A Thai business visa is necessary for foreigners who want to work in Thailand or start a business there. It is best to apply for this before traveling to Thailand. Additionally, this type of visa can be extended into a long-term visa at the regional immigration office in the Kingdom of Thailand.

A Thailand business visa is a type of visa that allows foreign nationals to enter Thailand for business purposes. The requirements for a Thailand business visa can vary depending on the country of origin, the length of stay, and the purpose of the visit. In general, however, a business visa for Thailand requires a valid passport, a completed visa application form, a recent passport-sized photograph, and a letter from the applicant’s employer stating the purpose of the trip.

It is also common for applicants to need to show proof of sufficient funds for their stay in Thailand, as well as proof of a return ticket to their home country. It is always best to check with the nearest Thai embassy or consulate to determine the specific requirements for a business visa.

Ordinary passport holder who wishes to enter the Kingdom for conducting business or working is subjected to be granted a Non-Immigrant B Visa.

Foreign nationals must apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa at one of the Royal Thai Embassies or Royal Thai Consulates-General if they want to work, do business, or invest in Thailand. The Non-Immigrant Visa now offers a number of categories to accommodate the demands and qualifications of various businesspeople. These include business visa categories “B,” “B-A” and “IB,” as well as business and investment visa categories. Before beginning employment, the holder of this type of visa must get a work permit from Thailand. The cost of a visa is 5,000 Baht for multiple entries with a one-year validity and 2,000 Baht for single entry with a three-month validity.

A Thailand Business Visa is required for foreign citizens traveling to Thailand to engage in business activities such as attending meetings, negotiating transactions, etc. without being compensated by a Thai company.

Required Document

  • 1. Ordinary passport holder who wishes to enter the Kingdom for conducting business or working is subjected to be granted a Non-Immigrant B Visa.
  • 2. Photograph of the applicant, taken within the past six months.
  • 3. Letter from a company stating the objective of the visit to Thailand or Document showing correspondence with trading partners in Thailand. (eg. Letter confirming employment details, business registration or business license of a partner company in Thailand).
  • 4. Letter of invitation from a trading company in Thailand.

Employment/ Working in Thailand

  • 1. Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months. The validity of 18 months is required for one year visa application.
  • 2. Photograph of the applicant, taken within the past six months.
  • 3. To obtain an Employment Visa, letter of approval from the Ministry of Labour is requested. (To obtain this letter, the prospective employer in Thailand is required to submit Form WP3 at the Office of Foreign Workers Administration, Department of Employment, Ministry of Labour or at a Provincial Employment Office in the respective province. Further information is available at www.doe.go.th/workpermit/index.html).
  • 4. Employment contract indicating rationale for employing the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualifications. (Document must be signed by authorized managing director and affixed the seal of the company).
  • 5. Copy of Work Permit issued by the Ministry of Labour. (Only in case the applicant has previously worked in the Kingdom).
  • 6. Copy of educational records of the applicant and letters of recommendation from the prior employers, identifying job description and length of service time.