What’s New for the Thailand Elite Visa in 2024
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What’s New for the Thailand Elite Visa in 2024

New updates to Thailand’s premier long-term visa option: Thailand Privilege Elite Visa, the easiest and most rewarding way to stay in the Kingdom

What’s New About Thailand Privilege Visa Memberships

A Thailand Privilege membership along with the Thailand Elite Visa provides a long-term visa that’s easier to obtain than just about every other long-term Thai visa. 

These memberships offer more than just a simple way to get a lengthier stay in the country, though. Members also gain exclusive access to exciting benefits and perks designed to enhance their experience while living in and traveling throughout the country. This list of benefits, which dwarfs the benefits offered by the old Thailand Elite Visa membership, includes discounts at retail outlets and fine dining establishments, free hotel stays, wealth management services, medical treatments, and much, much more.

To cater to different needs of applicants, the Thai Privilege program includes 4 distinct membership tiers:

Thailand Privilege Gold Membership Package

Thailand Privilege Platinum Membership Package

  • Membership Cost (primary applicant): 1,500,000 THB
  • Membership Cost (additional applicant): 1,000,000 THB per applicant
  • Membership Term: 10 years
  • Privilege Points: 35 points per year
  • Click this link for more details: Thailand Privilege Platinum Membership

Thailand Privilege Diamond Membership Package

  • Membership Cost (primary applicant): 2,500,000 THB
  • Membership Cost (additional applicant): 1,500,000 THB
  • Membership Term: 15 years
  • Privilege Points: 55 points per year
  • Click this link for more details: Thailand Privilege Diamond Membership

Thailand Privilege Reserve Membership Package

  • Membership Cost (primary applicant): 5,000,000 THB
  • Membership Cost (additional applicant): 2,000,000 THB
  • Membership Term: 20+ years
  • Privilege Points: 120 points per year
  • Click this link for more details: Thailand Privilege Reserve Membership

NOTE: The Reserve Membership is only available to applicants through an official invitation from the Thailand Privilege Card Co., Ltd., which runs the program.

Benefits of the Thailand Privilege Visa

Thailand Privilege members have a broad and diverse selection of benefits to leverage, which include but are not limited to:

  • 5-year multiple-entry visas, renewable depending on the duration of your membership and at no additional cost
  • Up to 1 year of uninterrupted stay in Thailand, reset upon every re-entry to the Kingdom
  • Streamlined application journey lacking in all the hassles often present in applications for other visas
  • No annual fees
  • Introduction to the privilege points feature, granting the ability to earn free perks through a points redemption system, such as rounds of golf, gym memberships, airport transfers, and many more
  • Ability to add family members to the Platinum, Diamond, and Reserve memberships for a reduced price
  • Option to upgrade membership packages to higher tiers
  • Ability to fly into and out of the country without needing a re-entry permit
  • Expedited immigration procedure at passport controls upon arrival
  • Access to the services of an Elite Personal Assistant (EPA) upon arrival
  • 24/7 Member Contact Center (MCC) hotline
  • Annual health checkups once per membership validity
  • Personal accident insurance during the first year of membership
  • Special incentives (such as seasonal gifts and buy 1 get 1 free movie tickets)
  • Discounts at leading restaurant and shopping centre chains

Application Summary

1. Check Eligibility Requirements

Before applying for a Thailand Privilege membership, applicants should assess their eligibility by referring to this list:

  • Must possess a foreign passport with a remaining validity of at least 12 months
  • Must be of sound mind
  • Must not exhibit any history of criminal activity
  • Must not hold any history of bankruptcy
  • Must not have any outstanding overstays or other immigration penalties on record
  • Must not be a current or past holder of a volunteer visa
  • Must provide proof of their visa’s authenticity, if a past or current holder of an education visa
  • The following UN-sanctioned nationalities are not eligible: 
    • 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

2. Contacting a General Sales and Services Agent (GSSA) 

To guarantee the swiftest and smoothest application process possible, applicants should consult a General Sales and Services Agent (GSSA). GSSAs are government-authorised organisations that guide applicants through their applications and provide invaluable information and assistance. They are also fully subsidised by the Thai government, meaning all their services are free.

To begin, applicants should contact a GSSA to receive a detailed overview of the packages and a checklist highlighting all the documents required. Alternatively, applicants can book an appointment with the GSSA so they can review their application in person and help prepare it for submission. By enlisting a GSSA to handle the submission process, prospective members ensure their application is error-free to minimise any risk of delays and rejections. In addition, the GSSA does most of the work on behalf of the applicant, lifting any burden from them.

