Thailand Privilege Card Company Limited announced on August 30th, 2023 the new changes and upgrades to the Thailand Elite Program which officially took effect in October 2023. These changes include the introduction of the new privilege points system which also means flexibility in acquiring perks and a more seamless application process.

Thailand Elite Visa or ‘Privilege Entry Visa’ (PE) is a privilege residential program granting multiple long-term entry visas for investors, businessmen, entrepreneurs, expats, and visitors designed so members can enjoy a range of exclusive and elite privileges, benefits, rights, and services, as well as enhancing their experience and stay in the Kingdom, which in turn benefits the country.

Moreover, the program has shown consistent growth in the past 5 years, breaking records in 2019 with a 28% increase from its previous number of active members, having ranked 4th out of 20 countries in the Global Residence Program Index 2018-2019, and increased membership to 10,134 in 2020.

Key Benefits & Advantages of a Thailand Elite Visa

  1. Hassle-free and uninterrupted stay in Thailand without having to leave the country every 90 days or do visa runs, an advantage over other visa counterparts;
  2. Access to exclusive perks and benefits such as liaison and assistance via Elite Personal Assistant or EPA service upon arrival and departure;
  3. Flexibility and freedom of Thai Elite Visa holder to request via Thai Elite Staff to conduct 90-day reporting on his or her behalf, a requirement by Thai Immigration Authorities;
  4. Convenient and expedited immigration formalities and passport control process upon arrival in Thailand;
  5. Other perks such as transport services, shopping and dining discounts, annual health checkups, spa and golf, and more.

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Additional Lifestyle perks are divided into 5 distinct categories:

  • Stay
  • Travel
  • Leisure
  • Health & Well-being
  • Wealth

Services included in the Elite Visa packages may vary depending on the type of membership and these include,

  • Airport Lounges & Special Services
  • Immigration Fast-tracking
  • Elite Personal Assistant (EPA) to assist members with the following:
  1. 90-day Reporting
  2. Opening a Thai Bank Account
  3. Getting a Thai Driver’s License
  4. Government Concierge Services
  • Member Contact Center (MCC) – Available in multiple languages such as English, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and more

*Sole recipients of the services are the registered members although family members may avail some of the benefits or privileges.

Non-Negotiables in Becoming an Eligible Thai Elite Visa Member 

Regardless of a person’s age, gender, and status, he or she can apply for a Thailand Elite Visa. Moreover, there are certain policies and requirements to follow before becoming an eligible member or cardholder which include:

  1. Foreign passport holder;
  2. No overstay record hence, allowed to stay in the country in accordance with Immigration laws;
  3. No age restriction required for this program;
  4. No criminal record; never been a suspect of any crime except an offense committed due to negligence;
  5. Not having been declared bankrupt;
  6. Not having been declared a person of unsound mind, incompetent, or quasi-competent;
  7. Not a member of any of these restricted territories:
  • AfricaCentral Africa, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome, Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan
  • Middle EastAlgeria, Iraq, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Syria, and Sudan
  • AsiaNorth Korea, Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka

How to Apply: Documents, Payments and Approval, Membership, and Visa Issuance

1. Application and Due Diligence Process

Send the following to an accredited General Sales & Service Agent or GSSA:

  • Signed PDPA form and completed application form
  • Scanned copy of passport ( in color; make sure signature is shown and the same as the signature on the application form)
  • Passport-size photo (in color and against a white background)
  • Additional documents (upon request only, usually when adding a family member)

Once sent, the application is subject to immigration and criminal background checks by the Bureau of Immigration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Thailand Elite Office. The whole application process may take up to 1-3 months. *The maximum number of months may only apply to certain or special nationalities. 

2. Approval and Payment Process

Membership ranges from 900,000 THB – 2,500,000 THB depending on your membership of choice. Payments can be made through local or international bank transfers or online payments. The applicant shall have 30 days to make the payment.

