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Thailand Visa Regulation
As a general rule, any foreigner seeking entry into the Kingdom of Thailand for business, investment, study, medical treatment, mass media, religion, employment and other purposes is required to apply for a visa from a Thai Embassy or Consulate-General. To do so, a foreigner must possess a valid passport or travel document that is recognized by the Royal Thai Government and comply with the conditions set forth in the Immigration Act B.E.2522 (1979) and its related provisions.

The new fees for the immigration services more commonly required by foreigners are listed below. (Applicable from 26 August 2003)Type Baht Transit visa, single entry 800 Tourist visa, single entry 1,000 Non-immigrant visa, single entry 2,000 Non-immigrant visa, multiple entry for use within one year 5,000 Application for visa extension 1,900

 

Application fees:

  • 1,000 baht for a multiple re-entry permit
  • 3,800 for a residence permit;
  • 7,600 for a residence permit (payable on receipt of residence book)
  • 191,400 for a residence permit (payable on receipt of residence book) for a foreigner married to a Thai, the spouse of a resident, and any of their children who have not reached the status of a Thai juristic person (i.e., unmarried children aged below 20 years)

Visa issuance and visa exemption will be under the terms and conditions as provided in the Ministerial Regulations. Foreigners who fall into any of the following categories are prohibited to enter the Kingdom of Thailand.

  • Having no genuine and valid passport or document used in lieu of passport; or
  • Having a genuine and valid passport or document used in lieu of passport without visa issuance by the Royal Thai Embassies or Consulates in foreign countries or from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, except if a visa is not required for certain types of aliens in special instances.
  • Having no appropriate means of living following entrance into the Kingdom.
  • Having entered into the Kingdom to take occupation as a laborer, or to take employment by using physical energy without skills or training, or to work in violation of the Alien Work Permit Law.
  • Being mentally unstable or having any of the diseases as prescribed in the Ministerial Regulations.
  • Having not yet been vaccinated against smallpox or inoculated or undergone any other medical treatment for protection against disease and having refused to have such vaccinations administered by the Immigration Doctor.
  • Having been imprisoned by the judgment of the Thai Court; or by a lawful injunction; or by the judgment of the Court of foreign country, except when the penalty is for petty offense or negligence or is provided for as an exception in the Ministerial Regulations.
  • Having behavior which would indicate possible danger to the Public or likelihood of being nuisance or constituting any violence to the peace or safety of the public or to the security of the public or to the security of the nation, or being under warrant of arrest by competent officials of foreign governments.
  • Reason to believe that entrance into the Kingdom was for the purpose of being involved in prostitution, the trading of women of children, drug smuggling, or other types of smuggling which are contrary to the public morality.
  • Having no money or bond as prescribed by the Minister under Section 14 of the Immigration Act B.E. 2522.
  • Being a person prohibited by the Minister under Section 16 of the Immigration Act B.E. 2522.
  • Being deported by either the Government of Thailand that of or other foreign countries; or the right of stay in the Kingdom or in foreign countries having been revoked; or having been sent out of the Kingdom by competent officials at the expense of the Government of Thailand unless the Minister shall consider exemption on an individual special case basis.
  • Upon examination and diagnosis of disease of a physical or mental nature, including protective operations as against disease, that shall be conducted by the Immigration Doctor.

Information on location and contact number of the Thai Embassy and Consulate-General abroad could be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Consular Affairs, Visas and Travel Documents Division, 123 Chaengwattana Road, Bangkok 10210, Tel. (662) 981-7171 ext. 3201-2, 3204-5 or direct line 575-1062-4, Fax. (662) 575-1066.

Transit Visa for the Kingdom of Thailand
This type of visa will be issued to applicants who wish to enter the Kingdom for the following purposes:

  • to travel in transit through the Kingdom in order to proceed to the country of destination or
  • to re-enter his/her own country (category "TS")
  • to participate in sports activities (sportsmen, sportswomen, etc.)
  • (category "S") ***
  • • the person in charge or crew of a conveyance coming to a port, station or area in the Kingdom
  • (category "C")

1. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

  • Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months
  • Visa application form completely filled out
  • One recent (4 x 6 cm.) photograph of the applicant
  • Instrument of means of transportation (confirmed air ticket paid in full)
  • Evidence of adequate finance (20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht (per family)
  • Visa of a third country in a passport or travel document
  • Letter of invitation stating the application's participation in sports activities in the Kingdom

Consular officers reserve the rights to request for additional document as deemed necessary

2. THAI VISA FEE
200 baht per entry. (Visa fee may be changed without prior notice)

3. VALIDITY OF A VISA IN THAILAND
The validity of a visa is three months.

4. VALIDITY OF A STAY IN THAILAND
Travelers coming to Thailand with this type of visa will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for
a period not exceeding 30 days at any time.

