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Thai Elite Vs. Retirement visa:

The Differences & Benefits



The Elite Easy Access membership card is a popular option for business travellers who make frequent trips to the Kingdom of Thailand. Find info on http://thaielite-express.com/


Did you know living in Thailand doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds? Eliminate your worries on visa overstays, reporting trips to Thai Immigration Bureaus, and simply live the life you desire in the tropical paradise. Life can get so much easier when you become a Thailand Elite Member; you become a friend of Thailand.


It’s a simple decision to obtain your 5-years privilege visa access to Thailand, starting from USD 20,000.


A Thailand Elite Membership takes you on a proactive journey to strengthen your relationship with Thailand. Membership confers the right to stay in Thailand with a Privilege Entry Visa (PEV), with applicant subject to the approval of the Thailand Immigration Bureau. The PEV will be affixed when applying at any Royal Thai Embassy, Royal Thai Consulate General, and Thai Immigration Bureau in Bangkok or Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Phuket or Chiang Mai International Airport. Every member will enjoy many exclusive business & leisure excursions, and undoubtedly, the ultimate advantages in hassle-free airport immigration and transfers. 


Many travelers always ponder the advantages of Thai Elite vs the retirement visa. Below is a good summary of the differences between each option.




Retirement visa

Thai Elite


1 year

5-10-20 years

90 days'

must be done in person

done by Thai Elite in certain locations

800,000 THB requirement per year



Private Medical Insurance


Not mandatory

Agent fees to renew visa

20,000 to 40,000 THB 

per year


Government Fees to renew visa and apply for re-entry permit

approx. 6,000 THB per year


Fast track lane at Immigration



Lounges at airport



Airport limousine


Included in some options

THB bank account



USD/EUR/RMB/JPY bank account



Driving license

need to take the exam

no need to retake the exam

Concierge services



Health Check-up


Included in some options

Tax Number 




The basic Thailand Elite starts with Elite Easy Access, with an individual membership fee of 600,000 THB for a 5-years visa. 

Other privileges include: 

  • Arrival and departure ‐ VIP greeting and assistance by an Elite Personal Assistant on flights (arrivals and departures)
    • Expedited immigration formalities and passport-control processing
    • Access to exclusive arrival and departure lounges
    • Complimentary limousine transfer available 24 times per calendar year from the airport to the individual’s residence or hotel, and from the individual’s residence or hotel to the airport on international flights
  • Government concierge ‐ to assist with the 90-day report, business networking, immigration service processes, opening a bank account, obtaining driver’s license
  • King Power duty free benefits and special discounts at restaurants, hotels, spas, golf courses, dining establishments, and popular shopping centers 
  • 24-Hour Member Contact Center (English service available daily & Korean, Mandarin, Japanese service available only from 6.00 am–9.00 pm Bangkok standard time ‐ UTC +7)


  • Possibility to open a multi-currency account in Thailand with internet banking, Thai driving license and Thai tax number




Thaielite Express has been an authorized General Sales and Services Agent since 2013. We hope that with our guide, you can comprehend Thai Elite Visa costs and benefits better and find your suitable membership option. Should you have any questions, however, please do not hesitate to visit our website for more details on Thailand Elite Visa and Membership, or send your questions directly to us via email: [email protected]. We support English, French, German, Japanese and Chinese languages. We reply within 24 hours.

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