The Long Stay Visa Non-Immigrant O-X was approved in November 2016. It allows nationals from several countries to stay in Thailand for a period of maximum 10 years. The Non-Immigrant Visa O-X has a five years validity and can be extended for another period of five years. Nationals from the following countries benefit from this Visa: Japan, Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Canada and USA.
FRANK Legal & Tax will be holding another of our regular free events, designed to support the business community in Bangkok.
The upcoming event will provide an opportunity to explore the topic of starting a business in Thailand. Starting a new business can be both exciting and challenging, particularly in a foreign country. By attending our workshop, you will acquaint yourself with the legal procedures for opening a business in Thailand and be more familiar with the programs and opportunities available throughout the Kingdom. Please register using the form on this page.
Foreigners who reside in Thailand and want to drive a car or motorcycle in Thailand should apply for a Thai driving license. The Thai driving license is essential since the international driving permit is not valid for driving in the country of residence. The purpose of an international driving permit is to translate the domestic driving license, certify the validity of the driving license in the country of residence, indicate the categories of motor vehicles that are covered by the driving license and improve the road safety worldwide.
In March 2018 the Thai cabinet approved the amendments to the Royal Ordinance on the Management of Foreign Workers Employment B.E. 2560 (2017). The amendments were published on March 27, 2018 in the Royal Gazette and are known as the Royal Decree on Managing the Work of Foreigners (No. 2) B.E. 2561 (the “Decree”).
In certain cases when a certified document is used in another country, a supplementary authentication of such certified document may be required.
Such supplementary authentication is an additional certification that is usually issued by courts of the country from which the document originates. It is an internationally recognized confirmation that the certification of the document is genuine. As a result, the certified and then authenticated document may be used abroad.
Under the Foreign Business Act (FBA), the business activities of foreigners in Thailand are restricted. Fortunately, there are various possibilities to obtain official permissions and programs to enhance international business in Thailand.
Holding a permit for permanent residency in Thailand has many benefits. A person with a permanent resident status can live permanently in Thailand without the need for a periodic stay extension. The permanent residence permit is the first step to become a naturalized citizen of Thailand. It entitles the non-Thai family members of the permanent resident to apply for such status as well.
A court in Hua Hin, Prachuap Kirikan Province, has decided that Airbnb is illegal in Thailand, and thereby added to the uncertainty connected with the use of this very popular app.
Airbnb is a US-American company founded in 2008. It operates in the hospitality field and offers an online marketplace for individuals to rent or lease out their accommodation on a short-term basis.
The former process of business registration was considered as complex and unclear. The new regulation enhances the system and brings benefits to the applicant. It helps to save costs and strengthen the competitiveness. The additional possibility of e-Registration provides savings up to 30%, it saves time and is an easy method to register the new business.
Effective since May 25th the new law on Data Protection “GDPR” improves consumer rights. But whom does it affect, what are the effects and how to comply with the new regulation?
GDPR was already approved in April 2016 by the EU Parliament after an extended period of preparation. It replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and includes heavy fines for those, who do not comply with the new data protection standards.