Can the application fee be paid by a third party?


Yes, the application fee can be paid by a third party. The relationship between the applicant and sponsor must be disclosed and supporting documents may be requested. Kindly note that the proof of payment must always include the applicant’s name.




How does the applicant obtain the Thailand Elite Residence Program Privilege Entry visa?


The visa can be affixed to the successful applicant’s passport at various locations:

  • Immigration bureau (for foreigners living in Thailand and available during business days only.)
  • Designated airports:

  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Phuket airport*; service available 24/7 and available on direct international arrival flights
  • Chiang Mai airport*; service available 24/7 without EPA assistance
  • Should the successful applicant wish to have their visa affixed during transit in Thailand, they are required to ensure that there is a 4 to 5-hour gap between flights and must inform the Customer Contact Centre upon booking
* Five days advance notice must be given prior to getting the visa affixed at the airports. This is the most preferred and efficient option For applicants who hold two or more passports, the Elite visa will be affixed to the passport provided during the application process only.




On which visas are applicants allowed to affix the Thailand Elite Residence Program Privilege Entry visa without prior cancellation?


Only applicants who hold any of the following visas are eligible to obtain the Privilege Entry visa without prior visa cancellation:

  • A tourist visa
  • A visa on arrival
  • An exempted visa
Some nationalities are required to apply for a Tourist visa before entering Thailand to be eligible to affix the Thailand Elite Residence Program Privilege Entry visa.




The Non-Immigrant Business visa is canceled upon receiving the Thailand Elite Residence Program Privilege Entry visa. Is this true?


An applicant who is staying in Bangkok, Thailand and holding a Non-Immigrant visa must complete the cancellation procedure of the Non-Immigrant visa and request to get the Thailand Elite visa to be affixed in the same day (cancel in the morning period and get Thailand Elite Visa in the afternoon). For applicants staying in other provinces outside of Bangkok, the applicant may apply for a 7-day extension as a buffering period to travel to Bangkok. These applicants may therefore obtain the Thailand Elite visa within the 7-day extension period.




What happens to the visa affixed when an applicant’s passport expires?


The Thailand Elite Residence Program Privilege Entry visa has a five-year validity and will be renewed according to the validity of the Thailand Elite Residence Program option chosen. The visa will be affixed to the applicant’s passport according to the remaining validity of the passport. Should an applicant’s passport expire prior to the five years, any years remaining on the visa will be transferred to the next passport. This is according to the immigration regulations of the Thailand Immigration Bureau, whereby if the validity of the successful applicant’s current passport is not at least five years, the Thailand Elite privilege entry visa will be affixed in accordance with the expiration date stated on the passport and the remaining validity will then be affixed to the new passport once obtained. The Thailand Elite Residence Program requires at least three blank pages of the current passport. For example:

  • Elite Easy Access program option with five-years’ validity
  • Passport expiry: 30 September 2020
  • Visa affix date: 1 April 2017
  • The validity of visa on the passport is from 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2020 (i.e. 3.5 years)
  • The remaining validity of 1.5 years will be affixed on the new passport at designated locations
In the event of a member having a new passport issued, the member is required to submit the personal detail page of the new passport to the Customer Contact Centre in order for them to update the information. A reservation will be required to affix the remaining period of the Privilege Entry visa on the new passport.





 
 

Can the application fee be paid by a third party?


Yes, the application fee can be paid by a third party. The relationship between the applicant and sponsor must be disclosed and supporting documents may be requested. Kindly note that the proof of payment must always include the applicant’s name.




How does the applicant obtain the Thailand Elite Residence Program Privilege Entry visa?


The visa can be affixed to the successful applicant’s passport at various locations:

  • Immigration bureau (for foreigners living in Thailand and available during business days only.)
  • Designated airports:

  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Phuket airport*; service available 24/7 and available on direct international arrival flights
  • Chiang Mai airport*; service available 24/7 without EPA assistance
  • Should the successful applicant wish to have their visa affixed during transit in Thailand, they are required to ensure that there is a 4 to 5-hour gap between flights and must inform the Customer Contact Centre upon booking
* Five days advance notice must be given prior to getting the visa affixed at the airports. This is the most preferred and efficient option For applicants who hold two or more passports, the Elite visa will be affixed to the passport provided during the application process only.




On which visas are applicants allowed to affix the Thailand Elite Residence Program Privilege Entry visa without prior cancellation?


Only applicants who hold any of the following visas are eligible to obtain the Privilege Entry visa without prior visa cancellation:

  • A tourist visa
  • A visa on arrival
  • An exempted visa
Some nationalities are required to apply for a Tourist visa before entering Thailand to be eligible to affix the Thailand Elite Residence Program Privilege Entry visa.




The Non-Immigrant Business visa is canceled upon receiving the Thailand Elite Residence Program Privilege Entry visa. Is this true?


An applicant who is staying in Bangkok, Thailand and holding a Non-Immigrant visa must complete the cancellation procedure of the Non-Immigrant visa and request to get the Thailand Elite visa to be affixed in the same day (cancel in the morning period and get Thailand Elite Visa in the afternoon). For applicants staying in other provinces outside of Bangkok, the applicant may apply for a 7-day extension as a buffering period to travel to Bangkok. These applicants may therefore obtain the Thailand Elite visa within the 7-day extension period.




What happens to the visa affixed when an applicant’s passport expires?


The Thailand Elite Residence Program Privilege Entry visa has a five-year validity and will be renewed according to the validity of the Thailand Elite Residence Program option chosen. The visa will be affixed to the applicant’s passport according to the remaining validity of the passport. Should an applicant’s passport expire prior to the five years, any years remaining on the visa will be transferred to the next passport. This is according to the immigration regulations of the Thailand Immigration Bureau, whereby if the validity of the successful applicant’s current passport is not at least five years, the Thailand Elite privilege entry visa will be affixed in accordance with the expiration date stated on the passport and the remaining validity will then be affixed to the new passport once obtained. The Thailand Elite Residence Program requires at least three blank pages of the current passport. For example:

  • Elite Easy Access program option with five-years’ validity
  • Passport expiry: 30 September 2020
  • Visa affix date: 1 April 2017
  • The validity of visa on the passport is from 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2020 (i.e. 3.5 years)
  • The remaining validity of 1.5 years will be affixed on the new passport at designated locations
In the event of a member having a new passport issued, the member is required to submit the personal detail page of the new passport to the Customer Contact Centre in order for them to update the information. A reservation will be required to affix the remaining period of the Privilege Entry visa on the new passport.





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