When traveling to Thailand, your nationality and the types of activities you will conduct during your trip will determine whether you may travel lawfully as a business visitor or if you require work authorization. Please seek advice from your immigration counsel if you are uncertain about the specific types of activities that constitute business or work.
As a business visitor to Thailand, you may engage in the activities below. While this list is not exhaustive and other activities could qualify as business, you may:
In general, foreign nationals seeking to travel to Thailand for business purposes should obtain a Non-Immigrant B Visa from a Thai Consulate or Embassy prior to arrival. While certain nationals may be eligible to enter Thailand on visa-waivered status or with a Visa on Arrival, this should be done with caution and is generally not recommended for business purposes. Please consult your immigration counsel before traveling to ensure compliance.
The activities below, whether paid or unpaid, generally constitute work under Thai law. This list is not exhaustive, and many other professional activities are considered work in Thailand, even if conducted for a short duration.
The requirements for work authorization depend on your qualifications and on the nature and duration of your work. The most common Thai work permits are:
There are no nationalities eligible for work authorization exemptions in Thailand.
Inevitably, the legal and strategic considerations impacting visa selection, as well as visa waiver and work authorization eligibility, entail the careful consideration of many factors. We recommend that you consult with your immigration counsel before taking any course of action.