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My Elite Visa Application (Day 1 until the End)


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On April 7, 2021, I finally received an email reply with instructions to mail everything I had already uploaded to the Los Angeles office by US Postal Service.

There was also information to allow 15 business days.  WTF x 1 million.

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I was going to cancel my flight and my hotel and rebook them both, however I decided to gamble.

I booked another flight (departing May 1, 2021) and had the hotel change my arrival date to May 2, 2021.

By this time the hotel staff told me they accepted my vaccination records and I only had to quarantine for 7/8 nights.

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I wrote a cover letter explaining the entire story I just told here. I told them of my double reservation and asked if they could try to get it back to me before my first flight.

I was tracking my package I sent on April 8th and they received it on April 9th at 11 am.

Everyday I was monitoring the mail and finally on Thursday, April 15th, at 6:30 pm I saw the package was on the move.

I realized then I did not have time to get a PCR Covid test, so I canceled my first flight (cost me some points, but oh well).

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On April 15th, I finally received the package.

It contained all my documents I submitted along with my passport.

I opened the passport and saw there was a Thailand Elite Visa sticker in the middle of my passport.

The Visa is dated April 14, 2021 to April 13, 2026.

So they at least let my 20 years start when the embassy put the stamp in the book.

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Just now, LASportsNut said:

On April 15th, I finally received the package.

It contained all my documents I submitted along with my passport.

I opened the passport and saw there was a Thailand Elite Visa sticker in the middle of my passport.

The Visa is dated April 14, 2021 to April 13, 2026.

So they at least let my 20 years start when the embassy put the stamp in the book.

20 years or 5 years?

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2 minutes ago, Luv2Phuket said:

20 years or 5 years?

Confusing I know.

The sticker is valid for 5 years and over the course of the 20 year Visa you get 4 stickers of 5 years.

These are adjusted if you have a new passport.  Which in my case will happen in 2024 and 2034.

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Are you still glad you got the elite visa? A lot has changed since last August.

It's just my opinion. 

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3 hours ago, WhiteThai said:

Are you still glad you got the elite visa? A lot has changed since last August.

That is a great question.

Time will tell, as I have not been able to enjoy it yet. 

However, I think over the next 20 years with all the benefits of having it and not having to deal with all the hassle each year to renew the retirement visa it will be worth it.

I know the retirement visa renewal process is not extremely difficult, but I don't have to worry about it now.

Plus as much as I love Pattaya, sometimes I need a break and I really enjoy Bangkok.  So when I travel to and from USA or travel to another Asian country from Bangkok, I will definitely use the car services.

I already have a fast pass with my APEC card, but this will be nice to have some VIP service once off the plane.

I have the means to pay for it, so I did it and do not regret it.

I realize a lot has changed, but it has for all travelers and visa options.

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I you have a decent pension, or deferred retirement or investment income, or passive income (rentals or business) I would do it.

The stocks this year have been very profitable. 

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