Should you get a Thai Elite Visa ?
Over the last few years, I've seen many of my friends opting for a Thai Elite Visa to stay in Thailand.
And the reason is simple.
We all know that staying long term in Thailand isn't getting easy if you don't have a work permit or a company here.
In fact, I had so many discussions about what is the best visa to stay long term in Thailand that I had to write a full post about it.
But from all the options available, the Thai Elite Visa often comes up as the best option for those who don't have a family or business in Thailand.
So if you're also thinking about it, here's everything you need to know about the Thailand Elite Visa, the requirements, the different packages, costs, and benefits as well as how to apply for it.
What is the Thai Elite Visa ?
The Thai Elite Visa is a long term tourist visa with a duration between 5 and 20 years depending on the package you choose.
During the duration of that visa, you can pretty much come and go in Thailand as many times as you want as well as enjoy many benefits that come with the Elite Visa.
Some of the benefits include free transportation from the airport, an express line at the immigration, special discounts in partners spas, golfs, restaurants, hotels and more...
But the main benefit of the Thailand Elite Visa is definitely how easy it is to get.
To keep it simple, as long as you have a clean criminal record, never been blacklisted in Thailand and have the cash to pay for it, you're gonna be approved.
But is that enough to justify the price?
It depends on your situation.
Because even though we can all agree it is not cheap, not having to worry about your visa for a few years is by itself a good enough reason to consider it.
This Visa is called Elite for a reason and the number of benefits it comes with will really make you feel like a VIP in the country.
Long Term Stay
Obviously, it's a great visa to stay long term in Thailand and one of the few available options if you're not working or have a family in the Kingdom.
Who like paperwork?
With the Thai Elite Visa, you have a visa service that helps you with all the paperwork, from the application process to the 90 days reports and the renewal.
No more queuing at the immigration with the Elite Visa.
There's a dedicated line at the airport for Thai Elite Visa holders that will help you save countless hours over the years.
The visa comes with free airport transfers for your international flight.
Every time you leave or come back to the country, you can send you flight details to the Elite Visa service and have them arrange a limousine for you.
The Elite Visa includes access to a lounge in several international airports in the country. (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket)
Some packages of the visa also include an annual health check in some of the best hospitals in Thailand.
Elite Visa holders can enjoy special discounts at King Power Duty-Free as well as in many luxury establishments across the country (hotels, golfs, spas...).
Thailand Elite Card
When your visa is approved you will receive a card that you can use to claim the different benefits that come with the Elite Visa.
Other benefits include a contact center available 24/7 to assist you during your stay as well as a concierge service to help you with opening a Thai bank account, apply to a Thai driving license and do your 90 days report.
Different Options and Prices
The Thai Elite Visa comes in different packages that have different benefits, duration, and fees associated.
But let's focus on the 3 most common ones :
Elite Easy Access - 5 years
- 5 years
That's the most popular option. Good for people who often visit Thailand and those who want to live there.
It's a multiple entry visa with a 1-year length of stay with each entry.
You get access to all the basics of the Thai Elite Visa.
That includes VIP greetings at the airport, fast track at the immigration, access to the airport lounge, free airport transfers (for international flights), and special discounts.
Elite Privilege Access - 10 years
- 10 years
Same as the Elite Easy Access visa but for 10 years.
It also includes an annual health check-up.
Elite Superiority Extension - 20 years
- 20 years
The Elite Superiority Extension is by far the best value per year and includes all the benefits of the other Elite Visa, except the annual health check and the airport transfers.
That's only 3 of the 7 packages they offer but they are the most popular offers by far.
All the people I know who have a Thai Elite Visa have one of the above.
But they also have other packages that are more for families or people who are looking for specific benefits that this kind of visa can offer.
For more details on each option, you can have a look at the table below.
Requirements are pretty simple for the Thai Elite Visa
- Hold a foreign passport
- Have a clean criminal record
- Pay the full amount for the visa
And that's pretty much it.
The application for the Thai Elite Visa is a simple form to complete.
Thailand Elite has partnered with a few visa services that can help you with the application process at no extra cost.
I actually work with an agency that helps with the Thai Elite Visa and already helped a few friends and clients to get their visa.
If you're interested to know more about it and about the process to apply, send me a message with the form below and I'll connect you with them.
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The Visa Agent will send you a copy of the application form as well as all the instructions to fill it in.
You will also need to join :
- A copy of your passport
- An ID photo of you
The application process usually takes between 1 and 4 months.
Most people I know got their visa approved in about 4 to 6 weeks.
Once the application form is sent, the immigration will do their due diligence and get back to you once your visa is approved
Pros and Cons
- Easy Application
- Free limousine to and from the airport*
- Fast Track Immigration
- Airport lounge access
- Special Discounts (duty-free, hotels, spas...)
- Administrative assistance
- Concierge service
- Visa Fee to be paid in full at once
- Non-transferable (for most packages)
* for international flights.
Who is the Thai Elite Visa for ?
The Thai Elite Visa is for those who want to be based in Thailand, or come often to Thailand, without working there or having to invest there.
And of course for those who can afford to pay the full cost upfront.
Amongst my friends, it tends to be really popular for entrepreneurs and digital nomads who have their company in a different country.
With a Thai Elite Visa, they can enjoy the Thai lifestyle all year long without having to relocate their company.
It's even a good option for people who want to retire or live with their family in Thailand and who have the cash to avoid dealing with the immigrations that often change the requirements for these types of visas.
My opinion on the Thai Elite Visa
After years in Thailand and hearing countless stories related to visas, I can easily tell you that the Thai Elite Visa is one of the best options available.
If you plan to spend a lot of time in Thailand over the next few years and don't plan to work in Thailand but rather, from Thailand, then the Thai Elite Visa is the right way to go.
Of course, it's expensive, and it's a large amount of money to pay at once.
But anyone who spent some time at the immigration and has done regular Visa Runs will tell you it's worth the peace of mind.
I know that's the next visa I'm getting for sure.
Want to know more about the Thai Elite Visa ?
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The Thai Elite Visa cost between 500,000฿ and 2,000,000฿ depending on the package you chose.
The Thai Elite Visa doesn't allow you to work in Thailand. It is considered as a tourist visa and you will need to cancel it if you want to apply for a work permit.
Yes, you will have to do 90 days reports when you have a Thai Elite Visa. But the Thailand Elite Visa service can help you with the process.
More about the Thailand Elite Visa
For more details about the Elite Visa in Thailand, you can send me a message or visit the official website.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask anything in the comments below.
And if you want to know more about the different Thai Visas you can get or how's life as an expat in Bangkok, I have plenty of information about it on the rest of the blog.