The Thai government has started offering “elite” residency visas for wealthy foreign citizens, allowing them to live in the country for around $3,000 (£2,403) a year.

There are seven different packages, with the most expensive being the “Elite Ultimate Privilege” scheme.

It costs $60,000 (£46,272) for 20 years residency, along with a $600 (£463) a year membership fee.

Included in the price is a state-sponsored concierge programme, entitling members to VIP access to government agencies dealing with immigration, driving licences, and work permits, as well as complimentary return airport transfers, an annual health check up at a private hospital, and 24 spa treatments and golfing trips a year.

Other packages include a $15,000 (£11,568) deal for five years with no annual fee called “Elite Easy Access,” and also a 10-year, $30,000 (£23,136) membership that includes discounts for family members.