Payment options:

  • Credit card or debit card
  • Mobile banking
  • Bank transfer
  • Alipay
  • Crypto
  • Cash (Must be in Thai Baht and deposited via Krung Thai bank only)

3. Membership Acceptance and Visa Issuance

After payment, the applicant should await delivery of the Welcome Letter and Membership ID, including instructions on how to affix the visa within 5-10 working days. Also, applying for a physical membership card is optional.

The Thailand Elite member can affix the Thailand Privilege Visa, through an Elite Personal Assistant, upon arrival in Thailand at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Phuket, and Chiang Mai Airports. The Thailand Elite agent may also arrange cancellation of the previous visa and Thailand Elite Visa issuance at the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok if the Thailand Elite member is already staying in the country.

Types of Thailand Elite Visa Packages: Validity & Privileges

The updated Thai Elite Packages with their respective inclusions, costs, validity, and benefits vary depending on the type of membership the cardholder wishes to avail of and comprise the following:

1. GOLD Membership

  • Validity: 5 years;
  • Price: 900,000 THB (no annual fee);
  • Elite Easy Access Package members have the option to upgrade to this;
  • No age limit; applicants of any age can apply;
  • Offers 20 privilege points per year.

Benefits include,

  • Airport transfers
  • Annual health checkups
  • Premium lounge and shopping privileges
  • VIP seating at leading movie theaters
  • Spa & Golf

2. PLATINUM Membership

  • Validity: 10 years;
  • 5-year multiple-entry tourist visa; renewable for another 5 years;
  • Price: 1,500,000 THB (no annual fee);
  • Elite Privilege Access, Elite Family Alternative, of Elite Superiority Extension package members may upgrade to this;
  • A fee of 1,000,000 THB for additional family members;
  • No age limit; applicants of any age may apply;
  • Offers 35 privilege points per year.

Benefits include,

  • Annual health checkups
  • Premium lounge and shopping privileges
  • VIP seating at leading movie theaters
  • Birthday gifts
  • Seasonal events
  • Golf and spa privileges

3. DIAMOND Membership

  • Validity: 15 years;
  • A 5-year multiple-entry tourist visa; renewable twice for 5 additional years;
  • Price: 2,500,000 THB (no annual fee);
  • Elite Ultimate Privilege Package members may upgrade to this;
  • A fee of 1,500,000 THB for additional family members;
  • No age limit; applicants of any age may apply;
  • Offers 55 privilege points on an annual basis.

Benefits include,

  • Free domestic flights
  • Annual health checkups
  • Premium shopping experiences
  • Co-working spaces
  • Birthday gifts
  • Special Insurance Packages
  • Free nights at established hotels
  • Early bird tickets at luxurious events
  • Exclusive access to networking events
  • Advisory sessions about wealth

4. RESERVE Membership

  • Validity: 20 years;
  • 5-year multiple-entry tourist visa, renewable 3 times for 5 extra years each;
  • Price: 5,000,000 THB (no annual fee)
  • Only available to applicants via invitation;
  • Option to upgrade to this from any Thai Elite Visa;
  • Offers 120 privilege points.

Benefits include,

  • Access to the Reserve Club
  • Personalized concierge services
  • Seasonal gifts
  • Priority services
  • Dedicated, exclusive hotline
  • Chance to test drive supercars
  • Free domestic flights
  • Accor Plus hotel membership
  • Hotel fitness
  • Annual health checkups
  • Premium shopping experiences
  • Birthday river cruises
  • Co-working spaces

Overall, the Thai Elite Visa is a perfect tool for different types of individuals who would like to stay in the country long-term. Aside from the privileges and benefits that come with being a legit Elite card holder, avoiding the unnecessary hassles or inconveniences that entail visa work such as visa runs, extension requests, and immigration checks, is the ultimate game changer. Not to mention a worry-free visa status for you and your family, unmatched healthcare memberships, and services for retirees, including the best rental options for digital nomads, investors, and businessmen who would like to maximize their stay in Thailand–these are just some of the perks that await Thai Elite Visa members.

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Interested in applying for a long-term visa to Thailand? Speak to one of our team members and we will refer you to an authorized general sales and services agent.

Source: Siam Legal