BOI Encourages Investment in High Standard Environmental Conservation Projects

The Board of Investment (the ?BOI?) has revised the conditions for the promotion of investment in environmental conservation in order to effectively encourage companies to invest in environmental protection facilities. The BOI approved the extension of the deadline for application submission and relaxed the conditions on start-up time frames. Existing promoted projects that are still enjoying corporate income tax exemption can also apply for the new package. The Map Ta Put area will most likely lead the environmental investment projects with at least 16 Billion Baht in anticipated investments.  

Relaxation Promotion Rules for bleaching and dyeing activities

The Board also relaxed promotion conditions for bleaching and dyeing activities. The two main revised conditions are as follows:

1. The deadline for applications for investment promotion has been extended from the end of 2008 to the end of 2009 with projects required to operate by the end of March 2011; and

2. Existing BOI-promoted entities with corporate income tax privileges are also eligible to apply for the new incentives under this new scheme.

Privileges under the environmental protection scheme include exemption of import duties on machinery and equipment, and a maximum corporate income tax deduction of 3 years valued at not over 70% of the capital expenditures on environmental protection.

Since the bleaching, dyeing and finishing activities generally have an adverse impact on the environment, BOI measures previously required that plants be located in textile industrial zones for better monitoring. However, there are only 2 textiles industrial zones, in Ratchaburi and Samutsakorn. As the activities have been considered highly crucial for building up a competitive textile industry, the BOI has allowed investments to be located in other industrial estates or any BOI-promoted industrial parks which meet environmental protection standards as specified by the law. These industrial estates must have in place been approved for waste water treatment facilities to efficiently accommodate the bleaching and dyeing activities and the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) must also have been approved.


Limit of foreigners who will be allowed to have permanent residence

in the Kingdom of Thailand for the year 2007

On May 9, 2007, the Ministry of Interior issued its notification on the above subject as follows:

1. One hundred foreigners with nationalities for each country

Colonies in the aggregate of one country or each empire which has its own sovereignty shall be deemed one country;

2. Fifty foreigners without nationalities.

Remark: Normally, an application for a permanent residence should be allowed to be filed with the Immigration Bureau every year in December.


New requirement for visa extension

Effective from May 15, 2007, the following documents must be certified by the relevant authority:

1. The Affidavit and a list of shareholder of the company must be certified by the Ministry of Commerce.

2. The company’s balance-sheet and income statement must be certified as true copies by the auditor or the Ministry of Commerce.

3. The employing company’s monthly personal income tax return (Por. Ngor. Dor. 1) for the previous month for all employees including and its respective receipt, must be certified as true copies by Revenue Department.

4. The applicant’s most resent annual personal income tax return (Por. Ngor. Dor. 91) and its respective receipt, must be certified as true copies by Revenue Department.

5. The previous month’s Social Security Fund return for all employees (Sor. Por. Sor. 1 ? 10) and its respective receipt, must be certified as true copies by the Social Security Office; and

6. The evidence of the family relationship such as marriage certificate or Birth Certificate must be certified by the applicant’s embassy and Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The above documents in items No. 3, 4 and 5 must be certified true copies by the authorized director (with the company’s seal) and the applicant (in case of item No. 4).



Tax benefits under this incentive scheme include reduction/exemption of the corporate income tax, special depreciation allowance rate, and special treatment concerning the personal income tax of expatriates working for the ROH.

1. Qualifying Criteria

1.1 an ROH must be a juristic company or partnership incorporated under the law of Thailand by providing services to its associated companies i.e., management and administrative services, technical services and supporting services such as research and development, procurement of raw materials and components, training and personal management, etc.;

1.2 the paid up capital of the company on the last day of accounting period should be a minimum of 10 million Baht;

1.3 the company should serve associated company or branches situated in at least 3 other countries excluding Thailand ;

1.4 income received from rendering services to its associated companies outside Thailand must not be less that 50% of total income (except during the first 3 years, 1/3 of total income is allowed as the minimum income received from its associated companies outside Thailand);

1.5 the company must submit the notification to the Revenue Department; and

1.6 other criteria as prescribed by the Revenue Department.