5. EXTENSION OF STAY IN THAILAND
Those who wish to stay longer or may wish to change their status of visa must file an application for permission at the Office of Immigration Bureau located on Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120, Tel (662) 287-3101-10 The extension of stay as well as the change of certain type of visa is solely at the discretion of the Immigration officer.

Tourist Visa for the Kingdom of Thailand

This type of Thai visa will be issued to applicants who wishing to enter the Kingdom of Thailand for tourism purposes.

1. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
 

  • Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months
  • Thai Visa application form completely filled out
  • One recent( 4 x 6 cm.) photograph of the applicant
  • Air ticket paid in full Financial means (20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family)

Consular officers reserve the rights to request for additional documents as deemed necessary

2.  THAI VISA FEE
300 baht per entry, (Visa fee may be changed without prior notice)

3. VALIDITY OF A THAI VISA
The validity of a visa is three months.

4. VALIDITY OF A STAY IN THAILAND
Upon arrival, visitors with this type of visa will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand for a period not exceeding 60 days at any time.

5. EXTENSION OF STAY IN THAILAND
Those who wish to stay longer or may wish to change their status of visa must file an application for permission at the Office of Immigration Bureau located on Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120, Tel (662) 287-3101-10 The extension of stay as well as the change of certain type of visa is solely at the discretion of the Immigration officer.

5.  OTHER NATIONALS
Applicants who are nationals of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Sudan, Algeria, Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Palestinian State,  India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Sudan, Algeria, Libya, and Yemen are requested to file for application at the Thai Embassy/Consulate-General where they have their permanent residence.

6. NON-IMMIGRANT O - A
For a long stay in Thailand, This type of visa will be issued to applicants aged 50 years or above ON THE DATE OF THE APPLICATION wishing to stay in the Kingdom at least for the period of one year.

1. QUALIFICATION OF THE APPLICANT

  • Not being prohibited from entering the Kingdom of Thailand
  • Having no criminal record against the security of Thailand and the country of his/her nationality, or the country of his/her residence.
  • Having the nationality of or the residence in the country where his/her application is submitted.
  • Not having prohibited diseases (Leprosy, Tuberculosis, Drug Addiction, Elephantiasis and Third step of Syphilis) as indicated in the Ministerial Regulation No.14 (B.E. 2535).
  • Not being allowed to work in Thailand.

2.  REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR VISA APPLICATION

  • A passport with validity not less than 18 months
  • Three copies of visa application form completely filled out.
  • Three passport-sized photos of the applicant taken within the past six months.
  • A personal Data Form
  • A copy of bank statement showing a deposit at the amount equal to not less than 800,000 baht or an income certificate (an original copy) with a monthly income of not less than 65,000 baht, or a deposit account plus a monthly income totaling not less than 800,000 baht. In the case of the bank statement, a letter of guarantee from the bank (an original copy) is to be shown as well.
  • Verification stating that the applicant has no criminal record issued from the country of his/her nationality or residence (the verification shall be valid for not more than three months and should be notarized by a notary public or the applicant’s diplomatic/consular mission).
  • A medical certificate issued from the country where the application is submitted, showing no prohibited diseases as indicated in the Ministerial Regulation No.14 (B.E. 2535) (the certificate shall be valid for not more than three months and should be notarized by notary organs or the applicant’s diplomatic/consular mission).
  • In the case that the applicant wishes to have his/her spouse stay together in the Kingdom but the spouse is not qualified for the “O-A” visa, their marriage certificate shall also be produced as evidence and should be notarized by a notary public or the applicant’s diplomatic/consular mission. (The spouse will be considered for temporary stay under category “O”).

3. HOW TO SUBMIT VISA APPLICATION

Applicants can submit their applications at the Thai embassy / consular missions where they have their permanent residence or at the Office of the Immigration Bureau in Thailand. (Address: Section 1, Sub-Division 1, Immigration 1, Immigration Bureau, Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Sathorn District, Bangkok 10120). Telephone 287-4948 (direct line) or 287-3101-10 ext. 2236)

Please be advised that the following applicants are eligible to apply for this type of visa in the country:

  • Applicants undergoing Health Rehabilitation Programming hospitals or Health Centers. These organizations will apply on behalf of the individual applicant.
  • Applicants who are spouses / parents / children of applicants above.
  • Applicants to whom the agencies or organizations approved by the Office of the Immigration Bureau have applied for visa on their behalf. The above mentioned applicants must have qualifications stated in I and II.
  • The Consular missions will be notified to issue visa to the individual applicant when the Office of Immigration Bureau has given approval.