3. Collecting all required documents

Applicants will need to present the following documentation:

  • Membership Application Form (completed and signed)
  • Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) Form (signed)
  • Membership Application Fee Payment Form (completed and signed)
  • Copy of the applicant’s passport biopage*
  • Recent passport-sized photograph of the applicant**
  • Any additional documentation (if required)***

*NOTE: The photocopy must be presented in colour with the passport signature on full display. If the biopage lacks a valid signature, the applicant must add a copy of their passport signature page. If the applicant is applying within Thailand, they must also provide a photocopy of their latest visa. 

**NOTE: Applicants can take the photo themselves or ask a GSSA to do it for them. The photo must be in colour and taken against a white background (the GSSA will provide the required photo dimensions).

***NOTE: Applicants including their family members must also submit their equivalent documents and proof of relationship documents (such as a marriage certificate or birth certificate). If the applicant has a current or previous ED Visa, they must complete and include the Education Visa Holder Acknowledgement Form. 

Before the GSSA can submit the application, the applicant needs to pay a 50,000 THB fixed application fee. However, this amount will be deducted from the final membership fee upon a successful background check, so it’s more of a deposit. Post-submission, the GSSA will also share with the applicant their login details for the Thailand Privilege Online Portal, where they can log in to track their application.

4. Completing a successful background check

To ensure there are no complications, the GSSA will conduct a meticulous review of the application before submitting it to the Thai government to launch a compulsory background check. A Thai immigration officer will be assigned to assess the prospective member’s application packet and review their background history. Applicants who match all eligibility requirements and have no errors in their application will pass easily. This stage of the application lasts 4 to 6 weeks on average.

5. Paying the membership fee

Upon successfully passing their background assessment, applicants will receive payment instructions and an approval letter from the Thai government. They will have a time frame of 30 days to follow the payment instructions and pay their membership fee directly to Thailand Privilege Card Co., Ltd. Failure to do so voids the application and surrenders the application fee.

6. Affixing the visa

Once their payment has been made, the final step is for applicants to affix their new visa to their passport, which can be started the moment they receive the welcome letter and membership ID (these are issued within 5 to 10 days of paying the membership fee). Before affixing the visa, applicants must book an appointment by contacting the Member Contact Center. 
There are three locations where the applicant can affix their visa:

  • Royal Thai Consulate or Thai Embassy (if applying abroad)
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, Chiang Mai or Phuket International Airport (if flying into Thailand)
  • Thai immigration office on Chaeng Wattana Road (if applying inside Thailand)

While there is no deadline for affixing the Thailand Elite Visa, applicants should note that the date their membership ID has been issued is also the date their membership term commences.

Siam Legal and Thailand Privilege Partnership

On January 22, 2024, Siam Legal International, a leading law firm and General Sales and Services Agent (GSSA), attended a formal meeting with the Thailand Privilege Card Co., Ltd. to discuss new developments surrounding the Thailand Privilege program. This meeting also commemorated both organisations’ joint efforts in the growing success of the Thailand Privilege memberships.

The Thailand Privilege Card Co., Ltd. expressed gratitude for Siam Legal’s excellence in performing their GSSA duties and renewed the firm’s status as a GSSA until September 30, 2025. This sets the stage for a stronger partnership between the two firms, emphasising their collaborative commitment to further improving the Thailand Privilege program and the overall experience of all its members.

Contacting Siam Legal

Prospective Thailand Privilege members hoping for a swift and successful application process should consult Siam Legal International. In operation for over 20 years and employing English, Chinese, French, Russian and Thai-speaking visa professionals, Siam Legal provides free, first-rate support to applicants.

When ready, applicants can contact Siam Legal to schedule a consultation session and get answers to all their questions, including which Thailand Privilege membership to apply for. During the meeting, applicants can choose to complete their application on the spot if they have the required documents. A member of Siam Legal’s Thailand Elite Visa team will provide all the required application forms for the applicant to fill in, take the applicant’s photo, and photocopy their passport. Once ready, Siam Legal will check for errors or missing documents, and then submit the application immediately after the consultation.

Through a client-tailored approach, Siam Legal goes above and beyond to ensure that applications have the absolute minimum risk of delays and rejections. This promises a problem-free application experience with all the heavy lifting done by Siam Legal’s team, allowing applicants to sit back and await their new visa and benefits with confidence. 
Contact Siam Legal to get started on your application journey right away:

  • Name: Siam Legal International (Bangkok Office)
  • Address: Two Pacific Place 18th Floor Unit 1806, 142 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
  • Phone: +66 80-005-9642
  • Email: thailandelite@siam-legal.com
  • Contact us: https://www.siam-legal.com/elite/

Earn through Referrals to Thailand Elite Visa

Both Thai and foreign nationals can earn income by referring friends and family to Siam Legal for a Thailand Privilege application. We are one of the largest General Sales and Service Agents (GSSA) and a top performer in the Thailand Privilege program. Our team achieved this by sharing the wealth with our vast network of people who make referrals to us in exchange for a commission.

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