Living in Thailand guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Thailand with the expat guide

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General information


Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • If you want to visit Thailand as a tourist, you have to apply for a visitor visa at the nearest Thai Embassy. Note however that the number of entries per visitor is limited.

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  • To to be able to get married in Thailand, you have to apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry at the Thai embassy. A marriage visa is not required but you will have to follow some procedures.

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  • To be able to apply for a resident permit in Thailand, you must meet the criteria established by the local authorities. Various factors, including your financial income, your qualifications and your family status will be considered.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Work Permit Renewal Process in Thailand

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  • If you want to work in Thailand, you need to apply for a non-immigrant visa as well as for a work permit. You have to meet some specific criteria to be eligible for a non-immigrant visa in Thailand. Note that the number of foreign workers allowed in Thai companies is very limited.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • You will be allowed to work in Bangkok after you have landed a job and applied for a work permit. You can be hired in the fields of management, catering and hospitality.

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  • Starting a business in Thailand requires an investment up to 2 million bahts. You also need a non-immigrant business visa and a work permit which will be issued by the Thai authorities.

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  • If you have a good command of English, you can easily get a job in Pattaya. You can even get hired as a teacher as there is a high demand in Thailand. Other sectors with high recruitment potential are telecommunications and electronics.

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  • If you are moving to Chiang Mai, you can find a job in the fields of computer science, education or hospitality. You need a non-immigrant business visa and a work permit.

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  • To be able to work in Phuket, you will need a non-immigrant business visa and a work permit. You first need to get a job in order to be eligible. The work permit, like the visa, is valid for a period of three months and renewable.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Various types of accommodation are easily available in Thailand. You can buy or rent a house, an apartment, or even a villa with security and maintenance facilities. A deposit, equal to a month rental, is generally required.

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  • The price of housing in Pattaya is relatively lower than in many Thai cities. You will find studios, apartments, houses and villas for rent and sale in all areas.

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  • Several types of accommodations are available in Chiang Mai for short or long term rental. You can rent an apartment or house as from 5,000 bahts. To buy a house or a villa, you will need millions of bahts.

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  • Being an exotic location, the island of Phuket offers several varieties of housing for expatriates. You can easily find a house, an apartment or a villa to rent or buy. The real estate market is in full growth.

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  • Several types of accommodation are available in Bangkok, including houses, villas and apartments. You can rent a house or apartment as from 6,000 bahts in the city center. Prices vary according to the different districts.

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Student visa, University registration
  • To obtain a study visa in Thailand, you have to enroll in a Thai University by choosing the most appropriate program for you. You will obtain a visa which can be extended according to the length of your study program.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Before leaving for Thailand, it is recommended to subscribe to an insurance and get vaccinated against certain diseases. Also enquire about Thai regulations regarding the import of drugs as you could be fined by the customs department.

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  • Health Care in Thailand: useful information about the heatlh care system in Thailand.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • To open a bank account in Thailand, you need to produce your passport, a valid permit or a resident certificate. You are allowed to open a bank account in foreign currency. You shall obtain a debit card.

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Tax system, income tax
  • Every working person in Thailand has to pay income tax. Different taxation rates apply according to income thresholds. You have to apply for a Tax Identification Number (TIN) as soon as you are hired in the country.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Find, in this article, all that you need to know about public transportation in Bangkok.

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  • There are different ways to travel in Thailand. You can choose between the plane, bus, train, or taxi. There are also more traditional means to move from one area to another in Thailand's major cities, such as the tuk-tuk.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • If you are staying in Thailand for a short period, you can drive using an international driver's license. But if you plan to stay longer, you will have to apply for a Thai driver's license.

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  • Tips on driving and obtaining a licence in Thailand.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Moving to Thailand requires a good planning. For the removal of your belongings from your home to Thailand, you need to hire an international carrier. You will have to make a list of your belongings which you will have evaluated in order to determine the cost of travel.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Several types of Internet connection are available in Thailand. You can choose between the land-line, ADSL or even Wi-Fi. There are also internet cafes where rates are paid per hour.

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  • To make phone calls in Thailand, you can choose between the land-line phone, mobile phone or public phone-booths. Different companies offer different types of packages and rechargeable prepaid cards.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Various leisure activities are available in Thailand. During your spare time, you can enjoy hiking in the mountains and forests and cross the rivers. You can as well spend some time on the beautiful beaches of surrounding islands or explore the cultural wealth of the country.

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  • Discovering Bangkok: information to get to know the city of Bangkok, The City of Angels

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  • It is possible for non-Thais to become a monk in Thailand, just not common, and it may not make sense to

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  • If you are in Thailand and you have children under 5 years old, you can enroll him in a kindergarten. There are also specialized child care centers which c

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  • You can move to Thailand with your pet if he meets the criteria established by Thai authorities. Make sure he is authorized on the territory and he has been vaccinated against rabies.

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