reply to my email. Thank you.

  79. paul = findlay
    March 9, 2021
    Reply

    Hello Rex.
    I am a frequent visitor to Thailand and I am thinking of getting an elite visa.I am currently in Australia and with covid at the moment the borders here are closed.Iwas wondering if ,when the borders open,I could enter Thailand on a 30 visa exempt stamp and apply for the elite visa then.The exemption could be extended by 30 days if necessary if the application wasn’t completed in 30 days.
    Yours faithfully
    Paul Findlay

  80. Robert Anderson
    March 6, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    Firstly, thank you so much for your informative post. I wonder if you could tell me if there is a visa that makes it possible to work remotely in Thailand? I am from the UK but work as a freelancer teaching clients in France and Italy. I am paid directly into a UK bank account and pay my taxes in the UK (as a self-employed freelancer). My job does not require me to be physically in the UK.

    Are there any options to enable me to continue this work if I were physically in Thailand or is this not possible at all?

    Best wishes and many thanks for your time.
    Stephen

  81. Marcus
    March 3, 2021
    Reply

    Hello Rex. Thank you for the info and time to answer our questions.

    My wife and are a US citizen and we are over 50 years of age. We do meet the financial requirement to retired in Thailand. What are our steps to secure retirement visa? I was told that once we enter Thailand, we need to secure a long term (12 months) lease in order to open bank account but we are not sure if we want to commit to a long term lease if I might not get the 1 year retirement visa.

    Can you help with the steps? Thanks.

    • March 4, 2021

      Hello,

      Thank you for considering retiring in Thailand. For a straightforward approach to the retirement visa eligibility, application process and requirement, you can find the details here: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-visa/retirement-visa

      If you’re looking for a more flexible option for your long-term stay in Thailand, the Thailand Elite Visa could be an excellent choice. It offers numerous benefits that simplify living in Thailand without the annual need for visa renewals.

      Thank you!

  82. Zita Belfadel
    February 28, 2021
    Reply

    I am a consultant working online for projects outside Thailand, would I be allowed to work while residing in Thailad with a elite visa program?

    • March 1, 2021

      Hello Zita,

      Thank you for your interest in the Thailand Elite Visa. While the Thailand Elite Visa allows for a long-term stay, it does not grant a work permit. You can reside in Thailand and manage your overseas projects, but any work performed within Thailand would require a separate work permit.

      For specific details and any further assistance, please free to contact us.

      Thanks!

  83. February 19, 2021
    Reply

    Thanks for share the useful information about Thai Elite Visa.

    • February 19, 2021

      You’re welcome. Have a great day.

    • Paul
      March 5, 2021

      Hi

      My brother was deported from Thailand due to a minor drug offence and was banned for 2 years but that expires soon and he intends to move back to Thailand. He already has an elite visa so can he just arrive at the airport and enter on his elite visa or does he also need some other type of permission to re enter?

    • March 12, 2021

      Dear Paul,
      If the Elite Visa has already been affixed in his passport, he may apply for the COE or Certificate of Entry to Thailand through this page:
      Thank you.

  84. Pete
    February 17, 2021
    Reply

    Hello. Great website!

    I entered Thailand late 2020 with a non-O 90 day visa from the US to take care of my Thai wife who I had brought here to shelter from Covid in early 2020. I had to go back to the US to handle some things and got “locked out” until November.

    The Thai embassy said the visa could be extended for up to two additional periods of 90 days. When I went to Chaeng Wattana yesterday, they said this was not the case.

    We seek to continue sheltering until we can get vaccinated in the US, likely May at the earliest. I am over 50, married to a Thai (but not a Thai wedding, a US wedding). I also have a small analytic consulting business that I could shift/open a local subsidiary (a BOI visa, perhaps Startup), and some limited local business contacts. I could also consider buying a condo or worst case the Elite visa (which seems quite costly and still only allows a year residence without leaving the country).

    Sorry, quite long. Any thoughts on my best option? I don’t like all the banking/balance requirements (I’m told it can be very hard for an American to open a Thai bank account because of the burdensome reporting requirements).

    My goal would be to have the ability to stay for an extended period if I need to, work if I choose to, invest in RE if I see a good place, or have a retirement option. A lot to think about.

    • February 25, 2021

      Greetings!

      Thank you for reaching out. Given your need for extended residence, potential business activities, and flexibility, the Thailand Elite Visa could be a suitable option for you. This program offers different membership tiers that include long-term stays (5 to 20 years), assistance with local business regulations, and perks like health checks and concierge services.

      Although it’s an investment, the Thailand Elite Visa provides significant long-term benefits, making it worth considering for your diverse needs. For tailored advice and assistance with the application process, please feel free to reach out.

      Thank you.