2. Incentives for ROH

2.1 Reduced and exempt corporate income tax

? Business income: ROH will be taxed at the reduced corporate rate of 10% on income derived from the provision of qualifying services to the ROH’s associated companies.

? Royalties: Royalties received from associated companies arising from R & D work carried out in Thailand will be subject to tax at a reduced corporate rate of 10%. Such royalties received from non-related companies can also enjoy the benefits.

? Interest: Interest income derived from associated companies or branches on loans made by ROH and extended to its associated companies will be subject to tax at a reduced corporate rate of 10%.

? Dividends: Dividends received by ROH from associated companies will be exempt from tax. Dividends paid to companies incorporated outside Thailand which do not carry on business in Thailand will be exempt form tax.

2.2 Accelerated depreciation allowances

25% of asset value is allowed as initial allowances and the remaining can be deducted for over 20 years for the purchase or acquisition of building used in carrying out the operation of ROH.

Remark: Associated companies mean two or more companies related to one another in any of the following manners:

? Shareholding basis:

– ROH holds at least 25% of that company’s issued capital; or

– The company holds at least 25% of ROH’s issued capital; or

– The company holds at least 25% of ROH and other company’s issued capital.

? Control basis:

– ROH has control over that company in accordance with Accounting Standard; or

– The company has control over ROH; or

– The company has control ever ROH and the other company.

In this case, ROH and the other company are regarded as associated companies.


Bases and procedures respecting filing financial statements

As from January 1, 2007, in filing financial statements by the following persons with duty to prepare accounts shall also file 1 set of the financial statements filing form concerning international investment (Form Sor.BorChor.3/1):

(a) A limited company and a public limited company established under Thai law with ordinary persons who are not Thai nationals and are not domiciled in the Kingdom, or juristic persons not registered in Thailand , holding shares from one percent of the value of shares with the right to vote.

(b) A registered partnership established under Thai law and a joint venture under the Revenue Code with joint investors being ordinary persons who are not Thai nationals and are not domiciled in the Kingdom, or juristic persons not registered in Thailand .

(c) A juristic person established under foreign law and business operation in Thailand .

(d) A registered partnership, a limited company, a public limited company established under Thai law and a joint venture under the Revenue Code with investments in businesses abroad, namely establishment of businesses, branch offices or agents abroad, or joint investment with persons or juristic persons abroad, with the ratio of investment or shareholding from one percent of the total capital of the business or of the value of shares with the right to vote, as the case may be.

In filing financial statements concerning international investment (Form Sor.BorChor.3/1), the person with duty to prepare accounts may file the same together with the financial statements, or by any other methods as follows:

1. Filing the form directly with the Bank of Thailand at the International Investment Status Team, Section of Statistic of Balance of Payment, Division of Information Administration;

2. Sending the form via fax to no. 0-2283-6299 or 0-2283-5308;

3. Sending the form via email to; or

4. Sending the form via internet at


Minimum Wage Rates

  Effective from January 1, 2007 


Wage Rates





Bangkok Metropolis, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakarn and Samut Sakorn Provinces.


Phuket Province.


Chon Buri Province.


Saraburi Province.


Nakhon Ratchasima Province.


Rayong Province.


Chachoengsao, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya and Ranong Province.


Chiang Mai and Pang Nga Provinces.


Krabi and Petchburi Provinces.


Kanchanaburi, Chanthaburi and Lopburi Provinces.


Ratchaburi, Samut Songkram and Sra Kaew Provinces.


Trang, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Prachinburi, Songkhla, Singburi and Ang Thong Provinces.


Loei and Udorn thani Provinces.


Chumporn, Trad, Lampang, Lumphun, Sukhothai and Supanburi Provinces.


Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Panom, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Buriram, Pattani, Yala, Satul and Nongkhai Provinces.


Kampaengpet, Tak, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Sawan, Phattalung, Pitsanuloke, Petchabun, Surat Thani and Uttaradit Provinces.


Chainat, Chaiyaphum, Chiang Rai, Mahasarakham, Mukdaharn, Yasotorn, Roi-et, Sri Sa Ket, Sakhon Nakhon, Nong Bua Lampu and Uthai Thani Provinces.


