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julot

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I am changing provinces and moving to Chiang Mai and considering purchasing Elite visa (20-year for 1M).

I would much appreciate hearing from CM's TE visa holders on following topics (elite bashers/haters stay away :)

a) Driver License renewal: I am holding a 2-year DL, would I be able to get a 5-year renewal in CM?

b) International Driver License: anyone able to get it in CM? 

c) Certificate of Residence from Immigration: anyone able to get it from immigration in CM while on TE?

d) 90-day report: anyone able to do it online while in CM? PS: I am aware they can be done free of charge with StarVisa with dropoff/pickup service but why bother if it can be done online?

e) TM30: I assume these are not needed (yet) for TE renewal or 90 day report in CM. Correct?

f) CM Airport: if flying international, anyone able to use immigration fast-track and departure lounges at CM airport?

 

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I can answer some of your questions:

 

a) Same here. I was finally able to get 5 year bike and car license with my 5-year TE visa, no questions asked, just got it.

d) Never had success with online reporting, may not be related to TE visa though, seems a lot of people here have issues. Never used StarVisa, I didn't know that was an option for TE holders.

e) TM30 is definitely required, but seems is only enforced when you need a 90 day report later. If I know I will be leaving Thailand within 90 days, I don't bother to get it and have never had a problem (unless I ended up not leaving in 90 days!). YMMV

f) Departure lounge is available for TE holders, nothing to get excited about though. The fast track immigration is hit and miss, thanks now to the hoards of Chinese who are unable to queue in the proper queues, and the non-existent enforcement of those queue jumpers. Last time leaving, I had to ask my TE guide to aggressively push through the crowd on my behalf to get me inside the immigration area, if I hadn't asked she seemed willing to just let me queue for half an hour or more with the rest of them. On returning, it frankly would have been far faster to get in the Thai National queue than the specific TE queue, as that one was full of clueless Chinese. The fast track immigration works much better at BKK, but due to heavy volume of people, plus all the Bus/1st class passengers who get a free fast pass, it's usually still very crowded, but way better than the normal queues at least.

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, rickthailand said:

B) if you have a thai drivers license you will get the international one nothing to do wit  TE visa

C) no problem getting residency letter with TE visa

E) everyone has to do a TM30

B- you have to have a permanent five year Thai drivers license to get an IDP.

 

Perhaps with the exception of the TE (per comments above), to get a five year license after the two year temporary license everyone starts on you have to have a Non-Imm visa. 

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Thailand Privilege Card Co., Ltd. themselves told me that as the Elite Visa is a tourist visa, you can only renew for two years (Officially). However, I have heard that most offices that issue driver licenses will renew for 5 years on an Elite Visa.

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On 12/29/2018 at 11:45 AM, julot said:

a) Driver License renewal: I am holding a 2-year DL, would I be able to get a 5-year renewal in CM?

b) International Driver License: anyone able to get it in CM? 

a) Depends on the person in the DLT. Thai elite is considered a tourist visa and the official rule is only a two year driving license for people on a tourist visa, but maybe you are lucky and they give you a 5 years license

b) If you get a 5 year driving license you can get an IDP

 

1 hour ago, descc71 said:

Can you recommend a visa specialist. I am on a Thai Elite visa which runs out in 2020, a year and 2 months before my 50th birthday so I have this 1 year 2 month gap that I need to find a way to stay in Thailand before I can apply for my retirement visa. Many thanks in advance 

If you make a visa run (or get an extension if this should be possible with the dates) just before your Thai elite visa expires you get a permit to stay for another year (they will of course not do 90 day reports for you anymore). You can get a re entry permit in case you have to leave Thailand within this year. Then after this year you can make a visa run to get a visa exempt or tourist visa to cover the remaining time before you can get the retirement visa.

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15 hours ago, jackdd said:

a) Depends on the person in the DLT. Thai elite is considered a tourist visa and the official rule is only a two year driving license for people on a tourist visa, but maybe you are lucky and they give you a 5 years license

b) If you get a 5 year driving license you can get an IDP

 

If you make a visa run (or get an extension if this should be possible with the dates) just before your Thai elite visa expires you get a permit to stay for another year (they will of course not do 90 day reports for you anymore). You can get a re entry permit in case you have to leave Thailand within this year. Then after this year you can make a visa run to get a visa exempt or tourist visa to cover the remaining time before you can get the retirement visa.

so if you get an 6th year just before your te visa expires you can get a reentry permit to keep that year valid?

 

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I am wondering if Elite visa holders will be affected by the proposed requirement for all long-term visa holders to have Thai health insurance. Until the situation is clarified, I would hold off committing to a visa which could end up being worthless.

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1 hour ago, Lacessit said:

the proposed requirement for all long-term visa holders to have Thai health insurance

There is no such proposed requirement, so i wouldn't really worry about that Elite visa holders have to get one. Other than that i think having health insurance is sensible, if it's a proper one

 

1 hour ago, rickthailand said:

so if you get an 6th year just before your te visa expires you can get a reentry permit to keep that year valid?

I didn't personally try it, but i'm quite sure that you can, yes

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