  85. Gabi Selmeczi
    February 11, 2021
    Reply

    Hi,
    In your last reply to Mark you write:
    “1 Year non immigrant visa does not cost much but you need to be a condominium owner, have a Thai wife or perhaps a retiree.”
    What is a 1 year non immigrant visa? Where can I find further information on cost and how to apply?
    I have a condominium in Patong and once the pandemic is over I would like to spend at least 5 months in Patong each year.
    Your kind reply is much appreciated.
    With kind regards,
    Gabi
    from Hungary

    • February 24, 2021

      Hello Gabi,

      Thank you for your interest! The 1-year non-immigrant visa is suited for foreigners who own property in Thailand, like your condominium in Patong. To apply, you’ll need to provide proof of ownership and financial stability. The application can be made at a Thai embassy or consulate in Hungary.

      For a more straightforward option that allows up to 5-year stays without annual renewals, consider the Thailand Elite Visa. This visa offers numerous benefits, including ease of travel and additional lifestyle perks.

      For detailed information on both visa options and their application processes, please fill out this form: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-elite-support

      Cheers!

  86. Rob
    February 4, 2021
    Reply

    My wife and I are planning to use a Thai Elita Visa to come to Thailand and make it our home. Are we allowed to do some volunteer work such as helping the soi dogs and helping elderly people?

    Kind regards,

    Rob and Cindy
    The Netherlands

    • February 4, 2021

      Dear Rob,
      Yes, you will be allowed to do some charity work but please make sure that you cannot do some activities that requires a work permit. There is a fine line between charity work and volunteer work. I recommend for you not to get too involved in case too much involvement will require a work permit.
      Thank you.

  87. Nabin Rana Magar
    February 3, 2021
    Reply

    Hi,
    I am planning to travel thailand this month and i have completed my covid Vaccine in dubai,iis there a any exceptiion for qaurantine who are vaccinated??

    • June 19, 2024

      Hello, Nabin Rana Magar.

      There are no longer COVID-19 restrictions. You can now enter Thailand with the Thailand Tourist Visa without needing to quarantine.

      For immigration-related questions, we recommend that you join the community here to learn more about how to enter Thailand: https://howtoenterthailand.com/

  88. January 19, 2021
    Reply

    1) Does the Thai Elite 5-year visa fee is charge $500000 baht?
    2) Can the visa be renewed for 5 years after 5 years?
    3) After applying for the Thai Elite 5-year visa, do I still need to open a bank account in Thailand and deposit $800,000 baht? (How to apply for Thai Elite)
    4) What should I do with the address proof?
    Thanks for answer

  89. Scott Starnes
    January 17, 2021
    Reply

    Hello, I am United States citizen. I am interested in the Elite visa program. Will my nationality qualify?

    Thank you very much krab

    • January 23, 2021

      Hello Scott,

      Thank you for your interest in the Thailand Elite Visa program. Yes, as a US citizen, you are eligible to apply for the Thailand Elite Visa. This program is open to nationals from most countries, and there are no specific restrictions that exclude US citizens.

      If you decide to proceed with an application, you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of benefits, including a long-term stay option in Thailand for up to 5, 10, or even 20 years depending on the chosen package. The program also provides additional privileges such as expedited immigration and passport control processing, airport transfer services, and access to exclusive lounges.

      Should you require any assistance with your application or have any further questions about the program details and benefits, please feel free to contact us.

      Thank you very much!

  90. Stephen
    January 16, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex

    We are a married gay male couple Australian and Cambodian looking to relocate to Thailand.

    I understand the elite visa will recognise our marriage however I was wondering if retirement visa was an option as well one of us is over 50 but the other is 40 yo

    • January 23, 2021

      Thank you for reaching out and considering Thailand as your new home. The Thailand Elite Visa is indeed a great option for you as it recognizes your marriage and does not have age restrictions, making it suitable for both of you regardless of age.

      Regarding the retirement visa, it is available to individuals who are 50 years of age or older. Therefore, it could be an option for the one of you who is over 50. Unfortunately, the younger partner who is 40 would not qualify for this visa due to the age requirement. It’s important to note that the retirement visa does not recognize dependents or spouses, so each applicant must individually meet all the criteria, including the financial requirements.

      Given your situation, the Thailand Elite Visa might be the most straightforward choice since it covers both of you, respects your marriage, and provides a hassle-free long-term stay option without the need for annual extensions required by the retirement visa. Plus, it offers additional benefits that could enhance your experience living in Thailand.

      Should you have any more questions or need further assistance, please feel free to ask.

      Cheers!