Recommendations for all foreign visitors staying in the Kingdom

Upon completing a stay of 90 days in the Kingdom, the alien shall report to the competent authority to report their current address in Thailand, and repeat this every 90 days with the immigration officer in the alien’s residence area, or report to the police station in the alien’s residence area if there is no immigration control there.

In order to report to the competent authority by mail, the alien shall do as follows :

The Report Form (Tor Mor 47) together with a copy of the passport pages showing the alien’s photo, personal details, and the latest arrival visa stamp as well as a self addressed envelop with postage affixed, shall be forwarded, by registered mail 7 days before the due date to the Immigration Bureau, Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Sathorn District, Bangkok 10120.

At the end of the one-year stay, the alien who wishes to extend his/her stay shall submit a request for the extended period at the Immigration Bureau with documented evidence of money transfer, or a deposit account in the Kingdom, or an income certificate, at the amount of not less than 800,000 baht, or an income certificate plus a deposit account at the total amount of not less than 800,000 baht a year. Extension for one year at a time will be granted to this group of people as long as they meet the requirements as earlier stated and is at the discretion of the Immigration officer.

If the alien’s spouse wishes to extend his/her stay as well, the marriage certificate shall be produced.

FOREIGNERS WHO WISH TO WORK IN THAILAND

Foreigners who wish to work/conduct business or undertake investment activities in Thailand must apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa at the Royal Thai Embassies or Consulates abroad. Various categories of non-immigrant visa are currently provided to meet the need and qualification of individual business people. These include business visa (category B), business approved visa (category B-A) and investment and business visa (category IB). Visa fee is 500 Baht for single entry with three-month validity and 1,000 Baht for multiple entries with one-year validity.

Passport holders of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Palestinian State, Sudan, Algeria, Libya, Yemen, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Egypt have to apply for visa at the Thai Embassy or Consulate General where they have their permanent residence.

Non-Immigrant visa (category “B” – Business) applications can be obtained from all Thai Embassies and Consulates provided that the following relevant documents are submitted.

  • A completed Visa Application Form
  • Applicant’s Passport with validity not less than six months
  • Two 4x6 cm. full-faced, bareheaded photos taken within the past six months
  • Letter of acceptance from the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (Alien Occupational Control Division, Department of Employment, Mit-Maitree Road, Dindaeng, Bangkok 10400 Tel 662-245-2745 / 245-3209 / 617-6578 / 617-6584 Fax. 662-6176576, 245-2593)
  • Official marriage and birth certificate (in cases of the applicant’s family members)
  • Evidence of adequate finance (20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family)
  • Copy of Work Permit issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (only in cases where the applicant has previously worked in the Kingdom).

 
For those foreigners who wish to work in Thailand, their employer in Thailand should submit Form WP3 (Application for applying a work permit on behalf of alien) together with other related documents such as a certificate issued by the Department of Commercial Registration, documentary evidence of educational qualifications, etc. at the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare.

Note

A foreigner who receives a non-immigrant visa can work in Thailand after having received a work permit. Any violation thereof shall make the employee liable for imprisonment not exceeding three months, to pay a fine not exceeding five-thousand baht, or both penalties.

A foreigner who performs work that is prescribed by the Royal Decree B.E. 2522 (1979) which prohibits alien employment in certain occupations and professions is liable to be imprisoned not exceeding five years, will be fined from 2,000 to 10,000 Baht, or both penalties.

APPLYING FOR A WORK PERMIT

Foreigners who wish to conduct business in Thailand are required to apply for a Work Permit by submitting the following documents:

  • A completed Visa Application Form
  • Applicant’s passport with validity not less than 6 months and its copy
  • Two 4x6 cm. full-faced, bareheaded photos taken within the past 6 months
  • Letter from the applicant’s company stating the objective of the visit to Thailand, his/her salary, etc
  • Document showing correspondence with trading partners in Thailand.
  • Financial evidence in case that the applicant is doing his/her own business
  • Evidence of adequate finance (20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family)
  • Letter of invitation from company in Thailand together with copy of corporate documents comprising the following documents:
      • list of shareholders
      • business registration and business license
      • company profile
      • details of business operation
      • list of foreign workers stating names, nationalities and positions
      • map indicating the location of the company
      • balance sheet, statement of income tax and business

Tax (Por Ngor Dor 50 and Por Ngor Dor 30) of the latest year
       8) Alien income tax return (Por Ngor Dor 91) and
       9) Value-added tax registration (Por Ngor Dor 20), etc.