Phichit, Mae Hong Son, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani and Amnaj Charoen Provinces.


Payao and Prae Provinces.


Nan Province.


Thai BOI Investment Policy Remains Unchanged

The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) is pleased to inform the international investment community that the political transition has not affected investment policies, incentives and services. Thailand ‘s investment policy remains the same; the BOI will continue to promote investments by both Thais and foreigners.

With the peaceful transition to a new Thai government remains on a steady course to expand exports and advance the prospects for sustainable development. The Thai government with a clear vision of economic and political stability and a culture tolerance and harmony provide the foundation for a secure investment.

The BOI would like to reiterate that its policies remain unchanged and that investors can be confident in the country’s continued enabling investment environment.

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One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit will move to 555 Rasa Tower II Building, 16 th Floor,

Paholyothin Road

, Chatuchak Sub-District , Chatuchak District, Bangkok 10900

November 2006 ? December 15, 2006 


In case of urgency, please contact the competent official within December 15, 2006 


December 20, 2006 


Start moving part of office equipment and furniture


December 22, 2006 


One Stop Service no longer gives services at Glass House Building 


December 25, 2006 


Officially Open for the new office to operate and give services relating to visa and work permit matters at Rasa Tower II Building

For more information, please contact 02-6939333-8 ext. 101 Khun Pralee, ext. 103 Khun Varee


Regulations of the Central-Office of Partnership and Company Registration

Governing Partnership and Company Registration B.E. 2549 (A.D. 2006)

The Department of Business Development has issued the regulations on Partnership and Company Registration B.E. 2549 (A.D. 2006) (the ?Regulations?) which will take effect from January 1, 2007. The Regulations are the combination of several rules and regulations relating Partnership and Company Registration including amendments by retaining essential contents and forms as similar as the previous rules and regulations.

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  Re: Rules and conditions in foreigners’ applications for temporary stay in the Kingdom of Thailand 

In accordance with the Order of the Royal Thai Police Headquarters No. 606/2549, in case of business purposes such as employment with a company or partnership, a foreigner must have an income in consistent with that set out in the Income Table effective since October 1, 2006, as follows:

Income Table


Stipulated Minimum Income


1. European countries, Australia , Canada , Japan and U.S.A. 


2. South Korea , Singapore , Taiwan and Hong Kong 


3. Asian Countries, South America, Countries in Eastern Europe, Countries in Control, America, Mexico, Turkey, Russia and South Africa


4. African Countries, Cambodia , Myanmar , Laos and Vietnam 



Traveling in Thailand without Visa

The Immigration Bureau has revised its policy regarding the passport holders of foreign countries entitled to enter Thailand without visa for traveling and announced that they are permitted to stay in Thailand for a 30-day period per each visit. However, the total duration of stay shall not exceed 90 days within a six-month period from the date of their first entry. This policy has been effective as from October 1, 2006.


Regulation of Commercial Registration Department No. 102/2549

Re: Documents Required for Partnership and Limited Company Registration

As from August 15, 2006, a person who would like to set up a partnership or a limited company which has partner(s) or shareholder(s) being foreigner(s) investing in or holding more than 40% of its shares but not over 50% and/or has a foreign authorized director, that partnership or limited company must provide the Registrar with supporting documents of all Thai partner(s) or shareholder(s) at the time of registration as follows:

1. A copy of a bank book or bank statement showing evidence in the last 6 months; or

2. A document issued by the Bank certifying the financial status of the partner(s) or shareholder(s); or

3. A copy of evidence showing the source of capital investment.

All of the above evidence must show an amount of money in correspondence with capital investment in such a partnership or a limited company.


Surnames of Thai married women

On January 20, 2005 the law of Thailand was changed to the effect that Thai women were no longer legally required to adopt the surnames of their husbands upon marriage. The law, known as Name of Person Act, allows women to keep their surnames when they marry and also permits women who had previously adopted their husbands’ surnames to change them back to their previous surnames. Of course, couple is still permitted to adopt the husband’s surname, but now this is according to an agreement between husband and wife. Whatever the couple’s decision is, the Marriage Certificate, which a state official then endorses, indicates the intention of the parties. It should also be noted that this act does not allow for the hyphenation or hybridization of the couple’s last names, though this can be accomplished through an onerous legal name change process if the couple so desires.