  91. Andy Stephenson
    January 9, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Rex, A belated Happy new year to you, My name Is Andy and I would like a question answered. I am getting ready to come and have a long stay in your beautiful country, Regarding the Elite programme, You need to deposit 600,000 Baht of which is NON-refundable to gain the 5-year visa, Question 1 If Thai immigration decides in their wisdom after 2 years of my 5-year visa being active to cancel the programme I would be without a visa and approx 300,000 Baht out of pocket, Minus a car and condo that I would have purchased. Yes or No. Regards Andy.

    • January 10, 2021

      Dear Andy,

      Thank you for reaching out with your question regarding the Thailand Elite Visa program.

      You are correct that the Thailand Elite Visa requires an upfront payment, which is non-refundable, to cover the membership fee that grants the visa for five years. Regarding your concern, it’s important to note that while the program is governed by policies that could potentially change, historically, changes have tended to apply to new applicants rather than those already holding a visa.

      If the Thai government were to cancel or significantly alter the Elite program, it typically provides provisions for current holders to maintain the validity of their visa until its expiry. However, in the unlikely event that the program is canceled and no grandfathering provisions are offered, it could indeed affect your situation as you described.

      To mitigate such risks, it’s advisable to stay informed through official channels and maintain contact with your program representatives who can provide updates and guidance on any policy changes. It’s also wise to consider the implications of major investments like purchasing property in Thailand, perhaps exploring options that offer flexibility in case your residential status changes.

      Should you need further clarification or assistance with your visa application or if you have other concerns, feel free to reach out. Enjoy your preparations for a long stay in Thailand!

  92. Gary
    December 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I am 70 years old and am having a yacht built in Rayong for me. I’d like to spend some extended time in Thailand this Feb/Mar overseeing the final construction of the yacht, the sea trials and then a few months while I learn to “handle” the yacht. I do not see myself needing more than 1 year in Thailand unless I fall in love with the country and people and decide to stay.
    It sounds like the retirement visa would be best for me. Do you agree? The OA Visa?
    Thank you.
    Gary

  93. Tony
    December 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,
    Hope all is well In Thailand.

    I’m currently in London having to deal with the Thai embassy which is almost impossible to do as it is a very bad embassy and a hard embassy to deal with, just very stressful which it shouldn’t be especially in London, UK.

    It’s currently December 13 what is the best way for me to come to Thailand in January? My understanding is the STV Visa is not for residents of the UK because we have current Covid-19 cases so what is the best way for me to come to Thailand in January? My girlfriend is currently there and I have a house in Phuket. Can I also ask what is the best way to get a marriage Visa if I am going to be marrying my girlfriend? is it to come to Thailand then get the Non O 1 year Visa whilst I’m there then transfer it to a marriage Visa?

    Can you help me with these questions and your best advice please as you definitely know what you are talking about and your info sounds up to date.
    🙏 🙏 for your help

    • December 14, 2020

      Hi,

      Thank you for reaching out and sharing your concerns. I understand how frustrating dealing with embassy procedures can be, especially under the current circumstances.

      Regarding traveling to Thailand in January, given the limitations around the STV Visa for UK residents, you might want to consider applying for the Thailand Elite Visa, if you haven’t already. This visa provides a longer-term option, ranging from 5 to 20 years, and does not require the usual tourist visa’s frequent renewals. The application process can be handled more smoothly and might avoid some of the complexities you’re facing with the embassy in London.

      As for obtaining a marriage visa, your idea of entering Thailand on a Non-O visa and then converting it to a marriage visa once you marry is a common and viable approach. Typically, the Non-O visa can be issued for a stay of 90 days and extended in-country based on marriage to a Thai national. After obtaining the Non-O visa and marrying your girlfriend, you can apply for a one-year extension based on marriage, which can be renewed annually.

      Please ensure you have all required documents prepared for both processes, and it may be helpful to consult with a visa service or legal advisor who can provide detailed guidance and manage the applications to ensure everything is in order.

      Let us know if you need any further assistance or have other questions!

  94. Natpapha
    November 3, 2020
    Reply

    Please give me a sugestion.
    If the expat is holding the Thailand Elite Visa and they would like to work in Thailand. What should they do for this matter? They have to cancel the Thailand Elite Visa along with benefits and apply for the Non Immigrant B visa and Work Permit? or they can still hold their Thailand Elite Visa and just apply for Work Permit?

    • November 3, 2020

      Dear Natpapha,
      Good day.
      If the Thai Elite Visa holder would like to work in Thailand. There is no need to cancel the 5 year visa. He or she just need to leave Thailand, obtain a new Non Immigrant B visa and use it to enter Thailand. While in Thailand he or she can apply for a work permit. If this person wishes to stop working, he or she can leave Thailand and return to Thailand and use the remaining validity of the Thai Elite Visa.
      Thank you.

    • Mr Ip
      February 17, 2021

      Can a Retirement Visa holder work in Thailand, with income paid totally outside Thailand?

