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Some people visiting Thailand on vacation often think that but for their job back home they’d love to be living in Thailand all year long rather than just being able to vacation once a year in the Land of Smiles. If your present company or employer does business in Thailand then maybe setting up a Representative Office in the Kingdom is the solution.

Representative Offices are only allowed to perform limited activities in Thailand such as:

• Sourcing goods or services in Thailand for a Head office.

• Checking the quality and quantity of goods purchased or manufactured in Thailand.

• Giving advice regarding goods sold to agents or consumers

• Information regarding new goods or services.

• Reporting and analyzing business trends in Thailand

A representative office is required to remit into Thailand for its operating expenditure, a total of Baht 5 million over a period of five years, with Baht 2 million being remitted within the first year. These funds may not later be remitted out of the country. The capital may be used for normal working capital requirements, e.g. to pay operating expenditure such as salaries, utilities and rent.

Up to two foreigners who advise or disseminate information about their company's products or provide reports about the Thai market to their home office can qualify for work permits for Thailand. However up to five foreigners may qualify for a work permit who source goods and services in Thailand for the foreign company or who are responsible for quality control for such goods and services unless the representative office sources at least 100 million Baht in goods and services from Thailand during the preceding year (in which case this limit of work permits may be exceeded ).

The initial fee is 2,000 Thai Baht. Once the application is approved, the fees are 5 Baht per 1,000 Baht capitalization of the Head Office. The minimum government fee is 20,000 Baht and the maximum government fee is 250,000 Baht.*

Do you have any questions about getting a Visa for travel/business/retiring/investing in Thailand? Please “ask the visa expert” from Sunbelt Asia here: Thaivisa.com - Ask the Visa Expert from Sunbelt Asia

This information has been provided by Sunbelt Asia Co., Ltd. Sunbelt Asia has been the main sponsor of Thaivisa.com since 2002.

You can contact Sunbelt Asia at (66)2-642-0213. Please visit our website for more information on doing business, working, investing, traveling, owning real estate, or starting your own business in Thailand at www.sunbeltasiagroup.com. We are located at 1 Ratchadaphisek Rd., Floor 26, Bangkok, Thailand 10400 and can easily be reached by public transportation.

*This does not constitute legal advice or serve as a substitute for direct legal consultation with a licensed attorney. The information is provided for educational purposes only and it may not account for the specific facts and laws that may be applicable to each individual’s situation. Also, there may be changes in the law that may affect your specific case so the answers provided here should not be considered to be applicable your personal situation.

Legal information is not the same as legal advice, which is the application of law by a licensed attorney to an individual's specific circumstances. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend that you consult a lawyer if you want legal advice specific to the facts surrounding your case. This information does not take the place of discussions with a licensed lawyer and it does not create an attorney-client relationship between readers of the information and Sunbelt Asia, Co. Ltd. or any of its employees.


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