Relocation of the Business Registration Service Office 4

As from July 1, 2006, the Business Registration Service Office 4 moves its office from United Center Building, 11th floor to No. 222 Voravit Building, 8th floor,

Surawong Road

, Si Phraya, Bangrak, Bangkok.


New Royal Decree

The Royal Decree governing electronic transactions B.E. 2549 (A.D. 2006) issued pursuant to the Electronic Transaction Act B.E. 2544 (A.D. 2001) provides that transactions relating to family and estate matters shall no longer be enforced by the law governing electronic transactions.

The transactions under civil and commercial types which are exempt from being enforced under the law of this Royal Decree shall be family and estate matters.

The provisions governing family and estate matters shall not apply to electronic transactions due to the reason that it is not appropriate to certify the legal status of these transactions in a similar manner as that of electronic means.

This Royal Decree shall come into effect after the date of its promulgation in the Government Gazette Vol. 123, Chapter 26 Gor, dated 15th March 2006.


The Act amending the Civil and Commercial Code (No. 15) B.E. 2549 (A.D. 2006) Effective from February 23, 2006

This Act amending Title 22: Partnership and Companies of Book 3 of the Civil and Commercial Code (?CCC?) regarding the resignation of the managing partners of the registered partnerships and the limited partnerships has been in effect since February 23, 2006. Any change of managing partners of partnerships must be registered within 14 days from the changing date according to Sections 1064/2 and 1078/2 of the CCC. Failing to do so, the partnerships shall be liable to a fine not exceeding 20,000 Baht according to Section 4/1 of the Act governing Liability of Registered Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, Limited Companies, Associations and Foundations B.E. 2499 (A.D. 1956).

Moreover, a limited company is required to register a change of a director within 14 days from the changing date according to Section 1157 but at present there is no law to specify the liability for failing to register the change thereof.


Employment of Foreign Workers

Migrating from Burma, Laos and Cambodia to Thailand

Commencing from the 1st to 28th of February, 2006, an employer who would like to employ a Burmese, Laotian and/or Cambodian worker, who illegally enters Thailand and has never applied for a work permit, may file an application with the Department of Employment, the Ministry of Labour, for being listed on a quota system for employing the said worker according to the December 20, 2005 resolution passed by the Thai Cabinet’s meeting.

Once an employer has been granted a quota for employing a foreign worker, that employer has to take a potential worker to One Stop Service Centers, temporarily located at 10 District Offices in Bangkok and Muang District Offices in each province during the 1 st and 30th of March, 2006 for registration, medical check up, and applying for a work permit of the said worker as well as paying security money for that worker at the rate of Baht 10,000 per worker, who has held a foreigner’s identity card (?Tor Ror. 38/1?), or a Baht 50,000 security per worker, who has never gotten such Tor Ror. 38/1 card.

Remarks: The security money shall be returned to an employer when that employer sends a worker back to the Immigration Bureau or on the expiry date of warranty.


** Change of a Fine Rate when a Permission is Expired ** 

According to the Memorandum of the Fine Committee in compliance with the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (No. 6) B.E. 2549, if a foreigner stays in Thailand while a permission is expired or revoked, that foreigner shall be punished with a fine of Baht 500 per day but not exceeding Baht 20,000 in total.

This fine rate shall be effective on March 15, 2006 .



As from January 1, 2006 ,

the Department of Business Development (DBD)

changed registered numbers of juristic persons

to 13 digits,

any person who would like to know a new registered number

can click at the link below.

Department of Business Development


The Act amending the Civil and Commercial Code (No. 14) B.E. 2548 (A.D.2005) Effective from November 24, 2005 

The important Sections of the Civil and Commercial Code, which were amended, are as follows:

?Section 456 A sale of immovable property is void unless it is made in writing and registered by the competent official. The same rule applies to vessels of five tons and over, to floating houses and to beasts of burden.

An agreement to sell or to buy or a promise to sale of such property in the first paragraph is not enforceable by action unless there is some written evidence signed by the party liable or unless earnest is given, or there is part performance.

