Thai Elite Visa
Thailand Elite Visa is a long-term visa categorized under Privilege Entry Visa allowing residency in Thailand along with benefits for a period between 5 and 20 years depending of the chosen package in exchange of a membership fee. The Elite Visa is a 5-year renewable multiple entry visa with an extendable 1-year length of stay per each entry.
This visa is appropriate for anyone who lives or regularly comes to Thailand but doesn’t want to deal with Thailand’s bureaucratic visa system. This includes digital nomads that don’t want to do visa runs, retirees who don’t want to be stressed with the new complicated regulations that have been regularly introduced, or investors or business people who need to fly in and out of Thailand several times a year.
This is a 60-day Tourist Visa to Thailand that can either be a multiple or single entry and can be extended for up to another 30 days by means of a visa run. Well if you want to extend longer than 30 days, you can convert the visa to a Non-Immigrant Visa which will require you to go to the nearby city or country such as Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This is normally a single entry visa to Thailand valid for 90 days. Like the tourist visa, you can extend your stay by doing a visa run going to the border or nearby city/country. Obtaining a work permit and opening a bank account is possible.
UPDATE: Some embassies will reject your COE application if you do not have the correct format for the Health Insurance.
One Year Non-Immigrant Visa
This visa is often a Multiple Entry Visa to Thailand valid for use for a period of 1 year. You are allowed to stay 90 days per entry which means, every 90 days, you will have to go to border and have your visa stamped at the immigration (visa run).
Marriage Visa and Retirement Visa
There is no direct application for this 2 visa types. But don’t worry it’s not going to be a complicated process, as long as you will meet the special financial requirements for the application. How to obtain a Marriage Visa in Thailand? You must simply be married to a Thai National. Otherwise, if you want a Retirement Visa in Thailand, you need to be 50 years old or above.
The process is as easy as 1 2 3. The first step, you obtain a non-immigrant visa. Next, convert the non-immigrant visa to either Marriage Visa or Retirement Visa. These are the visa types that will allow you to stay in Thailand for the whole 1 year (renewable) without going to the border or not leaving the kingdom anymore at all.
This visa is specially designed for people who want to do business legally in Thailand. It is also known as Non-Immigrant Business Visa. You can get a work permit, open a bank account however you still need to do a visa run every 90 days.
Permanent Resident Visa
To qualify for this visa, you must have stayed in Thailand for 3 consecutive with the one-year-visa extensions. If you are married to a Thai for 5 years, you must be earning 30,000 Baht/month. If you are single, at least your monthly income should be 80,000 Baht. You just simply present your three years of personal tax statements proving the above-stated income requirements to qualify for a Permanent Resident Visa in Thailand.
How to Enter Thailand during COVID 19
- Anyone eligible to enter must obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) from their local Thai embassy or consulate. Your application should be submitted at least 5-15 working days prior to the intended date of travel. Travelers who have received the COE must download the ThailandPlus contact tracing app and register.
- Foreigners must also provide proof of COVID travel health insurance that covers COVID-19 medical examination and treatment up to US $100,000 minimum.
- Foreigners must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test no more than 72 hours before departure, in order to enter Thailand.
- Most travelers to Thailand are now required to complete 10 days (11 nights) quarantine at ASQ Hotel accredited by the Thai government.
- Travelers from countries in Africa identified by Thailand as having COVID-19 variants will still be required to complete 14 days (15 nights) of quarantine.
- If you hold a valid vaccine certificate and are entering Thailand from a country with no COVID-19 variant strains you may be eligible to only complete 7 days of quarantine. This condition will only apply if your vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand and you received it at least 14 days before the date of travel. When you arrive you must present your certificate (original or a print out of an online version) to International Port Health Control.