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Around 20 development companies have shown interest in an Elite Visa scheme that offers residency to foreign investors. Of those, Sansiri, Nusasiri, Four Seasons, and Raimon Land have confirmed they will join the programme that offers 5-year residency to foreign nationals who invest 10 million baht in condos.

Thai media reports also indicate increasing interest in the scheme from nationals of China, Hong Kong, and Germany. The programme, called the Elite Flexible One, offers residency of 5 years, extendable to 20 years, for 500,000 baht. There is a 2-year application period, running from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022.

Earlier this month, Thailand Privilege Card, which sits under the Tourism Authority of Thailand and runs the Elite Visa programme, confirmed it would increase the fee associated with its most popular offering, the Easy Access visa. From January, the price of this visa will increase by 20%, to 600,000 baht.

SOURCE: Thai Visa | The Bangkok Insight

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    Ynwaps

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Useless

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    They want foreigners in and they increase the fee for the easy access visa!
    By 20 percent!!!

    That is like the Thai logic of having a bar with less customers so they put up the price of beer to make the same money.

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      J West

      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      Right, no takers at $500,000 so let’s go fishing in the $600,000 hole. They might try the million baht pond. I hear there’s a lot of fat fish at the high end of stupid. Seriously, the 5 year residence makes no sense. At the end of 5 years your just another Farang who can’t extend his visa and a condo he can’t sell. This past year has shown us a thing or two about “ secure residency”.

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    Semo

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    I think that 500,000 THB is already a lot of money and quite a risk to take for people which did not reside in Thailand before.

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    Ted

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    I am a holder of the 5 year visa and am really satisficed with it and the Elite Visa, that said, am happy I’ve gotten married; imm-O visa here I come!

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    Ian

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Another day another idiotic idea invest 10 million lol I wouldn’t invest 10 baht

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      gigi

      Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      Really!!! A new idea every day !!! Either I will live in another world, or I don’t know !!! But is there really anyone who wants to make investments in this country? Mah !!! I will go to these places as long as I am poor, but if in any case my situation changes, I will never return !!!

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    Robert Elliot

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    That should help the billionairre property deveopers to sell more condos.

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    crispy

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 1:56 am

    Just another con

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    Mike Frenchie

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    They never stop – I am still laughing at the “1 million USD work permit”… 🙂

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