Getting Started in Thailand

Please visit the export.gov page on Thailand for an overview of economic conditions and opportunities in the region.

I. Exporting to Thailand

Getting Started

If you are considering doing business in Thailand, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

1. Visit Thailand’s export.gov page to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities. Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts.

2. Contact Information and Links for Assistance:

  • Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Thailand. Contact a Trade Specialist Near You
  • Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs) Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Contact in-country business support organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand or the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.
  • Make use of business matchmaking services and other resources provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, including trade counseling, market intelligence and commercial diplomacy, among many others.

II. Investing in Thailand

This section provides information for current and potential investors in Thailand.

1. Potential investors: Getting Started.

If you are considering investment in Thailand, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

2. Current Investors: Staying Connected

If you are a current U.S. investor in [insert country name here], the U.S. Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy: if you are active in [insert country name here], let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses at the top of this page.
  • Add Commercial and Agricultural Specialists to your mailing lists: we are always happy to stay informed. Send emails to contact addresses at the top of this page.
  • Subscribe to our embassy Facebook page or Twitter feed.
  • Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial team to discuss any issues that arise. Contact information is listed at the top of this page.

3. Working in Thailand

In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.

Business Visas

Foreigners who wish to work, conduct business or undertake investment activities in Thailand must apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa at the Royal Thai Embassies or Royal Thai Consulates-General. Various categories of the Non-Immigrant Visa are currently provided to meet the needs and qualifications of individual business persons. These include business visa Category “B”, business-approved visa Category “B-A” and investment and business visa Category “IB”.

For information on obtaining a visa to visit Thailand, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or for other business visa related inquiries, please contact the Embassy Visa officer at bangkokbusinesstravel@state.gov

In cooperation with U.S. Embassy Bangkok, the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand helps expedite visa interview appointments for qualified members through the Business Executive Visa Program. For more information, please contact service@amchamthailand.com

Travel Advisories

Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory for Thailand.

FCPA

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

More information on the FCPA can be found here: http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue. Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA. Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.

More information on the DOJ opinion procedure can be found herehttps://www.justice.gov/criminal-fraud/fcpa-opinions