Essential employment paperwork in Thailand



Getting the proper employment paperwork should not be difficult in Thailand. Despite the current government instability, the country remains functional when it comes to processing documents. 

The Kingdom of Thailand maintains a good relationship with most countries in the international community, making it easy for working expats to process visas smoothly so long as they have the proper requirements.


You will need to obtain an employment visa or work permit before you can start work. To apply for one, you will need to have a sponsor – this is usually your employer.

Employment Visa:

To apply for an employment visa, you will need to have a sponsor. This is usually your employer. The company’s Human Resource department should be able to assist and advise you on your application because the procedure is rather complex. Moreover, it is done in the Thai language and script, so one would need to have the ability to read and write the Thai language to complete the process.

Business Visa:

To apply for a business visa, you will need to submit the following:

  • A passport that’s valid for at least six months
  • Completed visa application forms
  • One recent passport size photo
  • A copy of your flight itinerary or travel ticket to Thailand
  • Official invitation from Thailand
  • Letter from your company (on company letterhead and signed by someone other than you) addressed to the Thai Embassy
  • Sponsor’s letter


Corporate Income Tax

Corporate income tax is levied at 30% of net profit. For more detailed information, click here.

Individual Income Tax

Individual income tax is levied at a progressive rate. The table below shows the individual income tax rates: 



0-150,000 Baht

No Tax

150,000 – 1 Million Baht

15% Tax

1 Million Baht and Above

20% Tax