Copies of company documents must be signed by Board of Directors or authorized managing director and affixed the seal of the company.)

NOTE: Document indicating the number of foreign tourists (for tourism business only), or document indicating export transactions issued by banks (for export business only)

NOTE: Official marriage and birth certificates (in cases of the applicant’s family members)

Consular officers reserve the rights to ask for additional documents as deemed necessary. In the absence of a required document, a letter indicating the unavailability of such document must be provided.

The applicant must sign on each page of the copy.

Documents in foreign languages must be translated in Thai. If translated into English, it should be authorized by a notary public or the applicant’s diplomatic/consular mission.

The holders of this type of visa are entitled to stay in Thailand for a maximum period of 90 days. Upon completion of such period, an extension of stay for a period of one year counting from the date of arrival in the Kingdom can be applied for at the Office of the Immigration Bureau.

BUSINESS VISA (category “B-A”)

This visa may be applied for at the Embassies or Consulates abroad but approval shall be given by the Office of the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok before the visa is issued to the qualified applicant.

Companies in which the applicant will invest or do business can also apply for this type of visa at the Immigration Bureau. The validity of stay for B-A type visa is valid for a period of one year counting from the date of arrival in the Kingdom.

INVESTMENT VISA (category “IB”) is issued to foreign staff working under investment projects promoted by the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOT). The project must benefit the country in the following ways:
• Produce for export
• Increase employment
• Utilize indigenous raw materials
• Locate in provincial areas
• Encourage technology transfer to Thai nationals
• Not compete in such a way as to destroy existing domestic business

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

After entering the Kingdom, applicants or their assignee must go to the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (Alien Occupational Control Division, Department of Employment) to apply for a work permit and shall pay the income tax accordingly. If the company’s applicant is located in other provinces, the applicant must apply at Labor Development Office in that province.

Applicant’s family members, namely; spouse, parents and children who are unmarried and less than 20 years old are eligible to apply for Non-Immigrant Visa (category “O”) and may be allowed to stay for up to 1 year.

Foreigners entering the Kingdom under a Transit Visa (“TS”) or Tourist Visa (“TR”) wishing to engage in business activities may apply for a change to Non-Immigrant Visa at the Immigration Bureau Office located at Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120, Tel (662) 2873101-10. The extension of stay as well as the change of certain type of visa is at the discretion of the Immigration officer.

“ONE-STOP SERVICE CENTER” FOR VISAS AND WORK PERMITS

This office was established by the Regulations of the Office of Prime Minister,  promulgated on 30 June 1997, with the objective to promote investment by providing for the one stop service to avoid delay and inconvenience to the foreigners applying for permission to stay in the Kingdom, re-entry permits and work permits. It has been opened since 1 July 1997 at 207 Rachadapisek Road, Krisda Plaza, 3-5th Floors, Dindaeng, Bangkok 10310, Tel 662-693-9333-9 and Fax. 662-693-9340.

Qualification of applicants for work permit at the One Stop Service Center for Visas and Work Permits are as follows:

  1. Aliens who are executives or experts according to the following laws:
    • Investment Promotion Act B.E. 2520 (1977)
    • Petroleum Act B.E. 2514 (1971)
    • Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand Act B.E. 2522 (1979)
    • The aliens who are general investors;
    • Those investing not less than 2 million baht, will be granted 1-year approval.
    • Those investing not less than 10 million baht, will be granted 2-year approval.
    • Applicant must have the location of work or office in Bangkok only.

(Remarks: The aliens who work for enterprises outside Bangkok can submit the application to One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit).

  1. Aliens who are executives and experts and work at a company with the registered capital or total assets of not less than 30 millions baht.

NOTE: Journalists who comes to work as the foreign press, shall submit a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a copy of ID Press Card issued by Department of Public Relations.

  1. The aliens who are Researchers and Developers on Science and Technology.
  2. Aliens who are the officials of Branch Office of Overseas Bank, Foreign Banking Office of Overseas Bank, Provincial Foreign Banking Office of Overseas Bank and the Representative Office of Foreign Bank which were certified by the Bank of Thailand.
  3. Aliens who work for the Branch of the overseas enterprises.
  4. he aliens who work on the necessary and urgent basis for a period of not longer than 15 day (Tor.Thor. 11)

HOW TO APPLY FOR A THAI WORK PERMIT

(irst, you must have a Non-Immigrant ''B" visa before you apply for a work permit. )

Required documents for a work permit  in the Kingdom of Thailand are as follows:

  • Copies of the title page of your passport, your non-immigrant "B"visa, current entrance stamp, and your entry card
  • A copy of your degree, resume or transcript.
  • A doctor's certificate stating good health.
  • 2 color, 4 by 5 centimeter photos
  • Fee 750 - 3,000 Baht (depending on the length of your work permit)
  • Legal documents detailing the nature of business and number of employees.
  • Tax return documentation must be shown if applicable, (i.e. existing company).

