Can I do business in Thailand

Restrictions on the movement of people and goods

The 2020 Covid-19 Crisis Center (Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, CCSA) sets the special entry rules. The CCSA will maintain some restrictions, because the Office for Disease Control repeatedly detects Covid-19 cases during the mandatory quarantine. From April 1, 2021, the quarantine times have been shortened.

Business travel and tourist visas possible again

Business travelers and tourists from a number of countries can apply for visas and entry permits. The following other groups of people may also apply for entry:

  • Thai nationals
  • Foreign spouses, children and parents of Thai nationals
  • Foreigners with a Thai Certificate of Residence
  • Foreigners with an annual visa (categories O-A and O-X)
  • Foreigners who have a work permit and their spouses and children
  • Guest workers with a work permit and a residence visa
  • Foreign students with an official permit
  • Foreigners in need of medical treatment and their companions
  • Diplomats and representatives of foreign governments
  • People with special permits or by special invitation

The following documents must be attached to an entry application: Proof of health insurance for the duration of your stay in Thailand (including coverage of Covid-19 treatments), a visa depending on the purpose of the trip, further evidence depending on the group of people and a booking certificate for a special quarantine facility.

A list of the quarantine hotels and their prices can be found at http://www.hsscovid.com. The ASQ hotels and resorts have converted their rooms in accordance with ASQ hygiene regulations, are cooperating with a hospital and have trained their staff accordingly. The Thai embassy or the consulates general will issue a certificate of entry upon presentation of all documents.

Current information on entry restrictions

Several European airlines offer flights to Thailand. A negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test (not older than 72 hours) must be available at the airport before departure. Foreigners must also install the ThailandPlus tracking app on their smartphone before departure.

Quarantine at your own expense

All travelers are received at the airport in Thailand and picked up in vehicles with isolation cells. You will need to go straight to your pre-paid quarantine facility. The quarantine lasts eight, eleven or 15 nights. Eight nights are valid for vaccinated people who can show a vaccination certificate. The eleven or 15 nights depend on the classification of the country of entry. Entries from countries with corona mutations require 15 nights of quarantine, otherwise eleven nights. The Ministry of Health will regularly adjust the country classifications.

Several RT-PCR tests are carried out during the quarantine. If the last test is negative as well, foreigners can move freely within Germany after the quarantine. The Thai airlines serve numerous domestic connections.

If the virus threatens to spread domestically, authorities can carry out health checks at the national administrative borders, restrict freedom of movement and impose lockdowns. Foreigners should therefore follow the news and strictly follow public instructions.

Observe protective measures during the stay

Masks are required in shops, buildings, parks, museums, public transport and in taxis. In Bangkok, most people wear mouth and nose protection even on the street. In addition, citizens adhere to distance rules and markings.

Body temperature is measured without contact at entrances to buildings or parks. Visitors also have to register with their name and telephone number in many places before entering. This is done either by hand or via a QR code that the person's smartphone reads in. The code leads to a national website or another preinstalled app for contact tracking. This is called ThaiChana, which translates as "Thailand wins".

No restrictions on the movement of goods

Thailand is one of the relatively open economies with mostly low import duties. In some industries, however, non-tariff trade barriers, in particular standards and approval procedures, are still widespread.

The government did not restrict the international movement of goods during Covid-19. The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) has been launching the "Think Resilience, Think Thailand" campaign since July 2020. The location is positioned here with its resistance to the pandemic and offers itself as an additional or alternative location to China.

The government is also striving to modernize and automate future industries with the help of new equipment. Investment projects approved by the BOI can import machines duty-free.

Thailand signed the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Agreement Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in 2020. The government is also studying the advantages and disadvantages of joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and is holding talks with the European Union about resuming negotiations on a free trade agreement.

You can find more information about free trade and new trade barriers in our main topic Open Markets.

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