Thailand useful Info

1. To holiday in Thailand, do I need a visa?

Under Thai law, passport holders from some countries do not need a visa to enter into the Kingdom. Check if your country is exempt or not here

 

2. Do I need a special visa to work in Thailand?

Yes, please obtain a Non-Immigrant Type “B” visa for working in Thailand from the Thai Embassy in your home country or from whichever country you are currently residing. If you have a Thai wife and also wish to work in Thailand, please obtain a Non-Immigrant Type “O” visa. The documents required to support your visa application can vary at different Thai Embassies. Please contact the Embassies directly for more information.

 

3. Can a 60 days’ tourist visa be extended if the holder wishes to stay longer in Thailand?

Yes, it can be extended for another 30 days at Immigration however this is the final possible extension. You need to leave the Kingdom once this has expired.

 

4. Is there a visa that allows me to holiday in Thailand for 6 months or a year?

No, a 90 days’ tourist visa (60 days + 30 days, see 3) is the maximum visa available for holidaying in Thailand. However, once it has expired, you can obtain a new tourist visa which will be valid for a further 90 days by leaving and re-entering the Kingdom. It is necessary to apply in advance at a Thai Embassy for this 60 days’ tourist visa (which is extendable by a further 30 days). If you do not apply in advance, then you will receive only the standard 30 days’ tourist visa on arrival at the Thai airport.

 

5. What happens if I lose my passport while in Thailand?

You are required to report the loss at the local police station in the area where the passport was lost. You then need to take that report to your country’s embassy in Thailand where they will issue you with a new passport or a substitute document which you can use at Immigration to obtain a new visa.

 

1. As a non-national in Thailand, is it possible for me to bring a civil action in a Thai court?

Basically, if the subject matter of the action is located in Thailand or if the action arose on a Thai ship or airplane, you are entitled to bring a civil action in a Thai court. This can be complicated and so it is best to consult your lawyer.

 

2. As a non-national in Thailand, is it possible for me to bring criminal proceedings in a Thai court?

Yes. If you are the victim of a crime, you can press charges against the person who committed the crime at the police station in the local jurisdiction. A good lawyer who can speak English is recommended. Alternatively, you can file a criminal lawsuit against that person at a Court with the appropriate jurisdiction.

 

3. Who should I contact in order to prepare criminal charges in Thailand?

Firstly, you should register a complaint with the police. To assist you, you are always advised to contact a good lawyer first.

 

1. Can I own land outright in Thailand?

Ownership of land (as opposed to what is on the land) has to be vested in a Thai person or a Thai company (51% of any company must be Thai owned -1 or more people)

 

2. Can I own a house in Thailand?

You can own the house but not the land on which it is built – see 1.

 

3. Can I own a condominium in Thailand?

Yes but not the land on which it is built – see 1.

 

4. Is it true that a foreigner must set up a company in order to own property/land in Thailand?

It can be done but great care is needed as the company must be majority Thai owned – see 1.

 

5. What is the process for purchasing property in Thailand?

Use a good lawyer/agent to check the legality and to review the contracts on your behalf.

 

6. Is it possible for a foreigner to get a mortgage on property in Thailand?

In certain circumstances and with certain banks but it is by no means guaranteed.

 

1. As a foreigner, can I do business in Thailand?

Yes, however foreigners are restricted from doing certain business such as Newspaper Business, Radio Broadcasting, Marketing or casting Buddha images and etc. as prescribed in the Foreign Business Act B.E. 2542 (1999).

 

2. What do I need to set up a company in Thailand?

You need to ensure firstly that the company is 51% Thai owned so that it can receive the incentives and benefits of being a Thai juristic person i.e. the ability to buy a piece of land. There is also a requirement of a minimum of 2 Million THB registered capital if there is a foreign worker working for the company.

 

3. Are there restrictions applying to the conducting of business by foreigners in Thailand?

Yes. For example, a foreigner cannot practice law in Thailand – See 1.

 

4. How long does it take to set up a company under Thai law?

Under Thai law, it can be done in 1 day if documents are complete.

 

5. What is the average cost of setting up a company in Thailand?

It varies, depending on the amount of the registered capital. For example, if the registered capital is 2 Million THB, the approximate government fee is 12,350 THB.

 

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Time zone:

GMT +7 (+6 daylight saving time)

 

Area:

Total Area: 513,120 sq km

 

Capital: Bangkok

 

Climate: tropical; rainy, warm, cloudy south-west monsoon (mid-May to September); dry, cool north-east monsoon (November to mid-March); southern isthmus always hot and humid.

 

Population: around 66,000,000

 

Age structure: 0-14 years: 20.8% (male 7,013,877/female 6,690,554), 15-64 years: 70.5% (male 23,000,156/female 23,519,298), 65 years and over: 8.7% (male 2,612,269/female 3,162,282) (2010 est.)

 

Ethnic groups: Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11%.

 

Religions: Buddhist 94.6%, Muslim 4.6%, Christian 0.7%, other 0.1% (2000 census)

 

Languages: Thai, English (secondary language of the elite), ethnic and regional dialects.

 

Background:

The Kingdom of Thailand is an independent country which lies in the heart of south-east Asia. The country is bordered to the North by Laos and Burma; to the East by Laos and Cambodia; to the South by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia; and to the West by the Andaman Sea and Burma. The capital and largest city of Thailand is Bangkok. It is also the country’s centre of political, commercial, industrial and cultural activities. Bangkok is known in Thai as “Krung Thep Mahanakorn”, or ” Krung Thep” in short.

 

Government type: Constitutional Monarchy

 

Administrative divisions: Thailand is divided into 75 provinces, which are gathered into 5 groups of provinces by location. There are also 2 special governed districts: the capital Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon) and Pattaya, of which Bangkok is at provincial level and thus often counted as a 76th province.

Each province is divided into districts and the districts are further divided into sub-districts (tambons). Some parts of the provinces bordering Bangkok are also referred to as Greater Bangkok.

 

Legal system: based on civil law system with influences of common law; did not accept compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.

 

Economy – overview:

With a well-developed infrastructure, a free-enterprise economy, generally pro-investment policies, and strong export industries, Thailand enjoyed solid growth from 2000 to 2008 – averaging more than 4% per year – as it recovered from the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98. Thai exports – mostly machinery and electronic components, agricultural commodities, and jewelry – continue to drive the economy, accounting for more than half of GDP. The global financial crisis of 2008-09 severely cut Thailand’s exports, with most sectors experiencing double-digit drops. In 2009, the economy contracted to 2.8%. Thai government is focusing on financing domestic infrastructure projects and stimulus programs to revive the economy, as external trade is still recovering and persistent internal political tension and investment disputes threaten to damage the investment climate.

 

Agriculture – products: rice, cassava (tapioca), rubber, corn, sugarcane, coconuts, soybeans

 

Industries: tourism, textiles and garments, agricultural processing, beverages, tobacco, cement, light manufacturing such as jewelry and electric appliances, computers and parts, integrated circuits, furniture, plastics, automobiles and automotive parts; world’s second-largest tungsten producer and third-largest tin producer

 

Exports Commodities: textile and footwear, fishery products, rice, rubber, jewelry, automobiles, computers and electrical appliances.

 

Partners: US, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore.

 

Imports Commodities: capital goods, intermediate goods and raw materials, consumer goods, fuels
Partners: Japan, China, Malaysia, US, UAE, Singapore, South Korea.