You will find here a series of summaries providing an overview of useful legal regulations, processes and legal issues for Doing Business in Thailand.

Apply online for visas and work permits

The Board of Investment (‘BOI’), in collaboration with the Immigration Bureau and the Department of Employment, has launched a ‘Single Window’ programme for visas and work permits. This is a programme allowing companies that receive BOI incentives to apply online for visas and work permits for foreign skilled experts.

Amendment to the Labour Protection Act

On 31 August 2017, the Labour Protection Act (No. 6) B.E. 2560 (“the LPA”) was published in the Government Gazette. We set below an overview of the LPA, which came into effect on 1 September 2017.

BOI approval of positions for visa and work permit

In June 2017, the Foreign Expert Services Division of BOI set out rules for approving a position for a company receiving Board of Investment (BOI) incentives. The notification states that the position approved by the BOI will be eliminated once the company cancels the position in the BOI’s system. The company must then apply to have the position approved again for a new expat to fill that position.

Smart Visa

The Cabinet has approved a new policy for a ‘smart visa’. The policy was discussed at a meeting of the Committee for Strategic National Administration on 17 August 2017.