What is the Thailand Privilege Card?

In 2023 the Thai Elite visa was discontinued. In its place the Thai Privilege card was launched.

The Thai Privilege card is similar to the Thai Elite visa in that it is aimed at wealthy foreigners who want to stay in Thailand for the long term.

The visa allows eligible applicants to stay in Thailand for 5, 10, 15 or 20 years depending on which membership option they go for. Unlike with other Thailand visas, 90-day reporting requirements are typically carried out by your privilege visa agent on your behalf.

The visa allows for multiple entry so you can come and go as you please. You will be granted an extendable one-year length of stay each time you enter Thailand.

Thai Privilege Card Membership Overview

Gold Membership

5 Years

THB 900,000 (approximately USD $25,000)

20 Privilege points per year

Platinum Membership

10 Years

THB 1,500,000 (approximately USD $42,000)

35 Privilege points per year

Diamond Membership

15 Years

THB 2,500,000 (approximately USD $69,000)

55 Privilege points per year

Reserve Membership

20 Years

THB 5,000,000 (approximately USD $138,000)

120 Privilege points per year

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What are Thai Elite Privilege points?

The Thai Privilege Card isn’t just a visa. It’s also a membership package.

The annual privilege points that come with the memberships can be used to access various activities and services, some of which are shown below.

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An alternative to Residency by Investment?

Thailand does have an investment visa, but it’s not cheap. An investment of 10 million Baht (around US$290,000) is required to qualify.

If you’re already looking to sink, say $100,000 into a Thai property, the extra $25,000 to secure a 5 year visa may be a better option.

The outcome is pretty similar. You get your property and a residency permit. But the total outlay is much less.

And there are plenty of other visa options to explore once the Thai Privilege elite visa expires.

Who is the Thai Privilege Elite Visa good for?

The Thai Elite visa is good for people who are:

  • Under the age of 50
  • Earn less than $80,000 a year
  • Want a medium to long term residency solution
  • Looking for a cheaper alternative to the investment visa
  • Have some money saved that they’re willing to commit

If you’re over 50 you might be better off going for a retirement visa.

If you’re a high income earner, you may prefer the LTR visa.

But if none of these apply to you then the Thai Privilege Elite visa could be a good option.

You do have to be okay with spending a large chunk of money upfront. What you are buying is hassle free access to the country.

But when you average it out over the five year period it works out to be around $430 per month. For the 10 year option, it’s around $350 a month.

The cost of living savings that you will benefit from over the period will far outweigh the cost of the visa. Sure you’re spending $430 a month for the visa. But you could easily be saving anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000 a month by living in a low cost country like Thailand.

This is extra money that can be invested or used to grow your own business. Over the course of 5, 10 or 20 years it could give a massive boost to your net worth.

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