The provisions of the foregoing paragraph shall apply to a contract of sale of movable property where the agreed price is twenty thousand baht or upward.?

?Section 653 (1st paragraph) A loan of money for a sum exceeding two thousand baht in capital is not enforceable by action unless there is some written evidence of the loan signed by the borrowers.?

?Section 1324 (1st paragraph) A finder of lost property may claim from the person entitled to receive it a reward of ten per cent on the value of the property up to thirty thousand baht, and five per cent on the additional value. However, if he delivers the property to the police or other competent official, two and a half per cent of the value of the property shall, in addition to the reward, be paid as a fee to the Government service concerned, but, in no case, shall such a fee exceeds one thousand baht.?

Remark: The reasons for the promulgation of this Act are as follows:

It is considered appropriate to revise the provisions in the Civil and Commercial Code regarding a contract of sale of immovable property and movable property, types of movable property which must be registered by the competent official, the amount of money of the loan which must have some written evidence of the loan, the amount of money which the innkeeper is liable for loss or damage to the property of the traveler or guest, fees rate and payment for any photocopy according to the provisions regarding Limited Companies and the amount of reward money or the fee which the person entitled to receive lost property shall pay to the finder or the concerned government in order to be more in accord with the present economic condition.



An applicant’s qualifications

1. A foreign national may be qualified to apply for a residence permit if he/she holds a passport of his/her current nationality, to whom a NON-IMMIGRANT VISA is granted to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand on the basis of one year visa extension for the total of at least 3 consecutive years up to the application submission date.

2. Personal qualifications must fit one of the following categories:

2.1  Investment category

2.2 Working/Business category

2.3 Humanity Reasons category: he/she must have relationship with a Thai citizen or an alien who already possessed residence permit as follows:

– A legal husband or wife.

– A legal father or mother.

– A child who is under 20 years of age up to the submission date of application and must be single.

2.4 Expert category

Submission period for a residence permit application (the ?application?)

An applicant can submit the application once a year. Normally, the opening date for the application is in December. Once the date is announced, the application can be submitted until the last working day of that year. The applicant has to bring all documents required for each category together with his/her original passport to be checked by immigration officers on the date the application submission.

Procedures after the application is accepted

1. The immigration officers will grant an applicant a 180-day extension of stay on the date of the application submission and the next extension will be granted for 90 days until the result of the application from the Immigration Commission is obtained.

2. An applicant and related persons with the application will get an appointment card to come for an interview with the immigration officers. The interview includes a test of understanding of the Thai language: speaking and listening (the applicant must come for the interview on the date of appointment; otherwise, if without an appropriate reason, it will be automatically taken into consideration that leads to cancellation of the application.)

3. A criminal record of an applicant who is over 14 years of age must be checked as the followings:

3.1 His/her fingerprint sheet is sent to the Criminal Records Division for the criminal record’s check in Thailand .

3.2 His/her passport is checked as to whether he/she is in the official black list system as ?an illicit person? according to the Immigration Law.

3.3 He/she has to be checked as to whether he/she is wanted by an arrest warrant of the Foreign Affairs Division of his/her origin country.

Application Consideration

1.  To grant approval of a residence permit application, the Immigration Commission will take into its consideration an applicant’s qualifications in terms of income, assets, knowledge, professional expertise, relationship with a Thai citizen, national security, personality, health, understanding of the Thai language, and other appropriate conditions due to current economic and social surroundings, and government policy.

2. Timing of the consideration process varies each year, depending on the policy of the Immigration Commission and the Interior Ministry.

Government Fees

A non-refundable fee for each application is Baht 7,600. If an application is approved, the fee for a residence permit is Baht 191,400. However, the residence permit fee for a spouse or a child (under 20 years of age) of a person holding Thai citizenship or of an alien who has been granted a residence permit is Baht 95,700.

Note: Fees are subject to change and remain effective under Thai law.


Passport holders of the following countries can enter Thailand without visa for 30 days’ period.

