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Thailand is a sought-after destination in Southeast Asia. The country offers an affordable and high standard of living. Its attractions include spectacular ancient ruins, scuba-diving sites, tropical islands, an exciting nightlife, palaces, Buddhist temples, and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Residence by Investment Overview

The Thailand Privilege Residence Program offers applicants the right to live in the country for up to 20 years and access privileged services and benefits. To receive the Thailand Privilege visa, foreign nationals must join the exclusive program offered by the Thailand Privilege Card Company Limited (TPC).

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Minimum application fee of THB 900,000 (approximately USD 25,000)


Processing time

Two–three months


Key benefit

Long-term residence permit, with privileged VIP treatment on arrival in Thailand

Long-Term Residence in Thailand 

With its rich cultural history and affordable yet exceptionally high standard of living, Thailand is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for travelers and professionals, even as a second home destination.

Thailand’s exclusive residence program gives foreign nationals the right to live in the country for up to 20 years. The Thailand Privilege Residence Program offers access to the jewel of Southeast Asia, as well as a range of complimentary VIP privileges.

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The residence permit (privilege entry visa) is issued by the Thailand Privilege Card Company Limited (TPC) — a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, under the Ministry of Tourism and Sport. The ‘Land of Smiles’, as the country is often referred to due to the friendly disposition of its citizens, has become one of the most sought-after destinations in Southeast Asia, with an increasing number of wealthy families and retired individuals seeking to take advantage of its temperate climate, spectacular landscape, and outstanding leisure facilities.

Benefits of Thai residence by investment

  • A range of residence options available, from the five-year gold card (THB 900,000 or approximately USD 25,000) to the 20-year reserve card (THB 5 million or approximately USD 140,000)
  • No minimum stay requirement
  • Possibility of acquiring a tax identification number and a tax residence certificate (if staying in Thailand for more than 180 days per year)
  • Low-cost yet high standard of living
  • Complimentary VIP services including a 24-hour multilingual member contact center and a dedicated Thailand Privilege personal assistant for fast-tracked immigration and baggage claim, as well as services redeemable with points such as lounge access, hotel discounts, spa treatments, annual health checks, and assistance with opening a local bank account and obtaining a Thai driving license

Requirements of the Thailand Privilege Residence Program 

There is no minimum residence requirement and residents can stay in the country for as long as they wish within the parameters of their chosen program option.

The Thailand Privilege Residence Program offers four different program options, each varying in validity, the number of points allocated, and cost:

  1. Gold card — A five-year privilege entry visa for expats or businesspeople to enter and exit Thailand. The fee is THB 900,000 including VAT (approximately USD 25,000). 20 points per year are allocated to redeem services. Dependents cannot be included in this option.
  2. Platinum card — A 10-year privilege entry visa ideal for families, where the main applicant pays a fee of THB 1.5 million including VAT (approximately USD 42,000) and an additional fee of THB 1 million including VAT (approximately USD 28,000) per dependent. 35 points per year are allocated per family to redeem services.
  3. Diamond card — A 15-year privilege entry visa where the main applicant pays a fee of THB 2.5 million including VAT (approximately USD 70,000) and an additional fee of THB 1.5 million including VAT (approximately USD 42,000) per dependent. 55 points per year are allocated per family to redeem services.
  4. Reserve card (issued by invitation only) — A 20-year privilege entry visa for THB 5 million including VAT (approximately USD 140,000) and an additional fee of THB 2 million (approximately USD 55,000) per dependent. 120 points per year are allocated per family to redeem services.

An application fee of THB 50,000 is payable upon submission of the application. Upon approval, this fee is deducted from the total amount of the chosen program option.

Dependents may include legitimate parents, stepparents, a spouse (including by civil union), children, and stepchildren.

Procedures and time frame of the Thailand Privilege Residence Program

TPC has an efficient application process. Approved applicants and dependents must inform TPC seven days in advance of their request to have the visa affixed upon their arrival at the airport under normal travel conditions or at the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok.

The first step after the prospective client has contacted Henley & Partners is the completion of the initial due diligence checks. Thereafter, the client agreement can be signed and the retainer can be paid. The application for Thai residence can then be prepared and submitted for processing upon payment of the THB 50,000 application fee. After the application is approved following a two–three-month process, the successful applicant can make the contribution. The residence visa can be issued within two weeks after TPC has confirmed receipt of the full application fee. Finally, the welcome letter can be received by the client and an appointment can be made for the visa affixation service.

Dual citizenship in Thailand

The residence permit (privilege entry visa) obtained through TPC does not lead to permanent resident status or citizenship because it is not classified as a non-immigrant visa.

In order to apply to become a Thai permanent resident, applicants must have had a Thai non-immigrant visa for at least three years prior to the submission of the application and must have three consecutive yearly extensions in order to qualify. The applicant must also be a holder of a non-immigrant visa at the time of submitting the permanent residence application.

An application for citizenship can be filed to become a Thai naturalized citizen after holding permanent resident status in Thailand for 10 consecutive years. Thailand does not recognize dual citizenship, but there are exceptions.

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