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 satisfy several criterion, you will be eligible to marry in Thailand. There are different procedures if one spouse is Thai or if both are foreign.

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  • To apply for a resident permit in Thailand, you must meet the criteria established by the local authorities. It doesn't expire, but can be revoked.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Expats who want to work in Thailand will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa, as well as for a work permit. Certain occupations are off bounds to expats

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  • For short-term stays in Thailand, you can apply for a tourist visa. Citizens of certain countries are visa-exempt.

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  • Work Permit Renewal Process in Thailand

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in Thailand? The digital nomad's guide to Thailand will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • Phuket offers a a more laid-back lifestyle than other Thai cities. Expats can find jobs in the growing tourism sector in Phuket.

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  • To work in Thailand, you must first apply for a work permit. Popular jobs for expats include teaching English or working in the tourism sector.

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  • Expats are restricted to certain types of businesses when considering entrepreneurial activities in Thailand.

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  • To do an internship in Thailand, you must apply for a student visa or a work visa. You will also need to find a company that runs an internship program.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Pattaya has a large expat community and has affordable, good quality accommodation. Rental costs vary depending on your chosen location in Pattaya.

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  • Various types of accommodation are easily available in Thailand. Expats can buy or rent a house, an apartment, or a villa with security and maintenance.

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  • Expats can choose between an apartment in the city centre and different types of accommodation in the suburbs of Thailand's capital, Bangkok.

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  • Chiang Mai is becoming increasingly popular, and is well-known amongst digital nomads. Accommodation is widely available and continues to be constructed.

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  • The island of Phuket attracts a large number of expats thanks the amenities available and good quality infrastructure. Houses with a sea view can be pricey

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Student visa, University registration
  • There are a number of higher education institutions you can choose to enroll in in Thailand. You can also attend vocational courses, or learn Thai.

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Health care

Public and private health systems


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

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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.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • There are different ways to travel in Thailand. You can choose between the plane, bus, train, or taxi. Traffic gets quite bad during rush hour in Bangkok.

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  • Find, in this article, all that you need to know about public transportation in Bangkok.

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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 will need to hire an international carrier.

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  • You can move to Thailand with your pet if he meets the criteria established by Thai authorities. Most types of pets are allowed.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Expats in Thailand should get their mobile phone unlocked by their service provider in their home country, so that the phone can be used with a Thai SIM.

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  • Thailand has a well-developed telecommunications network and it is quite easy to set-up an internet connection. You can also visit an internet cafe.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • If you are in Thailand and you have children under 5 years old, you can choose to send them to a nursery or hire a nanny.

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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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