Australia : Commonwealth of Australia 

Austria : Republic of Austria 

Bahrain : State of Bahrain 

Belgium : Kingdom of Belgium 

Brazil : Federative Republic of Brazil 

Brunei : Brunei Darussalam


Denmark : Kingdom of Denmark 

Finland : Republic of Finland 

France : French Republic 

Germany : Federal Republic of Germany 

Greece : Hellenic Republic 

Hong Kong SAR

Iceland : Republic of Iceland 

Indonesia : Republic of Indonesia 

Ireland : Republic of Ireland 

Israel : State of Israel 

Italy : Republic of Italy 


Korea (South) : Republic of Korea 

Kuwait : State of Kuwait 

Luxembourg : Grand Duchy of Luxembourg 

Macau SAR


Netherlands : Kingdom of the Netherlands 

New Zealand 

Norway : Kingdom of Norway 

Oman : Sultanate of Oman 

Peru : Republic of Peru 

Philippines : Republic of the Philippines 

Portugal : Republic of Portugal 

Qatar : State of Qatar 

Singapore : Republic of Singapore 

South Africa : Republic of South Africa 

Spain : Kingdom of Spain 

Sweden : Kingdom of Sweden 

Switzerland : Swiss Confederation

Turkey : Republic of Turkey 

United Arab Emirates 

United Kingdom : United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

United States of America 



Minimum Wage Rates

  Effective from August 1, 2005 

Minimum Wage Rates (Baht)



Bangkok Metropolis, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakarn and Samut Sakorn Provinces .


Phuket Province .


Chon Buri Province .


Saraburi Province .


Nakhon Ratchasima Province .


Chiang Mai, Pang Nga, Ranong and Rayong Provinces .


Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province .


Chachoengsao Province .


Kanchanaburi and Krabi Provinces .


Prachuab Khiri Khan, Petchburi, Ratchaburi and Samut Songkram Provinces .


Chanthaburi, Lopburi and Ang Thong Provinces .


Chumporn, Trang, Trad, Prachinburi, Lumphun, Sra Kaew, Singburi and Sukhothai Provinces .


Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Buriram, Pattani, Yala, Loei, Songkhla, Satul and Udorn Thani Provinces .


Kampaengpet, Tak, Nakhon Sawan, Phattalung, Pitsanuloke, Petchabun, Lampang, Supanburi, Surat Thani and Uttaradit Provinces.


Chainat, Chaiyaphum, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Panom, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Mukdaharn, Yasotorn, Roi-et, Sri Sa Ket, Sakhon Nakhon, Nongkhai, Nong Bua Lumpu and Uthai Thani Provinces.


Nakhon Nayok, Phichit, Mae Hong Son, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani and Amnaj Charoen Provinces.


Nan, Payao, Prae and Mahasarakham Provinces.


Narathiwat Province.


New regulation for Business Operation Certificates

The Department of Business Development of the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has recently issued a regulation concerning applications for Business Operation Certificates pursuant to Section 10 of the Foreign Business Act B.E. 2542 (1999) (FBA) by following the leniency resulting from the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) (Regulation) which gives more benefits to Australia investors. "The Regulation came into force on 1 January 2005 ."

The Regulation for an Australian Investor to apply for a Business Operation Certificate as follows:

1. The Regulation provides that the same general practice and procedures required for ordinary applications for a Business Operation Certificate under Section 10 of the FBA shall be deemed as applications for benefits under TAFTA ( a TAFTA Certificate ).

2. Consideration on the issuance of a FTA Certificate must not exceed 30 business days from the date on which the MOC received a notification letter from an applicant.

3. A person who is eligible ( an Eligible Applicant ) to apply for a TAFTA Certificate with the MOC must meet the following criteria:

?  Being a juristic entity incorporated under Thai law in the form of an ordinary partnership, a limited partnership or a limited company.

?  In case of a limited company, its authorized director(s) who can sign and bind the company must be an Australian or Thai national. As for an ordinary partnership or a limited partnership, its manager or managing partner must be a Thai national.

?  Shareholders of a limited company must be:

?  Australians or a mixture of Australians and Thais; or

?  Juristic entities incorporated under Australian law and the Australian shareholders must hold shares at a ratio of more than 50% of the total shares.
Provided, however, that the shareholding ratio of the company shall be in accordance with business categories under the requirements specified by TAFTA.

