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Can one get an "Elite (Easy Access) Visa" from outside of Thailand? I'm currently stuck in the USA since March. If so...

 

1. Does one need an existing type of Thai visa already in the passport? I have a Non-O with extension based on Retirement valid until 3 January 2021.

2. Any additional costs, fees or annual fees in addition to the ฿500,000?

3. Any money in Thai bank requirements?

4. Any health insurance requirements on arrival?

5. Is it truly valid for 5 years?

6. Any annual renewal or visits to Immigration or other surprises?

7. Is it unlimited multiple entry? 

8. Passport valid until 2024. What happens in that 5th year of the Elite when time to get a new passport?

9. Does it change the existing visa/extension in my passport? Or is it just something in addition to my Non O w/extension based on Retirement?

 

(Of course, all this is assuming that incoming international commercial flights will resume sometime in the not too terribly distant future)

 

Accurate answers to any and all queries will be greatly appreciated! 

 

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Why don't you just set your sights on returning before the expiration of your extension of stay, and renew it for 1900thb? 

Much cheaper than an elite visa. 

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  1. If you are currently outside Thailand, there are no prior visa requirements.
  2. No significant extra costs, with the exception at the current time of those resulting from enhanced border controls (especially quarantine, Covid-19 tests and Covid-19 insurance)
  3. No.
  4. At the current time, you would be required to have $100,000 of Covid-19 insurance when entering. The duration of this insurance is unclear, but you can probably meet the requirement with inexpensive travel insurance.
  5. It is valid for five to six years (you may be able to get an extra year with a border bounce towards the end of the five years).
  6. If you do not exit Thailand at all during a 12-month period, you need to request a one-year extension from immigration on payment of 1,900 baht. This is very easy.
  7. Yes.
  8. The visa in the old passport remains valid, and you can simply use both passports for travel, and when requesting extensions.
  9. If entering on a Thailand Elite visa, you get an initial one-year permission to stay, and any previous visas and extensions become irrelevant.
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So what kind case can denied that you can't get Elite Visa even you pay the current money?

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31 minutes ago, Skeptic7 said:

8. Passport valid until 2024. What happens in that 5th year of the Elite when time to get a new passport?

I can answer this from current experience as my current passport expires right in the middle of my 5 year membership.

 

The visa is dated only up to the passport expiry date so they owe you time on an additional visa but the issued visa doesn't go beyond the passport expiry date.

 

In my case my passport expires about 2.x years into the 5 year membership, sometime next year I will get a new passport before the passport and visa expire on the same day.

 

Once I have the passport I need to go to TE / immigration and they will insert a new visa sticker into the new passport covering the remainder of my membership duration, plus the 6 bonus months bonus which they've issued due to the COVID situation.

 

 

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8 minutes ago, 2 is 1 said:

So what kind case can denied that you can't get Elite Visa even you pay the current money?

If you are outside Thailand, there is no problem. If you are inside Thailand on a non immigrant extended permission to stay, there have been reports that it is not possible to convert this to a Thailand Elite entry and permission to stay. Under normal circumstances, the easy solution is to fly out and back, getting the visa at the airport. I am not sure if Thailand Elite has negotiated other solutions in this time where that would clearly be impractical.

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34 minutes ago, northsouthdevide said:

Why don't you just set your sights on returning before the expiration of your extension of stay, and renew it for 1900thb? 

Much cheaper than an elite visa. 

Yes, well, that sounds swell...and of course is my preference. Sights have been set since end of March but still no end in sight, especially for Americans. I need to get home and this may be the ONLY timely way. Of course, until commercial flights resume into The Kingdom...this is moot too. But Elite may ultimately be my only near term option, unless a readily available vaccine comes along and even then, best case for that will be sometime 2021. ☹️

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21 minutes ago, Skeptic7 said:

unless a readily available vaccine comes along and even then, best case for that will be sometime 2021. ☹️

All this talk of vaccine is a bit far fetched in my opinion. 

Not being American, I have no idea of the restrictions that you face compared to other citizens, but January is a long way off, and most countries are under pressure to stimulate their economies, especially in the travel and tourism sector. 

So hang on in there, and good luck. 

Where there's a will, there's usually a way. 

Being from the UK, if I wanted to travel from Europe, I would have to self isolate on arrival in UK for 14 days, but I could fly to Dublin , take a hour bus ride to Belfast and be effectively in Britain, and free from restrictions. 

I'm not condoning this... 

Just saying.....   Canada? 😊

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7 hours ago, 2 is 1 said:

So what kind case can denied that you can't get Elite Visa even you pay the current money?

If you have had any overstay in the previous 3 years you are ineligible for an Elite visa. You must also consent via a signed form to allow a background check on you. This is the part that takes the longest, In my dads case over one week.

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7 hours ago, Big Joke said:

If you have had any overstay in the previous 3 years you are ineligible for an Elite visa. You must also consent via a signed form to allow a background check on you. This is the part that takes the longest, In my dads case over one week.

You can have a single overstay and still be eligible. You can't actively be on overstay though to actually receive the visa. My background check took 3 weeks on an Irish passport.

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OP, I was recently told (from a friend in US that contacted TE) that the application process for the Elite can take months if done through an embassy.  I would suggest you contact the Thailand Elite people directly to get some of your answers in the current environment, not sure if applicants from years ago will still be up-to-date on latest procedures / timelines.

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It is a shame one still has to report every 90 days. I'd seriously consider if it weren't for this.

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On 7/23/2020 at 11:22 PM, Skeptic7 said:

Yes, well, that sounds swell...and of course is my preference. Sights have been set since end of March but still no end in sight, especially for Americans. I need to get home and this may be the ONLY timely way. Of course, until commercial flights resume into The Kingdom...this is moot too. But Elite may ultimately be my only near term option, unless a readily available vaccine comes along and even then, best case for that will be sometime 2021. ☹️

dont forget you can only get a shorter  term driving licence, 2 years is  it?

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