    • February 24, 2021

      Good day,

      Holders of a Thai Retirement Visa (Non-Immigrant Visa “O-A” or “O-X”) are generally not allowed to engage in any form of employment in Thailand, regardless of where the income is sourced or paid. The retirement visa is strictly for those who wish to enjoy their retirement in Thailand without working.

      If you are looking to stay in Thailand for extended periods while still maintaining the flexibility to work remotely for a company outside Thailand, you might consider the Thailand Elite Visa. While this visa does not permit local employment or provide a work permit, it is suitable for remote workers whose employers are based internationally. This visa ensures you can reside in Thailand and enjoy its lifestyle benefits without the hassle of frequent visa renewals.

      For more information on the Thailand Elite Visa and to see if it aligns with your circumstances as a remote worker, please send me an email.

      Thanks!

  95. Jason
    November 3, 2020
    Reply

    Morning Rex,
    I’m thinking to apply to the Elite Thai Visa, should I be able to enter in Thailand currently under this visa ?

    Cheers

    • November 3, 2020

      Dear Jason,
      Good day.
      Yes, the Thai Elite Visa holder or members were added to the list of foreigners allowed to apply for the COE and permitted to enter Thailand. We will send you an email on how you can sign up for the membership.
      Thank you.

    • George
      December 9, 2020

      Hi Jason, with an elite visa must you leave the country and re-enter at the end of your one year stay?
      Secondly can you leave and re-enter just before the expiry effectively making it a six year visa?
      Thank you

    • December 10, 2020

      Greetings,

      With the Thailand Elite Visa, you generally do not need to leave the country at the end of each year to extend your stay. The visa typically allows for a stay of up to 5 years, and it can be renewed from within Thailand, depending on the specific type of Elite Visa you hold.

      As for leaving and re-entering just before the expiry to extend the duration, this strategy might not be necessary or effective. The Thailand Elite Visa is often structured with either a single continuous validity period (such as 5 years, renewable) or multiple entries where each entry allows a certain duration of stay. If you have the multi-entry type, leaving and re-entering Thailand could reset the duration of stay per the terms of your visa, but for a single validity period visa, this approach would not extend the overall expiration of the visa.

      It’s a good idea to confirm the specific terms of your visa category.

      Thank you for reaching out, and if you have any more questions, feel free to ask!
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-elite-support

  96. Myles Reed
    October 31, 2020
    Reply

    I am opening a Private School in Thailand. I have Thai business partners and investors in Private Limited company. Can performance requirements in contract require the civil courts to order me provided with a work permit Visa, during pandemic

  97. Thomas Hanrahan
    October 15, 2020
    Reply

    I have a n “O”(retirement) visa issued in Thailand. Do I have to re- apply for a Certificate of Entry and an O-A visa in order to re-enter Thailand? Thank you

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear Thomas,
      Good day.
      it depends on the location where you are flying from. If you are in the UK, there was a report that Non Immigrant O retirement was issued a certificate of entry. If you are in the US, it was strictly stated that they would only issue a certificate of entry to those with non-immigrant OA visa, so if you do not have it, you may have to apply for this Non immigrant OA visa. I recommend to check with the local Thai embassy in your city or country.
      Thank you.

  98. Sutida
    October 14, 2020
    Reply

    Can we apply still for 1 Year non immigrant visa at the moment?

  99. Tom
    October 13, 2020
    Reply

    G’day mate.

    What is the fastest period of time that a Thai Elite Visa could be issued?

    • October 13, 2020

      Dear Tom,
      Good day.
      Thank you for your message. Regarding your inquiry, the fastest time to complete the membership application and the application of the of the Thai Elite Visa is 1 month. There are factors that you have to consider when applying for the membership for Thai Elite: the nationality, immigration record in Thailand for the past 3 years and the working hours of the Thai Embassy where the Thai Elite visa will be lodged.
      Have a good day.

  100. Mark Rothschild
    October 7, 2020
    Reply

    Please advise the fees and waiting time to receive each of the following visa types:
    1.) One Year Non-Immigrant Visa
    2.) Business Visa
    3.) Thai Elite Visa

    My nationality is South African and I would be seeking employment with schools teaching English and Business English.
    Any other advice would be welcomed.
    Thank you.

    • October 9, 2020

      Dear Mark,
      Good day. Regarding your inquiry, here are some of the information that you may need:
      1. Thai Elite costs 500,000 THB and the processing time is 1 to 3 months.
      2. Business Visa does not cost much but you need to have a Thai business partner to sponsor your application.
      3. 1 Year non immigrant visa does not cost much but you need to be a condominium owner, have a Thai wife or perhaps a retiree.
      Based on your information, you may look for a job in Thailand and then you may apply for the Non Immigrant B visa for employment and also apply for the Certificate of Entry from the Thai Embassy in Pretoria.
      Thank you.

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