?  The applicant under TAFTA must have its debt-to-equity ratio not exceeding 3:1.

4. An eligible applicant may apply for a TAFTA Certificate in any of 12 categories of business set out under TAFTA. These businesses include:

?  Annex 2, Chapter 3 (4): Mining – mining on land and mining in the sea;

?  Annex 3 (10): Construction – construction with respect to infrastructure which requires special tools, machinery, technology or skills,

?  Annex 3 (19): Sale of food or beverages – full restaurant; and

?  Annex 3 (21): Service businesses including:

?  General consulting service to Regional Operation Headquarters (ROH), branch or enterprises associated with ROH;

?  Convention halls;

?  International exhibition centers;

?  Businesses of wholesale and retail with respect to distribution and installation of goods manufactured by an Australian juristic entity incorporated in Thailand ;

?   Education and higher institutes specializing in sciences and technology including life sciences, biotechnology and nano technology;

?   Hotels and luxury resorts;

?  Amusement parks and open zoos;

?  Aquariums; and

?  Parking service for touring ships.

5. An eligible applicant may not apply for a TAFTA Certificate in the following 6 categories of business set out under TAFTA in which only Thai nationals are allowed to conduct such businesses in Thailand :

?  Annex 3 (14): Retail business – retail sale of telecommunication equipment;

?  Annex 3 (15): Wholesale business – wholesale sale of telecommunications equipment; and

?  Annex 3 (21): Service businesses including;

?  Telecommunications consulting;

?  Leasing of telecommunications equipment stations;

?  Provision of database access services; and

?  Provision of domestic satellite communications via a very small aperture terminal (VSAT).


Offences against foreign employees, employers and related persons



Cases of Offences


A foreign employee

?  Working in violation of the Royal Decree concerning prohibited occupations or professions. (Section 6)


?  Working without a work permit. (Section 7)


?  A foreign employee under Section 12 who does not have a work permit.


?  Working in violation of conditions. (Section 9)


?  Continuing to work after the termination of a work permit (Section 15)

?  Continuing to work after the expiration of a work permit in the event that an appeal for its extension was not approved by the Minister. (Section 17)

?  Carrying out duties different from that prescribed in the work permit. (Section 21)

?  Changing a location of a workplace without obtaining approval. (Section 21)

?  Failure to have a work permit during working hours. (Section 18)

?  Failure to return a work permit within the specified time after termination of employment. (Section 20)

?  Failure to submit an application for a work permit within the specified time after being granted a investment promotion. (Section 10)

?  Failure to notify a competent official, within the specified time, of a grant of an investment promotion to extend a period of work. (Section 14)

?  Significant damage or loss of a work permit. (Section 19)

?  Imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine of two thousand baht up to one hundred thousand baht or both. (Section 33)

?  Imprisonment not exceeding three months or a fine not exceeding five thousand baht or both. (Section 34)

?  Imprisonment not exceeding three months or a fine not exceeding five thousand baht or both. (Section 34)

?  Imprisonment not exceeding three months or a fine not exceeding five thousand baht or both. (Section 34)

?  Imprisonment not exceeding three months or a fine not exceeding five thousand baht or both. (Section 37)

?  Imprisonment not exceeding three months or a fine not exceeding five thousand baht or both. (Section 37)



?  Imprisonment not exceeding one month or a fine not exceeding two thousand baht or both. (Section 38)

?  Imprisonment not exceeding one month or a fine not exceeding two thousand baht or both. (Section 38)

?  Imprisonment not exceeding one thousand baht. (Section 35)

?  A fine not exceeding one thousand baht. (Section 35)


?  A fine not exceeding one thousand baht. (Section 35)



?  A fine not exceeding five hundred baht. (Section 36)



?  A fine not exceeding five hundred baht. (Section 36)

An employer

?  Employing a foreign employee who does not have a work permit. (Section 22)

?  Hiring a foreign employee who possesses qualifications different from that prescribed in the work permit (Section 22)

?  Imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine not exceeding sixty thousand baht or both. (Section 39)

?  Imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine not exceeding sixty thousand baht or both. (Section 39

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Bangkok 10330, Thailand

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