Thailand: New Expat Recruitment Program

Thailand is hoping to gain one million new expat workers. A more relaxed immigration policy will target high net worth individuals, skilled talent in the electronics sector, and other remote workers. The measure also aims to attract more retirees.

A tourism nation that is still hurting from COVID-19 travel restrictions, Thailand government officials hope the new immigration push will add one trillion baht ($30.4 billion) to the economy by 2026.

Under current immigration rules, Thailand requires foreigners to report to authorities every three months. However, under the new rule, workers who qualify for the revised workers will be exempt from reporting to the government regularly.

Additionally, other remote workers may be allowed to work in Thailand regardless of their employer’s location.

To provide an even more welcoming environment, beginning Oct. 1, Thailand will no longer require vaccinated international travelers to quarantine after entering the country.

Currently, there are three main types of visas for Thailand:

Thai Elite Visa
This is a long-term visa that can last between 5-20 years, but it must be renewed every five years, with an extendable one-year length of stay per entry. It’s the best visa for anyone who regularly visits Thailand but doesn’t do much business in the country.

Tourist Visa
For non-frequent travelers, a 60-day tourist visa is available. The Tourist visa may be extended for up to 30 additional days.

Non-Immigrant Visa
This is another short-term visa for up to 90 days, but unlike the tourist visa, with this visa obtaining a work permit and opening a bank account is possible.

Have other questions about Thailand’s relocation process or immigration laws? Head over to our private community discussion and have a complimentary chat with one of our Employer of Record (EOR) and immigration experts.

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