STEP 1
Job description is an important factor prior to the issuance of a work permit. If the job description is one that can be undertaken by a Thai national then the application for your Thai work permit will be rejected.

A company may employ 1 foreigner for each 2 million baht of its paid-up capital and initial working capital, but not exceeding 10 persons. The relevant official will require evidence of the payment of paid-up capital and working capital, such as bank statements and financial statements, to determine this. However, in cases where the amount of capital investment is not sufficient (less than 2 million baht), existing limited companies can be purchased "of the shelf" as in the United Kingdom, as a means of legally obtaining company set up and work permit both quickly and economically.

STEP 2
Once you have submitted documents for obtaining a Thai work permit, you must not let your visa expire. Both Thai work permit and visa are linked. If you need to travel outside the Kingdom of Thailand and return on the same visa, you must obtain a re-entry permit from Immigration. The re-entry permit, like a work permit, is valid until your visa expires.

If your application is not processed before your visa expires, you will have to obtain a visa extension. You can obtain an extension at the immigration department.

STEP 3
Once your application is approved for a Thai work permit, you will have to go to the Labor Department with your passport to sign for it. The Labor Department stamps the back of your passport for their reference and issues your work permit booklet which should be kept in a safe place together with your passport.

Note :
It is a serious legal offence to work in the Kingdom of Thailand without a valid Thai work permit, punishable with imprisonment, a hefty fine and subsequent expulsion out of Thailand indefinitely. Beware of companies and/or individuals that claim a non-immigrant "B" visa is sufficient; this is NOT the case and can result in your being deported from Thailand.

All aliens engaged in any kind of work in Thailand must hold a valid work permit, issued principally by the Department of Employment of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare pursuant to the Alien Employment Act B.E. 2521 (A.D. 1978). The term "work" is defined very broadly, covering both physical and mental activities, whether or not for wages and other remuneration. Working without a valid work permit even for a day is a criminal offence. The validity period of a work permit is governed by the holder's immigration status, i.e. a work permit usually expires on the last day of the period of stay allowed by immigration officials as shown on the alien's visa. Aliens holding transit and tourist visas are not permitted to work.

A FOREIGNER WHO OBTAINS A WORK PERMIT MUST FOLLOW THESE REGULATIONS:

1. Carry the work permit with him/her or keep it in the office during working hours to show to government officers any time.

PENALTY: Anyone who violate this rule will be fined not more than 1,000 Baht

2. A foreigner must perform the work according to the work permit only. If he/she wants to engage in different work or change address of working place, then this change must be approved.

PENALTY: Anyone who violates this rule will be imprisoned not more than 1 month or fined not more than 2,000 baht or both.

3. A foreigner who wishes to continue working must apply for an extension before the expiration date.

PENALTY: Anyone who violates this rule will be imprisoned not more than 3 months or fined not more than 5,000 baht or both.

4. If his/her work permit is materially damaged or lost, a foreigner must apply for a substitute within 15 days from the date he/she knows about the damage or disappearance of the work permit.

PENALTY: Anyone who violates this rule will be fined not more than 500 baht

5. In cases where a foreigner changes his/her first name, last name, nationality, address, or name of the working place, he/she must notify their local Employment Service office to update the information as soon as possible.

6. If a foreigner resigns from work, he/she must return the work permit within 7 days from the date of resignation.

PENALTY: Anyone who violate this rule will be fined not more than 1,000 baht

EMPLOYERS WISHING TO EMPLOY A FOREIGNER MUST DO THE FOLLOWING :

1. Do not employ a foreigner without a work permit. Do not allow a foreigner to perform work other than that which is specified in his/her work permit, or to work under any other conditions than those specified in the work permit.

PENALTY: Imprisonment of not more than 3 years or fine of not more than 60,000 baht or both.

2. An employer who employs a foreigner to work or transfers him/her to work elsewhere or allows a foreigner to resign must notify their local Employment Service Office within 15 days from the employment, transfer or termination date.

PENALTY: Anyone who violates this rule will be fined not more than 1,000 baht

 



 
 
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